Monday, February 25, 2008

And The Oscars Goes To.... Violence!

Yeah I know this post is like super late. I've been busy for the past weeks, so I'll just pretend the Oscars happened last night. Seems the Academy is a bit choi this year. Last week the Oscars went to all the movies that has blood spurting all over the place. It wasn't different compared to the past shows. It was still boring, it was still predictable and Johnny Depp still didn't win!
The show was hosted by "funny man" Jon Stewart and all I can say is "Please bring back Ellen DeGeneres!" I mean no offense to Jon but seriously the guy isn't funny. His monologue at the start of the show was all about politics and none of them were funny at all. The whole day it was just Hillary and Obama, bla bla bla bla... Thank god the writer's strike ended. God knows what would have happened if it was only him writing the script.
This year was kinda special because I think this is the first time all the acting awards went to non-Americans. Javier Bardem won Best Supporting Actor for his role in No Country For Old Men. Daniel Day Lewis won Best Actor for There Will Be Blood. Tilda Swinton(the witch lady from Narnia) won Best Supporting Actress. And the super hot Marion Cotillard won Best Actress.
 Top honors went to the Coen brothers for they're movie, No Country For Old Men and like I said before, if your movie has no blood and rotting carcasses everywhere, you don't stand a chance. Other awards went to There Will Be Blood and Sweeney Todd.

Another highlight of the show was when they presented an In Memoriam video montage of all the actors/actresses and movie contributes who have passed away. Of course the best part of the montage was when they did a tribute to Heath Ledger who died on January 28th but surprisingly there were not much claps for him..wonder why? Another good part was when Amy Adams sang one of the songs from Enchanted on the stage. She may have looked good on the film but seriously watching her act like Giselle on stage was a bit geli...and another awkward part was when she shouted in super hig

h pitch "Wasn't this fun?" and then the music ended and there was no applause....sad.

I got the full list of winners here so enjoy...

No Country for Old Men
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton

Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men

Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose

Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

Diablo Cody, Juno

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

The Counterfeiters (Austria)


Sweeney Todd

There Will Be Blood

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Taxi to the Dark Side


The Bourne Ultimatum

La Vie en Rose


"Falling Slowly" from Once

Peter and the Wolf

Le Mozart des Pickpockets

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Golden Compass

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Grammy Awards 2008

Okay, I have a confession to make. This was the first time I watched The Grammy's. And all I have to say is: Wah! I was so not expecting all those types of performances. You know I always thought The Grammy's were like the MTV Awards kind of crap. All those over classed "singers" in their terrible sense of fashion receiving the dumbest awards I've ever heard of.
But naw, The Grammys were a breathe of fresh air showcasing truly talented artists devoted to making good music. Some of the artists that performed for the Grammy's 5oth Anniversary were The Foo Fighters, Amy Winehouse(via satellite), Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Beyonce, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Carrie Underwood. All mix and mashed together into a 3 hour award show of pure musical brilliance.
Troubled drug addict Amy Winehouse dominated the awards show even though she was locked up in a rehab center half-way around the world, sweeping the top awards like Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist. But the real shocker is the big win by Herbie Hancock (yeah funny name, I know) winning the top prize of Album Of The Year. But overall, Amy lead with 5 Grammy wins followed by Kanye West by 4 wins.
My most favorite performance of the night!

She so fine.....I so have a crush on Alicia Keys!

Friday, February 8, 2008

His Body Is A Wonderland

You know.. I always saw John Mayer as a very talented musician. I mean, if you've listened to some of his songs, you'd probably know what I mean. To me, he is the only celebrity in Hollywood who is perfectly grounded and sane. But........
On Tuesday, John was spotted on the "Mayercraft" cruise liner which headed out to the Bahamas for a tour. John was photographed wearing a replica thong swimsuit which was previously worn by Sacha Baron Cohen in his film, Borat.

Will I get suspended for putting these pics up?

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Meet The Spartans: Review

Now, I don't curse, but man, f*ck this movie! I mean, there are people dying of hunger in Darfur and these guys are incinerating millions of dollars to make crap like this? You guys know me right, I watch bad movies and say they're just movies. But Meet The Spartans pissed me off so much, I walked out 60 minutes in and asked the GSC guy for a refund. That's how bad this movie was!
The guys responsible for this are Jason Freidberg and Aaron Seltzer, the one's who gave us Date Movie and Epic Movie, which are the worst movies I have ever seen. If these are the writers who are staging the strike in Hollywood, then just fire them for god sakes. These people don't even try to make it entertaining. This was just a series of scenes taken from 300 and then these two geniuses said, "Hey, lets make the characters gay!"
So throughout the entire movie, they are just throwing one gay joke after another. I mean, who didn't watch 300 and make a bunch of gay jokes right? And I guarantee you, 90% of those jokes are funnier than the ones in the movie. It was slightly amusing at first, but then, they just kept repeating it again and again and again, you begin to say, "Okay we get it! They're gay. Now move on to another joke you idiots!"
And wait, the Malaysian censorship board did not approve any one of the 5 Best Picture nominees for the Oscars, but they agreed to screen Meet The Spartans? This movie wasn't insightful, it wasn't ironic, it wasn't even funny. It was just one American pop culture reference after another. They're still making fun of Britney, still making fun of Paris Hilton and they have no clever way of parodying these things. Example, the fat guy from Borat turns into a Transformer. Why? Well for no reason other than the fact that they had to find a way to mention the Transformers.
This film is bullshit, bullshit, bullshit! And what's more disturbing is that I actually paid these mother f*ckers RM8 to watch their god damn movie. By far, Meet The Spartans is the worst film I have ever seen in my life.

RATING: What's below zero?

Monday, February 4, 2008

Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Review

People, this is a major must-see film! It's first and foremost a musical, with essentially all the characters singing throughout, but it's also horrific and hilarious. If cheerful musicals aren't your thing, never fear – this is Sweeney Todd – a very darkly comic and tragic tale.
Sweeney Todd is a faithful but unique adaptation of the award-winning and much beloved stage musical by Stephen Sondheim, with few cuts and changes. Contrary to some musicals where the songs aren't necessary to the basic plot, the songs tell the tale in this one. Sweeney Todd is a throat-slashing barber (which is actually a true story!) obsessed with revenge after a man of power took everything from him. He returns to London and cooks up a very disturbing plot for revenge with his diabolical accomplice Mrs. Lovett.
Tim Burton is at his best, artfully meshing the powerful and beautiful music with stunning visuals. In this movie, he joins Johnny Depp, his partner in film and partner in real life, Helena Bonham Carter to successfully create a much more intimate atmosphere than can be achieved on stage. Although none of the actors are professional singers, each character is portrayed very effectively with the acting and singing combined.
The cinematography, set designs, costumes, and makeup portray the Gothic side of London. The horrific moments where Sweeney kills his victims are graphically brutal and gory, and yet hilarious for no apparent reason.
Burton does not skimp on the blood, and it even becomes intentionally over-the-top. But it does not seem gratuitous in that it is the reality of the story, and it also has a metaphorical role. The violence is disturbing, but you can cover your eyes if you're squeamish (it's only a few scenes).
Personally, I found the film as a fresh contrast to the usual chirpy, cabaret Broadway adaptations like Hairspray. And can Johnny Depp sing? OH GOD YES! Not only does he sing the songs well, he stayed 100% in character throughout.
He plays Sweeney with such a subdued feeling and yet come out as an intense character. Carter's voice is a bit thin, but she creates a very adorable and lovable Mrs. Lovett. She is a wonderfully colorful and humorous contrast to the dark and gloomy Sweeney. The show also introduces the voices of Alan Rickman (Severus Snape from Harry Potter) and Timothy Spall (Peter Pattigrew in Harry Potter).
What I think the musical was trying to say was, "What would you do when someone who took everything from you was now at your mercy?" Sweeney was overwhelmed by vengeance for 15 years, he forgot what was most important to him, his wife and child. In the end, he got his revenge, but he lost so much more. All this leads up to a bloody and tragic finale which I will not spoil.
If you are a musical hater, Sweeney Todd may be too much to take in as 75% of the dialog is sung. But if your in for some Burton-Depp magic, the film will leave you in utter stunned-silence, I guarantee you that.

RATING: 7/10

Juno: Review

Man the Oscars this year must have had some really shitty movies to pick out from since this movie got nominated for Best Picture.
So Juno is kind of like the Little Miss Sunshine of the Oscars this year but the problem is it isn't a good as Little Miss Sunshine. It's about Juno
The director for this is Jason Reitman, the guy who did one of the funniest comedy in a long time, Thank You For Smoking. But in here, I mean the movie is still great and all but I don't get why there is such big buzz around this. I am a big fan of Reitman but I think that this wasn't the film he should have gotten his Best Director nomination over. It just wasn't Oscar material.
But what was really good in Juno were the actors. Ellen Page is totally awesome playing this funky wise-cracking pregnant teen. Juno is almost up there in terms of memorable sleeper characters like Napoleon Dynamite. I don't think she should have gotten nominated for it but it's still a great character. Jennifer Garner is really good as this keen mother-to-be who kind of reminds me of a more subdued Adrian Monk. Jason Bateman is fantastic. Allison Janney and J.K Simmons is great to and are hella funny together.
The only person I really hated here and the one that is getting me all confused on why they cast him is Michael Cera.This dude is by far the worst successful actor in Hollywood. I don't understand how this little wimp is getting so much work cause he practically plays every character the same. A nerdy wimp that has self-esteem issues and mumbles every single line. No.. that's not acting, that's totally Michael Cera. God that guy annoys me to death, seriously. And the funny thing is that in Juno, he is suppose to be playing a jock who's the coolest person Juno's ever met. Shit in my face will ya?
And this movie has some of the weirdest soundtrack I have ever heard. Not that it was a bad thing, but like throughout the movie I keep hearing a bunch of teenage kids singing in high pitch rants. And the weren't even singing real songs, they were more like... what crazy people in asylums would say. But the soundtrack still fits in with the whole mood of the film of being lighthearted. But I'll be damned if they ever make a soundtrack album with those songs.
The screenplay for the movie is really weird to. The character Juno is written in a way that she is mostly funny when she is doing this kind of stand up comedian style of narration to the audience. And we get this throughout the film, the movie stops just so that Juno's narration can be fit in there for a brief funny moment which might work for some stupid people but was really annoying for me. The I see who wrote this and I totally understand now, it's written by some ex-stripper named Diablo. Huh.. even the film's crew is weird. But Juno did have some genuinely funny moments and really heartwarming scenes to boot to.
So am I saying this film was really really bad? No.. for a comedy it's pretty decent with some great characters in there. But Best Picture? Eat my genitals Academy Awards.

RATING: 6/10


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