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herovin araneta 4 years ago

ei, wats up?

Se7enth Angel 5 years ago

I really like your lists.

x x 5 years ago

I correctly predicted the winners in 20 out of 21 categories (95%), or 21 out of 24 if you include the short films for which I made no "official" predictions. This is a record for me. Looking back on my final Oscar blog from last season (February 25, 2008), I predicted Heath Ledger's win for Supporting Actor and Wall-E's win for Animated Feature a whole year in advance. I'm a friggin psychic. Here's the proof, per this year's Oscar winners:

* I predicted correctly
x I predicted incorrectly
--I didn't predict anything

Best Picture:

* Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
* Best Actor: Sean Penn (Milk)
* Best Actress: Kate Winslet (The Reader)
* Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
* Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
* Best Director: Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
* Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire)
* Best Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black (Milk)
* Best Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
* Best Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
* Best Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
* Best Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire
* Best Sound Editing: The Dark Knight
* Best Costume Design: The Duchess
* Best Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire
* Best Original Song: ?Jai-Ho? (Slumdog Millionaire)
x Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz with Bashir
* Best Documentary Feature: Man on Wire
* Best Animated Feature: Wall-E
* Best Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
* Best Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
--Best Live Action Short: Spielzeugland
--Best Animated Short: La Maison en Petits Cubes
--Best Documentary Short: Smile Pinki

Looking ahead to next year's contenders, watch out for Lincoln, Nine, The Lovely Bones, Public Enemies, Avatar, The Human Factor, The Tree of Life, Up, and possibly The Road and The Soloist. I also fully expect to see This Side of the Truth show up in original screenplay.

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Favorite Movies:
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Big Lebowski, The Dark Knight, Synecdoche, New York, Kill Bill: Volume 2, Kill Bill: Volume 1, The Godfather, The Godfather, Part II, Jaws, No Country for Old Men, Boyhood, The Dark Knight Rises, Jurassic Park, There Will Be Blood, The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet), Apocalypse Now, Psycho, Days of Heaven, Lawrence of Arabia, The Great Beauty, Sansho the Bailiff, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai), L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad), Harold and Maude, 500 Days of Summer, Pulp Fiction, Taxi Driver, The Big Sleep, La Dolce Vita, Smiles Of A Summer Night, The Thin Red Line, Gravity, Once Upon a Time in the West, The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups), Tokyo Story (Tôkyô monogatari), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Drive, Into the Wild, Batman Begins, Pan's Labyrinth, King Kong, Sideways, Batman, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Groundhog Day, Superman, Office Space, Ed Wood, Airplane!, Raiders of the Lost Ark
Favorite Actors:
Marlon Brando, Bill Murray, Vincent Price, Jack Nicholson, Gene Wilder, Gene Hackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, Heath Ledger, Ricky Gervais, Cate Blanchett, Gary Oldman, Catherine Keener, Paul Giamatti, Steve Carell, Zooey Deschanel, Peter O'Toole, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks, Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, Anthony Hopkins, Mickey Rourke, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Madsen, David Carradine, Uma Thurman, Sam Neill, Christian Bale, Bruce Campbell, Liam Neeson
I love movies. And I keep my Flixster reviews short and sweet to save the in-depth ones for another venue.

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  • Boyhood

    Boyhood (2014)

    July 21, 2014

    Review coming soon?

  • The Counselor

    The Counselor (2013)

    July 16, 2014

    It took me a while to know what to make of it. Review coming soon.

  • Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

    Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

    July 12, 2014

    Review coming soon.

  • True Romance

    True Romance (1993)

    July 09, 2014

    A strong blend of sweet and wild. The performances shine.

  • Carlito's Way

    Carlito's Way (1993)

    July 06, 2014

    They don't make 'em like this anymore - visually and aurally vivid, rich with great actors, a smart script and lush sound and production design.

  • Alien

    Alien (1979)

    July 05, 2014

    Watching this recently made me think CGI has done to filmmakers what Microsoft Paint did to kids with crayons and watercolors.

  • Goodbye First Love

    Goodbye First Love (2012)

    June 30, 2014

    It may not connect with personality types that differ vastly from those of its two leads, but this leisurely, melancholy elegy for young love is remarkably authentic to anyone who has seen the world through their eyes. Camille and Sullivan don't talk much or convey many details of their lives outside their relationship, it's true; but that solipsism is a crucial part of the intimacy and blindness from which springs actual heartbreak.

  • The Blue Kite (Lan feng zheng)

    The Blue Kite (Lan feng zheng) (1993)

    June 29, 2014

    The film is a gently biting, transporting portrait of unspoken truth and innocence lost. The undeniable authenticity of it leaves a mark.

  • The Incredibles

    The Incredibles (2004)

    June 28, 2014

    Another animated classic from Pixar. It is clever and surprisingly exciting, another great product of the superhero movie renaissance.

  • The Passion of the Christ

    The Passion of the Christ (2004)

    June 28, 2014

    Love it or hate it, believe or disbelieve, this is what truly great cinema is all about: visual storytelling through artistic expression, in this case of a profound concept. What you make of the film largely depends on whether you see it as an epic or a horror film. It is a passionate and visually stunning epic, but the horror of it may overwhelm more squeamish viewers. It is a powerful piece of work either way.

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