2013 m. vasario 25 d., pirmadienis

85th Academy Awards

It just ended and I wanted to write a post as soon as possible, while everything's still fresh.

Well, I have to admit that I had a great time watching the Oscars this year. Seth MacFarlene was so great at his job, I do understand that there may be some people who would not agree, who may say he was too rude, too ageist, to racist or whatever.. I'm sorry, but it was hilarious! Hopefully, this was not the last time he get to host Academy Awards. And I'm pretty sure that I will be watching the opening monologue as many times as I've seen the Hugh Jackman's and Alec Baldwin with Steve Martin's ones. Brilliant, instant classic. The show was amazing, we get to see the performances by the cast of Les Miserables, Adele, Barbra Streisand and Nora Jones. We had Jean Dujardin, Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson and the first lady Michelle Obama herself, to present at the awards. Almost forgot Ted, he was also at the Oscars. It was a night to remember. I still can't get back to reality, as crazy as it sounds, this was one well directed award show. To be honest, since I'm watching Oscars live, which is 4th year in a row now, this was the best so far. Well done, Don Mischer.
Now about the winners, I couldn't say there were many surprises this year, everything was pretty much predictable and pretty clear, though, a tie in sound editing was an event that happened for the third time ever. I, myself, have guessed 16/24 winners, not bad, I'd say, knowing that this time I got all main categories right. Christoph Waltz won the Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Django Unchained, as I said in my previous post, Dr. Schultz was my favorite character this year, so this was not a surprise nor unexpected. Anne Hathaway took the Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Les Miserables, we all knew it, but still, it was so good to see her accepting the award and as she herself said it was "a dream come true". Quentin Tarantino took home an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Django Unchained, brilliant and well-deserved winner. I honestly love seeing Tarantino winning anything, because his acceptance speeches are the most natural and he, somehow, makes it look so easy.  Adele became one of those rare (well, not anymore, probably) people who won both Grammy and an Oscar, she took Best Original Song for Skyfall tonight. I just want to take a moment and appreciate Jennifer Lawrence, who is one of my favorite actresses since Winter's Bone, which was back in 2009, I think.. She won Best Actress in a Leading Role for Silver Linings Playbook, I am so happy for her, I will love and support her until the end.   Daniel Day-Lewis made history becoming the first actor ever holding three Best Actor in a Leading Role for Lincoln awards (he also won the Oscar for There Will Be Blood and My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown) And, of course, the main award of the year, Best Picture was undoubtedly taken by Argo. No matter what people say, I strongly agree with this one, it is a well-deserved win and the speech that Affleck gave was incredible.
Well, that's my really short take on Academy Awards this year, probably I'd have something more to say if I wouldn't be blown away by the last few minutes of the show. It's 5.20 am where I am right now, and I should say goodnight, but instead, I'm gonna say Argo fuck yourself, because I officially can do that now.

P.S. If you weren't nerdy enough to watch the awards live, you should totally find a way to watch it anyways.

2013 m. vasario 20 d., trečiadienis

85th Academy Awards' predictions

Finally I watched Django Unchained, the last film of my pre-Oscars watchlist. I honestly have no idea what took me so long to watch this one, because it was undoubtedly the best franchise I've seen in a while. I am not going to do a review, or anything, since I haven't done that for quite a lot of films, lately, I'm just going to say, if you like any other Quentin Tarantino's film, you must watch this one as well. I am sure I will watch this not only once again. It was brilliant. Christoph Waltz showed the highest class of acting in this film.
Anyway, let's head to the thing we're all gathered here for - predictions. I may not be very objective with some categories, but I will still share my prediction. So, let's get started.

Best Picture
Argo
Amour
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

(After such success in ALL of the awards so far, Argo is most likely to take an Oscar for best picture, too, but it's not the reason why I'm picking this one. I have to admit, that I haven't seen Beasts of the Southern Wild and Amour, but from what I've seen, Argo is the best picture of all.)

Best Director
Steven Spielberg in Lincoln
Michael Haneke in Amour
Behn Zeitlin in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Ang Lee in Life of Pi 
David O. Russell in Silver Linings Playbook

(I'm taking a risk with sharing this prediction of mine. I understand that my opinion is very unpopular and probably, not the right one, but since they didn't nominated Bigelow, Affleck and Tarantino, which was shocking, let's admit that, I honestly have no other choice. I mean, there's 99% that David O. Russell is not going to win an Oscar, but in this category I support only him.)


Best Score
Dario Marianelli in Anna Karenina
Alexandre Desplat in Argo
Mychael Danna in Life of Pi
John Williams in Lincoln
Thomas Newman in Skyfall


(Now I'm not really sure about this one, but as far as I'm familiar with best score winners over the years, I'd give my vote to Argo.)


Best Actor
Denzel Washington in Flight
Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables
Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook
Joaquin Phoenix in The Master


(Daniel Day-Lewis, simply, because there's not even a slight possibility for anyone else.)


Best Actress
Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
Naomi Watts in The Impossible
Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty


(I understand that most people are saying that Chastain is gonna get it, but, see, I'm not the most people. Plus, I support Jennifer Lawrence in everything she does (except The Hunger Games, a little bit...), she's simply brilliant and the performance she gave in Silver Linings Playbook.. Hands down, I haven't seen anything so good since Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose)


Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin in Argo
Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained
Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln
Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master

(I would name Dr. Schultz my favorite character of the year, so it would be quite silly not to say that Christoph Waltz deserves this award.)


Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables
Sally Field in Lincoln
Jacki Weaver in Silver Linings Playbook
Amy Adams in The Master
Helen Hunt in The Sessions


(I believe that there's no confusion here. I think, deep down, everybody knows that Anne Hathaway is gonna get it. If I would have to explain my choice right here, I would simply say that when she started singing I Dreamed a Dream on Les Mis, I got goosebumps and that is the reason, because I never got them before, at least, not because of the film.)


Best Original Screenplay
Michael Haneke in Amour
Quentin Tarantino in Django Unchained
John Gatins in Flight
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola in Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal in Zero Dark Thirty

(It's either this, or Mark Boal for Zero Dark Thirty, but I would stay with Tarantino on this one.)


Best Adapted Screenplay
Chris Terrio in Argo
Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin in Beasts of the Southern Wild
David Magee in Life of Pi
Tony Kushner in Lincoln
David O. Russell in Silver Linings Playbook


(There's no doubt in here, at least for me there isn't.)


Best Documentary (Feature)
5 Broken Cameras
How to Survive a Plague
Searching for Sugar Man
The Gatekeepers
The Invisible War


Best Documentary (Short)
Inocente
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart
Redemption


Best Short Film (Animated)
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head Over Heels
Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare'
Paperman


Best Short Film (Live Action)
Asad
Buzkashi Boys
Curfew
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
Henry


Best Foreign Language Film
A Royal Affair
Amour
Kon-Tiki
No
War Witch


Best Animated Film
Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph


Best Original Song
"Before My Time" in Chasing Ice
"Suddenly" in Les Miserables
"Pi's Lullaby" in Life of Pi
"Skyfall" in Skyfall
"Everybody Needs a Best Friend" in Ted


( I would like to say, that I'm supporting Ted's song, but I am almost sure that Skyfall is going to win, so in this case, I'm just going along majority.)


Best Editing
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty


Best Cinematography
Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall


Best Production Design
Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Best Costume Design
Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
Lincoln
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Sound Editing
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Sound Mixing
Argo
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

Best Visual Effects
Life of Pi
Prometheus
Snow White and the Huntsman
The Avengers
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Hitchcock
Les Miserables
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I already am overly excited for the Oscars this Sunday, fourth year in a row I'm going to watch it live, even though, it's going to be 2 AM in UK, but, it's always worth it. Did you make any predictions? Feel free to agree and disagree (I love to hear different opinion:) with me and have a  nice evening!


2013 m. vasario 11 d., pirmadienis

ARGO

imdb.com

IMDb.com rating 8.0
Rotten Tomatoes 96%

Movie info:
Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies. -- (C) Warner Bros.


What do the critics of Rotten Tomatoes say?
Tense, exciting, and often darkly comic, Argo recreates a historical event with vivid attention to detail and finely wrought characters.


What do I say?
Argo was one of those films that I wanted to watch before the Academy Awards, since it's been nominated and won so many awards so far (especially after Critics' Choice Award for Best Picture) it was on the top of my list. I honestly have no idea what took me so long. It was impressive and I think it really is the best film that's been made last year.
The film just sucks you in from the very beginning and doesn't want to let you go before it's done. It is very authentic, super realistic and every single detail in this films is so well-made, Affleck put a lot of effort to make the best out of it. Even the film itself was colored as an old one. I loved how they re-created places and clothes, even hairstyles. I really felt like I lived in the 80's, while I watched it. Apart from the visual part of the film, the story line was super tense and rather interesting. You wouldn't let yourself to miss one second of this masterpiece and at some places, you don't even want to blink and the closer the end, the faster your heart beats. The acting ensemble was brilliant and Ben Affleck, himself gave a performance to remember, I honestly think that this one is the tip of his career, he never did so great, before this I admired him as a director more, now he's equally good as an actor, too.
All in all, I highly recommend watching ARGO, not only to sneak a peek at the real historical events, but also to see a well-made and intelligent motion picture, which allows you to take a look at the cinema industry - Hollywood from the inside, a little bit.

My rating - 10
I had no reproaches for this picture and I would watch it again.

television

Hello again. Today I'm going to talk a little bit about all the series that I'm watching. I did not plan to write I post today, but then I got some really great news - one of my new favorite tv shows Arrow is officially returning back next autumn for season two. I am excited, even though I started watching Arrow like 3 days ago, or so.
So, let's get started!
In this post I'm just going to talk about what I'm watching and I why and next week I will start short weekly review of all new episodes:)
First on my list is and always will be Friends. I know it ended 9 years ago (woah!), but I still love Friends from the bottom of my heart. It was the best sitcom television has ever seen. I'm still re-watching random episodes from all 10 seasons, because they're all were extraordinarily great. I would SO watch the reunion, only if they would give us one. Unfortunately, there's no chance of that, so far.
Full House aired in the late 80's-early 90's. I don't remember what made me watch it all, but I did that just before Christmas '12 and I did not regret it. I watched all 8 seasons in 3 weeks, or something like that. It's another old school sitcom I would highly recommend.
How I Met Your Mother is obviously one of the greatest sitcoms nowadays, at least it was. 1st to 3rd seasons were absolutely stunning, but lately it's getting harder to even go through an episode without distracting yourself with some random stuff. I am actually very glad that 9th season is going to be final and I hope that they will find a new way to re-awake the show and make the 9th season the one to remember.
90210 is one of those shows that I started a long time ago. I think they were in the 2nd season when i started it, I was like 15 or something like that, so I really loved it! But right now I don't really see anything special in ti, but I still can't stop watching it, because I watched it for so long now and I'm used to it. Also, in this season they had few amazing episodes! I am actually considering watching Beverly Hills 90210.
The Lying Game just started 2nd season. I have no idea again why I started watching it in the first place, but I just did. And it keeps disappointing me, I mean there was not a single good episode of season 2. The finale of the first season was pretty tense, that what I'm expecting the second season to be like.
The Vampire Diaries was my favorite show when they just started, because of Damon mostly, and all of his inappropriate jokes, but right now there's way too much drama there and it does not make sense at all. But again, can't stop, because I'm used to it.
Glee is definitely my favorite musical tv show. Not to mention the fact how inspiring it is. I can shamelessly admit that pretty much every episode from season 2 made me cry. It is perfect and your argument is invalid.
American Horror Story was my discovery of the year. I loved the first season so much, I think I might have my own little marathon to watch all episodes in a row. It literally is the best thing that's ever reached television.
Arrow as I mentioned before is one of my new favorites. I watched it all in one day and Stephen Amell is stunning.
2 Broke Girls is my current favorite sitcom.
Teen Wolf is OMG. It has the most perfect cast ever, honestly, have you seen them???
Pretty Little Liars is getting booooring. I have to force myself to watch it, because it's just way too fucked up. Thank God for Haleb, they're saving the show.
The Carrie Diaries is like new Gossip Girl for me, even though I did not watched the entire GG, but it reminds me of that, mixed with Jane By Design (which was canceled, no idea why, it was great). Loving it so far.
The Following is that tv show that I am crazy about at the moment. I mean, seriously, after AHS, it's the best thing. I adore every single second of it. Such a great story line, such great idea.

And a list of tv shows I have to catch up:
The Big Bang Theory. I'm on season 6 at the moment, just a couple of episodes and I'm done. BAZINGA!
Go On, because I love Matthew Perry, okay?
Nashville, because Hayden Panettiere, that's why.
Suits. No comments on this one....
Revenge, I'm done with season 1, but I don't feel like starting the second one..
Supernatural, I was such a huge fan few years ago, but then I just stopped, no idea why, so I have to watch about 50 episodes now to catch up.