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OSCARS: They’re winning tonight

In Actor, Director, Film, TV on 2011/02/27 at 11:15 pm

After much filmwatching, filmhunting and filmpredicting these are my picks of the winners tonight. Feeling pretty confident, I must say.

WINNERS of the 2011 Academy Awards

Best Picture: The Social Network

WRONG! Winner – The King’s Speech

An obvious choice. It seems to be Fincher’s year and every Fight Club-loving maniac out there will be grinning their teeth while shouting YOU’RE THE MAN, FINCH! Ugh. Perhaps I’ve expressed my difficulties with Fincher before? And as bad as it sounds, they are completely because of him, not his works. Or well, maybe a little of that as well. Se7en was a fantastic film, Fight Club was well made but couldn’t measure up with the book. And the ending. THE ENDING. (I’m talking about the film, if you’ve read the book you’ll get my point.) Afterwards it became trendy to “like Fincher” and state that he’s a god walking among men. I was turned off by this. But none of that really matters once you’ve seen The Social Network because it is very very VERY well-made and what’s the term…. very now. Every student will be able to resonate with it and every cinephile will drool of its cinematography and writing. Only other film that can be a big contender is The King’s Speech, but it doesn’t stand a chance next to…. sigh … The Fincher.

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

The tough contender here is Annette Bening but after seeing The Kids Are All Right I’m convinced Portman is taking it home, which I kinda was even before, really. The woman made the performance of a lifetime and has been the lucky winner in every other award ceremony. The only hesitation I have is if The Academy wants to give it to Bening just to be politically correct. I’ll boycot The Oscars next year if they do.

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)

Firth has had a wonderful year, and apparently given a wonderful perfomance (I’ve yet to see The King’s Speech, but as everyone else I’ve heard promising things about the film) so there’s no question he’s winning this year. He’s won every other award so it’s a given choice.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Melissa Leo (The Fighter)

I feel SO BAD about not seeing the The Fighter yet, much due to the fact that Bale is nominated for it, so I’m only choosing Leo because of what I’ve seen and heard from other sources. I’ve watched some of her other works and the woman has talent, there’s no question about it. The Academy will most likely acknowledge that as well.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale (The Fighter)

Halle-fucking-lujah. About damn time. I could go on and on like this. He’s never even been nominated before and it’s a disgrace, most people would agree. This, along with some of his other more recent works, is probably one of his most commercial films which I’m betting The Academy took under consideration here. And the fact that they’ve robbed the guy so many times before. ‘Nuff said, Bale’s winning tonight and I’m absolutely stoked for him. I just hope he doesn’t give another “Fuck you De Niro” speech.

Best Director: David Fincher

WRONG! Apparently not Fincher’s year. Winner – Tom Hooper from The King’s Speech

Again, it’s Fincher’s year. And however smug this guy may be about his talent, that’s the thing: he HAS talent. You couldn’t deny it when watching TSN. For what it is, for what it stands, it is immaculate as a film and the flaws are hard to find. The other nominees are equally as talented, just look at Aronofsky, the Coen brothers, Hooper and O. Russel. My heart wants Aronofsky (just watch Pi and Requiem for a Dream) but the head says David Fincher, and it’s gonna be him.

Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3

I almost cried of joy when I saw this film. It is so well-written, so well-made and so utterly entertaining from start to finish. Probably the best of the series. A winner of every category in my book (but not really). The others don’t stand a chance.

Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler (The King’s Speech)

Seidler has also been the big contender this year, and I wouldn’t bet on anyone else than him. If anything the film has said to be nothing without its superb script and I can’t argue with that. I found the screenplay for The Kids are All Right way over-hyped (it wasn’t extra-ordinary in any way) and The Academy would NEVER give it to Nolan’s Inception either, no matter how much I admire the guy. Too much mindfuck in that one. Another year Chris.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)


The guy used to write for The West Wing. Need I say more? But no, the script was great, and I sincerely mean that. Without it the movie would be nothing. The other nominees, such as Boyle and Beaufoy or the Coen’s, are just as deserving but they’ve already won in the past.

Best Foreign Language Film: Biutiful (Mexico – Alejandro González Iñárritu)

WRONG! And I’m kinda happy about it. Go Bier. Winner – In a Better World (Hævnen)

Now this is a tricky one. On one hand I’m kinda rooting for In a Better World (Hævnen) since it’s Susanne Bier and Mikael Persbrandt – two very respected people here in Sweden, and it’s been over two decades since Scandinavia’s won an Academy Award. But something tells me Bardem and those agony-filled eyes are taking it home this year. But I have to say, I’m really torn on this one.

Best Documentary Feature: Inside Job

This film feels more relevant than any of the others, which sounds really bad now that I think about it, but hey – this is America we’re talking about it. Exit Through The Giftshop has gotten a lot of hype, but it just feels too artsy and goofy to win the actual award. Nope, I’m going for Wall Street and the economy here.

Give the guy a break, people.

In Actor, Film on 2011/02/27 at 4:19 pm

So I’ve got this problem. Basically, I’m a hypocrite. I disown every award ceremony there is, claiming they’re all popularity contests (which in fact they are), but then as soon as they’re on the tube I can’t help myself of watching the entire thing. The Globes were first, then The BAFTAs and now tonight – The Oscars. It might also have something to do with the fact that my favorite actor since I first saw him gutting people open as Patrick Bateman – Christian Bale – is nominated in all of the award shows and is in fact winning every single time. Exception being The BAFTAs where The King’s Speech took home every award there was, especially with the three leads – Firth, Bonham-Carter and Rush who all won in their categories.

Now, Bale has had a tough break with the masses. I know it’s weird that I’m talking about him like he’s my godson or something, but c’mon, I’ve loved this guy’s talent for as long as I can remember. Before all the media frenzy, way back when I had to explain to people who he actually was. So after The Dark Knight – or Batman Begins for those who were truly paying attention – people started noticing him. After watching BB in general people were turned on by the guy. After watching TDK people were turned off. The raspy voice. You know what I mean. Here’s when Bale became an easier target for his acting ways than Leno with his wussy jokes. Everyone made a big deal out of it, or at least those who hadn’t even seen BB since the unorthodox voice was there to begin with. Funny how people kept picking on the guy for this, saying: “I can’t even concentrate on the movie itself whenever Batman opens his yap” when not a single person was distracted by Rorschach in the film Watchmen (released a few months afterwards) when he used the same raspy voice for his character. So, strike one. Then Terminator Salvation comes out, a movie that becomes a big hit on theatres worldwide. The film itself is only average, solely worth seeing for the action sequences and visual effects (excluding the recreation of  a very visibly fake Arnold in the end). But this wasn’t the only thing people were scratching their heads over, again Bale had made some choices that people apparently weren’t responding that well too. So much that critics were actually applauding co-star Sam Worthington for his work on the film. If you’ve seen Salvation, you know something’s terribly wrong by even uttering such a thing. And so, strike two.

Then. Then the infamous rant. For this you’ve got the three most common responses:
one – “I’ve lost all respect for this guy”, two – “He was in character the entire time” and three – “Well, if my Director of Photography was such a noob I’d get in his face too”. Now this is a matter I can’t really put my finger on. Do we all have a bad day sometimes? Yes. Would I get upset if someone was doing their job poorly? Yes. Would that excuse my actions in form of a verbal barrage? No, not really. But consider this: I no longer have any privacy (something that has shifted very recently). I bring my work home. My work happens to be an on-the-brink soldier suffering from constant anxiety and survival of the fittest-undertones. In the extreme measure. It’s no secret Bale’s a method actor, so was Bobby De Niro. And he was also famous for his behavior, but no one would talk about it because, well – it’s Robert De Niro for Christ’s sake. So no, it doesn’t excuse the incident, but honestly, we have to take under consideration that if we all judged our friends, family or ourselves for that matter in the same way there wouldn’t be anyone left in our social network. (And this would be strike three, for those of you who’re counting.)

Tonight Bale’s on the line for an Oscar, and he’s gonna win it, as we all know. So this is what I ask: watch his work. Watch Empire of the Sun and weep. Watch American Psycho and laugh. Watch The Machinist while anxiety-ridden. And then watch The Fighter and see why this attempt of an unofficial tribute was even written. As for me, I’m off to watch Rescue Dawn – another token of Bale at his best. As always.

reliving james joyce

In Life, Random on 2011/02/24 at 2:28 pm

i walk into the room and instantly am struck by an aha-moment they’re normal people too i think pouring away, draining the vessels, dancing so caucasian even wayne campbell would state “you’re partied out, man” but somehow when consumed by all of those soon forgotten laughs, talks, memories i can’t see them in the same light anymore these my friends? laughing inside i rephrase my foes instead because how can they be my friends when this will all be left behind how can you stand there and laugh at my jokes when i know i’m so much better than this than you than all of you and deserve it just as much this is the future i ask pointing at your visages how can you help me when you can’t even help yourself and then and there i decide to myself that i will overcome all of the shit they’ve put me through and emerge ever better ever thriving ever fucking awesome than either one of you ever will

did someone say impossible?

In Fashion on 2011/02/22 at 6:16 pm

Crystal fucking Renn, man. She’s done what most fashion-savvy thought was unimaginable, unthinkable, even preposterous. As a plus size model she has officially become a supermodel. And no, I don’t mean in only some fashion circuits, I mean in all of them. Not only is she walking for Jean Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld (and has done so numerous times now) but she’s also doing editorials in every fashion magazine there is (I literally see her everywhere these days) and again I have to stress – the woman is not size zero. With curves, stunning features and such a great approach to the fashion industry, this woman is, in lack of words, badass. I saw her in an interview where she said “I think change is happening” and I couldn’t agree more. And you know what? About damn time, if you ask me. We say we appreciate beauty in all shapes and sizes but come on, that’s bs. I’m not insinuating that we see everything in black and white, but the fact is that people’s perception of beauty is simple-minded in a way that we don’t respond to our politically correct opinions in the practical sense. You might say curvy models are beautiful, but if you saw them on a runway we sure as hell know what you’re thinking. The why’s and what’s begin. People don’t take action, and they don’t really do anything about it. Until now.

But let’s focus on Crystal Renn. Now 24, Renn began her career as a “normal” model but had to struggle to get there by losing a considerable amount of weight. Determined to succeed, she lost about 90 pounds and got her modeling contract. But as a result of an unhealthy regime, her body suddenly gave out on her one day. That was the point when she decided to actually start eating again and continue modeling with her original body weight. Taking such a risky decision in the world we live in these days, Renn has become even more successful now than she was before, having covered Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and many other magazines around the world.

Many have probably heard her success story before, but for those who haven’t I’m sharing it to you guys. Here’s some more photos of la belle Renn:




Heat (1995)

In Film on 2011/02/16 at 8:38 am

Vincent Hanna
You know, we’re sitting here, you and I, like a couple of regular fellas. You do what you do, and I do what I gotta do. And now that we’ve been face to face, if I’m there and I gotta put you away, I won’t like it. But I tell you, if it’s between you and some poor bastard whose wife you’re gonna turn into a widow… Brother, you are going down.

[Pause]

Neil McCauley
There is a flip side to that coin. What if you got me boxed in and I gotta put you down? Cause no matter what, you will not get in my way. We’ve been face to face, yeah.
But I will not hesitate. Not for a second.

– – – –

blues

In Fashion, Film on 2011/02/14 at 5:31 pm

Hype of the week: Super 8

In Director, Film on 2011/02/13 at 11:40 pm

 

Film: Super 8
Director: J.J. Abrams

Another director whose creativity has triggered my interest, J.J. Abrams is amongst those working in Hollywood who can combine brains with brawns. Time after time he has pleased both audiences and critics with his few works, starting safe with MI: 3  – the best of the series I may add – and then continued on to science fiction projects such as Cloverfield and Star Trek. Now, I never saw Cloverfield, even if everyone was raving about it, but I did however get to see Star Trek. Never being a Trekkie myself, I must admit that I did badmouth Abrams’ installment to the revived franchise at first. Needless to say, I hadn’t even watched the film at this point. But if you look closely at my personal DVD collection you will in fact see that Abrams’ Star Trek has found its place there, and with good reason. The film was not only good – it was insanely so. Afterwards I wanted to know every other project he was working on which leads us to this film – Super 8. The title reveals nothing, because it really can mean anything, but the story of the film revolves around an extra-terrestrial attack to planet Earth which reaks Spielberg miles away. Need I mention that he’s also the producer of the film? Anyway, the Spielberg influences aren’t necessarily a bad thing, if Abrams has proved one thing it’s that he knows how to put his own mark on the films he directs and how to make them interesting, borderline shamelessly entertaining. Starring in the film are Elle Fanning (slowly making her way to become an A-list:er) and Kyle Chandler (an underrated actor whom I’ve been fond of ages back now!). Hopefully this summer, Abrams will wow us once again and provide a popcorn flick of the best sort.

Release date: July 29th

“Sometimes I want sweet, sometimes I want sour.” (- Kate Breck)

In Fashion on 2011/02/05 at 3:13 pm

“–Sometimes I don’t know what I want.” This is Kate Breck from Hallam Foe, and even though she’s talking about a completely different matter, I thought it fit in here. Because that’s how I feel about fashion basically. Sometimes I hate its conformism, and sometimes I contribute to it. At times I can’t stand our possesive nature of wanting too much and claim that our need to be a part of the material world is so shallow, so tragic. And then other times I look at clothes and runway shows and want to know every story behind every piece while imagining in my head what belt would go best with the dress I’d planned on wearing as my Grace Kelly look of the day.

Does this make me complex? Hell no. Just average, really. In any case, I started looking at pieces from Sthlm Fashion Week and there were two shows that stood out.

Ida Sjöstedt – no surprise there – always makes the prettiest dresses and this time Whyred caught my attention as well. Like most others. I love the girlyness of the pink dresses, it’s like wanting to be Cinderella all over again. Not that I ever was a big fan of Cinderella (I’d go for Belle in ‘Beauty and The Beast’ any day) but you know what I mean – it’s all so very nostalgic and fairy-like. And the Whyred clothes had a touch of Mad Men (always a winner it seems nowadays) but were also spot on with cuts and colors. I can’t really put my finger on it, but it just worked so well together. Here’s what I mean:

IDA SJÖSTEDT  2011/2012

WHYRED 2011/2012

Photos here and here