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February 29, 2012

Best movies of 2011

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I’ve only seen 35 films released in 2011, and thus, I’ve decided to cut my favorite movies of the year down to 10. I know I haven’t seen almost all of the Best Picture nominees yet–among others–but I have to draw the line somewhere. Post up if you have a top movie not on my list, and I’ll consider adding it in my queue if it isn’t there.

  1. Midnight in Paris (Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay)
  2. Limitless (Best Thriller)
  3. Moneyball (Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay, Best Drama)
  4. The Adjustment Bureau (Best Action, Best Sci-Fi)
  5. Insidious (Best Horror)
  6. Bridesmaids (Best Comedy)
  7. The Change-Up (Best Sleeper)
  8. Martha Marcy May Marlene (Best Independent)
  9. Drive (Best Score)
  10. Crazy, Stupid, Love.

BJ

February 28, 2012

Academy Awards recap

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The 2011 awards season all in one post:

69th Golden Globes:

Ricky Gervais hosts the Golden Globes and can’t win. After a conservative hosting job contrary to pre-show jabs and previous years’ shows, he gets panned for pulling punches this time in what he said would be his last time hosting the Golden Globes.

More than one Golden Globe win for motion pictures: The Artist (3), The Descendants (2).

Oscar nominations:

Best Picture: The Artist (Best Picture – Comedy – The Artist), The Descendants (Best Picture – Drama – Golden Globe), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse
Actor in a Leading Role: Demian Bichir, George Clooney (Best Actor – Drama – Golden Globe), Jean Dujardin (Best Actor – Comedy – Golden Globe), Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt
Actress in a Leading Role: Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Meryl Streep (Best Actress – Drama – Golden Globe), Michelle Williams (Best Actress – Comedy – Golden Globe)
Directing: The Artist, The Descendants, Hugo (Best Director – Golden Globe), Midnight in Paris, The Tree of Life

More than three Oscar nominations: Hugo (11), The Artist (10), Moneyball (6), War Horse (6), The Descendants (5), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (5), The Help (4), Midnight in Paris (4).

Razzie nominations: Adam Sandler (11, record), Jack and Jill (12), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (9), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (8).

Sandler will be laughing all the way to the bank, though. Those two movies he racked up the noms for grossed over $357 million.

Awards to be announced on April Fool’s Day.

84th Academy Awards:

I decided to forgo my annual picks this year because of a combination of my not watching enough this past year and the massive amount of obscure movies nominated. Last year was a relatively weak movie year, and the Best Picture noms reflect that. I’ve only seen two of the nine best picture nominees and don’t have a single majority watch in any of the relevant categories. But it’s not all me, only one of the nine nominees has grossed over $100 million (The Help), the average is $57.5 million and three movies grossed under $15 million. The Artist is 8th at $12.1 million.

As expected, The Artist won top billing and tied Hugo with five Oscars for most on the night. It was just the second silent film to win Best Picture, with the first at the 1st Academy Awards in 1929, and the first black-and-white film since Schindler’s List in 1993. With Meryl Streep‘s win, she’s now 3 (T-2nd) for 17 (1st).

Here’s the complete list of winners.

Best Picture: The Artist
Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Directing: The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)

BJ

February 16, 2012

Pics pt. 3

Classic.

I always knew how Morgan Freeman felt about Black History Month, but it’s great to see the transcript. I think it’s safe to say most non-blacks find the idea of Black History Month ridiculous; if only all blacks felt the same way as Freeman on how to end racism, though, I admit that’ll never happen.

BJ

February 14, 2012

Slapped with semen slime

In December, James Cameron was hit with a lawsuit by Eric Ryder, who claimed that Avatar was ripped off from his story called KRZ 2068. Ryder was allegedly told by Lightstorm Entertainment that “no one would be interested in an environmentally themed science fiction feature film” but also told him that Cameron already had a scriptment for the project. Now why would he have a scriptment for a project that no one would be interested in?

It’s always easy to side with the studio, as it’s no surprise that Ryder has no credits to his name and looks like just another guy trying to make a quick buck off a highly-successful movie. But he better hope he wins this thing because he just ended any hopes of a career in Hollywood.

Anyone in the business will tell you they’ve heard the same story a thousand times no matter how unique you think it is. (And it’s so true. In one class, we all submitted loglines for input, and three consecutive loglines the instructor read were about cannibals. I mean what are the chances one out of the hundred students wrote about cannibals, let alone three in a row?) I want to know why it took exactly two years since the release date for the lawsuit to happen. Perhaps, to wait and see how much money the movie makes? Who knows what the real story is?

Two weeks ago, NBC decided to pull a segment shot last summer for Fear Factor where contestants were forced to drink full glasses of donkey semen and urine as part of a challenge. They had been mulling over the decision ever since they shot it, and they initially approved it but reneged when word got out on TMZ. The worst part is the contestants did it, and a previous episode aired in the time slot entirely.

First of all, how can you even think that that would’ve been okay? I’m surprised that a primetime network even had to mull that decision, let alone initially approve it. And do we have any sympathy for the contestants? An animal’s semen and urine? C’mon, you got to draw the line somewhere, and for some people, there is no line.

Jamie Oliver came over to the U.S. to attempt to transform the food industry like he did in the U.K., and in April’s season premiere of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Oliver introduced the audience to pink slime – cow scraps mixed with ammonia to make 70% of all ground beef in the country.

Two weeks ago, pink slime gained national attention when McDonald’s announced it no longer uses it in its burgers. Sadly, Oliver met resistance from U.S. officials, and his show was canceled last summer after two seasons due to low ratings.

Check out the segment below:

BJ

February 13, 2012

Pics pt. 2

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A perfect example of girls being over-analytical.

Replace “death star” with house/bank account/’65 Chevy/life/marriage/etc.

One of the few wise Asian insults. Not to be confused with “chink eyes” or making your eyes small with your fingers.

BJ

February 11, 2012

This weekend’s forecast

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Sat Sun
PM Showers Sunny
High: 61° High: 63°
Low: 38° Low: 40°

BJ

February 10, 2012

Pics pt. 1

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Is it internet picture week? There’s been an explosion of internet pictures the last couple of days so I’ll post my favorites. Thanks to all my Facebook friends.

Of course, a big chick posted this one, and while I have nothing against the right-leaning set, I do have to disagree with the caption for this picture:

“Just because you’re skinny doesn’t mean you’re hot! Bring the curves back!”

Well, let me say this:

Just because it’s the national average doesn’t mean it’s ideal.

While I almost don’t believe our fat country produces an average heavyset girl, I would guess the other two labels hold true.

Nothing like taking a shot against Asian stereotypes. Although it might be a poor choice of picture. He honestly looks like he’s struggling to drive. Doesn’t he?

BJ

February 9, 2012

My dream

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I just had a dream Dianna Agron sat down with some dude, and they had dinner in front of me in a conference room. Jealous? Not at all. Dreaming/talking/crushing on her a bit much in the past month? Maybe. In denial about the whole thing? Definitely not.

BJ

February 7, 2012

2012 movies preview

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After the first solid weekend of releases in the new year–over Super Bowl weekend, no less–let’s take a look at what to expect in 2012 after a somewhat weak 2011. You’ll notice the year of sequels and superheroes will continue and for obvious reason – everyone wants to see them. Time made a top 20 list, but I’ll rank my own with comments below. (Keep in mind my interest in comedy and apathy over superhero movies.)

20. Wrath of the Titans (3/30) – $150 million budget. Obligatory watch after having seen the original. Already developing a third installment.
19. The Avengers (5/4) – $220 million budget. Is this the orgy of superhero movies?
18. The Dark Knight Rises (7/20) – $250 million budget. Christopher Nolan can command more money than eight superheroes combined.
17. Les Miserables (12/7) – It’s been a while since a good musical, and Oscar-winning Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) will direct this interesting cast of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.
16. Lincoln (12/TBA) – $100 million budget. It’s not often you see the most talented method actor alive on the big screen. Daniel Day-Lewis won two Oscars and was nominated for two more in just his last ten roles. Knowing that he hasn’t broken out of his Abraham Lincoln accent since March 2011 means you can count on his fifth nomination out of his last 11.
15. World War Z (12/21) Pushed back to 6/21/13.
14. The Hunger Games (3/23) – After seeing the trailer, this Suzanne Collins adaptation actually went down a few notches.
13. The Great Gatsby (12/28) Pushed back to summer 2013.
12. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (8/3) – If you haven’t seen the first two, catch up. One of the best live-action family comedy franchises…ever.
11. The Expendables 2 (8/17) – $100 million budget. Sylvester Stallone traded Mickey Rourke and Steve Austin for Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and Liam Hemsworth. Count me in.
10. Men in Black 3 (5/25) – $375 million budget. See No. 20.
9. Paranormal Activity 4 (10/19)
8. The Five-Year Engagement – Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller team up again (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) for this delightful-looking romcom, which also stars the delectable Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau).
7. The Amazing Spider-Man (7/3) – Surely, Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) and Emma Stone are better than Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. Right? A sequel for 2014 is planned.
6. Project X (3/2) – A crazy house party movie. Done before. Add Todd Phillips as producer and shoot it home video style, and you set a mysterious tone and a must-watch movie over what would normally be a dull and predictable comedy.
5. This is 40 (12/21) – Judd Apatow‘s self-obsessive number. Three years since last making Funny People and five years from what it’s being spin off of, Knocked Up, add Bridesmaids hits Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd and Annie Mumolo as well as Megan Fox, Albert Brooks (Drive) and John Lithgow, and you have a star-studded comedic cast. But you could’ve sold me on Apatow alone, who’s also producing The Five-Year Engagement.
4. Skyfall (11/9) – $150 million budget. Bond 23. Could’ve been higher, but the betrayal theme in action movies is trite now.
3. Taken 2 (10/5) – It’s only fitting that the runaway hit from the 2008 original ($227 million gross) sees Liam Neeson‘s character come back for more. This is one of Neeson’s five high-profile movies for the year, which includes Wrath of the Titans and The Dark Knight Rises.
2. The Bourne Legacy (8/3) – Say what you will about Matt Damon not being in it. I guess when the eponymous character isn’t in the sequel, just add a ‘Legacy’ to it (think TRON). The up-and-coming action star Jeremy Renner should do just fine, who’ll also suit up for his role in The Avengers. Book 4 of 9 from Robert Ludlum‘s series. None of the first three has an IMDb rating below 7.7.
1. Django Unchained (12/25) – A slavery movie with a twist of Quentin Tarantino will equal a wonderful Christmas present to America. Three years after releasing his epic war drama Inglourious Basterds, Q brings back Christoph Waltz to a host of amazing talent, including Leonardo DiCaprio, who will have two of his movies (The Great Gatsby) come out that week. Looking ahead to Q’s next project? Kill Bill: Vol. 3 for 2014.

BJ

February 6, 2012

Fun Super Bowl fact #32

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Jack and Sprite doesn’t quite work like Jack and Coke.

BJ

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