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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

oscar predictions -2011 - film awards (ii)


  • Best Documentary feature
Most likely winner : Exit Through the Gift Shop by Bansky and Jamie D'cruz. A very strange film about street art and the evolution of Mr. Brainwash. Some issues as to whether it's a real documentary but thoroughly entertaining nonetheless.

Backup Pick : Gasland by Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic. About natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing and the effect on communities. Seems like it'd be dull with those topics but isn't. The green movement should love it

Most deserving (My pick): Exit through the Gift Shop is a great film. I don't even care about street art and I liked it. Nothing should stop it from winning except the aura that the film is about a well-engineered con.

  • Best Foreign Language Film
Most likely winner : In a Better World (Denmark) in Danish and Swedish by Susanne Bier. Won at the Golden Globes. Got that whole refugee, emotional drama thing going for it. Seems set. But this award is usually the least predictable.

Backup Pick : Biutiful (Mexico) in Spanish by Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu. Bleak crime-drama but very family oriented. Sounds a bit like its channeling The Godfather,right? It isn't. But it's still very good.

Most deserving (My pick): Biutiful (Mexico) in Spanish by Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu. I like depressing crime-drama films.

  • Best Picture
Most likely winner : The Social Network from Dana Brunetti, Ceán Chaffin, Michael De Luca, and Scott Rudin .Possibly the movie that best reflects the tech-era attitude and vibe. One of the best films of the year in terms of soundtrack, acting, script, score and direction. Combine all that and that film should win.

Backup Pick : The King's Speech from Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Gareth Unwin. The best out of the UK. A great period piece which is superbly acted and written. Would be a winner on a day it didn't have the competition mentioned above.

Most deserving (My pick): Toy Story 3 from Darla K. Anderson. It's not that I think Toy Story should win over The Social Network. But I think animated films need to be taken seriously. (How was Wall-E not even nominated for this award?)

Monday, February 21, 2011

oscar prediction - 2011 - film awards (I)


  • Best Director
Most likely winner : David Fincher for The Social Network. Not easy to direct a film where everybody has an idea of how the characters should be, which is inevitable for real, famous people as the subject. David Fincher gets the entire aura of impatience, assured-ness and brilliance, all tinged with irony, to show up .

Backup Pick : Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan. Boldness. That's the word for the direction of the film. Because you can't make a film like this without wanting to create something spectacular that makes a statement. And Aronofsky does, indeed, put out a strong statement about competitiveness.

Most deserving : David Fincher for The Social Network. Difficult to driect. I was completely convinced the movie would be junk before I saw it. It's nice to be proven wrong. And I just can't give this film enough praise.


  • Best Adapted Screenplay
Most likely winner : The Social Network by Aaron Sorkin from The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich. There were a lot of ways to go wrong. There was almost no way to make this a good movie. But Sorkin did it. He made it a great movie.

Backup Pick : True Grit by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen from True Grit by Charles Portis. Because of the classic John Wayne film of the same name, the scrutiny would be very intense. The screenplay holds more to the novel than the first film but it's in no way any less good than the original film. It's an excellent Western (Hollywood needs more westerns), but the Coen brothers have their adapted screenplay Oscar already and it was for a better adaptation.

Most deserving (My pick): Toy Story 3 by Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich; characters based on Toy Story and Toy Story 2. The academy changed the award specifications so that the award would encompass remakes and character re-uses too. So in that case, Toy Story 3 falls under it. It's a trilogy, difficult for the third movie to live up usually. As good as The Social Network is, there is a book to base upon. The characters aren't new in Toy Story but the story is. And it's a great story which appeals to both adults and children. It should win but won't most likely.
  • Best Original Screenplay
Most likely winner :The King's Speech by David Seidler. An original story about well-known people with well-documented problems. Still a fresh perspective. It's not easy to do. In essence it's a story of triumph, both for Prince Albert and for the writer, formerly down-and-out David Seidler. The academy loves that kind of story.

Backup Pick : The Kids are all Right by Lisa Cholodenko and Lisa Blumberg. If emphasis was placed on 'original', then this story about two mothers, their children and the meeting of their sperm donor is as original as you get. It's like nothing else ever written.Yet.

Most deserving (My pick): The Fighter by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson. I just really like boxing movies.

Friday, February 18, 2011

A list about the most depressing bands/artists ever (pt 1) V2.

Criteria: My list, my rules. As always. The artist/band has to have two albums from which songs can be picked (off as a minimum). Then a reference lyric will be used.

The list - Probably not that much in order.

35. Avenged Sevenfold -
Noisy, brash, loud, dark and gloomy. Probably going to get even gloomier with the passing of The Rev

Album 1 : City Of Evil -2005

(a) Seize The Day - "Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost.It's empty and cold without you here, too many people to ache over"

Album 2 : Avenged Sevenfold - 2007


(a) Dear God - "A lonely road crossed another cold state line.Miles away from those I love, purpose hard to find"



34.Wilco - In the later albums, most of the time I have no idea what they're on about. So I guess it's depressing music more than lyrics.

Album 1 : A.M. - 1995


(a) Box Full of Letters - "You'll come back again.And I'll still be your friend"

(b) Should Have been In Love - "Your life's been stinking, your heart's been shrinking.And you're too busy thinking to stop.You blink and you're blue"



Album 2: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot -2002

Reference Tracks

(a) I am Trying To Break Your Heart - "I'd always thought that if I held you tightly.You'd always love me like you did back then.Then I fell asleep and the city kept blinking.What was I thinking when I let you back in?"

(b) Jesus, Etc- "I'll be around.You were right about the stars.Each one is a setting sun"

(c) I'm The Man Who Loves You- "If I could you know I would.just hold your hand and you'd understand.I'm the man who loves you"

Album 3 : Sky Blue Sky - 2007

Reference Tracks

(a) Impossible Germany- "This is important.But I know you're not listening.No I know you're not listening"

(b) Hate it Here- "I try to stay busy.I do the dishes, I mow the lawn.I try to keep myself occupied.Even though I know you're not coming home"

(c)Leave Me Like You Found Me - "Can you believe it.I'm somebody just like you.Content with being blue, honestly.Leave me like you found me"




33.Arcade Fire -
The darlings of the indie- rock world. And with good reason. Probably going to hit mainstream in a big way after the Grammy win for 'Album of the Year'.

Album 1 : Funeral -2004

Reference Tracks

(a) Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) - " But sometimes, we remember our bedrooms,and our parent’s bedrooms,and the bedrooms of our friends.Then we think of our parents,well what ever happened to them?!"


(b)Wake up -"Somethin’ filled up my heart with nothin’,someone told me not to cry."


Album 2 : Neon Bible -2007

Reference tracks

(a) Keep The Car Running -"There’s a weight that’s pressing down.Late at night you can hear the sound.Even the noise you make when you sleep.Can’t swim across a river so deep"


(b) My Body Is a Cage -"I'm standing on the stage of fear and self-doubt.It's a hollow play,but they'll clap anyway"


Album 3 : The Suburbs - 2010

Reference Tracks

(a) We Used to Wait -"We used to wait.We used to waste hours just walking around.We used to wait.All those wasted lives in the wilderness downtown"


(b)Ready To Start - "Now you're knocking at my door saying please come out against the night.But I would rather be alone than pretend I feel alright"


32. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - The best indie trio about right now? With songs of angst and lost love

Album 1 : Fever to tell -2003

Reference Tracks

(a) Maps- "Wait, they don't love you like i love you"


Album 2 : Show Your Bones -2006

Reference Tracks


(a) The Sweets -"The end will shelter me away from me .Can we meet again ?Meet and meet and meet and meet again"




31. Audioslave - Came from an angry group (Rage Against the Machine) and a grunge-downer one (Soundgarden). Had to be here.

Album 1: Audioslave - 2003

Reference Tracks

(a)Show Me How to Live - "Nail in my hand from my creator.You gave me life,now show me how to live"

(b) Shadow on the Sun - "Staring at the loss, looking for the cause and never really sure.Nothing but a hole, to live without a soul and nothing to be learned."


Album 2: Out of Exile -2005

Reference Tracks


(a) Heaven's Dead -"Best time you had for the best time you had.Heaven's dead when you get sad"





Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A list about the most depressing bands/artists ever (pt 1)

Criteria: My list, my rules. As always. The artist/band has to have two albums from which songs can be picked (off as a minimum). The songs can't be the only depressing song on a happy album (i.e Where is the Love on Elephunk by The Black Eyed Peas , possibly their only good song.) To block that the album needs a minimum of two depressy songs on it, but a max of four or half of 'A rush of blood to the head' will have to be listed. I'm not going to justify why the songs are depressing,I'll just find youtube links.

The list - Probably not that much in order.

35. Avenged Sevenfold -
Noisy, brash, loud, dark and gloomy. Probably going to get even gloomier with the passing of The Rev

Album 1 : City Of Evil -2005

Reference Tracks

(a) Seize The Day

(b) Bat Country


Album 2 : Avenged Sevenfold - 2007



Reference tracks

(a) Dear God



34.Wilco - In the later albums, most of the time I have no idea what they're on about. So I guess it's depressing music more than lyrics.

Album 1 : A.M. - 1995

Reference Tracks

(a) Too Far Apart



(b) Should Have been In Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pdp-MqqIfWs
Album 2 : Summerteeth -1999

Reference Tracks

(a) I'm Always in Love


(b) We're Just Friends


(c)When You wake Up feeling Old

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GDsvdSHJjY&feature=related

Album 3: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot -2002

Reference Tracks

(a) I am Trying To Break Your Heart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ENLOtLHBWE&feature=related
(b) Jesus, Etc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dhBrpV78BE&feature=related
Album 4 : Sky Blue Sky - 2007

Reference Tracks

(a) Impossible Germany

(b) Hate it Here

(c)Leave Me Like You Found Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2vP6w7Yg-k




33.Arcade Fire -
The darlings of the indie- rock world. And with good reason. Probably going to hit mainstream in a big way after the Grammy win for 'Album of the Year'.

Album 1 : Funeral -2004

Reference Tracks

(a) Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)


(b) Rebellion (Lies)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_aFmziaRdU

Album 2 : Neon Bible -2007

Reference tracks



(a) My Body Is a Cage


Album 3 : The Suburbs - 2010

Reference Tracks

(a) We Used to Wait

(b)Ready To Start

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pp3olGyku0



32. Yeah Yeah Yeahs -
The best indie trio about right now? With songs of angst and lost love

Album 1 : Fever to tell -2003

Reference Tracks

(a) Maps


(b)Date With the Night


Album 2 : Show Your Bones -2006

Reference Tracks

(a) Way Out

(b) The Sweets

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEtCdrgN52Y

31. Audioslave - Came from an angry group (Rage Against the Machine) and a grunge-downer one (Soundgarden). Had to be here.

Album 1: Audioslave - 2003

Reference Tracks

(a)Show Me How to Live

(b) Shadow on the Sun


(c) What You Are


Album 2: Out of Exile -2005

Reference Tracks

(a)Yesterday to Tomorrow


(b) Heaven's Dead





A list about the most depressing bands/artists ever (pt 2)

Criteria: My list, my rules. As always. The artist/band has to have two albums from which songs can be picked (off as a minimum). The songs can't be the only depressing song on a happy album (i.e Where is the Love on Elephunk by The Black Eyed Peas , possibly their only good song.) To block that the album needs a minimum of two depressy songs on it, but a max of four or half of 'A rush of blood to the head' will have to be listed. I'm not going to justify why the songs are depressing,I'll just find youtube links.

The list

30. Keane - Slow, mournful and piano-y. Occasionally angry yet somehow still slow and mournful.
Album 1 : Hopes and Fears

Reference Tracks:

(a) We Might as Well Be Strangers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82n2b4Mk8Zc


(b)She Has No Time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG40MBNyexU&feature=related

(c) Bedshaped

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSRjfP2EJsw&feature=related

(d) This Is the Last Time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdzD5C-1vvg

Album 2: Under The Iron Sea

Reference Tracks

(a) A Bad Dream

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SetZMHgARqs&feature=related

(b) Nothing in My Way

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b51aXDwCqI

(c)Try Again

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uGdrPMfKYc

29. Elton John

Album 1: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Reference Tracks

(a) Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAhpIjazFN0

(b) Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grc2rYZOWc8&feature=related


Album 2: Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

Reference Tracks

(a) Better Off Dead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bffP1d8jsM

(b) Someone Saved My Life Tonight

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia-s7rY175k

Album 3: Blue Moves

Reference Tracks

(a) Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2e4NlnLr28

(b) If There's A God in Heaven (what's He Waiting For?)

-

Album 5: Breaking Hearts

Reference Tracks

(a) Sad Songs Say So Much

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH276U5PiGQ

(b) Burning Buildings

-

Single : Candle in the Wind 1997

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdVLClrfrOk&feature=related


28. Belle And Sebastian



Album 1: The Boy With The Arab Strap

Reference Tracks:

(a) It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBVtXWHFhfg

(b) Is It Wicked Not To Care

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00Kr_RJVUHA&feature=related

Album 2 : Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant

Reference Tracks:

(a) I Fought In A War

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbpVULqIorA

(b) The Wrong Girl

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG7JviIqf4E


27. Roy Orbison

Album 1: Lonely And Blue

Reference Tracks:

(a) Only The Lonely

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOPah8Kby90

(b) Come Back to Me (my Love)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0NLFZNiKkw

Album 2: Crying

Reference Tracks:

(a) Crying

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAiJ3qQRvio

(b) Loneliness

-

Album 3: There Is Only One Roy Orbison

Reference tracks:

(a) Ride Away

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvjeO60gH7A

(b) I'm In a Blue Blue Mood

-



Album 4: Cry Softly Lonely One

Reference Tracks

(a) Just Let Me Make Believe

-


(b) Cry Softly Lonely One

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuDyhtOAsWA



26. Iron & Wine

Album 1: Our Endless Numbered Days

Reference Tracks

(a) Naked As We Came

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XXD20DhV4c

(b)Love and Some Verses

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EFiopuzJMs

(c) Free Until They Cut Me Down

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rogop4J9KhU

Album 2: The Shepherd's Dog

Reference Tracks

(a) Innocent Bones

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0TQ9KvUSnU

(b)Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJIEiekJpGM