Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dolph Lundgren Singing Elvis, playing a Drum Solo and Doing Karate in a Tuxedo



Just when I thought the success of UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: REGENERATION would boost Dolph's career, I saw this video of him on a German singing show doing Elvis. It's actually pretty amazing to watch, drum solo and karate and grunting in a tux.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Johnson and Jonson (Blu & Mainframe) - Disco D.Y.N.A.M.I.T.E.

Disco Dynamite from A.C.R.O.N.Y.M on Vimeo.


I really like the visuals for this track from Blu and Mainframe's last album.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

oscar nominations

Best picture

"Avatar"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
"Up in the Air"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"Up"
"The Blind Side"
"District 9"
"An Education"
"A Serious Man"

So 10 nominations just seems to weaken the category. While D9 was great, it probably shouldn't have been nominated. At least over STAR TREK which was still my favorite movie of the year. THE BLIND SIDE really weakens this list because it sucked. I saw about 30 min, then read ESPN and didn't have to finish watching Sandra Bullock over act for another hour. I would say that the bottom of this list should probably just be cut off. I think AVATAR will win in a year where HURT LOCKER, UP IN THE AIR and INGLORIOUS should've had a better chance because all three of those movies were great. A really good year for movies in retrospect, but I wonder what the Academy's top 5 would've done to screw this up.

Actor

George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"
Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"

Jeremy Renner is incredible in the film and deserved the nomination, but I hear that Bridges is fantastic in a film I haven't seen yet. And isn't it time that Flynn gets a win? He's my pick. Sorry Clooney, firth and Freeman, but this just wasn't your year despite all being fantastic. Except Freeman...I think I'm catching onto his act.

Actress

Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"
Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"
Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"
Carey Mulligan, "An Education"

Sandra Bullock needs to go choke on a big feather boa from MISS CONGENIALITY 2 She used to be a favorite of mine but her charm has worn impossibly thin. Streep was great, but wasn't in the film enough. I hear Mirren was nominated to fill a spot. as good as AN EDUCATION was, I just don't think there's enough of a machine behind Mulligan for the win. And I don't wanna talk about PRECIOUS. Streep for the win, assuming the Academy isn't fatigued on her.

Supporting actor

Matt Damon, "Invictus"
Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"
Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station"
Stanley Tucci, "The Lovely Bones"
Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"

Waltz. If there's any question, you need to go see INGLORIOUS BASTERDS again.

Supporting actress

Vera Farmiga, "Up in the Air"
MO'NIQUE, "PRECIOUS"
Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"
Penelope Cruz, "Nine"
Maggie Gyllenhaal, "Crazy Heart"

So...9 won't win and CRAZY HEART is Bridges show, so those 2 are out. UP IN THE AIR girls were great, but could cancel each other out. I actually think that I'll pick Mo'Nique because she didn't play herself for once.

Director

Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"
Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
JAMES CAMERON, "AVATAR"
Lee Daniels, "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air"

Oh shit, this category is a death group. I pick Cameron because I think AVATAR will clean up, but Tarantino and Bigelow both did amazing things, Reitman as well but on a smaller scale, and I think PRECIOUS blew it's PR buzz too early.

Animated feature

"UP"
"Coraline"
"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
"The Princess and the Frog"
"The Secret of Kells"

UP will win.

Original screenplay

"The Hurt Locker"
"INGLORIOUS BASTERDS"
"The Messenger"
"A Serious Man"
"Up"

INGLORIOUS BASTERDS was probably the best script I've seen on film for a long, long time. While the other films in the category were great films, the INGLORIOUS script was such a brilliant mindfuck by Tarantino, that I just can't fathom how any script for the last 10 years could even come close to it. It's the most vividly imagined and frighteningly hilarious script of the year by a million miles and nothing even comes close to touching it.

Adapted screenplay

"District 9"
"An Education"
"In the Loop"
"Precious"
"UP IN THE AIR"

UP IN THE AIR, but I might even say that IN THE LOOP is a better script, not that that means anything in the Oscars.

I'll post the rest of the nominations, but I really can't make picks on them this early for anything other than the big ones.

Best foreign-language film

"Ajami"
"El Secreto de Sus Ojos"
"The Milk of Sorrow"
"Un Prophète"
"The White Ribbon"

Best film editing

"Avatar"
"District 9"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"Precious"

Art direction

"Avatar"
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
"Nine"
"Sherlock Holmes"
"The Young Victoria"

Cinematography

"Avatar"
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"The White Ribbon"

Costume design

"Bright Star"
"Coco Before Chanel"
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
"Nine"
"The Young Victoria"

Best documentary feature

"Burma VJ"
"The Cove"
"Food, Inc."
"The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers"
"Which Way Home"

Documentary short

"China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province"
"The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner"
"The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant"
"Music by Prudence"
"Rabbit à la Berlin"

Makeup

"Il Divio"
"Star Trek"
"The Young Victoria"

Music (original score)

"Avatar"
"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Sherlock Holmes"
"Up"

Music (original song)

"Almost There" from "The Princess and the Frog"
"Down in New Orleans" from "The Princess and the Frog"
"Loin de Paname" from "Paris 36"
"Take it All" from "Nine"
"The Weary Kind (Theme from "Crazy Heart") from "Crazy Heart"

Short film, animated

"French Toast"
"Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty"
"The Lady and the Reaper"
"Logorama"
"A Matter of Loaf and Death"

Short film, live action

"The Door"
"Instead of Abracadabra"
"Kavi"
"Miracle Fish"
"The New Tenants"

Sound editing

"Avatar"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"Star Trek"
"Up"

Sound mixing

"Avatar"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"Star Trek"
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"

Visual effects

"Avatar"
"District 9"
"Star Trek"

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