You can literally sit there for HOURS and it’s no big deal. Seriously, there’s some kids over there playing Magic: The Gathering and no one is judging them. That’s so adorable.
My roommate’s girlfriend came to visit him so I decided to pack up my laptop and spend the day chilling in the lounges.
I went to brunch first, then went to the post office in town to get a package to mail something to find out they close on Noon on Saturdays (Sorry, Meagan. I’ll get the scarf to you next week for sure.)
Then I just sat in Gemmel and watched SPvTW for like the 10th time in the past month. It’s nice watching a good movie that you’re familiar with, especially if it can still make you chuckle.
After I finished it, I finally got around to watching this show “Misfits” that everyone on the internets keeps claiming is “so good.”
Guess what guys, Misfits is
(I love that gif WAY too much)
I’ve only seen the first few episodes, but it’s definitely worth a watch if you can get your hands on a friends’ DVD copy of Series 1. The characters are great, writing is witty, shit gets real. Joss Whedon would be so proud.
Here’s a brief summary of the episodes I’ve seen so far:
Episode 1: “Hey everybody! Let’s all listen to LCD Soundsystem and preform oral sex on Water Bottles!”
Episode 2: “Hey everybody! Let’s all accidentally have sex with old ladies!”
Episode 3: “Hey everybody! Let’s all watch each other masturbate because we’re unable to have physical contact!”
Episode 4: “Hey everybody! Let’s all go back in time and make Big Lebowski references!”
Also, it should be noted that this show has an awesome Soundtrack. Just sayin’.
That really all the eventful stuff that happened today.
One Oscar Nomination isn't cool. You know what's cool? A BILLION NOMINATIONS!
Let’s talk about the Oscar Nominees.
Best Picture Black Swan
This movie was so good. Classiest Horror Movie I’ve ever seen. Directing was outstanding, I loved that it had a very claustrophobic feel to it. The acting was brilliant by the entire cast, and I’ll talk more a bout Natalie Portman later. That scene where Portman finally dances as the Black Swan and transforms would win any and all “Best Singular Scenes” awards. This is easily the greatest psychological Thriller since Satoshi Kon’s “Perfect Blue”, which everyone who loved Black Swan should definitely watch. Yes, it’s anime, but this ain’t Sailor Moon.
My face during Black Swan:
"OH GOD OH GOD LEGS DON’T GO LIKE THAT."
I haven’t seen it. I didn’t have any interest to until it started winning things. Mark Wahlberg is okay, I don’t think I’ve seen him in much. I always think of SNL’s “Mark Wahlberg talks to Animals” sketch when someone mentions him. Also, I refuse to accept proof that Christian Bale can act. I hate Christian Bale. I hate Christian Bale so so so so so so much. Hate him. Seriously, he’s playing a crack-addicted ex-boxer turned coach? A fucking volleyball could’ve gotten an Oscar for that! (Yes, I AM still bitter Wilson didn’t win Best Supporting for Castaway.)
My Face when thinking of Christian Bale:
"Jim Carrey would’ve been so much better for American Psycho."
Such a good movie, especially for a Blockbuster Summer movie. Great cast, great effects. Christopher Nolan is one of the best filmmakers working today, and I hope this starts a trend of intelligent big budget movies. Although the whole time I kept drawing comparisons to a very similar movie, Satoshi Kon’s “Paprika”, which everyone should see. Also, if you haven’t seen Nolan’s “Memento” do that RIGHT. NOW. RIGHT NOW.
My Face when the final scene of Inception:
"Fall. Fall. Fall, you son of a bitch."
The Kids Are All Right
I’ve already talked about this movie, but I’ll do it again. Very good movie, the acting was brilliant. It’s not going to win anything but I’m glad it’s getting recognition. The only thing was for a movie that was advertised as a comedy, some serious shit goes down. Props for portraying lesbians in a relationship without the main focus being “WOAH WOAH! GIRLS? IN LOVE!?! MADNESS!!!”.
My face when Julianne Moore’s character was (SPOILERS) being a total cuckolder:
"What the fuck are you doing, Julianne Moore? Stop being such a goddamn slut. You got a wife and kids, Julianne Moore!"
The King’s Speech
I wanna see this so bad. SO bad. You don’t even know. I love Colin Firth, and it’s nice to see Helena Bonham Carter in a role in a movie other than her crazy-ass, overrated husband’s films (none of which have been good since Big Fish and nothing will ever top Ed Wood. Although, Burton is attached to do Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer. If anything can make me respect him again, it’s that.). Hopefully all this Oscar Buzz and the awards this movie is winning will bring it into a wider release.
My face when Clarion’s theater doesn’t have The King’s Speech:
"Really, Clarion? You still have Yogi Bear and Narnia but no King’s Speech? It’s fucking Oscar season. Get it together."
I haven’t seen this either. I don’t really have much motivation to. Danny Boyle is great, and I’m glad he won so much for Slumdog Millionaire, even though looking back it was a tad over-rated…
Hey James Franco, how good were Trainspotting and 28 Days Later?
I couldn’t resist.
Speaking of so good, James Franco is awesome and I’m glad he’s getting nominated. This was an Oscar Bait role, and he got it. Good for James Franco. Can’t wait to see him and Anne Hathaway host.
My Face when James Franco and Anne Hathaway:
(I don’t know how to make GIFs, but just imagine one of my face doing that.)
The Social Network
This is going to win. I’m fine with this, even though it’s not my first pick.. Words can not express how much I love this movie. Jesse Eisenberg nails his role as Mark Zuckerberg. He’s on a role and his career looks like nothing but greatness is ahead. The supporting cast also does wonderfully. I’m a little sad to see up-and-coming Andrew Garfield got snubbed for Best Supporting. The real star of this movie, though, is without a doubt Aaron Sorkin’s script. The dialogue is snappy, witty, and goes from funny to full of heart to “shit just got real” in seconds. It’s a wonderful movie and I’m glad it’s going to win.
My face when it was all over:
"That was so good I’m tingling."
Toy Story 3
That being said, this is the movie that should be winning Best Picture. It had everything from heart-warming nostalgia, to gripping action and dramatic plot, to knee-slappingly funny comedy (Mr. Tortilla Head, all day every day), then right back to making you cry like a little bitch who just got his lunch money taken away. I cried my eyes out at five separate moments an I loved every second of it. In fact if you didn’t cry at this, you are a soulless monster. If the original Toy Story set the standard for animated features to come, Toy Story 3 perfected the formula and ran with it.
Me during Toy Story 3:
(I couldn’t take a good still picture of me crying, so here’s the master.)
If not THE, it’s definitely ONE OF the best westerns of all time. (It’s strongest competition is The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence. Go watch that.) If he didn’t win last year, Jeff Bridges would be a shoe-in for Best Actor (again, haven’t seen King’s Speech yet) and Hailee Steinfeld did SUCH a good job in this. Matt Damon once again proved that no one gives him enough credit for being amazing. Writing was fantastic, directing was good as always. One of the things I’ve noticed is that the Coen Brothers always have the BEST extras and actors in very minor parts. Anyone else notice that?
My face when Haliee Steinfeld is so freaking adorable:
I was very fortunate to have friends here who know about movies. I got to watch this with a friend and it BLEW ME AWAY. This won at Sundance for a very good reason and that reason is damn it’s a good movie. Jennifer Lawrence gives a BEAST of a performance here. IMO she’s Portman’s strongest competition. This journey though a crack-ridden rural Middle America is stunning and bleek and everyone should see it.
My face when it was over:
Best Actor Javier Bardem–Biutiful Jeff Bridges–True Grit Jesse Eisenberg–The Social Network Colin Firth–The King’s Speech James Franco–127 Hours
From the two I saw, I think Jeff Bridges and Jesse Eisenberg have equal claim. All signs point to Colin firth winning, which I’m more than okay with.
Best Actress Annette Bening–The Kids Are All Right Nicole Kidman–Rabbit Hole Jennifer Lawrence–Winter’s Bone Natalie Portman–Black Swan Michelle Williams–Blue Valentine
As good as Annette Bening and Jennifer Lawrence were, this award is Natalie Portmans. Hands down. She nailed that role so hard the hammer broke.
Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale–The Fighter John Hawkes–Winter’s Bone Jeremy Renner–The Town Mark Ruffalo–The Kids Are All Right Geoffrey Rush–The King’s Speech
If it was up to me, John Hawkes would win this award hands down. Hell, I’d pick just about anybody over Christian Bale. But for real, John Hawkes was so good in Winter’s Bone. (But Jack! You just said that anyone could win as a crack addict when talking about Christian Bale’s role). It’s my Tumblr, I can be as inconsistent as I want.
Best Supporting Actress Amy Adams–The Fighter Helena Bonham Carter–The King’s Speech Melissa Leo–The Fighter Hailee Steinfeld–True Grit Jacki Weaver–Animal Kingdom
I’ve heard Melissa Leo was good, and she’s been winning, but Hailee deserves this award so much. SO much.
Also, Amy Adams should win an award just for being gorgeous.
Best Director Darren Aronofsky–Black Swan Joel and Ethan Coen–True Grit David Fincher–The Social Network Tom Hooper–The King’s Speech David O. Russell–The Fighter
Darren Aronofsky. The Coens and Fincher are wonderful, and I love them, but Aronofsky’s work on Black Swan was the most undeniably powerful influence on art. No one else would’ve made that movie the way he did, and no one else could’ve.
Also, no nomination for Nolan? Really?
Best Original Screenplay Another Year The Fighter Inception The King’s Speech The Kids Are All Right
IMO, it’s between The Kids Are All Right and Inception. TKAAR had great dialogue and a wonderful story, but considering you had Nolan writing Inception, I can only imagine how amazing that is as just a script.
Best Adapted Screenplay 127 Hours The Social Network Toy Story 3 True Grit Winter’s Bone
This award is Sorkin’s. Hands down. The Social Network script is one of the greatest.
Best Foreign Film Biutiful (Mexico) Dogtooth (Greece) Hors la Loi (Outside the Law) (Algeria) Incendies (Canada) In a Better World (Denmark)
Haven’t seen one of them, but I’m honestly surprised The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo didn’t get a nomination for all the buzz surrounding it. I wanna watch that sometime.
Best Animated Film How to Train Your Dragon The Illusionist Toy Story 3
Even though Toy Story 3 is the obvious winner, you’ve gotta give credit to How To Train Your Dragon, which would’ve won any other year. Surprisingly good for a non-Pixar movie.
If I get the chance to see any more of the nominees, I’ll edit this maybe, or just put my new thoughts in a new post.
In a desperate attempt to be “Interactive”, who do you think has the best shot at Best Picture?