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Academy Award Nominations 2010

February 1, 2010

“And the nominees are…Avatar and The Hurt Locker both share the most nods (9) with Inglorious Basterds just behind (8).  The best picture race produced a surprise in The Blind Side, whose lead actress was also nominated.  In the acting categories, the only real surprise is in the supporting actress category where none of the Basterds girl’s made it through.  Instead Maggie Gylennhaal and Penelope Cruz take the last few spots.  Although these are minor surprises, the supporting categories are already written and Monique and Christoph Waltz should go home with the top prize after already sweeping the guilds and critics!  The Directors matched the Director’s Guild and the competition is once again on for Cameron Bigelow showdown in both the Director and Picture race.  Screenplay nominees were safe with a surprise from The Messenger whose actor was also nominated in supporting.  In the tech categories, Avatar took hold of most of the categories although The Hurt Locker wasn’t too far behind.  The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus and Harry Potter also took some nods.  The only surprise in the sound categories is the exclusion of 2012 and District 9 over The Hurt Locker.  When you get nominated in a category that you were far from contention, you know you are a major favorite.  Avatar was excluded from the always unpredictable Best Song, so unfortunately, No Leona Lewis at the Academy Awards.  In the end, Up became the second animated film to get a best picture nod (The first was Beauty and the Beast).  Kathryn Bigelow becomes the fourth woman to be nominated for best director (And at this point, the first to win the big prize).  Meryl Streep increases her record now to 16 nominations.  Precious becomes the fifth film with a predominantly African-American cast to be nominated for best picture.  Avatar and District 9 became the 3rd and 4th sci-fi films to be nominated for best picture.  Notably snubbed for awards this year are (500) Days of Summer, The Hangover, The Road, This is It, and 2012!”

For the complete Academy Award nominations, visit awardsdaily.com:

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Weekend Update January 29-31

January 26, 2010

“Once again Avatar has a strong chance at a 7th straight week on top, however, Mel Gibson may actually give the film a run for it’s money.  This is the perfect Gibson vehicle, although I do sense a similarity with last years  Taken, about a father and daughter.  That film opened to 24 million and is in a similar theater count and also opened in the same time of the year.. Coincidence?   Maybe.. It will be a close race and it is possible Gibson’s action thriller will win on Friday with Avatar taking Saturday and Sunday for a photo-finish.  This is definitely the film to watch for the weekend”

Watch It

Off And Running, Falling Awake

Netflix It (Off and Running..is the movie a documentary or a movie?  either way, it seems interesting, an adopted girl trying to get in touch with her roots.  Falling Awake is also a coming of age story about a boy who has to decide whether to pursue his music career and falls in love along the way)

When In Rome, The Weathered Underground, Saint John Of Las Vegas

Forget It (The Weathered Underground is supposed to be an interactive film..don’t know how that will work out?  Saint John of Las Vegas looks sad and depressing, while the second big release of the week with Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel, just seems like the romantic comedy that falls flat with cliche’s and corny dialogue.  I guess if you are fans of either of the two, you could watch the film, but i say forget it!!)

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Weekend Update Jan 15-17

January 13, 2010

“Trying to take a 5th weekend away from Avatar is the post-apocalyptic thriller, The Book Of Eli starring Denzel Washington.  America is not the same anymore and Denzel is one of the few survivors.  His mission is to protect a sacred book that holds the key to saving humanity.  Another interesting take on the end of the world genre.  With a 4-day weekend ahead due to Martin Luther King weekend, the film has the potential to take down Avatar for the number 1 spot.   Buzz is good but ratings aren’t, so its going to be a toss-up.  It is likely to open well on Friday, but depending on word of mouth, it could go either way.  For now, this is the film to watch for the weekend”

Watch It

Expanding – The Lovely Bones

Netflix It (The film was supposed to expand during the Christmas season, but the story and the lukewarm reviews pushed it back to this weekend.  Not looking good for one of the previous best picture front-runners.  The Peter Jackson film may be high on artistic value but may be worth the wait on DVD)

Also opening – The Spy Next Door

Forget It (This film reminds me of The Rock and The Pacifier, except its Jackie Chan as a CIA spy taking care of his girlfriends kids.  Not a very original idea, but I guess with another holiday weekend and the Chipmunks out of the way, this film will attract that younger audience. I’m not betting on it though.)

Update: As of this afternoon (Jan 13) Fandango is reporting that 77% of its sales for this weekend are for Avatar.  74% of sales from movietickets.com.  The Spy Next Door and The Book Of Eli both are selling at 2% – 3%!  Not looking good for the new openers.

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Movies in January

January 1, 2010

“It’s January in Cinema!!  After a record breaking December, its the slow season and its back to school time.  Usually most films in December that arrived in time for Oscar consideration are expanding, but there are some opening to consider.  I Am Legend inspired some.  Stories about the end of humanity and the world falling apart seems to be the theme.  And there are a few b-level comedies and dramas as well but nothing major. So after watching the trailers for these films, here is what you should do.”

Watch It (If you have already watched Avatar 3 or more times and want to try something else)

The Book Of Eli, Daybreakers, Legion, Extraordinary Measures, Edge of Darkness

Netflix It (Wait for it to come on dvd)

Leap Year, Waiting For Armageddon, The Tooth Fairy, When In Rome, The Weathered Underground, The Paranoids, Off and Running, Youth In Revolt

Forget It (Don’t bother, it’s not worth it)

Bitch Slap, Crazy On The Outside, Wonderful World, The Spy Next Door, Saint John Of Las Vegas,

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Happy New Year!!

December 31, 2009

“Check this video out.  Its a mashup of the top 25 billboard pop hits of 2009 in what culminates another great year in music.  I just wanted to wish everyone a happy new year and a 2010 complete with fullfilled new years resolutions and positive surprises!”

Watch It


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Mosic Top 10 Best Songs of 2009

December 31, 2009

“As you can see, I am part of a worldwide craze that is a big fan of Lady Gaga.  She was everywhere this year and rightfully so deserves the top spot of this years countdown.  Pokerface was number 1 for 5 non-consecutive weeks between November and April.  Also capitalizing on a successful year is Beyonce and her dual-personality album cranking out hit after hit.  This is the first year-end countdown that headlines the ladies as women ruled the music industry in 2009.  Overall there were 25 unique songs to hit number 1 this year and only 4 of those were songs by men (Day N Night, Sexy Bitch, Mad and No Surprise).  Poker face was is the ultimate song of 2009”

Top 10 Songs:

1.   Lady Gaga – Poker Face (#1 for 5 weeks)
2.   Beyonce – Halo (#1 for 2 weeks)
3.   Beyonce – Broken Hearted-Girl (#1 for 4 weeks)
4.   David Guetta feat Kelly Rowland – When Love Takes Over (#1 for 4 weeks)
5.   Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling (#1 for 2 weeks)
6.   Beyonce – If I Were a Boy (#1 for 1 week)
7.   Lady Gaga – LoveGame (#1 for 2 weeks)
8.   Lady Gaga – Paparazzi
9.   Britney Spears – If You Seek Amy (#1 for 2 weeks)
10.Lady Gaga – Bad Romance (#1 for 7 weeks)

(Stay tuned for the best in Mosic Awards in early January)