Disney, you magnificent bastard, you’ve done it again. TANGLED is the story of a girl who yearns for life beyond what she knows. Have we seen this before? Oh yeah… Ariel wanted to be a human and live on land, Jasmine wanted to seek life outside the castle walls, and Belle wanted something more than this small, provincial town. TANGLED is a lovely movie about a girl who just wants to see what the beautiful lights in the sky that appear every year on her birthday are. The only problem is that her mother won’t let her out of the tower she lives in. Mommy dearest is only being protective of her beautiful flower… or is she? You see, Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) possesses an incredibly unique trait: magical hair that glows when she sings. Also… little does she know, the lights in the sky are just for her.Read More »
What I think about at work…
If you read my blog, then you know I’m an Oscar nut. This year, the 84th Annual Academy Awards will be hosted by the often hilarious Billy Crystal. This is sure to be an improvement from last year’s epic fail. While I’m not terribly excited for the nominees, I did love THE ARTIST and I can’t wait to see THE DESCENDANTS lose. Director of THE ARTIST Michel Hazanavicius (pronounced has-ah-nah-VEESH-us… isn’t that just fun to say?) is sure to win the night and Jean Dujardin (another fun one to say) will be right by his side.
Without further ado, here are my Oscar predictions…
Actor in a Leading Role
Actor in a Supporting Role
Actress in a Leading Role
Actress in a Supporting Role
Animated Feature Film
Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould – My Pick
Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel – My Pick
TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas
Documentary (Short Subject)
Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson – My Pick
Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen
Foreign Language Film
Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin – My Pick
Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
Music (Original Score)
Music (Original Song)
Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie – My Pick
Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown; Lyric by Siedah Garrett
Short Film (Animated)
Short Film (Live Action)
David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, David Giammarco and Ed Novick
Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin – My Pick
Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson
Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning
Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett – My Pick
Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Writing (Original Screenplay)
Sometimes I think “Man, I wish I had a better job…” but at least I don’t have to go snipe wolves on the Alaskan Tundra all day. I get to take an hour for lunch. There’s a futon to sit on and movies for the choosing in my break room. And I’m pretty sure none of my coworkers are felons. Also, when I drink with lowlifes, it’s because that’s what I wanna do, it’s not the only way to pass the time. THE GREY really puts some perspective on things in that aspect.
As you may have guessed, Ottway (Liam Neeson) is a wolf sniper for an oil company in Alaska. He’s an unhappy man – as evidenced by his suicide attempt – and has a whole lot of personal stuff he’s dealing with. I guess if you get to shoot things all day, taking your personal problems with you to work wouldn’t be such a bad thing. When the plane Ottway is on crashes, the movie takes a terrible, but incredibly predictable turn. He’s left with a group of angry, scared men who then have to figure out how to survive. Luckily, the only predators in these parts are the wolves. I guess it’s not so lucky that there are wolves, but that dreamboat Ottway knows as much about the wolves as I know about sharks. And that’s a lot.
So what does one do upon being stranded in the middle of nowhere, snow as far as the eye can see, the cold wind blowing at your nearly frost-bitten cheeks? You run like hell, naturally. One by one, the wolves will pick off the men like apples from a tree. Ottway can’t catch a break. It’s a struggle from the inside out.
I do try to look at each Liam Neeson movie I see objectively, but it’s hard because he’s so darn handsome! I have this thing for Liam Neeson. Even though when he takes off his shirt he looks like one of the giants from Skyrim, I still think he’s handsome. And that accent… I feel that this movie was a great one though. Regardless of Liam’s beautiful face. It is a bold look at the will to survive when all is lost. You do care about Ottway and about his crew of miscreants. You want them to make it. The men, in a way, are like the wolves. They work together but are always looking out for number one in some way or another. It’s almost touching. Plus I think that wolves are really neat.
Go ahead and see THE GREY. It’s an entertaining film. Gripping. And if you have a huge crush on Liam Neeson like I do, bring a box of Kleenex. No, seriously.
THE GREY was a sad movie. I thought it was sad because Liam Neeson’s plane crashes and some other stuff happens to him too. Which is sad. Also, Dermot Mulroney dies and that is sad too. I wasn’t so sad that the one mean guy died, even though he just wanted to see the sun rise… or set. I forget. In conclusion, I would recommend THE GREY to anyone who likes wolves or Liam Neeson.
His name is fun to say and I could stare at that gorgeous grin for days. The man taking award show season by storm has stolen my heart and likely the collective cold heart of The Academy.
Here are two reasons why I love this man so very much.
In this hilarious video, Jean Dujardin auditions for every villain role. Oh, Jean… Not so fast!
For more adorable Jean check him out sleeping on people here. I wish he would sleep on me…