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 »

And the Oscar goes to…

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

Demián Bichir in “A Better Life”
George Clooney in “The Descendants”
Jean Dujardin in “The Artist” – My Pick
Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”


Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh in “My Week with Marilyn”
Jonah Hill in “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte in “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer in “Beginners” – My Pick
Max von Sydow in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”


Actress in a Leading Role

Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis in “The Help”
Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady” – My Pick
Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn”


Actress in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo in “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain in “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer in “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer in “The Help” – My Pick


Animated Feature Film

“A Cat in Paris” Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
“Chico & Rita” Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
“Kung Fu Panda 2” Jennifer Yuh Nelson
“Puss in Boots” Chris Miller
“Rango” Gore Verbinski – My Pick


Art Direction

“The Artist”
Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould – My Pick
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
“Midnight in Paris”
Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
“War Horse”
Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales



“The Artist” Guillaume Schiffman – My Pick
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Jeff Cronenweth
“Hugo” Robert Richardson
“The Tree of Life” Emmanuel Lubezki
“War Horse” Janusz Kaminski


Costume Design

“Anonymous” Lisy Christl
“The Artist” Mark Bridges – My Pick
“Hugo” Sandy Powell
“Jane Eyre” Michael O’Connor
“W.E.” Arianne Phillips



“The Artist” Michel Hazanavicius – My Pick
“The Descendants” Alexander Payne
“Hugo” Martin Scorsese
“Midnight in Paris” Woody Allen
“The Tree of Life” Terrence Malick


Documentary (Feature)

“Hell and Back Again”
Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”
Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel – My Pick
TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas


Documentary (Short Subject)

“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement”
Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
“God Is the Bigger Elvis”
Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson – My Pick
“Incident in New Baghdad”
James Spione
“Saving Face”
Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”
Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen


Film Editing

“The Artist” Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius – My Pick
“The Descendants” Kevin Tent
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
“Hugo” Thelma Schoonmaker
“Moneyball” Christopher Tellefsen


Foreign Language Film

“Bullhead” Belgium
“Footnote” Israel
“In Darkness” Poland – My Pick
“Monsieur Lazhar” Canada
“A Separation” Iran



“Albert Nobbs”
Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin – My Pick
“The Iron Lady”
Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland


Music (Original Score)

“The Adventures of Tintin” John Williams
“The Artist” Ludovic Bource – My Pick
“Hugo” Howard Shore
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Alberto Iglesias
“War Horse” John Williams


Music (Original Song)

“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets”
Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie – My Pick
“Real in Rio” from “Rio”
Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown; Lyric by Siedah Garrett


Best Picture

“The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer – My Pick
“The Descendants” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer
“The Help” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
“Hugo” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
“Midnight in Paris” Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
“Moneyball” Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
“The Tree of Life” Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill, Producers
“War HorseSteven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers


Short Film (Animated)

“Dimanche/Sunday” Patrick Doyon
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
“La Luna” Enrico Casarosa
“A Morning Stroll” Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe – My Pick
“Wild Life” Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby


Short Film (Live Action)

“Pentecost” Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
“Raju” Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren – My Pick
“The Shore” Terry George and Oorlagh George
“Time Freak” Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
“Tuba Atlantic” Hallvar Witzø


Sound Editing

“Drive” Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis – My Pick
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Ren Klyce
“Hugo” Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
“War Horse” Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom


Sound Mixing

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, David Giammarco and Ed Novick
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin – My Pick
“War Horse”
Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson


Visual Effects

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning
“Real Steel”
Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett – My Pick
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier


Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“The Descendants” Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
“Hugo” Screenplay by John Logan – My Pick
“The Ides of March” Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
“Moneyball” Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan


Writing (Original Screenplay)

“The Artist” Written by Michel Hazanavicius
“Bridesmaids” Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
“Margin Call” Written by J.C. Chandor
“Midnight in Paris” Written by Woody Allen – My Pick
“A Separation” Written by Asghar Farhadi

The Grey … seriously

Once more into the fray. Into the last good fight I’ll ever know. Live and die on this day. Live and die on this day.

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, whendrink 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

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.

I love Jean Dujardin

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…