Monday, January 22, 2007

Spain and Oscars and stuff

Last night, Wife asked me, "Are you done blogging about Spain?" The simple answer was no, there are still a few things I will post, including both pictures and words, but I had wanted to get my Chuck post done, and I'd wanted to do a movie review off my growing list of movies to review. So there will be more Spain stuff. I have some nice photos to share, and I need to do it before Wife nabs some of my choices!

But in the meantime, I also have to pay tribute to the Oscars and the Razzies. The Razzies are, of course, the anti-Oscars, honouring those films that are the worst of the year's crop, and they were announced today. The Oscars will be announced at 1:30pm GMT tomorrow -- that's 8:30am New York time.

Apparently, the hot ticket (if you can call it that) at the Razzies is Basic Instinct 2. I mean, did anyone even watch that? The trailer looked so fucking awful, I wouldn't have touched it with a bargepole. Seven Razzie nods is the legacy thus far for this picture, so let's see how it does at the ceremony, to be held on 24 February. The Wayans Brothers' comedy Little Man has equalled this number of nominations.

Other films in the Worst Picture category, accompanying the two above, are M Night Shyamalan's Lady In The Water, dodgy and wholly fucking unnecessary US remake The Wicker Man, and BloodRayne, which stars that bird out of Terminator 3.

So, what's going to be nominated for the Oscars tomorrow? To my great shame, I'm a bit out of touch with new releases, it must be said. Still I'd expect to see nominations for both of Clint's big war movies, a few tips of the hat for Dreamgirls, and Apocalypto is sure to figure somewhere. I'd like to see David Lynch appear somewhere for Inland Empire, and that Borat movie making an appearance would be fun. Despite so many people raving about Scorsese's HK remake The Departed, I'd love to see it totally snubbed. Scorsese is all washed up, and he needs to stop working with that freaky man-child DiCaprio.

So, what are your thoughts -- if you give a fuck, that is?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I haven't seen it, I'd like to see Kevin McDonald's Last King of Scotland do well nominations-wise (and on the night).

I'm sure I've seen Inland Empire on the Razzies list? If not worst film, at least worst performances, which somehow DL always manages to elicit from his actors. Even the normally quite watchable Naomi Watts was a dud on Mulholland Drive. Bye.

22 January, 2007 17:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I predict the best picture Oscar nominations will be:

Little Miss Sunshine
The Last King of Scotland
The Departed

(p.s. Red, the acting in Lynch's movies and his tv show is a bizarre kind, I agree. But I believe it is absolutely on purpose. There might even be a name for it...but I susgest it's something like opera...or cartoon. He wants the audience to jsut recive barely enough info on the characters and their motivations. I think the most posivitve and sucessful form of this stilted acting is seen in Wild at Heart and Blue Velvet...where the acting, frozen stilted goes with the narrative...but it is NOT easy access for most people, very difficult style I agree)

22 January, 2007 17:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now...I should add, that it won't surprise me at all if BORAT knocks eithe rBabel or The Departed off the top best picture nominations...that is possible especially considering that AFI declared it best film.

22 January, 2007 17:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any Oscar now for Martin Scorcese would be a sympathy one (although I did enjoy The Departed).

If you're not going to give a best film or director award for Goodfellas, Raging Bull or Taxi Driver then why for The Departed?

22 January, 2007 19:23  
Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

I think you'll hear these five titles for Best Picture ... Dreamgirls, Little Miss Sunshine, The Departed, Babel and The Queen .. missing but worthy will be Children of men, my favorite flick from 2006 ... And I sure hope M. Night wins the Razzie for Worst Picture, because that movie was just so bad it made my eyes bleed

22 January, 2007 21:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Departed was good and Apocalypto awesome. I think Martin has a couple more good moves in him if he keeps challenging himself. Dreamgirls was overrated as was Flags of our Fathers. It will indeed be interesting to see what comes up from the golden man's toe. Maybe a little Prestige or Darren would be nice. But there will be no doubt that old timer power houses Clint and Martin are destined for a nod if not a sweep. Heck...maybe The Descent will get a nod;)

22 January, 2007 21:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Red, I would like to see The Last King of Scotland win something. I haven't seen it, but a) the trailer is better than most films in entirety and b) it would make a nice change for genuinely serious film to do well.

I also agree with Reel Fanatic, Children of Men should have been nominated for something. it was a great film, portraying a very disturbing but realistic vision of the future.

And now I will go, because I am finishing off the Christmas plonk which makes typing difficult. Fingers crossed for the letter verification thingy.

22 January, 2007 22:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my list is identical to red's... but i disagree with you that scorsese's washed up. i thought the departed was phenomenal... and i've really enjoyed all of his recent films (i own the aviator and gangs of new york, the latter of which is one of my favorites)

and i think leo's actually a really good actor (this wasn't a fully cemented opinion until i saw his portrayal of howard hughes)... i think scorsese's just gotten the raw end of the stick because his movies keep coming out at the same time as really amazing films... i want him to win one of these days before he actually does fizzle out

but i have heard last king of scotland was incredible, and i think it'd be grand if it won. and little miss sunshine was my favorite movie of the year

22 January, 2007 22:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually braved the theaters to see Clint's big movie. The audience was stunned and silent through the credits and applauded when it was over. Which personally, I think if there is no one to accept the applause, it's a bit of a waste, so I took it in honor of my fave Clint! Anyhow, I Hope Clint gets a nomination and a win. I think his work is quiet, but his whispers stay with you.

23 January, 2007 03:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really can't believe Lady in the Water was in the running - I thought it was fantastic and deeply moving, insane.

I want to see Letters From Iwo Jima, I hear it's amazing - ten times better than flags of our fathers.



I reconfigured Escape Artists w/ a new template and a new general goal - while regular blogging is still allowed, I think the best purpose for the site is a simple "cut and paste" news deal - got something interesting? Just post it along w/ links to the original source - add a picture if you wish, more or less it should just be a streaming list of entertainment-esque news.

I'm hoping this will provoke people into posting again, haha.

23 January, 2007 05:20  
Blogger apositivepessimist said...

Hell I don't recall even seeing any trailers for "Shazza Shows Her Snatch II".

23 January, 2007 12:06  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Red: Yes, Last King would be good to see up there. As for your Lynch comment. Hardy har har, don't get me started...

Candy: That's not too bad a list. It would be great to see Little Miss Sunshine get a nod or two. I've not seen it, but the trailer looks great. Re your Lynch comment: I'm never sure whether the performances in Lynch films are the way they are because that's what he wants, or whether it's because he sees acting as less important than the feel and look of his films. Either way, I like it the weirdness. And I figure it must be a stylistic choice because it's so consistent. (Consistently bad/weird acting, that is.)

Martino: I totally agree. Wait till he pulls something good and ORIGINAL out of the hat again.

23 January, 2007 12:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen Basic Instinct 2, God help me. It wasn't a snatch on the first one.

23 January, 2007 12:59  
Blogger Milla said...

I hope Little Miss Sunshine gets nominated (and WINS) coz it's wonderful! And Borat made me piss in my pants but if it gets nominated I would be surprised...

23 January, 2007 13:42  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Reel F: Good call! You only got one wrong. Your obsession with Dreamgirls led you away from the true Iwo Jima path.

Shea: I hope Marty has another good flick or two up his sleeve. We'll see.

Kate: Well, Forest got a nod for his Idi Amin, but no best flick pick.

Martha: I like Gangs of New York, but thought The Aviator was not as good as it ought to have been, given the subject matter. I also think DiCaprio was the wrong man for the job.

23 January, 2007 15:39  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Olives: Which Clint pic was that: Flags or Iwo Jima? I'm sure both are very good, even tho' I'm not mad on Eastwood as a director.

Adam: That's funny about the Shyamalan picture! By the way, I can't post at Escape Artists cos I'm not on New Blogger yet...

APP: Consider yourself lucky.

23 January, 2007 15:41  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Shep: The first one was all right, if of its time. But who needed a sequel?

Milla: Good Best Pic nom for LM Sunshine, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Borat. You should be happy all round!

23 January, 2007 15:42  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

I like the head. I'm not a fan of awards shows though, so I don't much care about the Oscars.....

24 January, 2007 03:22  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

The head was one of a load of sculptures, Mr A. They were all really cool.

26 January, 2007 13:53  

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