Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Oscars 2009 - Hung Over

I look forward to the Oscars every year. I know they can be long and boring to some, but that's definitely not the case in my book. I love watching award shows that pay tribute to the silver screen and the Oscars is the KING of movie award shows. About 10 years ago I started throwing Oscar parties. I would have a red carpet laid out for my guests to strut their sexiness on. I would have ballots for them to fill out and a prize for the one who got the most correct. As of late I have strongly encouraged my guests to dress up in either red carpet glam, or dress up as a character from one of the many movies that are nominated that year. This year I dressed up as the nurse Joker, which was really fun. Some of my guests dressed up as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Rachel Dawes, the wrestler and Wall-E. The Oscar Winner this year for getting the most correct on their ballot was Jason and the best costume went to Rosie for Wall-E - LOVED IT!

I will say I was surprised by the academy's pick for host this year. I would have never put him in that role, but wow! I feel Hugh Jackman delivered. He was relaxed, fun and surprising - I didn't know he was such a great singer. Let's just say I wouldn't mind him coming back another year.




YOUR 2009 BEST PICTURE

It's not much of a surprise to know Slumdog Millionaire emerged victoriously taking home 8 golden Oscars. While the other contenders were truly worthy, they didn't stand out as much as Danny Boyle's effort. It already managed to dominate the Golden Globes, SAG and BAFTA. This was to be expected and I am very happy with the outcome. I loved how they invited everyone up on stage to accept the awards - it was fun to see the little kids from the movie as well as everyone all together. If you have not seen this movie yet stop what you're doing and go see it immediately if not sooner.




And the Oscar goes to.....

Kate Winlest & Sean Penn (lead) Penelope Cruz & the late Heath Ledger (supporting) were all very deserving of this award. It was nice to see Kate finally win after all these years and it was touching to see Heath's family except his award on his behave. I was happy to see them ALL win.



Click here to view the full list of winners





**HIGHLIGHTS**

The Oscars do their best to surprise us each year.
This year had a some great surprises. Here are
some of my favorite moments of the night.

Hugh Jackman opened the 81st Academy Awards by paying
tribute to the five Best Picture nominees
with a song and a dance number.
Highly entertaining. I loved it!


Ben Stiller poked fun at Joaquin Phoenix while presenting the award for Best Cinematography. The actor took to the stage with a scruffy overgrown beard, sunglasses and a suit as he mimicked Phoenix's recent bizarre appearance on the David Letterman show. It was so unexpected too and I laughed soooooooo hard. Good times!


I love tributes the Oscars do every year - remembering those who have passed away the prior year. The Oscars take on it was extra special this year, with Queen Latifah singing “I’ll Be Seeing You”












But this was definitely the best highlight of the night. I love, love, love Pineapple Express and thought it was pretty cool for the Oscars to hit this movie up. I was dying laughing. lol


~FASHION~

The Oscars wouldn't be the Oscars without fashion.
This year had some major Do's & Dont's.
Here are some of MY picks for Best & Worst dressed.

~BEST dressed female~


Angelina Jolie

Natalie Portman & Taraji Hanson

WORST! dressed female

Sophia Loren


Amanda Sayfried & Jessica Biel



~BEST dressed male~

Robert Downey Jr.
(couldn't find a picture of just him, so this will have to suffice)

Brad Pitt & Sean Penn



WORST! dressed male


Philip Seymour Hoffman
(What was he thinking?!)




With the 2009 Oscars done, we can start pondering what next year is going to offer. It's not too early is it? lol

Sunday, February 15, 2009

BEST Twist Endings...

I LOVE twist ending! I love the feeling I get when the plot of the movie makes a completely unexpected turn leaving you in shock and awe. With that being said, I decided to make a list of the best twist ending movies and let me tell you it was a hard list to make. There are so many great twist ending movies out there, but I feel I did a pretty good job. Here are my top 5 favorite movies with the coolest twist endings. (FYI spoil alert)



5. The Sixth Sense (1999)

THE SET-UP: A young boy (Haley Joel Osment) who – say it with me – sees dead people gets help from his child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) whose marriage is so in shambles, he seems barely visible to his wife.















THE TWIST?
Well, now we know why – Crowe was dead all along!


4. Psycho
(1960)

THE SET-UP: Two people investigate Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), the owner of the Bates Motel, after an acquaintance (Janet Leigh) is brutally murdered in the shower by the owner’s mother.














THE TWIST?
A boy’s best friend might be his mother, but the taxidermy-loving Norman took it one step too far: After having killed her years before, Norman – suffering from a spit personality – literally put himself in his dead mother’s shoes and murdered his guest.


3. Fight Club (1999)

THE SET-UP: A mild-mannered insomniac (
Edward Norton) and soap salesman Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) begin a fight club that turns destructive when Durden uses the club – renamed “Project Mayhem: - to vandalize the city.
















THE TWIST?
The insomniac and the salesman are the SAME person!


2. Primal Fear
(1996)

THE SET-UP: Courtroom thriller about a slick, hot-shot lawyer, Martin Vail (
Richard Gere) who takes the seemingly unwinnable case of a young, stuttering, altar boy, Aaron (Edward Norton) accused of murdering a catholic priest. Aaron becomes Roy, his split personality. Roy is a confident, tough-talking sociopath who dishes up the truth about the sex-deviate priest who abused Aaron and others.















THE TWIST?
The twist comes into play as you try to figure out who to believe and who is real. After the case closes, and all is won for our psychologically challenged protagonist, he lets it slip to his lawyer that it was all just a game that he played for fun and murder. No stutter. No split personality. Oh, and there never was an Aaron. He made that up too.


1. The Usual Suspects
(1995)

THE SET-UP: When a daring heist goes bad, U.S. Customs officer Dave Kujan (
Chazz Palminteri) questions the meek Roger 'Verbal' Kint (Kevin Spacey) – a docile con artist with cerebral palsy – and uncover the legend and lore of the elusive criminal mastermind named Keyser Soze.
















THE TWIST?
With nothing to hold him on, Kujan releases Verbal from custody. As Verbal limps from the station, Kujan realized Verbal formed his entire story using words and names listed on the objects placed throughout the room. Out on the street, Verbal alters his limp into a strut, lights a cigarette and reveals himself to be Keyser Soze himself. And just like that, this confusing movie suddenly becomes one of the COOLEST movies of all time!




What are some of your favorite
twist endings?...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Friday the 13th Review

While momma Voorhees did the dirty work in the original, it’s Jason and his countless sequels that make campers pack those extra flashlight batteries and heavy duty pepper spray. The team behind the latest installment of "Friday the 13th " decided to reboot the series with a respectful nod to this iconic villain. The unspeaking, prowling killer Jason Voorhees - who has, in previous movies, been to Manhattan, hell and can you believe it, outer space. (rolls eyes) lol With it’s brilliant marking approach and appropriate release date, Friday, February 13th, this classic horror flick rolled in whopping $42 million opening weekend. This tells me people all over are still fascinated by Mr. Voorhees and his never ending revenge.


Director Marcus Nispel and producer Michael Bay ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" 2003 – which I personally loved btw), do a pretty good job with this remake. Derek Mears (Jason) brings something new to the character that other directors and producers did not. There was a soul there – he was of a man rather than a monster despite his appearance. Witnessing his mother’s demise Jason formed this sick delusional fantasy of killing to survive. He’s no longer a paranormal force of wrath, but a man that runs and uses a network of underground tunnels to “get the jump” on those annoying and promiscuous kids - a hatchet to the head here, a mommy issue there, a poked-out eyeball for good measure - with a ‘few’ more additions.

After a short opening prelude, the audience is introduced to a group of horny kids looking for a secret stash of weed near the legendary Camp Crystal Lake – needless to say they find Jason instead. (word to the wise, don’t try to steal Jason’s weed.) Some weeks later, the brother of one of those campers comes along searching for his missing sister and stumbles across a group of college students partying for the weekend at an upscale lake house.

I personally enjoyed this movie. Having grown up with this 80’s slasher flick, I felt it delivered exactly what the world has come to expect from a Friday the 13th film – sex, drugs & rock-n-gore.
RATING: C
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Friday, February 6, 2009

I present to you The Volturi

Before the cast of New Moon is locked & loaded, I wanted to be sure MY cast got out to the world before "they" royally screw it up. With a few suggestions from my dear Twilight friends, I feel I did a most excellent job casting the Volturi! I feel these actors fit these characters descriptions perfectly.

For those of you who do not know who The Volturi are, they are an organized coven of vampires in the Twilight series. They reside in Volterra Italy, which is a beautiful and ancient city. They enforce the laws in the vampire world. They tend to "invite" other vampires with powerful gifts to join their coven. They are the largest, and most powerful coven and are considered "royalty" amongst vampires. With that being said I present to you The Volturi....

Rupert Friend as Aro

Josh Stewart as CAUIS
&
Matthew Gray Gubler as MARCUS


Jodelle Ferland as JANE
&
Remy Thorne as ALEC


Taylor Kitsch as DEMETRI
&
Jensen Ackles
as FELIX


Amanda Righetti as HEIDI

Eva Pigford as RENATA
&
Nora Zehetner
as CHELSEA



With a new director Chris Weitz in place there's small hope that this movie could be (pause & sighs) O.K. I mean it can't get any worse, right? Come November 20th, we shall see. Let's just hope Chris and his vast team of collaborators aren't drunk and sloppy when filming, like the Twilight crew. I am glad they fired the Twilight casting director (actually who knows what happened to her and more importantly who cares). With the new casting directors, Rene Haynes & Joseph Middleton, in place I'm hoping this time around they will be a lot smarter when casting, i.e. read this blog, make the right choices by casting my stellar cast.

P.S.
She's not part of the Volturi,
but I still wanted to add
my pick for Leah.

Camilla Belle

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Twilight cast that SHOULD have been...

Not that I've given it much thought or anything (haha), but if I was the casting director for Twilight the world would be a much better place. Well, the movie would have been a lot better anyway. My friend and I have gone into deep, pointless conversations about this way more than we care to admit, but that's beside the point. Before I begin I will say there were a few actors who were perfectly cast (i.e. Alice, Emmett, Laurent, James, Charlie Swan and all the high school humans). Other than that the rest of the actors were completely miscast to the point of insulting. Lana Veenker (casting director) could have done a MUCH better job. And I'm not alone when I say, over all, her casting job blew chunks - big fugly chunks! I'm not putting the blame entirely on her though, I'm sure Catherine Hardwicke (director - rolls eyes) had a final say, but whatever. Here's the amazing cast I envisioned in my head while reading this beautiful story. Here's the cast that should have been.


Sean Faris as Edward Cullen

(FYI while reading these books I always
envisioned
Henry Cavill as Edward,
but being that he is too "old" for
the part now the role
goes to Sean)


Danielle Panabaker as Bella Swan

(I can not stand Kristen Stewart. I do not think
she can act. Danielle would have
done a MUCH better job.)






Chace Crawford as Jasper Hale
&
Ashley Greene
as Alice Cullen
(I would have given her a
more stylish & modern
spiky hair doo)







Kellan Lutz as Emmett Cullen
(I would have had his hair a little longer on the top and I would have kept his natural hair color)
&
AnnaLynne McCord
as Rosalie Hale










Justin Hartley as Dr. Carlisle Cullen
&

Lindsay Hartley as Esme Cullen

(Again I didn't have a big problem with
Elizabeth Reaser
playing Esme, I just think Lindsay's beauty is a better match for our NEW Carlisle)






Steven Strait as Jacob Black


(They just weren’t thinking ahead when casting
Jacob Black.
Taylor Lautner was great for
the one role in Twilight, but not for the
whole Twilight series. They needed
to cast someone who is already
tall, someone who has a thin
frame, yet can bulk up when
needed. I feel Steven is
perfect for this role)



~NOMADS~



Kata Dobó as Victoria, Edi Gathegi as Laurent
&

Cam Gigandet
as James
(I would have given James a sexier looking
shoulder length wig having him wear it
down instead of pulled back)





~HUMANS~

(clockwise)

Gregory Tyree Boyce as Tyler Crowley
Christian Serratos as Angela Weber
Michael Welch as Mike Newton
Anna Kendrick as Jessica Stanley
Justin Chon as Eric Yorkie





Billy Burke as Charlie Swan
(Not that it bothered me too much
but I would have had him shave
that perv-stache. Didn't
like it much)






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