The Oscars 2013 Recap

Another Oscar award show has come and gone and we saw some great winners last Sunday.  The show was hosted by Seth McFarlane, best known for his work as a comedian and  the creator of Family Guy.  Seth did a very good job hosting in my opinion because he brought his fair share of snark to the table, which I found quite amusing.  He, and other celebrities, participated in numerous musical numbers that almost made the show seem like the Tony’s at times.  Some of the musical numbers included tributes to Chicago, Les Miserables, James Bond, and boobs.  Yes, boobs.Oscars-2013-Entire-Oscarcast-Available-in-Full-Online

The List of  Major Winners:

Best Picture: Argo

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Director: Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo

Best Animated Feature: Brave

Best Foreign Feature: Amour (France)

Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi

Best Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina

Best Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man

All of the winners were not that surprising to me at all.  All of the winners deserved their respective awards.  The only surprise I saw was Ang Lee winning the Oscar for Best Director.  I thought that Steven Spielberg was going to win the award for his movie Lincoln but I was wrong.  Argo winning best picture was also a little surprising, but the movie still is deserving of the award!

Some of the funny parts of the show included some of the presenters, like Ted.  Yes, Ted the rude and rather crude bear made an appearance and he didn’t bring his filter either.  Jennifer Lawrence had an embarrassing moment when she tripped up the steps to go receive her award for Best Actress.  Obviously she has not had to much experience with walking up steps to an awards podium.  Don’t worry, she learn from her mistakes.  Lastly, Anne Hathaway’s dress sparked some controversy and some buzz on Twitter.  It seemed that the theater was a little chilly, and we could see why… (just click the link).Anne-Hathaway--2013-Oscars-2-jpg

Another cool part of the show was the tribute to the Bond series.  As you may know, it is the 50th anniversary of the spy series and this anniversary was celebrated at the show with some musical performances and some highlight reels.  This was expected since this is a major milestone for a movie series to celebrate.  It was handled pretty well and it proved to be a cool part of the show.

The show scored above par with all of it’s moments.  Seth McFarlane proved Entertainment Weekly wrong by being a pretty good host and the movies that were honored were very well done.  There were memorable moments throughout!  It was a good show and it has me looking towards next year in anticipation.  Although, the award show may run into a conflict with the Winter Olympics.  We shall see…we shall see.oscar_2013_lo_show_al_dolby_theatre-53352394

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New Stuff is on the Way!

Hey everybody,

You may have noticed that I have posted nothing new for about a week now, and I am sorry about that.  I have been part of a musical production and practices have started this week; they kinda take a lot of my time too.  I am a member of the pit orchestra, the people that provide the music for the show, behind the scenes.  This year we are preforming Anything Goes by Cole Porter.  Everything is coming along pretty well and the show is really looking good!

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Unfortunately for me, I have had no time to work on any new articles for the site.  Don’t worry though, My A Good Day to Die Hard review is still going to come and my Wii Streets U and The Cave write-ups will also follow.  I will also do an Oscars round-up after tonight’s big show.  It should be exciting!  Anyway, I still have a week of Musical still to come and then opening weekend so hopefully, I am not bogged down too much!  OSCAR-2013-Promo-Poster-01

More content is on the way, don’t worry! Thanks.

Oblivion International Trailer

Oblivion is a movie that has a concept that really intrigued me when I saw the first trailer a while back.  It may seem like your average cliche post-apocalyptic movie but for some reason this one seems different.  It is starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, and Olga Kurylenko.  Tom Cruise’s character is a drone repairer and he is basically part of the so called “clean-up” crew that is in charge of cleaning up the Earth after a huge war that blew out the planet.  You will see lots of familiar sites, all in ruins of course, throughout the movie and you will also see your fair share of science fiction tropes and action.

It will definitely be a movie that will be pinging on my radar when it comes out April 12, 2013.  Check out the new international trailer below and see what I am talking about…

Monsters University Trailer

Being scary is a full time job for the monsters at Monsters Inc.  and it is not an easy job either!  It takes a pretty good education to stay afloat in the scaring industry.  That brings up the question: Where do you go if you want to study scaring?

Well, you can be like Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) and go to Monsters University, a prestigious college that offers a major in scaring!  This new trailer features many things you would expect from the college life; parties, hard rock, football, and the police…not to mention the school work!  Try and see if you can pick out any college stereotypes because I definitely found some!

Monsters University will scare theaters everywhere on June 21.  Enjoy!

Fast and Furious 6 Extended Trailer

Many of you probably saw the intense Fast and Furious 6 TV spot during the big game last Sunday.  This trailer got a lot of people excited about the new movie and made fans of  the series wanting more!  Well, today is your lucky day because the extended cut of the Fast and Furious 6 Super Bowl ad has now been released.  It is three minutes of more intense action and drama.  You get a much bigger preview of the movie in this trailer!

Enjoy…

‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Review

Crouching-Tiger,-Hidden-Dragon-movie-posterCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, can probably be considered one of the more beloved foreign, wuxia films out there.  It was pretty well received by everybody when it came out in 2000 and it also won numerous awards.  After hearing about the movie and hearing how well it did, I decided to check it out because it was really piquing my interest.

The movie is about a Wudang swordsman Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) who wants to give up his life as a swordsman, due to the violence that it required.  He gives his famed sword, the Green Destiny, to one of this good friends (and love interest) Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh).  Mu Bai instructs Shu Lien that he wants the sword to be taken to Peking, as a gift for their friend Sir Te (Sihung Lung).  When Shu Lein arrives at Sir Te’s residence, she meets Jen (Zhang Ziyi), daughter of Governor Yu (Fa Zeng Li).  When Shu Lein and Jen talk, it seems that Jen is pretty envious of Shu Lein’s lifestyle of being a warrior.

During the night, the sword (now in Sir Te’s residence) is stolen by a thief   Fights and chases ensue and the thief gets away eventually.  The quest then begins to find the sword and return it back to it’s rightful place.  There are some twists throughout the story and there is also a rather lengthy flashback back to when Jen’s caravan, traveling through the desert, was attacked by Lo (Chang Chen), a desert bandit.  The two soon fell in love after the fight and the flashback continues as it shows some of the experiences the two had in the desert.

The sword causes all the conflict in this movie and it led me to a generalization.  If Mu Bai would have just kept the sword to himself and hung it up in his own residence, half of the conflicts in this movie probably would never have come into fruition.  There would have been less fighting and everybody would have gotten along.  But then again, this is an action movie so that wouldn’t make sense, right?  The Green Destiny is a source of power and it makes everybody power hungry. crouching-tiger-hidden-dragon-forest-fight

The story may seem confusing to some, but it is really well thought out and it is very well done.  The ending caught me by surprise and it left me feeling good about the whole movie in general.  Some parts are definitely confusing and sometimes don’t make sense but in general, the story gets the message across pretty well and never leaves you in the dark.

There is basically two parts to the movie, the story and then the fight scenes.  There are a bunch of fight scenes (which makes sense since this is a wuxia movie) that take place in numerous locations.  As I watched these fight scenes, it became apparent to me that these fighters did not abide by the laws of physics.  Gravity seemed to be ignored as Shu Lein would run along the walls and Jen would fly in the air.  The obvious use of cables during the production of this movie was pretty distracting as I watched these fighters literally fly on the rooftops and jumping long distances with ease, landing on their feet like they only jumped an inch.  It actually got pretty comical the more and more I watched.  Either way, the fight scenes were still handled pretty well and I applaud the choreographers for their great work.

When the credits started to roll, I can see why this movie did so well when it initially came out.  It was just well done in all regards.  Yeah, the fighting may be pretty dated visually but it was pretty cool to watch nonetheless.  This movie was a fun one and it just kept me entertained throughout the whole span of time.  It also offered a pretty unique glance at some Chinese culture along the way, often talking about the life of some of the wuxia warriors.  Anybody who wants a fun movie experience should definitely watch this movie!  It may not be for everyone but it will still entertain many.  Also, if you have already seen the movie, I recommend going back and watching it because everybody needs a good martial arts movie once in a while!

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