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Review: BoJack Horseman Season 3

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BoJack Horseman (Season 3) (2016)

Netflix / TVMA

Animation / Comedy / Drama

Starring: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie

Creator: Raphael Bob-Waksberg

I was already in love with Netflix’s BoJack Horseman after its first two seasons, but lo and behold, the show’s third season made me love the show even more.  I didn’t think it was possible.  The show manages to stay fresh while delivering its trademark dark and dry humor.  It’s a show that’s brutally honest and bend over backwards hilarious.  It also isn’t afraid to get real…super real.  (You already got a taste of this towards the latter half of season two) Show creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg has a true bona-fide hit on his hand and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be slowing down any time soon.

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This season we have the post-Secretariat aftermath that BoJack (Will Arnett) has to maneuver himself through.  If you’ve been keeping track, the show has pretty much taken us through the gauntlet of what it’s like to be an actor in Hollywood.  The show’s first season portrayed the trials and tribulations of being an old washed-up actor while season two dove head first into the world of filming a movie.  This season, we get to watch as BoJack deals with press junkets, award shows, and the brunt of execs who want to throw script after script at him because he’s made it big with Secretariat.  In true BoJack fashion, he seems to be handling everything well (relatively, of course) but then things take a turn for the worse as friendships get tested and tried.  Remember when I said this show isn’t afraid to get real?  Yeah…this show gets pretty sobering in the later episodes.  BoJack might have approached his lowest point yet.  That says something, especially considering the fact that last season he was caught in a yacht with a teenage girl on prom night.  Just watch season two to see for yourself…

All your favorite characters, both big and small, make it back for season three.  BoJack’s feline agent, Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), is facing some hard times with her new agency and she starts to question herself as well as others.  She even finds new love.  Diane (Alison Brie), one of BoJack’s best friends, is helping him with his social media outlets, among other things.  Her and Mr. Peanutbutter’s (Paul F. Tompkins) relationship is tested once again as they continue to work out the kinks in their estranged marriage.  Finally, everyone’s favorite lazy roommate Todd (Aaron Paul) is…well, not so lazy this season.  He still has his fair share of wacky off-the-walls adventures, but the main portion of the season focuses on his new tech start-up, which focuses on giving woman a “safe place” in the cab industry.  Although it soon starts to evolve into some crazy directions.

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There aren’t too many new characters introduced this season, besides BoJack’s publicist Ana Spanikopita, voiced by Angela Bassett.  Bassett does a great job with the character, who has to put up with BoJack’s crazy shenanigans and bloated persona.  Instead, this season mainly focuses on the character we already know and love and develops them even deeper, giving us some much appreciated backstory in the way of flashbacks.  It felt like I knew the characters even more by the end.  There’s a whole episode that’s totally devoted to each character’s backstory, which happens to be one of the best episodes of the season.

I was constantly amazed by the fresh ideas that were brought to the table over and over again this season.  The same familiar humor is still abundant and healthy, but we get some cleverly written episodes that demonstrate the show’s prowess.  There’s an episode that rewinds time back to the year 2007.  Not only do we get to see all the characters and where they were at during this time, but it’s also chock full of 2007 references.  Everything from the music to the billboards.  I was laughing out loud for the entire episode.  On the other hand, we got an episode in similar vein to the silent films of the Golden Era of Hollywood.  BoJack takes a trip under the sea for an underwater film festival, but things go south as he has to care for a newborn seahorse.  He’s unable to speak (because he’s underwater), which makes for an episode devoid of conversation but full of heart and hilarity.  Despite the lack of words, it might have been the most well-written episode of the season.

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It’s not often that we get TV shows that consistently nail it out of the park every single episode.  With its third season, BoJack Horseman truly makes the mark.  It’s brilliant up and down the board.  There’s lighthearted episodes mixed with some sobering episodes, all with a heavy dose of clever and relevant humor.  The writing this season is top-notch and almost all the characters elevate in terms of development.  This season’s finale is both sad and optimistic for BoJack, who goes through a whole arsenal of emotions of the course of the season.  It only got me hopeful for what is next in the already confirmed fourth season.  You know your killing it when your fourth season gets green-lit before the premiere even airs.

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Review: American Beauty

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American Beauty (1999)

R / 122 min


Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch

Director: Sam Mendes

Mid-life crises hit people hard.  They’re usually drastic and come completely from left field.  They have the potential to make you do weird things…things you’ll regret after it’s all over.  American Beauty, the academy award winning drama from director Sam Mendes, gives us a peek into the life of Lester Burnham, a suburban father who finds himself smack dab in the middle of a mid-life crisis.  A really weird one as well.  What takes place during the movie is fascinating piece of work.

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Kevin Spacey plays the sexually-frustrated Lester, which might be one of his best roles to date.  As he narrates the movie, we get introduced to the many annoyances that plague his life.  Lester’s wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening), is a stressed out real estate agent who needs to take a chill pill.  Bening give a great performance, it’s just a shame that her character gets no redeeming moments at all throughout the course of the movie, but that was most likely Mendes’ goal.  On the other hand, we have Lester’s daughter Jane, played by Thora Birch, whose bad tempered and generally unfriendly.  American Beauty is family dysfunction to a T.  It’s no surprise that Lester is bored with life, because he certainly isn’t getting any pleasures from his family.

Things quickly start to take a weird turn when Lester is introduced to Jane’s cheerleading friend Angela Hayes (Mena Suvari).  She puts him into a state of trance, giving him feelings he hasn’t experienced in a long while.  She essentially drives him to quit his job, work out, and smoke weed.  He even buys a new car.  Topping it all off, he begins to have fantasies about Angela where she’s always covered in roses.  The symptoms of a mid-life crisis.  Not perverted enough for you yet?  Well, we’re also introduced to Rick (Wes Bentley), the kid from next door who has a drug problem and a knack for filming people from his window.  There’s a scene where he is filming Lester work out in his garage naked from his bedroom.  Like I said, the movie isn’t afraid to get weird.

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At first I didn’t know where this movie was going.  I knew that the outcome was heading for the worse, but I didn’t know how it was going to get there.  Then the third act came into play and it all started to come together and make sense.  I started to learn things about characters that we previously didn’t know and the pieces started putting themselves together.  It was enthralling to watch it all play out.  It was a depressing ending, but it made a lot of sense.  It came together brilliantly, which is the product of good screenwriting.

Perhaps the most enticing storyline of them all was the relationship between Rick and his family.  His mother doesn’t really speak much and his father, played by Peter Gallagher, is an ex-military prim-and-proper type.  Rick is a mentally estranged kid who has had problems with drugs in the past.  As the movie goes on, things get more tense in the family as Rick develops a relationship with Jane.  On the outset it might not seem like a big deal but Rick’s father gets the wrong idea, which is where things start to get interesting.

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Everything about American Beauty works really well.  Everything from the imagery to the performances make the film a stand-out.  It’s no surprise that the movie got well received by the Academy.  Every character is chasing their own version of the American dream, but they all fall short in their own ways.  It’s a smart movie that comes together in an illustrious way, which is a surprise given the fact that this was Mendes’ directorial debut.  American Beauty is an example of films done right.  Also, nothing ever good comes from having an infatuation with your daughter’s friend.  Just don’t do it.

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Review: Our Brand Is Crisis

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Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)

R / 107 min

Comedy / Drama

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thorton, Anthony Mackie

Director: David Gordon Green

Our Brand Is Crisis seemed to be a movie that was not quite sure what it wanted to be, which is not a good thing; especially when your movie is about political campaigns.

Based on the 2005 documentary of the same name, Our Brand Is Crisis tells the story of American political consultant “Calamity” Jane Bodine, played by Sandra Bullock, and her task of getting Bolivian presidential candidate Castillo (Joaquim de Almeida) re-elected.  Jane’s been tested and has the experience necessary, but her career started to take a dive when rival campaign manager Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thorton) started to steal the rug from right under her, winning the past couple of elections that they were both involved in.  When Jane realizes that Candy is working with Castillo’s opposition, things get personal and she realizes that she has to pull out all the stops in order to succeed.

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After being convinced to go to Bolivia by some of Castillo’s American staff, Ben (Anthony Mackie) and Nell (Ann Dowd), things get off to a shaky start the second Jane sets foot on Bolivian soil.  The air conditions begin to make her nauseous and she literally tumbles her way into Castillo’s offices.  It’s not a good look for her, or anybody for that matter.  However, she slowly regains her footing and starts to realize that running a campaign in Bolivia is a whole different ball game from her previous campaigns in America.  She’s told on multiple different occasions that the strategies that she has employed in America do not really fly well in Bolivia, but that does not stop her from doing what she has to do to beat Candy’s opposing campaign.

It’s with Sandra Bullock’s character where the movie starts to lose its identity.  Literally the movie tells the story of two different Jane’s.  On one hand we have the serious and determined Jane who has experience under her belt and a whole library of quotes from some of the most brilliant minds in the world.  She knows how to get what she wants and she brings ferocity and vitality to a campaign that seems to be tanking.  Then we have the other Jane; the crazier side.  At one point she is getting drunk with one of the campaign’s volunteers and his friends and later she is literally sticking her ass out the window of a moving bus.  I started to see that this was screenwriter Peter Straughen’s way of bringing some comedy and zaniness into the story, but it really was not all that funny.  Instead it just made me confused as to what type of character Jane Bodine actually was.

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Despite the problems with her character, Sandra Bullock did a fine job with portraying the real life Jane Bodine.  In fact, she was really the only main attraction.  Characters like Billy Bob Thorton’s Pat Candy had their moments here and there but most of the cast did not really perform up to the same bar as Bullock.  The whole movie was being carried by Bullock, with the rest of the cast seemingly along for the ride.

The premise of Our Brand Is Crisis is fascinating and intriguing in concept, but it has some flaws tying it back from its full potential.  The screenplay, despite some amusing moments, was relatively bland and lacked the kind of punch that a movie like this needs.  Bullock does her absolute best but it is ultimately not enough.  Oscar season is quickly approaching and it does not seem like Our Brand Is Crisis is going to have a successful awards campaign.  Isn’t that ironic?

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The Biggest (Boring) Night In Hollywood – Oscars 2015

Last year’s Oscars celebration was a memorable one.  Ellen Degeneres was the host and she did a fantastic job with working the crowd, while throwing in some pretty crazy surprises along the way.  12 Years A Slave was the big winner of the night, taking home the big award for Best Picture.  Overall, it was a strong night for the Academy.

What about the 87th Annual Academy Awards you ask?  Well, let me just say this.  There were a lot of locks for the award categories.  No one broke the internet.  The host was average at best.  Plus, the show seemed to feel even longer than last year, running past the 12:00 mark.  Does this give you a good idea of how the night went?

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The Oscars, held at the famous Dolby Theatre as usual, were hosted by the charismatic Neil Patrick Harris, who has done a fair share of hosting gigs himself; probably best known for his Tony Awards performance.  He started in the same fashion with an exciting musical number chronicling the history of the “moving picture.”  The talented Anna Kendrick even joined him on stage halfway through and Jack Black, by surprise, crashed the number in classic Jack Black fashion.  If the musical number was any indication, the night was only going to get better.  However, this wasn’t so much the case.

Neil was an alright host.  He got the job done.  He had some big shoes to fill though after what Ellen did last year with the hosting job.  Most of his jokes did a fair share of bashing and roasting of the crowd, but most of them seemed to fall flat.  He would just sit there with a charming smile, waiting for people to pity laugh at his jokes.  There was a running bit during the show about a locked briefcase that supposedly was holding his predictions for the show.  There was such a buildup to the final moment, but the joke fell drastically flat when the contents of the box were revealed.  It just contained a slightly comedic summary of the nights happenings.  About halfway through the show, Neil delivered probably his most talked about moment, where he walked out on stage in nothing but his tiny underwear.  However by that point, it just seemed like a desperate attempt to keep people paying attention to a show that just dragged on and on.

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There were also a lot of performances, paying tribute to some of the best soundtracks of the year.  Out of the sampling of songs, there were only about three performances that really stuck out.  The first was the thrilling and crazy performance of “Everything is Awesome”, the theme song for the snubbed Lego Movie.  Tegan and Sara, as well as The Lonely Island, wowed the crowed with the energetic performance, probably leaving most confused.  They even handed out Lego Oscars to the crowd, producing some great reactions.   More specifically Oprah who probably had the reaction of the night.

Then there was the powerful and uplifting performance of “Glory” by John Legend and Common from the movie Selma, which was presented the Oscar for Best Original Song.  Set against the backdrop of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and accompanied by a full choir, John Legend and Common managed to make the crowd emotional, with not a dry eye in the house. Lastly, Lady Gaga performed a tribute to the Sound of Music and Julie Andrews.  It was surprisingly pretty good and she nailed all of the songs with graceful bliss.  It was made even better when Julie Andrews herself came out on stage afterwards to present the Oscar for Best Original Score, which ended up going to The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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As for the actual awards themselves, there wasn’t too much drama this year.  The big award for Best Picture was pretty much decided to be between Boyhood and Birdman.  Birdman, to my surprise, ended up taking the award.  Birdman was one of the big winners of the night.  Birdman and Emmanuel Lubezki won for Achievement in Cinemetography and Best Original Screenplay was also awarded to Birdman.  The movie’s director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, also won for Best Director.

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The other big winner of the night was The Grand Budapest Hotel, which pretty much cleaned up in the technical categories.  The movie took home the awards for Achievement in Costume Design, Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score.  It was good to see the film gain some recognition, considering it was not projected to win any of the big awards of the night.

The first award of the night was given to J.K. Simmons for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the instructor in the 3rd biggest winner of the night, Whiplash.  The most impact speech award was probably given to Patricia Arquette, who won Best Supporting Actress.  She used the time on stage to promote wage equality for women and men everywhere.  She got a big crowd applause.  It’s also worth mentioning that Graham Moore also had a memorable speech, for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game, when he talked about his attempted suicide, and how he wanted all of us to “Stay Weird” and “Stay Different.”

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Best Actor went to Eddie Redmayne for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.  An emotional Eddie went up there and professed the honor that was bestowed upon him for portraying the famous figure.  On the other side, Julianne Moore won the award for Best Actress, for her role as Alice in Still Alice.  This was one of the least surprising announcements, considering the amount of buzz that was surrounding the award.

It has already been revealed this morning that the ratings for the telecast were down when compared to past years, but this wasn’t too much of a surprise.  The drama just didn’t seem to be there since a majority of the categories were already considered to be predicted to a T.  There also wasn’t a plethora of moments for us to rave about in the morning, with Neil Patrick Harris bringing a dose of average to the gig.  The show needs to revise it’s structure if it wants to move forward with success.  It was a well produced program, but it just didn’t seem to work too well in the current climate.  Does this mean a radical change in format?  Maybe not.  Does this mean no show at all?  Definitely not.  With that being said, something needs to change because the best word I can use to sum up last night’s production was: boring.

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Here’s the full list of the winners that took  home the golden man last night…


J.K. Simmons for Whiplash


The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero


The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon & Mark Coulier


Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski


The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby & James Lucas


Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent & Dana Perry


Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins & Thomas Curley


American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray & Bub Asman


Patricia Arquette for Boyhood


Interstellar – Paul J Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter & Scott R Fisher


Feast – Patrick Osborne & Kristina Reed


Big Hero 6


The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen & Anna Pinnock


Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki


Whiplash – Tom Cross

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Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy & Dirk Wilutzky


“Glory” from Selma – Lonnie Lynn (Common) & John Stephens (John Legend)


Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel


Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris & Armando Bo – Birdman


Graham Moore – The Imitation Game


Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman

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Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything


Julianne Moore for Still Alice



And the Oscars go to…

The Academy Award nominees were announced this morning, fresh of the presses.  As with all years, there was a lot of sure-fire favorites that got nominated, as well some notable snubs.  Jake Gyllenhaal was snubbed from the Best Actor category for his performance in Nightcrawler.  It’s also worth noting that The Lego Movie missed the mark for the Best Animated Feature category.  The big category, Best Picture, is going to be a tough race, as well as Best Actor.  In fact, there isn’t too many givens in the categories this year.

With that being said, here are my guesses as to who will win big on the film industry’s biggest night.  I should mention that I have not seen all of the features that have been nominated, but I still consider myself educated enough to make my guesses.  Without further ado…

Best Picture

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American Sniper



The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game


The Theory Of Everything (*WINNER*)


There is some tough competition this year for the night’s biggest award.  There were some surprises, including the nomination for The Grand Budapest Hotel.  When I broke it down, I figured that American Sniper, BoyhoodThe Imitation Game, and The Theory Of Everything would be the favorites.  As for the movie that comes out on top, I predict that The Theory Of Everything will take the honor.  Eddie Redmayne gives a moving performance as famous physicist Stephen Hawking.  I’m willing to bet that his performance will win the voters as well.

Best Director

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-Alexandro G. Inarritu, Birdman

-Richard Linklater, Boyhood  (*WINNER*)

-Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

-Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

-Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

If you take into account the work that was put into Boyhood, a movie that reportedly took twelve years to make, it’s easy to believe that Richard Linklater will win the award for Best Director.  The other directors on this list are just as deserving, but it’s hard to argue with the amount of work that Linklater has put into his production.  It’s stunning if you really think about it.

Best Actor

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-Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

-Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

-Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

-Michael Keaton, Birdman

-Eddie Redmayne, The Theory Of Everything  (*WINNER*)

This was probably the toughest category for me.  Almost all of the actors that were nominated deserve to win.  Some of my favorite performances came from Steve Carell and Bradley Cooper, but when I look at Eddie Redmayne’s performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, I started to have a feeling that he might edge them out in the end.  There was a lot of emotion and dedication that was put into the role, enough that I think it will put him at the top when all is said and done.

Best Actress 

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-Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night

-Felicity Jones, The Theory Of Everything

-Julianne Moore, Still Alice  (*WINNER*)

-Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

-Reese Witherspoon, Wild

I was surprised when I saw that Marion Cotillard was nominated for the category.  Two Days One Night might be a surprise favorite come Oscars time frame.  However, for me, it was between Reese Witherspoon and Julianne Moore, and I think that Julianne Moore, who plays linguistic professor Alice Howland in Still Alice will win the award.

Best Supporting Actor 

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-Robert Duvall, The Judge  (*WINNER*)

-Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

-Edward Norton, Birdman

-Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

-J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Turning 84 last week, Robert Duvall has surpassed Hal Holbrook as the oldest male acting nominee in Oscar history.  It’s his seventh nomination in his career, and I think that he will take home the award.  It would also be nice to see The Judge get some love from the Academy

Best Supporting Actress

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-Patricia Arquette, Boyhood  (*WINNER*)

-Laura Dern, Wild

-Kiera Knightley, The Imitation Game

-Emma Stone, Birdman

-Meryl Streep, Into The Woods

This was another tough one.  It was nice to see Meryl Streep nominated for Into The Woods, a movie I was not expecting to see in the Oscars conversation.  I should have know better because it seems like Meryl Streep’s name is always appearing when the Oscars come into season.  As for the winner, I think that Patricia Arquette might take the honor for her performance as the mother in Boyhood.  The movie is really something, and I think that Arquette has what it takes to win over the Academy.

Oscars 2014 Wrap-Up

The award season for movies finally came to a close last Sunday night with the Oscars.  The show, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, was full of memorable moments that overall made the show fun to watch.  12 Years A Slave took home the award of the night with Best Picture, which was the closest category that the Academy has had in years.

ellen monolougeTo start off, Ellen opened the show with a strong start.  This was her second time hosting the show and she felt pretty comfortable with the program.  She cracked jokes directed towards the likes of Jared Leto and Jonah Hill and ended her monolouge with an almost prophetic prediction.  She said that either 12 Years A Slave will win best picture or every one’s a racist.  We all saw how that one turned out.

One of my favorite moments during the show was actually the musical performances from some of the artists that were nominated for their work on their movie’s soundtracks.  Pharrell Williams, who was still sporting the iconic hat that was two sizes to large, gave a joyous performance of “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 and Idina Menzel, who’s name was butchered horrendously by John Travolta, gave an inspiring performance of her hit from Frozen, “Let It Go.”  (Which did later on go on to win Best Song, as well as Best Animated Picture)pharrell oscars

Another inspiring moment was when Lupita Nyong’o was announced as the winner of Best Supporting Actress.  Her acceptance speech was completely genuine, honest, and moving as she got through it with tears and overall appreciation for the help she had recieved from her peers.  She ended out her speech in a memorable way when she said, “When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child, that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

Actor Matthew McConaughey probably gave the best speech of the night when he was presented with Best Leading Actor.  His speech was very thoughtful and it including God, his late father, his wife and children, and even a look into the future to the man he aspires to be 10 years from now.  Twitter went crazy when McConaughey won the award, for two reasons.  Many were praising McConaughey and the others were pretty vocal about how Leonardo DiCaprio got robbed of the award. My take on the whole situation?  Every movie, actor, actress, and director that got nominated for an award all deserve a huge amount of praise, but there can only be one winner in each category.  In this category, McConaughey edged out DiCaprio for the award, but that shouldn’t take anything away from DiCaprio’s Matthew McConaugheyperformance in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Ellen also pretty much broke Twitter when she took the famous selfie that included the likes of Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Channing Tatum, Jared Leto, Kevin Spacey, Julia Andrews, and Lupita Nyong’o.  It shattered Twitter’s retweet records with almost 2 million retweets. Ellen also had more memorable moments like when she ordered pizza for some of the guests near the front.  The pizza delivery man ended up getting a pretty hefty tip too.

But, the night was building up to the final moment, when the winner for Best Picture was announced.  In the end, it ended up going to 12 Years A Slave, which was extremely deserving of the award.  The cast walked up and the acceptance speech was given my director Steve McQueen, and he ended his remarks with a jump for joy to close out the show.  It was a truly memorable night and lots of awards were given out.ellen selfie

Cate Blanchett, for her work on Blue Jasmine, ended up taking home the award for Best Leading Actress and Jared Leto took home the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a cross-dresser in Dallas Buyers Club.  Gravity also wrapped up a lot of the technical awards, like best direction, which was given to director Alfonso Cuaron. The Great Gatsby got a lot of the costume and production awards too.  Here is how I did with my picks:

Best Picture My Pick: 12 Years A Slave.  What won: 12 Years A Slave.

Best Actor My Pick: Matthew McConaughey.  Who won: Matthew McConaughey.

Best Actress My Pick: Amy Adams.  Who won: Cate Blanchett.

Best Supporting Actor My Pick: Jared Leto.  Who won: Jared Leto.

Best Supporting Actress My Pick: Jennifer Lawrence.  Who won: Lupita Nyong’o

Best Director My Pick: Alfonso Cuaron.  Who won: Alfonso Cuaron.

12-years-a-slave-So I was 4 for 6 with my predictions.  I did a pretty bad job with the actress categories.  I overlooked the fact that Lupita Nyong’o was getting a lot of buzz before the Oscars, which was the same case for Cate Blanchett.  If you want the full list of award winners, you can find the list here.

Oscar Predictions

The Oscars are going to be soon upon us (March 2 is the telecast) and there is a lot of buzz surrounding all of the movies and nominees.  The show will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.  The race for Best Picture will probably be one of the closest categories we have had in a while.  The category is literally up in the air.  All of the nominees are great movies but only one can win, obviously.  Below are my predictions for all of the major categories…

My predictions for the winners will be in bold.

12-years-a-slave-posterBest Picture

-American Hustle

-Captain Phillips

-Dallas Buyers Club





-12 Years a Slave

-The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor

matthew m-Christian Bale (American Hustle)

-Bruce Dern (Nebraska)

-Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)

-Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

-Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress

amy adams-Amy Adams (American Hustle)

-Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

-Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

-Judi Dench (Philomena)

-Meryl Streep (August Osage County)

Best Supporting Actor

jared leto-Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)

-Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)

-Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)

-Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer-Lawrence1-Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

-Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

-Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

-Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)

-June Squibb (Nebraska)

Best Director

alfonso_cuaron-Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)

-Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)

-Alexander Payne (Nebraska)

-David 0. Russell (American Hustle)

-Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

I can’t wait to see how awesome (or horrible) I was with my predictions when March 2 comes around.  Everybody will be anticipating Hollywood’s biggest night.

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

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!


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.