November, 2010

My Opinion for Best Picture:

Okay so as a movie lover the Oscars are the best part of the year. And I always try to figure out who’s going to win what before the big day. All the categories are important in their own respects but it’s the Best Picture that the big one of the night. And although the Best Picture Oscars was been screwed up a few times in my opinion (The Dark Knight in ‘09 should have at least been nominated! And Avatar should have won last year. I have no idea what all the hype about The Hurt Locker was for) I feel confident with the movies this year now that the list has been expanded to 1o nominees instead of 5.
Even thought Oscar season has just started, there has definitely been a few that should be considered already. So he’s my opinion on the movies that should be nominated so for from this year:
1. The Kids Are Alright: I love Julianne Moore ever since I saw her in The Hours and she and Annette Benning are sure to be nominated for Best Actress/ Supporting Actress.
2. Toy Story 3: If Up proved anything last year, Toy Story 3 is sure to be there. Not to mention the movie also made over a BILLION at the box office.
3. Inception: A smart action thriller and a summer smash that had the appeal of Oscar gold. I think it’s about time the Academy acknowledges Christopher Nolan after they forgot about The Dark Knight. And Memento. And Insomnia. (MY VOTE FOR THE OSCAR FOR BEST PICTURE!!!)
4. The Town: Ben Afflect’s second directorial effort about a group of bank robbers in Boston was great but told a story I’ve seen before (The Departed). The only thing going for it is the fact that The Departed won Best Picture. Clearly, it has something the Academy likes.
5. The Social Network: The best depiction of life on the 20th century ever. Finally a movie that tells the story of the youth. Jesse Eisenberg performance was fantastic and so was Justin Timberlake’s (surprise surprise). Ironical, Facebook has a campaign to get him nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Let’s not get carried away.

Others that I would LIKE to see (but never will lol): Shutter Island, Easy A and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part I.

So what do you think??? Are there any movies you think should be nominated for Best Picture??? Are there any that I listed that you would take out???

ADD ON: I have to add this movie right now, BLACK SWAN! This movie was sick! To those of you who haven’t seen it yet, go see it! It is by far one of the sexiest, physiological crazy, suspenseful thrillers I’ve seen in a very long time. And to all the guys reading this who think it’s all about the ballet and kind of girly, there’s something in it for you! (Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman get it on!!) The more I see the trailer for it, the more I want to go back and see the movie again. It’s just so good. And Winona Ryder’s it in? I didn’t know that until I saw the movie. She’s good in it too. She goes a little crazy at the end but I don’t want to give it all away. It really was one of the biggest surprise hits of the year. Kunis, Portman and director Darren Aronofsky are shoo ins for Oscar nods.

I’m 18 and Psycho scared the $@!% out of me!

So I have to admit, Psycho was as every bit as good as I thought it would be! I was happy that this was the first time I go to see it. I probably would have been more scared if I saw it at home (I sleep in the basement; that’s where Bates put his mother!!!) I’m also happy that I saw the original and not the Gus Van Sant remake, which, now having seen the original, I kind of do want to see it, just to see how bad it was.

I don’t know what it was that made this film so scary for me but it just was. This was a movie that I genially enjoyed watching, something that hasn’t happened to me in a while. The last movie that I found myself happy watching and praying that it didn’t finish was Inception and that was in July. Hitchcock truly is Hollywood Gold! Vertigo was amazing. Rear Window was fantastic but there’s just something about Psycho that tops them all.

But why was I so scared? What was it about this suspense film that really wasn’t even that scary, scare me so much? It was everything! The music, the creepy heart-pounding music, the dim lighting, the eerie silence, and of course Norman Bates. Wow what a nut case he was! What made him so devilishly scary was his sweet and innocent look. A look that just says “I could be the nicest person in the world to you.” But it was that look that gave everything away. He was too nice and it was just a matter of time before we all saw his snap.

Norman Bates is actually modeled after Ed Gein, who is also the basis for Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series and Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs. Ed Gein was some guy who lived out in west bumble America on a farm with his mother. As it turns out, the crazy personalities that he had spawned those iconic horror characters. Gein was a body snatcher (no pun intended). He would dig up corpses from the local graveyard and prop them up in his home, collected various body parts from the people he murdered and, of course, keep his mothers room exactly the way she had it (with her in it) after she died. He actually boarded it making in into a tomb of some sorts, preserving his mother and all her belongings.

I think knowing that Norman Bates was modeled after a real person is what made this movie so scary to me. It played off of the basic fear that this person was real and that what I’m seeing wasn’t that farfetched. It’s not like watching Saw where people are put through these ridiculous traps or Quarantine where everyone gets this extreme case of rabies, it was (semi) real.

Oh, and the ending was the worst part! My mouth dropped when I saw Bates run through the basement door dressed as his mother. The deranged look in his eyes, that smile and the wig just made this unbelievable chilling image. I don’t understand why everyone was laughing!?!? That was horrifying! I really was scared when I saw that and it took me a few minutes to get that image out of my head. I hate images. I can sit through Paranormal Activity and have stuff pop out in front of me and scare me half to death, but I get over that. It passes. But if you show me a face, like Leatherface or Michael Meyers (the new one from the Rob Zombie remake) I will have nightmares about it. And since I sleep in the basement, all I thought about that night was Bates running through my bedroom door dressed as his dead mother lmaooo. I think if a movie can make you scared to go to sleep, it did its job. Kudos to Hitchcock!!

My favorite actor: Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp has become one Hollywood’s most prized possessions. His films, 47 to be exact, have brought in an estimated $2.3 billion in the United States alone and $4.8 billion overseas. But little is known my today’s younger audience about the man they have come to know as Captain Jack Sparrow.
Since his big break in 1987 on the hour-long police drama 21 Jump Street, Johnny Depp had conquered the roles of the small screen and the silver screen

Born in Owensboro, Kentucky on June 9th, 1963 to Betty Sue and John Christopher Depp Sr., Johnny Depp had accomplished in 26 years of acting what some actors take a lifetime to achieve. His film career has touched upon every genre in Hollywood and at a time when most actors start to take a hiatus from the business, Depp is just getting started.

His first starring role came in Wes Cravens 1984 horror masterpiece A Nightmare on Elm Street. From there, Depp went on to star in two more supporting roles in the 80’s in Private Resort and the Oscar-winning drama Platoon as Jack Marshall and Private Gator Lerner, respectively. His dramatic turn in Platoon garnished him with rave reviews from critics and gave him a chance to spread his wings in Hollywood.

As the 90’s began, Depp lined himself up with a variety of films, some of which becoming the most critically acclaimed of his career. The first was Edward Scissorhands, in which he played the title character. His quirkiness as Edward, a young unfinished creation we met perfectly by the unique style of director Tim Burton. This was the first film between Burton and Depp. Since Edward Scissorhands, Burton and Depp have collaborated on 7 more films.

Following the success of Edward Scissorhands , Depp went on to star in over a dozen more films in the 90’s including What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Ed Wood, Donnie Brasco, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Sleepy Hollow.

With the start of the new millennium, Depp branched out from traditional dramas and biopics of his early career into a box office king. He found this glory with one of the most successful movie franchises in history, the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

Over the course of 3 films (the 4th entitles On Strange4 Tides will be releases in 3D in May 2011) the series made an estimated $2.7 billion at the global box office, accounting for most of Depp’s net worth. His role in the series as Captain Jack Sparrow earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for The Curse of the Black Pearl.

After Pirates, Depp started in Finding Neverland, for which he received his second Best Actor nomination in 2 years, followed by 2 more films with Burton, 2 sequels to Pirates of the Caribbean and Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

In Todd, Depp once again plays the title character. It is Depp’s first musical of his career. His powerful performance unlocked a part of him that most audiences have never seen.

At the tender age of 12, Depp was given a guitar by his mother and he began playing in various bands around his home town. His first band was named Meredith after one of his girlfriends. With a sudden passion for music, Depp dropped out of high school and strived to become a rock musician. After he realized that his dream was far from reality, he attempted to go back to school several days later but was turned away. He later played with the band The Kid and moved out to Los Angeles with hopes of a record deal, but the band broke apart before ant deal was made.

After his failed attempted at rock star fame, Depp settled upon acting, and the rest is history.

Today, Depp is currently one of Hollywood’s highest paid actors. He has racked up 3 Academy Award nominations, 7 Golden Globe nominations and 1 win and 34 other wins from various award groups. He even got to record his first solo album as well as played side guitar on several singles for bands like The Oasis and has been featured on several soundtracks to his films.

Depp will star in The Tourist next month alongside Angelina Jolie and the animated film Rango next March.

I can’t wait to see The Tourist!

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