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OSR: The Grand Budapest Hotel March 17, 2014

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One Sentence Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

While it was more in line with the quality of The Life Aquatic, Wes Anderson’s latest did have some great moments and kept a smile on my face throughout.

Rating: Matinee (7/10)

Rating System: Needs IMAX 3D Glasses (10), Full-Price Ticket (9-8), Matinee (7-6), Wait For Digital (5-4), Late-Night Cable Fodder (3-2), I’ve Made Better Films With My Ass Camera (1)

Just Coz: Oscar Ballot March 2, 2014

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ImageHere we are again with the self-congratualatory awards season and I just can’t help having fun trying to predict who’s going to win.

This year has the tightest race for Best Picture since Shakespeare in Love beat Saving Private Ryan. The usual indicator for Best Picture is the Producers Guild Award, but this year Gravity and 12 Years a Slave tied for the win. I would love to see Gravity take it since it’s a science-fiction film, but there lies the problem: it’s a science-fiction film which usually only wins the technical awards. 12 Years a Slave is deemed an important social film, so I give it the edge. If Gravity loses, I’ll take solace in its Original Score win since the music was my favorite part. It amped up the tension more than any film I’ve seen in a while.

So without further you-knows-its, here are my predictions of the winners.

Score: 21 of 24

  • Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
  • Actor: Matthew McConaughey
  • Actress: Cate Blanchett
  • Supporting Actor: Jared Leto
  • Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o (because she has a cool placement of an apostrophe in her name)
  • Director: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Original Screenplay: American Hustle
  • Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave
  • Animated Film: Frozen
  • Cinematography: Gravity
  • Costume: The Great Gatsby
  • Documentary: 20 Feet from Stardom
  • Documentary Short: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
  • Film Editing: Captain Phillips
  • Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty
  • Makeup & Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club
  • Music Score: Gravity
  • Original Song: “Let It Go” from Frozen
  • Production Design (Art Direction): The Great Gatsby
  • Short Animated Film: Get a Horse!
  • Short Live Film: Helium
  • Sound Editing: Gravity
  • Sound Mixing: Gravity
  • Visual Effects: Gravity

OSR: The Wind Rises March 1, 2014

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One Sentence Review: The Wind Rises

Miyazaki’s most straight forward (and supposedly last) film is a beautiful fictionalized biography of the man who designed the Zero fighter plane.

Rating: Matinee (7/10)

Rating System: Needs IMAX 3D Glasses (10), Full-Price Ticket (9-8), Matinee (7-6), Wait For Digital (5-4), Late-Night Cable Fodder (3-2), I’ve Made Better Films With My Ass Camera (1)

OSR: The Lego Movie February 9, 2014

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One Sentence Review: The Lego Movie

Everything was awesome.

Rating: Full-Price Ticket (9/10)

Rating System: Needs IMAX 3D Glasses (10), Full-Price Ticket (9-8), Matinee (7-6), Wait For Digital (5-4), Late-Night Cable Fodder (3-2), I’ve Made Better Films With My Ass Camera (1)

2013 Favorite Albums Countdown Mix January 6, 2014

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It’s the (mostly) annual Countdown Mix. The track is filled with a song from each of the Top 20 albums countdown. I avoided the hits in most cases so you could hear deeper cuts. The David Bowie track is from the re-release The Next Day Extra which I’m surprised didn’t make the final cut. It’s one continuous track and MP3 so it will play in any program.


Tracks

20. Normal Person – Arcade Fire
19. Drew – Goldfrapp
18. Atomica – David Bowie
17. New – Paul McCartney
16. Someone Sweet to Talk To – She & Him
15. Any Weather – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
14. Love Hurt Bleed – Gary Numan
13. Give Life Back to Music – Daft Punk
12. Pretty Boy – Young Galaxy
11. Young Legends – Sleigh Bells
10. When I’m Alone – Sam Phillips
09. We Are Explorers – Cut Copy
08. Step – Vampire Weekend
07. Dumb Disco Ideas – Holy Ghost!
06. How Come You Don’t Want Me – Tegan and Sara
05. Love Reign Supreme – Alison Moyet
04. 6AM – Fitz & the Tantrums
03. Night Café – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
02. Vocal – Pet Shop Boys
01. Farrah Fawcett Hair – Capital Cities

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