Monday, 28 February 2011

The 2011 Oscars! Live! Well sort of...




I'm gonna try my best to keep up with Twitter here, but frankly, I don't know why. It's tradition here on EoE to live blog the Oscars, so I'm gonna do it anyway. I'm only listing the winners first though, as they come by. Check back after everything for a summary of what I think!

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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
  • Black Swan
  • Inception - (I love the movie, but I can't help but feel bad for True Grit's Roger Deakins. The guy's been nominated 9 times and hasn't won a single time!)
  • The King's Speech
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit
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BEST ART DIRECTION:
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • True Grit
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BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • I Am Love
  • The King's Speech
  • The Tempest
  • True Grit
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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
  • Amy Adams (The Fighter)
  • Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech)
  • Melissa Leo (The Fighter) - (Damn. I was rooting for the kid in True Grit)
  • Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
  • Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)
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BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED):
  • Day & Night
  • The Gruffalo
  • Let's Pollute
  • The Lost Thing - (wow. Pixar actually LOST?)
  • Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)
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BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist
  • Toy Story 3 - (YAAAAAY!!!! HOORAAAAYY!!!! At least they didn't lose THIS one!)
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BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network - (The Academy really Liked it that much huh? Sorry, lame pun I know. heh heh)
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit
  • Winter's Bone
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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
  • Another Year
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King's Speech - (Of course they won. They write speeches for THE KING, fer gawds sake...)
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BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
  • Biutiful (Mexico)
  • Dogtooth (Greece)
  • In a Better World (Denmark)
  • Incendies (Canada)
  • Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) (Algeria )
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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
  • Christian Bale (The Fighter) - (Of course he won. He's BATMAN. Ok, a very SKINNY Batman.)
  • John Hawkes (Winter's Bone)
  • Jeremy Renner (The Town)
  • Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right)
  • Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech)

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BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE):
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network - (Though I'm still upset Daft Punk didn't get a mention here, how awesome is it that Trent Reznor actually has an Oscar now?)

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BEST SOUND MIXING:
  • Inception - (my prediction that Inception would clean up the technical awards came true after all...)
  • The King's Speech
  • Salt
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit
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BEST SOUND EDITING:
  • Inception - (What did I tell ya?)
  • Toy Story 3
  • Tron: Legacy
  • True Grit
  • Unstoppable
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BEST MAKEUP:
  • Barney's Version
  • The Way Back
  • The Wolfman - (Why in hell is this AWFUL movie in the Oscars when it should be in the Razzies? It's like telling people, "Hey, it doesn't matter if your movie sucks, as long as you've got good makeup!)
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BEST DOCUMENTARY (Short):
  • Killing in the Name
  • Poster Girl
  • Strangers No More
  • Sun Come Up
  • The Warriors of Qiugang
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BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE-ACTION):
  • The Confession
  • The Crush
  • God of Love
  • Na Wewe
  • Wish 143
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BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
  • Exit through the Gift Shop
  • Gasland
  • Inside Job
  • Restrepo
  • Waste Land
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BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
  • Hereafter
  • Inception - (Gee whiz, who else could have won, eh?)
  • Iron Man 2
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BEST FILM EDITING:
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • The King's Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network - (Figures. I mean, they're always tinkering and editing their layout anyway.)
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BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG):
  • Coming Home (Country Strong)
  • I See the Light (Tangled)
  • If I Rise (127 Hours)
  • We Belong Together (Toy Story 3) - (Dammit, I wanted Tangled to win this one...)
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BEST DIRECTOR
  • Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
  • David O. Russell (The Fighter)
  • Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) - (A bit of a shocker, this one. Even though I was roting for The King's Speech, I really thought Fincher would win this.)
  • David Fincher (The Social Network)
  • Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (True Grit)
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BEST ACTRESS:
  • Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)
  • Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone)
  • Natalie Portman (Black Swan) - (Vader would be so proud. All together now! The Dark Lord and the Black Swan, sitting in an X-Wing....)
  • Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)
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BEST ACTOR:
  • Javier Bardem (Biutiful)
  • Jeff Bridges (True Grit)
  • Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
  • Colin Firth (The King's Speech) - (No surprises in the acting categories. Firth becomes the first ever Oscar Stutterer!)
  • James Franco (127 Hours)

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BEST PICTURE:
  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • THE KING'S SPEECH - (This just in: in completely unfounded and made-up reports, Facebook suspends the King's Speech's Fan page, and blacklists Tom Hooper. Colin Firth can stay, because Colin Firth is awesome.)
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit
  • Winter's Bone

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Don't Make Me Come And Adjust You



The Adjustment Bureau
Not a Review.
Based on a Philip K. Dick story.
And not many adaptations were very good.
Besides Blade Runner and arguably Minority Report.
so yeah, my expectations weren't very high.
But at least the movie adjusted my scepticism somewhat.



Matt Damon.
MATT DAMON!
Maaaatt Daaaamon.
Matt... Damon.
Matt DAAAAAmon.
MATT DAMON!



Ok, maybe I shouldn't have watched Team America before this.
Ooooh, it's Emily Blunt.
I quite like her.
Hot babes with English accents are always awesome.
Cleavage rating: 7.8!
(Only because she looks a little scrawny here sometimes)



What EXACTLY is the Adjustment Bureau?
It's got hats. Lots of hats.
Oh, and doors. Lots of doors.
Other than that, go find out yourself lar
And remember to suspend a little belief at the same time.



I quite liked it.
A bit slow at parts, but the build-up was good.
So should you watch this or not?
Hey, it's YOUR own free will,
so make that choice yourself.
And don't make me come and adjust you.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Brought To You By The Number Four. Three! Two! One! Arkh arkh arkh!



I Am Number Four.
Not A review.
Why Number Four, I wonder.
Why not Number Five?
Or Six, Seven, Eight and Nine?
Is it so they can make I Am Number Five,
I Am Number Six, and so on?




Meh.
It's like some typical teenage high school flick.
Dumb jocks, science nerds, cheerleaders,
Lots of puppy love and googly eyes,
But with added aliens and super powers.



But yo, That Number Four has the best power EVER.
He's got... torchlight hands!
Yes, his hands have built-in torchlights!
How cool is that?
He'll never have trouble looking for his seat in a cinema!
And he can study even when there's a blackout!



Oooh, it's that pregnant cheerleader from Glee.
She's pretty hot.
Though I kept expecting her to burst out in song.
"Yoouuu light up my life..."
"With the torchliiiiights...."
"Shining from your haaaaands"



Ok, the actual songs in it were pretty cool.
Got Adele, The XX and even Jimmy Eat World!
And at least the actors weren't doing the singing.
And there was no lion and lamb cringing Twilight shit.
Though the main actor is a bit kayu though.
The new Keanu maybe?



It's ok only lah.
Decent action, pretty nice effects.
But you have to sit through all that high school crap to get to it.
I wonder if they really ARE making a sequel.
Are they gonna call it He Is Number Five?
Or maybe She Ain't Number Six?
Or how about Do We Have To Make Movie Number Two?

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Come Read Readings From Readings!

Hey everyone! If you have time next Friday, go drop by at the launch of READINGS, the new book by Sharon Bakar and Benard Chauly's Readings.

I'm just gonna cut and paste Sharon's blog post on the event. She has everything there anyway:

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The evening includes readings from the book; music from Dewangga Sakti, The Buntut Pulau Moonshiners and others; and local publishers’ book mart

Date : Friday, 25th February 2011
Place: Black Box, MAP@Publika, Level G2-01, Block A5, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, Off Jalan Duta,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Time: 8.30pm – 12.00 am
Dress code: Smart Casual


Part of the proceeds from book sales in aid of Yayasan Orang Kurang Upaya Kelantan. Admission free, but donations welcome.

Contact sharonbakar@yahoo.com 017 2644956 for further information

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Here's the invite with all the details:

Borders on The Borderline

It was bound to happen sooner or later, I suppose:



BORDERS FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY

Now, before you start picketing outside The Curve and Times Square demanding that the stores stay open, bear in mind that this is probably only in the US. Not sure how it would affect its international stores, but considering the franchise is owned by another company here, I think the shops should still be opened here.

Doesn't make much of a difference to me though, I hardly go to Borders. In fact, have you SEEN the Borders in Times Square lately? They seemed to have misplaced it. No, really, I literally could not find the store the last time I went.

Apparently, after all that hoo-haa about being the BIGGEST BOOKSTORE IN THE WORLD 6 years ago, they've finally ripped it all out and relocated to a tiny little place on the lower ground floor of the complex. I guess they finally that the clientele at that termite warren of a shopping mall just ain't the reading sort, eh?

The one in The Curve seems to be going strong though (not sure about the Gardens one - it always seems so empty whenever I go there).

But yeah, I'm not exactly mourning the demise of Borders. Besides, I still prefer Kinokuniya anyway. The selection is still way better, everything is nicely arranged, and current, and they have a kickass comics/graphic novel section that no other bookstore can match. I've even come to prefer the Kinokuniya in Singapore over the Borders there (which seems to have lost its charm somehow).

The other bookstore I frequent more these days is Bookxcess, of course. New books at cheap prices? AWESOME. Plus they are only about 4-5 months behind the usual bookstores anyway. Considering how few books I've been reading lately (something I REALLY need to rectify this year), I would rather not pay a full RM100 for a hardcover when I can just wait a while longer for it to hit Bookxcess instead. Plus their Big Bad Wolf Warehouse Sales are just AWESOME.

It WOULD be nice to have a lot more bookstores around, of course, and the demise of Borders IS quite sad. It WOULD be sad if they closed down the Malaysian stores as well. But seriously though, I DO wish they would buck up on they selection of titles, and/or layout, because as far as I'm concerned, even after six years and several new stores later, Borders here still has room for A LOT of improvement.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

The King Of Limbs Will Be Crowned Soon!



Head's up, all you radical reborn Radioheadists who have been living in rainbows since 2007! Thom Yorke and gang just dropped a bombshell a few days back - the new Radiohead album - KING OF LIMBS - will be dropping THIS WEEKEND.

Ok, it's only the digital format for now, though you get to pre-order a 'Newspaper Album' physical copy that will be released in May. And unlike the 'pay what you want' format they used for In Rainbows, you have to pay 6 quid for the download this time, which will be released this Saturday.

Ah, just go to the website kingoflimbs.jp to see what they're up to this time lah!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Happy Chinese New Year!



HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!!!!

PS: This year no more angpau for me. *Sob sob*

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Look! Up In The Sky! It's Stubbleman!

If you didn't know already, there's a new Superman in town, and his name is... Henry Cavill!

Er, Henry WHO???

Apparently he's some British actor who was in The Tudors. Nope, never heard of him either. Gee, first Professor X, then Batman, then Spider-man, and now Superman. All the superheroes seem to be going Brit, aren't they?

Then again, Superman's always been played by some relatively unknown actor, Christopher Reeves, Dean Cain, Tom Welling, Brandon Routh, and now Cavill. The character is so well-known that having an establish face just won't make him believable, I think. Let's hope Zack Snyder and Chris Nolan know what they're doing...

And look! Teaser Trailer Dot Com already has a picture of him! Ok, a photoshopped picture of him, but hey, at least it shows he's got the general look of the character (ok, except maybe the stubble...)