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The 2012 Oscar Nominees

This years marks the 84th annual Academy Awards Ceremony, which will take place on the 26th of February.  The Oscar will be hosted by Billy Crystal, after Eddie Murphy stepped down.  Take a look at the full list of the nominations below and leave a comment saying who you would like to see win.

BEST PICTURE

‘The Artist’

‘The Descendants’

‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

‘The Help’

‘Hugo’

‘Midnight in Paris’

‘Moneyball’

‘The Tree of Life’

‘War Horse’

Actor in a Leading Role

Demián Bichir ‘A Better Life’

George Clooney ‘The Descendants’

Jean Dujardin ‘The Artist’

Gary Oldman ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

Brad Pitt ‘Moneyball’

Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh ‘My Week with Marilyn’

Jonah Hill ‘Moneyball’

Nick Nolte ‘Warrior’

Christopher Plummer ‘Beginners’

Max von Sydow ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

Actress in a Leading Role

Glenn Close ‘Albert Nobbs’

Viola Davis ‘The Help’

Rooney Mara ‘The Girl with the Drag on Tattoo’

Meryl Streep ‘The Iron Lady’

Michelle Williams ‘My Week with Marilyn’

Actress in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo ‘The Artist’

Jessica Chastain ‘The Help’

Melissa McCarthy ‘Bridesmaids’

Janet McTeer ‘Albert Nobbs’

Octavia Spencer ‘The Help’

Animated Feature Film
‘A Cat in Paris’

‘Chico & Rita’

‘Kung Fu Panda 2’

‘Puss in Boots’

‘Rango’

ART DIRECTION

‘The Artist’

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘Hugo’

‘Midnight in Paris’

‘War Horse’

CINEMATOGRAPHY

‘The Artist’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘The Tree of Life’

‘War Horse’

COSTUME DESIGN

‘Anonymous’

‘The Artist’

‘Hugo’

‘Jane Eyre’

‘W.E.’

DIRECTING

Michel Hazanavicius ‘The Artist’

Alexander Payne ‘The Descendants’

Martin Scorsese ‘Hugo’

Woody Allen ‘Midnight in Paris’

Terrence Malick ‘The Tree of Life’

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

‘Hell and Back Again’

‘If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front’

‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory’

‘Pina’

‘Undefeated’

Documentary Short Subject

‘The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement’

‘God Is the Bigger Elvis’

‘Incident in New Baghdad’

‘Saving Face’

‘The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom’

FILM EDITING

‘The Artist’

‘The Descendants’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Moneyball’

Foreign Language Film

‘Bullhead’ (Belgium)

‘Footnote’ (Israel)

‘In Darkness’ (Poland)

‘Monsieur Lazhar’ (Canada)

‘A Separation’ (Iran)

MAKEUP

‘Albert Nobbs’

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘The Iron Lady’

Music (Original Score)

‘The Adventures of Tintin’

‘The Artist’

‘Hugo’

‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

‘War Horse’

Music (Original Song)

‘Man or Muppet’ The Muppets; Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

‘Real in Rio’ Rio; Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Short Film (Animated)

‘Dimanche/Sunday’

‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’

‘La Luna’

‘A Morning Stroll’

‘Wild Life’

Short Film (Live Action)

‘Pentecost’

‘Raj u’

‘The Shore’

‘Time Freak’

‘Tuba Atlantic’

SOUND EDITING

‘Drive’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

‘War Horse’

SOUND MIXING

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Moneyball’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

‘War Horse’

VISUAL EFFECTS

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘Hugo’

‘Real Steel’

‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

What do you think?  Who would you like to see win?  Are you favourite actors or films there?  Is there anyone you just know is going to win?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and, if you liked this post, click the like button.  If you want to follow me on Twitter my profile is https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1, I follow back providing it’s not spam.

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How to Overcome a TV Addiction

Getting hooked on a TV show can be a traumatic experience, but don’t worry there are a number of solutions to this, very real, problem.

Poke your eyes out

Sometimes the direct approach is the best and by poking out your eyes you also get the added bonus of not having to pay for contact lenses or glasses, if you need them, and you get to bring your dog into places, like restaurants, were dogs wouldn’t normally be allowed.  Another advantage is that no longer will you have to worry about some stranger coming up and poking your eyes out, it’s already done and you’ve saved them the time.

Break the TV

No TV = no problem, right?  If, on a lazy Saturday night, you decide to put your fist through the screen, in an attempt to encourage Ted to hurry up and get to the point, then the temptation is cut off at the source, but seriously come on Ted this information is irrelevant to how you actually met their mother don’t toy with me.

Leave the remote somewhere far away

Next time you leave the country, why not take the remote with you and don’t worry about bringing it back.  Most people won’t sit through another flight just to change the channel and don’t worry about the buttons on the TV you won’t think of that, you never do (until you’ve torn the how apart looking).

Burn the entire cast

Well sure there are reruns, but is it ever really the same?

Promise yourself a gift in return for stopping

The best incentive to do anything is getting a reward.  So, in exchange for cutting back on your addiction, why not buy yourself the box set?  It’s so not the same thing as watching it on TV, this time you are in control and that means it can’t be bad.

Remember getting addicted to a TV program is a natural thing and is not your fault.  If you need further support then I suggest giving up.  Though I don’t advice you to try any of the methods listed, I do want to know have you ever, or do you now, have a show that you just have to see?  What is/was it?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also please feel free to subscribe/follow and, if you like this post, click the like button.


New Superman and Catwoman Costumes Revealed

It’s a good day to be a comic book geek as we finally get a look at the stars of two upcoming superhero movies in their costumes, English actor Henry Cavill as Superman and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.

Though it resembles the classic Superman suit, there are some noticeable differences.  The costume is darker and made of a different material, also the single curl, which is normally on Superman’s forehead, has been cut off.  Having seen the reaction to the new Wonder Woman costume a few months back, I am curious about how people are reacting to the changes.  Personally, I do think that the costume looks more manly and will fit the big screen better, especially considering that this movie is intended to be darker than previous Superman films.

Catwoman without any catlike features?  That’s an interesting choice.  If I’m not mistaken, the goggles have some sort of cat ear, but that’s about it.  Since she’s on, what is speculated to be, the bat-cycle, it’s hard to judge the costume.  However, if the rest of the suit is completely lacking in the feline department Nolan’s going to have some pretty disappointed fans on his hands.  It’s thought that the reason pictures of Catwoman have been released is because Nolan knew paparazzi would snap a few photos while they were filming, so he beat them too it.

What do you think?  Are you impressed by the costumes?  Do you think they should have gone with the more classic version of the suits?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


E3 2011

Are you currently pacing the floors of Google in a desperate attempt to find out more information about a game that’s being developed?  Well you may be in luck as E3 is just around the corner.  E3 stands for Electronic Entertainment Expo.  It’s an annual event were game developers show off their latest projects and make announcements.  It’s not a buy a ticket at the door kind of event; it’s for people in the gaming industry and press.  I know what you’re thinking ‘Adam you are so lucky to be going’, well unfortunately my invite must have gotten lost in the mail because I didn’t get it.

Though I won’t be there, I will still be stalking people who where and finding out all of the great revelations that are made at the show.  Personally I’m most interested in seeing if Capcom release new details on the upcoming punch in the face to Devil May Cry fans.  I say that knowing full well that I will most likely buy whatever the end product of their treachery is, plus I’ve kind of embraced the changes (at least for now).

The expo is held in the Los Angeles Convention Center each year around the end of May or the start of June.  This year it will be from the 7th to the 9th of June.  From what I can tell, there are going to be thousands (and I mean thousands) of companies exhibiting at the show.  A full list of all these companies is available on the E3 website, so go check and see if the game you’re stalking has a chance of being featured.

What do you think?  What game are you obsessed with at the moment?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Batman: The Dark Knight Rises Bane Promo Picture

A lot of movie goers will have seen Bane in the 1997 Joel Schumacher film, Batman and Robin, but way he was portrayed in the movie is far from his original comic book persona.  The bane of the film is a mindless bodyguard for Poison Ivy, in the comics, as well as strength, Bane has a keen mind.  He uses this mind to work independently to fight against Batman.  In the comics he is the only man to ever have ‘broke the bat’ which basically means he put Batman in a wheelchair.  He also once thought that he and Batman, Bruce Wayne, shared the same father, but it turned out he was wrong.

Now why am I telling you any of this?  Bane is going to be one of the villains in the final instalment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.  From what I’ve heard, this version will be much more loyal to the source material than the previous movie was.  Tom Hardy was cast as Bane and I’m pretty confident in Nolan’s casting abilities so I’m sure he’ll be great.  The first promo picture of Bane was released.  It doesn’t really show much, but it does give an idea of the look they’re going for.  Check it out.

What do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


My Soul to Take

Okay so I know it’s not a new movie, but it’s not really well known, at least not outside of America.  It came out last year, 2010, and it was written and directed by Wes Craven so you know it’s got to be (pause for effect) interesting.

Last night I watched My Soul to Take and I have to say I was expecting worse.  I hadn’t read any details about the film, but I had seen a clip that just looked, unintentionally, hilarious.  Also I’d read that it got really bad reviews from critics, I haven’t read what they said I just know that they hated the movie.

The movie really throws you in the deep end, it doesn’t spend a lot of time explaining what’s going on or who these characters are, which forces you to think about it and really try piece the details together yourself.  Personally, I like this, because I think it makes you engage with the film and you sort of get into the whole experience more, but I can see that, from a different point of view, it could be seen as really annoying and unnecessary. 

Though, I must say that putting together all the pieces would have been a lot easier if they were all included in the box.  There are parts of the plot that are left completely unexplained, which is down to bad editing.  Guess where I found the answers that were not in the movie (pause, this time to leave time to guess) the deleted scenes of course.  The movie has a running time of 1 hour and 42 minutes (including credits).  I get that leaving in every deleted scene would be impossible, there is quite a few of them, but would it have killed them to cut out some of the stuff that doesn’t make any sense, the aforementioned unintentionally hilarious scene for example, and put in the scenes that explain the plot?  I think not.

The movie opens by showing how the Riverton Ripper was caught and allegedly died.  Then it cuts to sixteen years later were, on the anniversary of this supposed death, the teenagers of the town, hold a party were one of the seven children that were born on the night the killer died must pretend to fight off a puppet of the killer (now this isn’t the kind of puppet you’ll be seeing on Sesame Street, I warn you).  Of course the mentally challenged kid gets pick and freaks out, but the party is broken up by the police.  Then the killer begins to kill again.  Is it the original killer or is it one of the seven who is carrying the soul of the killer inside them.

One of the things I really liked about the film is that it relies heavily on mental illness, but also teams it with the supernatural.  The story follows Adam ‘Bug’ Hellerman, a sixteen year old that suffers from mental illness.  Of course if you don’t watch the deleted scenes you might just think Bug is really weird.  Since you see everything as he sees it it’s not really clear whether anything supernatural is happening or if it could all be due to mental illness.  I would recommend the film, but not to everyone.  It’s kind of a movie for people that like to think and analyze movies.  If you’re the type of person who goes home and googles the movie you just saw, and you like horror movies, then I think you’ll really like this movie, but if for you the movie ends when the credits roll maybe you should give this one a miss.

What do you think?  Have you seen it?  Did you love it or hate it?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Cowboys and Aliens

When I first put up the ‘westerns’ category, I had no idea if I’d ever get to use it again, yet here I am using it for the third time in five months.  Is this a sign that westerns are making a comeback?  I hope so.

Cowboys and Aliens will hit American cinemas on the 29th of July and then waddle its way over to Irish, and UK, cinemas on the 19th of August.  If you’re a comic fan, you might think that the name sounds familiar, and you’d be right about that.  However, the name is one of the only things that the film has in common with the 2006 graphic novel that it’s based on.  Producer, Robert Orci, has said that they didn’t want fans of the comics to feel like they’d already seen it.  Clearly this guy doesn’t know fans.  The closer it is to the source material the happier the fans are, hasn’t he ever read a Resident Evil forum.  Not even the characters names were brought over; basically they just thought that a familiar name would bring in fans.

The premise of the film is that a loner named Jake Lonergan (yeah that’s right LONERgan), who is played by Daniel Craig, wakes up with a mysterious device on his arm and no memory of his life.  He soon learns that he’s a wanted criminal and is locked up by Colonel Dolarhyde (yes the names are terrible), played by Harrison Ford.  When aliens attack, the two must put their differences aside if they want to protect the world from the invaders.

The trailer doesn’t look all that appealing and I’m pretty sure I seen a wire at one point pulling a guy off a horse.  I’m not saying that the movie won’t be good, but even the names don’t sound western to me.  To make the film more western they shot it on film rather than use digital so why couldn’t they spend a little more time thinking of names.  I hope I’m wrong, I really do, but for the time being, I have to say, I don’t see bright things in this films future.  I think it’s going to have to be really really good to avoid being rip apart by fans of the comic.  However, people might go to see it for the cast alone.  Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde all star in the film and all have a pretty good fan base.  Only time will tell whether this film will sink or swim.

What do you think?  Are western films making a comeback?  Will comic fans tear this film to pieces?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Michael Shannon to Play Zod in Man of Steel

General Zod has been confirmed as the villain of the new Superman film, Man of Steel.  The news doesn’t come as much of a shock, as fans have speculated Zod would be the villain since the movie was announced.  Not only has the character been confirmed, so has the actor that will be playing him.

Michael Shannon, who has previously worked on films like Groundhog Day, 8 Mile and Jonah Hex, has been cast as the infamous villain.  Though not as popular as Lex Luthor, General Zod is still one of Superman’s better known villains.  He is a fellow Kryptonian, who escaped the doomed planet because he was trapped in The Phantom Zone.  This is the more familiar story, but over the years Zod’s character and back story have changed from time to time, including one time where he was a Russian man who was infected with Kryptonite radiation before he was born.  I think it’s safe to say that the film will be going with Zod’s more traditional back story.

The film’s director, Zack Snyder, has praised Michael Shannon saying ‘Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role’.  Shannon has now joined the cast alone with Amy Adams, who’s playing Lois Lane, Henry Cavill, who plays Clark Kent, Diane Lane, as Martha Kent, and Kevin Costner, as Jonathan Kent.  If you read the last time I talked about this movie, you may remember my conspiracy theory about the, nearly ten year, age gap between all of the actors.  Well unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, Michael Shannon is 36, making him the same age as Amy Adams, thus breaking the pattern.

What do you think?  Do you still believe in the conspiracy?  Are you happy that General Zod will be the villain?  Do you agree with Michael Shannon being cast?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Sucker Punch

For years woman have bragged about how men do not understand the complexity of the female mind, well prepare to get the male theory of how woman think.

Sucker Punch is the story of a young woman, in 1955, who retreats into her own mind, and then she retreats from that fantasy into another one, much like the whole Inception dream within a dream concept.  The movie follows a twenty year old girl who goes by the nickname Baby Doll, played by Emily Browning.  After accidentally shooting her sister, while attempting to stop her stepfather from molesting them, Baby Doll is locked in a mental institution.  Her stepfather, to stop her from revealing the truth, arranges for her to be lobotomised, but it’ll take the doctor five days to arrive and do the procedure.

During this time, Baby Doll fantasies about being a dancer at a strip club.  In the fantasy world she is told that her virginity has been sold to a client who will arrive in five days.  Baby Doll then escapes this world by travelling to a different fantasy world where she is told that she needs five things to escape; a map, fire, a knife, a key and a mystery object.  To get these objects Baby Doll and her friends must go on an adventure in both fantasy worlds.  Will Baby Doll and the others escape in time and will that even matter to the real world?

The movies really girl power from a guys perspective.  Not many girls dream of becoming strippers or fighting demons in a school girl uniform.  However, from a special effect side, the film looks great.  Visually it’s a treat, no doubt, but the story may be too crazy for most people to handle.  The original pitch for the movie was Alice in Wonderland with machine guns, which is a fairly good description actually.

The movie comes out, in Ireland and the UK, on the 1st of April.  It stars Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Jon Hamm, Carla Gugino and Jena Malone.  It was directed by Zack Snyder, who is directing the new Superman movie.  Snyder, along with Steve Shibuya, wrote the film.

What do you think?  Is this an accurate depiction of the inner workings of the female mind?  Have you ever had a fantasy within a fantasy or a dream within a dream?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


Most Anticipated Film of 2011

Whether you’re after side splitting comedy, spin tingling horror or depressing drama movies, you won’t be disappointed this year.  A wide range of films will bounce on and off of cinema screens this year, some will be good, others will not.  You probably not know every film that’s coming out this year, but I’m sure you have one that you’re looking forward to and I want to know what it is.

The movie business is all about finding out what people like to see, because if you know what people it’s easier to get them to part with their money.  You may have heard 2011 being called the year of the sequel, which has a lot of truth to it.  This year we’re going to see the return of franchises that we thought were surely dead.  Among others, this means the return of Final Destination, which I’ll be talking about in the next few days.

The one I’m most looking forward to is Rise of the Apes, which returns to the wonderful franchise Planet of the Apes.  The film stars James Franco.  I’d love to talk more about this now, but the point of this post is finding out what films other people are tapping their foot in anticipation for.

Maybe it’s The Hangover 2 that has you pacing the floor or perhaps it’s The Avengers.  Also, what genre of movie is your favourite?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Be sure to check back tomorrow when I’ll be talking about one of the most shocking movie returns of the year.