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The Three Musketeers

One muska two muska three musketeers.

Originally a series of books, The Three Musketeers has since been made into a film over twenty times.  The author of the original books, Alexandre Dumas, drew inspiration from an earlier book called Mémoires de Monsieur d’Artagnan.  In this book d’Artagnan first meets the king’s musketeers; Athos Porthos and Aramis.  Also present in the book is Milady de Winter, the antagonist of the first Musketeers book.  However, her background was changed significantly.

Alexandre Dumas’s book, The Three Musketeers, was originally serialised, in France, between March on July 1844 under the name Les Trois Mousquetaires.  The plot follows d’Artagnan who travels to Paris to join the musketeers.  When he is arrested along with the three musketeers they join forces to escape.  D’Artagnan falls in love with a woman called Constance and encounters Athos ex-wife Milady de Winter, who has been paid to kill the Duke of Buckingham who is having an affair with the Queen of France.  The musketeers, and d’Artagnan, must then defeat Milady before it’s too late.

On the 14th of October the latest Three Musketeers film will arrive at cinemas in stunning, and pointless, 3D.  The basic elements of the book are there, by which I mean the characters and the role that the characters play, but the plot is not exactly the same.  Normally things like that bother me, but with this being the twenty somethingth Musketeers movie, I think changes may just be a good thing.  Then again, a loyal fan may want to see the classic tale retold in 3D.  In this version, d’Artagnan joins forces with the three musketeers, who were famous but are currently down on their luck, to stop Milady and her employer from taking over France and starting a war.  As I said, it’s not the exact same plot, but it does have a lot of similar plot points.

The three musketeers will be played by Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson and Luke Evans.  Logan Lerman plays d’Artagnan and Milla Jovovich portrays Milady de Winter.  Paul W.S. Anderson, Jovovich’s Husband, is directing the film and congratulations to them for finally making a movie that their daughter can watch, but probably won’t want to.

Though it does not follow the exact plot of the book, the movie looks good.  It mixes action with comedy, but in a way that keeps the tone fairly serious.  It has a great range of actors and then Orlando Bloom for some reason.  The delivery of the lines is also great, it’s not always easy especially with one liners, but they appear to have done it with neatly.  Like most movie goers, I can’t see the point in having the 3D, but it is still the trend in Hollywood so we’ll just have to put up with the goofy glasses.  All things considered, this movie may be entertaining for an action/adventure fan, or for someone who is familiar with the source material, but if you don’t fit those categories you probably should give it a miss.

What do you think?  Is the plot being changed a good thing or a bad thing?  Do you like the cast?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.

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The Oscar Winners 2011

Winning an Oscar is pretty much the best thing that can happen to an actor, director or anyone in the film industry.  The winners are selected by other members of that field e.g. Best Director is picked by directors.  It’s basically like all your co-workers saying ‘you’re the best’.  It’s the high point of their career, they’ve peaked and it’s all downhill from there.  With the exception of those who win multiple Oscars, those bastards.

Here are the results of some of the more well known categories:

Best Picture
The Kings Speech

Best Director
Tom Hooper – The Kings Speech

Best Actor
Colin Firth – The Kings Speech

 Best Actress
Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale – The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Melissa Leo’s speech was interesting; she managed to say the ‘F’ word on, what’s probably, the most elegant event there is.  This is the first year that I’ve actually watched the Oscars, granted I didn’t get to see it all because of the time difference, but I’ll catch a repeat.  To be honest, I was expecting it to be overly formal and boring, but it wasn’t (which is a good thing).  I’ve annoyed people all day, as I desperately try to describe the opening clip that, hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway made.  It was hilarious, but the funniest part was Franco’s grandmother who stood up and proclaimed ‘I seen Marky Marky’.

Do you agree with the results?  Leave a comment and vote below.


Valentine’s Day and BAFTA Winners and Losers

Happy Valentine’s Day, remember even if, like me, you’re not part of a couple, do not make fun of Valentine’s Day, make fun of the people that wasted so much money on heart shaped junk.

Today I’m giving a list of the BAFTA awards, winners and losers, but before that, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I will post one of the most clichéd Valentine poems in its entirety, most people don’t know how it really goes;

The rose is red, the violet’s blue
The honey is sweet, and so are you
Thou are my love and I am thine
I drew thee to my Valentine
The lot was cast and then I drew
And Fortune said it shou’d be you

Now onto the BAFTAs:

BEST FILM

Winner:
THE KING’S SPEECH

Losers:
BLACK SWAN
INCEPTION
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
TRUE GRIT

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Winner:

THE KING’S SPEECH

Losers:
127 HOURS
ANOTHER YEAR
FOUR LIONS
MADE IN DAGENHAM

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

Winner:
FOUR LIONS Chris Morris (Director/Writer)

Losers:
THE ARBOR Clio Barnard (Director), Tracy O’Riordan (Producer)
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP Banksy (Director), Jaimie D’Cruz (Producer)
MONSTERS Gareth Edwards (Director/Writer)
SKELETONS Nick Whitfield (Director/Writer)

DIRECTOR

Winner:
THE SOCIAL NETWORK David Fincher

Losers:
127 HOURS Danny Boyle
BLACK SWAN Darren Aronofsky
INCEPTION Christopher Nolan
THE KING’S SPEECH Tom Hooper

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Winner:
THE KING’S SPEECH David Seidler

Losers:
BLACK SWAN Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz, John McLaughlin
THE FIGHTER Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
INCEPTION Christopher Nolan
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Winner:
THE SOCIAL NETWORK Aaron Sorkin

Losers:
127 HOURS Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel
TOY STORY 3 Michael Arndt
TRUE GRIT Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Winner:
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Søren Stærmose, Niels Arden Oplev

Losers:
BIUTIFUL Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik, Fernando Bovaira
I AM LOVE Luca Guadagnino, Francesco Melzi D’Eril, Marco Morabito, Massimiliano Violante
OF GODS AND MEN Xavier Beauvois
THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES Mariela Besuievsky, Juan José Campanella

ANIMATED FILM

Winner:
TOY STORY 3 Lee Unkrich

Losers:
DESPICABLE ME Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois

LEADING ACTOR

Winner:
COLIN FIRTH The King’s Speech

Losers:
JAVIER BARDEM Biutiful
JEFF BRIDGES True Grit
JESSE EISENBERG The Social Network
JAMES FRANCO 127 Hours

LEADING ACTRESS

Winner:
NATALIE PORTMAN Black Swan

Losers:
ANNETTE BENING The Kids Are All Right
JULIANNE MOORE The Kids Are All Right
NOOMI RAPACE The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
HAILEE STEINFELD True Grit

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Winner:
GEOFFREY RUSH The King’s Speech

Losers:
CHRISTIAN BALE The Fighter
ANDREW GARFIELD The Social Network
PETE POSTLETHWAITE The Town
MARK RUFFALO The Kids Are All Right

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Winner:
HELENA BONHAM CARTER The King’s Speech

Losers:
AMY ADAMS The Fighter
BARBARA HERSHEY Black Swan
LESLEY MANVILLE Another Year
MIRANDA RICHARDSON Made in Dagenham

ORIGINAL MUSIC

Winner:
THE KING’S SPEECH Alexandre Desplat

Losers:
127 HOURS AR Rahman
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Danny Elfman
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON John Powell
INCEPTION Hans Zimmer

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Winner:
TRUE GRIT Roger Deakins

Losers:
127 HOURS Anthony Dod Mantle, Enrique Chediak
BLACK SWAN Matthew Libatique
INCEPTION Wally Pfister
THE KING’S SPEECH Danny Cohen

EDITING

Winner:
THE SOCIAL NETWORK Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

Losers:
127 HOURS Jon Harris
BLACK SWAN Andrew Weisblum
INCEPTION Lee Smith
THE KING’S SPEECH Tariq Anwar

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Winner:
INCEPTION Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat

Losers:
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara
BLACK SWAN Thérèse DePrez, Tora Peterson
THE KING’S SPEECH Eve Stewart, Judy Farr
TRUE GRIT Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

COSTUME DESIGN

Winner:
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Colleen Atwood

Losers:
BLACK SWAN Amy Westcott
THE KING’S SPEECH Jenny Beavan
MADE IN DAGENHAM Louise Stjernsward
TRUE GRIT Mary Zophres

SOUND

Winner:
INCEPTION Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick

Losers:
127 HOURS Glenn Freemantle, Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Steven C Laneri, Douglas Cameron
BLACK SWAN Ken Ishii, Craig Henighan, Dominick Tavella
THE KING’S SPEECH John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Paul Hamblin
TRUE GRIT Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter F Kurland, Douglas Axtell

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

Winner:
INCEPTION Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb

Losers:
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Sean Phillips, Carey Villegas
BLACK SWAN Dan Schrecker
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 Tim Burke, John Richardson, Nicolas Ait’Hadi, Christian Manz
TOY STORY 3 Guido Quaroni, Michael Fong, David Ryu

MAKE UP & HAIR

Winner:
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Valli O’Reilly, Paul Gooch

Losers:
BLACK SWAN Judy Chin, Geordie Sheffer
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin
THE KING’S SPEECH Frances Hannon
MADE IN DAGENHAM Lizzie Yianni Georgiou

SHORT ANIMATION

Winner:
THE EAGLEMAN STAG Michael Please

Losers:
MATTER FISHER David Prosser
THURSDAY Matthias Hoegg

SHORT FILM

Winner:
UNTIL THE RIVER RUNS RED Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis

Losers:
CONNECT Samuel Abrahams, Beau Gordon
LIN Piers Thompson, Simon Hessel
RITE Michael Pearce, Ross McKenzie

TURNING Karni Arieli, Saul Freed, Alison Sterling, Kat Armour-Brown

THE ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING STAR AWARD

Winner:
TOM HARDY

Losers:
(voted for by the public)
GEMMA ARTERTON
ANDREW GARFIELD
AARON JOHNSON
EMMA STONE

Do you agree with the results?  Vote and leave a comment below or Colin Firth gets it.


The Golden Globes 2011

I’m going to take a break from writing about remakes, though there will be another one tomorrow, and instead I’m going to talk about the Golden Globes.

It’s no surprise that Natalie Portman won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture for her portrayal of Nina in Black Swan.  The movie was so well received that it would have been a complete shock, to me, had she not one.  The male version of this award, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, went to, Mr. Darcy himself, Colin Firth for his movie The Kings Speech.

Toy Story 3 won Best Animated Feature Film.  It’s not that I wasn’t expecting it to win; it’s just that everyone I know who saw it didn’t like it.  They said it was good but way too sad, some even said they wished it wasn’t made.  I was hoping something more fun loving would win, but maybe next time.  Best Motion Picture Comedy/Musical went to The Kids Are All Right, which is about two lesbians, in a relationship, that each used the same sperm donor to have kids and now those kids, who have reached teenage years, find their biological dad.

Glee got the award for Best Comedy/Musical TV Series.  It actually beat the Big Bang Theory in this category, which I wasn’t sure it would due to Glee’s decline in popularity.  The Big Bang Theory didn’t completely miss out as Jim Parson, Sheldon, walked away with the award for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical TV Series.  Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer, of Glee, didn’t leave empty handed as they won Best Supporting Actress/Actor awards respectively.  Isn’t it strange that comedy and musical are paired together in the Golden Globes?

Are you happy with the winners?  Let me know by leaving a comment below.