Monday, January 26, 2009

Fake NES opening = superior to prestigious awards

No big surprises among last week's Oscar nominee announcements - save, perhaps, Robert Downey, Jr.'s nomination for Tropic Thunder, which, some would argue, only made the cut because Heath Ledger's got the trophy locked up (a prediction further sealed by Ledger's SAG Award win last night).

While there's been grumbling aplenty on the internets about "Best Picture" not being among Dark Knight's eight nominations (c'mon, did folks really think the Academy had room for more than one non-period drama?), I'll continue to focus my whining on that category ghetto known as "Best Animated Feature Film," created eight years ago as an apparent means by which to give Pixar an annual Oscar. As was the case in '07, I thought the animation studio made what was probably the best movie of the year, in Wall-E.

Some had thought Wall-E might break the mold this year, and become the second ever animated film nominated for Best Picture. But with the creation of the Best Animated category, it's a safe bet that quality cartoon features will be unable to break out of their designated territory.

Not that comic book adaptations fare much better. Whatever...can any Best Picture nominees claim an 8-bit pseudo-Nintendo game opening sequence?

I rest my case.

UPDATE: it looks like Pluck You, Too! agrees with me.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Doin' Maurice Sendak proud

Everyone see the latest images from the eagerly anticipated, Spike Jonze/Dave Eggers/Karen O collaboration, Where the Wild Things Are (with a delayed, newish opening of October 16)?

From the looks of some new photos - including those adorning a new series of skateboard decks - that dug up from Jonze's Girl Skate Company site, Jim Henson's Creature Shop nailed the Wild Things. This is one to be excited about, kids. 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

From bricks to Billboard, the South Side to the White House

Now that change has officially come to America, it's time to focus on today's important, newsworthy topics... like fashion. Politico's got that other First Couple in Cool (although this one is probably in the running, too) at the Inauguration:

Think Hova's incognito, or is he hopping aboard Kanye's nerd chic train? Maybe 'Ye can convince President Obama (doesn't that feel good?) to get a beard going at MTV's Youth Inaugural Ball tonight...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Golden Globes wrap-up

Any ceremony in which Heath Ledger, Wall-E, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and 30 Rock all walk away with awards is OK by me. Still, the 66th Annual Golden Globes show itself was expectedly, painfully awkward - with some bright spots, nonetheless.

Standouts included: 

-The presentation of the Cecil B. DeMille award to Steven Spielberg
-Surprise respective Best Picture wins for Slumdog Millionaire and Vicky Cristina Barcelona
-Kate Winselt receiving both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress
-Wrestler director Darren Arnofsky flicking off Best Actor winner Mickey Rourke during the ladder's acceptance speech (which included two utterances of the word "balls")
-Fey's acceptance speech (which included three utterances of the phrase "suck it")
-Tracy Morgan's acceptance speech on the behalf of 30 Rock ("Tina Fey and I had an agreement that if Barack Obama won, I would speak for the show from now on. Welcome to post-racial America! I am the face of post-racial America! Deal with it, Cate Blanchett.") 

Bring on Ledger's Oscar nom...

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Better than seeing him at the Warped Tour

Speaking of Minnesotan hip hop, Doomtree's P.O.S. kicks off the "Never Better Tour," (including a February 17 stop at the newish Chicago hotspot Reggie's) in support of his eponymous new LP, the follow-up to 2006's excellent Audition

Never Better, which you can pre-order here, drops February 2.

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