The 2015 Oscar Nominations

Here’s the 2015 Oscar Nominations. We’ll talk about it these in BLAB 25.

Best Picture: 

  • American Sniper
  • The Imitation Game
  • Birdman
  • Selma
  • Boyhood
  • The Theory of Everything
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Whiplash

 Best Director:

  •  Alejando G. Inarritu (Birdman)
  •  Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  •  Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
  • Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  •  The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum

Best Actor: 

  • Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
  • Michael Keaton (Birdman)
  • Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
  • Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)

 Best Actress: 

  • Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
  • Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
  • Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
  • Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
  • Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

 Best Supporting Actor: 

  • Robert Duvall (The Judge)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  • Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  • J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
  • Edward Norton (Birdman)

Best Supporting Actress: 

  • Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
  • Emma Stone (Birdman)
  • Laura Dern (Wild)
  • Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
  • Keira Knightley (The Imitaion Game)
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Girl Walk // All Day

I just wanted to point you in the direction of Girl Walk // All Day.  It’s an independent film (funded by Kickstarter I believe), a feature-length music video, if you like.  I heard about it from the Filmspotting and Filmspotting SVU podcasts, both of which recommended it highly.  It features the dancing of a few people (primarily a woman named Anne Marsen) as they make their way through New York City.  Evidently filmed without permits it includes reactions of bystanders and passers-by as well as some great choreographed moments.  It’s broken into 12 chapters, which can all be watched on the website for free.  It’s all to the mash-up album All Day by Girl Talk, which is in itself pretty darn cool.

A little Monroe education

I am very very late to this particular party. Of that I am quite aware. The good lady wife got a Marilyn Monroe 17 movie box set for Christmas and we’ve just started working our way through them. To this point, I’ve seen no Monroe movie all the way through.

Last night we watched The Seven Year Itch and tonight’s showing is Don’t Bother to Knock. I’ll put together some thoughts another time, suffice to say I’m eager to watch more.

Watch(ed)men

So I finally got a chance to see Watchmen last night – although I didn’t catch the first 20 minutes of it.  After our brief discussions of the graphic novel and AC’s less than positive thoughts about the movie I was quite keen to see it myself.

It was great to see the graphic novel so well realised.  Almost every main character from the book is superbly embodied in the film.  Rorschach is particularly well done – he was my favourite character from the graphic novel and remained so in the film.  To mirror Andy’s thoughts, it is very dark and depressing with very little joy, which, in fairness, is pretty faithful to the book – and probably had less of a negative impact on me as a result.  Some of the graphic novel’s best stuff (specifically the pirate comic used as a metaphor for the main story) was left out, understandably so because it would have been impossible to implement successfully, and the finale was changed.  To be honest though, I don’t think the film suffers as a consequence.

Last couple of things; it was very violent, which is par for the course for a comic book story I suppose.  Some of the action is done very well.  The prison riot fight scene is particularly good I thought.  And finally, as Andy quite rightly says, Malin Åkerman is stunning in it.  She and one other character act as the point of normalcy against which all the crazy stuff is played.  She holds up her part proficiently.  And visually, well, she almost steals the show.

BLAB 3: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Guild and Christmas Entertainment Media

December 4th, 7:30 for 8:00 Venue: my house, homies.

It was the highest movie (one of, at least) on IMDb’s top 250 that none of us had seen, so we’re going with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as our main topic for BLAB 3.  Seeing as Kim doesn’t know anything about it (and doesn’t want to) I’ll just say it’s all about kittens and sunbeams and drops of dew.

We’ll also discuss The Guild – a web show on the Geek And Sundry website.  Looks like it’s been going for a lot of seasons already.  I’m not sure how far back you can go – perhaps YouTube has them all archived.  Or something or nothing.

Lastly, we chat about Christmas entertainment media.  Movies, albums, panto (!), whatever.

The Other Guys

We watched The Other Guys on Lovefilm a couple of nights ago. Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell seem like an unlikely pairing and it does jar occasionally.  In fact the film doesn’t keep together very well at times and doesn’t quite seem to have a total confidence in what it’s trying to be.  That said, it has more than a couple of moments where I was full-on LOLing – the finale of the short-lived appearence of Samuel Jackson and The Rock is, for me, comedy gold.  Will Ferrell is what you’d expect and as funny as he should be.  Mark Wahlberg is also, perhaps surpisingly, very funny at times.  Certainly nothing close to a comedy classic but definitely worth a look if you happen upon it.