Friday, January 23, 2009

AND THE NOMINATION GOES TO...


OSCAR NOMINEE LIST



Richard JenkinsTHE VISITOR
Frank LangellaFROST/NIXON
Sean PennMILK
Brad PittTHE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Mickey RourkeTHE WRESTLER

Josh BrolinMILK
Robert Downey Jr.TROPIC THUNDER
Philip Seymour HoffmanDOUBT
Heath LedgerTHE DARK KNIGHT
Michael ShannonREVOLUTIONARY ROAD

Anne HathawayRACHEL GETTING MARRIED
Angelina JolieCHANGELING
Melissa LeoFROZEN RIVER
Meryl StreepDOUBT
Kate WinsletTHE READER

Amy AdamsDOUBT
Penélope CruzVICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
Viola DavisDOUBT
Taraji P. HensonTHE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Marisa TomeiTHE WRESTLER

BOLT
KUNG FU PANDA
WALL-E

CHANGELING
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
THE DUCHESS
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

CHANGELING
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
THE READER
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

AUSTRALIA
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DUCHESS
MILK
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
FROST/NIXON
MILK
THE READER
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON)
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
THE GARDEN
MAN ON WIRE
TROUBLE THE WATER

THE CONSCIENCE OF NHEM EN
THE FINAL INCH
SMILE PINKI
THE WITNESS - FROM THE BALCONY OF ROOM 306

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
FROST/NIXON
MILK
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

The Baader Meinhof Complex
The Class
Departures
Revanche
Waltz With Bashir

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
DEFIANCE
MILK
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
WALL-E

"Down to Earth"WALL-E
"Jai Ho"SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
"O Saya"SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
FROST/NIXON
MILK
THE READER
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

La Maison en Petits Cubes
LAVATORY - LOVESTORY
OKTAPODI
PRESTO
THIS WAY UP

AUF DER STRECKE (ON THE LINE)
MANON ON THE ASPHALT
NEW BOY
THE PIG
SPIELZEUGLAND (TOYLAND)

THE DARK KNIGHT
IRON MAN
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
WALL-E
WANTED

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
WALL-E
WANTED

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
IRON MAN

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
DOUBT
FROST/NIXON
THE READER
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

FROZEN RIVER
HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
IN BRUGES
MILK
WALL-EBack to Top





Tuesday, January 20, 2009

No Words-The Presidential Inauguration

Ambrosia



Reverence, Jubilation-These are just two of many words that I have tried to use to express how I felt today seeing Barack H. Obama, the first African-American person to be sworn in as the President of the United States of America. How I really feel can not be measured by the limit of mere words. I wasn't alive when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech but I remember reciting excerpts as a child in school and watching it on television. To see this ground breaking speech occur at the same Reflection Pool in our nation's capital over four decades ago and to witness (on television) The Dream realized in the embodiment of President Barack Obama is awe inspiring.

The moment that President Obama took his oath (really at 12pm when he automatically became President) is bigger then anyone on Planet Earth can imagine. Obama being elected President of the United States of America, a country built not only on religious freedom but racism and torture at its worst is bigger than him. It shows us all that Americans are ready to Change their closed-minded, ignorant outlook on life. As President Obama mentioned in his inauguration speech, all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness. Why should people exact their ignorant ideals, such as prejudice and racism, upon others who only want to lead happy lives. Why should those make the lives of such miserable for no reason. When people spend their time hating others for their differences, they don't realize that they are also robbing themselves of happiness by wallowing in the self-hatred of their mental prison.

I think that Americans are ready to look beyond their self made borders and explore the possibilities of a bright future with people's of many cultures, many ideas, many colors. This is what America was supposed to be built on. I believe this is what America is ready to prove itself to be.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Seven Pounds of Tears


by Ambrosia

I saw Will Smith in his latest film, “Seven Pounds”. We are all well aware of Mr. Smith’s acting prowess which seems to be growing with every dramatic role he plays. His performance was so superb in this installment that I wouldn’t be surprised if he was nominated for an Oscar. With that said, now I can get to the nitty gritty. I was not very excited to write a review about “Seven Pounds” because for one-I can not review it without spoiling the ending for people who have not seen it already (a sin in Hollywoodville) and two-It was oh so depressing.

I loved Will’s performance and the film was written and directed brilliantly, but I cried and cried and then cried some more when I thought I was finished. In my humble opinion, this is not the kind of film I want to sit down and enjoy in these Depressing times. The media keeps saying that we are in a Recession but when they continuously compare the numbers of this economic crisis to the Great Depression, we have to face reality. We are in a Depression! During the Great Depression, comedy relief was needed and that was all that you saw in theaters and on stage. We need Comedic Intervention in these times, not more depression. If we want to cry, all we have to do is turn on the news or look at our bank statements. We don’t need help in that arena. And then someone had the bright idea of releasing this film on Christmas Day. Oh, Happy Day! I’m sorry but I just had to get that off my chest. If “Seven Pounds” came out early in 2008, when we were all still oblivious to the under the table Wall Street wheeling and dealing, I would probably have a different view. “Seven Pounds” displays the good and bad of the human spirit; A great movie but wrong timing for me. I need a comedy fix. Where's Charlie Chaplin when you need him...

Friday, January 2, 2009

Desperate Times Call For Despereaux


Still tired from staying up late, waiting for the New Year’s arrival, I ventured out the next day in 18 degree weather looking like something from ‘Dawn of the Dead’, just to take my daughter (who never forgets promises) to see “The Tale of Despereaux”. As you can imagine, I was not excited at all. I already made up my mind to slink into the worn, stained cushioned seats of the movie theater to try to catch some z’s that escaped me the night before. The film moved slowly at first as my head nodded in between scenes. But then I saw something that caught my attention – It was Despereaux; The cute little mouse with abnormally large ears and an even bigger heart.

‘Despereaux’ is an adaptation from the children’s novel, "The Tale of Despereaux" by Kate DiCamillo. I am not familiar with the work but some critics have said that the film does not follow the novel enough (for ex. Despereaux should have a French accent but dons an American twang instead). This may very well be true but the underlying moral of the film is very much needed in these desperate times we are living in and it is so important, it supersedes the confines of literary – to – film adaptation. The moral simply put at the end-Sometimes people who are hurt, hurt others. And then that one hurts another one and so on and so forth.

With a spider web of misunderstandings and pain, rain stopped falling and color was drained from the once happy and bustling Kingdom of Dor. This all began when the Queen was frightened to death by a gentle rat named Roscura who was innocently passing through when he accidently fell into her bowl of soup. From that point on, the grief stricken King banned soup along with rats and anyone harboring rats. Their daughter Princess Pea became engulfed in sorrow as she lost her mom and essentially her father who simply sat in anguish day after day. She became bitter and took this misery out on her maiden, Miggory Sow, an overweight young lady about her age who longed to be a princess. Miggory Sow then took her frustration out on the princess. Throughout the movie you will see distressing ties such as this.

Every adult who has felt pain will be able to relate to the story line. Children on the other hand will not understand the deeper lessons unless a parent explains it to them. One thing that is clear to everyone is the bravery, decency and nobility of Despereaux that shines through as he is bent, against all odds, in making everything right. The adaptation to film may not be perfect and the story telling may not be crisp but the “Tale of Despereaux” leaves the moviegoer feeling that there is some hope left for mankind and its many wars and misunderstandings. Quoting the ending in part, ‘Remember when I said there is nothing greater than grief. I was wrong. There is…Forgiveness.’ I'm glad I got out of the house to see this one. You will be too.