Archive for March, 2010

The Cove

In the small town of Taiji Japan a big secret lies in a small-unseen cove.  The slaughter of hundreds of dolphins a year can be seen through the yearly destruction and the red sea that washes away the evidence.  The message of the Cove is this and the story follows the impassioned individuals who try and out this story.

Similar to a top-secret military campaign the protagonist complies a group of people to investigate the situation.  They secretly set up cameras and sound equipment to monitor the horrific site.  With opposition from the local fishermen and the police, stakes were high.  All this led to the climax of the film when the disturbing images are shown.  This is not for the faint of heart.

Although this film is made and watched with heartache you can see the reason why dolphins deserve the chance to be saved.  In increments throughout the film facts of dolphins intelligence and human characteristics are presented.  Ric O’Barry, the renowned trainer turned activist best known for his work in the Flipper series, explains that dolphins have the ability to register there appearance and notice it in a mirror.  Continue reading

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For Your Consideration

In the wake of this years Oscars, a friend sent me this video.  Its a spoof on most Oscar movies and i have to say its pretty dead on.  Instead of real dialogue they insert plot points and general adjective and verb combinations that are prevalent in all ‘Oscar Films’.  Its hard to describe so i will let you watch and judge for yourself.

Oscar Choices

Here are my 2010 Academy Awards Choices:

Best Picture: The Hurt Locker

Best Director: Kathyrn Bigelow, Hurt Locker

Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, Precious

Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Adapted Screenplay: Jason Reiman/Sheldon Turner, Up In The Air

Animated Feature Film: Up

Animated Short: Logorama

Live-Action Short: The New Tenants

Art Direction: Avatar

Cinematography: Avatar

Costume Design: The Young Victoria

Documentary Feature: Food, Inc

Documentary Short: The Last Truck: Closing a GM Plant

Film Editing: Inglourious Basterds

Foreign Language Film: The White Ribbon, Germany

Original Song: The Weary Kind, Crazy Heart

Orignal Score: Michael Giacchino, Up

Makeup: Star Trek

Sound Editing: Avatar

Visual Effects: Avatar

Sound Mixing: Avatar

‘It Gave Me Hope’

In recent years the screenwriters have been getting major press.  First, their was Diablo Cody for Juno and in 2009 their was Dustin Lance Black for Milk.  Dustin started by thanking the cast and crew but his speech like the subject of his film became a rally to the rights of gay and lesbian people.

‘Nameless Faceless Women of Color’

There is those times in award show history when the winner is completely blindsided and caught so off guard Halle Berry’s win for Monster’s Ball was just that.  She dedicated her award to the nameless women faces of color in film.  Halle Berry is the first and so far only African American women to win for Best Actress.

The Streets of Heaven

One of the most heartfelt and emotional speeches ever delivered was by Tom Hanks in 1993 for Philadelphia.  Philadelphia was a groundbreaking movie in terms of its content and portrayal of a less than normal couple and their battle with AIDS.  Towards the end of Tom Hanks speech he speaks up about AIDS and utters the words “the streets of heaven are to crowded with angels”.  This will forever been an iconic phrase used to describe those who died of AIDS.

Sacheen Littlefeather for Brando

One of the most interesting acceptance speeches ever.  Marlon Brandon decided to dedicate his speech to the ill treatment of Native Americans in film.  In his place Sacheen Littlefeather took the stage and spoke of these injustices.  It was meet with both negative and positive reinforcement from the crowd.  Brandon won for his role in The Godfather.