Archive for November, 2010

Oscar Hosts 2011

In years past the Oscar’s have made a considerable effort at trying to attract a younger crowd.  The cast of Twilight and Miley Cyrus have been on hand at past ceremonies to try and reach that fan base.

It seems like their next stunt will continue that effort.  It was just released that James Franco and Anne Hathaway were offered the hosting gig for this upcoming Oscar’s.   Don’t get me wrong I love their work but hosting does not seem like the right position for them.  What happen to comedians hosting.  I remember laughing with Billy Crystal as he made harmless jokes about celebrities.  Bring Ellen back! Her show is bigger then ever and she would pimp the show for months.

It also seems strange that James Franco was chosen considering he is a potential nominee.  His work in 127 Hours has been earning major press and could land him his first nomination.  Can the host win?

Well have to watch as this story continues.

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127 Hours


127 hours is the real life story of canyoneer Aron Ralston (James Franco).  While climbing in Utah, a boulder shifted trapping his arm against the canyon wall.  The movie follows the next 5 days as he tries desperately to remove his arm and stay alive.  Upon the fifth day he amputates his own arm to escape.  When this story broke in 2002 it sweep the nation.  It is such a miraculous story and it was only a matter of time till it was turned into a film.

The film was directed by Danny Boyle, director of Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire.  If you know Boyle’s work you have probably seen Trainspotting.  Cinematically this film is definitely more Trainspotting than Slumdog Millionaire.  The energetic and sporadic nature of the film is very similar to the way Trainspotting was.

My initial concern going into the movie was that i would be bored watching one actor struggle with a rock for 2 hours.  This definitely must have been a concern for the director because there are multiple occasions of flashbacks and thought sequences.  Continue reading

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

The final book from the popular Harry Potter was split in half for the film version.  The density of the book’s material would have made it impossible to make a feature film that would be around 2 hours.  Skipping the midnight showing and going the next day, I was excited to see how they would accomplish this task.

This film is by far the darkest of the series.  Voldemort’s search for a way to kill Harry was as important as Harry’s search for Horcruxes.  For a younger audience this might be a turn off but this does follow the tone of the book.

The most memorizing scene from the movie is the story of the Deathly Hallows.  Created by Swiss animator, Ben Hibon, the story, told by Xenophilius Lovegood, was a departure from live action.  Shot using CGI and comic shaded shadow puppets, the story took new life.  It was completely unexpected but extremely interesting.  It was a great way to tell the story of the Deathly Hallows.

My only disappointment was the lack of Hogwarts.  When i think Harry i think Hogwarts.  The final book has a huge battle scene surrounding Hogwarts and i guess they are keeping that for the final film.

The movie left be desiring me.  By far the best representation of the book and the best Harry Potter movie.