Do’s and Don’t of the Oscars: 2012 Edition


You won’t find a list of winners here. Just check ever other entertainment blog on the face of the earth. Here we just have the Do’s and Don’ts of the Oscars: 2012 Edition.

Do’s and Don’ts: 2012

  1. Do check your sound. My television couldn’t been the only one with weird audio feedback and sound.
  2. Do let Billy Crystal host every year. Maybe he can switch it on and off with Hugh. Billy does it simple, classic. It might seem boring or safe, but overall he carried the show well. The audience seemed to agree.
  3. Don’t do fun facts before commercial breaks. I don’t care. I don’t like it when you do it during the Emmys so I’m definitely not going to like it during the Oscars.
  4. Do let Emma Stone come on stage more often. She will be my best friend. She was so funny and charming. Not in an obnoxious way either. I thought she and Ben Stiller played very nicely.
  5. Don’t let RDJ do that documentary thing again. I love him, but it was very awkward. Let me say it again, I love him, but don’t let him do that again.
  6. Do switch up your presentation such as Cameron Diaz. She does present like every year. Let her have a little fun. Same for Sandra Bullock. She was Ms. Congeniality, let her speak that German Chinese! Find the right balance. Yes to the ladies. Just let RDJ stand there and be handsome.
  7. Don’t do little jokes that aren’t that funny. Do a test audience on the test audience skit. You can save time. Speaking about time… look to the next one.
  8. Don’t say you’ll end at 11:30. Be honest with yourselves… you always end at 11:40.
  9. Do allow Colin Firth to present all awards. You can’t say no to that face or that voice.
  10. Don’t let there only be two Best Song nominees. Also Do let them perform. It’s more entertaining.
Bonus:
  1. Do play a side game on tumblr or twitter with other fans of an actor.  Benedict Cumberwatch ’12 on tumblr. It was highly entertaining for myself since I’ve just become a fan.
  2. Do make a twitter for Angelina Jolie’s leg. Pretty funny when going through your feed and you see that.

 

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“Drive”: A very 1980’s feel


Everyone told me I had to watch this movie. That might have had to do with “everyone” being women who were in love with Ryan Gosling. However, I’m sure car fanatics would say the same thing.

Gosling played the main lead in “Drive”. The character has no name, he’s just the “The Driver” and that’s pretty much all he does, he drives.  He’s a stunt driver part time, works as a mechanic with Shannon played by the very talented Bryan Cranston. He is also a getaway driver for thieves. It’s a good thing that “the Driver” works on or drives beautiful classic cars and the chases scenes are crafted old-fashioned with a confident driver.  He’s “the Driver” and he should know his material best.

The movie becomes complicated with the generic plot of mob bosses from different sides. Gosling is concerned with helping his next door neighbor Irene played by Carey Mulligan and her son to remain safe. Her husband owes money.

Critics loved “Drive” because it reminded them of the gritty 80’s L.A. movies and that’s what it was. This film had a predominant 80’s soundtrack and gave it’s location gave off this 1980’s vibe. I’ve not seen many 80’s heist movies, but I would have to agree that it must seem like “Drive”.

The beginning sequence of the film sets up the type of character that Gosling is: quiet, cunning, agile like a fox. I wish the rest of the film carried this vibe throughout. His character however changed slightly when Gosling got involved with Irene. He got too attached, but maybe that was the point. He actually cared about someone. He would put up a fight. I guess I have to look no farther than the elevator scene that switches from romance and than abruptly violence to protect her.

One surprising thing about this movie was the reappearance of Tren Reznor’s “Hand Covers Bruise” from the “Social Network”, such a defining piece. I’m surprised he let “Drive” use it.

This film is nominated for best sound editing. Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis, the two sound editors definitely did an excellent job of being able to weave great moments of sound.  I especially loved the combination that came from the radio, the police radio, car tires and dialogue in the opening sequence.

Oscar Nominations:

  1. Best Sound Editing

 

“Rango”: Yeehaw!


This move just needs to win Best Animated Picture. It’s not because of the storyline, but because the way it was constructed. I included below how Director Gore Verbinski used a type of motion capture to get his actors “playing.” Johnny Depp who plays the leads liked to call it “emotion capture”.

I saw this behind the scenes footage and the film a while ago, but I decide to rewatch it today to catch anything I missed before the Oscars.

“Rango” is about an identity crisis Chameleon who must change his life to fit his new life situated in the Wild  West. Chameleons would have an identity crisis. He has lived his whole life in an aquarium as a pet. His only friends are a headless Barbie, a dead bug and orange fake goldfish. When his tank suddenly falls out his owner’s truck and into the highway, he must learn the Spirit of the West.

As he learns about the Spirit of the West from a roadkill Armadillo, he comes to the town of Dirt that is dependent on water. Too bad, their water supply is looking pretty bleak. The chameleon creates the persona of Rango, a tough westerner who must find the cause of the missing water. Another notable character is Beans who has semi-states of unconsciousness. Hysterical!

Gore Verbinski assembled a great cast of actors to play dress up including his good friend Johnny Depp. Verbinski was the director on the first three Pirates of the Carribbean movies. I’m sure you know who Johnny Depp played. More of the cast includes Isla Fisher as Beans and Bill Nighy plays Rattlesnake Jake.

This movie might not be the most kiddy movie because the characters are quirky, but this film is definitely favorite for fans of Western films. Verbinski litters his film with them.

Check out the indiewire which did a great interview with Verbinski on all his Western homages! Just click on the picture for the article. The music is a great mix of Western tunes especially with Hans Zimmer returning to work with Verbinski.

The Playlist from the Indiewire

The Playlist from the Indiewire

While I am sure “Puss in Boots” is entertaining, I don’t think it is going to win best animated picture. “Rango” definitely plays a unique take on animation thanks ILM or Industrial Light and Magic. This is their first full length future film.

Oscar Nominations: 

1. Best Animated Picture

 

 

 

Revenge Ep14: “Perception”


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Revenge ABC

It’s official. I’ve finally caught up with these recaps. Not too soon either since the Engagement Party episode is tonight which we have all been waiting for.

Everyone had received their tickets for the “Fire & Ice Ball” as Victoria has named the party. Engagement photos are taken, dinner with Grandpa Grayson occurs and the secret of Charlotte is announced.  Even in a flashback, you see that Emily has known Daniel for a long time, back in his college days.

While Amanda Clarke has left the “Revenge” party, Jack is nursing his broken heart with the Treadwell tape found under his bed. He asks Nolan to find something to play it on. Jack does not let it out of his hands. He calls Amanda and tells her if she wants it back, she has to meet him. Emily still the owner of the phone, hears this message and decides for Amanda to come back into the game. Amanda between tears at a Riverhead hotel explains to him, “The little girl you loved isn’t me.” Jack still does not hand over the tape.

Nolan tells Emily that he has a way to demagnetize the tape to get rid of the footage, but he isn’t sure if he is willing to do this. In the end, he lets Jack see the small conversation between Amanda and Treadwell. She explains how her Dad loved the lady with the black hair. The lady would definitely help. Jack obviously knows this is not true. Amanda learns that he has watched it and passes the information on to Emily. This could be the reason that Nolan and Emily have an disagreement at the engagement party.

Before Jack comes into the picture, Victoria tries to hold a civil dinner with her father-in-law who absolutely adores her. Declan is also invited to dinner because Victoria is trying to be the best for Charlotte after all that Conrad has done to his daughter. Victoria for once tells Conrad, this is between you and me. You need to apologize to your daughter, it isn’t her fault.

Ashley sees Conrad before the dinner for a list of invitees for the engagement party, but  Conrad wants to know what the part Ashley wants to play in this game. He warns her that she is playing for the wrong side.

Conrad after all,  decides to try to make it up to Charlotte. Conrad gives Charlotte a big speech about being strong whatever comes her way. At first in the episode, we are led to believe that Emily will be the one who will spoil her half-sister’s life. She has a burned DVD to place in Charlotte’s vantage point, but instead she retracts this idea. What a nice sisterly deed.

However, a mess is made surely when Jack comes stomping through the house. Jack asks to Victoria, “What did you do to make her run away? You did nothing. You could’ve saved her.”

No one has any idea of what’s going on. Daniel thinks Jack is lying. Eventually Victoria must tell the truth as does Conrad.  Daniel can’t believe his mother lied about her relationship. Grandpa Grayson is not pleased. He wishes that his son could’ve just kept it in the business. Grandpa wants Conrad to step down as CEO and Daniel to step up. Charlotte is horrified, runs away to the Stowaway and drinks away her hurt in the form of tequila. She tells Declan, “I have no father. He is dead.”

The most important part of this episode comes when Emily walks into her house. A light is on where her infinity box is usually hidden, but it is gone. In its place is a RSVP card for “Fire and Ice” party and this mysterious person will be attending.  I’m desperate to know who found her out! Aren’t you?

 

Revenge Ep13: “Commitment”


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Revenge ABC

A storm is coming and can we say in a big way?

After the big bombshell from last episode, Emily decides to show Nolan the tape about Charlotte. Emily decides these tapes have to destroy two people… Victoria Grayson and Amanda Clarke. Emily starts to weave a web that starts with Amanda. She plants the idea that Victoria thinks Amanda torched Treadwell’s house and that she needs to leave town. First however, Amanda is invited for tea at the Graysons.

Conrad and Daniel are the only ones left out of the loop, for now. Conrad has decided to pay prep school tuition for Declan because Declan has made his daughter’s life easier. At this same discussion, he receives a flash drive with the information that Charlotte is not his daughter.

He first conducts a paternity test. Charlotte’s DNA is easy, but to get Amanda’s, that must come from Victoria’s at tea. Victoria believes that Amanda isn’t who she says she is. A DNA test proves that this is not true. She is Amanda Clarke, Charlotte is her half-sister and Conrad is obviously not the father.  Now how Conrad treats his daughter is disgusting in the next two episodes. His treatment of his wife also goes downhill, but that’s Victoria’s own fault. This is not the first time that Conrad remarks after the divorce that Victoria will return to be “the desperate, penniless bitch that you were when I first met you.”

Charlotte is told to move back with her mother, but she can’t understand why her father is doing this. I’m going to be honest. You know I hated the whole teen romance between Charlotte and Declan, but I really feel bad for Charlotte in this episode. She’s a Daddy’s girl and can’t understand why he is pushing her farther away from him.

With all this baby daddy drama, can you believe there is something more important going on? Daniel proposes to Emily. He loves her whether or not the trust was involved. He proposes to her on the Yacht where they met, but it suddenly begins to rain. It doesn’t ruin their night as black umbrellas are swiftly put in place to still let the magic happen.

Jack and Nolan find out this news as Ashely goes to the Stowaway. No one here is pleased with the news. Besides these three, Victoria and Conrad are also not thrilled. Conrad tells his son to really ask his mother what the secret she has been hiding from her family. The only one who is thrilled about the engagement is Charlotte. Charlotte says, “You don’t know how badly I wanted a sister!” Ironic, no? Charlotte still does not know about her baby daddy.

In this process of this happy news, Jack encounters trouble when he goes back upstairs. An accomplice of Victoria’s was searching for the tapes from Treadwell. They were in Amanda’s bag thanks to Emily. Jack is beaten in the process. When Nolan and Amanda find Jack, Nolan questions how far Emily will go?

Emily tells Amanda to get out or she and Jack will be hurt further. She tells Amanda the truth about the Graysons. Emily gives her a new phone and tells her to run without saying goodbye to Jack. Emily keeps Amanda’s phone. The only thing that Emily doesn’t get is the last remaining Treadwell tape still hidden under Jack’s bed.

Daniel also talks with his mama about the secret. She tells Daniel about Charlotte and David Clarke, but she twists the tale. She tells Daniel that David Clarke forced himself upon her. Yeah, okay. Too bad Daniel believes her.

Now the question I know you’ve been dying to be answered as well as I was was, who faked the paternity test? Apparently Mr. Ryan Huntley. He had been working for Emily the whole time. Back in the day, he was willing to do an appeal for her father. However, David did not want it because child Amanda would’ve had to be brought in to the trial.  Huntley like Satoshi warns Emily to reassess what she’s doing.

At first she believes them. Emily tells Nolan that she is going to press pause on all of this and she’s going to give the ring back. That’s far from the truth. Especially when she finds out the tale that Victoria has weaved.

Revenge Ep12: “Infamy”


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Revenge ABC

This episode is like the earlier episodes in “Revenge”. Emily focuses in on one person that has crossed her path, the wrong way. This time around it is Mason Treadwell, a well known author. His success is due to the many books he has written about David Clarke.

Emily clues us in that before Mason was Mason, his name was Leo Treadwell, an impartial journalist. He believed David was not guilty. He even met with Amanda Clarke as a child and said he would help her dad. Of course the lovely Graysons change this. When Leo went to interview Victoria, Conrad and she changed his favor with bringing him into their inner circle. Thus the outcome was a very bad book full of lies about David Clarke. Little Amanda would read this book, believe it and then destroy the one picture she has of her dad.

Now Mason is back in town to do a reading of his memoirs at Victoria’s. Emily baits that Nolan wants a biography after what happened with Tyler. Victoria also tells Mason that Amanda Clarke is back in town. Mason decides he wants to a retrospective interview wit her.

However when Mason interviews Amanda, Emily speaks through Amanda to Mason. “You didn’t print a word I said to you, you were paid famously, but the truth will come out. Tell the truth at Victoria’s.”

Remembering the promise he made to Victoria, he does not tell the truth. This of course makes Emily angry and thus sets her plan into action. Nolan takes Mason out to dinner per Emily’s advice. When Emily is alone in Mason’s house, she collects the David Clarke interview tapes and then torches the place including the only copy of Mason’s memoirs.

Back home, Emily watches one of the tapes and finds a surprise on one of them, she might have a half-sister and her name is Charlotte.

Side Relationship Drama:

  • Conrad is trying to prevent Victoria from getting the stocks in Grayson Global. (Ryan Huntley did have a doctor fake her duress by the way.) Daniel tries to get his trust signed back over to him including his stocks. With his mother and his stocks, they could take the company. However, the only way he can get them is by turning 30 or getting married. Ashley overhears this plan of Daniel wanting to get married early and tries to warn Emily like a friend. Emily doesn’t care.
  • Declan and Charlotte are in rocky waters as she prepares for prep school. Declan doesn’t quite fit that part. She was reading Paradise Lost, he was reading the Sparknotes.
  • Amanda is wild and Jack is too tightly wound. They come to a truce when Declan tells him to loosen up. With all the cash tips they made that week thanks to Amanda’s crazy bar tending, Jack and her are heading to the Atlantic City.

Classic Lines of the night:

  • Nolan: I haven’t been this disappointed since Phantom Menace.
  • Amanda: Serious? Jack: Like a heart attack.

Revenge Ep11: “Duress”


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Revenge ABC

It’s the blowout episode you’ve been waiting for. Okay, well, it isn’t the engagement party episode, but this one was pretty cool. Cue the Tyler chronicles as Nolan would say!

Tyler is still creating havoc in the Hamptons as Victoria prepares for Daniel’s birthday party. She wants extravagant, he does not and neither does Emily. Clambake it is! Jack and Amanda are invited to help set up the party and then join in afterward.

Before the festivities are underway, Emily and Nolan decide to patch things up after their kerfuffle. He tells Emily, “Tyler stole my whale cam.” I love them calling it that.

Nolan decides to track Tyler’s phone by GPS which will be Nolan’s downfall in this episode. Emily goes into Daniel’s house where Tyler is staying to find the whale cam. She also finds tons of empty prescription bottles. They look up and found out his drugs were anti-pyschotics. You never want to run out of those. As Nolan says, cold turkey equals hot mess.

Emily and Nolan decide to call Tyler’s brother, Alex Barroll to come pick him up. ( I thought their last name was spelt differently… oh well. Now, I know)

Emily prepares for Daniel’s birthday. As she makes him a scrapbook of all his favorite poems, Nolan is attacked by Tyler. The gps says Tyler was on a plane. Too bad, Tyler just shipped his phone ahead of time. Tyler wants to know where those videos are along with the web cam. He stabs Nolan and ties him up in a chair after he sees the camera at Emily’s house. Add another plate setting to the clam bake.

It’s a nice evening with the Grayson not really speaking to each other due to the divorce proceedings, but they try to make it the best for Daniel. Victoria gives Daniel a scrapbook, how inventive of her? Emily thinks no, not really. Amanda is also introduced at the party and Conrad and Victoria have now both become very suspicious.

When Emily goes to get the cake, she runs into Tyler. Tyler comes out to the rest of the party and plays a game of Truth or Die. He wants to know what really happened to David Clarke? He points a gun at Emily’s head as everyone gets a little frightened, even Emily. Nolan meanwhile is rocking back in forth in his tied up chair. Alex comes and helps Nolan.

Emily acts defenseless even though we know she has awesome crazy fighting skills. Instead Jack and Daniel will take down Tyler right around the time Nolan and Alex show up  and Alex tries to persuade his brother to come home.

When the police come, they find Frank’s wallet in Tyler’s coat. He is the new suspect.I wonder  how it got there. Just look to the lovely Emily Thorne of course.

Sidenotes:

  • Nolan to Emily: You seemed like a mere mortal tonight. Emily: the gun was empty. Nolan: You surprise me.
  • In a flashback we see Victoria with David. He wants to introduce Victoria to Amanda, Victoria could care less.
  • During Divorce proceedings: Victoria wants custody of Charlotte. She claims she was pregnant when she signed the prenup so they are filing she was under duress. Victoria later tells Ryan that she was never pregnant, she miscarried.
  • What happened to Big Ed? Nolan’s bodyguard? Stupid rich boy move.