By Azumangaman 06-03-2010 09:19 PM
Original Post-14 months ago
12 Months Ago
So it continues....
First, my career aspirations have changed slightly. I will be going to England for Film Studies, as opposed to staying in Canada for Journalism. It's a major change, but I have a feeling its going to be a great experience.
My original goal was to finish this list by December 31st, 2009. That has failed. I still have a considerable amount of these to watch, but I have been sidetracked. I've spent a good deal of time watching acclaimed/non-acclaimed movies from this decade, as well as a lot of foreign stuff that (obviously) doesn't appear on the AFI list.
I have seen 115 movies so far this year (I've probably seen about 10 others I haven't put on the list), and hope to get to around 300 by the end of the year (being in Film Studies, I can't imagine that will be too difficult).
But let's get to it, shall we?
AFI's 100 Years 100 Movies List
By Azumangaman 03-07-2010 03:41 PM
First, here are my initial predictions:
All my major award Picks are mostly the same.
However, since its Oscar Night, I'd like to throw out my finalized Oscar Predictions, as well as my rankings of the 10 Best Picture Nominees.
Format is as follows:
Award Title: Who Should Win/Who Will Win
Here we go:
Best Picture: The Hurt Locker/The Hurt Locker
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow/Kathryn Bigelow
Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique/Mo'Nique
Best Actress: Carey Mulligan/Sandra Bullock
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz/Christoph Waltz
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges/Jeff Bridges
And for the rest of them, my picks to win:
Best Original Screenplay: The Hurt Locker
Best Adapted Screenplay: Up In The Air
Animated Picture: Up
Cinematography: The Hurt Locker
Original Song: The Weary Kind, Crazy Heart
By Azumangaman 02-02-2010 02:37 PM
I've been waiting to do this for some time now, and with the official nominations, its time for predictions!
If anybody remembers what I did last year, I will be following the same format I did last year, doing who should win and who will win.
With the Who Will Win picks, I was 14/24. I only picked 2 of the major awards incorrectly; Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay.
Here's a list of all the nominees:
So lets get to it:
Azu Predicts the 2010...
Best Supporting Actress
Who Should Win: Mo'Nique, Precious
Who Will Win: Mo'Nique, Precious
This year, all 4 acting categories seem to have "locks", while there are some arguments, there is no bigger lock this year than the Best Supporting Actress category. Last year
For those who may remember, just over 2 months ago I started on my adventure to watch: AFI's 100 Years 100 Movies List
I'm happy to report that I have made great progress. Currently, I have seen:
Movies listed below are the ones I have seen, and my personal rating (out of 10) in the first brackets and their rank on my all-time Top 10 list (if applicable):
#1 Citizen Kane (10)
#2 The Godfather (10)
#3 Casablanca (10) 4TH OVERALL
#5 Singin' In The Rain (10) 3RD OVERALL
#6 Gone With The Wind (6)
#7 Lawrence Of Arabia (10) 5TH OVERALL
#10 Wizard Of Oz (10)
#11 City Lights (10)
#13 Star Wars (10)
#14 Psycho (10) 6TH OVERALL
#15 2001: A Space Odyssey (10) 1ST OVERALL!
#16 Sunset BLVD. (10) 8TH OVERALL!
#18 The General (9.5)
#19 On The Waterfront (10) 10TH OVERALL
#20 It's A Wonderful Life (9)
#23 The Grapes Of Wrath (10)
#24 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial...
By Azumangaman 04-05-2009 11:23 PM
My desired future profession is a film/game critic.
At 16, I've been published on multiple occasions in my local paper which circulates in a city of 500,000+.
I plan on attending Ryerson University, which is considered one of Canada's elite journalism schools.
I figure an excellent way to be versed in knowledge of film is by watching the movies in:
AFI'S 100 BEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME LIST
Yeah, it's crazy.
I figure I'm off to a decent start. So far I've seen (along with a rating out of 10
#8: Schindlers List (10)
#10 Wizard Of Oz (9)
#13 Star Wars (9)
#15 2001: A Space Odyssey (10)
#24 ET: The Extra Terrestrial (10)
#25 To Kill A Mockingbird (10)
#34 Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (10)
#40 Sound Of Music (8.5)
#50 Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship of The Ring (9)
#51 West Side Story (8)...
By Azumangaman 03-22-2009 09:32 PM
Without Further Ado, #3
If you've heard of it, It's likely due to the fact that Melissa Leo was nominated for Best Actress for the Film. That's how I got word of it at least.
It's a really powerful film. Director Courtney Hunt goes to where very few films have gone before: exposing the daily lives of a poor family in the United States. Melissa Leo was brilliant, and pours out an Oscar-Deserving performance.
Here's A Synopsis (From All Movie Guide- SOME MINOR SPOILERS);
A desperate single mother living in upstate New York resorts to smuggling illegal immigrants into the United States as a means of making ends meet in first-time feature director/screenwriter Courtney Hunt's emotionally wrenching drama, winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Ray Eddy is in an impossible position; it's two days
By Azumangaman 03-08-2009 08:48 PM
WARNING: If you do not like Coen Brothers movies, don't bother. If you haven't seen any, or are a Coen Brothers fan, keep going!
The Coen Brothers are probably the most messed up people on the planet. Many of there movies are truly ed up. The Coen Brothers consistently switch between hillarious dark comedies (The Big Lebowski, Burn After Reading) and intesne dramas (Fargo, No Country For Old Men).
Have no mistake, Burn After Reading is incredibly funny. I'll have to watch it a couple more times, but it may be funnier than The Big Lebowski.
Synopsis (From IMDB-SOME MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD!!): Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich) is a CIA analyst who quits his job at the agency after being demoted ostensibly because of his drinking problem. He then decides to write a memoir about his life in the CIA. His wife, Katie Cox (Tilda Swinton), wants to divorce
By Azumangaman 02-24-2009 10:08 PM
Chances are you saw quite a few movies in 2008. If you didn't you likely saw at least some of the following:
The Dark Knight
If you saw a ton of movies in 2008, and you didn't see any of those, chances are you are a very strange human being.
However, as it is with every year, there are brilliant movies that are generally unrecognized. I'd like to highlight some of the best films of 2008 that you probably missed.
If you've heard of it, chances are you saw that Richard Jenkins was nominated for Best Actor Oscar at this years academy awards for this film. That's how I heard of it. Last weekend, I decided to pick it up, having no idea what to expect.
What I saw was a powerful film, that connects on some really important issues in today's society (illegal immigration, deportation,...
With the Academy Awards airing shortly, I thought it would be a good time to lay down my picks (who I want to win and who I think will win).
So without Further ado, lets pick the:
Best Supporting Actress
Who Should Win: Amy Adams
Who Will Win: Taraji P. Henson
This is easily the most difficult of the awards to predict. In each of the other categories, there appears to be a "clear" winner. Amy Adams was my personal favourite, but the fact that both Viola Davis and Amy Adams are nominated for the same film will likely dash both of their chances. While I think Taraji P. Henson will take it, there is an excellent chance that Penelope Cruz or Marisa Tomei will snatch it as well.
Best Supporting Actor
Who Should Win: