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The Late, Great Jean "Moebius"? Giraud

Posted by Charles Reece, March 11, 2012 09:34am | Post a Comment
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French comics master Jean "Moebius" Giraud is dead. Here's an interview from last April and
a much longer one from a 1987 issue of The Comics Journal. His official site.

The Late, Great Ralph McQuarrie

Posted by Charles Reece, March 6, 2012 08:26am | Post a Comment
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Ralph McQuarrie, the designer of Darth Vader, the light saber, and many other Star Wars entities, has
died.
Here is a bunch of good resolution reproductions of his art for the original trilogy.

Hollywood's Hypocrisy on Piracy Meme

Posted by Charles Reece, March 5, 2012 09:34am | Post a Comment
Hypocrisy in Hollywood


[Thanks to Stephen Parkes for finding this.]
 

Oscars 2012 Results: I Didn't Win the Pool

Posted by Charles Reece, February 27, 2012 11:30am | Post a Comment



63%

✓ BEST PICTURE: The Artist
COSTUME DESIGN: Mark Bridges - The Artist  /  My pick: Lisy Christl - Anonymous
✓ ORIGINAL SONG: “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets - Bret McKenzie (music & lyrics) 
LEADING ACTOR: Jean Dujardin - The Artist  /  My pick: George Clooney - The Descendants
✓ DIRECTING: Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
ANIMATED SHORT FILM: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - William Joyce & Brandon Oldenburg  /  My pick: A Morning Stroll - Grant Orchard & Sue Goffe
✓ SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christopher Plummer - Beginners
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Undefeated - TJ Marin, Dan Lindsay & Rich Middlemas  /  My pick: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory - Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky
✓ LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM: The Shore - Terry George & Oorlagh George
LEADING ACTRESS: Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady  /  My pick: Viola Davis - The Help
✓ DOCUMENTARY SHORT: Saving Face - Daniel Junge & Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
SOUND EDITING: Philip Stockton & Eugene Gearty - Hugo  /  My pick: Ren Klyce - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
✓ SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Octavia Spencer - The Help
FILM EDITING: Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  /  My pick: Kevin Tent - The Descendants
SOUND MIXING: Tom Fleischman & John Midgley - Hugo  /  My pick: David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce & Bo Persson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
✓ ANIMATED FEATURE: Rango - Gore Verbinski
✓ FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: A Separation - Asghar Farhadi
✓ VISUAL EFFECTS: Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann & Alex Henning - Hugo
✓ ART DIRECTION: Dante Ferretti (production design) & Francesca Lo Schiavo (set decoration) - Hugo
✓ MAKEUP: Mark Coulier & J. Roy Helland - The Iron Lady
✓ ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash - The Descendants
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Robert Richardson - Hugo  /  My pick: Emmanuel Lubezki - The Tree of Life
✓ ORIGINAL SCORE: Ludovic Bource - The Artist
✓ ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris

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Oscars 2012 Predictions

Posted by Charles Reece, February 25, 2012 03:18pm | Post a Comment



So only two films on my best of list received nominations this year (Drive and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy). My worst of list tends to be a pretty good indicator of what gets recognized by the Academy, though.

BEST PICTURE

  1. The Artist
  2. The Descendants
  3. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  4. The Help
  5. Hugo
  6. Midnight in Paris
  7. Moneyball
  8. The Tree of Life
  9. War Horse

Regarding The Tree of Life winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes, Jury Head Robert De Niro said, "It had the size, the importance, the intention, whatever you want to call it, that seemed to fit the prize.” That's pretty much the exact opposite of what'll win the Best Picture Oscar. Comprehensibility and competence are the valued attributes here. If there's an ideological point, then it had better go down easy. Charm helps, too. So what's more charming than the competent and comprehensible The Artist? Hugo doesn't quite fit the bill, but it tries. And, just like its major competitor, The Artist has the added advantage of celebrating American cinema. The Descendants is solidly mediocre, too, and with a cheap social message, but I think people probably perceive it as more of an example of solid writing and acting, not as a "magical" experience (less charm, in other words). Additionally, Harvey Weinstein knows how to win Oscars.

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