Archive for Rants
Michael Bay needs to stop. Whatever he has been doing over the last few years has created more controversy for his films than hype. The man has had some great success with his films, but he has been the subject of some very intense backlash on his more recent projects. While promoting his latest non-Transformers film Pain and Gain, Michael was asked to speak about different editing techniques using on his new film, which then triggered a unexpected response on the 1998 blockbuster Armageddon. Read the rest of this article to see what ridiculous statement Michael Bay made.
Most would say that Star Wars prequels significantly lacked when compared to the originals. I think the overall consensus would be the Star Wars spirit was missing from pretty much all three films. This missing piece is why Disney and LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy brought on J.J. Abrams, because he gives the new trilogy the best chance at a successful start. But how will J.J.’s Star Wars differ from Lucas’s prequels? What lessons can be learned from Episodes I-III? Here’s a list of five things the super-star director can take away from the mistakes of the Star Wars prequels. Read More→
It seems like the more news I read about this new TMNT movie that Michael Bay is producing, the more I just want to scream at my computer until it shatters. Michael Bay recently posted some news on the Turtle project including the new title of the film, now simply titled Ninja Turtles. He also continued his attempt to calm the masses that are protesting the changes made to the backstory.
Nominations for the 2012 Golden Raspberry Awards, a.k.a The Razzies, were announced last night — it appears Adam Sandler’s movie Jack and Jill could win every one of them. The movie is nominated 13 times in 10 categories. I guess you could say “congratulations” to Adam by personally being nominated 9 times this year for his work on Jack and Jill. But as someone who deeply respects the art of film making, I feel the need to say, it’s time Mr. Sandler to exit stage left.
This morning the 2012 Oscar nominations were revealed, which of course annually provides both heartbreak and jubilation for those nominated and those snubbed. This year, the Best Picture nomination pool is nine, and not the ten of years past. The nominations were reduced from the ten made standard in 2010, down to however many Best Picture nominees the voting body feels is necessary. This year they felt nine was appropriate, a number I do not agree with. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was left off the nominee list, as was its director David Fincher. In my opinion, these two headline the snubs this year, along with Steven Spielberg being left out of the nomination for Best Director despite War Horse earning a Best Picture nod. Hit the jump for the full list, and a few brief thoughts from yours truly.
I came across a trailer for Dominik Johnson’s new album World/Acoustic/Cinematic not knowing anything about him or his music. At only 24 years old, Dominik is making his passion for an array of world string instruments a key asset for making quality modern music productions unique and intriguing. With this multi-instrument talent, he has landed the opportunity to do a good deal of soundtrack production and design for multiple independent film productions, the BBC, Channel4, and NBC. He even got the chance to play the bouzouki and saz for parts of the 007: Blood Stone video game soundtrack under the guidance of the highly successful composer, Richard Jaques. Hit the jump to learn more about what Johnson thinks of his rising success as a session artist, composer, and producer, and view the World/Acoustic/Cinematic trailer.
Today, the adaptation of Winnie the Pooh will be singing a different tune than ever before. Zooey Deschanel and her musical counterpart M. Ward–who together form the indie group She & Him–have collaborated on the soundtrack for the children’s film. In an interview with Moviefone, Deschanel explained that working on Winnie the Pooh was not an “official” She & Him project, even though the two were solely involved with writing and making the music.
Of course, being a movie website, The Movie Mash has to have a follow up to the 83rd Oscars ceremony that took place last night. First things first, by a show of hands, who thinks Kirk Douglas should host the Oscars next year? Wouldn’t that be a lovely five-and-a-half-hour ceremony with Douglas rambling on quietly and sometimes incoherently. If he lives until next year, he has my vote, because he can’t possibly fair worse than Hathaway and Franco playing the hosts. This year’s Oscars was watched by four million less people than last year.
Hathaway portrayed an aura of enthusiasm while Franco seemed like he was backstage with Michael Phelps tag teaming a bong. The younger duo was asked to host the Oscars to appeal to the younger audiences. Mission failed. The coveted 18-49 demographic was down 12% from last year’s viewership. But really, I don’t care about the whole procession of the Oscars. I really just care about the winners and the beautiful women in all their fancy dresses.
How to Watch Movies is a series of articles designed to help our readers get the most out of their movie watching experience. I find that I get the most enjoyment from films when I take the time to really appreciate the deeper levels of the movie. I hope the advice and methods that I give you can help you enjoy the movies you watch even more.
As many movie buffs know, the Academy Award nominations were announced yesterday for the 83rd Oscars ceremony set to take place on February 27th. Of course not all of our favorite movies, actors, directors, or writers can be nominated; but seriously, some of the snubs by the snobs on the nomination panel are starting to get a little sickening. This year’s list of nominees is not only missing a few notable names, but features an actress being placed into the wrong category. The list this year is so absurd in places it has infuriated me so much I will vent to anyone who says “Oscars.” Hit the jump to read my frustrations with this year’s nominees.