Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Impossible

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On Sunday, 26 December 2004 for many the end of the world really happened. It was the day of Indian Ocean earthquake - the resulting tsunami is given various names, including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, South Asian tsunami, Indonesian tsunami, and the Boxing Day tsunami.The earthquake was caused by subduction and triggered a series of devastating tsunamis along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing over 230,000 people in fourteen countries, and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 30 meters (98 ft) high. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. Indonesia was the hardest-hit country, followed by Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.

Monday, February 25, 2013

85th Academy Awards aka the shit I sit through to see George and Jean

By s. Monday, February 25, 2013 , 48 Comments

  • This has been the worst Oscar ceremony since Hathaway and Franco presented. God I cannot believe I stayed up for this. Jean and George aside.
  • Charlize Theron and Amy Adams looked like goddesses
  • Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts wore hideous dresses. But nothing beats Anne Hathaway - her nipples were visible. Anything to distract people from the speech, I suppose.
  • There were plenty of white dresses there, but the show stealer was little Wallis girl who looked like little princess and had a puppy purse!
  • Seth Macfarlane is horrible. Those cheap shots at Dujardin and Rihanna were tasteless. The song was one of the worst things ever.
  • Theron danced with Channing Tatum. She is like a princess. Or an angel.

  • Sunday, February 24, 2013

    Emily Blunt Appreciation

    By s. Sunday, February 24, 2013 22 Comments
    Emily Olivia Leah Blunt
    February 23, 1983 in Roehampton, London, England, UK

    I hate hearing actors going on about how difficult their lives are. I’m not on a minimum wage, working in McDonald’s, trying to bring up a family. Actors are so indulged in many ways, really. 

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

    Alan Rickman Appreciation

    By s. Thursday, February 21, 2013 35 Comments
    Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman
    February 21, 1946 (Hammersmith, London, England, UK)

    I’m never really looking for anything. I’m looking to be surprised and to have one’s instincts engaged with a piece of writing rather than anything planned. I think if you make decisions before you read something, then you’re not free. I’d much rather just turn page one and start to get a flavor of a character. That’s what an actor is, I think. You’re a bundle of instincts that you fling at something called training, and you hope training orders it a bit for you so that you can make choices, but ultimately you’re dependent on your instincts and your imagination, and that’s something you can’t pin down.

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    The SONSOFBITCHES snubbed/Performances I Love: Helena Bonham Carter in Sweeney Todd

    By s. Wednesday, February 20, 2013 , , 19 Comments
    In the week that will most likely end with Anne Hathaway winning undeserved Oscar for Les Mis, I'm reminded of female performance in musical that was actually snubbed by the dearest Academy - Helena Bonham Carter's splendid work as Mrs. Lovett in Tim Burton's last great picture - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Though both Johnny Depp and Carter were nominated for Golden Globes that year,  it was only Depp who won the Globe and received Academy Award nomination. Furthermore Carter was snubbed by both SAG and BAFTA, which is astonishing since she is one of their most well known and revered English Roses.

    Monday, February 18, 2013

    The Master

    By s. Monday, February 18, 2013 , , , , , , , 39 Comments
    I don't know what happened to Paul Thomas Anderson. He is a great director, bot sometime after Magnolia a certain shift occurred. I divide his movies into two groups - one that has great, entertaining films with clear story and wonderful acting and other that is somewhat experimental and, well, only the words "great acting" remain when I describe it. I greatly enjoyed Boogie Nights and Magnolia. I cannot say the same for Punch Drunk Love, There Will be Blood and The Master.

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

    15 favorite Ally McBeal episodes (part 1)

    By s. Saturday, February 16, 2013 , 6 Comments
    "Richard if you introduce that exhibit my stress is going to reach a breaking point"
    Runner ups: 
    5.11 - A Kick in the Head - though it's 5th season which was mostly terrible, it was still worth seeing for the scenes with John and Richard. And in this one they handle the case of a man who killed his wife after he kicked her...thinking she was a soccer ball. Richard who knows nothing about the law is the 1st chair on this one. At one point he actually stands up in court and says "my client's wife said she dated him just for kicks". That's just golden.

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    10 romantic scenes for Valentine's Day

    By s. Thursday, February 14, 2013 , , 42 Comments

    On the occasion of Valentine's Day I decided to share 10 romantic scenes that came to my mind. Some of those are just the scenes where the characters expressed their love for each other with gestures and the look in their eyes. Others include beautiful quotes that I'll remember forever. Though the film that for me showed the strength of love the most - Brokeback Mountain - is not included, the films from which those scenes come from did a great job at showing the miracle of love. Jennifer Connelly's devotion in A Beautiful Mind, Viggo Mortensen's eyes in The Return of the King and Berenice Bejo's innocence and kindness in The Artist - they all portrayed beautiful emotions and at the same time the incredible strength of love.

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    Thoughts on BAFTAs

    By s. Tuesday, February 12, 2013 , , 33 Comments

  • The dresses were pretty nightmarish. I don't know who dresses Marion Cotillard but she should fire that person as soon as possible. Chastain looked like she was wearing blue tape and Gemma Arterton....oh my God. Luckily there is always Amy Adams who as usual looked beautiful.

  • Sunday, February 10, 2013

    Screaming Sunday - Possession (2008)

    By s. Sunday, February 10, 2013 , 8 Comments
    Plot: The film is a remake of Korean thriller Addicted from 2002. Jess's (Sarah Michelle Gellar) life turns surreal after an automobile accident leaves both her husband Ryan and her brother-in-law Roman (Lee Pace) in a coma. Things take an even darker turn when Roman wakes believing that he is Ryan. As Jess tries to deal with these increasingly disturbing events, she also struggles with the possibility that either the spirit of her husband has returned to her or that something very sinister is at work.

    Thursday, February 7, 2013


    By s. Thursday, February 7, 2013 , , , , , , , 16 Comments
    It would be hard for me to find a movie that was released recently that collapses on its ass as spectacularly as Mama does. The film is actually quite decent in its first hour, but its last 30 minutes are so incredibly fucking stupid you feel as if you were watching an exclusive glimpse into Tim Burton's mind if he was imagining what Corpse Bride would be like as a horror feature film...and then as if his visions crossed to Guillermo Del Toro being high during mother's day. It's fucking crazy and not in a good way.

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

    Michael Sheen Appreciation

    By s. Tuesday, February 5, 2013 14 Comments
    Michael Christopher Sheen
    February 5, 1969 (Newport, Gwent, Wales, UK)

    “Well, I think your successes depend on your failures. In a way, whether something succeeds or fails doesn’t matter at all–the point is that you strive, that you take risks, and that you challenge yourself. By doing so, inevitably some of those risks are going to pay off, and some of them are going to turn into what would be considered failures. But when you look back it’s very hard to disentangle the successes from the failures. It’s all a process.”

    Monday, February 4, 2013

    The Best (and Worst) of 2012

    By s. Monday, February 4, 2013 , , , 77 Comments

    Best movie: The Dark Knight Rises
    (2. Killer Joe 3. Looper  4. Prometheus  5. Silver Linings Playbook 6. Lincoln 7. Argo 8. The Cabin in the Woods 9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower 10. Django Unchained)
    Christopher Nolan's masterful conclusion to The Dark Knight trilogy is not only a step up comparing to previous two movies, it's also one of the most epic and incredibly well made action/adventure films I've seen. Directed with much skill, done with great scope and featuring stellar performances from the cast, the movie has been my number 1 of the year for the last six months and though some films came close, not one of them managed to dethrone it. The film has one stand out performance - that delivered by Anne Hathaway as suave and clever Selina Kyle - but it doesn't have the biggest issue The Dark Knight had - the performance so fantastic it puts everyone in the shadow, making the film uneven. Lead by wonderful Christian Bale, the cast delivers earnest performances that are never overshadowed by the film's incredible action set pieces and breathtaking moments.

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

    Movie of the Month - February - Amelie

    By s. Sunday, February 3, 2013 , , 20 Comments

    It's better to help people than garden gnomes

    What better film to chose for the movie of the month of love? There are few films out there that fill your heart with happiness and Amelie is one of such rare gems. The story of a sweet, lonely girl who decides to bring joy to others and in the process of that finds love is extremely inspiring and heartwarming. If every single one of us was a little bit like Amelie, I'm convinced the world would be a better place.

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

    American Horror Story: Asylum - 2x13 Madness Ends (season 2 finale)

    By s. Saturday, February 2, 2013 , , 9 Comments
    Madness Ends marks the conclusion to American Horror Story season 2. Very cinematic and at times moving finale was infinitely better than the one we got last year. We began as Johnny, modern day Bloody Face and Lana and Thredson's son walks around the Asylum where his parents met. We also got another look at the opening of the season when two unlucky newlyweds met Bloody Face.

    Through the entire finale we were going back at forth to modern times when elderly and now very famous Lana Winters is being interviewed. We saw parts of her documentary that exposed the abuse in Briarcliff. One of Lana's best memories was fabricated - Atonement style - when she said she rescued Sister Jude from the Asylum. We also see how much the things in Briarcliff deteriorated when the patients were basically left alone as there wasn't enough staff to take care of them.