Friday, January 23, 2009

Interesting Bits VIII.V

I've figured out that I may be what I've termed a "Binge-Blogger." I go for almost a month without saying boo, and then I make an "Interesting Bits," post and about 3 or 4 others on the same day. I reckon I need to start spreading these out a bit. Anyway, here's another IB post this week, but not as long as most so it's a .five.

Oscar Nominations 2009

The Oscar nominations came out this week, and there were a few surprises.

Best Motion Picture:

Frost/Nixon (2008) (My Pick)

Milk (2008)

The Reader (2008)

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Best Actor:

Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon (2008) (My pick, who would think someone who's played both Dracula and Skeletor would be up for this?)

Sean Penn for Milk (2008)

Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler (2008)

Best Actress:

Meryl Streep for Doubt (2008/I)

Kate Winslet for The Reader (2008) (I'm gonna go with this because I wasn't expecting anything from it)

Best Supporting Actor:

Josh Brolin for Milk (2008)

Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight (2008) (Sentiment plays a big roll in these, look at John Wayne winning for The Shootist a month or two before he died)

Michael Shannon for Revolutionary Road (2008)

Best Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams for Doubt (2008/I) (Pleasantly surprised)

Viola Davis for Doubt (2008/I)

Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler (2008)

Best Director:

Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon (2008) (I really liked this movie)

Gus Van Sant for Milk (2008)

Best Screenplay (Original):

In Bruges (2008): Martin McDonagh (Great freakin' movie)

WALL·E (2008): Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Jim Reardon

Best Screenplay (Adaptation):

Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Simon Beaufoy (I think that this will be the only award it wins)

Best Cinematography:

Changeling (2008)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) (My only thought after I saw it was, "Well. It was pretty.")

The Reader (2008)


At USA Today they had 4 of the new toys coming out for JJ Abrams Star Trek this spring. Must have Communicator!

Also, The Obamassiah has a toy! Holy shit! Who knew the President was such a bad ass??

News of the Weird

Wow. I mean, wow. I've heard of people being born with extra fingers and things, but this is

A woman has been decapitated by a fellow student at Virginia Tech, the scene of the worst school shooting in US history in 2007.

They say she was decapitated with a knife. Not a machete, not a broadsword, a knife. This guy had enough time to decapitate a woman with a regular knife and people watching. Our world scares me.

Audio Stuff

Okay, I'll admit I really dig audio books, podcasts and anything I can listen to at my lesiure on my IPod. Now these people at Pendant Productions do radio dramas in the flavour of old radio broadcasts. The really cool things is that they're not bad at all. Kinda fun actually. Considering they do not to my knowledge have a license to do these and make no money besides donations, they're still worth giving a listen to. Their current dramas include:

Superman: The Last Son of Krypton

Batman: The Ace of Detectives

Wonder Woman: Champion of Themyscira

Supergirl: Lost Daughter of Krypton

Catwoman: Queen of Thieves

Star Trek: Defiant

Star Wars: Blue Harvest

James Bond: To the End

Indiana Jones and the Well of Life

Coolest of all, the "Big 3" of the superheroes have had two crossovers.



All of them are well worth a listen to.


In the, "Why the Hell Do the Japanese Get Cooler Trailers?" front. Here are the new Japanese trailers for Watchmen, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Terminator: Salvation.

1 comment:

MC said...

You know, I'd love to put that Obama toy on display against the Bride in the Bruce Lee Jumpsuit. That would be sweet.