Monthly Archives: February 2008

2007 best lead actor opinions

Michael Clayton – George Clooney

This is the first nomination for George Clooney in his continued quest to be nominated for an Academy Award in every category, he has already been nominated for Best Director (Goodnight and Good Luck), Best Actor in a Supporting Roll (Syriana) and Best Writer for an Original Screenplay (Goodnight and Good Luck).  I think he is a great actor and I have enjoyed him as a director and writer but this is not his time for this category, his performance was fine but not a winner (The nomination is questionable too IMO).

There Will be Blood – Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis is ruthless and terrifying.  His portrayal of Daniel Plainview is a shoe-in in this category.  This is his fourth nomination for this category and it will be his second win (his first win being My Left Foot).

Sweeny Todd; The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Johnny Depp

Just a quick word about this film because this is the first time I have written about it, it’s a musical.  It’s probably more of a musical than Chicago and it’s much more of a musical than Grease.  The film is also very gruesome.  Onward with Johnny Depp.  Depp is a charismatic and consistent performer and he keeps getting unlikely nominations (paring this with Jack Sparrow) he is good enough to get and Oscar but it’s not for this roll, much like Clooney this year Depp probably did not actually deserve this nomination.

In The Valley of Elah – Tommy Lee Jones

This is Tommy Lee Jones’s third nomination but his first for Lead Actor (he won for his roll in The Fugitive).  He’s a national treasure as an actor but he aint gonna win.

Eastern Promises – Viggo Mortensen

Viggo gave a paced and perfect performance in Eastern Promises and it gave me a lot of confidence in him as an actor.

I just read the Entertainment Weekly write up on these nominations and they had pretty much the same position that I do which is Motensen, Jones, Depp and Clooney are fantastic actors but they are not going to win because they are up against  Daniel Day-Lewis.  Period.

There goes my hero

Watch him as he goes.

Just some stuff I noticed.  I watched In The Valley of Elah because Tommy Lee Jones is nominated for an Oscar.  The movie is almost entirely fantastic.  It’s a movie that you have to be patient to watch but it gets where it’s going and ties up all the loose ends.  Interestingly enough it is a far superior movie to both Juno and Michael Clayton and yet it didn’t get a best picture nomination.

Then I realized something about the best picture nominations, none of them are even remotely political.  I don’t think there is any underlying conspiracy but I think people are sick of their movies being filled with the Iraq war.

I will be watching Sweeny Todd today and I’ll bring you a round up of my thoughts on the best actor category. 

Lindsay and I also saw Gone Baby Gone and it was mostly fantastic.  And I’m not saying that Ben Affleck should get an Oscar for best director but Gone Baby Gone was directed much better than the aforementioned crappy films.  Casey Affleck on the other hand needs to learn how to open his mouth when he talks.

-Josh

Aero, Trojans and linux

I’m back using Vista, that didn’t take very long, did it?  I watch a lot of flash video (hulu, youtube) and flash on Linux kind of sucks compared to Windows.  And all of the replacement fonts on Linux are very ugly. 

But it turns out that I had a Trojan in Vista which is why everything was running so slow.  When I got this lappy it came preinstalled with McAfee virus scan, which normally I hate but it was a year subscription so I gave it another shot and it hosed me (that sentence ran on).  McAfee never noticed the Trojan but AVG Free picked it up right away and got rid of it.

I also turned off the Aero interface in Vista and I find that I am a lot happier.  Since the Trojan is gone and Aero is gone my lappy runs a ton faster.  I’m happy now.  I am still dual booting with Ubuntu because I need to learn how to use it better, but I don’t think I’ll be using it much.

-Josh

“yeah, and I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today but Bluto doesn’t play that way”

2007 best picture opinions

I won’t be discussing Atonement because I don’t do period pieces.

Juno

You should already know my opinion on this film, it does not deserve to win.

Michael Clayton

This film was pure crap glorified by the presents of George Clooney and Steven Soderberg.  The nomination alone proves that the academy is blinded by these two and so this could be a wildcard in the Best Picture category.

No Country for Old Men

I think this is one of the only two true competitors for the Best Picture nomination.  The mood and the pacing are very similar to There Will Be Blood but the tone tends to be a little more up beat and there are some legitimate scenes of excitement and suspense.  Of the five nominations this is my pick for best picture of 2007.

There Will Be Blood

This film is a brutal and chilling story of an oil tycoon in the early 1900’s.  It’s a great film and P.T. Anderson proves once again that he is a great director and I am confident it will win an Oscar, I’m just not so sure it will be for Best Picture.  It’s not my favorite flick, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Academy gave this film the Best Picture Oscar.

Four steps to beating any cold

Last Monday I woke up with a cold and by Friday the cold was gone. I did this all without the use of drugs. These are the four steps I focused my week on in order to beat the cold.

4. Go to bed early. This might seem like an obvious, but it works.

3. Drink lots of water. Just like Mom told you.

2. Zink. If you can start hitting your cold with Cold-Eeze then the cold can’t last long.

1. Sandwiches. There is an old adage “feed a cold, starve a beaver”, and if you ask me the sang should go “feed a cold with sandwiches, starve a beaver with no sandwiches”.

There you go! Next time you get sick just follow these simple steps to get better FAST!

-Josh