My 2015 in Film

Posted: January 12, 2016 in Film
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This is probably the most consistent feature on this blog. Doing it well into January also seems to be consistent. Coincidentally the 2014 edition was done on this exact day last year. As with last year’s list I will include movies watched this year. In keeping with tradition I will shame myself by indicating which movies were actually watched in cinema.

  • Ant-Man*
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron*
  • Cinderella*
  • Fantastic Four*
  • Inside Out
  • Jurassic World
  • Mr. Holmes*
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • Spectre*
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens*

Well that is weak, after watching fifteen movies in 2014 I’m back down to ten like 2013’s list. This time however seven of these ten were in cinema as opposed to the eight out of fifteen last year.

I ended off the previous edition by saying:

This time around I’ll say that though it’s not really worth writing home about perhaps a text message would be appropriate.

This time I can say that though the quantity has decreased the percentage of those seen in¬†cinema has increased so it’s not all bad. This year I must endeavour to watch more and keep the in cinema percentage up.

So it’s already the twelfth of the month and I am only making this list now. At the end of every year, since the beginning of this blog anyway, I create a list showing how many movies I watched in that year. Most of the time I end up only making the list in the early days of January so if I watched any movies from the past year before the post then they will be included. If you considered that cheating then so be it. To make myself feel bad for watching pirated movies I will indicate which movies were actually watched in cinema.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier*
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes*
  • Divergent
  • Guardians of the Galaxy*
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies*
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1*
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Maleficent*
  • The Maze Runner
  • The Other Woman
  • Rio 2
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction*
  • Vampire Academy
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past*

So fifteen movies isn’t too bad, especially considering that the 2013 list only had ten. Also eight out of fifteen in cinema compared to four out ten is a good improvement.

My 2013 post ended with:

Clearly 2013 wasn’t a particularly good year for me and movies. Here’s hoping that the 2014 list will be something worthy of writing home about.

This time around I’ll say that though it’s not really worth writing home about perhaps a text message would be appropriate.

My 2014 Oscar Predictions

Posted: March 3, 2014 in Film
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So I made a post like this last year and I want to make this into another series on my blog. This is mostly because it’s a regular structure that doesn’t require much thinking as clearly I seem to have forgotten how to write more creative/personal posts.

Anyway moving on; I’ve pretty much copied and paste the format from last year’s post so anyone who had a look at that post might notice the similarities, I think I might make a couple of changes though.

Okay here are the nominees and my predictions of course:

Best Picture

  • American Hustle¬†‚ÄstCharles Roven,Richard Suckle,¬†Megan Ellison, and¬†Jonathan Gordon
  • Captain Phillips¬†‚ÄstScott Rudin,Dana Brunetti, and¬†Michael De Luca
  • Dallas Buyers Club¬†‚ÄstRobbie Brenner¬†and¬†Rachel Winter
  • Gravity¬†‚ÄstAlfonso Cuar√≥n¬†and¬†David Heyman
  • Her¬†‚Äď Megan Ellison,¬†Spike Jonze, and¬†Vincent Landay
  • Nebraska¬†‚ÄstAlbert Berger¬†and¬†Ron Yerxa
  • Pebraska¬†‚ÄstAlbert Berger¬†and¬†Ron Yerxa
  • 12¬†Years a Slave¬†‚ÄstBrad Pitt,¬†Dede Gardner,¬†Jeremy Kleiner,¬†Steve McQueen, and¬†Anthony Katagas
  • The Wolf of Wall Street¬†‚ÄstMartin Scorsese,¬†Leonardo DiCaprio,¬†Joey McFarland, and¬†Emma Tillinger Koskoff

My Guess: 12 Years a Slave

Best Director

  • David O. Russell¬†‚ÄstAmerican Hustle
  • Alfonso Cuar√≥n¬†‚ÄstGravity
  • Alexander Payne¬†‚ÄstNebraska
  • Steve¬†McQueen¬†‚Äst12 Years a Slave
  • Martin Scorsese¬†‚ÄstThe Wolf of Wall Street

My Guess: David O. Russell

Best Actor

  • Christian Bale¬†‚ÄstAmerican Hustle
  • Bruce Dern¬†‚ÄstNebraska
  • Leonardo DiCaprio¬†‚ÄstThe Wolf of Wall Street
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor¬†‚Äst12 Years a Slave
  • Matthew McConaughey¬†‚ÄstDallas Buyers Club

Though it’s about time that Leonardo gets an Oscar I think that yet again he won’t get it. My Guess:¬†Chiwetel Ejiofor

Best Actress

  • Amy Adams¬†‚ÄstAmerican Hustle
  • Cate Blanchett¬†‚ÄstBlue Jasmine
  • Sandra Bullock¬†‚ÄstGravity
  • Judi Dench¬†‚ÄstPhilomena
  • Meryl Streep¬†‚ÄstAugust: Osage County

My Guess: Cate Blanchett

Best Supporting Actor

  • Barkhad Abdi¬†‚ÄstCaptain Phillips
  • Bradley Cooper¬†‚ÄstAmerican Hustle
  • Michael Fassbender¬†‚Äst12 Years a Slave
  • Jonah Hill¬†‚ÄstThe Wolf of Wall Street
  • Jared Leto¬†‚ÄstDallas Buyers Club

My Guess: Barkhad Abdi

Best Supporting Actress

  • Sally Hawkins¬†‚ÄstBlue Jasmine
  • Jennifer Lawrence¬†‚ÄstAmerican Hustle
  • Lupita Nyong’o¬†‚Äst12 Years a Slave
  • Julia Roberts¬†‚ÄstAugust: Osage County
  • June Squibb¬†‚ÄstNebraska

My Guess: Anne Hathaway

Best Writing ‚Äď Original Screenplay

  • American Hustle¬†‚ÄstEric Warren Singer¬†and¬†David O. Russell
  • Blue Jasmine¬†‚ÄstWoody Allen
  • Dallas Buyers Club¬†‚ÄstCraig Bortenand¬†Melisa Wallack
  • Her¬†‚ÄstSpike Jonze
  • Nebraska¬†‚ÄstBob Nelson

My Guess: American Hustle

Best Writing ‚Äď Adapted Screenplay

  • Before Midnight¬†‚ÄstRichard Linklater,Julie Delpy, and¬†Ethan Hawke¬†from characters by Richard Linklater and Kim Krizan
  • Captain Phillips¬†‚ÄstBilly Ray¬†from¬†A Captain’s Duty
    by Richard Phillips (and Stephan Talty)
  • Philomena¬†‚ÄstSteve Coogan¬†and¬†Jeff Pope¬†from¬†The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith
  • 12¬†Years a Slave¬†‚ÄstJohn Ridley¬†from¬†Twelve Years a Slave
    by Solomon Northup
  • The Wolf of Wall Street¬†‚ÄstTerence Winter from¬†The Wolf of Wall Street
    by Jordan Belfort

My Guess: 12 Years a Slave

Best Animated Feature

  • The Croods¬†‚ÄstKirk DeMicco,¬†Chris Sanders, and¬†Kristine Belson
  • Despicable Me 2¬†‚ÄstPierre Coffin,Chris Renaud, and¬†Chris Meledandri
  • Ernest & Celestine¬†‚ÄstBenjamin Renner¬†and¬†Didier Brunner
  • Frozen¬†‚ÄstChris Buck,¬†Jennifer Lee, and¬†Peter Del Vecho
  • The Wind Rises¬†‚ÄstHayao Miyazakiand¬†Toshio Suzuki

My Guess: Frozen

Whilst I would like it to be The Wind Rises chances are it will be Frozen because the critics and public have just been eating it up

Best Foreign Language Film

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown¬†(Belgium) in¬†Dutch¬†‚ÄstFelix Van Groeningen
  • The Great Beauty¬†(Italy) in¬†Italian¬†‚ÄďPaolo Sorrentino
  • The Hunt¬†(Denmark) in¬†Danish¬†‚ÄďThomas Vinterberg
  • The Missing Picture¬†(Cambodia) in French¬†‚ÄstRithy Panh
  • Omar¬†(Palestine) in¬†Arabic¬†‚ÄstHany Abu-Assad

My Guess: The Hunt

Best Documentary ‚Äď Feature

  • The Act of Killing¬†‚ÄstJoshua Oppenheimer¬†and¬†Signe Byrge S√łrensen
  • 20¬†Feet from Stardom¬†‚ÄstMorgan Neville,¬†Gil Friesen, and¬†Caitrin Rogers
  • Cutie and the Boxer¬†‚ÄstZachary Heinzerling¬†and¬†Lydia Dean Pilcher
  • Dirty Wars¬†‚ÄstRichard Rowley¬†andJeremy Scahill
  • The Square¬†‚ÄstJehane Noujaim¬†andKarim Amer

My Guess: The Act of Killing

Best Documentary ‚Äď Short Subject

  • CaveDigger¬†‚ÄstJeffrey Karoff
  • Facing Fear¬†‚ÄstJason Cohen
  • Karama Has No Walls¬†‚ÄstSara Ishaq
  • The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life¬†‚ÄstMalcolm Clarke¬†and¬†Nicholas Reed
  • Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall¬†‚ÄstEdgar Barens

My Guess: Facing Fear

Best Live Action Short Film

  • Aquel no era yo¬†(That Wasn’t Me)¬†‚ÄďEsteban Crespo
  • Avant que de tout perdre¬†(Just Before Losing Everything)¬†‚ÄstXavier Legrand¬†and¬†Alexandre Gavras
  • Helium¬†‚ÄstAnders Walter¬†and¬†Kim Magnusson
  • Pit√§√§k√∂ mun kaikki hoitaa?¬†(Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)¬†‚ÄstSelma Vilhunen¬†and Kirsikka Saari
  • The Voorman Problem¬†‚ÄstMark Gilland¬†Baldwin Li

My Guess: Avant que de tout perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)

Best Animated Short Film

  • Feral¬†‚ÄstDaniel Sousa¬†and¬†Dan Golden
  • Get a Horse!¬†‚ÄstLauren MacMullanand¬†Dorothy McKim
  • Mr. Hublot¬†‚ÄstLaurent Witz¬†and¬†Alexandre Espigares
  • Possessions¬†‚ÄstShuhei Morita
  • Room on the Broom¬†‚ÄstMax Lang¬†and¬†Jan Lachauer

My Guess: Feral

Best Original Score

  • The Book Thief¬†‚ÄstJohn Williams
  • Gravity¬†‚ÄstSteven Price
  • Her¬†‚ÄstWilliam Butler¬†and¬†Owen Pallett
  • Philomena¬†‚ÄstAlexandre Desplat
  • Saving Mr. Banks¬†‚ÄstThomas Newman

My Guess: The Book Thief

Best Original Song

  • “Happy” from¬†Despicable Me 2¬†‚ÄďPharrell Williams
  • “Let It Go” from¬†Frozen¬†‚ÄstKristen Anderson-Lopez¬†and¬†Robert Lopez
  • “The Moon Song” from¬†Her¬†‚ÄstKaren Orzolek¬†and¬†Spike Jonze
  • “Ordinary Love” from¬†Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom¬†‚ÄstU2

You know what, I would really like it if The Moon Song was chosen because the song is awesome and Karen O, with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, has been snubbed when it comes to awards. Also every other nominee has more than enough other prestigious awards to their names. Just listen to The Moon Song:

But everyone has been rabid about Let It Go instead.

My Guess: Let It Go

Best Sound Editing

  • All Is Lost¬†‚ÄstSteve Boeddeker¬†and¬†Richard Hymns
  • Captain Phillips¬†‚ÄstOliver Tarney
  • Gravity¬†‚ÄstGlenn Freemantle
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug¬†‚ÄstBrent Burge¬†and¬†Chris Ward
  • Lone Survivor¬†‚ÄstWylie Stateman

My Guess: Gravity

Best Sound Mixing

  • Captain Phillips¬†‚ÄstChris Burdon,¬†Mark Taylor,¬†Mike Prestwood Smith, and¬†Chris Munro
  • Gravity¬†‚ÄstSkip Lievsay,¬†Niv Adiri,¬†Christopher Benstead, and¬†Chris Munro
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug¬†‚ÄstChristopher Boyes,¬†Michael Hedges,¬†Michael Semanick, and¬†Tony Johnson
  • Inside Llewyn Davis¬†‚ÄstSkip Lievsay,Greg Orloff, and¬†Peter F. Kurland
  • Lone Survivor¬†‚ÄstAndy Koyama,Beau Borders, and¬†David Brownlow

My Guess: Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Production Design

  • American Hustle¬†‚ÄstJudy Becker(Production Design);¬†Heather Loeffler¬†(Set Decoration)
  • Gravity¬†‚ÄstAndy Nicholson(Production Design);¬†Rosie Goodwin¬†and¬†Joanne Woollard¬†(Set Decoration)
  • The Great Gatsby¬†‚ÄstCatherine Martin¬†(Production Design);Beverley Dunn¬†(Set Decoration)
  • Her¬†‚ÄstK. K. Barrett¬†(Production Design);¬†Gene Serdena¬†(Set Decoration)
  • 12¬†Years a Slave¬†‚ÄstAdam Stockhausen¬†(Production Design);Alice Baker¬†(Set Decoration)

My Guess: The Great Gatsby

Best Cinematography

  • The Grandmaster¬†‚ÄstPhilippe Le Sourd
  • Gravity¬†‚ÄstEmmanuel Lubezki
  • Inside Llewyn Davis¬†‚ÄstBruno Delbonnel
  • Nebraska¬†‚ÄstPhedon Papamichael
  • Prisoners¬†‚ÄstRoger Deakins

My Guess: Gravity

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Dallas Buyers Club¬†‚ÄstAdruitha Leeand¬†Robin Mathews
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa¬†‚ÄďStephen Prouty
  • The Lone Ranger¬†‚ÄstJoel Harlow¬†and¬†Gloria Pasqua-Casny

My Guess: Dallas Buyers Club

Best Costume Design

  • American Hustle¬†‚ÄstMichael Wilkinson
  • The Grandmaster¬†‚ÄstWilliam Chang Suk Ping
  • The Great Gatsby¬†‚ÄstCatherine Martin
  • The Invisible Woman¬†‚ÄstMichael O’Connor
  • 12¬†Years a Slave¬†‚ÄstPatricia Norris

My Guess: American Hustle

Best Film Editing

  • American Hustle¬†‚ÄstJay Cassidy,Crispin Struthers, and¬†Alan Baumgarten
  • Captain Phillips¬†‚ÄstChristopher Rouse
  • Dallas Buyers Club¬†‚ÄstJohn Mac McMurphy¬†and¬†Martin Pensa
  • Gravity¬†‚ÄstAlfonso Cuar√≥n¬†and¬†Mark Sanger
  • 12¬†Years a Slave¬†‚ÄstJoe Walker

My Guess: Gravity

Best Visual Effects

  • Gravity¬†‚ÄstTim Webber,¬†Chris Lawrence,¬†Dave Shirk, and¬†Neil Corbould
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug¬†‚ÄstJoe Letteri,¬†Eric Saindon,David Clayton, and¬†Eric Reynolds
  • Iron Man 3¬†‚ÄstChristopher Townsend,¬†Guy Williams,¬†Erik Nash, and¬†Dan Sudick
  • The Lone Ranger¬†‚ÄstTim Alexander,Gary Brozenich,¬†Edson Williams, and¬†John Frazier
  • Star Trek Into Darkness¬†‚ÄstRoger Guyett,¬†Patrick Tubach,¬†Ben Grossmann, and¬†Burt Dalton

My Guess: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

So season two started last year, then I went on holiday and only got my computer back some weeks after returning and have been waiting for a Monday to get back into the swing of things. I managed to miss a few and didn’t want to switch up the schedule.

If you’re not familiar with the formula by now have a look at episode one¬†as a yardstick.

Ok into the episode we go:

20: The Temper Trap – Leaving the Heartbreak Hotel

19: Two Door Cinema Club – Next Year

The Temper Trap and Two Door Cinema Club have to be my two favourite Indie bands so yay

18: The Temper Trap – I’m Gonna Wait

17: The Temper Trap – Rabbit Hole

Looks like the beginnings of a Temper Trap spree, though two in a row does not a spree make…

16: The Temper Trap – Never Again

Ok three is almost definitely the beginnings of a spree.

 

Anyway that’s all for this week, stay tuned for episode three.

My Extra Tumblr Blog

Posted: January 31, 2014 in Uncategorized
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So I’m having a mixed episode of my bipolar disorder: “mild” mania and some depression thrown in for good measure. I thought… why not start a tumblr devoted to coffee. I mean for me coffee is just about as necessary as air. However due the mixed episode I can’t be having extra stimulants, so I’ve been near dying without coffee. Tomorrow I will have had a week of no coffee; for me that’s like I don’t know minimum three mugs a day so upwards of twenty one missed coffees.

The plan for this new tumblr is to share the coffees that I have, like instagram but no stupid editing, as well as introducing a new lexicon centered around coffee. At least I can do the coffee based terms’ definitions until I can start having coffee again. Then I thought maybe I should share my experiences as a gaymer, I tend to be drinking coffee when I play games sometimes, so it’s been decided that this tumblr should also be have gaming experiences. Such as opinions or reviews as well as crazy shit that has gone down whilst playing some video games.

So without further ado I present to you: Gayming and Coffee with Gehenna27

My 2013 in Film

Posted: January 18, 2014 in Uncategorized
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So I’m really good at lists and not much else it seems. I’ve been making lists of movies since forever, well since I started my blog anyway. So this is generally how it goes. I decide somewhere around the beginning of a year to list all the movies I’ve watched belonging to the previous. Seeing as it never happens on New Year’s Day some films will end up being watched outside of their year. Anyway I doubt that an explanation was actually necessary but oh well. Also I like to indicate if it was actually in cinema that I watched it. Let’s begin shall we

  • After Earth
  • The Butler*
  • Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug*
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire*
  • The Internship
  • Iron Man 3
  • Oz the Great and Powerful
  • Scary Movie 5
  • Thor: The Dark World*

Clearly 2013 wasn’t a particularly good year for me and movies. Here’s hoping that the 2014 list will be something worthy of writing home about.

 

I like making these posts, I can’t speak for you though. I don’t know when exactly I should start a new “season” maybe every three months though every four months might be better. Oh well let’s kick off Season 2. If you’ve been following you’ll know the deal, if you haven’t I’m sure you’ll understand. Maybe, oh well.

25:The Tenper Trap – Want

24:Ellie Goulding – Explosions

23:The Temper Trap – Leaving the Heartbreak Hotel

22:Ellie Goulding – Hanging On

21: Ellie Goulding – Joy

 

Well it looks like Ellie Goulding was the artis du jour of this episode. Just so you know I don’t take my data from today’s list for the upcoming episodes. Rather I let the list evolve and change as it does.