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Sunday, February 27, 2005

My Oscar 2005 Predictions.

All right, here are my Oscar predictions. Like the Golden Globes, I'm only going to look at the major categories. One is my prediction, the other's my preference.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Jamie Foxx is a definite lock. So I'm going for him. It's going to be a miracle for him NOT to win this one.

Prediction: Jamie Foxx
Preference: Jamie Foxx

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Alan Alda's nomination is a reward, Jamie Foxx will win the Best Actor, so he won't win this one. Morgan Freeman had won one before for Driving Miss Daisy long ago, I wonder whether he might win one again? (although winning in the Screen Actors' Guild award makes him a favourite) Clive's victory in the Golden Globes is kinda a surprise. I'll go with Thomas Haden Church since he was wonderful and I love Sideways.

Prediction: Thomas Haden Church
Preference: Thomas Haden Church

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Hilary Swank is almost a lock like Jamie Foxx. But there might be some surprises in this category. Kate Winslet winning it would be pretty nuts.

Prediction: Hilary Swank
Preference: Kate Winslet

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Virginia Madsen was simply fabulous in Sideways and she, along with Cate Blanchett, is the favourite for this. But since I like Sideways more, I'll go with her.

Prediction: Virginia Madsen
Preference: Virginia Madsen

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Shrek 2 is so overrated.

Prediction: The Incredibles
Preference: The Incredibles

ART DIRECTION

The Aviator, being a large-scale epic, might get something for this. But I'm rooting against it. I thought some scenes in Finding Neverland were pretty magical.

Prediction: The Aviator
Preference: Finding Neverland

CINEMATOGRAPHY

I may not like The Aviator, but I hate House of Flying Daggers more. Go, Aviator.

Prediction: The Aviator
Preference: The Aviator

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Sideways is the hot favourite for this one.

Prediction: Sideways
Preference: Sideways

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is an awesome screenplay.

Prediction: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Preference: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

DIRECTING

Yes, everyone's saying that it's between Martin Scorsese (who, despite this legendary status, had NEVER won an Oscar before) and Clint Eastwood (who is the hot fave for this). Clint took the Director's Guild award, so he will probably take this one. Though I ain't rooting for these two old men.

Prediction: Clint Eastwood
Preference: Alexander Payne

BEST PICTURE

It's a Million Dollar Baby vs The Aviator, most said. But I want Sideways to win. My love for the movie has messed up my predictions. But it's possible that people are so divided between both favourites that they end up choosing Sideways instead. Happened back in the 80s when Chariots of Fire won.

Prediction: Sideways
Preference: Sideways

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Allen Iverson Is God!

Today is historic, man! Allen Iverson dropped a career-high 60 points on Steve Francis and the Orlando Magic. It was shown on TV, but I freaking missed it because I went to see Constantine (a decent flick, but I would've rather stayed home and watch the game instead... *sigh*). Before today, Iverson's career high was 58 points, which was on er... Steve Francis again, but that was when he was still in the Houston Rockets. I did watch the game then, think it was 2-3 years ago, during Michael Jordan's first year in Washington Wizards, a year after AI's MVP season. Now, I shall pay tribute to my favourite NBA player!

Friday, February 11, 2005

Seoul Raiders.

BREAKING NEWS! The domain name, swiftyworks.com has been purchased by moi! Expect me to put up my site soon!

Saw the second Chinese New Year Blockbuster, Seoul Raiders, two nights ago. Predictably, it is better than Himalaya Singh. Unfortunately, the star-studded yet retarded Himalaya Singh is seemingly making more money in the box-office than Seoul Raiders. Hope this trend won't last.

Seoul Raiders is the sequel of 2000's Tokyo Raiders, but with Tony Leung (who is absolutely, insanely charismatic in this film) getting most of the spotlight (in the original, he was more like an ensemble player, along with Kelly Chen and Cheng Ekin, but totally stole the limelight from the other two) and some of the best movie lines in recent HK movie memory. Unfortunately, witty wordplay and subtle humour just ain't something that are appreciated by most Malaysian audience (who seemed to ADORE crap slapstick humour like the one seen in Himalaya Singh, hohoho, look, Lau Ching Wan is imitating Mr. Bean, and Ronald Cheng plays both the mom and the dad, hahaha... sheesh). Let's take a scene from Seoul Raiders for example. Tony Leung and Richie Ren (never really liked him as an actor, but his recent haircut and image change had made him more serviceable) were fighting in the hot springs, then there's this slow, traditional, enka-style Japanese song playing in the background which praises the beauty and comfort of the hot springs, yet unfortunately, are being ruined by idiots who cannot appreciate them. That scene had me giggling uncontrollably with my family, but I think the cinema was mostly quiet. (well, I'm sure there were one or two people who laughed too)

Either most of them couldn't read the Chinese subtitles of the song, or they just can't appreciate this kind of humour. It's not surprising, whenever I watch Pixar movies in Malaysia, I always feel that I'm the only person laughing at the lines. Hmph.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Swifty Reviews "Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle" and "Jersey Girl"

Camcorder's finally repaired, so I figure I need to upgrade it a little. Bought myself a less shitty tripod (128 bucks), and a wide-angle lens (180 bucks). Hope these will help me when I shoot new stuff after I return to Perth.

Was going to buy a camera light for my camcorder as well few days ago. The thingie's 260 bucks, so I seemed pretty reasonable for me. Attaching it to my camcorder will make shooting at nights much easier. Of course, that was BEFORE I realized that I have to buy that BATTERY for the light, which costs 230 bucks. But then, the nice shopkeeper decided to give me a discount, and I have to pay for 450 bucks only. Oh, then I was reminded that I have to buy a battery charger as well for that particular battery used for the light, and that thing costs 260 bucks as well.

I can actually buy another PS2 with that.

So, predictably, I bolted out of the shop. Not a big loss, since today, I learnt from the kind dude who sold me the wide-angle lens that camcorder lights like those can only light up stuff within four feet from the camera. Bleh.

Watched my Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle and Jersey Girl DVDs back-to-back last night.

Harold and Kumar is FUNNY! I like it way more than Dude! Where's My Car? (which has the same director) and I'm definitely looking forward to a sequel. It's rather refreshing to see an Asian guy (he's the 'MILF' dude in American Pie) NOT being in a gunfighting or martial arts bullshit flick Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Chow Yun Fat were always stuck in when they were in Hollywood.



As for Jersey Girl... well, I did kinda enjoyed it, since it's a rather heartwarming father-daughter flick. But come on, man, this is something from KEVIN SMITH! Kevin Smith had always been a much better writer than a director to me, and when he has to do a conventional studio flick like this, everything's just generic and flat. Go back to making movies with Jay and Silent Bob in it! (I heard rumours that he plans to make Clerks 2, hope it's true!)

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