Posts Tagged ‘Christoph Waltz’

Oscar Predictions and Preferences – 2010 Edition

Samstag, März 6th, 2010

Award Season is Crazy Season. If you follow these things at all, you have been bombarded by information about the superiority of one film above another for months now. If you blissfully ignore all that stuff, you might even not have heard that a producer on The Hurt Locker is in trouble for trying to convince Academy voters to vote for his film instead of Avatar. His crime: sending an e-mail to his friends. Yes, things are crazy. So it is a good thing that with the Oscar telecast on Sunday, Award Season will be over. Until May or so, when the first discussions for next year’s favourites and winners will begin once more.

But before the Oscars, the most important of all the meaningless awards, are handed out on Sunday, it is time for my annual Oscar predictions. Last year, I picked 19 of the 24 winners. This year, let’s try to improve on that. But unlike last year, this year I actually feel like I am entitled to my own opinion, having seen 20 of the 58 animated films, 18 of the 38 feature films, and actually having seen all nominated films in three categories. So not only will I now predict the Oscar winners as promised, I will also tell you who should win. (Yes, my opinion constitutes objective truth in these matters.) The following list is ordered rather randomly and incomplete, an alphabetical and complete breakdown of all categories and predictions follows at the end.

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My Thoughts on the 2009 Oscar Nominations

Freitag, Februar 5th, 2010

By now, it has been three days since the Nominations for the 2009 Academy Awards, more commonly known as Oscars, have been announced, and everybody has had plenty of time to comment on them, despair over the obvious oversights and dreadful inclusions, and ultimately come to accept them as the meaningless bullshit they are. So now I thought it would be a good idea to voice my opinions on (some of) the nominations, a complete list of which can be found here. My predictions as to who will win will be up in this very space in early March, in time for the, glorious, gloriously ridiculous and ridiculously overlong ceremony on March 7th.

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Inglourious Basterds – Minute Movie Review

Samstag, September 12th, 2009

Review:

Quentin Tarantino’s newest film is a violent revenge fantasy taking place during World War II and envisioning a Jewish-American squad striking fear into the Nazis’ hearts and ending the war earlier. The film is strongest in its surrealist scenes that are often outrageously funny, but suffers from more plot holes than elements and a teenager’s world view that posits vengeance as a solution. The film is very entertaining as long as you don’t stop to think about it, but it is not the return to form for Tarantino. But sure, it’s better than anything he has done since Pulp Fiction – something quite easily achieved.

Random Observations:

Inglourious Basterds at the IMDb

This is the first Tarantino film that wasn’t worse than the previous one. Good for him.

Christoph Waltz, who won the Best Actor award at Cannes for the film, is the stand-out in a decent cast.

Funniest scene: Brad Pitt, Eli Roth and Omar Doom pretending to be Italian.

The cast list reads a bit like a who-is-who of German film. In addition to Waltz, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Gedeon Burkhard and August Diehl star.

I’m not sure this was intended, but the “basterds” are all rather stupid, while most of the Nazi protagonists, namely Waltz and Brühl, are eloquent and intelligent.