Friday, 13 June 2008

M. Night Shyamalan Has Lost His Sixth Sense. Period. (And Al-Gore's Not Going To Be Happy Too)

Warning: Some plot spoilers ahead.

Given a choice between The Incredible 'I'm gonna fool kids with CGI' Hulk, The 'Oh, I can't think or another horror movie name and must Li Sinjie be in it?' Missing and Kungfu 'Oh, I'm gonna exploit China in this movie just like how we exploit them to make us cheap-cost-but-expensive-pricetag clothes' Panda and The Happening, it seem that I only have the last one to choose. And despite Shyamalan totally flopped in his previous movies so much so Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer spoofed his work into 90% of their movie francise storyline, I still gave it go and thought he could be better this time. But I was wrong. Totally wrong.

Here's the synopsis of the film:

A pandemic of unknown cause is spreading, with victims experiencing loss of speech and physical disorientation, followed by death. The protagonist, a science teacher named Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg), runs for his life together with his estranged wife, Alma Moore (Zooey Deschanel) and the 8-year-old daughter (Ashlyn Sanchez) of Elliot's best friend, Julian (John Leguizamo), in order to survive.

Sounds familiar? One have to ask what this movie is so different about when other movies like I Am Legend, 28 Days/Weeks Later, The Saw Series, et al. have more interesting storylines (and twists) to tell about.

Well, it's the green thing. When you make the green thing very angry, the green thing is going to kill you. Maybe trying to hard to outchallenge The Hulk (which came out at the same time), Shyamalan just threw in something green as his storyline and even casted a Bambi-eyed Liv Tyler look-alike.

I'm talking about the trees here. The storyline is based on trees turning into terrorists by 'communicating' with each other and starting spewing suicidal toxins into the air to kill the human mankind. Or at least the USA Northeast mankind. And if you're expecting some twist at the end of the story - I don't know - maybe the neurotic old woman in the film has psychic communication with Mother Earth to kill us all, you'll be disappointed. There's absolutely no twist at the end of the story.

Here are some scenes from the movie, all sourced from Rotten Tomatoes.

Trees and the blowing wind are gonna kill us all! Run for your lives! Yes, that's you - Al-Gore included!

Shyamalan: I know that you're an Oscar nominess, Wahlberg, but could you pretend that you're trying to hard and over-acting in my movie please? And Leguizamo, this ain't Ice Age, ok, but can you act like a suicidal squirrel which character killed off in the half-hour of the running time?

Succesful formula: Must throw in some Liv Tyler lookalike (whose acting is like kayu) and a screaming little girl.

Oh gosh! When is this movie gonna end?
I give the overall rating as 2/10. It's really pathetic. Really. Could be considered as a serious Razzie contender.

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Howsy Reviews The Forbidden Kingdom: Quick, Quick, Buddhists/Taoists! Burn Down Hollywood For Desecration of Their Religions! LOL!

Wow, it's been quite some while since my last movie review.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead

Well, Jackie asked us not to expect too much from his most-anticipated collaboration with oh-this-is-my-last-epic-martial-art-movie-in-Fearless actor, Jet Li in The Forbidden Kingdom as 'it is a movie tailored for Yanks'. And yes, he is right. Yet another 'journey to the West' to go all out milking a Black/Asian's acting credentials while featuring a white hero. Expecting this film to suck, as much as Escape from Huang Shi (which I skipped), I'm a sucker for this deemed-first summer blockbuster movie and gave it a go at KLCC today.

First things first, let us revisit the synopsis of the movie, taken directly from TGV's website:

While hunting down bootleg kung-fu DVDs in a Chinatown pawnshop, Jason (played by Michael Angarano - "Will and Grace", LORDS OF DOGTOWN, SEABISCUTT) makes an extraordinary discovery that sends him hurtling back in time to ancient China. There, Jason is charged with monumental task: he must free the fabled warrior the Monkey King, who has been imprisoned by the evil Jade War Lord. Jason is joined in his quest by wise kung fu master Lu Yan (Jackie Chan) and a band of misfit warriors including Silent Monk (Jet Li). But only by learning the true precepts of kung fu can Jason hope to succeed - and find a way to get back home.

One would expect this movie to be based on Journey to the West, with all the Monkey God, Oink God, Sand God, Buddha God and Monk God et al. So, let us revisit Wu Cheng'en's storyline:

It deals entirely with the earlier exploits of Sūn Wùkōng, a monkey born from a stone nourished by the Five Elements, who learns the art of the Tao, 72 polymorphic transformations, combat and secrets of immortality, and through guile and force makes a name for himself as the Qítiān Dàshèng (simplified Chinese: 齐天大圣; traditional Chinese: 齊天大聖), or "Great Sage Equal to Heaven". His powers grow to match the forces of all of the Eastern (Taoist) deities, and the prologue culminates in Sūn's rebellion against Heaven, during a time when he garnered a post in the celestial bureaucracy. Hubris proves his downfall when the Buddha manages to trap him under a mountain for five hundred years.

But nope. You'll be disappointed. Well, what do you expect? The paper ads shouts 'No Cuts' - so would you expect the Malaysian Censorship Board to be so-ever generous in allowing a PIG (with a God status) on screen? Bah! Here's what you'll expect to get instead:

Jet Li, as Monkey King Sun Wukong AND Lan Caihe. The only MONK in the world with hair. And drinks Chinese wine. Supernatural power: Speaks Engrish in 'Tang dynasty'.

The drunken immortal-wait-a-sec-not-so-immortal-yes-immortal-again-after-drinking-mercury beggar/slacker with surprisingly good martial arts skill, Lu Yan, played by Jackie Chan. Supernatural power: Speaks Engrish in 'Tang dynasty'.

Here's a glimpse of the most-anticipated fighting duel scene from the movie:

"Li, Yanks been anticipating for this, so we'll throw in some fights, shall we?"

Liu Yi Fei, as Golden Sparrow, an orphan who wants to seek revenge after her parents were killed and she was saved by hiding in a bucket inside a well. Not to be confused with Xiao Yanzi (of My Fair Princess). Supernatural power: Speaks English in a way that she's been going through loads of English lessons.

"Babeh, wanna ride my horse?"

Collin Chou, as the evil Jade Warlord. Supposedly sent by an English-speaking Jade Emperor to teach Monkey God a lesson for creating havoc in Heaven, by tricking the monkey to give in his rod (pun not intended) and be trapped in a Terracotta-like stone figure forever. If you refer back to the original storyline of Journey to the West, he's the evil erhmm...Buddha! Isn't that a serious desecration? Burn down embassies! Bounty on John Fusco's head! Supernatural power: Making up like a drag (WTF with the green eyeshadows?)

"Do I look pweettyy with these green eyeshadows, my love?"

Li Bingbing, as the White Haired Demoness, or rather White Hair Bride (pay attention to the strong reference to the movie earlier). Supernatural power: Trying to hard to be Rapunzel. Or Brigitte Lin.

"I've been waiting for Prince Charming to save me from the tower until my hair gone white!"

Overall, although the storyline is soooo expected and nothing too brag about, the sceneries inside the movie actually saved the film (the paddy fields, the bamboo forest, Shaolin temple and monks - wait a minute, sounds like the scenes from all the Chinese-film-made-big-in-Hollywood, i.e. Fearless, Crouching and Shaolin Soccer, respectively?)...until this scene came along...

Cherry Blossoms in the middle of the dessert, anyone?

Verdict: If you are a fan of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer-like compilation of all movie hits together sans the ridiculous comedy AND Carmen Electra, then leave your brains at home and go for it. Just don't complain that "Oh, this is not how Journey to the West looks like!". Should have came with a disclaimer: "White kids who travel to modern China will not meet kungfu masters. Instead, you'll be executed for speaking up."

Rating: 3/10.

All images are sourced from Rotten Tomatoes.

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

In Memorium Heath Ledger (1979-2008)

Yet another young artiste's death, after Brad Renfro, for god-knows-what.

Actor Heath Ledger is found dead

NEW YORK (AFP) — Australian-born actor Heath Ledger, 28, the co-star of the Oscar-winning movie "Brokeback Mountain," was found dead in a New York residence on Tuesday, police said.

"Heath Ledger was found dead at 3:26 pm this afternoon," a police spokesperson said, saying he was found in an apartment in the posh district of Soho. "We don't know the cause of the death."

The entertainment website TMZ said Heath was discovered "face down on the floor" adding that "law enforcement sources ... believe it was not a crime."

The New York Times said Ledger was discovered by the housekeeper and a masseuse who arrived in the afternoon for an appointment.

They knocked on the door, but "when no one answered, the housekeeper and the masseuse opened the bedroom and found Mr. Ledger naked and unconscious on a bed. They shook him, but he did not respond," the Times said.

Both the New York Times and TMZ quoted officials as saying pills were found near the body, but gave no further details.

According to the newspaper, the apartment was inhabited by actor Mary-Kate Olsen.

Ledger, who was nominated for a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of a gay cowboy in the 2005 film "Brokeback Mountain," had separated from his former fiancee Michelle Williams in September. The pair, who met on the set of the Ang Lee-directed drama, have a two-year-old daughter, Matilda.

Lee had hailed Ledger's performance as a "miracle" of acting, reminiscent of a young Marlon Brando.

Ledger lost the Oscar for best actor in 2006 to Phillip Seymour Hoffman for his portrayal of author Truman Capote in "Capote," but "Brokeback Mountain" won three Academy Awards, including for best director.

The flaxen-haired heartthrob first came to prominence by acting as a homosexual athlete in little-known Australian soap opera "Sweat" in 1996. He played a gay cyclist in the teen soap, set at the Western Australian Institute of Sport that portrayed the lives of Olympic hopefuls.

The creator and writer of the series, John Rapsey, said it was clear even then that Ledger, then a 16-year-old sports champion and high school dropout, possessed an unusual talent.

"He himself had absolutely no problem playing the role. He handled all of that with great aplomb," Rapsey told AFP.

"What was noticeable about him was he was concentrated, very quiet, and you could see that he was really observant of other people."

Ledger, who has never attended acting school and who left his home state of Western Australia for Sydney as a teenager, credited his instincts with his success.

"The one thing that's got me to where I'm sitting is my instincts, you know, and I'm impatient. I didn't want to wait for years to work. I wanted to just get out there and do it," he said in an interview with an Australian television program in 2001.

At 19, Ledger left Sydney for Hollywood, where his standout talent was spotted by Mel Gibson when auditioning 500 actors for the role of his son in "The Patriot." The casting was Ledger's first big-time break and led to his leading role in "A Knight's Tale."

Gibson has described Ledger as possessing "the unknown factor" that "sort of lights up the screen".

Ledger continued his steady impact on Hollywood, with a small role in "Monster's Ball" (2001), followed by the lead in the lightweight "The Four Feathers" (2002), Australian drama "Ned Kelly" (2003) and "The Brothers Grimm" (2005).

At 26, the Australian was the youngest nominee for the best male actor category and the outside chance to take the statue away from fellow contenders Hoffman, David Strathairn, Joaquin Phoenix and Terrence Howard.

This month, Ledger had been working on his latest movie, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," directed by Terry Gilliam, which was due to be released next year. He also portrayed The Joker in a Batman movie called "Dark Knight" to be released later this year.

Britney, Amy, Pete and Kate take note.

80th Oscar Nominations, My Predictions and WTF? No Simpsons and Lust, Caution?

My predictions in bolded red. Some are purposely left out as I have no idea at all of the nominees. Let's see how many I got correct.

80th Academy Awards

Announced Categories

Performance by an actor in a leading role
George Clooney in "Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.)
Daniel Day-Lewis in "There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)
Johnny Depp in "Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
Tommy Lee Jones in "In the Valley of Elah" (Warner Independent)
Viggo Mortensen in "Eastern Promises" (Focus Features)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Casey Affleck in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (Warner Bros.)
Javier Bardem in "No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Charlie Wilson's War" (Universal)
Hal Holbrook in "Into the Wild" (Paramount Vantage and River Road Entertainment)
Tom Wilkinson in "Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.)

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Cate Blanchett in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (Universal)
Julie Christie in "Away from Her" (Lionsgate)
Marion Cotillard in "La Vie en Rose" (Picturehouse)
Laura Linney in "The Savages" (Fox Searchlight)
Ellen Page in "Juno" (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Cate Blanchett in "I'm Not There" (The Weinstein Company)
Ruby Dee in "American Gangster" (Universal)
Saoirse Ronan in "Atonement" (Focus Features)
Amy Ryan in "Gone Baby Gone" (Miramax)
Tilda Swinton in "Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.)

Best animated feature film of the year
"Persepolis" (Sony Pictures Classics): Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
"Ratatouille" (Walt Disney): Brad Bird
"Surf's Up" (Sony Pictures Releasing): Ash Brannon and Chris Buck

Achievement in art direction
"American Gangster" (Universal): Art Direction: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Beth A. Rubino
"Atonement" (Focus Features): Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
"The Golden Compass" (New Line in association with Ingenious Film Partners): Art Direction: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
"Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount): Art Direction: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
"There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax): Art Direction: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Achievement in cinematography
"The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (Warner Bros.): Roger Deakins
"Atonement" (Focus Features): Seamus McGarvey
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Miramax/Pathé Renn): Janusz Kaminski
"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage): Roger Deakins
"There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax): Robert Elswit

Achievement in costume design
"Across the Universe" (Sony Pictures Releasing) Albert Wolsky
"Atonement" (Focus Features) Jacqueline Durran
"Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (Universal) Alexandra Byrne
"La Vie en Rose" (Picturehouse) Marit Allen
"Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount) Colleen Atwood

Achievement in directing
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Miramax/Pathé Renn), Julian Schnabel
"Juno" (Fox Searchlight), Jason Reitman
"Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.), Tony Gilroy
"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
"There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax), Paul Thomas Anderson

Best documentary feature
"No End in Sight" (Magnolia Pictures) A Representational Pictures Production: Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
"Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience" (The Documentary Group) A Documentary Group Production: Richard E. Robbins
"Sicko" (Lionsgate and The Weinstein Company) A Dog Eat Dog Films Production: Michael Moore and Meghan O'Hara
"Taxi to the Dark Side" (THINKFilm) An X-Ray Production: Alex Gibney and Eva Orner
"War/Dance" (THINKFilm) A Shine Global and Fine Films Production: Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine

Best documentary short subject
"Freeheld" A Lieutenant Films Production: Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth
"La Corona (The Crown)" A Runaway Films and Vega Films Production: Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega
"Salim Baba" A Ropa Vieja Films and Paradox Smoke Production: Tim Sternberg and Francisco Bello
"Sari's Mother" (Cinema Guild) A Daylight Factory Production: James Longley

Achievement in film editing
"The Bourne Ultimatum" (Universal): Christopher Rouse
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Miramax/Pathé Renn): Juliette Welfling
"Into the Wild" (Paramount Vantage and River Road Entertainment): Jay Cassidy
"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage) Roderick Jaynes
"There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax): Dylan Tichenor

Best foreign language film of the year
"Beaufort" Israel
"The Counterfeiters" Austria
"Katyn" Poland
"Mongol" Kazakhstan
"12" Russia

Achievement in makeup
"La Vie en Rose" (Picturehouse) Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald
"Norbit" (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount): Rick Baker and Kazuhiro Tsuji
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (Walt Disney): Ve Neill and Martin Samuel

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
"Atonement" (Focus Features) Dario Marianelli
"The Kite Runner" (DreamWorks, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Participant Productions, Distributed by Paramount Classics): Alberto Iglesias
"Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.) James Newton Howard
"Ratatouille" (Walt Disney) Michael Giacchino
"3:10 to Yuma" (Lionsgate) Marco Beltrami

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
"Falling Slowly" from "Once" (Fox Searchlight) Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and: Marketa Irglova
"Happy Working Song" from "Enchanted" (Walt Disney): Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
"Raise It Up" from "August Rush" (Warner Bros.): Nominees to be determined
"So Close" from "Enchanted" (Walt Disney): Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
"That's How You Know" from "Enchanted" (Walt Disney): Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz

Best motion picture of the year
"Atonement" (Focus Features) A Working Title Production: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Paul Webster, Producers
"Juno" (Fox Searchlight) A Dancing Elk Pictures, LLC Production: Lianne Halfon, Mason Novick and Russell Smith, Producers
"Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.) A Clayton Productions, LLC Production: Sydney Pollack, Jennifer Fox and Kerry Orent, Producers
"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage) A Scott Rudin/Mike Zoss Production: Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
"There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax) A JoAnne Sellar/Ghoulardi Film Company Production: JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Lupi, Producers

Best animated short film
"I Met the Walrus" A Kids & Explosions Production: Josh Raskin
"Madame Tutli-Putli" (National Film Board of Canada) A National Film Board of Canada Production Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski "Même Les Pigeons Vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven)" (Premium Films) A BUF Compagnie Production Samuel Tourneux and Simon Vanesse
"My Love (Moya Lyubov)" (Channel One Russia) A Dago-Film Studio, Channel One Russia and Dentsu Tec Production Alexander Petrov
"Peter & the Wolf" (BreakThru Films) A BreakThru Films/Se-ma-for Studios Production Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welchman

Best live action short film
"At Night" A Zentropa Entertainments 10 Production: Christian E. Christiansen and Louise Vesth
"Il Supplente (The Substitute)" (Sky Cinema Italia) A Frame by Frame Italia Production: Andrea Jublin
"Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)" (Premium Films) A Karé Production: Philippe Pollet-Villard
"Tanghi Argentini" (Premium Films) An Another Dimension of an Idea Production: Guido Thys and Anja Daelemans
"The Tonto Woman" A Knucklehead, Little Mo and Rose Hackney Barber Production: Daniel Barber and Matthew Brown

Achievement in sound editing
"The Bourne Ultimatum" (Universal): Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg
"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage): Skip Lievsay
"Ratatouille" (Walt Disney): Randy Thom and Michael Silvers
"There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax): Matthew Wood
"Transformers" (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro): Ethan Van der Ryn and Mike Hopkins

Achievement in sound mixing
"The Bourne Ultimatum" (Universal) Scott Millan, David Parker and Kirk Francis
"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage): Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter Kurland
"Ratatouille" (Walt Disney): Randy Thom, Michael Semanick and Doc Kane
"3:10 to Yuma" (Lionsgate): Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Jim Stuebe
"Transformers" (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro): Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell and Peter J. Devlin

Achievement in visual effects
"The Golden Compass" (New Line in association with Ingenious Film Partners): Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris and Trevor Wood
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (Walt Disney): John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and John Frazier
"Transformers" (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro): Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russell Earl and John Frazier

Adapted screenplay
"Atonement" (Focus Features), Screenplay by Christopher Hampton
"Away from Her" (Lionsgate), Written by Sarah Polley
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Miramax/Pathé Renn), Screenplay by Ronald Harwood
"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage), Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
"There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax), Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson

Original screenplay
"Juno" (Fox Searchlight), Written by Diablo Cody
"Lars and the Real Girl" (MGM), Written by Nancy Oliver
"Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.), Written by Tony Gilroy
"Ratatouille" (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Brad Bird; Story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird
"The Savages" (Fox Searchlight), Written by Tamara Jenkins

Saturday, 19 January 2008

Howsy Reviews 'Cloverfield': 9/11 - The Sequel

I had reservations whether I wanted to watch this or not. Yes, highly anticipated movie of the early year, the 'JJ Abrams' brand and monster destruction. Who wouldn't want to see it? But my reservations came from the extremely short showing time and the expected highly shaky amateurish cinematography. Yes, I'm a sucker and finally gave it a go, especially after my first ever recent trip to NYC.

Well, Mr. Bean has done it. The penguins have done it. And not to mention the numerous 'reality' shows. Yes, the YouTube generation - citizen journalism, amateur film-making, whatever you want to call it. Just that it has been made into a full-feature film, and with monsters.

Like what I wrote for the title for my review on Transformers, "[insert your favourite tehlorlist country] Vindicated, Decepticons' The Fault!", surprise, surprise! Skycrapers got blown down one by one and it's not even a word mentioning 'terrorist'! Something unusual for post-9/11 and especially in NYC, isn't it?

The storyline is pretty straightforward, with spider-like monsters starts attacking exactly at 15 minutes run, and you could get all the spoilers from Wikipedia.

Cinematography? Score? OST? What's these?

Apart from the ridiculous plot of not caring about own's life first, almost emotionless upon seeing own's brother killed by monsters, walking from one uncollapsed apartment tower to another collapsed one scarless and the surprisingly good phone reception, the geographical and spatial accuracy are also compromised.

Like the Statue of Liberty is not just right next to the Brookyln Bridge...

This is Brookyln Bridge...

...and the Statue is that far away from the Bridge.

And many do not know that the Statue is on an island; which means that the Monster must have walked on water, swam from island to mainland or one small step of a Monster is a giant leap for mankind.

And wonder how much Nokia pay them to sell their product in the film?

Overall, I would give the film a 5/10 rating. If you're expecting "non-stop Destruction, Damage, Explosion, Extermination, Injury, Impairment, Harm, Hurt with shiny monsters" like in Transformers, you might be disappointed.

Ok, my bad. The sweet just slightly over an hour duration is just perfect. It will get annoying if it runs too long, with all the shaking and the background voice of the smart-ass filmer.

Now, how about a full feature film featuring Squatgate and Miri fight girls, Lingam, and CSL a.k.a FHM (F*cker; Horny and Mature)? Any takers?

Monday, 14 January 2008

Ratatouille Wins Best Animation for the 65th Annual Golden Globes

And the rest of the winners of the no-go show:

Best Motion Picture - Drama

American Gangster
Imagine Entertainment/Scott Free Productions; Universal Pictures


Working Title Films Limited; Focus Features

Eastern Promises
Kudos Pictures/Serendipity Point Films; Focus Features

The Great Debaters
Harpo Films; The Weinstein Company/MGM

Michael Clayton
Samuels Media and Castle Rock Entertainment a Mirage Enterprises/Section 8 Production; Warner Bros. Pictures

No Country For Old Men
A Scott Rudin/Mike Zoss Production; Miramax Films/Paramount Vantage

There Will Be Blood
A Joanne Sellar/Ghoulardi Film Company Production; Paramount Vantage/Miramax Films

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Cate BlanchettElizabeth: The Golden Age

*Julie ChristieAway From Her

Jodie FosterThe Brave One

Angelina JolieA Mighty Heart

Keira KnightleyAtonement

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

George ClooneyMichael Clayton

*Daniel Day-LewisThere Will Be Blood

James McAvoyAtonement

Viggo MortensenEastern Promises

Denzel WashingtonAmerican Gangster

Best Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy

Across The Universe
Revolution Studios; Sony Pictures Releasing

Charlie Wilson's War
Universal Pictures/Relativity Media/Participant Productions/Playtone; Universal Pictures

Zadan/Meron Productions / New Line Cinema in association with Ingenious Film Partners; New Line Cinema

Mandate Pictures/Mr. Mudd Production; Fox Searchlight Pictures

*Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Parkes/MacDonald and Zanuck Company; DreamWorks/Paramount Distribution / Warner Bros. Pictures

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Amy AdamsEnchanted

Nikki BlonskyHairspray

*Marion CotillardLa Vie En Rose

Ellen PageJuno

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy

Ryan GoslingLars and the Real Girl

Tom HanksCharlie Wilson's War

Philip Seymour HoffmanThe Savages

John C. ReillyWalk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

*Cate BlanchettI'm Not There

Julia RobertsCharlie Wilson's War

Saoirse RonanAtonement

Amy RyanGone Baby Gone

Tilda SwintonMichael Clayton

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

*Javier BardemNo Country For Old Men

Philip Seymour HoffmanCharlie Wilson's War

John TravoltaHairspray

Tom WilkinsonMichael Clayton

Best Animated Feature Film

Bee Movie
DreamWorks Animation; DreamWorks Animation


Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Pixar Animation Studios

The Simpsons Movie
Gracie Films; Twentieth Century Fox

Best Foreign Language Film

4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days (Romania)
The Country of Romania
Mobra Films; IFC Films

*The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (France, United States)

The Country of France and The Country of United States
A Kennedy/Marshall Company and Jon Kilik Production; Miramax Films

The Kite Runner (United States)
The Country of United States
DreamWorks Pictures Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Paramount Classics Participant Productions Present a Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Parkes/Macdonald Production Distributed by Paramount Classics

Lust, Caution (Taiwan)
The Country of Taiwan
Mr. Yee Productions LLC; Focus Features

Persepolis (France)
The Country of France
247 Films; Sony Pictures Classics

Best Director - Motion Picture

Ethan Coen, Joel CoenNo Country For Old Men

Ridley ScottAmerican Gangster

Joe WrightAtonement

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

Written by Christopher Hampton

Charlie Wilson's War
Written by Aaron Sorkin

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
Written by Ronald Harwood

Written by Diablo Cody

*No Country For Old Men

Written by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Grace Is Gone
Composed by Clint Eastwood

The Kite Runner
Composed by Alberto Iglesias


Composed by Dario Marianelli

Eastern Promises
Composed by Howard Shore

Into The Wild
Composed by Michael Brook, Kaki King and Eddie Vedder

Best Original Song - Motion Picture

"Despedida"Love In The Time Of Cholera
Music By: Shakira and Antonio Pinto
Lyrics By: Shakira

"Grace Is Gone"Grace Is Gone
Music By: Clint Eastwood
Lyrics By: Carole Bayer Sager

*"Guaranteed"Into The Wild

Music & Lyrics By: Eddie Vedder

"That's How You Know"Enchanted
Music By: Alan Menken
Lyrics By: Stephen Schwartz

"Walk Hard"Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Music & Lyrics By: Marshall Crenshaw, John C. Reilly, Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan

Best Television Series - Drama

Big Love (HBO)
Anima Sola and Playtone Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

Damages (FX NETWORK)
FX Productions and Sony Pictures Television

Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
ABC Studios

House (FOX)
Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z Productions and Bad Hat Harry Productions in association with Universal Media Studios

*Mad Men (AMC)


The Tudors (SHOWTIME)
Showtime Presents in association with Peace Arch Entertainment, Working Title, Reveille Productions Limited, An Ireland-Canada Co-Production

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama

Patricia ArquetteMedium (NBC)

*Glenn CloseDamages (FX NETWORK)

Minnie DriverThe Riches (FX NETWORK)

Edie FalcoThe Sopranos (HBO)

Sally FieldBrothers & Sisters (ABC)

Holly HunterSaving Grace (TNT)

Kyra SedgwickThe Closer (TNT)

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama

Michael C. HallDexter (SHOWTIME)

*Jon HammMad Men (AMC)

Hugh LaurieHouse (FOX)

Bill PaxtonBig Love (HBO)

Jonathan Rhys MeyersThe Tudors (SHOWTIME)

Best Television Series - Musical Or Comedy

30 Rock (NBC)
Universal Media Studios in association with Broadway Video and Little Stranger Inc.

Californication (SHOWTIME)
Showtime Presents in association with Aggressive Mediocrity, and Then…, Twilight Time Films

Entourage (HBO)
Leverage and Closest to the Hole Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

*Extras (HBO)

BBC and HBO Entertainment

Pushing Daisies (ABC)
Living Dead Guy Productions, The Jinks/Cohen Company in association with Warner Bros. Television

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy

Christina ApplegateSamantha Who? (ABC)

America FerreraUgly Betty (ABC)

*Tina Fey30 Rock (NBC)

Anna FrielPushing Daisies (ABC)

Mary-Louise ParkerWeeds (SHOWTIME)

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy

Alec Baldwin30 Rock (NBC)

Steve CarellThe Office (NBC)

*David DuchovnyCalifornication (SHOWTIME)

Ricky GervaisExtras (HBO)

Lee PacePushing Daisies (ABC)

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee (HBO)
A Wolf Films/Traveler’s Rest Production in association with HBO Films

The Company (TNT)
Sony Pictures Television

Five Days (HBO)
HBO Films in association with BBC Films

*Longford (HBO)

A Granada Production in association with Channel 4 and HBO Films

The State Within (BBC)
BBC, BBC America

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Bryce Dallas HowardAs You Like It (HBO)

*Queen LatifahLife Support (HBO)

Debra MessingThe Starter Wife (USA)

Sissy SpacekPictures Of Hollis Woods (CBS)

Ruth WilsonJane Eyre (PBS)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Adam BeachBury My Heart At Wounded Knee (HBO)

Ernest BorgnineA Grandpa For Christmas

*Jim BroadbentLongford (HBO)

Jason IsaacsThe State Within (BBC)

James NesbittJekyll (BBC)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Rose ByrneDamages (FX NETWORK)

Rachel GriffithsBrothers & Sisters (ABC)

Katherine HeiglGrey's Anatomy (ABC)

*Samantha MortonLongford (HBO)

Anna PaquinBury My Heart At Wounded Knee (HBO)

Jaime PresslyMy Name Is Earl (NBC)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Ted DansonDamages (FX NETWORK)

Kevin DillonEntourage (HBO)

*Jeremy PivenEntourage (HBO)

Andy SerkisLongford (HBO)

William ShatnerBoston Legal (ABC)

Donald SutherlandDirty Sexy Money (ABC)