Monday, March 8, 2010

Hooray for Sandra !

Congrats Sandra Bullock -- one of my favorites both as an actress and person!

I have long followed Sandra Bullock's movie career -- I just enjoy her honest, unpretentioius, girl next door beauty! (Not to mention the fact that we are the same age and she looks great for our age--no matter what she's wearing). She has a quick dry wit that I get.

I laughed at her in Demolition Man (1993) with Sly Stallone, and marveled at her in her breakout role in Speed (1994) and admired her freshness ever since (good or bad movies). I have even watched The Net (1995) several times (it soothes my inner computer geek). She is generally the girl next door in her roles which I think is why The Blind Side finally let her shine with acting maturity.

If you are looking for a popcorn and Bullock night, try Speed, Hope Floats, and The Proposal to enjoy her range.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

OSCAR NIGHT! The picks...

OoOkay, here go the picks for tonight... Please feel free to discuss

Best Animated - Up

Best Supporting Actress - Mo'nique (Precious)

Best Supporting Actor - Christopher Waltz (Inglorious Basterds)

Best Actress - Meryl Streep (Julie/Julia) --sorry Sandra (I still love ya)

Best Actor - Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)

Best Director - Kathryn Bigelow (Hurt Locker)

Best Movie - Avatar (overall and everything considered) - sorry Hurt Locker

Makeup - Star Trek (I didn't even know that was Eric Bana)

Visual Effects - Avatar (wow)

Cinemotography - Hurt Locker

AVATAR and Oscar

Avatar...a bit long but worth the wait.

Before the big night, I was determined to see the major nominee. (How could I not?) I was immediately taken with the fact that every seat was filled by the time the previews started -- for a movie that has been out for so long. And honestly, I admit, I went into this not wanting to like it -- I wanted to be completely neutral!

In all neutrality, Disney and Cameron shone through on this... Okay, Pocahontas and Lion King meet Alien (and maybe a little Star Wars). I think it was the whole Sigourney Weaver and the giant human-robot contraptions. And it was a tad bit long....

But, all that being said, it was a beautifully told story. I am a sucker for the good (nature) vs evil (corporate business) thing and this movie played it up BIG. And the world created by Cameron was awesome! I loved the creatures and the environement and the Pandorans and creatures and the special effects and did I mention the creatures. Pandora is quite a world. Seeing it in 3D certainly added to the magic. Kudos to the special effects people, the actors who pretty much acted against special green screens and animation cameras, and the imagination of Cameron for everything else.
It was certainly Best Movie worthy.