Sunday, 29 January 2012

Games Of Thrones Season 2 Trailer

Here is the trailer of GOT season 2.It is beautifully narrated by the eunuch Varys.If  Tyrion Lannister(Peter Dinklage) is your favourite character  in season 1,Season 2 Tyrion can be said as the main character  and Peter Dinklage could create the magic again in this season,he is set to win more awards.I love that we get to see Carice van Houten who plays the red priest in the beginning of the trailer and Sansa(Sophie Turner) getting tortured by Joffrey(Jack Gleeson) will surely make those Sansa haters to  have a change of heart.Jack Gleeson is really good as I do feel very angry and hatred whenever I see him appear onscreen.Check out the trailer and leave some comments on what you think of it!

18th SAG Winners List


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Jean Dujardin-The Artist
-The most deserving actor to win!!Hopefully Jean will be the male Marion Cotilard in the Oscars!!

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Viola Davis-The Help
-Meryl Streep and Viola Davis is neck to neck in winning the Golden Statue or could Michelle Williams who already won almost all the crtics awards and most likely to win the BAFTA win the Best Actress?The most interesting race and category !

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Christopher Plummers-Beginners
-Well deserving!

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Octavia Spencer-The Help
-She was great in her first big role but I was hoping for Jessica Chastain to win.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Help
-A powerful cast which consists of mostly women.Congratulations!


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Paul Giamatti-Too Big to Fail
-I was upset as Dominic West was not nominated for Appropriate Adult but Paul Giamatti wining does make it up for me.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Kate Winslet-Mildred Pierce
-   Kate Winslet  playing a mother who loves her manipulative daughter.She was brilliant in it and deserving to win.Though it would be nice to see a tie between Kate and Maggie Smith

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscesmi-Boardwalk Empire
- Well deserving !!

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Jessica Lange -American Horror Story
-Another senior actress who had been working for a long time and gave a memorable performance last year.She was creepy in her role as Constance!

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alex Balwin-30 Rock

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Betty White-Hot In Cleveland
I love Betty White.She as the foul mouthed Elka is damn funny.Well deserving!

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
-Was hoping Game of Thrones to win   but BE clearly deserved to win!

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Modern Family
-Thank god its not Glee as I felt last season was really bad compared to the first .


Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
-yay!Kudos HP team!

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
Games Of Thrones
-Well deserving!

Friday, 27 January 2012

Friday's Best Actor

Bryce Dallas Howard

This week I would like to highlight Bryce Dallas Howard performance as Hilly in the film adaptation of  the novel  The Help by Kathryn Stockett.While  Viola Davis,Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain got most the attention from the critics and audience,I felt Bryce's performance was  the best thing in the film.She can really play a mean character while being charismatic at the same time.And her southern accent was at top notch too.It was her superb portrayal of Hilly made the comedy scene between Minny worked.

Eiko Ishioka Dies at 73

Eiko Ishioka ,Academy Award winning costume designer had passed away.She won the Oscar for Best Costume Design for her work in  Bram's Stoker Dracula.Her costume designs always had a touch of Japanese or Asian element and always have a other worldly feel to it.Her superb work was last seen in Tarsem Singh Immortals ,which I felt deserved another nomination.Too bad she got snubbed as I felt the costumes of the Gods in Immortals are probably the most futuristic and elegant  costumes especially the headpiece which were so unique.Check out some of her beautiful ,brilliant work in films.

Her work can be seen in the upcoming film Mirror Mirror another Tarsem Singh film.May her soul rest in peace.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

A Feast For Crows-review

Just like the Clash of the Kings,A Feast For Crows is the aftermath of the surprising events  A Storm Of Swords.Just as the previous book I'll break the  plot through characters.

Samwell Tarly
Fearing for the safety of  Master Aemon and Wildling prince,Jon Snow who is now the commander of the Night Watch  ordered Samwell,Gilly and Maester Aemon to  travel to Citadel.During their voyage,Maester Aemon's health got worsen and after learning about Danaerys,the last known living of his kin,he ordered Sam to inform the Maesters in Citadel about Danaerys and that she should return Westeros to claim her Throne.Later ,he died and  Sam out of grief and love broke his vow and had sex with Gilly.At Citadel,Sam informed Maester Marwin what Aemon instructed  and the Maester decides to go and get Danaerys back to her land.

Ser Jaime Lannister
After knowing Cercei affairs through his brother,Jaime starts to distant himself from his sister and plans to  ensure Tommen is separated for his mother so that he will not be like his older brother Jofferey who is cruel and unkind.Jaime suggested Cercei to agree on Tommen's marriage with Magaery Tyrell in order to gain the alliance of the Tyrells.Jime realise his Cercei never really loves him and will never acknowledge him as her husband as she  wants the throne more.He also realises that Cercei used him just like King Robert uses Cercei to overcome his grief for Lyanna.Cercei being paranoid that everyone is against her,sends Jaime away to go and claim Riverrun.Having taken an oath to Catelyn Stark that he would not go against the Starks and Tully,Jaime was reluctant and finally manages to get Riverrun without a battle or spill of blood.He saved Edmure Tully from being hanged and eventually convinces Edmure to yield.Jaime realises winter has arrived.

Lady Brienne Of Tarth
Lady Brienne continues he search for Sansa Stark as Jaime had commanded her.On her way she is joined by Podrick Payne ,Tyrion Lannister's squire.During her quest she learns The Hound was seen with a Stark girl.Assuming that it would be Sansa since both of them  flee from King's Landing ,she decides to search for the Hound who is said to join the Brotherhood Without Banners(BWB) which has a new leader called Lady Stoneheart.However through the elder brother,she learns that it was Arya Stark  with the Hound and the Hound is already dead.Realising Arya is also alive,Brienne and her companions decides to stay in a Inn since it was getting dark.She found Gendry who looks so much like King Renly and realise Gendry is a possible King Robert's bastard.Before she could tell Gendry she is interrupted by Bitter,an outlaw and was injured by him.When she wakes up,she realise Gendry along with the BWB managed to kill Bitter and his followers and she is to see Lady Stoneheart.As she saw Lady Stoneheart,she realises it is Catelyn Stark who is decides to hang Brienne thinking Brienne had betrayed her.When she is hanged,she screams a word and it is unclear whether she dies or not.

Sansa Stark
Still posing  as Petyr daughter Alayane Stone,Sansa remains in Vale until her "father" decides to move them to the Gates Of The Moon(which is at the base of the Eyrie) as the weather is getting cold and worse.She befriends Mya Stone(King Robert's bastard)  and look after the sickly cousin,the Lord of Eyrie.Petyr Baelish informs her  whether she likes it or not Sansa is a player of the games of thrones and he is planning for her to get marry to Lord Harry,the heir of Eyrie and through the marriage she would get back Winterfell and the Northman loyalty.

Arya Stark
Arya reaches Braavosi and  the House of Black And White,a temple worshipping the  Many Face God.She becomes a novice and learns their tradition,language and realise that the Faceless Men killing is sacred .She is asked to wipe away her identity and until she becomes no one ,then only she would  be accepted fully as a Faceless Men.To learn the Braavosi language,the priest asks her to work selling clams and when she found a deserter of the Night Watch and kills him.She returns to the temple  and told the Priest about the deserter.Realising she had become Arya again,the priest gave her milk to drink.The next morning Arya realises she is blind.

Iron Islands
After the death of King Balon,a Kingsmoot is carried out to choose the king.At the Kingsmoot,Euron Greyjoy is selected as the king as he promises the audience that they will have Westeros as he had a horn that could command Dragons and he had heard of the this Dragon Queen(Danaerys) .

Cercei Lannister
Cercei becomes paranoid that everyone is against her she appoints whom she believes as the council which includes Qyburn who learns the human body by dissecting victims while they are alive.She kills the High Septon as she realises he knew her relationship with Jaime.She is continuously troubled by an event which happened while she was still a  maid that a Maegi informed her that she will be Queen of Westeros one day and after the dead of three kings,a younger and beautiful Queen will be the end of her ruling and when she is drowned by grief  she will be killed by the hands of her younger brother.Cercei assumes this young Queen is the young bride of King Tommen and it would be Tyrion who would end her.So she decides to frame Margaery by accusing Margaery and her cousins to be be no longer maiden(virgin) and are having an affair with the knights as she realise the maidenhead of highborn ladies are broken by horse ridding which Margaery is fond of.She sets up Osney Kettleback to take the blame to have an affair with the young Queen by seducing him.Margaery  is imprisoned at the temple to be brought for a trial.While visiting Margaery,Cercei found out that the new High Septon by whipping Osney managed to extract the truth about Cercei and imprisoned Cercei under the chargers of murder and fraught.Through Qyburn,Cercei sends a letter to Jaime ,begging for help and that she loved him.

Jaime Lannister
Jaime receives the letter from his sister.Instead  of answering it,he burned the letter as though he never received the letter.

Ariane Martell,the daughter of the Prince Doran wants to make  Princess Myrcella as the Queen and fight against Cercei and King Tommen as a revenge for the death of her uncle and Elia(the wife of Rhaegar,Danaerys and Viserys brother) who had been killed by Lannisters men and realising and wanting a women to rule(Myrcella is sent  to Dorne to marry Prince Tristane by Cercei and Tyrion when he was the Kings Hand in order to win the Dornish alliance to King Tommen).Her plan comes to  a end when her father finds out the plan and caught them red handed.She opens up to her father that she knew her father wants his son Prince Quentyn to be his heir  and she is sick of treated or loved less just because she is woman and tired of being idle when they should be avenging for their death ones.Prince Doran reveals that he had always loved her and he wanted his son to be Prince of Dorne because he wants her to become the Queen of Westeros by marrying the Viserys the dragon.He also reveals that Quentyn is going to bring dragon back to Westeros and the House of Dorne will have its revenge.

In A Feast For Crows,lots of secret is revealed and the fantasy element in the books gets more heavy with prophecies. George R.R.Martin manages to introduce new characters like Ariane  with ease into the complex plot and make it memorable in a short time.In this novel we do get to see Cercei's cunning nature.While it is only implied that Cercei is cunning and cold in the first  three books as we only got to see her having affair and trying to hide the nature of  her children.However in this book,Cercei true colours are shown as the reader realises she is longing for power, the Throne and finally some respect and acceptance .We get to see why she is so mean to Tyrion and her insecurities makes her more human.I'm very impressed with the character of Jaime Lannister again in this  novel.The readers manages to learn more about him especially that he wants his children and not the throne.We get to see more actions that shows Jaime is a man with honor.He is probably one of my favourite character in the series right now.It's a women world in this particular novel.We get to see more of the women players of game of thrones through the character Ariane,Cercei and Asha Greyjoy.These three women knew their hindrance being a woman in Westeros but care less and decides to set their own fate.Like all brilliant authors,George R.R.Martin manages to create subtle moment that means a lot to the fans such as Sansa   thinking of her brother Jon and Jaime defending Brienne.The novel raises many questions such as  Sandor Clegane's death(which I hope that Sandor is not dead ) and the possibility of Jeyne is actually pregnant and is switched by her family(I hope this to be true) but most likely not as Robb having a son doesnt affect battle of the iron throne or at least until the baby grows up .Another great thing about the series,no one seems to be the person they claim to be.
I'm looking forward to see Sansa finally playing the games of thrones.Her character is beautifully developed in the span of three chapters.We get to see her changing into a women,getting brave  and even to flirt for her own advantage and her final chapter surely will make the reader yearning more,even the Sansa haters out there.She had been using a courtesy as her armour and that is why she manages to survive even after being so close to the enemies.I want her to get aggressive in the future books and finishes Petyr who is probably the most cunning character in the book.I do feel that Sansa would be one of the character with the best character development at the end as she is with Petyr now,either she would be brainwashed by him and becomes manipulative or gain the wits to finish him by playing his own game.I'm also looking forward for Daenery's chapters and Tyrion whereabouts.It would be great if George R.R. Martin writes a POV of Gendry and Jeyne Stark.Overall I enjoyed the books just as I enjoyed the previous books.


Pure Talent-Amy Adams

This week in the Pure Talent Section,I would like to dedicate it to one of my favourite contemporary actress Amy Adams by discussing some of her films.

I first noticed Amy in the film Enchanted where she played the naive princess who gets thrown into the real world from a fairy tale.She is really good in being bubbly and naive.Plus her singing in the film is also equally good.It could have been silly if done by another actress but Amy Adams manages to nail the part well.

Then she played Sister James in the dramatic film Doubt.In contrast of the stereotypical nun usually portrayed in films,Sister James was a quiet and soft.Amy Adams again shines playing Sister James and even though she is in the scene with Meryl Streep,her performance is memorable.The last scene between Streep and Amy was probably one of the best scene of that particular year.

Her indie flick Sunshine Cleaning  showed her in a different light.While maintaining her charms,she played a role of a single mother who cleans the crime scene  with her sister (Emily Blunt).As usual she was great playing a woman who wants a better life for her son and at the same time having some insecurities when comparing her life with her successful classmates.

She played Julie Powell in the film Julie and Julia and teaming up again with Meryl Streep.Although Meryl Streep did steal the whole movie with her amazing portrayal of Julia Child, Amy's vulnerable performance as the writer who idolises Julia Child did stand out too.

In the film The Fighter,for the first time she played a tough,rough, loud woman.Her role  is easy to relate as she plays the college dropout who supports her boyfriend  no matter what and realises how the his family is .Unlike her  previous roles,Amy played a bad ass chick .The scene where Charlene(Adams) confront  Micky's mom(Melissa Leo) and his sisters  in the porch is my favourite.

She is set to play Lois Lane in upcoming Man Of Steel opposite Hnery Cavill and  The Masters opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

84th Academy Awards-Nominees

Here are the list of the nominees of the 84th Academy Awards.Lots of love for the film War Horse and I'm happy for the nominations for The Tree Of Life,Hugo and Harry Potter.The Artist deserved every 11 nomination they received.Check it out!

Best Picture:
The Artist
The Help
Midnight In Paris
The Tree Of Life
War Horse
Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close
The Descendants

Best Director:
Michel Hazanavicius,The Artist
Martin Scorsese,Hugo
Woody Allen,Midnight In Paris
Terrence Malick,The Tree Of Life
Alexander Payne ,The Descendants

Best Actor:
Demian Bechir, A Better Life
Gary Oldman,Tinker Tailor Soldier
Brad Pitt,Moneyball
George Clooney,The Descendants
Jean Dujardin,The Artist

- no Michael Fassbender?!! No'm  feeling mad  over here.Though there is slight happiness for Gary Oldman

Best Actress:
Viola Davis,The Help
Meryl Streep,The Iron Lady
Rooney Mara,The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Glenn Close,Albert Nobbs
Michelle Williams ,My Week With Marilyn

-Another upset .Tilda Swinton gave her best in We Need To Talk About Kevin and I truly felt Noomi Rapace was better than Rooney Mara.If the Academy is gonna give a slot for a first time nominee ,they should gave it to Elizabeth Olsen or Kirsten Dunst.

Best Supporting Actor:
Jonah Hill,Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh,My Week With Marilyn
Christopher Plummers,Beginners
Nick Holte Warior
Max von Sydow,Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close

-No Albert Brooks?He was a front runner to bring back the statue until they snub him!

Best Supporting Actress:
Jessica Chastain,The Help
Berenice Bejo,The Artist
Melissa McCarthy,Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer,Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer,The Help

-Poor Shailene Woodley got snubbed and Vanessa Redgrave,did the AMPAS forgotten her?

Animated Feature Film
Puss In The Boots
Kunng Fu Panda 2
A Cat In Paris
Chico And Rita

Best Art Direction
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Artist
Midnight In Paris
War Horse

Best Cinematography:
The Artist
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
War Horse
The Tree Of Life

Costume Design
The Artist
Jane Eyre

Film Editing
The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Best Foreign Film:
A separation,Iran
Bullhead, Belgium
In Darkness,Poland
Monsieur Lazhar,Canada

Best Makeup
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Iron Lady
Albert Nobbs

Best Original Score
The Adventures Of Tintin
The Artist
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse

Best Original Score
Man or Muppets,The Muppets
Real In Rio,Rio

Sound Mixing
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
War Horse
Transformers:Dark Of The Moon

Sound Editing
The Girl With  The Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark Of the Moon
War Horse

Best Visual Effects
Real Steel
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
Transformers:Dark Of The Moon
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants
The Ides Of March
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Original Screenplay
The Artist
A Separation
Margin Call
Midnight In Paris

Monday, 23 January 2012

84th Academy Awards -nominees(prediction)

Here are my final  predictions which will be announce on the 24th January.All the nominees are arranged in the order that most likely to win to least to win.I'm have not yet watch the Iran film A Separation but decided to include it for the critical acclaim it received.I do feel this year ,Michelle Williams would be a surprise winner and if Jean Dujardin being a unknown French actor could win the Globes for his brilliant performance in The Artist,I reckon he could do it again in the Oscars and be the male version of Marion Cotillard.Check it out and let me know what do think of it and your own predictions in the comment section!

The Artist
War Horse
The Descendants
The Tree Of Life
Midnight In Paris
The Help

Martin Scorsese,Hugo
Woody Allen,Midnight in Paris
Michel Hazanavicius,The Artist
Alexander Payne,The Descendants
Terrence Malick,The Tree of Life

Jean Dujardin,The Artist
George Clooney,The Descendants
Brad Pitt,Moneyball
Michael Fassbender,Shame
Ryan Gosling ,Drive

-Leonardo DiCaprio,J.Edgar
-Michael Shannon,Take Shelter

Michelle Williams,My Week With Marilyn
Meryl Streep,The Iron Lady
Viola Davis,The Help
Tilda Swinton,We Need To Talk With Kevin
Glenn Close,Albert Nobbs

-Kirsten Dunst ,Melancholia(She is damn good in Melancholia!)
-Elizebeth Olsen ,Martha Marcy May Marlene

Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Albert Brooks,Drive
Kenneth Branagh,My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill,Moneyball
Andy Serkis ,Rise Of The Planet Of Apes

Jessica Chastain,The Help
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Berenice Bejo,The Artist
Shailene Woodley,The Descendants
Vanessa Redgrave,Coriolanus

The Descendants
We Need Talk About Kevin
The Help
War Horse

Midnight in Paris
The Artist
The Tree Of  Life
Win Win

The Adventures Of Tintin
Kungfu Panda 2
Puss In The Boots

A Separation,Iran

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Artist
War Horse
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

The Tree of Life
The Artist
War Horse

Jane Eyre
The Artist
The Help

The Artist
The Tree Of Life
The Descendants

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Iron Lady
Albert Nobbs

The Artist
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
War Horse
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows

Life's A Happy Song,The Muppets
The Living Proof,The Help
Pictures In My Head,The Muppets
Lay Your Heads Down,Albert Nobbs
So Long,Winnie The Pooh

Super 8
War Horse
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

Super 8
War Horse
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Tree Of Life
Captain America: The First Avenger

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Producers Guild Awards(PGA)-Winners

Here are the winners for the PGA.The silent film The Artist won the Best Feature film.The Artist had been collecting many awards and making its way to Best Picture in the Oscars.

Theatrical Feature: The Artist
Animated Feature: The Adventures of Tintin
TV Drama: Boardwalk Empire
TV Longform: Downton Abbey
TV Comedy: Modern Family
TV News: 60 Minutes
TV Sports: ESPN’s 30 for 30
TV Variety: The Colbert Report
TV Documentary: American Masters
TV Reality: The Amazing Race
Web Series: 30 Rock Presents
Documentary Feature: Beats, Rhymes and Life: the Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

Friday, 20 January 2012

London Film Critics Awards-Winners

Best Picture – The Artist
Best Actor – Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Actress – Anna Paquin and Meryl Streep
Director – Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best British Film – We Need to Talk About Kevin
Technical Achievement Award: production designer Maria Djurkovic, Tinker Tailor Soldier Soy
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best British Actress: Olivia Colman
Best British Actor: Michael Fassbender
Best Screenplay: A Separation
Young British Performer: Craig Roberts, Submarine
Best Documentary: Senna
Breakthrough British Filmmaker: Andrew Haigh, Weekend
Best Supporting Actress: Sareh Bayat, A Separation
Best Supporting Actor: Kenneth Branagh

Jean Dujardin gave the best performance of 2011 without using his voice.He is the most deserving actor to win the Best Actor in the Oscars.Who knows,he could be the surprise winner like most of us wanted.I'm bit surprise to see Meryl Streep winning as the British are bit anti of the film The Iron Lady.I'm glad to see  Andrew Haigh getting his recognition for his superb work in Weekend.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Shortlist-Best Foreign Film

Here are the shortlist for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category.Check it out!
I'm still predicting A separation to bring the statue back home.

Belgium, Bullhead
Canada, Monsieur Lazhar
Denmark, Superclásico
Germany, Pina
Iran, A Separation
Israel, Footnote
Morocco, Omar Killed Me
Poland, In Darkness
Taiwan, Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

Pure Talent-Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel
This week I would like to dedicate the  quirky Zooey Deschanel  in the Pure Talent section who just got her  first Golden Globe nomination one week ago.She is a triple threat.She sings,she acts in film and has  TV shows.She has her own style whether in acting and fashion which makes her so different than the normal Hollywood actress.

I first saw Zooey playing a very small role in the film Failure To Launch.She plays the friend of the main character who is annoyed by the sound made by the  mockingbird and decides to buy a gun to kill it.It was a very small role but together with her chemistry with Justin Bartha and comedic timing ,she was the best thing in the film.

She then played the teacher in the film Bridge to Terrabithia whom Josh Hutcherson crushes for and eventually decide to ignore his friend and eventually accidentally causing her friend to drown.Again it was a small role and she gave a descent performance.

Then came the film 500 Days Of Summer,where she played the lead role opposite the charming Joseph Gordon Levitt.She excels playing Summer, a role  of a girl who doesn't believe in love and doesn't want to be anyone girlfriend.Again her chemistry with Joseph Gordon Levitt was superb and although playing the heart breaker,it is hard to hate her.She  is too likable.

She gained more exposure playing the awkward Jessie in the sitcom New Girl which earn her a Golden Globe nod.Although some episode does look silly than funny,she manages to give a funny performance every episode.

I'm looking forward to see her film where she would be portraying Janis Joplin.She definitely has voice almost similar to Joplin and we knew she is equally different and unique as Joplin.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

BAFTA-Nomination list

Here is the full list of the BAFTA nominations list.Check it out.

*my predicted winner

THE ARTIST – Thomas Langmann
THE DESCENDANTS – Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
DRIVE – Marc Platt, Adam Siegel
THE HELP – Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo

THE ARTIST – Michel Hazanavicius
DRIVE Nicolas – Winding Refn
HUGO – Martin Scorsese

BRAD PITT – Moneyball
GARY OLDMAN – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
GEORGE CLOONEY – The Descendants

BÉRÉNICE BEJO The Artist – Film
MERYL STREEP – The Iron Lady
MICHELLE WILLIAMS – My Week with Marilyn
TILDA SWINTON – We Need to Talk About Kevin

JONAH HILL – Moneyball
KENNETH BRANAGH – My Week with Marilyn

JUDI DENCH – My Week with Marilyn

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN – Simon Curtis, David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein, Adrian Hodges
SENNA – Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Manish Pandey
SHAME – Steve McQueen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Abi Morgan
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY – Tomas Alfredson, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo,
                                                            Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN – Lynne Ramsay, Luc Roeg,Rory Stewart Kinnear

ATTACK THE BLOCK – Joe Cornish (Director/Writer)
BLACK POND – Will Sharpe (Director/Writer), Tom Kingsley (Director), Sarah Brocklehurst (Producer)
CORIOLANUS – Ralph Fiennes (Director)
SUBMARINE – Richard Ayoade (Director/Writer)
TYRANNOSAUR – Paddy Considine (Director), Diarmid Scrimshaw (Producer)

PROJECT NIM – James Marsh, Simon Chinn
SENNA – Asif Kapadia

THE ARTIST – Michel Hazanavicius
BRIDESMAIDS – Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig
THE GUARD – John Michael McDonagh
THE IRON LADY – Abi Morgan

THE DESCENDANTS – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
THE HELP – Tate Taylor
THE IDES OF MARCH – George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
MONEYBALL – Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY – Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan

INCENDIES – Denis Villeneuve, Luc Déry, Kim McGraw
PINA – Wim Wenders, Gian-Piero Ringel
POTICHE – François Ozon, Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer
A SEPARATION – Asghar Farhadi
THE SKIN I LIVE IN – Pedro Almodóvar, Agustin Almodóvar

RANGO – Gore Verbinski

THE ARTIST – Ludovic Bource
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
HUGO - Howard Shore
WAR HORSE – John Williams

THE ARTIST – Guillaume Schiffman
HUGO – Robert Richardson
WAR HORSE – Janusz Kaminski

THE ARTIST – Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius
DRIVE – Mat Newman
HUGO – Thelma Schoonmaker
SENNA – Gregers Sall, Chris King

THE ARTIST – Laurence Bennett, Robert Gould
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 – Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
HUGO – Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacDonald
WAR HORSE – Rick Carter, Lee Sandales

THE ARTIST – Mark Bridges
HUGO – Sandy Powell
JANE EYRE – Michael O’Connor

THE ARTIST – Nadine Muse, Gérard Lamps, Michael Krikorian
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 – James Mather, Stuart Wilson, Stuart Hilliker, Mike Dowson, Adam Scrivener
HUGO – Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty, Tom Fleischman, John Midgley
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY – John Casali, Howard Bargroff, Doug Cooper, Stephen Griffiths, Andy Shelley
WAR HORSE – Stuart Wilson, Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Richard Hymns

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 – Tim Burke, John Richardson, Greg Butler, David Vickery
HUGO – Rob Legato, Ben Grossman, Joss Williams
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White
WAR HORSE – Ben Morris, Neil Corbould

THE ARTIST – Julie Hewett, Cydney Cornell
HUGO Morag – Ross, Jan Archibald
THE IRON LADY – Marese Langan

ABUELAS – Afarin Eghbal, Kasia Malipan, Francesca Gardiner
BOBBY YEAH – Robert Morgan
A MORNING STROLL – Grant Orchard, Sue Goffe

CHALK – Martina Amati, Gavin Emerson, James Bolton, Ilaria Bernardini
MWANSA THE GREAT – Rungano Nyoni, Gabriel Gauchet
ONLY SOUND REMAINS – Arash Ashtiani, Anshu Poddar
PITCH BLACK HEIST – John Maclean, Gerardine O’Flynn
TWO AND TWO – Babak Anvari, Kit Fraser, Gavin Cullen


Sunday, 15 January 2012

69th Golden Globes Awards - Winners

Best Motion Picture-Drama: The Descendants

Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical: The Artist
-I love the dog..It should have won it's own award.Michel Hazanavicius and team took a bold risk filming a silent film with unknown cast and the risk had been paid well!!

Best Director:Martin Scorsese,Hugo
-I was expecting the director of The Artist to win but Martin is equally deserving and his effort to remind us some of the  best old films should be applauded.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama: George Clooney,The Descendants
-Clooney as expected.Again I still felt there were other deserving actors in the category(Fassbender) than him.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama:Meryl Streep,The Iron Lady
-Yes!!!!! Meryl Streep won!!The most talented actress of our generation.She did the British accent so well and portrayed Margaret Thatcher brilliantly.Meryl Streep should have won  years back instead of Sandra Bullock.And now I'm almost 95% sure its gonna be Michelle Williams winning the Oscars.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy: Jean Dujardin ,The Artist
-Probably one of the strongest performance of the year and he didn't use any voice!!To speak the truth ,he is the most deserving to win the Best Actor statue for the Oscars besides Fassbender. I love his speech too.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy: Michelle Williams,My Week With Marilyn
-WELL DESERVED..She was amazing as Marilyn Monroe..I guess no one could portray Marilyn's pain better than Williams.Again she could be a surprise winner in the Oscars.

Best Supporting Actor in Motion Picture: Christopher Plummers,Beginners
-Not a big surprise.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Octavia Spencer,The Help
-Too bad Jessica Chastain didn't win as her body of work last year was astounding.However I do like Octavia Spencer in The Help.

Best Screenplay:Woody Allen,Midnight In Paris
-Too bad he was absent .Midnight In Paris is his best film to date.

Best Original Score in a Motion Picture :Ludovic Bource,The Artist
-I've said this million times,the music of The Artist played a big role in making the film interesting.

Best Original Song in a Motion Picture :Masterpiece,W.E.
-Surprise win.The whole nominees in this category was a bit crazy as the Muppets was absent.

Best Animated Feature Film:The Adventures of Tintin
-loved that Spielberg mentioned Andy Serkis!

 Best Foreign Film: A Separation
-I don't get his speech but speaking about the film,it has been said numerous times that it is the best film of 2011

Best  TV Series -Drama:Homeland
- I haven't watch any episodes of Homeland but I was kinda surprised it beat Boardwalk Empire and Games of Thrones.

Best TV Series-Comedy or Musical: Modern Family

Best Actor TV-Drama:Kelsey Grammer,Boss

Best Actress TV-Drama:Claire Danes,Homeland
-Haven't watch any episodes of Homeland but I loved her performance Temple Grandin.So I'm pretty sure she  would be also great in Homeland.

Best Actor TV-Musical or Comedy: Matt LeBlanc,Episodes

Best Actress TV-Musical or Comedy: Laura Dern,Enlightened

Best Supporting Actor in a TV series,Miniseries or TV film:Peter Dinklage,Games Of Thrones
-Yay!!Peter Dinklage performance as  the Imp was funny,sarcastic and shocking,all at the same time.

Best Supporting Actress in a TV series,Miniseries or TV Film: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
-I was hoping for either Jessica or Maggie Smith  to I'm satisfied.She was creepy playing the role.Well deserved.

Best Miniseries or TV Movie: Downton Abbey
-I loved Downton Abbey mainly for Maggie Smith.She is amazing.

Best Actor Miniseries or TV Movie:Idris Elba,Luther
-If Dominic West was nominated for Appropriate Adult ,for sure he would have won.However,Idris Elba was seriously good in Luther

Best Actress Miniseries or TV Movie :Kate Winslet,Mildred Pierce
-She was brilliant in Mildred Pierce well deserved!

Saturday, 14 January 2012

69th Golden Globes Winners-Prediction

Here are my final prediction of the Golden Globes Awards which will take place this Sunday.So leave some comments on what you thought of my prediction and maybe  let me know of yours.

Best Motion Picture-Drama: Hugo
-Its one of my favourite Martin Scorsese film  and with a name like Martin Scorsese attached to it,Hugo has the brightest chance.The Descendants could be a surprise winner.

Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy: The Artist
-Do we need to argue this,The Artist is one of a kind film last year and the only film that could give some competition to The Artist would be Midnight in Paris which is also very original.

Best Actor-Drama: George Clooney,The Descendants
-Everyone loves Clooney.Period.However,I still feel there are more deserving actors than him who did a marvellous job last year and the fact he had already won two golden globes doesn't help me.Brad Pitt is the only actor that could give Clooney some competition but if Michael Fassbender wins(,I would be shouting in joy.

Best Actress-Drama: Meryl Streep,The Iron Lady
-Its gonna be between Meryl Streep or Viola Davis but I'm putting my money on Streep.Plus I'm still bothered that Rooney Mara and Glenn Close is nominated when Elizabeth Olsen and Kirsten Dunst weren't.

Best Actor-Musical or Comedy: Jean Dujardin,The Artist
-The easiest category to predict.Jean Dujardin was amazing in the Artist.The role he played could looked stupid if played by another actor  since no voice is used.

Best Actress- Musical or Comedy: Michelle Williams,My Week With Marilyn
-  Again there is no big competition for Michelle Williams in this category.Although she doesn't look anything like Marilyn Monroe,she played her brilliantly.Michelle Williams  could be the surprise winner for the Oscars  when everyone is talking about Davis and Streep for the Best Actress category.

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummers,Beginners
-Many actors manage to give a brilliant performance last year and its too bad only five is the limit of nominees.Plummer being a veteran  and did a amazing job in Beginners should win.If not him Albert Brooks is my other choice.

Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain,The Help
-She won most of critics awards last year and had a wonderful year with amazing different roles.It would be sad if she didn't win.The only person in my opinion could snatch the golden statue from her is Octavia Spencer who also did a good job in The Help.

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius,The Artist
-He manage to direct a good silent film without boring the audience.If not him Martin Scorsese is my next guess.

Best Screenplay: Woody Allen,Midnight in Paris
-Like most of Woody Allens  films,it is original and fresh.

Best Original Score: Ludovic Bource,The Artist

Best Original Song: The Living Proof,The Help

Best Animated Feature Film: Rango

Best Foreign Film: A Separation
-It has been winning all the awards ,so it my predicted winner unless they decide to honor Jolie.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Friday's Best Actor

Winona Ryder

In the film adaptation of the  novel The Age of Innocence directed by Martin Scorsese,Winona Ryder played the innocent May Welland who loves trusts and love a lawyer(Daniel Day Lewis)  sincerely.She exudes innocence through her expression even though when you realise she is manipulating her husband and she knew about the her husband other love.No wonder Winona was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for this role.My favourite scene was the scene where she places her head on her husband lap and announced that she is pregnant.She was so good in that scene that makes the audience wonder whether she is really pregnant or not.
She is a very unique actress and its a sad thing she doesn't do many films.However she will appearing in a film opposite James Franco about a paranoid splay director.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Critics Choice Awards- Winners

Best Picture: The Artist
- Well deserving, Congratulation!

Best Director : Michel Hazanavicius,The Artist
-He did a brilliant job directing a silent film  and  manage to make it interesting for the current generation to watch and I just found out that he is married to Berenice Bejo who also starred in The Artist.

Best Original Screenplay: Midnight In Paris,Woody Allen
-Well deserved!!And Mindy Kaling  presenting the award was so funny  with her crush with Michael Fassbender

Best Adapted Screenplay: Moneyball, Aaron Sorkin ,Steven Zallian
-I still cant understand the craze for Moneyball ,I felt The Descendants or The Help should have win..just my opinion

Best Foreign Film: A Separation
-It has been sweeping all  the critics awards..So not a big surprise but well deserving!

Best Comedy Film: Bridesmaid
-Bridesmaids over Midnight in Paris!Disappointed

Best Action Film: Drive
-Well deserved,Drive proves that action films can also have a good plot with brilliant acting

Best Animated Film : Rango

Best Ensemble: The Help
-Viola Davis,Jessica Chastain,Emma Stone,Octavia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard(which many failed to appreciate her brilliant performance) all did a great job.

Best Actor: George Clooney,The Descendants
-I predicted George would win and I still feel he is gonna win this Sunday his second Oscar...However  I'm still disappointed  as I felt Michael Fassbender,Jean Dujardin and Ryan Gosling all did a marvellous job than Clooney.

Best Actress: Viola Davis,The Help
-She was great in Doubt in the given few minutes..imagine when you give her a character in a film like The Help,of course she was brilliant in The Help.I feel they should stop nominating Meryl Streep and maybe name the Best Actress category  after her,she is too good when it comes to acting!

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer,The Beginners
-Its official that its gonna be between the closeted gay guy(Christopher Plummer) against the cold hearted mafia(Albert Brooks) for the Oscar

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer,The Help
-Octavia could be winning her first Oscar in her first major role .However I was hoping for Chastain who had a brilliant year in many films especially Take Shelter,The Tree Of Life and The Help.

Best Young Performer: Thomas Horn,Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
-Seriously I was hoping for Saoirse Ronan to win..she kicked butt in Hanna

Best Cinematography: War Horse,Tree of Life(tie)
-I'm still feeling Tree of Life will be winning the Oscar for this category as Emmanuel Lubezki was superb as usual

Best Score-The Artist
-The music is the backbone of this film.
Best Original Song : The Muppets,Life's a Happy Song

Best Art Direction: Hugo

Best Makeup: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
-fnally someone recognise the superb makeup creating the goblins and Aberforth Dumbledore

Best Visuals: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
- the best won!

Best Sound- Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2
-Well deserving

Best Editing- The Girl And The Dragon Tattoo

Best Costume Design: The Artist
- It did  bring the  old Hollywood  glamour onscreen.

Pure Talent-Emile Hirsch

Emile Hirsch
This week ,I wanna discuss  the young actor Emile Hirsch and his two films in the Pure Talent section.Emile Hirsch (26 years old) is well known for the staring sole in the film Into The Wild playing Alexander Supertramp in the Sean Penn directorial.

I first noticed Emile Hirsch in the film The Emperor's Club.Directed by Michael Hoffman and opposite Kevin Kline,Emile played the spoil brat that joined a prep school and begin to influence other students negatively.He was great playing the rich brat who thinks money is the answer of  everything.All the scenes where he is confronting his teacher arrogantly and being mischievous spoiling other good students was really good that made the audience difficult to hate even when we realise he cheated during the competition

Then came his Oscar snub role Into The Wild directed by Sean Penn opposite Kristen Stewart,Marcia Gay Harden,Jenna Malone and more.He played a guy who has a different take on life when he decided to leave everything behind to go and explore life in the wilderness.Those who watch the film could see the work he had done to suit the role.Yes,I'm talking about the final half of the film where he sheds like 40 pounds .I have said this before that his death scene is probably one of the best and moving death scene I have seen in movies.He gave a mature  performance throughout the film.

He is set to appear as Penelope Cruz son in the film Venuto al Mondo, Savages directed by Oliver Stone  and in the film Killer Joe.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

The Shortlist of Best Makeup - Academy Awards

Here is the top 7 finalist of Best Makeup:

Albert Nobbs
The Artist
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Iron Lady

This is the first time I heard of the French film Gainsbourg:A Heroic Life and its a surprise finalist.I'm predicting it will be Harry Potter,The Iron Lady and Albert Nobbs.Thankfully J.Edgar didn't make it to the top 7.Even though I enjoyed J.Edgar,the makeup was really bad.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Kansas City Film Critics Winners

Best Film-The Descendants
Best Director-Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Best Actor-George Clooney, The Descendants
-Its gonna be Clooney's year to win again ..but it would be better if Michael Fassbender or Jean Dujardin wins or even Brad Pitt if the rumours that he would be retiring soon is true..he was good in Moneyball

Best Actress-Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia
-well deserved.Kirsten was great in Melancholia and I hope she would slip in the final nominee for Best Actress for the Oscars

Best Supporting Actor-Christopher Plummer, Beginners
-a veteran  actor who did a splendid job in the Beginners

Best Supporting Actress-Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life
-Jessica had been winning and getting nominated for almost all the critics awards.The problem is all the winnings and nominations are for three different movies and could cancel each other when it comes to the Oscars.

Best Animated Film-Rango

Best Foreign Film-A Separation

Best Documentary-Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Best Original Screenplay-Beginners

Best Adapted Screenplay-Moneyball

Best Fantasy Film-Hugo

Sunday, 8 January 2012

A Storms of Swords- review

A Storm Of Swords by George R.R.Martin is the third book of the song of ice and fire series.It has the most shocking death of two major character,reveals the most deadliest villain of  the bunch(not the Lannisters), a wedding that one never had expected to happen,and finally the death of three kings.This is why I'm so hoked to these books,all the characters are not so good or so evil.
I'll break the plot through characters the characters.

Bran Stark
-believed to be dead,Bran and his companions travel to the north to meet the three eyed crow and Bran starts to learn his warg abilities that he could slip into his wolf Summer when he is dreaming .

Jon Snow
-Joining the wildlings as a spy,Jon Snow had no other way to prove his false loyalty with the Mance Ryder,the kings of wildlings by sleeping with Ygriette who he starts to have some affection towards her.Realising his loyalty towards the watch  and since he had managed to extract enough information on the wildlings,Jon Snow escapes with the help of Summer(Bran in his warg form)

Catelyn Stark
-Catelyn released Jaime  and made a deal with him to release hr daughters Sansa and Arya.She ordered Brienne of Tarth to escort Jaime to Kings Landing and bring  back  her daughters.This action angered  the some of the Lords  and decides to leave Robb who had been winning all the battle he had participated.Robb marrying Jeyne Westerling after falling for her kind heart made things worse as he had broken the promises he had given to Wlader Frey that he will take his daughter as his Queen.This made both Robb and Catleyn to arrange the marriage of Catelyn's brother the Lord of Riverrun in Twins,Edmure Tully with one of Wlader Frey daughters as an apology and to strengten their alliance.Robb also names Jon as his heir,although being not being his father trueborn(Jon is a bastard) son due to his love to his brother jon and felt Jon is a Stark no matter what is his last name.

Sansa Stark
-Still hold as a hostage ,Sansa was glad that her engagement with King Jofferey had broken and Joffrey is now engaged to Margaery Tyrell ,the widow of Renly Baretheon in order to achieve their alliance.However her happiness was not for long as she was  forced to marry  the  dwarf,Tyrion Lannister.She finally gain some courage on their wedding night  and said to Tyrion that she doesnt desire him.Tyrion was devastated and the fact she was so young for him,he said he will not touch her until she wants him to.

Arya Stark
-Being caught by the Brotherhood Without Banners(BWB),she along with Gendry is being brought to Riverrun  to her mother and brother in order to collect some ransom..but on the way ,she was kidnapped and by Sandor Clegane(also known as the Hound) and brought to the twins where Robb and his mother will be attending the wedding of their uncle which will be later known as the Red Wedding.

Davos Seaworth
-A knight serving  for Stannis Barratheon,losing the battle at kings landing in the previous book,he was washed away to a nearby island where he saw heard the voices of the Gods angry at him for serving Stannis who had been using sorcery and black magic to win the war through MelissandreWhen he returns to Stannis, he decides to save Stannis from Mellisandre and for now just go along with her plans and strike her when the time is right.Using Melissandre black magic,Stannis prayed for three deaths,three of the kings,Joffrey Baratheon,Robb Stark and Balon Greyjoy.Balon Greyjoy was the first king to die.

Jaime Lannister
-On his way back to King's Landing,Jaime confessed to Brienne that he killed the king only because he knew the war was over,the king had lost and intended to burn the whole city including its citizen so that  no one will get the city.That gained him the name Kingslayer and always seen as an oath breaker and a man with no honor but in truth he just wanted to save the citizen of the of King's Landing and the fact the king was so cruel.He also confessed that the only wrong he did was pushing Bran from the window and confessed he didn't send the man who was hired to kill Bran when he was crippled.

Catelyn Stark
-During the wedding ,the Freys betrays Robb and his army and breaks the guest right(any man or woman who had eaten under the host roof will be given safety until they leave).Robb is stabbed and Catelyn begs for Lord Frey to leave him and kill her as he is the only son remaining to her.Lord Bolton also betrays Robb and stabs him to the heart and killing him.Robb's head was cut off and his direwolf grey Wind's head is sewn to his body.Catelyn along with Robbs army was killed.

Arya Stark
-reaching the wedding,she found men fighting and dying.When she realised Robb was death she start to run into the castle wanted to see if that is true but is hit and stopped by the Hound in order to save her life.Through her warg form,she found that her mother was dead too and killed two man who tortured her and the people in Harrenhaal in a bar fight.she leaves the injured Hound and takes a ship to bravosi land realising all her family members had died and only her brother Jon is left for her.

Sansa Stark
-On the wedding day for King Jofferey,Sansa had devised a plan with Dontos(who decided  to help her as he owed her) to escape from King's Landing far from the war and the Imp to somewhere else as she realised all her family had died.On his wedding day ,King Jofferey choked in his wine and dies in front of everyone.Sansa taking this a a chance,she escaped from King's Landing and then realised Dontos was hired by Petyr or Littlefinger(the guy who betrayed her father in the Games of Thrones).He promises her that he gonna  bring her to Eyrie to her aunt Lysa who he will be marrying.At Eyrie ,Sansa finds that it was Petyr that asked Lysa to kill her husband Jon and asked Lysa to write a letter that Lannister killed Jon  Arryn and making the Lanisters and Stark to fight.

Catelyn Stark
-Catelyn is resurrected using black magic  by the BWB,and  wants to avenge her son's death.

Jon Snow
-He reached the wall and fought against the wildlings and becomes the Commander of the Nights Watch.

Before I start ,I have to say that AStorm Of Swords is probably the best book in the series.What I liked in this book is that its packed with surprises.No one can predict the events that happens in the book.There are three weddings that comes out of nowhere and each three weddings gives a deep impact differently.
In this book we get to see the development of the Lannisters.The reader  gets to see Tyrion's  selfishness through some events and get some grasp on why Cersei is a Alpha bitch.

The character development of Jaime,the Kingslayer is equally surprising.Readers manages to see softer side of him and starts to pity him.As the book progresses,the readers realises that the Lannisters are not the dangerous player of this game of thrones.We are introduced to the guy who was always quiet and cunning ,the master plan of all the stuff that had happened from the start of the first book.Just like playing a chess ,he had brilliantly used people to remove his adversaries for the throne.

SPOILER:The Red Wedding is the most shocking event after Ned's execution.I never thought George R.R.Martin would kill Robb as he is the only Stark who still haven't a POV.Robb dying is so sad because just like his father he was a honourable man and was so righteous.To die of betrayal was what made me so angry.I wouldn't be that disturbed if he died during war or fighting and seeing him die through his mothers eye was so painful.The part where Robb names Jon as his heir is moving.Robb gave Jon something no one gave not even his father Ned gave what Robb gave.Robb gave him blood status and name him a Stark.

Jon Snow's arc finally gets more interesting.Lots of funny charismatic characters are introduced in his arc.The usage of giants,necromancy and warg  are introduced subtly and  creates a  a mature magical world.

Finally the part where everyone was waiting since the first book,Joffrey gets what he deserves in a cruel way in his wedding day.Although I was longing to see him dead,just like Sansa I was not sure whether to be happy or sad when this happens.This was a kid who was raised by the worst parents you could find and was constantly seeking for acceptance just like his parents.So kudos to George for making me feeling confused for the most hated character in ASOIAF.


Friday, 6 January 2012

Friday's Best Actor

Kate Winslet
In the film adaptation of the novel Little Children  by Tom Perotta saw Kate Winslet playing a mom in a failing marriage where her husbands starts addicted to porn and  finding some peace by starting an affair with her  a man(Patrick Wilson) a stay at home father.Kate Winslet as usual was great playing the character who get lost due to her failing marriage and tries to overcome it by affair and sex until to a point forgetting her own daughter.We do feel the pain and pity this  character Sarah played Kate and in a weird way ,even though we realise what Sarah is doing is wrong, we want the best for her.Out of the topic:Jennifer Connelly was equally good playing Patrick Wilson wife.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Pure Talent-Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan
Last night, I managed to watch two Nolan's film Inception and The Prestige. I had watched Inception numerous times and The Prestige few times,still the films felt fresh and exciting. So I have decided to talk about those films in this Pure Talent section.Christopher Nolan is great in infusing dark tones subtly in all his movies.Unlike Tim Burtons(one of my favourite film maker) films where you see dark/comedy tones shown by make-ups and costumes,Nolan's film dark tones  are incorporated in the film through its musical score and the lighting.

 I don't know how to start and explain my awe with the film Inception.It is a brilliant film.The plot of the film where it deals on a team trying to plant an idea in the subconscious mind of the target through sharing dreams is so clever and original  and technical quality of the film is damn good.The visual effects  is one of the many major pluses of the film.All dream sequence were amazing especially the the scene where Cobb(Leo DiCaprio) explains Ariadne(Ellen Page) about how the dream invasion takes place.The soundtrack of the film, especially the ship sound   throughout the film and the musical score whenever Mrs.Cobb(Marion Cotillard) appears conveys melancholy.Talking about the cast,it is probably the best ensemble in a film of all time.Everyone was superb in their roles and I felt all suited them so well especially Marion Cotillard.Playing the antagonist of the film ,she was beyond great in this film.She looks so beautiful  and it's like she stepped out from a black and white film with the Audrey Hepburn look.You feel her torment and love every time she begs Leonardo to stay and  is quite scary when she gets angry.I really loved the scene when Ellen Page enters the suite on the night Marion Cotillard suicides and the actual suicide scene.The hallway fight scene involving Joesph Gordon Levitt is equally exciting.No wonder it received 8 nominations for the Oscars and 4 win.

The Prestige another Christopher Nolan masterpiece based on the novel of the same name is about two magicians obsessed to get fame and beating each other.The plot of the film and the measures the characters would go in order to achieve recognition shocks the audience and still resonates even after one watches the film.Its a film  that reminds you Hugh Jackman is a good actor and another proof Christian Bale  is the most underrated actor(at that time before winning for the Fighter) of our generation.Its both the Rebbecca Hall and Scarlett Johannson performances that caught my attention.Both strong female character with vulnerability,although only Rebbcca Hall's character succumbs to the pressure .I loved the scene where Scarlett Johanson says to Borden that he is cold and so similar to Angier who chooses goals and recognition over loved ones.Its shocking that  it was not nominated for any Oscars that year.

He is attached with the Man of Steel project staring Henry Cavilland Amy Adams,  as a producer and writer and to be directed by Zack Snyder another director with some magic touch in his films and the sequel of the The Dark Knight,The Dark Knight Rises one of the most expected film of mine and of many in  2012.