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Oscars Thoughts

A random collection of thoughts as I watched much of the Oscars broadcast last night.  In no particular order:

  • Unless you are a professional comedian, don’t ‘open with a joke’ when giving your acceptance speech.  Chances are you will either botch it, or it won’t be as funny as you thought.  Just stop.
  • Actually, there are only two correct responses to winning – the “HOLY *bleep* I WON??  I thank YOU and YOU and YOU” excited response that you see with many of the Documentary filmmakers or what have you, and the ultra-smooth, “I’m a pro at all aspects of my life”, like what you saw from Christopher Plummer.  Seriously, I’m certain that if I didn’t already have facial hair, I would’ve grown some after listening to him talk.
  • Natalie Portman can spoil the end of whatever movie she wants.
  • The Artist winning stuff just shows that Hollywood loves patting itself on the back for it’s past.
  • Rango is a solid choice for Animated Feature, though I still question how The Adventures of  Tintin didn’t at least get nominated.
  • If you are curious (as we were) about The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, here you go:

William Joyce’s works, both the original books and the subsequent adaptations, are lovely.  Very underrated.  Check his stuff out if you haven’t before this.

  • Despite how much love The Muppets got, and that there was only one other nominee, but I think the song from Rio is better.
  • I could listen to Penelope Cruz read just about anything.
  • Needs more comic book movies.
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Gadgets Sci/Tech

Friday Finds – Diamond Weevils, Firefly and the Commodore 64

The holiday lull is over, I’ve actually got a few posts to put in here, woohoo!

And now, the links:

The Diamond Weevil (doesn’t THAT sound like a really lame Clan in the MechWarrior universe) looks really cool, for, you know, a weevil.

Circuits that can self-heal when cracked with liquid metal.  We truly live in the future.

The Commodore 64 turns 30, I loved this machine and spent so many of my young life hacking at programming, playing early Microprose games, and it’s been a system I’ve revisited via emulation ever since.

The BBC’s list of 100 things we didn’t know last year.  Somewhat lame this year, but there are a few good ones.  My highlights:

2. Bald people grow the wrong type of hair – so fine it’s invisible to the naked eye.
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Riiiight, Dad, just keep telling yourself that.

29. Dogs watch hownice people are to others to work out whom to approach to beg for food.  More details (Daily Mail)

Cats, of course, simply smother that person in their sleep and take the food.

43. The odds ofscoring two hole-in-ones in the same round of golf are 67 million-to-one.  More details

The odds of a hack golfer claiming to have done it (or seen it done) are two to one.

97. Alcohol tastes sweeter when loud music is playing.
More details (Daily Mail)

Maybe that’s why I don’t like most booze, the music isn’t loud enough.

This is really cool – a ‘Lost World’ discovered under an Antarctic shelf.

And finally, the dead Firefly video game could see new life.  They have the code, but they need permisstion to play in the ‘verse.

Wait, one more thing:  74.77.96.93:28070 is my Jedi Knight II server.  Had to patch it up to 1.04 due to crashes on Vista.  BRING IT.

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Featured Movies

Movie Review – The Adventures of Tintin

I FINALLY got back to the theater yesterday, as we took the kids to see The Adventures of Tintin.  It’s a wonderful 3D animated adventure movie based on the comics by Belgian artist Hergé.  It uses the ever more prevalent performance capture, and since it has Peter Jackson co-producing along with Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, that means Andy Serkis is involved.  Jamie Bell is Tintin, and Serkis plays Haddock, the drunken sea captain who may be the key to the whole mystery.

And what is that mystery?  It’s a mix of a few different comics, involving lost treasure, pirates, and hidden clues.  Tintin is of course accompanied by his faithful dog Snowy, who my daughter (3) loved.  The villain is played by Daniel Craig, who has the voice to sound supremely, well, villainous.  There’s a side story played for humor about a pickpocket that keeps the bumbling cops Thompson and Thompson in the mix (Simon Pegg is one of the Thompsons).

Steven Spielberg has said that he first learned of the Tintin stories after someone compared Raiders of the Lost Ark to them, and it’s easy to see why.  Treasure, exotic locations, goofy sidekicks, it’s all there.  The only thing you lose out on is the love interest. I’m not familiar with the source material so I’ve no idea if that could be coming.  Peter Jackson has said he wants to do the sequel, and possibly re-team with Spielberg for the third.  I would definitely watch them.  If you are looking for good fun for your kids, that won’t make you put a gun barrel in your mouth (Chipmunks), and you don’t mind a drunken lout as one of the characters, you can’t go wrong with The Adventures of Tintin.

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Best Animated Film 2011 – Which Should Be Nominated?

As seen at Slashfilm, there will be at least 18 eligible animated movies to get Oscar nominations this year, which means there could be 5 nominees in the category.  I’ve actually seen most of them, aside from the four foreign ones and the ones releasing in the next few weeks.  With Pixar’s only entry the underwhelming Cars 2, chances are you could be seeing an underdog take the award this year.  Mark your nominees in this poll:

Oscars: Best Animated Feature Nominees

  • Kung Fu Panda 2 (40%, 2 Votes)
  • Rango (20%, 1 Votes)
  • The Adventures of Tintin (20%, 1 Votes)
  • Rio (20%, 1 Votes)
  • Cars 2 (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Chico & Rita (0%, 0 Votes)
  • A Cat in Paris (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Alois Nebel (0%, 0 Votes)
  • The Smurfs (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Happy Feet Too (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Arthur Christmas (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Puss in Boots (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Winnie the Pooh (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mars Needs Moms (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Gnomeo & Juliet (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Hoodwinked Two! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Wrinkles (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 3

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You can pick up to five movies.  For reference, I’ve seen Rango, Kung Fu Panda 2, Rio, Gnomeo & Juliet, Mars Needs Moms, and plan to see Puss in Boots and The Adventures of Tintin.  May see Cars 2 at some point soon also.  My daughter saw Winnie the Pooh without me.  For me, Rango, Kung Fu Panda 2 (which I said was just about the perfect sequel), and Rio should all be nominees.  I’m thinking Tintin gets one with the Spielberg/Jackson connection, and the fact that it sounds like a pretty darn good movie.  I wouldn’t be surprised (as mentioned in the Slashfilm article) if one of the foreign movies gets in as the fifth nominee.