joi, 30 martie 2023

RIP Ryuichi Sakamoto

No more Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence...:(

Ryuichi Sakamoto was 71...he died on Match 28th, after a long battle with cancer.

Sakamoto won an Oscar for The Last Emperor score in 1987.

his themes were used by Hans Zimmer in one of my faved flicks, Black Rain. Also the soundtrack has a Ryuichi song, Laserman.

He scored Snake Eyes and Femme Fatale for Brian De Palma...

last film I saw with his score was Minimta in 2010, the Johnny Depp biopic.

I just read in Uncut album of the month review of his lst album, 12...

here he's in his Pop Electronic youth...

Variety obit here

miercuri, 29 martie 2023

Asteroid City (2023)

 the new Wes Anderson , trailer out today!!!

Coming soon...probably opening in Cannes 

Released June 16 2023, probably not on Romanian theaters

duminică, 12 martie 2023

OSCARS 2023-who will win (and who won)

OSCARS 2023 -95th Academy Awards Edition

Here's not who should win, anything from TheBanshees of Inisherin (my faved, see here my top films of 2022) to Elvis (both with 9 nods), not the puzzling Everything Everywhere All At Once (EEAAO), a very OK film but not so overhyped- 11 nominations??? !!! 

And it will win at least 6 awards for sure...(in th end it won Seven!!!)

No Fabelmans, no Triangle of Sadness, no Tar, no Top Gun; Maverick...

of course there can be surprises, as this is the Oscars, and there always are, I hope to be wrong ;)

Now this year I opened a VOYO account to watch live as they announced they will show them in original and dubbed separately. We'll see how this works...AND how did it work was it didn't. The show started at 2 am Ro time and half an hour later their broadcast didn't start. So I closed the account, shameful...luckily I got a link from a friend who faithfully watches them live, Thanks BM :)

BEST FILM: Everything Everywhere All At Once

DIRECTING: The Daniels (Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheiner) -Everything Everywhere All At Once

BEST ACTOR: Brendan Fraser -The Whale


SUPPORTING ACTOR: Ke Huy Huan-Everything Everywhere All At Once


ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Martin McDonagh-The Banshees of Inisherin should've won but Everything Everywhere All At Once won WGA so it's EEAAO

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Women Talking -Sarah Polley (also won WGA)

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Mandy Walker -Elvis (will be the 1st woman DOP winning for a feature film!!!), also won ASC award. (N.A. they gave it to newcomer James Friend for All there was something new that escaped (sir) Roger Deakins when he did 1917 and won his 2nd Oscar there)

EDITING: Elvis, and well Elvis has left the building...EEAAO won this one too...

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Elvis (N.A. All Quiet on the Western Front won)

COSTUME DESIGN: Elvis (Babylon should've won) and it went to Wakanda Forever...

So Black Panther was worthy for the second time???? Same costumes, same designer, another blank they pulled...

SOUND: Elvis vs. Top Gun: Maverick, and Top Gun it is!!!

VISUAL EFFECTS: Top Gun: Maverick (c'mon, wasn't an Avatar enough? can't believe they went with it...)


ORIGINAL SCORE: Carter Burwell -Banshees-could win, Justin Hurwitz -Babylon should win'

and ze Germans won...Volker Bertelman for All Quiet on the Western Front (really? :(, and you had John Williams there at 90 years of age and 53 nominations...

ORIGINAL SONG: they all spoke of “Naatu Naatu”  from RRR (which is on Netflix btw), seconded by Rihanna  with “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

RRR makes history as the first Bollywood song to win!!! Namaste!!!


ANIMATION: Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio  

FOREIGN (INTERNATIONAL) FILM: All Quiet on the Western Front

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HOST: Jimmy Kimmel (third time's a charm!)

nice entry on a par with Daniel Craig's London Olympics ;)

here's his entrance and opening monologue (see how long it stays on you tube...that Robert Blake joke was mean...:()

Honorary Oscars:

Euzhan Palcy (producer, director)

Diane Warren (muzician)

Peter Weir (director)

Michael J. Fox -humanitary award „Jean Hersholt”.

sâmbătă, 4 martie 2023

RIP Tom Sizemore

 Tom Sizemore was 61...he has a stroke in February so he was in a coma and his brother decide to switch off the life support :(,  a tough way to end a very tumultuous life...

my favorite part of his must be in Heat (1995)

he was in both Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down playing tough soldiers

and Natural Born Killers and True Romance...

but he did over 250 films, mostly B and Z fare after 2004, after his conviction and scandal with Heidi Fleiss, a downward spiral with drugs and more drugs. His small comeback was in the new Twin Peaks series...

joi, 2 martie 2023

RIP Wayne Shorter

 Another One of the greatest jazz players & composers is gone, mr. Wayne Shorter...he was 89...

he played in the Miles David Quintet 

and a lot with Herbie Hancock...

he co-founded Weather Report in 1970 with Joe Zawinul, Miroslav Vitous and Airto Moreira.

In the movies he collaborated with James Newton Howard on the soundtracks of Glengarry Glen Ross and The Fugitive. Also was one of musicians in the Philippe Sarde scored L'homme aux yeux d'argent (1985), together with Herbie Hancock,  Ron Carter and others.

This may be his best song...Speak No Evil, from the album with the same name...

Wayne Shoter on sax, Elvin Jones on drums, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on Bass, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet.

and here's a program from Jazz Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) with Wayne Shorter from 2017..,