Oscar

Oscar is a figure in the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology. He is the warrior son of Oison and the fairy woman Niamh, who also bore his sister, Plor na mBan. (Wikipedia)

So the clever among you will know that the reason I called this post Oscar is that it was, in fact, the Oscars this past weekend, and being the film lover and overall geek that I am, I get quite excited about it. Alas, I wasn’t able to watch it, because the only channel that shows it here in the UK is one of the movie channels, and we don’t subscribe to it. So I followed it online for a while but got sleepy, and couldn’t stay awake. I predicted 16 out of 22 winners; although to be fair the big six were easy to predict – it would have been a big shock if anyone else had won them.

 

Sandra Bullock is my current number one girl crush (something I seem to be sharing with a lot of other people at the moment – I feel like she is very much a girl’s girl!), so I am mighty glad she got the Best Actress award. I saw The Blind Side on Sunday morning, and whilst I have not seen any of the other actresses in their respective films, I very much enjoyed Sandra’s performance. Definitely one of the best of her career. On the subject of the Academy Awards, this is a very interesting article about the statistics of a Oscar winner. It is no great shock to learn that younger women are more likely to win the Oscar than older women, whilst for men, the older they get the more likely they become, at least based on history. We all know that women are seen as more valuable commodities in Hollywood the younger they are, and pretty much Meryl Streep is the only woman over fifty who is given the chance to carry a film these days! I posted on Twitter that I couldn’t believe it has taken the Academy 82 years (a number that I query, because whilst the latest ceremony was called the 82nd Academy Awards, the first ceremony was in 1929. So surely we are at 81?) to award a woman with the Best Director award. I got a reply from someone saying “They should make better films then.” I am not really taking issue with the fact that Academy has failed to recognise female directors, because that person may be right, maybe the fact is that until Kathrn Bigelow made The Hurt Locker, no film directed by a woman was good enough to win the Oscar. What I think is sad is that women are underrepresented in the film business as a whole. There is absolutely nothing to say that men should be better at making films, so why are there so few female directors? Another BBC article looks into it. It’s interesting, and I wish that I had found out about the Birds Eye View Film Festival a week ago, instead of two days before it is due to end! I am really seriously considering doing some sort of postgraduate study in Women’s or Gender Studies, so this sort of thing is currently catching my eye. I am also trying to possibly get a job in the field for a few years while I save up for my Masters, so this sort of thing would be ideal.

I realised that I had not updated this blog properly for ages, and I had lots of things that I wanted to write about, but as this has now become a post about films, I think I will continue on a theme and save the rest of my bits for next time (next time will not be 6 weeks away this time!). I found this funny link, the “Hot Chick, who cares if she can act” column made me laugh! I also liked reading this article about The Runaways, a film about Joan Jett starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. I am not Kristen Stewart’s biggest fan, which bothers me slightly because it seems so fashionable to not be her biggest fan, and I don’t want it to seem like I am just influenced by everyone around me. I love the Twilight books, not such a huge fan of the films, but enjoy watching them. I am not in love with her portrayal of Bella, but it’s fine. It’s her all round attitude that bothers me. She chose to star in a huge film, and then seems to complain and sulk about the fact that everyone wants a piece of her. While I by no means agree with the paparazzi in any form, I do have to ask what she thought was going to happen when she signed on to play Bella. Twilight was already huge before the films were created, so she must have had an idea.

Anyway, back to The Runaways, there is no UK release date for it yet. Which probably means that it won’t come out here – it premiered at the Sundance festival, so that’s no great surprise. But I will try and see it somehow, because it looks good.

Larry Crowne also looks like it could be good – Tom Hanks is probably one of the most watchable actors ever, and I enjoyed his directorial debut, That Thing You Do. Also, he and Julia Roberts were in Charlie Wilson’s War together, and I very much enjoyed that. Obviously, there is another Tom Hanks film coming in the summer that I am very excited for…. “Somebody’s poisoned the waterhole!”

Toy Story 3

IMDB does have a date for this one – 23rd July. Very, very excited.

With that I shall end. The word count for this post is currently sitting at 957 words. That’s almost half an essay.

Luachan

“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.”

~ Mozart ~

Iron Man

“Iron Man” is a song by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath from their second studio album Paranoid released in1970. (Wikipedia)

I am very excited about the forthcoming Iron Man 2. I am not a huge fan of comic books, but I loved the first film so much. I imagine that it has much to do with Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role, because I thought he was brilliant. I wish that I was more into comic books, as I like the idea of reading them, but I just don’t know where to start. Anyway, so I follow the director of the film, Jon Favreau, on Twitter, and he posted a link to a New York Times article about the new film. One of the things that I like about Iron Man, and why I also like Batman, is that they are not superheroes in the traditional sense, in that they don’t get powers from a freak accident or insect bite. They obtain their powers through inventions, and I like that idea for some reason.

And I like Robert Downey Jr. A lot.

Where Have All the Cowboys Gone

Where Have All the Cowboys Gone” is the name of a song by Paula Cole. It is featured in her album This Fire. (Wikipedia)

I have decided to start a new blog. I’ve imported the old one, but I was reading somebody else’s blog this morning (they shall remain nameless, because I arrived at said blog through the tried and trusted means of Facebook stalking), and it inspired me to start writing again.

I am going to be trying to use my blog as a kind of journal, just to highlight things that I find that are interesting (to me of course, I should imagine that most other people will get bored rather quickly). So here goes, with my first post.

I watched Glee tonight. I started watching it while I was in the States, and told everyone back here how much I loved it, but then it ended up clashing with Criminal Minds, so I had to forsake it. I only ended up watching the first 4 episodes while I was over there, so now its on E4, and it seems that every single person in this country now watches it and finds it amazing! So I am watching it with Katy, and we are very much enjoying it.

I am dressing as a cowgirl for Flirt! tomorrow night. It will be the third time in recent years that I have dressed as a cowgirl, and the fourth time that I have had to dress up for a Wild West theme – I dressed as an Indian for Vicky’s New Year’s Eve party a couple of years ago. But at least that means that I have the costume, and do not have to go out and buy anything new! Tomorrow evening also marks my return to Sub Zero after too many months away. I cannot wait.

I am very much enjoying this video, as I do like a good mash up. I wish I didn’t have to call it a mash up, but that’s what it is. I really like anything like this, even if I don’t know all of the songs that are featured. As I said earlier today, I have to make a conscious effort to listen to chart music these days, because otherwise when I do go out to Sub Zero or anywhere similar, I find myself adrift. I still do, to be honest, but at least I make an effort.

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