Four easy steps to become a professional photographer:
1. Take a photo of any random thing from a close range.
2. Open it in Picasa and change it to Sepia/B&W.
3. Open this in MSPaint and add a copyright symbol along with your first & last name.
4. Post this in facebook under an album titled “Abstract”.
Hurray, you are a professional photographer and can term yourself as an Artist now.
You can also create a facebook page titled your ‘<First name Last Name> Photography’ and invite people to like/follow it.
So just thought I will do my picks in the top categories from the Academy Awards nominations before the Ceremony.
- The Artist – Thomas Langmann
- The Descendants – Jim Burke, Jim Taylor, and Alexander Payne
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Scott Rudin
- The Help – Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, and Michael Barnathan
- Hugo – Graham King and Martin Scorsese
- Midnight in Paris – Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
- Moneyball – Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, and Brad Pitt
- The Tree of Life – Dede Gardner, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, and Bill Pohlad
- War Horse – Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy
My Pick: The Artist – Thomas Langmann
-Very closely followed by ‘The Tree of Life’.
- Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
- Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
- Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
- Alexander Payne – The Descendants
- Martin Scorsese – Hugo
My Pick: Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
-For directing a film no one else could.
- Demián Bichir – A Better Life as Carlos Galindo
- George Clooney – The Descendants as Matt King
- Jean Dujardin – The Artist as George Valentin
- Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as George Smiley
- Brad Pitt – Moneyball as Billy Beane
My Pick: Jean Dujardin – The Artist
-For doing an extremely difficult role perfectly.
- Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs as Albert Nobbs
- Viola Davis – The Help as Aibileen Clark
- Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as Lisbeth Salander
- Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady as Margaret Thatcher
- Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn as Marilyn Monroe
My Pick: Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
-Really tough to pick one. Also Tilda Swinton for ‘We need to talk about Kevin’ should have been there among the nominees.
Best Supporting Actor:
- Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn as Laurence Olivier
- Jonah Hill – Moneyball as Peter Brand
- Nick Nolte – Warrior as Paddy Conlon
- Christopher Plummer – Beginners as Hal Fields
- Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close as The Renter
My Pick: Christopher Plummer – Beginners
– Also I think Beginners should have been in the Best Film category.
Best Supporting Actress:
- Bérénice Bejo – The Artist as Peppy Miller
- Jessica Chastain – The Help as Celia Foote
- Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids as Megan Price
- Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs as Hubert Page
- Octavia Spencer – The Help as Minny Jackson
My Pick: Octavia Spencer – The Help
Best Writing – Original Screenplay:
- The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
- Bridesmaids – Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo
- Margin Call – J.C. Chandor
- Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
- A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
My Pick: A Seperation – Asghar Farhadi
- The Artist – Guillaume Schiffman
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Jeff Cronenweth
- Hugo – Robert Richardson
- The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki
- War Horse – Janusz Kamiński
My Pick: The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki
Not picking up the movie for Best Adapted Screenplay as I haven’t read any of the books. Also not picking up the best animated and Best Foreign Language films as I have not seen all the movies in these categories.
Knowing the Academy over the past few years, some of the picks I made I know are not going to win while some of them are. Ex- Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer are going to win for all the money and Terence Malick and Glenn Close are not. But this is not about that. I’ve picked the movies from a ‘should’ perspective rather than a ‘will’ perspective.
Just finished watching 21 Grams again and the movie blew me again specially the ending. Its the combinations of words, music, direction everything that gets to you.
So thought compiling a few ending scenes of movies that have left a mark on me. And as you can imagine, this blog post could be a big spoiler for you in case you have not seen the movies. So avoid pushing the play button on the movies you have not seen, you wouldn’t get the essence anyways. And if you have seen the movie, just relive the moments.
And yeah a few videos below do not allow embedding so just click the youtube link and watch it there.
1. 21 Grams
The ending of the movie is just as awesome as the start!
5. Un Prophete
7. Fight Club
P.S.: This is an absolute random list. Another day it really could have been an entire different set.
Read somewhere today that the sex ratio of Haryana as per 2001 budget is 861/1000. Now assuming it has gone up a bit in the past 9 years, there are still around 120 girls which are killed per 1861 children born in Haryana. And the sex ratio in most of the other states in India is not encouraging at all. Most of the states have a ratio of 900-950 girls per thousand boys that are born. Putting it in a nutshell, hundreds of girls are killed in our country everyday just because they are girls. Terrorism and Naxalism are big problems which we are facing today, but looking at the number of deaths is it not a bigger problem and bigger crime that is happening everyday around us? Something that needs to be taken care of and fast. A death sentence for female foeticide maybe.
When I entered the movie hall i had pretty much guessed what the story of the movie would be after watching the promos. Ranbir would be playing a rich guy who is pretty much laid back and does not care about the future. Then out of circumstances he’ll be forced to take charge of his life and will come trumps in the end with the help Konkana Sen Sharma. And I was right. The movie is as predictable as it could be. You can guess most of the times what’s gonna happen next. So what could be done when the story is not by your side. You could present the movie in a nice fresh format. You could extract the best out of the actors you’ve got. The music can help you out. The cinematography could be done nicely or you take care of minute details and Wake up Sid scores above par in all the other areas.
Yes there are similarities from “Dil Chahta Hai”, “Lakshya” and “Luck by Chance” but when you’re watching the movie that never really bothers you and it should not be a reason for penning the movie down.
The movie is not brilliant(not something of the level of Kaminey or Dev D) and has its share of flaws too. Like some of the scenes of Sid (Ranbir) and his mother (Supriya Pathak) are pretty unreal and slightly high on melondrama. And I could think of a couple of other instances of the same as well. Also cutting down the movie by 10 minutes would also not have done any harm to the movie.
But overall its an above par movie with great performances from Ranbir and Konkana Sen Sharma. The movie manages to connect well with the audience and its a feel good, a definite one time watch. Ayan Mukherjee’s first attempt at direction is pretty much fresh.
My recent experience with bollywood movies has been great. Its been four movies on a trot I have come out of cinema hall feeling great.
The president is coming 8/10
Luck By Chance 8/10
Dev D 9/10
Hoping the trend continues, can’t wait for the release of Gulaal. Bollywood surely is turning it on, thanks to a few amazing directors coming up.
Also recently saw Prahar, great movie.
Check out this review of Singh is Kinng
Now either the person who wrote the review was bribed by the producer of the movie….or he has no fucking idea of what a good movie should be….or else he is a big big moron…
This movie is a total crap which makes no damn sense and believe me its definitely not humourous….. the turn of events are so illogical and poorly presented that I could only say to myself “what the fuck” in the whole movie….
And for every adult who very much liked this movie i dont have to think twice before calling u a moron…..
In three words “Top Notch Mindfuck”.
My Rating: 1.5/10 (For the three times i saw Katrina’s cleavage)