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Jessi and I have not forgotten about you but were are running into some serious technical difficulties trying to update the site.  We are not computer geniuses though we are seriously reconsidering our college degrees. Kidding.  Please hang in there!  We are trying to keep up on this site for now until the other is beautiful and worthy of your eyes!

I had to post this trailer.  On October 16th, Warner Brothers is releasing Where the Wild Things Are which has to be one of my favorite children’s book ever.  Directed by Spike Jonze I believe it’s going to give us all a sense of being a child again and a little bit of hope.  The trailer looks like pure fun and delight which is assisted by the lovely Arcade Fire track.   Find more out about them at http://www.arcadefire.com.  And yes the linking function on wordpress is broken so I can’t make that link work for now.  *sigh.

BUT Enjoy the trailer!

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Just released the new trailer for Harry Potter and the Half – Blood Prince which is scheduled for release in July 17th, 2009.  More info here.

©2009 All Trailer Rights To Warner Brothers.

-Koop

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506197confessions-of-a-shopaholic-postersTonight I was invited to a free screening of the film, Confessions of a Shopaholic based on the hit book series by Sophie Kinsella.  I have my reservations about the film before going especially since I’ve read all the books in the series and on paper Rebecca Bloomwood can be a tiny bit annoying.  You love her but seriously would like to shake her for her financial responsibility.  Luckily they cast Isla Fisher in the role who brings a sense of charm to the character and vulnerability.  Good call!  Plus Fisher makes Becky this fashionista but who’s a bit awkward and dorky yet bright and caring.  Much more relate-able than I thought the character would be to the audience.  Plus it’s funny.  At times really, really funny.  

Mostly the film does follow the book after they move it from London to NYC and makes everyone American.  That part was a bit annoying but they made it work.  Luck Brandon, played by Hugh Dancy AKA: Clarie Danes fiancee, also went from being a successful businessman to and up and coming successful business man.  Most of the changes really didn’t distract from the story.  Overall I say see it and laugh.  It’s carefree and just a fun time.  More info here.

-Koop

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I was recently made aware of a video by my friend Margi, it’s called “The Hidden Cost of Cashmere”. This video is short and extremely effective, outlining all of the issues that hit the rest of the world, when we (consumers) demand something that doesn’t replenish by itself.

This video made me remember a longer more in depth documentary that I saw in one of my film classes in Chicago years ago. It’s called “Ilha das flores” or “Island of Flowers”. Again, this documentary explains how complex we’ve made our world with modern inventions and conveniences.

Of course, we’re not going to stop buying sweaters when it’s cold or flip flops when its hot but I hope that this will make you think twice about buying 4 different colors because they’ll match your other clothes better.  Does matching your clothes mean more to you than the lives of others or the environment? Ask yourself that when you make your next shopping trip.  And please, watch one or both of these videos.

“The Hidden Cost of Cashmere”

“Ilha das flores” (yes it’s subtitled, I wouldn’t do that to ya!)

Part 1

Part 2

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I know the film, MILK has been in theaters for a few months now but if you haven’t seen it you really should gomilk_movie_poster now.  I finally got around to watching my screener of it and I was mesmerized.  Sean Penn plays Harvey Milk as this lost man in NYC who at the age of 40 wants to finally do something with his life.  Leaving with his new partner, played by James Franco, the pair move to San Francisco to the Castro district. Harvey opens a camera shop only to immediately be faced with discrimination from the local business association.  Using the power of speech, Harvey organizes the gay community to first rise against Coors Beer then Harvey starts his first of many campaigns for a government seat.  I’ll stop here on the recap because one you can read the history in wikipedia and two you need to see the film.  

With 2008’s elections and the passing of Proposition 8, Milk couldn’t be more relevant.  Many have written about this fact and most choose to focus on the fact that this year the gay community has failed Harvey Milk and his legacy.  Yes, No on 8 did loose. Yes, gay marriage was banned in the state of California.  But as I watched Milk with a friend, she commented that wow gay rights have not come that far since the 1970’s.  At first, I sat almost crying thinking she was correct.  And on the surface it seems my friend is right.  Then I started to really think about it.  In the film a man is murdered, beaten to death, for walking down the sidewalk with his partner. In San Francisco.  Today there is still hatred toward the gay community but now in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, New York City, Minneapolis, and many other cities gay couples can walk down the street, holding hands, and the likely hood that they are going to be beaten is slim, very slim.  Overwhelmingly, I believe, 80% of voters under the age of 30 are for gay marriage.  Milk’s message once again is hitting home with the younger generation.

You can find out more about Milk and it’s awards/nominations here.

-Koop

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BEST PICTURE   

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
  • “Frost/Nixon”
  • “Milk
  • “The Reader”
  • “Slumdog Millionaire”

BEST ACTRESS

  • Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
  • Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”
  • Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”
  • Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
  • Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

BEST ACTOR

  • Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
  • Sean Penn, “Milk”
  • Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
  • Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”
  • Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Amy Adams, “Doubt”
  • Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
  • Viola Davis, “Doubt”
  • Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
  • Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Josh Brolin, “Milk”
  • Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
  • Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
  • Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road”

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
  • Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”
  • David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
  • Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
  • Gus Van Sant, “Milk”

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
  • Dustin Lance Black, “Milk” 
  • Courtney Hunt, “Frozen River” 
  • Mike Leigh, “Happy-Go-Lucky” 
  • Marttin McDonagh, “In Bruges” 
  • Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, “WALL-E” 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire” 
  • David Hare, “The Reader” 
  • Peter Morgan, “Frost/Nixon” 
  • John Patrick Shanley, “Doubt” 
  • Eric Roth, Robin Swicord, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • “The Baader-Meinhof Complex” (Germany) 
  • “The Class” (France) 
  • “Departures” (Japan) 
  • “Revanche” (Austria) 
  • “Waltz with Bashir” (Israel)

BEST ANIMATED FILM 

  • “Bolt” 
  • “Kung Fu Panda” 
  • “Wall-E”
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BEST ART DIRECTION 

  • “Changeling” 
  • “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button” 
  • “Dark Knight” 
  • “The Duchess” 
  • “Revolutionary Road”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 
  • “Changeling” Tom Stern 
  • “Slumdog Millionaire,” Anthony Dod Mantle 
  • “The Reader,” Chris Menges 
  • “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button,” Claudio Miranda 
  • “The Dark Knight,” Wally Pfister,

BEST FILM EDITING

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall 
  • “The Dark Knight,” Lee Smith 
  • “Frost/Nixon,” Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill 
  • “Milk,” Elliot Graham 
  • “Slumdog Millionaire,” Chris Dickens

BEST COSTUME DESIGN 

  • “Australia,” Catherine Martin 
  • “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button,” Jacqueline West 
  • “The Duchess,” Michael O’Conner 
  • “Milk”, Danny Glicker 
  • “Revolutionary Road,” Albert Wolsky

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • “The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)” 
  • “Encounters at the End of the World” 
  • “The Garden” 
  • “Man on Wire” 
  • “Trouble the Water”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Jai Ho,” A.R. Rahman
  • “Slumdog Millionaire,” “O Saya,” A.R. Rahman & M.I.A. 
  • “Wall-E,” “Down To Earth,” Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE 

  • “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button,” Alexandre Desplat 
  • “Defiance,” James Newton Howard 
  • “Milk,” Danny Elfman 
  • “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman 
  • “WALL-E,” Thomas Newman

BEST MAKEUP 

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Colleen Callaghan, Fionagh Cush 
  • “The Dark Knight,” Peter Robb-King, John Caglione Jr. 
  • “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” Mike Elizalde, Thom Floutz

BEST SOUND EDITING 

  • “The Dark Knight,” Richard King 
  • “Iron Man,” Frank Eulner, Christopher Boyes 
  • “Slumdog Millionaire,” Tom Sayers 
  • “Wall-E,” Ben Burtt, Matthew Wood 
  • “Wanted,” Wylie Stateman

BEST SOUND MIXING 

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Mark Weingarten, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce 
  • “The Dark Knight,” Ed Novick, Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo 
  • “Slumdog Millionaire,” Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty 
  • “Wall-E,” Ben Burtt, Tom Myers, Michael Semanick 
  • “Wanted,” Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS 

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Eric Barba 
  • “The Dark Knight,” Chris Corbould, Nick Davis, Paul Franklin, Tim Webber 
  • “Iron Man,” John Nelson

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM 

  • “Auf der Strecke (On the Line)” 
  • “Manon on the Asphalt” 
  • “New Boy” 
  • “The Pig” 
  • “Spielzeugland (Toyland)”

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM 

  • “La Maison en Petits Cubes” 
  • “Lavatory – Lovestory” 
  • “Oktapodi” 
  • “Presto” 
  • “This Way Up”

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM 

  • “The Conscience of Nhem En” “The Final Inch” “Smile Pinki” “The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306” 

MORE TO COME SOON!!

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08movie-revolutionary-roadAfter seeing this film I had so many different feelings and thoughts about it.  Mostly I cannot even decide if I really like it.  From the very beginning, Revolutionary Road knocks you over with intensity.  Each frame of the film kills you with purpose.  Each look from Kate Winslet penetrates your heart and head.  By the end, I wanted to run crying from the theater in a near panic attack thinking, “Lord, please don’t let me end up like that couple”.  

Revolutionary Road, directed by Sam Mendes, follows the relationship between Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio.  The film opens with them already married and 30 years old with two daughters.  Dicaprio’s character is in a dead end, boring, cubicle job where you can see him slowing rotting.  On the other hand, Winslet’s character, a stay at home mom, has become zombie like, roboticly moving through her day.  Both hate their lives but have no idea how to change any of it.  Finally Winslet remembers a courtship story in which DiCaprio tells of wanting to move to Paris to live and be alive.  Thinking this could save them the couple decides to just do it and move to Paris.

With this renewed, adventurous outlook on live the couple rekindles their romance and hope for more than suburban life.  Without giving away anymore details of the film, life intervenes, problems occur and Paris seems farther away than the moon.  But still that’s not what centers the film.  No, it’s the horrifying thought I think most people have; their worst fear in life.  What if one day you wake up, look at your spouse, house, children and say, “Shit. This is my life?  Who is this person next to me?  How did I become so ordinary?  My life is boring.”  And want to run and run and run away from it all.  While you watch the couple on screen go through these questions and try to solve this problem you can’t help but hold your breath because, at least for me, it’s my worst fear being acted out in front of me.

Another disturbing unique feeling to Road is that you feel as if you staring into a picture window watching this couple unravel.  Sam Mendes began as a theater director so he give this observational feel to the film. It sort of feels like you’re watching a play.  For some it was distracting for me it only added to the detachment of the characters to each other.j

Overall I say see the film.  See how you feel about it.  It truly is my worst fears about my life and marriage on screen but for others it could be the affirmation that you will not allow yourself to feel that way.  Personally I felt hollow and a bit depressed and anxious afterwards.  I’m interested to see how others feel after viewing it.  

 

-Koop

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