Thursday, February 21, 2013

Updates! Finally!

Feast your eyes! I've finally made some updates to the website. The Tim Burton section now has reviews of Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie. Now I just need to update the James Cameron section (I believe he had a movie about some blue people a few years back) and then I can actually start working on adding new content, including scans from vintage newspapers and magazines! Ooooooh . . .

Friday, February 15, 2013

2012 Imaginary Cinema Awards!

2012 was a year when several big movies disappointed (while still being pretty decent). So thank God for Joss Whedon and Katniss Everdeen! Here are the winners, and the runners up:

Best Movie: (TIE) The Avengers and The Cabin in the Woods. Non-Buffy fans worried at the beginning of the year about Avengers and thought that now would be a really good time for Whedon to get awesome. They didn't realise that's his secret - he's always awesome.
Runners-up: Frankenweenie, The Hunger Games, The Dark Knight Rises, Brave, The Hobbit, The Woman in Black, Prometheus

Best Screenplay: The Cabin in the Woods (Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard)

Best Direction: The Avengers (Joss Whedon)

Best Actor: Tom Hiddlestone (The Avengers)
Runners-up: Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods), Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers), Michael Fassbender (Prometheus), Robert Downey, Jr. (The Avengers), Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games)

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) - two years in a row! Go, Jen!
Runners-up: Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Kristin Connolly (The Cabin in the Woods), Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers), Michelle Pfeiffer (Dark Shadows)

Best Music: (TIE) Frankenweenie and Dark Shadows (Danny Elfman)
Runners-up: The Avengers (Alan Silvestri), The Cabin in the Woods (David Julyan), The Hobbit (Howard Shore)

Best Visual Effects: The Avengers
Runner-up: The Hobbit

Best Makeup: The Cabin in the Woods

Best Costumes: The Hunger Games

Best Production Design: Dark Shadows
Runner-up: Prometheus

Best 3D: Prometheus

Best Guilty Pleasure: Piranha DD (not as fun as the first one, but still insanely bad in a good way)

It Wasn't that bad, Honest Award: Dark Shadows
Runners-up: John Carter, The Phantom Menace 3D

The "Thank God it's Finally Over!" Award: Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II (although that final battle was actually pretty cool . . . until we found it was imaginary!)

Friday, February 01, 2013

JJ Abrams is the chosen one!

So JJ Abrams is doing Star Wars. He's a safe pick that will make a good, if not remarkable movie. Would have rather had someone like Whedon or Fincher, but JJ should do fine. With Super 8 he showed he could imitate early Spielberg almost perfectly, so if he can imitate early Lucas, a whole bunch of disillusioned geeks will fall in love with Star Wars again. As a prequel fan, I hope their influence on the saga doesn't get tossed aside (postponing the 3D releases of Clones and Sith is not a good sign) but I'm sure I'll enjoy the movie as much as Abram's Star Trek. Now if Abrams can just take over Transformers from Michael Bay, he'll be the king of all sci-fi.
Oh well, back to working on the Imaginary Cinema Awards™ for 2012!