2009 Oscar Nominee List

I am very surprised The Dark Knight didn’t get a best picture nomination, but at least Heath is getting recognized with a Best Supporting Actor nomination.

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

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

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

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

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

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 Adapted Screenplay
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Doubt”
“Frost/Nixon”
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Original Screenplay
“Frozen River”
“Happy-Go-Lucky”
“In Bruges”
“Milk”
“WALL-E”

Best Animated Feature Film
“Bolt”
“Kung Fu Panda”
“WALL-E”

Best Foreign Language Film
“The Baader Meinhof Complex”
“The Class”
“Depatures”
“Revanche”
“Waltz with Bashir”

Best Documentary Feature
“The Betrayal (Nerkhoon)”
“Encounters at the End of the World”
“The Garden”
“Man on Wire”
“Trouble the Water”

Best Art Direction
“Changeling”
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“The Duchess”
“Revolutionary Road”

Best Cinematography
“Changeling”
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Costume Design
“Australia”
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Duchess”
“Milk”
“Revolutionary Road”

Best Film Editing
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”
“Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Makeup
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Hellboy II: The Golden Army”

Best Music (Original Score)
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Defiance”
“Milk”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“WALL-E”

Best Music (Original Song)
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“WALL-E”

Best Sound Editing
“The Dark Knight”
“Iron Man”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“WALL-E”
“Wanted”

Best Sound Mixing
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“WALL-E”
“Wanted”

Best Visual Effects
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Iron Man”

Best Documentary Short Subject
“The Conscience of Nhem En”
“The Final Inch”
“Smile Pinki”
“The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306″

Best Short Film (Animated)
“La Maison de Petits Cubes”
“Lavatory – Lovestory”
“Oktapodi”
“Presto”
“This Way Up”

Best Short Film (Live Action)
“Auf der Strecke (On the Line)”
“Manon on the Asphault”
“New Boy”
“The Pig”
“Spielzeugland (Toyland)”

New Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans Clip Online

http://video.msn.com/video.aspx/?mkt=en-US&vid=fbcbbdbd-f990-4e4d-95b7-16f07e6f6f70&wa=wsignin1.0

Movie Web says:

“This prequel story delves into the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires, known as Death Dealers, and the barbaric Lycans (werewolves). A young Lycan, Lucian (Michael Sheen), emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor (Bill Nighy), the cruel vampire king who has persecuted them for hundreds of years. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, the beautiful vampire Sonja (Rhona Mitra), in his battle to free the Lycans from their brutal enslavement.”

Well, I like the clip but the camera is way too shaky, couldn’t tell who was hitting who, it didn’t please me, although I did like it. I still have hope for this film, as I want to see it, so hopefully it delivers.


Taken Review

Thanks for checking out Action Bomb’s review of the new film “Taken”.

Synopsis from IMDB:

A former spy relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been forced into the slave trade.

Taken was a slow movie in the beginning, there is a lot of story involved in the first half. A lot of scenes with his daughter, and so on. She goes to Paris, gets Taken, he comes to find her. That is about half the movie, and I had a major problem with that. If your making an action film, please, don’t wait too long to get going. Don’t get me wrong, the story in the first half of the film was good and entertaining, but it needed some action there. Now, the good thing is that when this movie finally gets going, it get’s going! There is tons of action, and it’s a wake up call from the first half of the film. It’s just, wow, it truly does have a lot of action, it just came a little too late, but not too too late. I mean, man, tons of enemies get killed in this. Liam Neeson was great in this. The action in the script is what really got me. I mean-DANG! Tons of action, and it was awesome. I will say it’s better than Transporter 3, since it’s kind of along the same lines, sort of. You will not be disappointed as long as you can handle the first half.

Tons of action, despite getting off to a slow start, I give Taken a 7.2 out of 10

Which Is Harder To Make: Horror Or Comedy?

Throughout all of filmmaking, there are likely only two genres that are so hard to make, and not just to make, but to make good. Obviously the two are horror and comedy. It’s hard to scare people because different things are scary to different people. Same goes for comedy. So which one of these hard genres is the hardest? Well, let’s see. In comedy, you MUST make your fans laugh, or else, or film, in their eyes, sucks. That is hard, making a variety of different people laugh at the same thing, extremely hard. In horror, having different people jump and squirm at  the same thing, so hard. You can’t use stuff popping out of nowhere in horror movies anymore, you can’t be like Saw V.  I’d say say why the original Saw made people scared was because it would put someone in a terrible position, some resort to cutting body parts off. As many people have said, Saw made you think “What would I do in that situation?”. I think that’s why Saw worked.  As we have recently found out, much to my distaste of Saw IV and V, too much of the same thing can get boring. In horror, you always have to have something fresh and new.

You have to give a reason for the audience to want to get scared. When I see horror I want to get scared, and if your film makes me cover my face or put a hood over it because of frightning scenes, it’s a winner in my eyes. In comedy, I want to laugh so much I can’t breathe, if that happens, the film is a comedic masterpiece. The reason why Seth Rogen is (my opinion of course) the king of comedy right now is because every film (Superbad, Pineapple Express) makes people laugh. He’s so successful because every time, he brings something new. Same with Judd Apatow, every comedy he writes is nothing short of brilliant. James Wan makes people scared (Saw’s 1,2,3,4,5, and upcoming Saw 6) time and time again, that’s something you notice. Characters also help, horror’s master creeps: Jigsaw, the clown from IT, Freddy, Jason, Micheal Myers, The Grudge, etc. Comedy’s funny’s: Harold & Kumar, Cheech and Chong, etc. This is what makes success. They are both hard, and if you make successful pieces  out of either won, kudos to you! But the hardest one out of horror or comedy, in my opinion, is-Comedy.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop Is…….Number 1???!!!

Paul Blart: Mall Cop, in the weekend estimates  over at Box Office Mojo is number 1. Now, this is just an estimate but based off the lead it has I think it is number 1. This shocked me to the core, as I was sure that My Bloody Valentine 3D was going to grab the number one spot. This is what the weekend estimates look like: (From Box Office Mojo)

1 N Paul Blart: Mall Cop Sony $33,800,000 3,144 $10,751 $33,800,000 $26 1
2 1 Gran Torino WB $22,235,000 -24.6% 2,972 +164 $7,481 $73,232,000 $33 6
3 N My Bloody Valentine 3-D LGF $21,900,000 2,534 $8,642 $21,900,000 1
4 N Notorious (2009) FoxS $21,500,000 1,638 $13,126 $21,500,000 1
5 N Hotel for Dogs P/DW $17,707,000 3,271 $5,413 $17,707,000 1
6 2 Bride Wars Fox $11,750,000 -44.2% 3,228 +2 $3,640 $37,577,000 $30 2
7 3 The Unborn (2009) Uni. $9,849,000 -50.3% 2,359 +2 $4,175 $33,088,000 2
8 35 Defiance ParV $9,206,000 +13,401.9% 1,789 +1,787 $5,146 $9,547,000 $50 3
9 4 Marley and Me Fox $6,325,000 -44.5% 2,952 -526 $2,143 $132,734,000 4
10 11 Slumdog Millionaire FoxS $5,900,000 +56.0% 582 -19 $10,137 $42,737,000 $15 10

My Bloody Valentine 3D Review

This is Action Bomb’s review for the brand new horror flick “My Bloody Valentine 3D”.

Synopsis from IMDB:

Tom (Ackles) returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine’s night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people.

That’s not the whole plot, as the rest might have been spoiler. Well, what did I think of the new My Bloody Valentine? Well, I was impressed, very impressed. The good thing about this movie is that it is, just like it seems, fun. They don’t keep the fright factor the whole time, sometimes they make you laugh, but all the times they tried comedy didn’t really work on me. They don’t try it too much though. The cool thing about this movie is the gore, and they don’t keep that to a small part of the movie. We’re talking full on gore, and the way they went about the killings sort of impressed me because they we’re smart with it, to an extent. Now some of the things the movie suffers from is somewhat bad acting. The thing with me is a lot of times in horror movies, I actually laugh because sometimes what is meant to be scary winds up being funny, even though they didn’t mean that at all. There were also some stupid things some of the actors did, like staying in a truck while the pick axe is flying at you???? Just duck! It’s not really that hard! But they did have some all out gross factors in this. There were some intense moments, some jumpy moments, and the main thing I have with this is the killer. The whole time, we are guessing who the killer was. I won’t spoil it for you but I was guessing someone, then It was very obvious who it was. But, then they twisted the twist again! Kudos to them! Because then I didn’t know who it was, then, with a few minutes left, we find out. Seeing it in 3D would have been pretty cool as I have heard tons of stuff flies at you.

All in all, My Bloody Valentine 3D ends up being pretty fun, like I thought. There’s a lot of gore, some laughs, some things are rather dumb and don’t work. I give My Bloody Valentine 3D a 7.8 out of 10

Watchmen Script Review

Sorry guys for no picture with this post, that is momentarily not working. I read the Watchmen script by David Hayter on Sunday. It is not the final script, but pretty darn close, atleast I hope so. Anyway, what did I think? I LOVED it, and it was so awesome, just like the comic really, and I do mean just like the comic. It is pretty awesome, all the hype is not in vain. Dialogue was really good, it just was awesome, and the script starts out just like the comic, with the murder of a certain someone, it is the scene in the beginning of the newest trailer. Dr Manhatten was not wasted, believe me. Now, i’m not even sure if I had any problems with the script. I’m actually trying to think up stuff I didn’t like about it, and when that happens, when you have to really think about what you didn’t like about it, you KNOW it’s good. I guess the ending. A big twist at the end, a great one. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I loved the ending, great ending, but I didn’t see it coming. I guess it could’ve stood a little more action, and it really did drag in some parts. But, overall I give david Hayter’s script of Watchmen a 9.8 out of 10.