Cinecast Episode 214 – I Hate that I Know That

We start things off simple. No Kurt. Just some Pirates and Priests. With unpleasantness out of the way, Kurt jumps in with both feet for a indie post-apocalyptic film out of Toronto, a re-evaluation of Inglorious Basterds and Tarantino’s career. Trains and Toni Collette keep the conversation chugging along and with Gamble here, “Game of Thrones” is sort of unavoidable. We all revel in the love for Rip Torn and South Korea before rounding everything out with a talk about sequels that are crazier than a rat in a tin shithouse (ala Caddyshack II and Gremilns II). Nobody dies.

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Everyone Loved “The King’s Speech” – Especially Britain

About a month ago I told everyone I know to mark David Fincher’s The Social Network on their Oscar ballot right now. It was a lock. It’s over. Guaranteed. While I will be sticking with that pick, it’s looking more and more like a closer race than I thought. The King’s Speech has been eating up audiences and the buzz is pretty much at its peak. On top of that, it nabbed 7 BAFTA’s last night (winning half of their 12 nominations) which just keeps the freight train a truckin’. Having said that, Fincher did get the win for Best Director and Best Screenplay, so I think there’s still a chance his film will get Best Picture come Oscar day.

Other than that, nothing here all that surprising or hard to predict. Another ho-hum Oscar season in which just about everything is either a lock or a 1 in 2 chance of winning. So just like last year, it seems there are really only two horses in this race. Who will cross the finish line first?

BAFTA Winners:

Best Film
The King’s Speech

Outstanding British Film
The King’s Speech

David Fincher – The Social Network

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer
Chris Morris – Four Lions

Leading Actor
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Leading Actress
Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Supporting Actor
Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

Supporting Actress
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech

Original Screenplay
The King’s Speech – David Seidler

Adapted Screenplay
The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin

Film Not In The English Language
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Animated Film
Toy Story 3

Original Music
The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat

True Grit – Roger Deakins

The Social Network – Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

Production Design
Inception – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowa

Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland – Colleen Atwood

Inception – Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick

Special Visual Effects
Inception – Corbould, Franklin, Lockley, Bebb

Make Up & Hair
Alice in Wonderland – Valli O’Reilly, Paul Gooch

Short Animation
The Eagleman Stag – Michael Pleas

Short Film
Until the River Runs Red – Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis

Orange Wednesdays Rising Award
Tom Hardy


Pirates Whatever Whatever… Oh! Penelope Cruz

I hate the Pirates franchise. The third one was the last straw. Not a chance in hell I’d go back and see a fourth installment. Then something odd happened on this terribly dreary, cold, depressing and crabby afternoon in Minneapolis to interest and cheer me up: the trailer for On Stranger Tides shows up. Yeah, it’s weird I feel this way and the movie will likely be terrible. But here’s a list of reasons why I’m slightly “funned up” and would consider screen hopping into this one:

1) Penélope Cruz
2) No Orloondo Bland
3) Ian McShane
4) Zombies
5) Mermaids
6) New storyline
7) Penélope Cruz



TIFF Winner, “The King’s Speech” Gets a Fancy Trailer

Until about five minutes ago, all I knew about The King’s Speech was that it won the people’s choice award at The Toronto International Film Festival this year and it stars Mr. Colin Firth completely kicking ass (per usual). Now with this trailer being released I see that Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Timothy Spall, Guy Pearce and Michael Gambon are also involved. Good heavens does this scream amazing or what?

As someone who majored in Speech Therapy in college, the plot of the film further intrigues me as it seems to be focusing on the King of England’s inability to speak properly due to a fairly sever stutter. With war on the horizon the King must speak for a nation. But for someone who stutters… not the easiest task. In what looks to be a pretty dramatic story but carried out in an almost playful manner, I have no doubt these actors are going to pull off something special here.

Early Oscar predictions are already buzzing all about this picture. Which isn’t all that surprising consider director Tom Hooper already has loads of award nominations under his belt for the excellent television mini-seires John Adams and the much fawned over, The Damned United. Take a look at the trailer below and see what you think. At the very least, it’s shot wonderfully.