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The Reality of Reality Tv – Being on the Inside (An Interview with a Reality TV Producer)

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WRITTEN BY OUR ANONYMOUS INSIDE MAN….OR WOMAN

Hmmm, how should I set this up? Do you watch TV? Do you watch “Reality” TV? If you are an American, odds are you do, and odds are is that you love it. Odds are also that you believe what you are watching is fact and not scripted. Well, take it from somebody who knows, 90% of Reality TV is scripted scenes performed by very bad actors. Yeah, yeah, you claim you already know this, but do you? Do you know the extent Reality Producers go to make their so-called “Reality”? No you don’t. I do, cause for 5 years I have been working on Reality TV crews. Now I cant tell you what department, or my gender cause for every gig, one must sign paperwork basically saying the production company can sue you if you make public what goes on set. I thought it was time I start to share some of my experiences to the public so at least they know what kind of garbage they are truly watching.

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Lets start with a restoration car show I worked. You’ve seen these shows. Their is a shop ran by friends and families. They get clients who want to fix up an old classic car. Sounds simple enough, but that’s in real life, this is Reality TV. First off I discover that the business is not even owned and ran by who the show’s claims. Nope, the real owner is not even on screen. The producers found this shop (it is an actual restoration body shop) and put in their cast. Speaking of, the main cast knows very little about fixing up cars, but they are presented to have this knowledge. I get to the set and I notice some off screen workers fixing up the last details on this sick ass classic car. These workers stage seats in front of the vehicle, the producer calls over the camera crew and the cast. ACTION! With direction coming from the producer, our so called experienced body shop owners pick up the seats and place them in, then they talk about working all night, the vehicle is almost ready and that they are stressed out because the deadline is soon upon them. HA! Really?

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Let me explain this so-called deadline. For this episode one family member is giving another family member a surprise birthday gift- a fixed up classic car. Who wouldn’t want that? The gift will be delivered at a birthday party…Surprissseeee!!!! Ok, this sounded real to me. Until I found out that the two family members aren’t really related. In fact they have never met each other. The first time they will meet will be at the birthday. Can you say “casted”? That’s right, someway, somehow, the producers pulled these 2 people out of their asses. I was actually amazed cause up until the point I found out I believed it and thought the gift was very thoughtful. Shame on me.

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I saved the best for last. At the shop the crew is packing up to go film the presentation of the car at the birthday party. The cast is getting in their cars and taking off. So I’m thinking how come they just don’t drive the gift over. Well that’s cause a tow truck drives in to take over the fixed up classic car. Was the tow truck being used cause they don’t want to damage or dirty the birthday gift….uhhh no. Its cause the classic car/birthday gift doesn’t even RUN….I just laughed. We all get in the van, and the tow truck does its thing. Once we arrive at the party, the people their are friends of our show’s cast and do not even know the two family members. No they are just there to look cool. The way the last scene was filmed was classic. Since the truck didn’t run, the producers had a problem…or did they?

In the front yard, the two fake family members were placed in the front yard. Down the street 2 of the show’s cast were placed in the classic car that didn’t run. Behind the car were a bunch of crewmembers ready to push. That’s right, push. I then observed the camera crew discuss how this scene was going to be show with tight shots, then a wide shot at a certain moment. After final discussions….ACTION!

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With all their strengthen, the car was pushed and picked up momentum to the point it went slowly down the street by itself. The cameras stayed tight while the car was being pushed, then when the pushing crew let go and got out of the way, the shots went wide…beautiful I thought.

Inside the car the show’s cast were screaming and honking the horn, while on the front yard the two family members looked in amazement. The birthday casted family member put on a very surprised and happy face, and when the car pulled up and stopped right in front of them (a total accident), glee was felt through out the scene. What a gift!

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I’m not against Reality TV at all. What I am against is how it’s presented to the public as real or even documentary like. I wish they were just honest about it. Look at Tru TV’s show Operation Repo. In the beginning credits, in small font, it states actors are used on the show. The director decided to do this from day one because there is no other legal way to make a show. He got shit from his peers for this. They did not like the fact he was showing the public how Reality TV is really produced. Did it hurt the show? No way, it is one of the most successful Reality shows ever.

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From time to time I will share my experiences so at least some of you will know that you are being played. Here’s a little teaser. A few years ago I was on the set of a big hit show, where the host got into a verbal argument with a guest. I thought it was real, the guest thought it was real…until cut was called. The guest went up to the host to apologize and make sure they were still cool. The host responds, “Ah, don’t worry, it’s only for the show”. 

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“Her” and our Self-Loathing Society (Review) By John D. Aguon

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Ryan Fu: So, I recenty just watched “Her”, in which I was totally blown away. Many of my friends recommended the movie to me when it was actually in the theaters but I just thought it was other corny romantic flick, so I didn’t give it a chance. Until, a week ago it became available on cable, so I decided what the heck and boy, I was totally wrong about the movie. It was so much deeper than a simple love story. Here is our poignant but great review of Her by our writer John D. Aguon.

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By John D. Aguon @lttlgnt

So a couple of nights ago, I took date night with my girlfriend to the cinema and saw Spike Jonze’s “Her”. I can’t help but find the irony, in that I took my girlfriend to see a movie about a man who falls in love with his OS (Operating System). Although the story could sound ridiculous to those anti-technology cynics, it’s hard not to imagine a world that seems not so farfetched. I’m going to admit, that if I had one of those pretentious Oscar votes, this would be my favorite film of the year by far! Also, If you’re not a fan of Joaquin Phoenix, I’m going to predict you’re going to slap the “I don’t like Joaquin Phoenix” version of yourself, the minute you walk out this film. Phoenix plays the hopeless Theodore Twombly, a writer who makes a living creating letters for other people who pay for personalized poetry and not too long after Jonze sets up Twombly to be so heartbroken after a recent divorce, the lonely Twombly buys his future girlfriend in the form of an OS charmingly names herself Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).

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Now what if it were that easy? What if you were so alone that you needed someone to talk to and voila, $369 (+tax) and a $99 startup fee you have the future Mr or Mrs. You?! Let’s say your OS would be designed to your every need and you were completely happy with it, what would be so wrong with it? It doesn’t have to be romantic, it could be platonic, what would be so wrong? Here’s the deal, an OS so intuitive that it could tell when you’re having a bad day wouldn’t be so bad for you….but for your relationships, something like that would be basically death.

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Let’s face it, I think I’m on my phone about twenty percent of the day…okay forty percent. Whether it’s googling the most googled words of 2013 , checking out if Peyton Manning scored enough points in my fantasy football league ( we all know he scores more than enough), or even instagramming some McDonalds. But I’m not alone here, and you know it. Our phones went from being connected to the wall to being connected to our hands in the matter of just fifteen years.

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So, the future is coming and It won’t be long until we will be living alternate lives with our OS in whatever area has a good WiFi signal (Shout out to all the shitty starbucks wifi nationwide) It won’t be long for us to be bumping into one another because our heads our fixated facing down to our ultra-bright iPhone screens. Then soon after, life on earth would be a bunch of people walking around with virtual helmets that simulate whatever we want to imagine our world to look, smell, and feel like. The use of physical touch would be so obsolete and intricacies of conversations with another person would be mere fables.

As depressing as this sounds, artificial intelligence is growing rapidly and were seeing the tip of already with Siri. As brilliant as “Her” was, and I mean really brilliant, the film slapped me with a hard look at the reality of our self-loathing society. With technology growing to acclimate to your personal needs, were losing touch of what’s in front of us, the real emotions that make life worth living, not just your pseudo-life we live on Facebook.

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With that being said, “Her” is an incredible film! It’s not just a film about a guy falling in love with his computer. It’s about the relationships we have in our lives. The performances are exceptional, with Joaquin Phoenix being my front runner for the best Actor award and Johansson really deserves some recognition, despite not showing her sexy self once on screen.  It’s extremely insightful and thought provoking. The visual aspect is amazing, as Jonze uses every aspect of film, from the music (scored by the eccentric Arcade Fire), to the colors, to the editing, and he places you in a futuristic world that seems just so introverted, so easy, so…human.

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BLW Presents: Grapple at the Garden with Team Joe Warren [MMA/Wrestling] By John Aguon (BLW Contributor)

Bantamweight champion Joe Warren pulled together an elite team of wrestlers: King Mo, Brennan Ward & more, to compete in the 2014 “Grapple at the Garden” in New York! Never a dull moment when the Bellator boys are there.

Check out this great MMA Promo edited by our own BLW Contributor,  John D. Aguon –   John’s Instagram

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Check out this Great Bellator MMA Promo by John D. Aguon (BLW Contributor) – Free on Spike TV Nov.15th 9/8c

MMA icons Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar take to the cage in the must see MMA event of the year live and Free on Spike Saturday November 15 9/8c.  Plus, Michael Chandler vs Will Brooks II, King Mo vs Joe Vedepo, Melvin Manhoef vs Joe Schilling & Mike Richman vs Nam Phan.  

Check out this great MMA Promo edited by our own BLW Contributor,  John D. Aguon –   John’s Instagram

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“You, Me, and The Internet.” – John D. Aguon

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By John D. Aguon @lttlgnt

So much has happened.

SO much has happened since my last entry.

I’ve been on crazy whirlwind, riding up and down life’s proverbial roller coaster. I love it though. I owe a lot to the masses. Seeing all of your updates. Sally got a new job. Bob got married.  There are People moving on up, even some of you to the east side. Seriously though, I owe a lot to the lives people broadcast online. For some reason I tune in. I see all of your success whether it is exaggerated or not. It fuels my gas guzzling fire! Well, I’ve been on the opposite side of the spectrum. John can’t afford rent. John needs a job. John could be a massive failure.

It was a dark place.

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Very dark and I owe it to the Internet.

What are we doing?  Sometimes I wonder what my life would be without the World Wide Web, constantly updating my every move. Trying to live up to the Facebook standard of living. Don’t get me wrong; I’m the first to admit that I LOVE broadcasting my whereabouts. The Burger joint I claimed to have found. The hike or if you’re going up Runyon, the gradual uphill walk I conquered. You can’t forget the infamous “ I took a picture with a celebrity, and we’re now best friends” Photo.

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But, the other day I realized something. I was having just a normal bad day, with a normal headache with a side of normal laziness, when I pulled out my iPhone and started scrolling through my photos. I found a sick picture from a few weeks back, of an awesome time I had with some friends, and of course with a flattering angle (you know high angle make you look skinnier). I filtered the picture, typed in some positive caption and went on to live my normal bad day.

Soon enough.

Blah blah blah, “likes your photo.”

So and so, “likes your photo.”

Finally, I realized. No one REALLY knew how I was living my life. No one knew that I lost my apartment, I lost my job, and I lost my dignity.

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Once again, I owe that to the Internet.

But, it’s not all a shit storm. It propelled me to actually living the life I project for everyone to see. I hit the pavement. I got on my feet again and found an incredible apartment and I’m now working for a place where I can say my career can finally grow.

I have to say; there is a light that Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites shines. Seriously though, throughout my life I’ve met some interesting people and rather than drifting apart through the distance and the years, Its pretty awesome to know that there’s a place where I can see little glimpses of your daily lives, triumphs, and families.

I appreciate you all.

I owe it to the Internet.

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BLW’s 2014 Academy Awards- Our Oscar Picks and Pricks

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Written By John D. Aguon @lttlgnt & Doc G @rorymcqueen33

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It’s that time of year! The 86th Academy Awards have been announced this morning with GRAVITY and AMERICAN HUSTLE taking the lead with the most Oscar Nods, each having 10. After an unpredictable Golden Globes, with 12 YEARS A SLAVE taking best Drama and THE WOLF OF WALLSTREET snagging Best Comedy/Musical, the Best Picture Award is poised to shock some people.

It’s that wonderful time of year, when we in America celebrate the great art that is cinema. We celebrate this art, like all art should be celebrated, by making the artists compete against each other to see whose art was truly the best art of the year and whose art didn’t quite deliver.

The Oscars don’t mean shit and anybody who uses the Oscars to help them determine which films were the best of the year are mooks (author’s note: If I should one day win an Oscar this article and all that follows means nothing, the Oscars rule and Oscar winners are freaking Gods)

People use the Oscars to rate a movie. Like Robert Redford’s performance is any less great because All Is Lost was seen by a dozen people and didn’t get nominated. Any time you want to know what the Oscars truly means remember 1992 and 1997. In 1992 GOODFELLAS was against DANCES WITH WOLVES and Marty was against Kevin. Now I like Dances, great ling flick, tutunka , buffalo shit was great and for once the Native Americans weren’t one note savages like most American films showed them to be, but instead were enlightened people who had no clue what was about to run over them. All that being said, GOODFELLAS is a fucking masterpiece. If it is on cable, and it has to be cable, because fuck not cursing, but if it is on cable I dare you to not watch 5 minutes and get hooked into 30 (Luckily I have a cable theory that states that GOODFELLAS, HEAT and FULL METAL JACKET happen to be on cable at least once a day)
Martin Scorsese lost to Kevin Costner and Goodfellas lost to Dances at the Oscars.
In 1997, these 3 films were up for best picture. PULP FICTION, SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION AND FORREST GUMP.
Which film won best picture and director?
Now history looks at Pulp Fiction as being a masterpiece, maybe the finest independent film of all time.
Shawshank Redemption.
I don’t know one human being that does not like this film. I mean Pulp Fiction can rub some people the wrong way, but unless you are a heartless, soulless, asshole, you have to like Shawshank.
Forrest Gump?
Has some memorable lines because Tom Hanks played a retard great( is retard no longer the correct nomenclature? Are we officially calling them special?)
Watch Forrest Gump today and tell me this movie sticks with you?
As Robert Downey Jr says in Tropic Thunder, never go full retard?
That is my advice for today, never go full retard.
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Let’s take a look at this year’s NOMINATIONS

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American Hustle

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Captain Phillips

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Dallas Buyers Club  (Check out our Review)

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Gravity  (Check out our Review)

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Her   (Check out our Review)

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Nebraska

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Philomena

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12 Years a Slave

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The Wolf of Wallstreet  (Check out our Review)

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JOHN D. Pick:

This year’s best picture is a tough one, I don’t feel like there is one movie that stands out more than the others. I think it’s safe to say that that NEBRASKA and PHILOMENA can take the back seat, because all though they were both good movies, they don’t have the same buzz as the others. I’m pretty surprised to see that the Academy left out the Coen Brother’s INSIDE LLEWELLYN DAVIS, considering the Oscars have huge Jewish support. Also, I would have preferred to see indie films like SHORT TERM 12 and FRUITVALE STATION get some recognition. With preordained films like THE WOLF OF WALLSTREET, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, GRAVITY, and AMERICAN HUSTLE, I’d say the Best Picture race is up for grabs.

Who WILL win: AMERICAN HUSTLE

I’m going to say that David O Russell’s eccentric take on the 1970’s Abscam, is the slight favorite here. To me the Oscar’s have been a big popularity contest. Right now, American Hustle has all the “cool kids”: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and let’s not forget Jeremy Renner.

Who SHOULD win: HER

This film really needs to win. It represents the “indie” style of filmmaking that often is unappreciated .Spike Jonze did an exceptional job directing, the script is unique and smart, the acting is impeccable and  to me the technical aspects of the film is as innovative as it gets.

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K.K. Martin’s Pick: 12 Years A Slave – This is the only movie with a black lead that has already won awards this season. Also because there will be so much white guilt this move can’t lose. Plus Oprah will curse; I’m more than sure she has that power since she wasn’t even nominated.

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Doc G Pick:  When did this shit become 9 or 10 films, way to boost every studio’s advertising by allowing 9 films to show ads claiming they were a best picture nominee. Next year let’s do 20 films and if you aren’t nominated for a best picture your film is immediately pulled and every print is burned.

 WHO SHOULD WIN: Who cares who I think should win? Should is such a bullshit thought anyhow, it’s a word of fantasy. I should be rich and I should have been born to a trust fund family. I wasn’t, but I should.
Who will win:   I’ll tell you in a few weeks, and if you can’t wait and need to be told who will win by me, shoot yourself.
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BEST DIRECTOR

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David O. Russell- AMERICAN HUSTLE

Alfonso Cuaron- GRAVITY

Alexander Payne- NEBRASKA

Steve McQueen- 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Martin Scorsese- THE WOLF OF WALLSTREET

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John D Pick:

Another tough category. I’m surprised Paul Greengrass didn’t make this list for CAPTAIN PHILLIPS and Spike Jonze deserved a nod for HER. But, with that being said this category has five of the industry’s heavy hitters. I love David O. Russell, but I just can’t get past the notion that he Directed five of the best Actors of our generation, even Snooki could Direct those brilliant actors.

Who WILL win: Steve McQueen

I have a strong feeling that voters are going to award 12 YEARS a SLAVE with this category. After all, it is a slave movie and if you haven’t seen the Oscars, it wouldn’t be complete without giving an award to a movie about slaves.

Who SHOULD win: Martin Scorsese

Risk. Martin Scorcese took a massive risk. He split audiences with his provocative display of the wolves on Wall Street and created an artistic masterpiece at the same time. I think this film deserves it. I also have to mention that he’s waaayyyyy past his prime.

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K.K Martin’s Pick: Martin Scorsese, do we really need an explanation?

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Doc G Pick:  This is the category where the guy who wins knows that his film has no shot at winning the Best Picture award that closes the night. It’s the new tradition where guys like Ben Affleck can win Best Picture but lose the director award. If Steve McQueen wins this David Russell should just start getting his Best Picture speech for American Hustle ready. Also the order in which awards are presented corresponds to how important Hollywood views each award, with Best Director being the second to last award and supporting actress coming first.

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Cristian Bale- AMERICAN HUSTLE

Bruce Dern- NEBRASKA

Leonardo Dicaprio – THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Chiwitel Ejiofor – 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Matthew McConaughey – DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

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John D Pick:

Three words: TOM FUCKING HANKS. I’m genuinely surprised he wasn’t nominated. But really?  Who would you trade him for?  I’d be happy with any of these guys winning. I really wish Joaquin Phoenix was nominated, that dude killed it in HER.

 Who WILL win:  Leonardo DiCaprio

I think there’s a rotation of Actors who take place at the top of the mountain each year…Christian Bale, Daniel Day Lewis and DiCaprio. Although Bale is my personal favorite of the three, I’m predicting Leo has done enough as the wild and loopy Jordan Belfort.

 Who SHOULD winMatthew McConaughey

Just so we can have an encore of his Globe’s speech.

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K.K. Martin’s Pick: Leonardo DiCaprio – Name another actor’s dick the academy is sucking on right now? He’s this year’s golden boy, those other bitches had a turn and the newbies won’t get wet until they hit the 2 year mark.

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Doc G Pick: The best category of the night filled with the best talent. Leo was amazing playing a douchebag but like they say never go full douchebag. Aids or being old, one of those things will help Bruce or Matt win.

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Best Actress

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Amy Adams – American Hustle

Cate Blanchett- Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock- Gravity

Judi Dench-Philomena

Meryl Streep-August: Osage County

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John D Pick:

Once again hard to see any of these fine actresses being a shock of win. Both Blanchett and Bullock prove that they can compete with the perennial Oscar winner, who I also think this category should be named after Meryl Streep. Amy Adam’s side cleavage deserves recognition and Judi Dench, well is Judi Dench.

 Who WILL win: Cate Blanchett

I don’t have a problem with her winning, she was great in this film and she may be the hot pick going in to this.

 Who SHOULD win: (Tie) Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock.

Streep really transforms into her roles and did you know she’s British??!! Bullock, carried a film for 91 minutes and went through shit in GRAVIT, a lot of shit. Just give it to her.

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K.K. Martin’s Pick: Meryl Streep – 1. She’s fucking Meryl Streep 2. Have you seen this movie? She out performed everyone on the list.

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Doc G Pick:  Think it on purpose that support actress giving before supporting actor and best actress given before actor? That being said, best actress this year is packed with performances no one saw. From Streep getting nominated for reading the phone book and Judi Dench being nominated for being able to stand Steve Coogan.

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Barkhad Abdi- Captain Phillips

Bradley Cooper- American Hustle

Michael Fassbender- 12 Years a Slave

Jonah Hill- The Wolf of Wall Street

Jared Leto- Dallas Buyers Club

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John D Pick:

Wow. Just Wow. This is my favorite category this year. Chris Rock lost a grip load of weight for this role as Barkhad Abdi, Bradley Cooper with a Jheri curl, Michael Fassbender as a lustful southern slave owner, Jonah Hill actually did some acting, and Jared Leto as a really, reeeeeeallly convincing transgender. Enough said.

Who WILL win: Jared Leto

This guy made it look easy to tuck your balls eight hours a day for the few weeks they shot.

Who SHOULD win: Jared Leto.

Watch DALLAS BUYERS CLUB….now!

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K.K. Martin Pick: Jared Leto – its hard being a woman and it’s even harder being a fucking drag queen. The tucking, the taping, the layers, having a uterus…

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Doc G Pick: Give it to the black guy from Africa who says ” I am the captain.” Seriously the other 4 dudes are going to be banging hot chicks and never worrying about money or violence again. Win or lose all four of those guys are going to have pretty good fucking lives. The African kid is never going to be a star of another film, will never bang Renee Zewellger (well you never know), and will never enjoy life, let him enjoy this night.

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Sally Hawkins- Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence- American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o- 12 Years a Slave

Julia Roberts- August: Osage County

June Squibb- Nebraska

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John D Pick:

This Category to me is the least exciting. I just think the general public is on the high that is Jennifer Lawrence. No surprises, she takes this hands down.

Who WILL win: Jennifer Lawrence

She did an amazing job playing annoying and crying in every scene, like in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. Something tells me that’s not the last will see of that.

Who SHOULD win: Scarlett Johansson

Nothing against the actors is this category, I just think Johansson needs to get recognized for her  brilliant voice work as the Futuristic yet quirky Operating System, Samantha in the film “Her”.

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K.K. Martin Pick:   Lupita Nyong’o because she proved to the American audience that she is above us and better than Beyonce old ass. She fucking shows up at the Golden Globes like a pro, after leaving her graduation at Yale.  Quite frankly I’m fucking tired of Jennifer Lawrence ADHD ass. I’ll even take Julia Roberts for the spread, ‘cause she was amazing in August: Osage County.

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Doc G Pick: I am just so fucking glad Oprah did not get nominated for Lee Butlers The Butler. I could not give a rats ass who wins any award, but something inside of me smiles knowing Oprah didn’t get nominated.

Remember the LONE RANGER has more Oscar nominations then SAVING MR BANKS, OUT OF THE FURNACE and a dozen other films, so do the Oscars really means shit.

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Here’s a list of the rest of the nominations:

Foreign Language Film: “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Belgium; “The Great Beauty,” Italy; “The Hunt,” Denmark; “The Missing Picture,” Cambodia; “Omar,” Palestine.

Adapted Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, “Before Midnight”; Billy Ray, “Captain Phillips”; Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, “Philomena”; John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”; Terence Winter, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

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K.K. Martin: 

Animated Featured Film:

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Ernest & Celetine because this is a movie that was hand drawn and only a handful of people actual seen. So the appreciation of something like this will win over those other big budget cartoons.

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First of all FUCK YOU for not nominating Amir Mokri. I still pick Amir Mokri.

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Original Screenplay: Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, “American Hustle”; Woody Allen, “Blue Jasmine”; Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack, “Dallas Buyers Club”; Spike Jonze, “Her”; Bob Nelson, “Nebraska.”

Animated Feature Film: “The Croods”; “Despicable Me 2″; “Ernest & Celestine”; “Frozen”; “The Wind Rises.”

 Production Design: “American Hustle,” ”Gravity,” ”The Great Gatsby,” ”Her,” ”12 Years a Slave.”

Cinematography: “The Grandmaster,” ”Gravity,” ”Inside Llewyn Davis,” ”Nebraska,” ”Prisoners.”

Sound Mixing: “Captain Phillips,” ”Gravity,” ”The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” ”Inside Llewyn Davis,” ”Lone Survivor.”

 Sound Editing: “All Is Lost,” ”Captain Phillips,” ”Gravity,” ”The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” ”Lone Survivor.”

Original Score: “The Book Thief,” John Williams; “Gravity,” Steven Price; “Her,” William Butler and Owen Pallett; “Philomena,” Alexandre Desplat; “Saving Mr. Banks,” Thomas Newman.

Original Song: “Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone,” Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel; “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” Pharrell Williams; “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez; “The Moon Song” from “Her,” Karen O and Spike Jonze; “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen.

 Costume: “American Hustle,” ”The Grandmaster,” ”The Great Gatsby,” ”The Invisible Woman,” ”12 Years a Slave.”

Documentary Feature: “The Act of Killing,” ”Cutie and the Boxer,” ”Dirty Wars,” ”The Square,” ”20 Feet from Stardom.”

Documentary (short subject): “CaveDigger,” ”Facing Fear,” ”Karama Has No Walls,” ”The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” ”Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.”

Film Editing: “American Hustle,” ”Captain Phillips,” ”Dallas Buyers Club,” ”Gravity,” ”12 Years a Slave.”

 Makeup and Hairstyling: “Dallas Buyers Club,” ”Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” ”The Lone Ranger.”

Animated Short Film: “Feral,” ”Get a Horse!,” ”Mr. Hublot,” ”Possessions”, “Room on the Broom.”

Live Action Short Film: “Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me),” ”Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything),” ”Helium,” ”Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?),” ”The Voorman Problem.”

Visual Effects: “Gravity,” ”The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” ”Iron Man 3,” ”The Lone Ranger,” ”Star Trek Into Darkness.”

What do you think of our picks and who are your choices for the winners and losers for the 86th Academy Awards?

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“Her” and our Self-Loathing Society Review by John D. Aguon

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“Her” and our Self-Loathing Society

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By John D. Aguon @lttlgnt

If you’re a jackass, please don’t read this. So a couple of nights ago, I took date night with my girlfriend to the cinema and saw Spike Jonze’s “Her”. I can’t help but find the irony, in that I took my girlfriend to see a movie about a man who falls in love with his OS (Operating System). Although the story could sound ridiculous to those anti-technology cynics, it’s hard not to imagine a world that seems not so farfetched. I’m going to admit, that if I had one of those pretentious Oscar votes, this would be my favorite film of the year by far! Also, If you’re not a fan of Joaquin Phoenix, I’m going to predict you’re going to slap the “I don’t like Joaquin Phoenix” version of yourself, the minute you walk out this film. Phoenix plays the hopeless Theodore Twombly, a writer who makes a living creating letters for other people who pay for personalized poetry and not too long after Jonze sets up Twombly to be so heartbroken after a recent divorce, the lonely Twombly buys his future girlfriend in the form of an OS charmingly names herself Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).

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Now what if it were that easy? What if you were so alone that you needed someone to talk to and voila, $369 (+tax) and a $99 startup fee you have the future Mr or Mrs. You?! Let’s say your OS would be designed to your every need and you were completely happy with it, what would be so wrong with it? It doesn’t have to be romantic, it could be platonic, what would be so wrong? Here’s the deal, an OS so intuitive that it could tell when you’re having a bad day wouldn’t be so bad for you….but for your relationships, something like that would be basically death.

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Let’s face it, I think I’m on my phone about twenty percent of the day…okay forty percent. Whether it’s googling the most googled words of 2013 , checking out if Peyton Manning scored enough points in my fantasy football league ( we all know he scores more than enough), or even instagramming some McDonalds. But I’m not alone here, and you know it. Our phones went from being connected to the wall to being connected to our hands in the matter of just fifteen years.

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So, the future is coming and It won’t be long until we will be living alternate lives with our OS in whatever area has a good WiFi signal (Shout out to all the shitty starbucks wifi nationwide) It won’t be long for us to be bumping into one another because our heads our fixated facing down to our ultra-bright iPhone screens. Then soon after, life on earth would be a bunch of people walking around with virtual helmets that simulate whatever we want to imagine our world to look, smell, and feel like. The use of physical touch would be so obsolete and intricacies of conversations with another person would be mere fables.

As depressing as this sounds, artificial intelligence is growing rapidly and were seeing the tip of already with Siri. As brilliant as “Her” was, and I mean really brilliant, the film slapped me with a hard look at the reality of our self-loathing society. With technology growing to acclimate to your personal needs, were losing touch of what’s in front of us, the real emotions that make life worth living, not just your pseudo-life we live on Facebook.

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With that being said, “Her” is an incredible film! It’s not just a film about a guy falling in love with his computer. It’s about the relationships we have in our lives. The performances are exceptional, with Joaquin Phoenix being my front runner for the best Actor award and Johansson really deserves some recognition, despite not showing her sexy self once on screen.  It’s extremely insightful and thought provoking. The visual aspect is amazing, as Jonze uses every aspect of film, from the music (scored by the eccentric Arcade Fire), to the colors, to the editing, and he places you in a futuristic world that seems just so introverted, so easy, so…human.

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