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Winner of the Signal Art Centre Film Fest 2013 and shown on 3e to 12,700 viewers, it is The Beast of Bath. Enjoy!
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When it comes to awards seasons over in Hollywood (More like Hollyweird!), people often look towards me and ask, “Cethan, what films do you think are a lock to win?” Each year, I nod sagely, thus avoiding giving an answer.
However this year, instead of evading this question and disappearing through the fire escape, I will reveal my personal Oscar picks. If you disagree with any of my choices, I would prefer if you didn’t tell me in the comments below.
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Sylvester Stallone – Lt. Raymond Tango Tango & Cash
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Kurt Russell – Lt. Gabriel Cash Tango & Cash
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Kurt Russell – Lt. Gabriel Cash Tango & Cash
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Teri Hatcher – Katherine ‘Kiki’ Tango Tango & Cash
Andrey Konchalovskiy Tango & Cash
Best Uncredited Director
Albert Magnoli Tango & Cash
Best Animated Short Film
“A Killer Chin” in “Tango & Cash & Friends”
Best Animated Feature
Kurt Russell’s smile Tango & Cash
Donald E. Thorin Tango & Cash
Best Costume Design
Bernie Pollack Tango & Cash
Best Documentary Feature
Dancing for Money: A look back on Tango & Cash – Directed by Werner Herzog
Best Documentary Short
“I hate Danish”: A look back on Dancing for Money: A look back on Tango & Cash – Directed by Errol Morris
Best Film Editing
Hubert C. de la Bouillerie, Robert A. Ferretti Tango & Cash
Best Foreign Language Film
Tango und Cash – Directed by Wim Wenders
Best Live Action Short Film
Tango and Cash Theatrical Trailer
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Shirley Dolle, Dennis Liddiard, Gary Liddiard, Tango & Cash
Best Original Score
Harold Faltermeyer Tango & Cash
Best Original Song
“Far From Over from the film “Staying Alive” written and performed by Frank Stallone
Best Original Screenplay
Randy Feldman Tango & Cash
Best Adapted Screenplay
Randy Feldman Tango & Cash adapted from the novel “Novelisation of Tango & Cash” by Alan Dean Foster
Best Production Design
J. Michael Riva Tango & Cash
Best Sound Editing
Stu Bernstein, Simon Coke, Robert Waxman Tango & Cash
Best Sound Mixing
Charles M. Wilborn Tango & Cash
Best Visual Effects
Jon G. Belyeu Tango & Cash
December 12, 2011 § 3 Comments
My Christmas Movie Picks:
Great strange stuff from Finland about an evil Santa frozen in the ice, but I do worry however about any kids accidentally watching it. Christmas is stressful enough without worrying that Santa is going to steal you from you bed and leave a life size replacement doll behind.
There is an eternal question that befuddles the mind of many a Christmas film enthusiast. This question is “Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?” The answer is not as obvious as you may think. It is set during Christmas, but it’s not really integral to the plot. John McClane learns nothing of the true meaning of the season; unless the true meaning of the season is “walking bare foot on broken glass is painful.” However, he does kill a lot of terrorist/robbers who could be described as Grinch-like in their meanness.
It will be one of the great cinematic debates for centuries to come.
(Incidentally, why is Alan Rickman always ruining Christmas? Not only is he upsetting Bruce Willis’s plans in Die Hard, he cancels Christmas in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and he gets caught out as a love cheat in Love Actually. Do not invite this man to turkey dinner.)
In the subgenre of Christmas Horror movies, Black Christmas stands out from the crowd. It’s influential as the missing link between Psycho and Halloween in the creation of the slasher film, displaying many of the hallmarks of the genre and coining several of its clichés, including 1st person point-of-view, fake out scares and gruesome gore. It also stands apart from other Christmas Horror movies by being half way decent.
It’s a Wonderful Life
You’ve probably seen this movie. I suggest you watch it again and remember its important lessons of deferred dreams, nightmarish alternative dimensions and responsible Capitalism.
The Thin Man
Nick and Nora are a wealthy married couple that spend Christmas swapping presents and witty banter, drinking steadily through the day and solving a murder. Incidentally this is also exactly how I spend Christmas. Find out what it is like by watching this outstanding film, that started a long line of watchable sequels. For more wisecracking detectives at Christmas time, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is a worthy alternative in that fancy schmany “Colour” the kids are into these days.
Universally agreed to be the best Batman film set at Christmas (beating out Batman & Robin), Batman Returns is exactly what a comic book Noel should be. It’s funny, creepy, gothic, a touch bizarre and it features penguins with rockets. Michael Keaton does good work as the Dark Knight and the rogue’s gallery of baddies are suitably villainous.
On reflection, Batman Returns is the best Batman film (awaits emails from angry Adam West fans).
Muppets Christmas Carol
There are many, many versions of Charlie Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (including my own version), but only one has Michael Caine being heckled by ghost versions of the muppets, Waldorf and Statler.
and some more!
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Cork Christmas Carol *Cough*
Romancing The Stone (Yes, not set during Christmas. But it isn’t Christmas if this isn’t sitting in the TV schedule somewhere)
So enjoy some Cethan Approved film viewing. Also if I find out that you watched none of these and instead watched Love Actually, I will be very upset.
November 26, 2011 § 1 Comment
Three years ago, I had a stunningly original idea; a version of a Christmas Carol, but set in Cork. So we, the Gifted Babies created “Cork Christmas Carol”, which became a rather lopsided view of the original. I thought since it is the season and what not, I would offer some thoughts on it, looking back on its three year anniversary. Here is the short (enjoy!) and meet me below for some thoughts.
- The opening montage of Cork combined with narration has quite a Woody Allen vibe to it. If he is watching this, Cork would be a great setting for a nebbish character to find love.
- This is a good recipe for mulled wine, the most valuable message this film imparts.
- Lucy has a low bar to clear for her best Christmas ever.
- Typical Wesley! Only appears at Christmas when the women have made the dinner, and worse yet, doesn’t use a fork. This is why no one invites the Ghost Of Christmas Future to parties.
- If memory serves me correctly, that dinner was delicious.
- A good way to test your narrator: Write long, run on sentences in the style of Dickens.
- A better way to test your narrator: Make him recite the long, run on sentences in the style of Dickens in the voice of Patrick Stewart.
- Everyone keeps their poison next to their cinnamon, right? (Incidentally, the original script had a different death for Lucy in mind: She left the oven on after muling the wine. However accidental death by poison suited the resultant tone better.)
- When we filmed this, it never snowed in Cork. Of course now we had it quite regularly since and more is expected this year. Way to date the film, weather!
- I must compliment the entire cast’s performance in this. It’s all good. (All except my acting, which can only be described as “Deer in Headlights”). Great Work, Aida, Hayret, and Jan (who also did camera work, special effects and editing)!
- Scrooge is watching Carnival of Souls, an excellent film, which (Spoilers) contains one of the first example of the “I was Dead all along” twist ending which has since been run into the ground.
- That last shot is very nice.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.