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Lost 503 – Jughead
January 30, 2009, 9:43 am
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Yet another great lost episode this week. my highlights below :

  • Damn ! Widmore was part of the others ! that’s very exciting. Now what happened? why did he go back ? was he kicked out ? Why does ben want him away from the island ? and what’s his relationship to dharma ? A whole new chapter opens and I have a feeling we’ll know about all this in this season.
  • Damn ! The US military used the island in the 50s to test the h-bomb ? How did they get access ? Yet another can of worms. That explains that US army knife back in season 2.
  • Desmond has a child !!
  • The others don’t know about the island’s time properties + There definetly is a way out of the island (but it’s “privileged information”) We’ll find out soon enough…
  • A f***in h-bomb on the island ! What if they buried it under the hatch and that’s what the button was protecting them from ? until it exploded…
  • Is faraday a abandonning asshole ? there must be more to the story of that girl. Also, Widmore funded his research !!
  • I think it’s safe to say that Mrs Hawkings is Faraday’s mom in LA.
  • Faraday’s love confession was the cutest thing ever. What a weirdo that guy.
  • Best line this episode : “Jacob sent me”. Way to shut richard’s mouth and flabergast him !
  • Charlotte’s obviously not dead. She’s too good a character to shut out. And we need to find out about her past. My take : she’s was born in the rousseau days.
  • I have to say it again : Widmore is an other !! with that info, he could not be so evil after all, and all he wants is what everyone wants : go home. But I’d rather he be evil.

There we go. Can’t wait for another one.



Oscar misses its target, once more (but it’s not as bad as it sounds)

As I saw the nominations come out yesterday, I was thrilled by some but could’nt help to cringe at others. Overall, I’m not impressed. and here is me bitching about it.

What I think they blatently overlooked

Revolutionary road : How can you snub these performances by DiCaprio and Winslet ? In Winslet case, I can understand that the votes may have been split with The Reader. But Dicaprio’s snub is unacceptable and Brad Pitt’s nomination is undeserved. I would also put this in the best picture category. At least they recognized how good Michael Shannon was.

Batman Begins : Was a perfect example (same as Lord of the rings was) of how mainstream movies can be artsy, intelligent and brillantly directed. Total snub.

Rachel Getting Married : why the script was not nominated is shameful and shows a lack of perception, especially when Benjamin Button’s overlong, overboring and preformatted is nominated.

I’ve loved you so long (Il y a longtemps que je t’aime) : Kristin Scott Thomas delivered a top-3 performance this year. This one was for Kristen. As far as aching mothers go,  I liked Angelina’s performance in Changeling, it doesnt even compare to Scott Thomas’ turn in that film.

Happy Go lucky : Sally Hawkings was pure bliss in that film. Meryl’s spot was hers. Why they still give those nominations to Meryl Streep (that I love) is beyond me. And she never wins anymore.

Wall-E : to me, definetly was supposed to be in the BEST PICTURE category. It was a perfect film. But god forbid we take animation seriously.

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What is overhyped

The Curious case of Benjamin Button : I will give the film credit for its fabulous yet classical technical approach. But other than that, it lacks heart and is deeply boring. And I hated Taraji P. Henson in it.

Slumdog Millionnaire : Yes, it’s fun. Yes, it’s remarquably filmed. Yes, it has an awesome soundtrack. but, seriously, this is not a great film. It’s a good film.  Hollywood always manages to overhype films so much. This one is going to win. and it’s going to be a shame. a small one though, because the film does have its merits.

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and to end on a positive note, here’s a quick list of things they got right : anne hathaway, richard jenkins, frozen river, the class, milk, heath, michael shannon.



Lost 501-502 : Because you left / The Lie
January 22, 2009, 5:36 pm
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Lost is back. This is big enough to make you forget about obama for a couple hour
It’s still building up that momentum from that incredible 4th season and, mere seconds into the first episode of the 5th season, your mind is already swelling up and ideas are forming.

You can say what you want about lost, and their time travel craziness, but you can’t say that it’s not a clever show. I’m still surprised at the number of people who watch it.

Highlights from last night :

  • Marvin Candle’s – or should I say Dr Chang – studio. Are all the dharma videos as fake in content as they are in visual ?
  • All the time travelling. God this was exciting. I wanted to go back to a time where the 4-toed statue was full. maybe soon…
  • the fact that many people in the real world seem to know about the island (ben’s butcher friend, mrs hawkings, widmore, abbadon, etc…). I smell a conspiracy.
  • The return of Mrs. Hawkings with her usual weirdness
  • Desmond and Faraday’s scene whose sole purpose was to further confuse us on “the rules”
  • Locke
  • Charlotte getting “constant” symptoms
  • charles widmore making me want to slap him once again
  • Ben being his usual calm and cunning self.
  • Hurley’s stupid stupid (or is it?) act of surrendering to the police.
  • Sun’s georgousness.
  • Anna Lucia’s guest appearance.
  • the flamethrower’s attack and the mystery surrounding who they might be. Dharma ?
  • Hurley’s confession scene with his mom. so beautiful and hurley is the nicest guy ever. Kudos to Jorge Garcia for a perfect interpretation of that scene.
  • Sayid’s scotch tape on the door
  • Neil (frogurt’s) death ! What an annoying annoyance he was !
  • best line of the episode : “why is there a dead pakistani on my couch?”. It was totally hilarious.
  • sawyer’s slap to daniel, who was reluctant to give answers (as he always is)

and more that I can’t even think of right now and will add as they come back to me…



Changefest’09
January 21, 2009, 4:15 pm
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Jon stewart had an outstanding live show last night — and by the way, an outstanding coverage of the whole election process.

check out this hilarious samantha bee moment, where everything turns dirty.
If this link doesn’t work because you’re not in canada, check out comedy central’s website.



Coldpuppets
January 20, 2009, 6:34 pm
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excellent video for an average song.



Political Woodstock (…ctd)
January 20, 2009, 2:56 pm
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Wow. What a ceremony. It really looked quite huge, graceful and important.
Obama gave a relevant, powerful speech, and didn’t focus too much on emotion as much as he focused on the future course of action and the personal responsibility everyone should assume. Good job !

but I ask : why was the christian faith promoted so much? I realize the traditional aspect of this, but I also know that not all presidents decide to go this way and some are just affirmed, rather than sworn in. This was, to me, the only problem with the whole inauguration. Kudos to Obama though for including “non-believers” in his speech.



Political Woodstock
January 20, 2009, 11:52 am
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Is it just me or is the Obama inauguration looking more and more like a huge rock concert? : Glamour, major artists, concerts, performances, huge anticipation, huge crowds, sold-out tickets, hope, love, peace, optimism fun, a mega star (obama), music, singing, dancing, worlwide telecasting, blogging,  etc… etc…

For my part, I can only see the positive side of this. A jolt of enthusiasm and fraternity is all the american people – and the world- need and deserve in these tough times.

I’ll be definetly watching that speech at noon… It’s going to be quite the speech.