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  1. Rukario
    3 Days Ago 12:02 AM
    Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary!
  2. Saronai
    3 Days Ago 08:29 PM

    Happy pokéversary!
  3. Mr Cat Dog
    5 Days Ago 05:48 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Ooh, lots of stuff to get into!

    American Sniper is, by quite some margin, my favourite of the BP nominees, which I would not have predicted going in. Despite its tremendous box office so far, I don't think it's much of a threat, especially given that it's been heralded as a 'conservative' film (which I don't really agree with; it's much more subtle and balanced than its detractors are giving it credit for) and the Oscar voting body tends to be left-leaning in its politics. I imagine it'll win its sound categories and maybe Editing, but the others will probably be consolation prizes (although I would love it if Cooper won). I saw Selma straight after Sniper and liked it a lot also. David Oyelowo was robbed, but I'm not as aghast at its respective lack of nominations haul as other people are.

    You described my main criticism of Birdman wonderfully. When I was watching it, I was a bit overwhelmed by the technical virtuosity of it all and the acting that I sort of didn't really care about the speechifying portents and the whole 'not really saying all that much'; I completely agree with your assessment in that regard. I just loved the performances (although, outside of Keaton, not the ones that got nominated, with Naomi Watts and Zach Galifinakis being my runaway favourites) and the general feeling that I had while watching it. That it has stayed with me when I thought it would fizzle out quickly is a testament to its appeal. It will definitely win Cinematography, unless voters decide to finally honour Roger Deakins for generic blandness in Unbroken. It doesn't really deserve Screenplay, although it might win that too. I don't see it winning Picture, although I don't have a firm idea of what will. Maybe Boyhood, maybe Imitation Game (in a King's Speech style situation), maybe Selma if the backlash becomes so severe. It's quite fun not knowing where the season is going to go for once!

    How are you listening to the new Bjork? I run very hot-and-cold on her - loved Post/Homogenic but kinda despised Vespertine/Biophilia - so don't want to buy it straight from iTunes and it's not on Spotify yet.

    And on to more music! I'm so happy you liked my list. TDB was one of the ones that I only discovered a few weeks ago in the year-end list devouring that I do, but I bought Nikki Nack on the day it came out AND went to see Tune-Yards in concert when she was promoting it and it was by far the best concert I've ever been to. So energetic, so fun, so brilliant! I even took a friend who had only listened to her stuff a few hours before for the first time and he was bopping along and getting really into it, I was so proud!

    Re: favourite tracks, I don't understand how 'Numbers' isn't everyone's favourite FKA Twigs song. It's just so good! The whole album is good, obviously, but that's the one that I keep coming back to. It's a shame I couldn't get a better YouTube clip of it; everything else except that one seemed to have much higher quality pages!
  4. Mr Cat Dog
    1 Week Ago 10:14 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Also, I love Holy Vacants even more on a second listen. It's sort of like a Metallican Viennese Waltz, with bits of Jack White thrown in for good measure.
  5. Mr Cat Dog
    1 Week Ago 09:30 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    I wish I had your zen mindset at your age! I'm getting it now, slowly but surely. 4 years ago, I was hella pissed off at The King's Speech steamroller but now I wouldn't really be all that bothered if The Imitation Game goes for the British-biopic repeat this year.

    One of the nominees I'm most eager to see is Princess Kaguya (the other being Best Original Song nominee Beyond the Lights). Ghibli films always open really late in the UK so I'm probably going to have to wait until April/May to see it. Although the Animated Feature category is wide open thanks to the absence of The Lego Movie. That one could go in so many different directions; it's wide open races like these that restore my faith in 'awards season'!
  6. Mr Cat Dog
    1 Week Ago 08:29 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Now we're all cross-purposes! Yay!

    As I've gotten older, I've sorta managed not to care as much about the actual nominations themselves but just get wrapped up in the spectacle of the whole thing, if that makes sense. At the end of the day, the films you like aren't 'improved' by getting Oscar nominations, much like the ones that are 'snubbed' aren't castigated. When I started off being all obsessive about this, many years ago, I'd get really annoyed if something I liked didn't get a nomination, but now I've got to a stage where I can be happy with things I like (Grand Budapest, Birdman) getting them, and also not feel like crap when things I don't like (Imitation Game/Theory of Everything) get them also. Which is sort of why I often try and look for unexpected treasures, like the Inherent Vice costumes or Marion Cotillard or the like.

    I realise that's a very convoluted answer, but I guess they were OK. Tl;dr and all that!
  7. Mr Cat Dog
    1 Week Ago 07:59 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    YES FUCKING YES are the exact three words I screamed at my laptop while my brother looked on very confused. Would rather it have been for The Immigrant but I'm happy either way.

    People seem dismayed by the lack of Selma noms (which I'm seeing on Monday so can't comment) and Nightcrawler ones (which I've seen and, for the most part, agree with). My favourite nominee is probably the Costume Design for Inherent Vice. I found the film a bit of a mess, but those costumes were absolutely gorgeous and perfectly in sync with the film's weird vibe. How about you.

    (Also, Pazz and Jop is introducing me to lots and lots of good music this year!)
  8. Mr Cat Dog
    1 Week Ago 09:27 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Also, I think The Hum by Hookworms could be up your street, given what I've listened to so far.
  9. Mr Cat Dog
    1 Week Ago 11:39 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    I knew you'd be an Obvious Child/Edge of Tomorrow fan! I can count on you for that! Is it because of proximity that you managed to see BCTI? It's only played at festivals in the UK so far, so I count myself very lucky to see it.

    As for your recommendations, I saw The Immigrant this year but, because I'm pretentious, put it on my 2013 list. As you can see, I'm also an immense fan. I caught We Own The Night on TV late one night last month and loved it, so you can bet your ass I want to see Two Lovers and The Yards and anything that James Gray does in the future. I kinda wanted to see The Babadook but horror doesn't normally do a lot for me and this one sounded super scary and even the possibility of Essie Davis being brilliant wasn't enough unfortunately. Don't judge me too much! And I like Boyhood a fair bit; it's creeping in to that 2014 list, but more as a film that I have measured appreciation for rather than head-over-heels love that so many others do.

    I've also listened to a fair few albums on your list! Some of them (RTJ2, LP1, Black Messiah and St. Vincent) I'm already in love with, but my favourite new discovery so far is Holy Vacants. I listened to it yesterday evening and, although it's very shouty (which I'm normally not a fan of), it has stayed with me for most of today! I'm making my way through the rest of the list as I type this, Spotify permitting! Have you checked out It's Album Time by Todd Terje? For me, that one and the D'Angelo are duking it out for my AO2014 award!
  10. Mr Cat Dog
    1 Week Ago 04:47 AM
    Mr Cat Dog
    Unless there are real surprises, probably Grand Budapest Hotel or Birdman. Both are some of my favourites of the year, although I imagine the eventual Oscar shortlist will have little overlap with my own!

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