Monday, July 11, 2016

Flo Ghostbusters Cartoon

In case you live under a rock, the company I work for created a Ghostbusters-themed TV spot.

No, I didn't have anything to do with it. But don't tell my brother, because I tell him I write all the spots. (Sorry bro!)

In any event, I entered a contest at work to create a Ghostbuster's/Progressive mash-up with your favorite cultural ad icon mixed with the Ghostbusters. I had her battling the "competition".

I didn't win. :(

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Academy Awards Post Mortem (15-9)

Not too many surprises during last nights' Academy Awards. 

I finished with a modest 15-9 win-loss ratio. 

Had I went with my gut on sound and visual effects and would have went with the top picks for supporting actor, I would have had the best showing ever since I've been keeping track of this stuff.

In any event, happy with Mad Max showing. It's a tip of the hat to George Miller. You could tell all of the winners truly love him as a director and person. Haven't seen Spotlight, but I picked it to win based on conversations with people who have seen it and, of course, Rotten Tomatoes. Being a former journalist, I've got to see this. 

Later!


WON: 15
BEST PICTURE - Spotlight
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE Brie Larson, Room
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM - Inside Out
CINEMATOGRAPHY - The Revenant
COSTUME DESIGN - Mad Max: Fury Road The Revenant
DIRECTING - The Revenant
FILM EDITING - Mad Max: Fury Road
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - Son of Saul
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING - Mad Max: Fury Road
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) - The Hateful Eight
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG) - “Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre
PRODUCTION DESIGN - Mad Max: Fury Road 
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) - The Big Short
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) - Spotlight

LOST: 9
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Sylvester Stallone, Creed (Winner: Rylance)
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight (Winner: Vikander)
DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) - Cartel Land (winner: Amy)
DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT) - Last Day of Freedom (Winner: Girl in the River)
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED) - World of Tomorrow (Winner: Bear)
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION) - Ave Maria (Winner: Stutterer)
SOUND EDITING - Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Winner: Mad Max)
SOUND MIXING - Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Winner: Mad Max)
VISUAL EFFECTS - Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Winner: Ex Machina)



















Monday, February 15, 2016

Eimer's 2016 Academy Awards Picks


This past year, I felt very fortunate. This past year, I’ve been able to hit the movie theater a good bit more. This past year, I've even seen some of those movies with my wife and kids - especially in the fall when the Oscar Bait gets released.

That said, here are my picks for the upcoming Academy Award nominated movies. Hopefully, I'll be able to check out more in the weeks leading up to the Feb. 18 date.

Also, if you're on Twitter, why not give my One Sentence Movie Reviews some love?

BEST PICTURE
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

Eimer Note: I loved Room, Big Short, Mad Max and The Martian. I want the Revenant to win. Haven’t seen the rest … yet. But something just tells me that Spotlight is going to win.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Eimer Note: This is the year of the Leo. He should have won one for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape a looooong time ago. Never too late though, right?

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Eimer Note: I thought Brie Larson’s performance was fantastic. I really felt that she was the character. I dare any mom to watch this movie and not cry.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Eimer Note: I loved Tom Hardy in Mad Max and Revenant. But, I'm going with Sly. It seems like everyone wants him to win this one. So, sure, I'll hop on the Italian Stallion bandwagon. 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Eimer Note: My gut is going with Jason Leigh in this. No really reason, just a feeling. Plus, I haven't seen any of the other performances.

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Eimer Note: I’m surprised Pete and Pixar team didn’t get nominated for Best Picture.

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Sicario

Eimer Note: Haven't seen Carol, but the rest of these movies were beautiful. Revenant was just outstandingly beautiful. Revenant cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki has won the past two years for Gravity and Birdman. He's on a roll!

COSTUME DESIGN
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road The Revenant

Eimer Note: After watching this film in the theater, my wife and I were talking and we had a feeling that the costume design crew had an orgasm when they found out they were going to be working on this movie.

DIRECTING
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

Eimer Note: Only John Ford (40 & 41) and Joseph Mankiewicz (49 & 50) have won back-to-back Directing Oscars in the history of the Academy Awards. I'm pretty sure Inarritu is going to be the third.

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Eimer Note: I think it’s a toss-up between Amy, Cartel Land and The Look of Silence. I chose Cartel Land just because it won an award from the Director’s Guild. Haven’t seen it, but looking forward to checking it out.

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
Body Team 12
Chau, beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah A
Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Last Day of Freedom

Eimer Note: I haven’t seen any of these shorts, but I think I’ll go with Last Day of Freedom.

FILM EDITING
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Eimer Note: With so many different high-octane scenes, and so much damn action, you have to give the award to Max Max, right? Right?

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Embrace of the Serpent Mustang
Son of Saul
Theeb
A War

Eimer Note: Haven’t seen it, but I’m hearing some pretty fantastic things from first-time director Laszlo Nemes.

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Hateful Eight
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Eimer Note: Did you know Ennio Morricone's unused score for the John Carpenter's The Thing ended up being the chosen score for The Hateful Eight? Yep! Isn't ironic that Kurt Russell was also in both films?

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction
“Simple Song #3,” Youth
“Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground
“Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre

Eimer Note: I'm convinced that all ‘Bond’ songs win this category. I'm wrong. But, I'm still going to pick it to win this year. 

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road 
The Martian
The Revenant

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

Eimer Note: You can watch World of Tomorrow on Netflix right now. It’s short (duh) and freaky awesome.

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay
(Alles Wird Gut) Shok
Stutterer

Eimer Note: Again, taking a stab with Ave Maria ... because I love the song?

SOUND EDITING
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Eimer Note: Man, this is a tough category. Maybe the Academy will spread the wealth an give it Star Wars, although Sicario, Mad Max, Revenent and Martian deserve some respect as well. Screw it, going with Star Wars.

SOUND MIXING
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

VISUAL EFFECTS
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Eimer Note: Will Ex-Machina get some love? That Revenant bear was pretty damn impressive, though. Eh, let’s do Star Wars … just because.

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

Eimer Note: The Big Short was smart, witty and so fucking awesome with the dialogue. Going with Charles Randolph and Adam McKay on this one.

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton


Eimer Note: Ex Machina was my favorite movie from last year, but I’m going with Spotlight on this. And, from what I hear, the dialogues was so well written.

That's it! See you on Monday or Tuesday after the Oscars for a post mortem.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Eimer's Best Movie Experiences of 2015

              

Welp, it's that time of the year once again when I spew out all of my favorite films to you - showcase my breadth and depth of movie tastes and showcase how smart and knowledgeable I am about movies.

That said, I had the opportunity to see a lot more movies with and without my children at the theater as well. Just another sign that they're growing up and we're able to hit some of the big ones away from the dreaded TV screen. 

It's always tough selecting this list. My thought process is to pick movies that live with me two, three weeks, even months after viewing them. Movies that are different, unique, distinctly awesome. Movies that I feel myself thinking about long after the final credits roll. 


So without further adieu, please enjoy my Top Eleven Movie Experiences of the past year - brought to you by my Twitter-handle 1SentenceMovieReviews. Sure it's a shameless plug: so, please follow me - now!

#11 - It Follows


#10 - Beasts of No Nation


#9 - The Big Short


#8 - Love & Mercy


#7 - The Martian


#6 - What We Do In the Shadows


#5 - The Hateful Eight


#4 - Room


#3 - Inside Out


#2 - Mad Max: Fury Road


#1 - Ex Machina

The Rest of the Pack:
  • Creed
  • Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
  • St. Vincent
  • Jurassic World
  • Everest
  • Whiplash
  • Mistress America
  • While We're Young
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
  • The Equalizer
  • Wild
  • Birdman
  • Nightcrawler
  • Still Alice
  • The Gift
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Tomorrowland
  • Coherence
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • Force Majeure
  • Foxcatcher

A Note About Star Wars
Many of your nerds are probably like, "Huh? What? Why didn't he put the new Star Wars on his list? It was awesome, dude!"

Below is my review written on December 21.



Although I liked the movie (liked), I just can't put it in my Top Ten List due to two overwhelming flaws of that particular film:

  • First flaw: The too outrageous and too obvious similarities between The Force Awakens and A New Hope.
  • Second flaw: JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan actually decided to include another Death Star in this film. Not counting the prequels, THAT MAKES THREE DEATH STARS IN FOUR FILMS! For shame.

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Eimer's Worst Movie Experiences of 2015

          

Although it was a great year for movies in 2015, I did come across some not-so-good ones in the batch. So, with that, I'll start with a poem:

Below are the duds ...
The turds. The failures, flops and busts. 
The worsts. The washouts, lemons and mutts. 
The dumbest, stupidest films that flashed before my eyes. 
The two hours plus that I'll never get back alive. 

Enjoy the following (in no particular order), compliments of my evil movie-going doppelgänger Twitter feed: One-Sentence Movie Review

Get Hard

The Giver


Before I Go To Sleep


Men, Women & Children


Vacation


The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies


Dumb and Dumber To


Pixels


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2



Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


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