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Oscar post-mortem

lupita-nyong'oIf you skipped the Oscars broadcast and were planning to watch it later, I’d like to take a few moments and save you three and a half hours. Here’s what you missed:

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The 2014 Oscars – Predicting the winners

Well, now the pressure’s on. Last year worked out well for me in the Oscar predicting department as I got 19 out of 24 – a personal best. I’d really like to get 20 or more this time around, but as usual it won’t be an easy task. Let’s begin…

Oscars 2014Best Picture: Last year was no mystery, as Argo swept the precursor awards on its way to claiming the Oscar. Things are quite similar this year, with the only spot of intrigue being a historic tie at the Producers Guild Awards between 12 Years A Slave and Gravity. I’d like to see Gravity win, but if my previous prediction write-ups have taught me anything, it’s that my personal preference means zilch. Given this, and Gravity’s overwhelming odds of winning several other Oscars on Sunday, I will pencil in Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas as the winners for 12 Years A Slave.

Best Actor: Hey, Matthew McConaughey, you ever won an Oscar? No? Well it’d be a lot cooler if you did. A win for anyone who didn’t once play Wooderson in Dazed And Confused would be pretty surprising here. McConaughey’s work in Dallas Buyers Club was strong, so even though I think Chiwetel Ejiofor deserves the nod here, I can’t hate. Matthew McConaughey for the win. Alright, alright, alright…

Best Actress: Even the stink of the revived Woody Allen controversy can’t taint what Cate Blanchett achieved in Blue Jasmine. Her strongest competition here comes from Amy Adams, who has four previous Oscar nominations under her belt with no wins. And of course Meryl Streep can never be discounted. But Blanchett has cleaned up this awards season. With wins at the Golden Globes, the SAG awards, the BAFTAs, and the Critics’ Choice Awards already to her credit, Cate Blanchett is the safe bet. Whoa, that rhymed.

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The site lives! Now with video! Other exclamatory sentences!

Hey all…

First up, apologies for the lack of updates over the past months. To quote the last line of a great film, “Time just gets away from us.” But hey, Oscar season is upon us! Expect further updates in the near future. Specifically, my top 10 films of 2013, and my picks for Oscar night.

In the meantime though, here’s a little something I thought people might be interested in. If you’ve seen and loved Her, as I did, you probably loved the soundtrack. One of the best songs therein is “The Moon Song” by Karen O, performed in the film by Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix. So here’s me, explaining how it’s played. Enjoy and seeya again soon!

Slandering Others Anonymously #42

On this Remembrance Day special, Mike revisits Band Of Brothers and talks about all the things that make it great. The usual mishmash of random reviews will return on the next show.

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Slandering Others Anonymously #41

The focus for this episode is current films – some still in theatres, some on video, but all from this year. Documentaries, dramas, thrillers, horror… The usual smorgasbord.

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Slandering Others Anonymously #40

Mike returns after another month off podcasting, eager to get back behind the mic. A lot of current films are covered on this show, including The World’s End, Blue Jasmine, and You’re Next. Plenty of discussion of some older stuff is also included, like the Canadian film Incendies, which should’ve been an Oscar winner…

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Slandering Others Anonymously #39

On this episode, Mike slaps together some hasty coverage of a smorgasbord of films before he gets buried in work. But never fear, the show will go on! Covered on this episode:  Pacific Rim, Only God Forgives, The Hunt, Detention, Lore, Trance, and I Declare War.

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Slandering Others Anonymously #38

On this episode, Mike covers a little TV to go along with the movies in the form of the new series Under The Dome. Recent films discussed include The Bling Ring, Europa Report, and Some Girl(s). Plus (as usual) other stuff!

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Slandering Others Anonymously #37

On this episode, Mike opens with a documentary (Stories We Tell), delves into some creepy horror (VHS 2, Maniac, Stoker), takes a detour into comedy (This Is The End),  and finishes up with a good old fashioned summer blockbuster (Man Of Steel).

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Slandering Others Anonymously Podcast Episode #36

On this episode, Mike returns after another long layoff with a whole bunch of reviews, ranging from blockbusters (Iron Man 3, Star Trek: Into Darkness), to documentaries (Taxi To The Dark Side, Which Way Is The Front Line From Here?), to indies (Mud, Upstream Color). All that and random other stuff!

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