Academy Award Winners

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Best Motion Picture of the Year
Winner: THE DEPARTED

Best Achievement in Directing
Winner: Martin Scorsese for THE DEPARTED

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Winner: Forest Whitaker for THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Winner: Helen Mirren for THE QUEEN

Best Achievement in Editing
Winner: THE DEPARTED

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Winner: AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Winner: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Winner: BABEL

Best Documentary, Feature
Winner: AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

Best Documentary, Short Subject
Winner: THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner: Jennifer Hudson for DREAMGIRLS

Best Foreign Film
Winner: LEBEN DER ANDEREN, DAS

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Winner: THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Winner: LABERINTO DEL FAUNO, EL

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Winner: MARIE ANTOINETTE

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Winner: THE DEPARTED

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Winner: HAPPY FEET

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner: Alan Arkin for LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

Best Achievement in Sound
Winner: DREAMGIRLS

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Winner: LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA

Best Short Film, Live Action
Winner: WEST BANK STORY

Best Short Film, Animated
Winner: THE DANISH POET

Best Achievement in Makeup
Winner: LABERINTO DEL FAUNO, EL

Best Achievement in Art Direction
Winner: LABERINTO DEL FAUNO, EL

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Movies I just watched

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Here are some movies I watched the past few days, I didn’t like any of them.

Blood Diamond
This was a movie I had been looking forward to see for some time now. When I finally got to watch it, I didn’t like it and it was mostly because of the story. The movie is trying to be real and emotional by showing the truth behind the illegal diamond industry in Africa and while all I wanted to watch was a no brainer action movie.

Little Children
Another movie I had been looking forward to see for a very long time. Sadly the trailer painted a different picture from the actual movie. Not that the movie was bad because it wasn’t. The trailer made me expect a thriller but the movie turned out to be more drama mixed in with romance.

Lonely Hearts
I watched this movie because of James Gandolfini. Since the new season of Sopranos still hasn’t started I figured I could get my dose of mob stories from Lonely Hearts. Turns out this movie had nothing to do with mobs and James Gandolfini was actually a good guy. I still gave the movie a chance but it was just boring. The whole movie is about this serial killer which might have been something dramatic back in the 1940s where the movie is based but today with shows like CSI and Dexter, serial killers is something of the norm.

Babel
Finally Babel. This movie has to be the worst of the bunch. Its trying to follow the same style as last years big hit Crash where stories come together but this time there are 4 different stories located across 3 different countries. The stories alone are nothing exciting and even in the end when they all come together it didn’t do anything for me. Crash was a whole lot better.

Now I have one more movie I want to watch today and thats Little Miss Sunshine. Hopefully it won’t be disappointing.


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Movie Review: The Prestige

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the prestige

I watched The Prestige yesterday night at Marzouqs place. It was a really really good movie specially when compared to The Illusionist. The movie is over 2 hours long but its one of those movies you just wished it was even longer.

The Prestige Vs The Illusionist and Christian Bale Vs Edward Norton. No contest here because The Prestige has a much better storyline with an interesting although controversial twist at the end in addition Christian Bale’s character is more exciting. Even the other supporting actors like Hugh Jackman and Michael Caine were performing at their best. But really its the story, the idea behind The Prestige that set this movie apart from The Illusionist. The problem with The Illusionist is that very little happened and there was very little magic. The Prestige on the other hand is full of events and you get to see a ton of magic tricks and best of all they even show you how they were made, something The Illusionist was lacking.

The main plot deals with Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman who are both magicians. Early in the movie an event takes place which results in the two hating each other. The whole movie is about them competing against each other.

For the final score I would give it a 4.5 out of 5. Without spoiling the movie for anyone who hasn’t watched it, the reason it didn’t get a full 5 out of 5 was because of the ending, it just wasn’t as real as the rest of the movie.

Oh and fuck Thomas Edison!


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Short Film Screenings

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I got the following in my email today:

Cinemagic Kuwait Launches Weekly Short Film Screenings
“Short & Sweet”

(Kuwait 05/12/2006) Cinemagic Kuwait are organizing “Short & Sweet”, a schedule of weekly short film screenings. The screenings will commence on Wednesday, February 21st, and run throughout the year. The events will take place at the Cinemagic Courtyard in Bait Lothan, Salmiya, and will run between 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

The screenings will bring together a collection of short films from all over the world including Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Poland, Brazil, Jordan, Lebanon and Kuwait. Each week we will screen a different selection of short films of varying genre, nationality, and style.

For its part, Cinemagic Kuwait, is organizing these events as part of its efforts to contribute to the development of an internationally competitive Kuwaiti audio-visual production industry, partly by bringing the filmmakers and audiences together and by Increasing the public’s interest in – and appreciation for – the art of filmmaking

Attendance for the event is free of charge, but seating is limited. Snacks and refreshments will be served throughout. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at the numbers below.

Yazan Al Ghazzawi
PR & Marketing Manager
Kuwait Cinemagic

Tel: (+965) 574 3253
Cell: (+965) 722 2416
www.cinemagics.com


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Shabab Cool

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The other day I posted that I had heard about a movie called Shabab Cool and it dealt with street racing in Kuwait. I also heard it was banned and after watching parts of the movie I figured out why… its because the movie is REALLY crap. You have to watch the video I uploaded onto YouTube to really see what I am talking about. Its extremely cheesy with some of the worst acting I have ever seen.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Gr9nAeTNrog


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What I have watched recently

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Pan’s Labyrinth (Movie)
I didn’t like it, it bored me and was uneventful.

Harsh Times (Movie)
I hated Christian Bale in this movie a lot and thats why I loved this movie. He is such an amazing actor, so real that the whole movie I thought he was such a dickhead.

Casino Royale (Movie)
He barely had a cool car for 3 seconds, there was no car chase, no secret gadgets tucked up his sleeves, he still drinks martini and there was no nudity. Yawn.

What Dreams May Come (Movie)
Super boring.

Heroes (TV Show)
Really amazing, lots of characters and things happening. My second favorite show at the moment.

Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares
(TV Show)
Not to be mistaken with Ramsay’s Hells Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares is a much more exciting show. I really love it, its my favorite show at the moment although I think I have watched all the episodes available.

Lost Season 3 (TV Show)
Extremely boring. The shows viewership in the US has also dropped by half. Hopefully they take this as a sign and kill the show.

Grey’s Anatomy Season 3 (TV Show)
Still fun to watch, things are actually happening on the show unlike Lost.

Prison Break Season 2 (TV Show)
Biggest surprise of the year. I thought once they escaped show would get boring but its one of the most exciting shows this year, they really did a good job with the story.

24 Season 6 (TV Show)
Un-Fucking-Believable.


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Sharq the Movie

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I found this movie trailer on K.thekuwaiti’s blog. Its a movie made in Kuwait and from the looks of the trailer it looks pretty cool. Although the plot is really cliche, “six kids have the adventure of their lifetime” the fact that its about six Kuwaiti kids in Kuwait makes it special.

There is another movie I heard that was good called “Shabab Cool”. I was told it was about street racing in Kuwait and that it got banned from the movies here.

By the way, the movie Sharq is directed by Erik Sandoval. The only Sandoval I know is Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star. I wonder if he is related to her?


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Oscar Torrents

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Download any film that is up for an Oscar. It can’t get easier then this. [Link]

note: site has instructions for torrent virgins


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Live Free or Die Hard

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I love the fact that so many classic movies are getting redone like Rocky, Indiana Jones, Rambo and now Die Hard. Check out the new Live Free or Die Hard trailer, from the looks of it this might be the coolest Die Hard yet. [Link]


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Harrison Ford: Get me a whip or I walk

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“Harrison Ford has threatened to leave the new Indiana Jones movie unless he gets to use a real whip. ” [Link]


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