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Winners from the Oscars 2012

Best Picture: The Artist


Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist


Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady


Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help


Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners


Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist


Cinematography: Hugo

Art Direction: Hugo

Costume Design: The Artist

Makeup: The Iron Lady

Foreign Language Film: A Separation, Iran.

Film Editing: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Sound Editing: Hugo

Sound Mixing: Hugo

Documentary Feature: Undefeated

Animated Feature Film: Rango

Visual Effects: Hugo

Original Score: The Artist

Original Song: Man or Muppet from The Muppets

Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants

Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Live Action Short Film: The Shore

Documentary (short subject): Saving Face

Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore



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EAST-ASIAN movie reviews.

The three movies i saw for this post were THE REVOLUTION OF THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT, FLOWERS OF WAR and UNDERWATER LOVE. My favourite on this list is flowers of war starring the famous’Dark Knight’ star CHristian Bale. i think the reason why i love this movie is because the ones  who have been dimmed in society to be immoral, insensitive and basically of no good is the ones who became the heroes at the end of the day. I’m talking about the prostitutes. the movies is filled with the themes of self sacrifice, loyalty and perseverance all standing on one central theme, the casualties war brings. it just goes to show war brings more harm than good. the theme of loyalty can be seen in the role the soldiers played, they are ready to die for their country no matter how little victory seems. the theme of self sacrifice is apparent in the dedication and loyalty shown by  soldiers who were ready to die for their country especially the one who blew themselves up to stop the war tank of the opposition. this is also apparent in the act of the soldier who protected the young girls in the church with his life. he ended committing suicide bomb by blowing himself up to kill all members of the opposition who terrorised the church another interesting thing i found in the movie is how some as insignificant in everyday life as a haircut can be so important in harsh times and conditions. the transformation of chritian bale form a drunk to a hero who faked the role of the head bishop came from just a haircut. he was a selfish drug who seemed to care about only money and sex but  he ended up a hero and this began with a shave. in cutting the prostitutes hair to make them younger again also depicts the significance of a haircut. his transformation of the young boy to a young virgin girl with a simple wig also goes to show the impact a haircut or maybe just HAIR. but in all i love that the prostitutes became the heroes, one life for another, the selfish ones where the ones who gave their lives to save the other.

REVOLUTION OF RED LIGHT DISTRICT takes a different turn though. the plot presents a hustler in the form of a taxi driver who gets fired and later finds his path to wealth in making sex toys. YES sex toys. the film stands on the grounds of how sex can be such a powerful commodity in todays market. even if seen as an immoral job, so to speak, the money gotten from selling pleasure in the form of sex taking the shape of a vibrator is seen to be highly lucrative. i like how it opens with a comment of the over population in Asia relatively caused by sex. moving on to the sex shop, my comment on todays society and sex is apparent where the sex shop was able to pull everybody in the community together to save the sex shop form the inspector who later confiscated all the sex toys. what i really really like about this movie is where they suggest the old school is better than the new school with the use of ancient traditional herbs and its recognition in making sex better. i don’t find it surprising that a white british-european male heads this sex company. i think its stereotype, you know, British people and sex. well its my thought.

UNDERWATER LOVE, definitely not my favourite at all. this is a pink movie and by that i mean lift porn. so this lady falls in love with a ‘KAPPA’, a tortoise to be exact. like WHAT THE HELL?!! he likes her she doesn’t like him or she tries not to because she’s got a fiancé who is head of the company, bla bla bla, he is hurt he sleeps with her co-worker who doesn’t find it weird to have sex with a tortoise who has a green gruesome looking penis. i really don’t like this movie. but in all it goes to show the power of love even if a tortoise is involved. yes even if puts a tortoise. no more comments.

these are my opinions on the east asian movies if you have any objections, additions or thoughts over these fell free to comment below.


Roland's Ramblings

Remember when grown-ups seemed glamorous?
When people said “thank you” and “please”?
When Moms called their kids in for supper at dusk?
You played hide-and-seek and climbed trees?

Remember when “downtown” seemed so far away?
You caught lightning bugs in a jar?
When drugstores had fountains, most kids had a bike, and you had a wish for each star?

Remember when no one had pedigreed dogs?
You read comic books by the ton?
You bought penny candy?
You drank chocolate milk?
Expected each day to be fun?

If these things bring a smile to your face whenever they’re heard or they’re told,
it means you were lucky to have such good times …
(It also means YOU’RE kinda OLD!)

I love this message that was on the Hallmark birthday card given me last November by my cousin, who is like a sister to me, Alyce, and her husband and…

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New week, new work. More work, more stress. More stress, more knowledge.

honestly, right about now, i feel really tired, like my-eyeballs-are-gonna-drop-out tired. and really its my fault, was up all through last night watching HEROES, yes the one produced by Tim Kring. I started it again after I finished Avatar (the last airbender). been on a serial hype lately and its been preventing me from sleeping but what the hell, I’m a student, I’m capable of staying up all day even after a 3 hour sleep. ANYWAY….

how are you fellow reader, it’s a new week which means something new will be learnt voluntarily or involuntarily, by our choice or not, we will gain some knowledge. but I’m convinced there are dangers involved with knowledge, obviously this comes with the knowledge one is gaining of something or someone or a field. with knowledge, one can create, with knowledge, one can destroy, with knowledge, one can re-invent, one can change the world, the course of history! but what happens when such knowledge can be gained on information that is accessible everywhere by everyone at any time? do the dangers and benefits that come with such knowledge become more apparent? I guess this is where the module on digital media comes in, this is where the aim of total connectivity is evident. not to bore you further I will go straight into the point of this post because frankly, I’m tired.

This week on 182MC (research), we will be studying ethics; the ethics involved in research. My guess is we will study case studies to depict the dangers of crossing such research ethical codes and their implications and obviously the ethical codes involved in research. as I did ethics in psychology during the course of my A-levels, this should be more enlightening as I hope we will be going deeper into this ethics of research.

as far as 180MC is concerned, I honestly don’t know what this week holds for us but I’m starting my coursework this week (both of them actually), hopefully I will finish on time, I really hate the stress of last-minute work. it is depressing.

until further notice peeps laters =D