Archive for January, 2009

11th Annual Fergy Film Awards: WINNERS

January 31, 2009

BEST FILM
Revolutionary Road
BEST FOREIGN FILM
A Girl Cut In Two
BEST DIRECTOR
Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road)
BEST ACTOR
Leonardo DiCaprio (Revolutionary Road)
BEST ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married)
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Martin McDonagh (In Bruges)
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Roger Deakins (Revolutioanry Road)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Rosemarie Dewitt (Rachel Getting Married)
BEST LOW-BUDGET FILM
In Search Of A Midnight Kiss
BEST DEBUT DIRECTING EFFORT
Martin McDonagh (In Bruges)
BEST SOPHOMORE DIRECTING EFFORT
John Patrick Shanley (Doubt)
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married)
BEST DEBUT PERFORMANCE
Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire)
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
Synecdoche, New York
BEST OVERALL YEAR
Anne Hathaway
BEST MAKEUP
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Australia
BEST DOCUMENTARY
Man On Wire
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight)
BEST EDITING
Tim Squyres (Rachel Getting Married)
BEST ART DIRECTION
Revolutionary Road
BEST COMEDY
Pineapple Express
BEST ANIMATED/FAMILY FILM
Marley & Me
BEST HORROR/SCI-FI FILM
Mother Of Tears
BEST EFFECTS
The Dark Knight
BEST SEQUEL
The Dark Knight
MOST SURPRISING FILM
Marley & Me
MOST UNDERRATED FILM
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
James Franco (Pineapple Express)
BEST SONG
“The Wrestler” by Bruce Springsteen (The Wrestler)
BEST SOUNDTRACK
In Search Of A Midnight Kiss
MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM
Stop-Loss
MOST DISAPPOINTING PERFORMANCE
Robert DeNiro/Al Pacino <TIE> (Righteous Kill)
MOST OVERRATED FILM
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
WORST FILM
Righteous Kill

Before the Winners…

January 29, 2009

Here are all of the films that were nominated this year – best and worst – and starting with the films with the most nods going down the line.

12 NOMINATIONS
The Dark Knight
Revolutionary Road
11 NOMINATIONS
Rachel Getting Married
10 NOMINATIONS
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Milk
Synecdoche, New York
8 NOMINATIONS
Snow Angels
7 NOMINATIONS
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Doubt
In Bruges
The Wrestler
6 NOMINATIONS
Teeth
5 NOMINATIONS
Australia
Never Forever
Pineapple Express
Slumdog Millionaire
Tropic Thunder
The Wackness
4 NOMINATIONS
Burn After Reading
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
In Search Of A Midnight Kiss
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man
The Last Mistress
Paranoid Park
Righteous Kill
3 NOMINATIONS
A Girl Cut In Two
Lakeview Terrace
Role Models
Seven Pounds
Stop-Loss
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
The Visitor
W.
Wendy and Lucy
The X-Files: I Want To Believe
2 NOMINATIONS
Cloverfield
Get Smart
Gran Torino
The Happening
Marley & Me
Mother of Tears
Run, Fatboy, Run
The Spiderwick Chronicles
Step Brothers
1 NOMINATION
21
American Teen
The Band’s Visit
Deception
Drillbit Taylor
Eagle Eye
Funny Games
Ghost Town
Gonzo
Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay
Hell Ride
Henry Poole Is Here
The House Bunny
Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Man On Wire
My Winnipeg
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
The Other Boleyn Girl
Redbelt
Vantage Point
Wall-E
Wanted
Young @ Heart
Zack and Miri Make A Porno
Zombie Strippers

The winners are coming soon, I assure you.

Awesome Music Video Postings of 2009: #9

January 28, 2009

On January 22, I had the pleasure of seeing Tony Marshall play live. At one point during his terrific set he broke out a new song, called “In Rounds”. It’s always an event when Tony has something new to unveil, and this time was no exception. In fact, this is one of my favorite Marshall songs.

Watch, listen, and love…

2008 Films I Need To See In 2009

January 28, 2009

No matter how much I try, there are always a fair amount of films each year that I miss and thus they ultimately cannot show up on the Fergy Film Awards nominations. There will be some that I will see later on when they are released to video that will move me in ways that will make me angry I didn’t catch them on the big screen and in time to add them to the list of nominees. For the first time since I started the Fergy Film Awards, I am going to post the movies I need to see that I one way or another missed out on the year before. Here are the ones I must see at some point this year, in alphabetical order. The ones in bold are films I am dying to see.

Appaloosa
Ballast
Body of Lies
Che
Chop Shop
A Christmas Tale
The Edge of Heaven
The Fall
Frozen River
Happy Go-Lucky
How To Lose Friends and Alienate People
I’ve Loved You So Long
Let the Right One In
The Reader
Shotgun Stories
Standard Operating Procedure
Tell No One
Waltz With Bashir
XXY

The 11th Annual Fergy Film Awards WINNERS coming extremely soon.

Keep a lookout.

“Hey boy, supper’s on me…our record just went aluminum”

January 28, 2009

Just this last Friday, one of the most significant bands that played a major part in the shaping of my musical tastes as I grew older, Silver Jews, officially called it quits. David Berman is one of the few true poets among today’s songwriters, setting himself aside from the rest with a vision all his own. They spent a good fifteen years making terrific music, and only since 2006 had they played live and went on tours. Whatever they were doing, it was always different and worthy of anticipation. Silver Jews, you will be missed. At least you left us with three of the greatest albums of the last 20 years (The Natural Bridge, Bright Flight, and American Water, respectively).

I was lucky enough to see them not once – but twice –  during their short time as a touring band. The most recent concert I attended from them was just this last October at Birdy’s in Indianapolis (which Berman proclaimed as their 101st live performance), this time as a more seasoned and comfortable rock outfit, settling into the new sounds of their latest record, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea. However, I am posting a video from the very first time I saw them, on April 14, 2006, at The Bluebird in Bloomington. Toward the beginning of their set, Berman had asked the audience to forgive their faults, for it was only their 13th or 14th time playing together in front of a real crowd. It was about as real and flaw-filled as a concert could get, and it was such a time-capsuled moment to see a brilliant artist perform. I will never forget it.