Random Academy Award Observations
I realize this is old news a week later but I find it hard to not talk about the Oscars. I mean as a movie/news blog it’s what I should talk about, right? While the show wasn’t the most surprising it was the most real. To paraphrase Larry Wilmore this was the year of Keeping it 100. Well at least 75% which is a pretty big deal for the Academy Awards. While there was the typical mutual ass kissery it wasn’t all sunshine and ‘OMG everyone is sooo great.’ Patricia Arquette in particular dropped the mic with her speech. Then there was Polish director Pawel Pawilkowski defying all of Hollywood by going through two time music cues like a boss. I can see the Academy hating him for it but sweet Moses was that baller. Even host Neil Patrick Harris calling out how white the nominees were, at the very start of the show no less. The best moment had nothing to do with dropping truth bombs though. I’m talking about the performance of Everything is Awesome by Tegan & Sara and The Lonely Island. In a typically stuffy show like the Academy Awards this multicolored dream had everything you could ever want. The most uplifting (irony be damned) song ever? Check. Will Arnett as Batman with ?uestlove as his Robin? Double check. Oprah and Channing Tatum being the most excited people you’ll ever see? Triple check. This stole the show for me.
Oh and apparently there were awards given out. In all honesty I didn’t see the majority of the movies nominated for the big awards. I’m sure as a cinephile I should but when given the choice between The Guest and The Theory of Everything I am going to pick the movie with a sweet synth soundtrack and people getting punched in the face. Still seeing Michael Keaton put away his acceptance speech is pretty darn sad.
Batman: Arkham Knight Gets M Rating
In an interesting turn of events the highly anticipated Batman: Arkham Knight video game has been given an M rating. For those not in the know the M stands for mature (17+) and is usually given to the more violent games like Call of Duty, Mortal Kombat and Grand Theft Auto. Even more interesting is that, according to reports, the rating is more for the story being dark rather than any kind of increased violence or gratuitous profanity. “From our point of view, we never wrote it or made it with a rating in mind,” said Sefton Hall, founder of developer Rocksteady. While acknowledging that this would hurt the availability of the game he said We want to deliver a true end with no compromises, and it takes us to some dark places.” With so little known about the plot of the game this could mean anything including the long-running rumor that Batman would die at the end of the game. Either way this certainly has me intrigueed by what’s to come. More than I already was anyway.
Source- Comic Book Resources
MacGruber 2 A Reality
Comedy nerds rejoice. At the premiere of his show “The Last Man on Earth” star Will Forte revealed that not only was MacGruber 2 happening but that it was already filmed and was ready for post-production. Widely considered the best SNL-based film the sequel has been teased for years. To hear it’s so far along is a delight.