diumenge, 27 de febrer de 2011

Oscar 2011

In Spain everything runs late, and that applies to cinema too. Most films arrive to theaters later than in other countries. Sometimes it's just a matter of weeks, other times it's months, a few times it takes a year or two, or sometimes they go straight to DVD or are not even available in any format.

Curiously enough, this year's main Oscar nominees have been shown in cinemas before the gala in Hollywood. And curiously enough, I've already watched two of them: The King's Speech and Black Swan, both of which I'll review as soon as possible. I've also seen Toy Story 3 (review here), I've just found out it's also among the nominees for best animation and best movie (!).

Here are my previsions for tonight, although I haven't seen all of them and my criteria are partly based on the Golden Globe winners and reviews:
  • Actor in a leading role: Colin Firth (The King's Speech)
  • Actor in a supporting role: Christian Bale (The Fighter)
  • Actress in a leading role: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
  • Actress in a supporting role: Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
  • Animated feature film: Toy Story 3
  • Directing: David Fincher (The Social Network)
  • Foreign language film: Biutiful (Mexico)
  • Best picture: The Kids Are All Right

There are more cathegories, but these are the most "important" ones, I think, and the ones that people pay more attention to (according to several bets I've found on the internet). Plus, these are what I think will be the winners, not what I would like them to be. I haven't seen The Social Network and, althought people generally say it's good (or in the sense that it "exceeded expectations"), I don't think it really deserves that much praising (again: I haven't seen it, I've only seen the trailer and read reviews).

We'll find out who the winners are tonight. More info at the Oscar awards official website.

dimecres, 23 de febrer de 2011

Exercici 2.3.: Escriu un paràgraf amb molts parèntesis i pensaments poc coherents

M'haureu de perdonar, fans que no comenteu però que sé que de tant en tant passeu per aquí. La musa m'ha abandonat i l'únic de què sap escriure últimament és de processos cognitius dels traductors, de la utilitat d'internet per trobar informació i d'estudis empírics, ja siguin experimentals o no. I no patiu perquè tinc temps fns al 30 de juny per no poder parlar d'altres temes, ja que el 30 de juny és la data límit per entregar el treball de recerca del màster (el que abans es deia tesina, i que en la intimitat seguirem anomenant així perquè treball de recerca em recorda al batxillerat) i el tema estrella serà infinitament interessant, però també infinitament monotemàtic (òbviament, però la Traductologia és la ciència de posar nom a coses que esdevenen bastant òbvies quan les poses per escrit --però després tothom la caga al mateix lloc--).Tots sabeu, però, que en el fons m'agrada (perquè si no m'agradés ja tindria delicte...). Us mantindré informats de les meves anades i tornades entre Covent Garden i el Palau de la Música amb l'Eliza Doolittle i la Roseta Fernandes. I últimament tinc una estranya tendència a escriure guions de converses imaginàries que no tindran mai lloc però que servirien per qualsevol telenovel·la sudamericana o un llibre per a adolescents estúpides que no saben distingir entre l'amor i l'assetjament perquè els vampirs i els homes llop no fan por, sinó que molen i són súperromànticsoseatiaquefuerte. M'he plantejat moltes vegades reciclar qualsevol personatge meu (preferiblement alguna Mary Sue que devia crear entre els 12 i 15 anys) i vendre la meva ànima al diable i a les editorials de "bet-sellers" (que, efectivament, vol dir "venedors d'apostes") perquè aquesta merda proporciona prou diners per viure bé durant una temporada (si ets la primera de portar la idea al mercat, naturalment, i tens la sort de veure una adaptació per a la pantalla, petita o gran, de la teva "obra"), però després del que m'han explicat avui sobre els deutes de les universitats públiques... Tot i que sóc més partidària d'assemblar-me més a una Ann Patchett que no pas a una J.K.Rowling, si es tracta de vendre llibres. I no, ni em plantejo per un moment una possible comparació amb l'Stephenie Meyer. Tot i així he de confessar que he caigut en la temptació de comprar-me el primer llibre de Gossip Girl i els quatre primers de Pretty Little Liars després de veure les seves respectives sèries televisives (amb molts punts a favor per la segona, ara mateix). Però després de veure-les em torna a agafar aquest no-sé-què de viatjar i engegar-ho tot a la merda i buscar feina a l'altra banda del món. Ja veurem, ja veurem. Toca esperar i l'únic que vull és agafar impuls, córrer, saltar i volar amunt, amunt, amunt.

dijous, 10 de febrer de 2011

El minut de glòria!

Que no és ni un minut, però ja m'enteneu...

Films I watched in 2010 (II)

Let's continue the list of films I watched in 2010, now taking a look at those I watched at home, mainly on DVD. There are many of them, so I'll divide it in two parts.


The sweetest thing (Roger Kumble)

Synopsis... Christina (Cameron Diaz) meets Mr. Right, but he leaves town and Christina and her friends go on a road trip to find him while she and her friends talk about their love and sex lives... and penis.

Opinion... I most sincerely think this movie was made for Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair to show their bellies, bums and boobs, and talk about sex and men, and men and sex. And for 15-year-olds to feel soooo mature that they talked about how it's "too big to fit in here". A forgettable movie with a very catchy song.

The Holiday (Nancy Meyers)

Synopsis... Heartbroken, Amanda, an American trailer-maker (Cameron Diaz) and Iris, a British journalist (Kate Winslet) exchange houses during the Christmas holiday. During these two weeks, the two of them will learn to find what had been missing in their lives, and also love.

Opinion... I watched this movie while I was sick during Christmas, so it was kind of appropiate, I guess. It's a sweet film, worth seeing not only because Jude Law is in it, but also because it has many cute moments that make you go "aaaw...". It's not the greatest film ever, but it's ok.

The Hangover (Todd Phillips)

Synopsis... Four friends go to Las Vegas because one of them is getting married and they want his last night as a bachellor to be a huge thing. But they wake up the next morning and can't remember anything and the groom has gone missing, they need to find out what happened the night before.

Opinion... My expectations on this movie when it first came out in the cinema were very low, but a certain person said that we had to watch it with this certain group of friends because it was SO funny! (Please note that I'm being sarcastic). My expectations rose, therefore I found the movie awfully bad and not funny. Maybe one or two scenes are funny, but it's a kind of humor that I don't enjoy: too physical, too obvious, for audiences with arguable intelligence. Also, I hate it when they involve babies in this kind of movies.

It could be that I didn't find it that funny because of two main factors: the obvious one, my risen expectations, and the dub. When this kind of films are translated, most of the puns are lost in translation (sorry), so I guess that didn't help either. Be as it may, I don't think it's that funny a movie, I've seen much better.

Flawless (Michael Radford)

Synopsis... Laura (Demi Moore) works for the London Diamond Corporation but although she is the only woman executive, she never gets a higher position in the company because of being a woman. A janitor, Mr Hobbs (Michael Cane) convinces her to help him steal some diamonds from the safeguard.

Opinion... I first saw this movie at the cinema, then again on TV and finally again on DVD (immediately after The sweetest thing, which is why I guess I slept well that night). It reminded me a little bit of a Sherlock Holmes story, but from the point of view of the criminals, and it's quite enjoyable. Not the best thriller ever, but it manages to capture your attention for an hour and a half.

dijous, 3 de febrer de 2011

Random mussings

Happy New Chinese Year!
We're entering the year of the rabbit according to the Chinese horoscope.

Spanish administration sucks. There, I said it. Still one more month of waiting and waiting and more waiting... Also, only three more weeks of seminars and stuff. I have to find the ELE-teaching course. I thought the administrators at FTI were bad, but the ones at the Philosophy and Philology Faculty are worse. Strange as it may sound.

And off we go. Have to run to catch the bus

EDIT Feb 4th 2011: I consciously heard Justin Bieber for the first time. I say consciously because I had been proud of not having heard him before, but it turns out that I had, in the radio, without knowing that it was him. Until today I thought it was a she. Shame on you, Beliebers! (and learn to spell properly, even if it's a pun ¬¬)

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