Thursday, February 21, 2008

Oscar Money Making Machine

Behind only the Super Bowl and the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, the Academy Awards generates the highest amount of illegal wagers in the country. So, if there is money to be won, then “expert” opinions are in order.

I will acknowledge up front I have not actually seen all of these movies. Heck, I have not seen a third of these movies. But seriously, neither have the actual voters. I did take the time to watch the trailers, read Variety, and check out the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, therefore, I think I am not being boastful when I declare myself an official Oscarologist.

So if you want to take home your co-workers’ $10 contributions to the Oscar pool, then follow this picks.

Best picture – “No Country for Old Men”

Best director – Joel and Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men”)

Best actor – Daniel Day-Lewis (“There Will Be Blood”)

Best supporting actor – Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men”)

Best actress – Julie Christie (“Away From Her”)

Best supporting actress – Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”)

Best original screenplay – “Juno”

Best adapted screenplay – “No Country for Old Men”

Best cinematography – “There Will Be Blood”

Best Animated Feature- Ratatouille

Best Foreign Film- The Counterfeiters

Best Documentary Feature- “No End in Sight”

Best Documentary Short- “Sari’s Mother”

Best Editing- Roderick Jaynes (aka Coen Brothers)- No Country for Old Men

Best Song- “Falling Shorty”- “Once”

Best Original Score- “Atonement”

Best Makeup – “La Vie en Rose”

Best Art Direction- “There Will Be Blood”

Best Live Action Short- “Tangi Argentini”

Best Animated Short- “Peter and the Wolf”

Best Sound Editing – “Transformers”

Best Sound Mixing- “Transformers”

Visual Effect- “Pirates of the Caribbean”

Best Costume- “Sweeney Todd”

Monday, February 4, 2008

Bud Light Jackie Moon TV Commercial

Tag Line of the Year- "Bud Light. Suck one."

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Real Super Bowl Predictions

Like a Paul Thomas Anderson film, pundits this week have gone on and on and on about who will win the big game. That’s easy to do. It will be the Patriots by a score of 38-17.

With that is out of the way, here are some predictions on the more important things surrounding the Super Bowl.

The most talked about commercial will be the Pepsi commercial with the deaf guys. The most common Monday morning line about the commercial - “Gee, I kept turning up the volume because I couldn’t hear anything.”

Jordin Sparks will mispronounce at least one word of the national anthem. More than likely she will sing “For the land of the free…” instead of “O’er the land of the free…”

After the game, every single Patriot player will say how disrespected they were before the game and how no one thought they would win. Being favorites by double digits was like being slapped in the face with a lead glove.

There will be at least 10 commercials promoting the NFL Network. They will be funny and engaging, but will still not move cable operators to add on a network that only airs 8 meaningful shows a year.

Buck and Aikman will not make one reference about Spygate during the telecast. They are too afraid of getting a subpoena to testify in the eventual Senate hearing held this spring.

The passing of the Super Bowl trophy will go Kraft to Belichick to ….Seau (not Tom Brady). This is the only upset I am predicting for the game.

And the most important prediction….
The Coin toss will land on HEADS!