Tag Archives: the Oscars

Infernal Affairs VS The Departed

29 Mar

So we’re almost at the end of the week, and we’re still all about the criminals here at Gumball Crayola. More murders, more mayhem, and more mighty good looking men!






But which one of them is the bad guy? That, my friends, is the question…




Based on the brooding faces above, you’ve probably guessed that today’s match up is:

Infernal Affairs VS The Departed

The Deal: Picture a brtutal, bloody game of cops and robbers…where it gets harder and harder to tell the difference between the two groups. There are too many double and triple crosses here to form a coherent recap of either film, but let’s just say that nobody trusts anybody in these movies, and very few of them survive to the end of either story. The police force clashes with the mob in what is definitely our most violent match up to date, and, if I’m being truthful, my least favourite of the movies we’ve featured here so far. That doesn’t mean that I wasn’t sitting breathless on the edge of my seat as I watched the action unfold…just that I felt exhausted, and a little icky, afterwards. Which makes it a little challenging for me to objectively rate

The Original VS the Do Over since I don’t feel a whole lot of love for any of the characters in particular. But I will say that I was absolutely horrified by Matt Damon’s character in the remake, which was a big change for me. He usually manages to maintain a core of “Matt-ness” in his roles, and I usually adore him regardless of who he’s playing. So  the American version resonated with an extra level of emotion for me, compared to the Hong Kong version. I felt even more betrayed by the character’s actions, if that makes sense?!? Plus, Martin Scorsese did finally win his Best Director Oscar for his version, so I’m going to crown his 2006 picture as

The Definitive Champion. But this was something of an ambiguous match up for me, and perhaps a sign that my association with the criminal element should come to an end? Come back tomorrow to see how I redeem myself!


Congratulations Marty….I think?!?


Last Night Was Oscar Night!

27 Feb

Well hello there! I hope you all had wonderful weekends. Did you watch the Oscars last night? I did, and, as promised, am here to chat about them with you today.

Now, I know today’s post is going up later than usual, and I apologize for the delay. But if you are in the middle of preparing for your workday tomorrow, don’t worry! This won’t take long.

The red carpet pre-show was more exciting than the Oscars. And even that wasn’t very exciting. The end.

Ta-da! I told you that wouldn’t take long.

I’m just kidding. But not by much. I’ll hold off on the griping about how the show’s pace was waaay…tooo…slooow… and about how there were too many montages and about how THE MUPPETS DIDN’T EVEN PERFORM (wow, I felt a rush of residual anger just typing that – could you tell?) because, you know, that’s not really what we’re about here at Gumball Crayola. And I’ll focus on the things I liked during the broadcast instead:


I’m just kidding. But not by much. It’s a short list, my friends! Not even my beloved Billy could save last night’s show for me, much as it pains me to say that. Now, I did like his opening movie montage, so he does get some points for that. Even though I think George did most of the work:


And I was also really happy that a couple of people in particular were winners last night, even though I haven’t seen either of the movies they performed in. (Wow, is this a relevant pop culture blog, or what? The cutting edge of creativity, that’s what we are! 😉 )

1) Christopher Plummer, Best Supporting Actor, Beginners

“You’re two years older than me darling, where have you been all my life?”

Captain von Trapp finally has his Oscar! Hooray! All is now right with the world. Plus, the man is 82 years old, and he navigated the stairs leading up to that stage better than some much younger winners I could name (Octavia, I’m looking at you!) He earned it!

2) Meryl Streep, Best Actress, The Iron Lady

17 nominations. 17!!! It’s about time, don’t you think? Truthfully, of her more recent nominations, I think she really should have won for Julie & Julia instead…but I’ll take it! And on top of everything else, she gives such fabulous speeches! I wish a class with her was mandatory for all nominees prior to the broadcast. I bet I would’ve had a lot more to blog about, in that case!

Speaking of those 17 nominations, you can click here to see a slideshow of them all, complete with a “Should She Have Won?” recap of each performance. What do you think of Slate’s verdicts? Do you agree with their choices?

Well, I think that’s just about enough recapping for me! Now that the big night has come and gone, the stars will go back to eating carbs, and I’ll go back to blogging about my life as a movie. And stay tuned for a brand new countdown that will be kicking off soon!

Have a great night everyone!

One or Two or Ten

25 Jan

Good morning, and welcome to Wednesday!

Well, we’re halfway there. And I’m happy to report that this week is flying by a lot more quickly than last week did – for me at least. I hope it’s the same way for you!

Yesterday morning, I talked about my reaction to “The Artist”, and then, just as I was getting ready to leave for work, the 2012 Oscar nominees were announced! And sure enough, “The Artist” was mentioned once or twice… or ten times! You can get to the official Oscar website and see the complete list of nominees here. I haven’t decided what our theme is going to be for February yet, but I have a feeling it’s going to have something to do with movies!

Meanwhile, I was so busy sharing my rant, I mean, review, of “The Artist” (which you can check out here if you haven’t seen it already,) that I completely forgot that Tuesdays were going to be Downton Abbey days here at Gumball Crayola!

But never fear! I have just the ticket! (Yes, I totally typed that in a British accent – how did you know?!?) Here’s your D.A news:

If you were watching last Sunday’s episode and thinking that Lady Mary has a lovely singing voice, you’re not alone! My sources (thank you, Vulture.com) tell me that Lady Mary and her mother Lady Cora (known in real life as Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern) are making an album together! And it should be out sometime this year! And that’s all the information I have! But I promise to keep you posted on this very exciting development.

Have a jolly good day everyone!