Edit 1: October 30
Edit 2: November 14
Edit 3: November 22
Edit 4: November 29 (final predictions)
Check out this list to see what some of your favorite singers submitted to the recording academy!
When the Recording Academy decided to cut the number of categories from 109 to 78, the announcement sent shockwaves through the industry. The consolidation of categories eliminates the male/female categories, and combined some of the lesser album categories into one. This could affect solo artists who, would otherwise, usually receive a high number of nominations. With Grammy nominations announced on Nov. 30, we might want to peek at what nominations could be, and how further nominations for select artists could pan out.
(Note: The eligibility period for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards is Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011)
Album of the Year
Now I’m scrambled with so many options! The whole concrete nominees (in my opinion) are 21, Duets II and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Now I’m beginning to think the country slot will be a fight between Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum. I guess to play it “safe,” I’ll pick former AOTY winner Swift for the country slot. Though I think she’s an awful song writer, her record sales are really impressive.
Duets II, Tony Bennett
Speak Now, Taylor Swift
Wasting Light, Foo Fighters
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West
Born This Way, Lady Gaga
Own The Night, Lady Antebellum
Watch the Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West
Singer Florence Welch from the album art for the single "Shake It Out."
Sometimes I really hate MTV, but I can never hate on them for having bad taste in music. Their VMA nominations are usually spot on, and reward some hidden treasures in the music business. During last year’s VMA telecast, a group called Florence + The Machine performed their song Dog Days Are Over, and their success skyrocketed overnight. The interesting thing is that the album that song was from, Lungs, had been out for over a year by that time. If it hadn’t been for that performance, they probably wouldn’t have had continued success.
Now we have their sophomore album Ceremonials, a darker and more religiously influential album than its predecessor. The group still works with emotionally wrenching lyrics, thanks to singer Florence Welch who co-wrote all the songs, even when they have more upbeat arrangements to play the lyrics against.
Take their first single Shake It Out, which mirrors the rock anthem success of Dog Days Are Over combined with some gothic organ chants and darkly inspiring lyrics. One of the strongest songs from the album, Shake It Out is a roaring success that showcases Welch’s powerful vocals.
Ryan Gosling plays the silent, but tough Driver in "Drive."
He’s a driver, that what he does. He does getaway driving for people committing robberies. He goes about his days floating around quietly, minding his own business, and fixing up his car in a friend’s garage. When he’s not fixing cars, he does stunt driving for movies as a part-time job. He’s a loyal friend, but will be your enemy in a heartbeat. He’s a nameless mass.
Ryan Gosling portrays the Driver in Drive, an adrenaline-inducing film that gets your pulse racing in the first 10 minutes. Combining equal parts action, gangster and neo-noir, Drive is a gripping and surprisingly graphic movie that is sure to entertain mainstream and art house audiences at the same time.
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La Piel que Habito (The Skin I Live In) is the darkest and creepiest Almodóvar film to date. In so many words, he described it as a horror film, without the horror, which is a pretty accurate description. This is a horror story from the ‘60s (à la Eyes Without a Face) with a lot more sex.
Acclaimed surgeon Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) holds a girl, Vera (Elena Anaya), captive in his house in order to test a skin on her. This new skin was developed by Robert to be impermeable to burns and pain, an inspiration following the death of his wife in a fiery car accident. Robert doesn’t make the skin in an official lab, he makes it in his own house!
While away on business, a tiger disguised man named Zeca comes to see Marilia, Robert’s servant, hoping to hide him following a robbery. Through video surveillance, Zeca sees Vera and forces Marilia to let him see her. Zeca gets upstairs and rapes Vera, but Robert comes in and kills him. Continue Reading
‘Tis the season to watch people getting killed and all that good stuff. Eliminating an overly drawn out introduction, I’ll just tell you that I’m listing 10 films that creep me out, and hopefully you will check some of them out for Halloween! I must say that some of these films might not be scary because things don’t jump up out you, but a lot of the imagery in these films scares the shit out of me. But anyway, here you go!
Michael Myers in the original Halloween
1) Halloween (1978)- Ever since I was seven this movie has scared me to death. The notorious story of Michael Myers stalking babysitters and killing them is one of the scariest movies of all time. The stark white mask with the deep blank holes for eyes is one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen.
Even as a 22-year-old grown ass man, I still can’t watch this movie by myself.
Scariest part: When Michael is walking across the street to get Laurie as she’s banging on the door.
2) The Exorcist (1973)- I first saw this when I was 12, and I wanted to die. Usually voted as the scariest movie of all time, The Exorcist combines “gotcha” scares with some deep psychological ones. What’s most scary is that the devil inhabits a little girl’s body, and not an adult. The realization of the exorcism scenes and the graphic depictions of being possessed give this film its power. Unforgettable scenes and images make this a staple in the horror genre.
Scariest Part: The whole damn thing!
Will Melancholia hit earth?
Melancholia is a slow and intriguing film that follows two sisters in the days before a planet is supposed to hit earth. The film garnered great notice at the Cannes Film Festival when the director, Lars von Trier, made jokes about sympathizing with Hitler and other anti-semitic things. But you know what they say, any publicity is good publicity, especially for a different take on an apocalyptic film such as this.
The film opens with a dreamy, slo-mo sequence of events, which includes an opening shot of a gazed Kirsten Dunst staring at the camera while dead birds start to fall around her, a horse trying to run in a hail storm and a woman carrying her son through a really muddy golf course. These are some iconic images that are some of the best things seen in the movie, until we get some glamorous shots of Melancholia in the second half.
I think it is a universal law in cinema that if you inhabit a big old house, you will be haunted by something. The 2007 supernatural thriller The Orphanage (El Orfanato) is just another film to to follow that law. The twist? It was an old orphanage that has since been renovated. Luckily for us, the spirits still linger in there.
Laura and Carlos move in to the orphanage with their son Simón, hoping to reopen it to attend to special needs children. This old orphanage wasn’t just a random spot for Laura and her family to move into, she grew up here with five other children until she was adopted. Leading up to their grand reopening, a social worker named Benigna (a brutally obvious name choice if you look closely) talks to Laura about picking the boy up, and shows her the boy’s file. Laura promptly sends her away.