Digital Photo Revolution

Check out this sneak peak for Photoshop CS4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH0aEp1oDOI&feature=player_embedded)

This Content Aware Fill feature will revolutionize the way in which digital photography is editied. As one friend said “why take photots when you can build them instead”. While I won’t go that far, this new technology is going to allow people to take ordinary photos and make them spectacular.  I have no idea when CS4 will be available but I’ll be lining up to get a copy…I might even pay for it!

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Oscar 2010 Winning Predictions

EDIT: I have just finished watching The Hurt Locker. What an unbelievably good film. I’m making one edit in the category – sound editing.

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It’s Friday and I still haven’t seen all the nominated films but nevertheless, here are my predictions. I’ll do a follow-up post on Monday.

Best Picture
“The Hurt Locker”

Best Direction
“The Hurt Locker” — Kathryn Bigelow

Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”

Actress in a Leading Role
Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“Up in the Air” — Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Writing (Original Screenplay)
“Inglourious Basterds” — Written by Quentin Tarantino

Animated Feature Film
“Up”

Art Direction
“Avatar” — Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair

Cinematography
“Avatar” — Mauro Fiore

Costume Design
“Coco before Chanel” — Catherine Leterrier

Documentary (Feature)
“Food, Inc.”

Documentary (Short Subject)
“The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant”

Film Editing
“The Hurt Locker” — Bob Murawski and Chris Innis

Foreign Language Film
“The White Ribbon” — Germany

Makeup
“Star Trek” — Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow

Music (Original Score)
“Avatar” — James Horner

Music (Original Song)
“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Short Film (Animated)
“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell

Short Film (Live Action)
“Miracle Fish” — Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey

Sound Editing
“The Hurt Locker” — Paul N. J. Ottosson

Sound Mixing
“Avatar” — Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson

Visual Effects
“Avatar” — Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones

Movies, movies, movies

It’s Oscar season again.

I love the Oscars. I rearrange my schedule just to be home to watch the show, including the pre-shows.

When I lived in Australia, the time difference was such that I had to spend the day (Monday) in complete communication isolation. I didn’t want to find out anything before it was shown on TV later that night during primetime (many hours after the actual ceremony had ended). I wanted a surprise. I didn’t want any spoilers. It’s magic. It’s special. And I’m almost completely alone in this belief

In the weeks leading up to Oscars, I try to watch all the major films. This year is no exception. I still have a few to see but I also have a few days left.

Nevertheless, here’s my review of recently watched movies (in no particular order):

  • Precious – Good, somewhat disjointed story. Great acting. Interesting cinematography.  7/10
  • 500 Days of Summer – Good, funny, quirky; not a love story.  6.5/10
  • Men Who Stare at Goats – Hilariously funny; dry, black humor; major “suspend your disbelief” movie.  7.5/10
  • District 9 – Awful. Couldn’t even get to the end.  3/10
  • Inglorious Basterds – Really good…but then I love Tarantino.  8/10
  • The Proposal (Sandra Bullock & Ryan Reynolds) – Funny and touching but completely lacking in originality. Predictable. Outstanding moment – Ryan Reynolds naked with towel around waist.  4/10
  • The Blindside – good story, very engaging. Not sure Bullock’s acting is Oscar worthy but she does a good job playing a real person.
    THEN I read an Oscar preview blog and found out something’s that made me reconsider how much I enjoyed the movie upon first viewing.  7/10

Still to watch:

  • The Hurt Locker
  • Avatar
  • Up in the Air
  • A Single Man