Sunday, February 15, 2009

Comic Review: Scott Pilgrim

Growing up, I've unintentionally grown fond of all things Canadian. Canadian bands (Broken Social Scene, Stars, The Unicorns), Canadian women (Evangeline Lilly, Rachel McAdams, Sarah Chalke), and more recently, Canadian comics. The Scott Pilgrim series comes from Canadian cartoonist Bryan Lee O'Malley, and is published by Oni Press. The basis of the story is of a 24 year old Canadian bassist who falls in love with an American delivery girl, but in order to date her, he must fight and defeat her 7 evil ex-boyfriends. The latest trade book that came out is the 5th volume (shown in the picture). The writing is cleverly humorous and develops the story without long weary dialogue. It's very cute at points and unique in the way that it shows the relationships that each of the characters have with one another. The fights between Scott and the ex-boyfriends are fun to read and hyperstylized in the manga fashion that it kind of pokes fun at the way Japanese comics do combat. Speaking of which, all of the art is also done in the manga fashion but it's also very unique to O'Malley's style. The characters are drawn in a simple style in some panels and in great detail in others. All in all, this series is very much a bridge between the Western comics and Japanese manga. Reading each volume is an enjoyable experience unlike any other. When I picked up the first two volumes for the first time, I read through both of them non-stop. The books are about 200 pages each and run for $11.95.


Sunday, February 8, 2009

Emerson's Academy Award Predictions

Oscar turns 81 this year. From Wings to No Country for Old Men, many movies have gone through the Academy's ballot. Now it's my turn to provide my predictions of this year's winners.

Leading actor: Sean Penn "Milk"

Supporting actor: Heath Ledger "The Dark Knight"

Leading actress: Kate Winslet "The Reader"

Supporting actress: Penelope Cruz "Vicky Christina Barcelona"

Animated film: "WALL-E"

Art direction: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Cinematography: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Costume Design: "Revolutionary Road"

Directing: Danny Boyle "Slumdog Millionaire"

Documentary: "Man on Wire"

Documentary short: "The Final Inch"

Film editing: "The Dark Knight"

Foreign Language: "Waltz with Bashir"

Makeup: "The Dark Knight"

Original score: "WALL-E"

Original song: "WALL-E"

Best picture: "Slumdog Millionaire"

Animated short: "This Way Up"

Live action short: "New Boy"

Sound editing: "The Dark Knight"

Sound mixing: "The Dark Knight"

Visual effects: "The Dark Knight"

Adapted screenplay: "Slumdog Millionaire"

Original screenplay: "Milk"

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Jordan's Picks for 2009 Oscar Winners (Subject to Change)

As many of you know, it's film award season. And so, in the spirit of the moment, I would like to present my predictions for the Oscar Winners of 2009. Hopefully, my fellow staff members will post their predictions up shortly as well.

Actor in a Leading Role: Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler

Actor in a Supporting Role: Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight

Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep - Doubt

Actress in a Supporting Role: Viola Davis - Doubt

Animated Feature Film: Wall-E

Art Direction: The Duchess

Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire

Costume Design: The Duchess

Directing: Slumdog Millionaire

Documentary Feature: Man On Wire

Documentary Short: Smile Pinki

Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire

Foreign Language: Waltz with Bashir

Makeup: Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Music (Score): Slumdog Millionaire

Music (Song): "Down to Earth" - Wall-E

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire

Short Film (Animated): Presto

Short Film (Live Action): The Pig

Sound Editing: The Dark Knight

Sound Mixing: The Dark Knight

Visual Effects: The Dark Knight

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): The Reader

Writing (Original): Wall-E