The Wire Watchalong: Season 5, Episodes 1 and 2

thewireseason5Welcome to the Inanimate Blog watchalong for The Wire. Every week we’ll be watching two episodes and posting our thoughts. We’re not recapping each episode in detail; that’s what Wikipedia is for. This week is Season 5, Episodes 1 and 2.

S05E01

Emily: Chaos everywhere! It turns out that police officers really like when they get paid. Continue reading

Oscars 2014 Recap

everythingisawesomeWe survived! With the telecast clocking in at just over 38 hours, it became a bit of a slog, but we’ve all come out the other side just fine, except maybe Idina Menzel’s face, which is surely starting to slough off from the acid secreted by John Travolta’s hands.

We’ll take things in sections, because order must be imposed in all things, even Oscar blogging. Continue reading

Oscar Bowling 2014

Here are my picks in one place, ranked by my confidence in them. If you get the number of points associated with each category, it adds up to a perfect 300. I will not get 300, but I will always try to get close.

 

24 Supporting Actor: JK Simmons
23 Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette

22 Actress: Julianne Moore
21 Documentary: CitizenFour
20 Foreign: Ida
19 Actor: Eddie Redmayne
18 Original Song: Glory
17 Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki
16 Production design: Grand Budapest Hotel
15 Visual Effects: Interstellar
14 Costume design: Grand Budapest Hotel
13 Makeup and Hair: Grand Budapest Hotel
12 Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon 2
11 Film editing- Boyhood
10 Original Score- Theory of Everything
9 Sound Editing: American Sniper
8 Sound Mixing: Whiplash
7 Documentary short: Crisis Hotline
6 Live action short: The Phone Call
5 Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
4 Picture: Boyhood
3 Adapted Screenplay: Whiplash
2 Original Screenplay: GBH
1 Animated short: Feast

Oscar Predictions 2014: Who the Hell Knows

BirdmanSo to continue with the predictions, we’ve already covered all the safe ground. Now we verge out into The Complete Unknown. We’ll break them into two categories for this post; they’re all pretty equally up in the air, but there are pretty clearly the ones that people care about, and… everything else.

Everything Else

Film Editing

American Sniper Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
Boyhood Sandra Adair
The Grand Budapest Hotel Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game William Goldenberg
Whiplash Tom Cross Continue reading

Oscars Predictions 2014: The Easy Ones

grandbudapesthotelLast year, I had a whole week of predictions in every category, and it was awesome. This year, the ceremony is in two days and I still haven’t seen two of the freaking Best Picture nominees. You win some, you lose some. It’s obviously not stopping me from blogging anyway, since as we all know, actual quality has a vague and inconsistent correlation with the Oscar winners anyway.

There will be three total posts: this one, with the first half of the annotated picks, then the rest of the annotated picks, and then on Sunday I’ll post my actual picks list so you have it in one convenient place to mock me with. Continue reading