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Diary: October 2004

Oh no.....

1. 9.0 The Godfather (1972) 105,431 votes
2. 9.0 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 79,108 votes
3. 8.9 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 130,390 votes

Return of the King just surpassed Shawshank on the IMDb Top 250. There is no justice.

Damn all you IMDb voters to hell (including me, who gave it 8).

by em_fiction on Fri 29 Oct 2004 at 20:09 PM — permalink / add a comment

Chris Rock, meet Oscar...

Like most people aren't, I'm a huge Chris Rock fan. Alright, so while his filmography isn't that impressive, it's not what he's known for. It's his stand-up which is so brilliant. The man is just so bloody funny. Every single word that leaves his mouth is hilarious. Not just funny, but interesting, insightful and totally relevant to society.

Anyway, he is now offically hosting next year's Academy Awards, and having seen Billy Crystal's amazingly bad effort at the last Oscars where he rhymed Mystic River (2003) with "Mom's chopped liver", it should be a blast. Bring on the 77th Oscars!

by em_fiction on Fri 15 Oct 2004 at 17:37 PM — permalink / add a comment

2004 AFI Awards nominees announced

The 2004 AFI Awards nominations were announced yesterday at Sydney's Wharf Restaurant. I hope the 300 members of Australia's film and television industry in attendance left room in their tummies for the gin jelly with cherries and grapefruit.

Cate Shortland's debut feature film Somersault (2004) received a record 15 nominations in 13 categories, and according to free and reputable Melbourne paper MX, "AFI chief executive Felicity Cockram said the high standard of entries made for a "very healthy competition this year".". I'm sure Ms Cockram has to say things like that to keep people interested, but having voted in the awards myself, I can't say I agree with her. The high number of nominations received by Somersault is more likely due to the rest of the field being fairly mediocre.

Consider this other quote from the MX: "One of the new faces this year was model-cum-actor Chloe Maxwell, who has gone from spruiking jeans to red-carpet cred for her best actress nod for Under the Radar (2004).". Maxwell nominated for best actress? You've got to be joking. I don't think Abbie Cornish will have too much trouble winning this one.

One thing is for certain though, and that is that Decoder Ring should win in the Best Original Music Score category, for their beautiful soundtrack to Somersault, which has been on high rotation at my place. They'll be launching the CD in a week's time (Saturday the 9th of October) at the Corner Hotel in Richmond (Victoria). At $12 plus booking fee or $15 on the door, it's a bargain.

by pearly on Sun 3 Oct 2004 at 00:43 AM — permalink / add a comment

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