Archive for February 2011
At the end of each month we bring you our five favorite music videos of the month gone by; if you missed January, just click here. February’s best features entries from artists large and small, male and female, human and puppet. Enjoy the show.
5. Erykah Badu – Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long (directed by Flying Lotus)
Singer-songwriter Lykke Li reminds me of Lisbeth Salander, the heroine of the late Stieg Larsson’s ubiquitous Millenium novels. Both young women are smart, sexy, and Swedish, sensitive souls who vacillate between vulnerability and toughness. And while Li may not have an eidetic memory, hack computer networks, or solve murders, she certainly plays with fire and kicks her fair share of hornets’ nests. (And yes, she has a tattoo.)
Whether you’re hosting an Oscar party, watching with a few close friends, or (especially if) watching alone, a pair of mens’ and ladies’ cocktails from Hollywood’s golden age is not out of place. Given this year’s two hosts, and that the Academy still segregates its major awards by gender, we’ve got a cocktail for both Best Actress and Best Actor.After learning about nominees whom you’d never heard of before, you’ve now boldly made your predictions. You have made your picks, haven’t you? When the envelopes are opened, a cocktail will either celebrate your perspicacity or soothe the pain of your poor choices.
Today concludes Franklin Laviola’s Academy Award predictions. Read what he thinks, give us your predictions, and win fabulous prizes!
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
Only the tedious and hideously overrated Inception could possibly upset veteran screenwriter David Seidler’s win for The King’s Speech. Not in a million years.
This Sunday, the 83rd Annual Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles. Here at FP, film expert Franklin Laviola is currently in the midst of a two-part column detailing his Oscar selections. But just because Mr. Laviola knows more about movies than all of us combined doesn’t mean we can’t have opinions as well.
We want to hear your opinions. So, we’re holding the First Annual FP Oscar Giveaway contest. The winner will receive a copy of the deluxe edition of Radiohead’s new record The King of Limbs, featuring:
- Two clear 10″ vinyl records in a purpose-built record sleeve.
- A compact disc.
- Many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together.
- Digital download that is compatible with all good digital media players.
Prizes will be awarded to second and third place finishers as well. All you have to do to enter is:
2) Email your winners for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Foreign Film, Animated Film, Live Action Short and Animated Short to email@example.com. (Don’t worry, no one has seen the entries from those last categories…they’re tie-breakers). If you haven’t memorized the nominees, no problem: just read today’s and tomorrow’s Oscar prediction columns. Send us your picks by 3 PM EST (12 PM PST) on Sunday, 2/27. (Note: ties will be decided by random draw).
The first place winner will win the aforementioned King of Limbs set, with second-place winning a trip for two to the movie of their choice (via Fandango gift card) and third-place winning a sizzling-hot FP t-shirt (white, grey, navy, or black…winner’s choice).
Today and tomorrow, Franklin Laviola, director of the acclaimed short Happy Face, gives us his Academy Award predictions. Read what he thinks, send us your predictions (and maybe win a prize!), and watch the Oscars on Sunday night!
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
Depending on how you view the Oscar sweepstakes, the top category is either the battle of the stammering king against the Harvard computer geek, the old-fashioned crowd-pleaser against the hip zeitgeist film, or Oscar-hounding mogul Harvey Weinstein against Oscar-hounding mogul Scott Rudin. The latter’s The Social Network swept the critics awards in December and won the Golden Globe for Best Picture in January, but Weinstein’s The King’s Speech has gained tremendous momentum over this past month, garnering the most Oscar nominations with twelve, picking up the SAG Best Ensemble award, and winning Best Picture at the BAFTAs last week. It also doesn’t hurt that The King’s Speech is fresher in voters’ minds, now a bona fide box-office hit, and damn rousing. On Sunday night, the stammering king will reign supreme. Read the rest of this entry »
I am simultaneously indecisive and adventurous when it comes to ordering food, so it’s no surprise that I love tapas-style eating: the opportunity to try a whole bunch of plates without seeming like a total pig. And ever since a brief stint living in Seville several years ago, I’ve been hooked on Spanish flavors (pimentón, saffron, chorizo, jamón) and the sentiment of togetherness reflected in the way the Spanish eat. What better way to make friends than by lounging around, sharing food and wine?
Since tapeando (eating tapas) is such a social dining experience, it makes a particularly fun dinner party theme. Spanish food is a domain in which ham is literally not recognized as a meat. Yet even with that hurdle to jump, a lot of less-meat (even vegetarian) dishes are also key to the cuisine. Spanish menus are actually loaded with beans, breads, and vegetables, too. I thought I’d take on the challenge of offering a Spanish dinner party menu without using any pork. There is certainly room in each of these recipes to add a little chorizo or jamón but each of these recipes is delicious without them. Read the rest of this entry »