Archive for February, 2009

Insert ‘The British are coming’ related pun here…

23 February, 2009

The biggest night in cinema proved a runaway success for the brilliant Slumdog Millionaire last night, as the gold was dished out by the bucket for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog underdog.

The best film of the year to date stormed the awards, winning in every category it was nominated bar one – taking a total of eight of film’s prestigious paperweights.

Elsewhere Kate Winslet also managed to get her irritating self on stage to collect a Best Actress award for The Reader., while the night’s big shocks came from most nominated film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button walking out with just three gongs and Sean Penn slipping the rug from Mickey Rourke for the Best Actor award.

Here is the full list of winners, and – lest we forget my astute predictions – Chad bang-on predictions are marked in green.


Best film

Slumdog Millionaire

Best actor

Sean Penn, Milk

Best actress

Kate Winslet, The Reader

Best supporting actor

Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Best supporting actress

Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best director

Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best animated feature


Best adapted screenplay

Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

Best original screenplay

Dustin Lance Black, Milk

Best foreign language film


Best cinematography

 Slumdog Millionaire

Best makeup

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best costume design

The Duchess

Best art direction

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best animated short

 La Maison en Petits Cubes

Best song

Jai Ho, by AR Rahman and Gulzar, Slumdog Millionaire

Best original score

AR Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award

Jerry Lewis

Best film editing

Slumdog Millionaire

Best sound mixing

 Slumdog Millionaire

Best sound editing

The Dark Knight

Best visual effects

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best documentary short

Smile Pinki

Best documentary feature

Man On Wire

Best live-action short

Spielzeugland (Toyland)

So that makes a total of 17 correct Oscar predictions out of a possible 25 for Team Chad. I Rule.

What did you think of the results? A fair performance? Leave a comment and let me know.


The name’s Dux, Frank Dux…

2 February, 2009

Last week it was announced that Jean-Claude Van Damme is planning to reprise his role as the superbly named Frank Dux in a sequel to Bloodsport– possibly the greatest of all the JCVD films.

Being something of a pointless action film connoisseur, I got very excited by this fact and instantly started recalling my encyclopedic knowledge of Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Dolph Lundgrem et al with furious vigor, wowing Chad colleagues with my awe inspiring knowledge.

And so (tenuously), this leads me on to of my favourite aspects of watching such superb examples of action cinema – the sheer imagination that went into naming the big screen icons I now love so tenderly.

Here are just a few of my favourites, 10 points to those who can match the picture to the character:

 Jean-Claude Van Damme as…


Chance Boudreaux (Hard Target, 1993)

Gibson Rickenbacker (Cyborg, 1989)

Lyon Gaultier (Lionheart or A.W.O.L, 1990)

Luc Deveraux (Universal Soldier, 1992)

Jack Robideaux (The Shepherd, 2008 )


Steven Seagal as…


Mason Storm (Hard to Kill, 1990)

Casey Ryback (Under Siege, 1992)

Nico Tuscani (Nico or Above the Law, 1988 )

Prof. Robert Burns (Out For a Kill, 2003)

Jonathan Cold (The Foreigner, 2003)


Sylvester Stallone as…


John Spartan (Demolition Man, 1993)

Lieutenant Marion ‘Cobra’ Cobretti (Cobra, 1986)

Jerry Savage (No Place to Hide, 1970)

Machine Gun Joe Viterbo (Death Race 2000, 1975)

Cosmo Carboni (Paradise Alley, 1978 )


Arnold Schwarzenegger as…


John Matrix (Commando, 1985)

Dutch (Predator, 1987)

John ‘Eraser’ Kruger (Eraser, 1996)

Gordy Brewer (Collateral Damage, 2002)

Dr Victor Fries AKA Mr Freeze (Batman and Robin, 1997)

Captain Ivan Danko (Red Heat, 1988 )