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The gray rolling seas thundered through the forest of pilings under the piers, sometimes cresting enough to send a geyser of wind-whipped froth up onto the decking. Other places, it poured through the gaps the wind and tide had eaten through the dunes and poured into the beach town streets. It pulled boats large and small from their moorings in the lagoon marinas and piled them like a child’s toys up on the land. Some in apartment buildings would tell of the cars in the ground level garage floating against each other bathtub playthings. But there was nothing childlike in the way it took entire houses, made seaside villages look like an extension of the ocean and not the land.
For the day and a half I watched Hurricane Sandy pound my home state of New Jersey – which was all the time I had before I lost my cable »
- Bill Mesce
-- Taylor Swift, "Red" (Big Machine Records)
Taylor Swift's "Red," the Grammy winner's fourth album, is a 16-track set that has the singer continuing to step away from her country roots to take on a more rock and pop sound. The album features songs that are big and stadium ready (she has a U2-like moment on album opener, "State of Grace") and others that are soft and slow.
But while "Red" contains its share of winners, many of the songs lack the colorfulness and vitality the album title suggests, leading to an overall letdown. Lyrically and sonically, the album lacks oomph and feeling: It sounds like we've heard it all from her before (check "Starlight").
Hooking up with some new – and popular – producers seemed like a good move for Swift, who has worked with a supertight group of writers and producers on her first three albums (half of »
Trevor Hogg chats with Academy Award-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis...
“It was more by accident that I fell into that side of the industry,” states British Visual Effects Supervisor Nick Davis when discussing his career choice which he made two decades ago. “It was a great place where you can learn all aspects of filmmaking and it was cutting edge. We were changing the way the films were being made and thought about; I still think that’s true today.” The son of a doctor, who had youthful dreams of becoming a professional soccer player, headed to America during the late 1980s. “When I started working very few companies were doing anything digitally; it was all done on optical printers, models and miniatures.” Then along came the digital revolution. “Hollywood went from having four to five companies to hundreds of companies around the world. We’ve seen the whole »
They have a right to be pissed.
It's the most important morning of the year. Hollywood is temporarily jolted from its stupor for a ten-minute rollercoaster of natural highs and shattered dreams. Nothing but ... shattered dreams.
It's those shattered dreams that immediately become the focus after the Oscar nominations are announced. With only five slots per category, deserving actors are excluded, and that's when the fun begins, as the discussion about the "snubs" commences.
That was especially true this year, as a flurry of serious contenders were nowhere to be found. Charlize Theron, Tilda Swinton, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Albert Brooks were the names most bandied about, along with Andy Serkis (and they should really either nominate him, or give him a special Oscar for his unique contributions to film.)
Of course, Oscar has a history of overlooking interesting and memorable performances. Let's take a look at a few notable Oscar omissions. »
4 items from 2012
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