Monday, November 26, 2012

Monty Python - Bomb on a plane


First Pilot          This is Captain MacPherson welcoming you aboard East Scottish Airways. You'll
                          have had your tea. Our destination is Glasgow. There is no need to panic.
Badger             There's a bomb on board this plane, and I'll tell you where it is for a thousand  
                          pounds.
Second Pilot    I don't believe you.
Badger             If you don't tell me where the bomb is... if I don't give you the money... Unless you 
                          give me the bomb...
Stewardess     The money.
Badger             The money, thank you, pretty lady... the bomb will explode killing everybody.
Second Pilot    Including you.
Badger             I'll tell you where it is for a pound.
Second Pilot    Here's a pound.
Badger             I don't want Scottish money. They've got the numbers. It can be traced.
Second Pilot    One English pound. Now where's the bomb?
Badger             I can't remember.
Second Pilot    You've forgotten.
Badger             Aye, you'd better have your pound back. Oh... fingerprints.
First Pilot         Now where's the bomb?
Badger            Ah, wait a tic, wait a tic. Er, my first is in Glasgow but    
                         not in Spain, my second is in steamer but not in train, my whole is in the luggage 
                         compartment on the plane...  I'll tell you where the bomb is for a pound.
Second Pilot   It's in the luggage compartment.
Badger Right. Here's your pound..
Headphones   Is this character giving you any trouble?
First Pilot         He's just ruined this sketch.
Second Pilot   Yes, absolutely.
Headphones   Let's go on to the next one.
Badger            Wait a tic, wait a tic. No. I won't ruin your sketch for a pound.
Second Pilot   No, no.
Badger            75p.

Come fly with me - Penny's Royal Visit

Great British Air stewardess Penny Carter is thrilled that Princess Anne is planning to fly with Great British Air. A member of the Royal Household has been sent to inspect the cabin...
Great British Air stewardess Penny is thrilled that Princess Ann is planning to fly with the airline next week.
I’m not surprised that the Princess has chosen to fly with us. It’s well known that we do provide the finest first class service. For example all of our stewardesses are now trained in massage therapy so, on long route flights we can offer shiatsu, sweedish, deep tissue, all of which end up with a happy ending.

A member of the royal household has been sent to inspect the cabin.

So the flight is next Tuesday ?
Yes it is next Tuesday but I’d rather you did not broadcast it. And that should give you sufficient time to completely repaint and recarpet the cabin.
Yes, yes of course. May I say how honored I am that the Princess is flying with us. I’ve personaly admired her for many many years.
One thing the Princess Royal despises is sycophancy (=adulación). We need to discuss Princess Ann Princess Royal’s dietary requirements. Do you provide a fruit salad ?
Yes we do.
Wonderful. Princess Ann Princess Royal adores fruit salad but she can be a trifle choosy about what sort of fruit she has in it. What does your salad contain ? 
Grapes ?
The Princess Royal does not eat grapes.
Strawberries ? Kiwi ? Orange ? Goava ? Lychee ? Pomegranate ? Passion fruit ? Grapefruit ? Pear ? Gooseberries ? Blackberries ? Melon ? Mango ? Peach ? Pineapple ? Apple ? Plum ? So just apples ?
Yes.
So I should just give the Princess an apple ?
Yes. Do you provide yoghurt ?
Yes we have the finest organic yoghurts flown in daily from Guernsey.
The Princess detests yoghurt.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten

Bedingfield wrote this for her brother on his birthday as a birthday gift because she was short on cash. It's about living life to the fullest, not planning everything because you never know what may happen. Each day is a blank page and it is up to you to fill it. This song conveys the idea of keeping our eyes open for all the possibilities in our life.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Save the EOIs (State-run language schools)!

We need your support. The governnment is planning to change the teachers' working conditions at Escuelas Oficiales de Idiomas (State-run language schools) by turning us into secondary school teachers. That would be the first step to make EOIs disappear. Please sign the petition to stop this:  

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Armstrong and Miller Show - Exam Hall Sketches

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Monday, May 21, 2012

The Bee Gees - I started a joke

One of my favourite singers is gone...too soon. 
R.I.P. Robin Gibb




Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Phil Lynott - Old town





A classic Dublin music video: Phil Lynott – Old Town (1982)

It’s one of those great Dublin pub quiz questions. What links the bandstand in Herbert Park and the Long Hall on South Great George’s Street?

Well, both feature heavily in the video to Phill Lynott’s classic 1982 single Old Town. The video was produced by Dave Heffernan and stars the actress Fiona McKenna.

The Dublin locations are as follows:

- Opening scene on Ha’Penny bridge
- Ringsend
- Grafton Street
- The Long Hall
- Bandstand (Herbert Park)
- Ringsend Pier

(From: Come here to me! Dublin life & culture.)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Eddie Izzard - Advertising



So anyway, advertising! Yes, that’s what I brought you here to talk about! Yes, advertising… Because I’ve been looking at it, and I’ve realized that certain people in the advertising area are being paid huge wads of cash in brown bags in order to subtly adjust our minds. Because, in the old days, before the ‘50s, I don’t know, it was much more blatant, adverts were more like, “Come on, there it is! (pointing) Come on! Haven’t got all day, there it is!” And as consumers, we were, “Oh, okay, I didn’t realize! Sorry! Don’t hit me!“ (running towards the product)

Nowadays we have choice, don’t we? We’re much more choosy, and we’re much more aware of what we can buy, so adverts are more subtle, they’re the soft sell, much more like… (humming a tune and pointing discreetly at product) “Oh, look at that! Those two people like it, and they’re shagging…” That’s what happens, isn’t it? Shagging sells everything! That’s it, there’s an advert for coffee- You come around, “Cup of coffee?” “Ooh, let’s shag!” Yes! Adverts for chocolate bars, two bits of chocolate bar, one eats one, one eats the other, “Oh, let’s have a shag!” That stuff for cleaning the floor, clean the floor clean, and then you shag on the floor… Dog food, dog eats dog food… anyway… So… not sure what happens there, but…

Now, the washing area- the washing powder, washing clothes, laundry- all that kind of stuff is a very advertising-laid area, with a huge amount of adverts saying, “Wash your clothes! Wash your clothes! Oh, no, I’m gonna shag you…!” And I think if it wasn’t for the advertising, we’d probably just spray our clothes, and (smells it), “Oh, that smells okay now that I’ve sprayed it…”

Sunday, April 22, 2012

What on Earth!

This animated short proposes what many earthlings have long feared – that the automobile has inherited the planet. When life on Earth is portrayed as one long, unending conga-line of cars, a crew of extra-terrestrial visitors understandably assume they are the dominant race. While humans, on the other hand, are merely parasites. An Oscar® nominee, this film serves as an entertaining case study.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Robin Gibb - Don't cry alone (Titanic Requiem)


LYRICS
If your heart is breaking 
I’m yours whatever 
I will not forsake you ever 
Don’t cry alone 
Through the autumn rainfalls 
I will be your shoulder 
If the winds of love grow colder 
Don’t cry alone
Surely as the sun sets 
New suns are rising 
As winter heralds spring’s horizon 
Don’t cry alone 
Don’t you ever doubt me 
You lead I will follow 
Sweep away all pain and sorrow 
Don’t cry alone 
No, don’t cry alone 
No, don’t you ever doubt me 
I’ll be there for you forever 
Don’t you ever cry 
I’ll sweep away your tears and sorrow 
And I’ll be with you close tomorrow 
I’ll be with you 
Don’t cry alone 
I’m yours 
Don’t cry alone

100th Anniversary of the Titanic Disaster

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

How To Decorate Easter Eggs



Make your Easter eggs little oval works of art.

To complete this How-To you will need:

Eggs
A saucepan
Newspapers
Old clothes
Large paper cups
Vinegar
Dye tablets or food coloring
Wax crayon
Tape or rubber bands
Stickers or rubber cement
An egg dipper, slotted spoon, or tongs
Empty egg cartons
Fruits and vegetables for natural dyes
Vegetable oil

Step 1: Hard-boil the eggs

Put eggs in a saucepan, add water until they're covered, and gently bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for ten minutes. Remove from the heat completely and add very cold water to stop the cooking process.

Step 2: Cover up

Put newspapers over your table or workspace so you don't get dye on it, and change into something you won't mind getting stained. Decorating Easter eggs can get messy!

Step 3: Ready the dye

Fill some large paper cups halfway with hot water. Then add a teaspoon of vinegar and the dye tablets, which will dissolve. Don't have dye tablets? Add one teaspoon of food coloring into each cup of water and vinegar.

Tip: Try natural dyes. In a pan, arrange the eggs in a single layer and cover them with water. For red, add fresh beets; blue, canned blueberries; yellow, ground turmeric; green, fresh spinach. Bring to a boil, then simmer 15 minutes.

Step 4: Make your mark

Write or draw something on the egg with a white wax crayon before putting it into the cup. The wax resists the dye, so once the egg is colored, you'll clearly see what you wrote.

Step 5: Add stripes

Put electrical tape around the egg, or simply put a rubber band—or several—around it before placing in the cups. When it's dyed, remove the tape or rubber bands and you'll have fun stripes!

Step 6: Make patterns

Add some stickers or brush some rubber cement onto the egg before you place it in the dye. When you remove the egg, simply peel off the stickers or hardened rubber cement and you'll get interesting, creative patterns.

Step 7: Dye it

Place an egg into each cup. Leave it in for five to 20 minutes or as long as it takes to achieve your desired look. The longer it soaks, the darker it will be.

Tip: Add a teaspoon or so of vegetable oil into some of the cups of dye. The oil prevents the dye from sticking to certain spots on the egg, so when you remove it you get interesting designs and patterns.

Step 8: Remove

Using an egg dipper, slotted spoon, or tongs, take the eggs out of the cups and place them in an empty egg carton to dry.

Step 9: Enjoy

Hide your eggs for an egg hunt, put them in baskets, or simply peel your new creations and enjoy!

Easter celebrations around the world

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Creature Comforts - Pet Hates


The Sketch Show UK - Phobias Workshop

Friday, March 23, 2012

Ding Dong Denny's History of Ireland

A tourist walks into a Dublin pub looking for directions and encounters Ding Dong Denny O'Reilly at the bar. Ding Dong insists on telling him the "real" history of Ireland over a number of pints. From the Normans to the Famine to 1916 and the sex shops of O'Connell Street, we hear Ding Dong Denny's delusional take of events that shaped Ireland. Ding Dong is a comic creation of comedian Paul Woodful, and is his first adventure into animation. 

Winner Best Digital Film Digital Media Awards 2008, Winner Grand Prix Award, Digital Media Awards 2008. 
Produced by Brian Gilmore 
Directed by Cathal Gaffney 
Written and narrated by Paul Woodful


Tourist: Excuse me; is this the rendezvous point for the Heritage Tour?

Ding Dong Denny: Ah, tourists. How’s it going?
‘Suppose you’ve been traipsing around old local areas of interest. Well you wouldn’t want to be mindin’ any of the shite that they be talking in them places. Propaganda’s all that stuff is. Now park your arse there, I’ll tell you the real history of Dublin.

Ah, fair play to you.

Well it all more or less started in the 9th century when the Vikings arrived. They used Dublin as a place to chill out after they’d raped and pillaged the cultures of the surrounding areas. They had these horny helmets, longboats, battle axes and blondie hair. Course, these blondes had too much fun and were buttered out by a shower called Normans. Scared? Well it’s not exactly the scariest name for an invading army is it? But it turned out the Normans were well hard and gave everybody an awful kicking. See, they had these longbows, which made shite of the Danes’ battle axes and the Irish hands. The Normans though build grand wooden walls around the city; then the English arrived, didn’t like them and rebuilt them in stone, you know, just to show off. You know, everything with them was in stone. Except, of course, the agreements they had with us, which they broke whenever they bloody well felt like it.

Anyway, I know we can laugh at the famine now, but it was dreadful at the time; so many of our beautiful buildings and books were eaten during the famine. Ah, but that was years ago.

Now, the 20th century, in 1916, we had a rising, where we took over a post office and a biscuit factory. If we had taken over the breweries, we would have controlled the whole country. And least when we were caught the next morning, we’d have had the excuse of ‘we did what?’. Eventually, the English did a legger in 1922. It was ours, what are we going to do with it?

The church set up concentration camps for unmarried mothers known as Magdalene laundries. Mind you, our dream of not having to work was realised when industry after industry collapsed. I’m afraid the swinging ‘60s deborturous lifestyle in Ireland was mainly confined to church institutions and so, today, would you look at the place. I tell you, once you’d have woken up in Dublin in a drunken stupor and thought you’d had died and gone to heaven. But now, the English have bought us over. A fancy sex shop overlooks where the declaration of independence was read out. There was no sex in 1916, I’ll tell you. We were only interested in getting out of bondage in them days.

So there you are.

Hey, where d’ya think you’re going? Sit down there and I’ll tell you the real story of the Middle East.

Better make that a double, it’ll take a while.

Well we start way back in the Garden of Eden when Adam and his pet dinosaur were going for a nice stroll…

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Stephen Fry: Irish Language


There are around 7,000 languages spoken on this planet and many more thousands of dialects, but it's estimated by some that by the end of the century there'll barely be a thousand left. I would argue that linguicide, the death of language, poses as great a threat to our culture and history as species extinction. And why is this rich linguistic stew of ours being threatened? Well, it's to do with globalisation and the rise of the lingua franca, those national and transnational languages like English and Mandarin Chinese, which gobble up every language in their path. 


The fortunes of small and struggling languages ebb and flow with the tides of history. I'm off now to find out about one that survives not far from our own shores.

THEY SPEAK IRISH 

I'm here in the beautiful, bracing and chilly Connemara on the west coast of Ireland. This is what they call the, um, I'll try and get this right... the Gaeltacht Curraghrua, one of the central areas for the speaking of the ancient language of Ireland - Irish. They don't call it Gaelic very often - just Irish. About 80,000 people still speak this language. It's taught in school and they have very proud Irish speakers all around us and in Donegal and in Cork. But it's here in Connemara, Galway, that we find probably the majority of Irish speakers.

Irish, being a very old language, it doesn't have as many words as the English language, but its descriptions are very good. There's a thing called a smugairle roin. A smugairle roin is a jellyfish. And jellyfish is, direct translation smugairle roin into English, is a seal's spit. 

Oh, very good. 

So you can imagine somebody comes... "What are these things all "over the...they must be seal spits." You know, "We'll call them smugairle roins," and that is one of the beauties of the Irish language is that it has this. And it would be such a shame to lose. 

Would you say you're optimistic for his future as an Irish speaker? 

I would be very optimistic for the future of the Irish language. There was a spell there where it fell out of favour mainly due to the way it was taught in schools. It wasn't given the excitement. Yeah. And nowadays, it's become much more fashionable to speak Irish. You'll hear, especially if you go to the pubs, you'll hear people speaking Irish, young people on the streets speaking Irish, and it's very important as well because it is our heritage. 

SHE SPEAKS IRISH 

The English ruled Ireland for centuries. At the height of their colonial ambitions, they attempted to suppress Irish culture and identity entirely. An 1831 act forbade the teaching of Irish in schools. 'This coincided with An Gorta Mor, the Irish potato famine 'of the mid-19th century that killed over a million of the population.' It was very nearly the death knell of the Irish language. Thankfully, all that has changed now. The schools that were the site of linguistic oppression in Ireland are now the place of the language's revival. 

THEY SING IN IRISH 

Nowadays at the Connemara Golf Course, every one of the golfers speaks Irish... 

HE SPEAKS IRISH 

As well as negotiating the perilous task of keeping their language alive, they are also dealing with what must be one of the world's hardest courses... the holes are literally on different islands! This is a heck of a place to have a golf course, isn't it? Incredible. You must just blink your eyes on long June days when you can be playing till ten at night... 

'Imperialist Brit that I am, 'they are kind enough to speak English to me, 'which, given the history, is quite an ask. 'This part of Connemara suffered as much as any, 'but its utter remoteness helped preserve the language. 'History is never forgotten in Ireland 'and this sense of storytelling, be it national or personal, 'the gift of the gab, I suppose you could say, 'is one of the things I love about the country.' 

Are there things you could say in Irish that you couldn't really say in English and vice versa? 

Absolutely. I think everybody here thinks through Irish. 

And do you find Irish more accurate? It hits the nail on the head more often, you use fewer words, it's cleaner, more poetic? Is there some qualities to it that... 

Far more ways of saying the same thing. 

There are more ways? 

It depends who you're addressing... Oh, so it has a social... Oh, it has. Your interlocutor... ..Or undressing. 

Oh, right! 

Because you can say it's a fine day in about four different ways depending on who you're... Four? ..even more. Depending on whether you're like, "I hope to God it rains on that fucker." You know. Or, "she's a lovely girl". You know, "I hope the sun shines". You know? But it depends totally on who you're addressing. 

So you find when you switch to English, you're slightly more... 

Oh, you have to say, "Well, it's raining. "It's going to rain," or, you know, "there's rain on the way". That's about the three way... You know, if it's raining, it's raining. You know? But there's rain on the way as well. 

But there's 50 different types of rain, John, and you can describe every one of them. And that description, that wealth of description, that descriptive quality of the language is something that we would treasure here particularly. 

On behalf of the club here and its manager and director of the company, we offer you life membership in this golf club. 

Oh, what an honour! Thank you so... You haven't seen me play! You've seen me swing or try to! That's so kind. You offer me... Oh, that is a fabulous thing. Thank you so much. This is a truly great honour. This is one of the most remarkable golf clubs in the world.

It is, it's an amazing place. 

Going to cost me a lot of balls, because not many of them will hit land, but it's still fantastic! We'll follow you closely to see if we can pick up a few! 

Thank you so much! 

Oh, dear!

I think I've lost my moment now! I don't want to waste any more balls! 

Agus, action! 

How better to get inside a language than to act in its favourite soap opera? 

Action! 

THEY SPEAK IRISH 

Like the Welsh, Ireland has a TV station in its own language. The most popular soap is called Ros na Run, a Connemara version of Coronation Street. 

'So I'm about to embark on a daunting task... 'speaking in Irish...' 

HE SPEAKS IRISH 

Erm...you look hungry. 

HE CONTINUES IN IRISH 

It's here, it's here somewhere. Nil aon ocras orm! Er...racaigh me go Gallimh. Huh? Go raibh maith agat agus slan go fail... 

Go foil! 

That's right! I always get that bit wrong! 

THEY ALL TALK AT ONCE 

'Our brief is to be as popular as possible.' We are probably quite important in terms of drawing in the hesitant Irish speaker as well as the fluent Irish speaker. 

THEY SPEAK IRISH 

To some people, the creation of TG4 was a kind of a white elephant. A sop to the Irish language community. But if you can imagine that when I was growing up, the only cultural resources in the Irish language that were available to me was Victorian literature which was about peasant life on the Aran Islands. 

Yes, quite. 

Now for my children, they tune in and they can watch cartoons dubbed into Irish, they can grow up and watch a variety of programmes, which are about Ireland today. And we've embraced the internet as a way of trying to draw in a new audience. That's why we've created a Facebook site and a Twitter site, and we're going to do webisodes next season, which will be all about a younger generation in the town of Ros na Run and they will gradually interact in the broadcast programme and try to draw them across. 

Irish might well survive here, but these children and their children will always need a global language. 

So you just change between the two very happily? Yes. But you think of yourself as an Irish speaker first? Yeah. Is that true of everybody? 

ALL: Yes. Goodness. If you erm, if you text each other, do... do you do it in Irish or in English? 

ALL: English. 

Ah, that's interesting, so things like the internet or whatever, are you on Facebook and things like that? 

ALL: Yes. And do you do that in English? 

ALL: Yes. 

So do you think of English as the language of the internet, but Irish the language of the playground and talking and friendship and things, when you're with people? 

ALL: Yes. 

You couldn't imagine yourselves only speaking Irish? 

ALL: No. 

You wouldn't cope in the world if you didn't speak English? 

ALL: Yes. Yeah. 

Thank goodness you do speak English, or we would be having an embarrassing time when I... 

Well, thank you very much. Mustn't disturb any more of your lessons, thank you. Was that...go raibh... thank you? 

ALL: Go raibh maith agat. 

I can't get the pronunciation right! Thank you very much.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Eddie Izzard - British vs American Movies



Anyway. So, erm... Yes. So, I... We're known in Britain for making the smaller films. Lately we've pulled out of that with Trainspotting but the smaller film, the Room With A View With A Staircase And A Pond type movie. Films with very fine acting but the drama is rather sort of subsued - subsumed? A word like that. Sub-something or another. Just sort of folded in. Everything's people opening doors:
"Oh, I'm... Oh."
"What?"
"Well, I... Oh."
"What is it, Sebastian? I'm arranging matches."
"Well, I thought you..."I'd better go."
"Yes, I think you better had."

And you can't eat popcorn to that. Whereas if the film did any bit of business in America, some decent bit of business, then Hollywood would remake it and up the budget by 50 million and it would be called The Room With A View Of Hell! Staircase Of Satan... Pond Of Death. And have people open the door:
"You're fucking in here all the time, in here with the fucking matches!
"What are you fucking doing with the fucking matches?"
"Don't talk to me that way! You fuck my wife? You fuck my wife? You fuck my wife? "You fuck my wife? You fuck my wife?"
"I am your wife."
"That don't matter. I say again. You fuck my wife?"
"All right, yes. I fucked your wife. I am your wife and I fucked her."
"Daaah, you're gonna... Fucking matches, I can't get... I'm gonna drive round town and put babies on spikes."
Thboom! Hooha-hooha-hoo. Floom! Zi-zi-zi.
"Oh, no! Space monkeys are attacking."

A whole new part of the film.
"Hoo-hoo-hoo! Whaaah!" Poom! Poom! Poom!
"Damn, it's jammed.”
"Janine? I love you, really. Even though you fucked my wife."
"A fucking handbag.With a brick in it. It's the Queen! Don't know who that is. Yeah."

We play bad guys in Hollywood movies because of the Revolutionary War. The French, who were on your side in the Revolutionary War, they play more esoteric characters. Their characters go,
"I am Pierre. I have come from Paris. I have come to have sex with your family."
"Help yourself. Because of the debt of honor to General Lafayette."

You know your own history, yeah? You don't know who he is, do you? The Spanish-American War? The French Banana War? What? Revolutionary War. Hung out with Washington. Lafayette. Street named after him in New York. We play bad guys. Take The Empire Strikes Back from the Star Wars trilogy. The Death Star, just full of British actors opening doors and going,
"Oh, l'm... Oh."
"What is it, Lieutenant Sebastian?"
"It's just the rebels, sir. They're here."
"My God, man. Do they want tea?"
"I think they're after something more than that, sir. I don't know what it is but they've brought a flag."
"Damn, that's dashed cunning of them.
"Ah, Lord Vader."
(Heavy breathing)
(Deep voice) "Hello."
He was only impressive cos he had that James Earl Jones voice.
"I am Vader. The Force is strong with you."
If he had a much more...
(Camp cockney) "Ello".
"Look, I'm Lord Vader and just pay a-bloody-ttention, all right?
"Luke, the Force is strong with you."
"Is it?"
"Yeah."
"Who told you that?"
"Some bloke.
"He said the Force is really rather strong with you."
"How strong?"
"Er, as strong as a small pony."
"That's quite strong, that is."
The film would never have fucking worked, would it? Yeah.

2012 Oscar Nominations: Winners and Losers


Hey guys and thanks for tuning back into Clevver Movies, your number one source for movie news! I'm your host Tatiana Carrier. So today we got the rundown of Oscar nominees...lots of surprises, upsets, and predictable results....so lets see who benefited most from these noms, and who seemed to get the short end of the stick...lets break it down by winners and losers...hate to be harsh, but...let's get started!

WINNERS
The Artist -- the little silent film that could racked up 10 nominees and is just now going wide to theaters. We should see a big jump on the number of screenings and a big jump in ticket sales. I think this film will be the frontrunner.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close -- the Tom Hanks/Sandra Bullock film hit theaters in limited run at the end of the year in order to make the Oscar cut and opened this past weekend to a 4th place finish with $10M. It's been on several Film Critics Awards, but no major award show noms. This was probably the biggest surprise of the day with it getting a Best Picture nod and a nom for Best Supporting Actor for Max Von Sydow. It most likely won't win, but the nominations will help make it a box office winner. We should see a jump this weekend.

The Iron Lady -- Meryl Streep's Oscar nominations should help the box office a bit on this one as it was released January 13th, but it probably won't help that much considering the only other nomination it got was Best Makeup. Had it gotten nominated for best picture, the case could be different.

Moneyball -- tied for the third most nominations (6) with War Horse. Most likely won't win any of them, but it should help give a push to home video sales/rentals.

IN THE MIDDLE/NO DIFFERENCE

Hugo -- despite having the most nominations, I don't think it will have much impact on the movie unless they decide to do a rerelease of the film.

The Help -- could help with video sales/rentals, but it's already a big hit so we wont see much movement here.

LOSERS

Bridesmaids -- it grabbed two nominations, but failed to land a Best Picture nod that many people were anticipating.

Drive -- only was able to get nominated for Sound Editing. No Albert Brook Best Supporting Actor nod as suspected and no Best Picture nod.

J. Edgar -- not a single nomination, including one for Leonardo DiCaprio, which we all thought was a sure thing. It couldn't even land a Best Makeup nomination. Yikes!

And I know my HP pans aren't happy...Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 didn't have much to brag about today -- many fans were hoping the final film would get a Best Picture, but it was only able to garner 3 technical awards -- Art Direction, Makeup & Visual Effects.

Ryan Gosling -- had stellar performances in 3 movies (Drive, Crazy Stupid Love and The Ides of March), but got nada. Was he his OWN biggest competition and ended up splitting his vote?

Warrior -- the film has many fans that were hoping it would get a best picture nod ala The Fighter. It only managed a Best Supporting Actor nom for Nick Nolte.

We Need To Talk About Kevin -- this small movie is opening this weekend and they were most likely holding out for a wide release in anticipation of an Oscar nod for at least Tilda Swinton for Best Actress. It got nothing.

Lastly, there were only 2 nominees for best music..."Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" and "Real in Rio" from "Rio" ...what happened to Mary J Blige for the help or Madonnas W.E.!?!

So what was your biggest upset, shock, or surprise? Let us know by commenting below and while your at it, make sure you sub to our channel so that you stay in the movie know! thanks for hanging out, I will see you next time!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

There's nothing like Australia


    “There is nothing like it, is it ?!!”.
    “No…” [Somewhere at east coast beach on sun rise. Early morning surfing with a mate, watching a couple of dolphin playing while waiting for the wave]
    “There is nothing like the sunrise, the first wave of the day” [Playing piano on the beach]
    “The trip along the coastline” [In a plane]
    “It’s right across the bay” [Ferry at Sydney Harbour]
    “There’s nothing like this ancient place” [Aborigine Elder on the rock]
    “Sunset on a camel” [Northern Territory]
    “This organism” [Great Barrier Reef]
    “This billabong” [Aborigine kids]
    “Or this duck-billed mammal” [A ranger holding platypus]
    “Ta ra ra ra” [Train trip with boyfriend across the bush]
    “Ta ra ra ra” [BBQ on the beach with mates]
    “Ta ra ra ra ra ra ra ra” [Rowing in Brisbane(?) River]
    “There is nothing like the people here” [Outdoor tenor singing in a winery]
    “or here” [Gold coast beach lifeguard]
    “or here” [At fresh water river inside a tropical rain forest]
    “or there” [In front of Melbourne Central Station, basking on the street]
    “My mates up here” [A boy sitting on a branch of tree with couple of Kookaburra bird]
    “My friends down there” [On a reef with Colourful fish]
    “There is nothing like this bear” - “That’s not a bear” [A Girl Holding Koala, with ranger behind]
    “There is nothing like this giant shrubs” [In a national park]
    “This rock” [Uluru]
    (muffled) “This Fish” [Diving near a whale shark]
    “These birds” [With Australian Budgies]
    “There is nothing like this furry thing that bounce around in herds” [Driving in a prairie with Kangaroos]
    “There is Nothing Like, Australia” [At the Twelve Apostle, Victoria]
    “There is Nothing Like, Australia” [Girls night out with train]
    “There is Nothing Like This wondrous land” [On the top of the valley to the desert with 4WD]
    “From Darwin to Bass Strait” [2 girls in a car]
    “There is nothing like the people here” [People at rock pool]
    “Where everyone is mate” [Drinking in a Pub]
    “There is Nothing Like Australia” [Bridge Climb at Sydney Harbour Bridge]
    “There is Nothing Like Australia” [Concert at outside of Sydney Opera House]
    “There is Nothing Like Australia” [Firework starts]
    “There is Nothing Like Australia” [Firework continue]

Monday, January 23, 2012

Crowded House - Weather With You


Lyrics | Crowded House lyrics - Weather With You lyrics

Ali G - Environment



Extract from "Da Ali G Show" S01E05-Gail Porter. With Professor Michael Redclift, Professor Jonathan D.G. Jones, Margaret Wright and Professor Phillip Stott.

- Professor Michael, what is the idea of recycling?
- The idea of recycling, l would say, was to cut down on the materials that go through our patterns  of consumption.
- Ain't it dirty to use somefin' that has been used before?
- Well, if you think that, almost everything we do has been used before. Even the water we drink, we bath in... it's been actually...
- What do you mean?
- ...it's gone through eight human bodies.
- lt's passed through?
- ...the scientists know more.
- They've drunk it, it's gone into the sewage, into the water treatment and somebody else has drunk it.
- You's 'avin' a bath in someone's -pardon me French- piss?
- Yes, that's right.
- l ain't never 'avin' a bath again. That is dirty...ls you serious about a bath?
- Yeah, absolutely serious.
- So, Professor, is it all right to have a piss in the bath?
- As far as the water supply's concerned, fine.
- ls it morally right to use recycled bog roll (=toilet paper)?
- l don't think we have a choice.
- l sometimes use a sheet twice if it ain't got much dirt on it. ls that a good thing?
- Yes, it's all right.
- Let's take it on to global warming. What would you prefer out of no ozone or stinking pits?
- You don't have to make that choice.There are different ways of using antideodorant without using those awful spray things which l react to badly anyway. l've never ever used one in my life. l don't stink. Here, smell.
- No, l ain't doing that.
- He's scared!
- We's gonna go round and l want you to say one word that you want them at home to take home with them. Margaret?
- Peace.
- Change, this is a restless earth.
- One word.
- Restlessness. Change.
- Which one?
- Change.
- Change. The earth changes all the time.
- All right. Forget the restlessness.
- Commitment.
- Think.
- Peace, restlessness,...change,...
- Commitment.
- lt was?
- Commitment.
- Commitment, change.
- Think.
- Think and change your restless peace. Yes?
- Very good.
- l do the lyrics. So, OK, my word is respect. Respec' yourself, respect the environment and respec'...you know. Other things.


Friday, January 20, 2012

Emission Admission

In this animated short film an eco-friendly couple in the early stages of courtship "come clean" on some of their idiosyncrasies and discover that they are perfect for each other.