Sunday, February 21, 2010

Who Gets The BAFTAS?

The Nationwide annual BAFTA Film Award predictions are as follows:

Best Film
Avatar obviously since nobody's ever seen anything like this before.
wrong! Hurt Locker got it. The night's most confounding news.

Leading Actor
Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart. If you've seen it, I'm afraid the others, who all do good work, don't even come into it. Stunning, understated, truthful, etc etc. Makes you cry. makes you laugh. makes you feel good. makes you like Country and Western.
wrong! Colin Firth got it. Very British decision. Well deserved. And hardly anyone's seen Crazy Heart in the UK anyway.

Leading Actress
Well, Carey Mulligan's outstanding breakout debut performance is going to get it. She's a star. Meryl Streep's take on Julia Childs was HUGELY entertaining, but no.

Supporting Actor
Stanley Tucci because he deserves it. Not Alfred Molina, please, whom I love to bits but not this time.
wrong! Christopher Waltz (Inglorious Basterds)

Supporting Actress
If Mo'Nique doesn't get it there is no justice in the world. Precious is a superb film with great acting talent doing great things but she is way beyond the competition. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. But Kudos to Kristin Scott-Thomas as aunt Mimi. Outstanding.

Outstanding British Film.
Well it's going to be An Education. Innit?
No, actually it's going to be Fish Tank. Wrong again and congratulations Andrea Arnold.

Outstanding Debut
Sam Taylor-Wood for Nowhere Boy. What a start.
wrong! Duncan Jones for Moon.

I hope Kathryn Bigelow gets it, even though her ex James Cameron probably will.

Original Screenplay
The Hangover, puleeze, for making me laugh more than any other film in living memory. But "Up" has got to get something.
wrong! It's The Hurt Locker's night.

Adapted Screenplay
Definitely Nick Hornby's screenplay for An Education, terrific job.
And what is "In The Loop" actually adapted from? The TV series?
wrong! Up In The Air was apparently a better adaptation.

Film Not In The English Language
A difficult one since they are all mesmerising in their own way. Probably Let The Right One In for being the quietest, whitest (ie snowiest) vampire movie ever, with sterling performances and brilliant cinematography. The White Ribbon's possibly too slight, A Prophet too violent.
wrong! A Prophet apparently wasn't too violent at all.

Animated Film
Up. No contest. Best. Thing. Ever.

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll because nobody's going to vote for the country and western ditties of Crazy Heart.
No, they voted for Up. Wrong again.

The Road. Because my favourites aren't in there.
Wrong! But The Hurt Locker was shot by Barry Ackroyd which explains all. Brilliant.

The Hurt Locker. You can't give this to Avatar unless Editing is redifined. Although Up In The Air was very clever: it made domestic US Air Travel look glam once again.

Production design.
Harry Potter. Yawn.
wrong! Avatar. That's what I get for trying to second guess on the basis of Britishness.

Costume Design
You couldn't give it to Tom Ford, that would be just too ironic. So hopefully Young Victoria.

Can't imagine that Avatar won't get it.
well it didn't. Hurt Locker got that too.

Special Visual Effects
Avatar. This is one it really deserves. Unless of course Harry Potter's producers have bribed the entire jury.

Make Up and Hair.
Coco Before Chanel. Who else would dream of taking it from them?
Young Victoria actually - wrong!

Short Animation
No idea. (Mother of many)
Short Film
Ditto. (I Do Air)

Rising Star Award
If you can possibly give Carey Mulligan this while also nominating her for leading actress then fine. But both Nicholas Hoult and Jesse Eisenberg deserve it.
totally 100% wrong. Kristen Stewart got it.

So, out of 23 categories (2 I have no idea) how many?
(to be filled in after the event)
An embarrassing 7 correct. Give up and go home time.
To be gracious, all the winners did good, just as all the losers did good too.
Now, when's those pesky Oscars?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Bejeweled Twist : How to Win.

Timewasters of the world unite! If you have yet to discover the joys of Bejeweled - now in three forms - beware. It is totally addictive. However if you have, and have progressed to Bejeweled Twist, the most 'sophisticated' of them all, you'll waste a lot of time exploring the subtleties of the game, even if you haven't bought it and simply play the ten-round trial version. Here's what you should be doing to get maximum points.

(1) Don't bother 'positioning' anything. Make sure every twist of the circle results in a gem collapse. Make sure you have a 100% hit rate, otherwise the game will get you back. In later stages, you'll find the unexploded ticking bombs will bite you in the ass.

(2) Try to follow the bonus sequence bottom left of screen. The four gems, if targeted and collapsed in order, will accelerate your advance to 10 times score , as well as defusing ticking bombs, adding time, and every now and again giving you a free superfruit.

(3) When trying to follow the sequence in (2) kill off those colours which are NOT in the sequence first, thereby increasing your chances to complete the four. Try to make sure, when you start the sequence, that all four to be collapsed are visible. Once you've been playing for a long time, you'll get to be very adept at this.

(4) In the early stages of the game, say the first three rounds of ten, don't bother exploding those gems which have been set on fire. Keep them to get higher scores (once you're getting 10 times score). You'll have to give some away, but try carrying them over.
(5) You can largely ignore the 'ticking bombs' as they very often get cut off by the end of the round. Even when you've got several jumping and buzzing and hollering for attention, just ignore them, and DON'T let them persuade you to start positioning stuff. In the event of one reaching zero you will ALWAYS get away with it and, if you've maintained a 100% hit rate, you'll invariably get away with a second, and even a third one too.

(6) There's only one way to collapse 5 gems at a time, it involves twisting two of the central five into place. This then blows up two lines of gems and generally blasts you into high scoring mode.
There's no way of organising six to blow up at a time, you inherit it when the gems drop down from above. This flaming conflagration blows up three rows vertically and three rows horizontally, a very satisfying exploding screen.

(7) I tend to ignore the locked gems, as well as the ticking bombs. Not worth bothering about.

(8) Towards level ten (in the free trial version) you should be aiming to get the superfruits which when collapsed will temporarily halt the game, darken the screen, light up and pulsate, erasing all other identical gems around the frame, resulting in high scores.

(9) THEN you must try to follow the SUPERGEMS superbonus which, if completed, will give you the holy grail, a sequence of superfruits which leap out the screen, jump around to music, explode, dance, and shower you with literally thousands of points.

(10) Try to use the exploding gems to your advantage throughout the game, don't just blow them up needlessly. Carry them over, use them to blow up the screen to bring down the gems that you want for the sequence of four.

Oh, and then get on with your work!