Saturday, February 23, 2008

Oscar Tyme

So its the Oscars tomorrow (and the Independednt Spirit Awards today :)). Now the Oscars are definitely not in my top favorite award shows, they are too long, boring and the awards are not completely based on merit, a lot of politics and campaigning. But yours truly still watches it unfailingly every year ( its that sickness i have). So i am going to list the major awards and say who i would like to win and who is probably going to win. I didn't do so well this year in seeing the movies but I tried.

Best Picture Nominees

Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

So Atonement sucked, Juno was lovely but not a movie the Oscars will take seriously, I didnt see NCFOM, There will be Blood was a serious movie that still managed to squeeze in funny parts ( I drink your milkshake anyone?). I have heard only good things about NCFOM that they'll probably win. If i had to pick, I'd give it to TWBB.

Best Actor Nominees

George Clooney
Daniel Day-Lewis
Johnny Depp
Tommy Lee Jones
Viggo Mortensen

George Clooney is just a filler nominee, Daniel Day Lewis was great and is gorgeous, didn't see Johnny but i am sure he did a good job and he is gorgeous, I honestly don't see the hype in Tommy Lee's performance (yes i actually saw In the Valley of Elah in the theaters), Viggo Mortensen was just the embodiment of a great actor in eastern Promises. So Day-Lewis is probably going to win(he has won everything else) but if i had to pick an upset or really close runnerup it would be Viggo (and not becos of his nude scene :)).If i didn't know who he was, noone could tell me he wasn't Russian.

Best Actress Nominees

Cate Blanchett
Julie Christie
Marion Cotilard
Laura Linney
Ellen Page

Yap Yap Yap , Julie Christie. In all honesty I could not finish that movie, it just draaaagged. My vote goes to Marion Cotillard, she truly captured Edith Piaf. Here's hoping for an upset.

Best Supporting Actor

Casey Affleck
Javier Bardem
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Hal Holbrook
Tom Wilkinson

No words necessary, did not see any of the above but i could bet a 100grand that Javier is running away with this one.

Best supporting Actress

Cate Blanchett
Ruby Dee
Saoirse Ronan
Amy Ryan
Tilda Swinton

what on earth did ruby dee do? slap denzel very well? i dont care who gets it.

Best Director

No need listing the nominees, the Coen brothers got this. :)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

One Naija!

I just got Banky's new cd "Mr. Capable" in my mailbox and I have to say I am very impressed with it. My favorite song is "Till my dying day", I absolutely love that song. My other favs are "Heartbreaker", "You really don't know me", "capable", ok in short I like the whole cd. Anyways, listening to it got me thinking how in the past coupla years, the visibility of naija artists increased a tenfold. I decided to list out some of my favorite artists/songs that I can remember.

My favorite Naija group even tho they don't get as much recognition has always been Styl Plus, ever since i heard "Olufunmi". Yes they have the corniest lyrics but I love their harmonies. Also "Imagine Dat" was a good song, who can deny?

Wande Coal/Dbanj etc etc - "Booty Call" is currently getting constant play on my playlist, forget the synthesizer, the hook is so catchy and the song as a whole captures both the naija playfulness and "american rapness" lol.

P2 - ok the first time i heard them, i decided i didn't/wouldn't like them because for every song on their cd, i could name the r&b song it was ripped off of. But i got a chance to listen to their latest cd "Game over" and i have to say, it was good. My fav of course is "Ifunanya". If you get a chance to listen to the DJ Fineboy remix, do so. FYI funfact:If you listen closely at the end you'll hear the beat to All American Reject's "Move Along"

Eldee - I never knew he was a Trybesman, but what I do know is that he is a talented young man. I don't even know if he is a singer or rapper or both but he commands every song I have heard him in. There's a remix he does on Banky's cd, he doesn't necessarily have the typical singer's voice but when his verse comes up he just takes over and you know its Eldee's turn. My favorite song of his is one that I don't even know if it was ever on a cd, it was done in memory of a friend of his who died. Its called "Sun Re". lovely song.

Resonance - Almost everyone knows the "Chinwe Ike" song, heard it Dec 2006 and played it over and over. She has a unique sounding voice. A friend of mine described her as the Nigerian Dolores O'Riordan (lead singer for the Cranberries) and he is right they sound alike.

Asa- I don't think i can say enuff good things about her. Just awesome. Songs that sound genuine, from the heart and just pure. If you have never heard of her look her up and start with "Bibanke", "Awe" or "Iba", infact any song of hers. Crisp is what she is!.

Jeremiah - I have only heard one song of his called "nabaka" that i like. I think its in Hausa with lots of clapping. Nice one.

Dbanj - This man is the hot stuff now everywhere. I have to say he was born to entertain, very charismatic and full of energy he can wake a dead crowd up. My fav song on his cd is "Serve the Lord". I like the bridge.

Tuface - Ok get ready to stone me, yes African Queen was great and he is good, but I will admit i am not a fan fan. I just wrote him down cuz i felt i had to :)

That's all i can remember for now. Have a great weekend!

Thats all i

Monday, February 18, 2008

Grammy Recap

I'm sorry this is late, i have been lazy :0

Alrighty so I guess, the Grammys have become kind of a free concert you watch on tv, cuz Lord knows that less than 10 grammys were given out on tv.

Ok so it started with Alicia Keys screeching alongside a "dead" Frank Sinatra, just nyeh to me, nothing special.

Carrie Underwood comes next with the song i want to and will sing one day at a Karaoke Bar, "Before he Cheats", it had some kind of funky drumming in the beginning. I liked it, she is pretty hot. Money is good sha

I think the first award went to Alicia for Noone, she is a Grammys baby so I wasn't so shocked. not that this relates in any way but she has small boobies, I am suddenly grateful for mine :D

Some group named The Time performed, didn't know who they were it was ok. They medlied with Rihanna and i didn't like it. I like her songs and all but right from the beginning, its like Rihanna needs some life injected in her, she just always seems like she is being forced to perform.

Tom Hanks looks old man :(. I won't lie. I skipped the whole Beatles, Cirque du Soleil thingie, i'm sure it was great. Oh i did enjoy when the black boy and black lady came out to sing, that was pretty good.

Uggh..Miley Cyrus annoys me, she sounds like a man

Kanye West's performance was awesome. "stronger" is an awesome song and anyone who disagrees is a non-awesome person. I did think he was going to break down and start crying and not be able to finish the song but he did sha.

Truth time again - I totally missed Fergie and John's performance

Performance i was waiting for all nite - Beyonce and Tina was as i imagined, a "screamfest". Gotta give Tina her props, she does well for her age. Beyonce was totally born to be a performer.

Foo fighters totally rocked out! i enjoyed the "Pretender" song.

Yawn at Aretha Franklin's performance with the gospel people following. I did enjoy one song they performed at the end, i just dont know what its called. oh and Aretha needs a stylist.

My favorite grammy moment - Alicia keys performance, not cuz of her, cuz i have heard that song so many times. i liked this version tho, but when John Mayer came out strapped with a guitar, my heart fluttered and i totally had a moment i now refer to as a Maygasm - it was pure awesomeness.

When Rihanna and JayZ won, it was annoying how Jayz was translating for her.

Finally after a lot of teasers, the crackhead performed. I have to say she did good, with her coyness and weird dance moves and back up dancers jumping all over the place. When she won, I cracked the eff up, so hard. She seemed shocked, hadn't she heard she had won other awards?her speech was hilarious - "to my Blake, incarcerated"

Man i kept saying "that can't be Jerry Lewis!" .old age is a binsh sha

I think i am the only one who enjoyed Will.I.Am's whatever he did. Though it seemed like they told him to do it to stall for time.

SHocker of the nite, ALbum of the year went to Herbie Hancock, I sooo did not see that coming. I let out a hearty laugh sha, trying to figure what was going on in Kanye's head, especially since they showed him hunched over in prayer form, right before they announced the winner. I really thot this was his year sha and if it wasn't him then Amy would, ah well, theres always next year abi?

well thats it.

PS Writers strike is over and surprisingly i am a little bummed, i have to start recording and planning my life around tv shows again :(