Visual Effects Oscar Winners

Here’s a very cool montage of all the Academy Award winners in the category of Best Visual Effects. Prior to 1977 there was no annual category for special effects.

Academy Awards: Best Visual Effects Oscar Winners from Nelson Carvajal on Vimeo.

I was caught off guard when “The Matrix” was shown at 1999. It’s personally depressing in a “confronting mortality” kind of way when realizing that move is 15 years old, but it’s a credit to the vision that the Wachowskis had so long ago.

(h/t kottke)

Mila Kunis, please don’t ever change

Like everyone else on this planet, I have a huge crush on Jennifer Lawrence and I can’t wait for her to become President of the United States and give blunt and raspy State of the Union addresses. But before Jennifer stormed onto the scene, there was Queen Mila the Flawless. Watch her go back and forth with this real life Hugh Grant 2.0 interviewer and I dare you to find one imperfection.

Need more proof? Here is she chewing out a reporter in Russian when she questions why JT is acting in movies:

And of course, she confirms here that she accepted Sgt. Scott Moore’s Youtube invitation to attend the Marine Corps Ball back in 2011. And no, she doesn’t want your applause for it, either!

Never forget…never forget

Batman in Shanghai

Just came across the impressive re-imagining of Batman, Catwoman, and Bane in based in 1930’s Shanghai. I was more surprised to learn that this was created for the Cartoon Network’s DC Nation series by a local Shanghai animation studio named Wolf Smoke.

This is the kind of stuff that excites me: local artists merging the worlds of anime and comic books into something wonderful and uniquely Chinese. This is the stuff that’ll get the nascent but fast-developing Chinese animation industry noticed by the people who actually matter: the rest of the world.

And hopefully washes away some of the nasty taste that comes from stuff like this!

The New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV Series Trailer

The New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV Series Trailer.

Buzzfeed has the newest trailer for the latest incarnation of the TMNT. The animation is rough and it has that lifeless feel to it that comes with all mass-produced, assembly-line 3D children’s fare (although this is a million times better than whatever gunk is coming out of China and passing for animation these days). Still, it’s not totally shitty animation, and if my 12 year old self had seen this kind of stuff I’d have been blown away. For what it’s worth, I’m glad characters I grew up with are still finding a way to stay relevant. Does anyone remember that cartoon Mask? One of my all-time-faves, relegated to the 80’s cartoon scrap-heap. Couldn’t even qualify for the recycling bin.

Social Media Gods, I give myself to you

Thanks to @peijinchen’s excellent recommendation, I have now migrated over to Posterous for all my social media needs. Now I can do a blast to Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Flickr, and my own much neglected site sushipanda.com. And all these sites have my own personal information and surfing habits, and will share with each other! Now I know what Meg Ryan’s character felt like when she jumped into that volcano in “Joe Versus the Volcano.” (great movie, by the way).

Dunno why these photos got to me…

…but they did.

This world does not lack photographers, professional and amateur. A few of my friends and acquaintances are awesome photographers, and I’ve seen my share of striking, beautiful, haunting photos. So I’m not sure why I couldn’t stop looking at these photos taken by Hangzhou based Ricenz (from NeochaEDGE):

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Can someone explain why these photos got to me? Anyone?