Welcome to GrabBag. This is the first in what I expect will be a recurring feature here on The Screen Life. I often find various little tidbits on the internet that are interesting or amusing, but nonetheless, don’t really warrant an entire post to themselves. So I save them up to post together in this mishmash of unrelated stuff to get you through the weekend.
In today’s GrabBag, I present.…
- These days pretty much every studio film employs extensive digital post-production. Nobody would think of The Wolf of Wall Street as a big special effects movie – it certainly was never going to get nominated for them. Nevertheless, it had very skilled artists who did great work, as shown in this short but stunning visual effects reel. Worth a look to see the blurred lines between reality and illusion.
- After yesterday’s Oscar nominations were released, The Onion came out with their hilarious list of picks. I think they’re the only ones predicting Matthew Broderick to come out on top.
- Speaking of the nominations, I linked to this yesterday in my breakdown, but it deserves another mention in case you missed. Guy Lodge over at In Contention took on the unexpectedly daunting task of researching “Alone Yet Not Alone”, that new Best Song nominee you’ve never heard of. What he discovered may be the Academy’s worst embarrassment ever. (I actually forced myself to sit through the entire song. I don’t recommend it.)
- Thanks to my awesome friend (and soon-to-be-groomsman) Michael for pointing me toward these fun charts of the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movie Quotes of All Time.
- Thanks to my beautiful and amazing fiancé Cara for pointing me toward these maps of the most popular movies (according to IMDB) set in various states and countries.
- Finally, The Oatmeal does a remarkably accurate job summing up my own relationship with screens.
That’s all for today. If you have any suggestions for future editions of GrabBag, please email me or post them in the comments. Also, if you feel like donating your skills at designing an original GrabBag logo, let me know. (Using this crummy clipart from a random Google Image search feels both dishonest and lame.)