Sneak preview of “La Luna” – Pixar’s Oscar nominated short premiering with Brave

Pixar’s Oscar nominated short, “La Luna,” will premiere in front of Brave — in US theaters June 22.

La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family’s most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions?

La Luna is directed by Enrico Casarosa and produced by Kevin Reher

Bob Marley: A Rastafarian’s Tale (trailer)

Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald presents the first authorized portrait of the icon in an attempt to reveal the man behind the myth. Featuring interviews with family members and close associates, Marley is a cinematic elegy paying tribute to the musician’s philosophical convictions and social idealism.

Macdonald chronicles Marley’s life from an impoverished start in a Jamaican shack through his rise to stardom, subsequent political interventions at the triumphant One Love Peace Concert in 1978, conversion to Rastafarianism and tragic denouement in a snowy Bavarian clinic seeking treatment for the melanoma which was to kill him in 1981 at the young age of 36.

Shot predominantly in the verdant Jamaican hills and set to the soundtrack of much-loved Marley classics, Macdonald’s documentary is imbued with a romance befitting the enduring global appeal and overwhelming cultural value of the reggae colossus.

Bob Marley: A Rastafarian’s Tale is released Today.


Best original song from the Academy Awards – “Man Or Muppet” by Jason Segel and Walter

From Disney’s “The Muppets” – Written by Bret McKenzie.

Watch Bret perform a duo with Kermit – Life’s a Happy Song

Best original song from the Academy Awards – "Man Or Muppet" by Jason Segel and Walter

From Disney’s “The Muppets” – Written by Bret McKenzie.

Watch Bret perform a duo with Kermit – Life’s a Happy Song

The Oscar-nominated foreign language films of 2011

Every year the Academy invites countries to submit their best film for the Oscar of Best Foreign Language Film.

Each film must have been released in theaters, produced outside the United States, and contain primarily non-English dialogue.

In 2012, sixty three countries submitted a film and nine were shortlisted as contenders. On January 24, the five Oscar nominees were announced.

Oscar Nominated Films

Belgium – “Bullhead

Canada – “Monsieur Lazhar

Iran – “A Separation

Israel – “Footnote

Poland – “In Darkness


Shortlisted Films

Denmark – “SuperClasico

Germany – “Pina

Morocco – “Omar Killed Me

Taiwan – “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale


While it may be difficult to see these in theaters try to find them as they are among the highest rated movies of the year.

And the Oscar goes to…Researchers, computer scientists, and photographers

Just a few days ago the Academy Awards for Scientific and Technical Achievements were announced. The 8 awards go to a wide range of professionals in areas such as computer software, high-speed cameras, aerial cameras, and laser film preservation.

In many ways these descriptions are beyond our understanding, but they do, at the very least, bring into your mind the constant innovation in the film business.

These awards will be handed out on February 11, 2012, with the main awards show going on two weeks later.

Mantra Software

Invention and integration of micro-voxels in the Mantra software. This work allowed, for the first time, unified and efficient rendering of volumetric effects such as smoke and clouds, together with other computer graphics objects, in a micro-polygon imaging pipeline.

By Andrew Clinton, Mark Elendt

Phantom High-Speed Cameras

Design and engineering of the Phantom family of high-speed cameras for motion picture production. The Phantom family of high-speed digital cameras, including the Phantom Flex and HD Gold, provide imagery at speeds and efficacy surpassing photochemical technology, while seamlessly intercutting with conventional film production.

By Radu Corlan, Andy Jantzen, Petru Pop and Richard Toftness
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PJ20 – Twenty years of Pearl Jam – directed by Oscar winner Cameron Crowe

Another awesome movie on Netflix.

Once in a while a film comes along that is clearly a labor of love. Pearl Jam Twenty, a documentary feature spanning 20 years in the life of Pearl Jam, lensed by Oscar winning director & writer Cameron Crowe is just such a film.

Painstakingly culled from 30,000 hours of material collected across two decades, Pearl Jam Twenty provides an intimate look into one of the most influential bands of our time.

via Netflix Blog

I’ve started watching and it’s incredible, especially if you’re a Pearl Jam fan. Chris Cornell of Soundgarden gives several interviews because he played a surprisingly strong role in the band’s success. Plus, you get early interviews of Eddie Vedder by the bonfire, the band outside the clubs, and so on.

Pearl Jam Twenty