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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Scarecrow's Oscar Picks - 2016 Edition

Scarecrow's Oscar Picks!

Hey!  The Oscars are tonight, and as I lay on the couch fighting off one hell of a flu, I realized I haven't done my annual tradition of blogging my Oscar Picks!  Of course, I've been doing this ever since I launched by website way back in 1997, so the tradition must continue!

Continuing the tradition I began on my college radio show back in the day, my Oscar Picks are a little bit different.  I only do my picks in the categories that I have a good track record in predicting:  Best Visual Effects, Best Original Song, and Best Animated Film.  So let's get to it, shall we?

Best Visual Effects
My Thoughts:  Wow!  So many good choices this year.  We had The Martian re-creating Mars, The Revenant with all manner of computer animated animals, and Ex Machina with hot androids.  But there is no question who's going to take it this year.  If there's one thing that people marveled at in Mad Max: Fury Road, it was a return to practical effects work, and big beautiful stuntwork, with the addition of CGI to enhance.  If Mad Max gets at least one win, it has to be here.

My PickMad Max: Fury Road

Best Animated Film

My Thoughts:  For the first time in a long time, this category is full of a bunch of nominees I've never heard of!  Anomalisa is a stop-motion animated drama from the guy who did Being John Malkovich about a self-help author who has an affair in a hotel one weekend...Boy & the World doesn`t have much of a plot description on Wikipedia, but it`s Brazilian.  I'm mildly surprised that Shaun the Sheep Movie got a nomination, but I shouldn't be, as Aardman Animation is an Oscar favourite, as is Japan's Studio Ghibli, which is why their final film When Marnie Was There no doubt got nominated.  And, perpetual Oscar favourite Pixar is represented with Inside OutInside Out was a real comeback film for Pixar after slumping for most of this decade, so I think the Oscars are going to reward the comeback.

My PickInside Out

Best Original Song

My Thoughts:  Crap, this is a tough one.  Whatever happened to the good ol' days when it was just the one from the Disney animated film?  I know it's not going to be Writing's on the Wall, as everyone pretty much agrees it's one of the weakest James Bond themes.  Your guess is as good as mine.

My Pick:  Umm...Fifty Shades of Grey, cuz wouldn't it be hilarious if we could call that film an Oscar winner?

And let's do the big one

Best Picture

My Thoughts:  Wow!  I've seen two of the nominees!  That's a personal record!  It's Mad Max and The Revenant, in case you're wondering.  This is one of the most diverse selections in a long time, as even the professional pundits are having trouble selecting a winner.  I know they opened it up to more than 5 nominees so that way more mainstream films would get recognized, so it'd be nice if it went to one of the more mainstream ones.  I dunno...my gut says The Martian.

My PickThe Martian

The Oscars are tonight, February 28. 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Fishing in the Discount Bin - A Goofy Movie

Here we go again with Fishing in the Discount Bin, my weekly blog about one of the many movies I own.  Continuing with "Disney animated films based on Disney Afternoon shows" with A Goofy Movie.  This was originally in my notes at May 31, 2015.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Targ is Back for Another Week!

Well, gang, I’m finally back!  Took last week off for the Family Day weekend, and in fact, I mention what I was up to in Episode 9.03: The Meat Sweats.  So what ramblings do I ramble this week?

  •     As I mentioned, how I spent my Family Day weekend.
  •     Some off-the-cuff comments on seeing The Reverent and Deadpool.
  •     Pondering what new Blu-Rays to buy
  •     And sampling two — yes two! — different McDonald’s burgers in more Mark Tastes Random Things

So give Episode 9.03: The Meat Sweats a listen!

Check it out on the main website!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Fishing in the Discount Bin - DuckTales: The Movie -- Treasure of the Lost Lamp

Here we go again, Fishing in the Discount Bin, in which I attempt to justify all the time I spend on the couch watching movies by blogging about them.  This time out, I do DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost LampThis originally showed up in my notes at May 31 2015.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fishing in the Discount Bin - Ewoks: The Battle for Endor

Here we go again with Fishing in the Discount Bin, where I blog about one of the many movies I own.  We're taking a brief look at George Lucas's Ewok TV movies, and today we do The Battle for Endor.  This is in my notes at May 15, 2015.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

The Targ Keeps Targin'!

Well, now that I’m back, the real challenge begins:  can I keep things going for an entire series…a minimum of 13 episodes?  I’ll do my best, darn it!

I almost feel like I have to apologize for those who might be tuning this week after last week’s round table special.  We’re back to normal now.  Just me…rambling about the topics I like.  And what are the topics in Episode 9.02: A Windy Day?
  • More Star Wars rambling of course!  Talking about the new action figures that are out there!
  • The rise of the Cinematic Universe…even Hasbro is getting in on the act!
  • A bid farewell to 1980s nostalgia, and begin welcoming 1990s nostalgia!
And more!

So give Episode 9.02: A Windy Day a listen!

Head to the main site to give it a listen!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Fishing in the Discount Bin - The Ewok Adventure

Here we are again on Fishing in the Discount, where I watch one of the movies I own and blog about it.  With an itch to watch some Star Wars, I decided to go off the beaten path and watch The Ewok Adventure.  This is in my notes at May 5, 2015.