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[Oscars 2013] – Predicting The Nominations

9 Jan

An actual Oscar statuette to be presented during the 79th Annual Academy Awards sits in a display case in Hollywood

I still have a few 2013 releases to catch up with, and I though I wanted to make my Oscar nominations predictions post having seen all of them, the nods are due early tomorrow morning so I’ll have to post them now.

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[Review] – On The Road

5 Jan

On the Road

Title: On the Road
Year: 2012
Director: Walter Salles
Writer: Jose Rivera, based on the novel by Jack Kerouac
Starring: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga, Elisabeth Moss, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Buscemi, Terrence Howard
MPAA Rating: R, strong sexual content, drug use and language
Runtime: 124 min
IMDb Rating: 6.2
Rotten Tomatoes: 45%
Metacritic: 54

It’s been a long time since I’ve gone into a movie feeling both such a tremendous level of excitement while also feeling dubious and guarding myself for potential disappointment. I know it’s said a lot, perhaps too much, but Jack Kerouac‘s On the Road is the type of book that changes lives if you read it at just the right time and age. It did for me, I remember having read this, Stephen Chboksy‘s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay during the same year and all three of them, paired up with J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, remain amongst the most influential pieces of literature I’ve encountered in my life.

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[Trailer] – Man Of Steel

11 Dec

Man Of Steel

The first full-length trailer for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel has just been released and it looks absolutely epic. Watch it below.

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[Review] – Trouble With The Curve

8 Oct

Title: Trouble with the Curve
Year: 2012
Director: Robert Lorenz
Writer: Randy Brown
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard, John Goodman
MPAA Rating: PG-13, language, sexual references, some thematic material and smoking
Runtime: 111 min
IMDb Rating: 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes: 55%
Metacritic: 58

Trouble with the Curve is a nice little adult-oriented movie, the kind that exists in this world because older people will pay to watch it even though there are no explosions in it, which made it possible for this film to begin filming back in March of this year and find its way into theaters just half a year later. It’s also a nice little movie in the sense that, yes, it may be quite predictable and it has no real thrills to it, but it more than makes do and is worthy of a recommendation from me just because of its cast, its trio of lead performers that have such charisma and chemistry with each other that you just buy into it all.

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[Review] – The Master

30 Sep

Title: The Master
Year: 2012
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons
MPAA Rating: R, sexual content, graphic nudity and language
Runtime: 137 min
IMDb Rating: 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Metacritic: 85

First of all: you’re going to have to bear with me here, this will probably be one of my long reviews. That’s because, of course, not only is The Master one of the most buzzed about films of the year, but it’s also a film by Paul Thomas Anderson, my favorite director. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you may know I love lists, I love quantifying stuff from favorite movies to favorite long-takes, whatever. My list of favorite directors is a revolving door of greats, but for quite some time now I’ve known that, no matter which masters of cinema occupy the spots right below him, Paul Thomas Anderson is the solid number 1 for me.

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[Trailer] – The Master

27 Aug

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: there’s no film this year that even comes close as far as how much I’m anticipating it to Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master. With the film nearly two weeks away now (finally!) we’ve gotten the final theatrical trailer for it, which you can watch after the cut.

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[Trailer] – Trouble with the Curve

8 Aug

The last time Clint Eastwood was in front of the camera was in 2008’s Gran Torino, which many saw as his retirement from acting, with the then 78-year-old living legend dedicating himself just to directing. Well, he’s coming out of that retirement as a favor to his long-time producing partner Robert Lorenz who’s directing Trouble With the Curve, which just got a trailer that you can watch after the cut.

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