Tag Archives: Ang Lee

[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] – Life Of Pi

3 Dec

Film Review Life of Pi

Title: Life Of Pi
Year: 2012
Director: Ang Lee
Writer: David Magee, based on the novel by Yann Martel
Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Adil Hussain, Gérard Depardieu, Rafe Spall
MPAA Rating: PG, emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril
Runtime: 127 min
IMDb Rating: 8.4
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Metacritic: 78

Ang Lee is a terribly talented filmmaker. We all know that, from Sense and Sensibility to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to Brokeback Mountain, the guy can transcend genres and limitations and simply deliver spectacular work. The last film we had seen from him was Taking Woodstock, some kind of misstep from him, not because it wasn’t particularly good (it wasn’t great, but there were some fun moments) but because it just didn’t feel like an Ang Lee picture, it seemed far too light and fluffy for him. Now there’s Life of Pi, the adaptation of Yann Martel‘s novel, and all I know is that, between this and Cloud Atlas, “unfilmable” books have made for some spectacular films this year.

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[Trailer] – Life Of Pi

25 Jul

The first trailer for Ang Lee‘s Life of Pi is now out and, as you might have imagined, it’s visually stunning. Watch it after the cut.

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[Review] – The Avengers

27 Apr

Title: The Avengers
Year: 2012
Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon, based on a story by himself and Zak Penn, based on the comic books by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Stellan Skarsgard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany
MPAA Rating: PG-13, intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference
Runtime: 142 min
IMDb Rating: 8.9
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Metacritic: 71

Since Marvel started to produce their own films, the ultimate goal had always been assembling all of their superheroes into one huge omnibus-style movie with The Avengers, to maximize fandom and thus maximize commercial potential. That idea, of course, entirely depended on the success of the superheroes’ stand-alone outings, and on how successful the studio would be at creating a universe in which all of these characters co-exist, which was dubbed the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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