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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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[Trailer] – The Place Beyond The Pines

21 Dec

The Place Beyond the Pines

I cannot express how much I love Blue Valentine, a film which I ranked as the fourth best of all 2010, so the fact that Ryan Gosling is reuniting with director Derek Cianfrance for next year’s The Place Beyond the Pines is ridiculously exciting to me. There’s now a trailer for that film, which you can watch below.

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[Review] – Silver Linings Playbook

21 Nov

Title: Silver Linings Playbook
Year: 2012
Director: David O. Russell
Writer: David O. Russell, based on the novel by Matthew Quick
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Anupam Kher, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker
MPAA Rating: R, language and some sexual content/nudity
Runtime: 122 min
IMDb Rating: 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Metacritic: 82

A lot has already been said about Silver Linings Playbook after it surprised virtually everyone when it won the People’s Choice Award at this year’s TIFF over Argo. It’s been said that it’s now one of the five front-runners to win the Best Picture Oscar, that Jennifer Lawrence is the front-runner to win Best Actress, that Bradley Cooper gives the best performance of his career, that Robert De Niro gives the best one he’s given in over a decade. All of that, by the way, is actually true. This is a tremendously successful film that walks a tightrope that’s been walked on by more than a few films before it, but that walks it way better than them because of his cast and this exceedingly talented director.

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[Review] – The Words

24 Sep

Title: The Words
Year: 2012
Directors: Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal
Writers: Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Ben Barnes, Dennis Quaid, Nora Arnezeder, J.K. Simmons
MPAA Rating: PG-13, brief strong language and smoking
Runtime: 97 min
IMDb Rating: 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 17%
Metacritic: 37

I remember watching the trailer for The Words about four months ago and just not really knowing what to make of it. On the one hand I thought the cast was pretty solid and the general premise could definitely lend itself for this intellectual kind of thriller, but on the other hand the trailer just tried to sell it as something totally different and had this wrong song choice at the end that didn’t mesh with the material. But then again, trailers have many times been false as to the film they advertised, so maybe this one was just meant to bump up the commercial prospects of the film and then once you went into it the actual end result would be a really great thing.

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[Review] – Hit And Run

19 Sep

Title: Hit and Run
Year: 2012
Directors: Dax Shepard and David Palmer
Writer: Dax Shepard
Starring: Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Kristin Chenoweth, Tom Arnold, Bradley Cooper
MPAA Rating: R, pervasive language including sexual references, graphic nudity, some violence and drug content
Runtime: 100 min
IMDb Rating: 6.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 48%
Metacritic: 50

I like Dax Shepard, I think he’s a really solid actor as part of the amazing ensemble of NBC‘s Parenthood, a show I’m a huge fan of. He’s also one half of one of Hollywood’s most adorable and cute couples with Kristen Bell, another actress I’m very fond of. So here’s a film that Mr. Shepard co-directed, wrote and stars in and that also has Ms. Bell in the cast, as well as Bradley Cooper and Kristin Chenoweth, who I like as well, and Tom Arnold, who I’m decidedly much less of a fan of. I thought I may have fun with Hit and Run, but that was just a failed enterprise on my behalf, I couldn’t get into this film one bit.

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[Trailer] – Silver Linings Playbook

28 Jun

The trailer for a movie that’s sure to get some pondering over come the awards season, Silver Linings Playbook, is now out, and you can watch it after the cut.

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[Trailer] – The Words

17 May

I’m so unsure about what to make of this film. On one hand you have a pretty damn solid cast and a premise that could potentially make for a nice enough intellectual thriller. But then the trailer just makes it seem like something I don’t really want to watch at all (I blame that song choice at the end). Anyways, make up your mind yourself by watching the trailer for The Words after the cut.

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