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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] – Les Misérables

8 Jan

Les Misérables

Title: Les Misérables
Year: 2012
Director: Tom Hooper
Writer: William Nicholson, based on the music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boubil, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, based on the novel by Victor Hugo
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit
MPAA Rating: PG-13, suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements
Runtime: 157 min
IMDb Rating: 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
Metacritic: 63

I remember when I first decided to start a blog to review films I vowed I’d try to see as many films from any given year I could, so that I could get a real overview of the whole year in film and not try not to skip those films which I knew were just disasters waiting to happen. I also vowed that I’d see at least one more film each year than I had seen the previous one. In 2010, my first year doing this, I saw 210 films, which I thought was a pretty good number. In 2011 I saw 256 releases from that year, upping the quota from the previous year by a whopping 46 films. That number, 256, always seemed pretty huge and I doubted I’d be able to pass it this year. Well, Les Misérables (though I’m seeing it in January) is the 256th 2012 release I’ve seen, and I still have a few more films to go, so I guess 2013 will be the real challenge.

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[Review] – Rise Of The Guardians

30 Nov

Title: Rise of the Guardians
Year: 2012
Director: Peter Ramsey
Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire, based on the book series by William Joyce
Starring: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law, Dakota Goyo
MPAA Rating: PG, thematic elements and some mild scary action
Runtime: 97 min
IMDb Rating: 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Metacritic: 57

If I’m to be perfectly honest, I’m quite disappointed by Rise of the Guardians. Not because it’s bad (it’s not) but because a part of me was really looking forward to it and thinking that it would be in contention for the title of best animated feature of the year. Granted, that would be a hard title to get considering how amazing Wreck-It Ralph was (I gave that one an A), but this one’s not even in the Top 5 and it just looked so cool to me from the trailers I’d seen.

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[Trailer] – Les Misérables

9 Nov

A full trailer for Les Misérables has just been released and, as one might imagine, it looks pretty damn epic.

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[Review] – Butter

17 Oct

Title: Butter
Year: 2012
Director: Jim Field Smith
Writer: Jason A. Micallef
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Hugh Jackman, Kristen Schaal, Yara Shahidi
MPAA Rating: R, language and sexual content
Runtime: 90 min
IMDb Rating: 5.9
Rotten Tomatoes: 34%
Metacritic: 40

The cast of Butter, Jim Field Smith‘s ensemble comedy which premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, is certainly an impressive one. From Jennifer Garner to Ty Burrell to Olivia Wilde to Hugh Jackman, you’d reckon that if these guys had signed on to do this movie it was probably something good, not to mention that Jason A. Micallef‘s screenplay for it came in third place on 2008’s Blacklist, so that was another thing going for it. And yet this was just a totally mess, responsibility for which I’m afraid I’m to pin on Mr. Smith who plays with the material with such a heavy hand and an overall sense of arrogance that whatever nice satire this film was aiming for is annulled.

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[Teaser] – Les Misérables

30 May

Yesterday some photos surfaced online, and now the marketing push gets even stronger with an actual teaser for Les Misérables, which you can watch after the cut.

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[Trailer] – Rise Of The Guardians

30 Mar


Yes, we all know The Avengers are assembling this May, and that’ll no doubt be awesome, but the Marvel characters aren’t the only team of iconic characters gearing up to save the world this year. Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost are also teaming up to protect the children of the world in the upcoming Rise of the Guardians, the trailer for which you can watch above.

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