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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] – 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] – House at the End of the Street

5 Oct

Title: House at the End of the Street
Year: 2012
Director: Mark Tonderai
Writers: David Loucka and Jonathan Mostow
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot, Gil Bellows, Elisabeth Shue
MPAA Rating: PG-13, intense sequences of violence and terror, thematic elements, language, some teen partying and brief drug material
Runtime: 101 min
IMDb Rating: 5.9
Rotten Tomatoes: 12%
Metacritic: 31

I had heard some pretty awful things about House at the End of the Street, the latest generic horror movie offering out in theaters right now, and while it’s certainly far from being anything close to good, I kind of think it’s a slightly more competent feature than most people are making it out to be. Again, this is not to say it’s a good film, it really isn’t, but the sheer fact that the mandatory hot girl running around in a tank top screaming her ass off in this one is Jennifer Lawrence already makes it a better film than most of its horrid contemporaries.

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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] – House at the End of the Street

1 Jun

All gorgeous young actresses have a requisitory horror movie to make. And Jennifer Lawrence‘s is House at the End of the Street, and you can watch the second trailer for it after the cut.

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[Review] – Silent House

3 Apr

Title: Silent House
Year: 2012
Directors: Chris Kentis and Laura Lau
Writer: Laura Lau, based on the original screenplay for 2010’s The Silent House by Oscar Estévez
Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens
MPAA Rating: R, disturbing violent content and terror
Runtime: 85 min
IMDb Rating: 5.4
Rotten Tomatoes: 44%
Metacritic: 48

Elizabeth Olsen broke out big last year, with a seriously mesmerizing performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene, which I ranked as my second favorite performance by an actress in a leading role of 2011. She’s destined for great things, you just know that from watching that performance, but before we get a look at Ms. Olsen (insert here the obligatory mention that she’s the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley) in the roles her breakthrough performance brought her, we get to watch her in a film she took on before she got all the great notices. And that film is Silent House, Chris Kentis and Laura Lau‘s remake of the 2010 Uruguayan film The Silent House.

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[Review] – The Hunger Games

1 Apr

Title: The Hunger Games
Year: 2012
Director: Gary Ross
Writers: Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray, based on the novel by Ms. Collins
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Alexander Ludwig, Amandla Stenberg
MPAA Rating: PG-13, intense violent thematic material and disturbing images – all involving teens
Runtime: 142 min
IMDb Rating: 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Metacritic: 67

By now you have no doubt heard a whole lot about The Hunger Games. You have heard how the trilogy of young adult novels it’s based on is so insanely popular. You heard about the exhaustive search by the studio for the right actress to play the lead role of Katniss. You heard about Jennifer Lawrence, coming off an Oscar nomination for her work in the masterful Winter’s Bone, snatching the coveted, star-making role. You heard about the casting of the rest of the roles, which were filled with truly terrific actors. You heard about Steven Soderbergh coming in as second unit director, about the great buzz, the spectacular early ticket sales. And of course you heard about the box office; this one had the third-highest opening weekend, and in the ten days it’s been in theaters it’s already surpassed the $250 million mark Stateside and the $360 million mark at the global box office. By which I mean, The Hunger Games is a true phenomenon.

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