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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] – Zero Dark Thirty

6 Jan

Zero Dark Thirty

Title: Zero Dark Thirty
Year: 2012
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Writer: Mark Boal
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Mark Duplass, Frank Grillo, Edgar Ramirez, Harold Perrineau, Jennifer Ehle, James Gandolfini
MPAA Rating: R, strong violence including brutal disturbing images, and for language
Runtime: 157 min
IMDb Rating: 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Metacritic: 95

Finally I get to watch Zero Dark Thirty. Let me tell you something out front, I don’t intend to get into any of the hot topics that have been surrounding this movie, at least not spend the whole review talking about. I won’t talk about whether it’s pro-Obama, or whether it’s pro-torture, or whether it got improper access to classified information. On the one hand I don’t think I’m really classified to talk about those things with any kind of credibility (though, obviously, that hasn’t stopped most people with an internet connection to do so) and on the other hand I’m here to talk about the merits of Kathryn Bigelow‘s latest as a film. And as a film this is an undeniable masterpiece.

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[Trailer] – Zero Dark Thirty

11 Oct

Not much has been heard about Kathryn Bigelow‘s upcoming Zero Dark Thirty, probably due to the fact that they want to wait until after the election is done to really get the promotional ball rolling but for good measure we’ve now gotten a new trailer which you can watch below.

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[Review] – Lawless

20 Sep

Title: Lawless
Year: 2012
Director: John Hillcoat
Writer: Nick Cave, based on the novel by Matt Bondurant
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Dane DeHaan
MPAA Rating: R, strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity
Runtime: 115 min
IMDb Rating: 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes: 65%
Metacritic: 58

Man was I excited to get to watch Lawless. It came from John Hillcoat, the Australian director responsible for giving us the gritty The Proposition and The Road and who would, consequently, seem to be a damn fine pick to tell this story. That story? One adapted from Matt Bondurant‘s 2008 novel The Wettest Country in the World, about his grandfather and great-uncles, the Bondurant Brothers and their bootlegging business during the Prohibition down in Franklin County, Virginia.

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[Teaser] – Zero Dark Thirty

6 Aug

Watch the teaser for the highly-anticipated Zero Dark Thirty after the cut.

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[Review] – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

19 Jun

Title: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Year: 2012
Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath and Conrad Vernon
Writers: Eric Darnell and Noah Baumbach, based on the characters by Mr. Darnell and Tom McGrath
Starring: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Tom McGrath, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Chastain, Martin Short, Paz Vega, Frances McDormand
MPAA Rating: PG, some mild action and rude humor
Runtime: 93 min
IMDb Rating: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Metacritic: 59

The Madagascar franchise hasn’t been groundbreaking or anything, but it’s actually hard to find much fault with any of it, plus it’s pretty damn successful so it’s not like it’s stopping any time soon. The first film came in 2005 and made over $530 million worldwide, then three years after that we got the second one, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and that made over $600 million all around the world. So yeah, they’re profitable; not to mention that, to me personally, the second one was actually also an improvement in quality over the first one, which was still quite decent.

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[Trailer] – Lawless

25 Apr

John Hillcoat‘s follow-up to The Road is finally upon us, and the trailer for Lawless really does look pretty damn brilliant, so if you weren’t excited for this one before I’d recommend to adjust your expectations accordinly now. Watch the trailer after the cut.

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