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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] – Battleship

11 May

Title: Battleship
Year: 2012
Director: Peter Berg
Writers: John Hoeber and Erich Hoeber
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Hamish Linklater, Jesse Plemons
MPAA Rating: PG-13, intense sequences of violence, action and destruction, and for language
Runtime: 131 min
IMDb Rating: 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes: 47%
Metacritic: 43

The concept of a film based on Battleship, that classic board game in which you took turns to try to sink your opponents five boats, has always sounded pretty ridiculous. Never mind that it seemingly had absolutely nothing to do with the board game other than the fact that, admittedly, it took place at sea on some pretty huge battleships. But it’s not even a film about naval combat tactics, about one side doing their best to sink the other side’s boats. Because, you see, in Battleship the other side doesn’t really have boats; instead, the other side are aliens. Not even kidding.

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[Review] – John Carter

26 Mar

Title: John Carter
Year: 2012
Director: Andrew Stanton
Writers: Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon, based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Bryan Cranston
MPAA Rating: PG-13, intense sequences of violence and action
Runtime: 132 min
IMDb Rating: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 51%
Metacritic: 51

A lot has been said about John Carter, and rightfully so. It was the live-action debut of writer-director Andrew Stanton, the man who had made his name with Pixar films like Wall-E and Finding Nemo. It was the film appearance of the main character in Edgar Rice Burroughs eleven-volume series of epic science-fiction novels, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the character. And it was a spectacularly risky project; straddled with a seriously huge budget, no big name stars, a character non-genre fans aren’t really familiar with, and a marketing push that, while expansive, didn’t really seem to connect with people and failed to sell the story the proper way.

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