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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] – The Paperboy

18 Oct

Title: The Paperboy
Year: 2012
Director: Lee Daniels
Writers: Lee Daniels and Peter Dexter, based on Mr. Dexter’s novel
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray, Scott Glenn
MPAA Rating: R, strong sexual content, violence and language
Runtime: 107 min
IMDb Rating: 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 39%
Metacritic: 45

Lee Daniels started out as a producer first, most noticeably on Monster’s Ball, and then made his directorial debut in 2005 with Shadowboxer, a thriller starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Helen Mirren that’s not worth anyone’s time or money. He became a name though, with his sophomore effort, Precious, back in 2009, a film that got six Oscar nominations, including Director and Best Picture nods for Mr. Daniels, and won two of those, Mo’Nique for Supporting Actress and Adapted Screenplay. So, as you might expect, people were looking forward to seeing what he did next.

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[Review] – Killer Joe

16 Aug

Title: Killer Joe
Year: 2012
Director: William Friedkin
Writer: Tracy Letts, based on his own play
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon, Thomas Haden Church
MPAA Rating: NC-17, graphic disturbing content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality
Runtime: 103 min
IMDb Rating: 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Metacritic: 62

I never in my life would have thought I would say this about any year, but 2012 really is shaping up to be the year of Matthew McConaughey. I mean, he’s always been a seriously charming guy, and I liked him, but I didn’t really think he was a good actor. When you think of pre-2011 good roles of Matthew McConaughey you have roles that didn’t require him to act so much as they did for him to be himself and just be charming, like Dazed and Confused‘s David Wooderson or Ed Pekurny from Edtv. He got to coast by on charm and looks (and abs) alone.

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[Review] – Magic Mike

5 Jul

Title: Magic Mike
Year: 2012
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Reid Carolin
Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, Joe Manganiello, Mircea Monroe, Riley Keough
MPAA Rating: R, pervasive sexual content, brief graphic nudity, language and some drug use
Runtime: 110 min
IMDb Rating: 6.6
Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Metacritic: 73

Before I actually get into my thoughts on Magic Mike, the latest film from Steven Soderbergh, there are two topics I think I must address to really articulate my feelings. Like I did when reviewing Haywire earlier this year, as well as when I reviewed Contagion last year (both of which I gave A-‘s to), the one thing that I kept thinking when watching this film is that I would seriously miss Mr. Soderbergh if he does go along with his plans to retire from filmmaking. As it stands, this right here is the third-to-last film of his behind he retires; the remaining ones being The Bitter Pill, with Rooney Mara, and Behind the Candelabra, the Liberace biopic he’s making for HBO with Matt Damon and Michael Douglas.

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[Review] – Bernie

13 May

Title: Bernie
Year: 2012
Director: Richard Linklater
Writers: Richard Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth
Starring: Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Shirley MacLaine
MPAA Rating: PG-13, some violent images and brief strong language
Runtime: 104 min
IMDb Rating: 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Metacritic: 74

Richard Linklater is a director who I really like and whose work I truly respect. And while all I really want from him is to get back together with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy to give us a third entry in their Before Sunrise films, if what he’s going to be doing in the interim is to give us films as solid as his new one, Bernie, is, then I’m good with that, too. I wasn’t expecting such a good film to come out of this crazy real-life tale, but Mr. Linklater really knows how to approach the story, and it helps that he has Jack Black on board in the titular role delivering one of the finest performances of his career.

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[Trailer] – Killer Joe

8 May

William Friedkin, who won an Oscar for The French Connection and got nominated for another one for The Exorcist, is back with a new movie. Granted, those two landmark films happened in the 70’s, but still, this is worth talking about. His new film is called Killer Joe, has been stamped with an NC-17 rating, and it just looks strange. Maybe strange in a good way, maybe in a bad way. I don’t know. Check out the trailer for Killer Joe after the cut.

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[Trailer] – Magic Mike

19 Apr

Steven Soderbergh‘s third-to-last movie ever (if his retirement plans hold up) is set to be a film loosely based on Channing Tatum‘s days as a male stripper. After this one any doubts about how versatile a director he is should really be put to rest. In any case, the trailer for Magic Mike is after the cut.

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