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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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[Trailer] – Oz: The Great and Powerful

14 Nov

Oz: The Great and Powerful, Sam Raimi‘s new film inspired by the 1939 classic, has been made to seem like Alice in Wonderland by the promotional material. Well, now its got a full trailer, which you can watch below, and that continues to be the case.

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[Review] – The Bourne Legacy

11 Sep

Title: The Bourne Legacy
Year: 2012
Director: Tony Gilroy
Writers: Tony Gilroy and Dan Gilroy, with a story by Tony Gilroy, based on the series of novels by Robert Ludlum
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, David Strathairn, Oscar Isaac, Stacy Keach, Zeljko Ivanek, Corey Stoll
MPAA Rating: PG-13, violence and action sequences
Runtime: 135 min
IMDb Rating: 7.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Metacritic: 61

I’m a big fan of the Bourne series. I saw Doug Liman‘s first film, The Bourne Identity, and absolutely loved it, it pretty much reinvented in a way what the spy action genre could be because of how damn smart it was, how much it catered to thinking adults and not to people who just wanted stuff to blow up. It also, of course, cemented the status of Matt Damon as a bankable Hollywood leading man. From that point I went back and read Robert Ludlum‘s book trilogy, since it was evident that the film franchise would be a trilogy as well after the success of the first entry in it and because my dad was always telling me I should read those books (he read them when he was younger and also loved that first film).

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[Review] – 360

27 Aug

Title: 360
Year: 2012
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Writer: Peter Morgan
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Ben Foster
MPAA Rating: R, sexuality, nudity and language
Runtime: 110 min
IMDb Rating: 5.8
Rotten Tomatoes: 20%
Metacritic: 43

Fernando Meirelles got some much deserved attention and recognition (including an Academy Award nomination) a decade ago when he gave us City of God, which he made in and about his native Brazil and that certainly stands amongst the finest films to have come out in the new millennium. Then three years later he used all that fame and made his first film in English, The Constant Gardener, which turned out to be a seriously terrific film that, while not as great as his previous one, certainly established him as a director that was more than worth checking out.

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[Trailer] – 360

7 Jun

I remember I was kind of surprised when the reception for Fernando Meirelles360 out of last year’s Toronto International Film Festival was so mild. There were far too many great elements at play here that had me thinking it had to be really good. Well, it’s finally hitting theaters later this year, and you can watch a trailer for it after the cut.

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[Trailer] – The Bourne Legacy

31 May

Jeremy Renner is about to have three action franchises under his belt. He was in last year’s incredible Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, starred in this year’s massive The Avengers (which, to date, is the only A+ I’ve given in 2012), and now he’ll be the lead in The Bourne Legacy, taking over duties from Matt Damon. And you can watch the new trailer for that film after the cut.

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[Review] – The Deep Blue Sea

20 Apr

Title: The Deep Blue Sea
Year: 2012
Director: Terence Davies
Writer: Terence Davies, based on the play by Terence Rattigan
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale
MPAA Rating: R, a scene of sexuality and nudity
Runtime: 98 min
IMDb Rating: 6.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Metacritic: 82

Terence Davies‘ adaptation of the Terence Rattigan play The Deep Blue Sea is one of the year’s best films, it’s as simple as that.  In it you have the great Rachel Weisz giving a truly impeccable performance as Hester Collyer, a woman who’s in the midst of one of those romantic tragedies that could only exist in the London Mr. Davies presents, set “around 1950”, dyed in those postwar grays and browns, with its buildings and people exuding this kind of aura of pain that works so well in this director’s style.

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