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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] – Looper

11 Oct

Title: Looper
Year: 2012
Director: Rian Johnson
Writer: Rian Johnson
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo, Jeff Daniels, Garret Dillahunt, Pierce Gagnon
MPAA Rating: R, strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug content
Runtime: 118 min
IMDb Rating: 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Metacritic: 84

These are the signs that the end of the year is here. During the first nine months of 2012 I had seen six films worthy of an A+ out of the 187 movies I had watched; now that October is here and the really good movies are being released to vie for some Oscar attention I’ve seen two in just three days. That’s because Looper is just mind-blowingly good and really proves that Rian Johnson is the kind of infinitely talented and original American filmmaker that will always do things his way. It also confirms that, after The Dark Knight Rises (another A+) and Premium Rush (a surprising B+), Joseph Gordon-Levitt has really made it now, and he even has a role in Lincoln next month to back that all up.

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[Review] – The Five-Year Engagement

8 May

Title: The Five-Year Engagement
Year: 2012
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Writers: Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller
Starring: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans, Jacki Weaver, Kevin Hart, Mindy Kaling
MPAA Rating: R, sexual content, and language throughout
Runtime: 124 min
IMDb Rating: 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes: 64%
Metacritic: 61

I’ll go right ahead and say that the problem I have heard most people have regarding The Five-Year Engagement is actually rather accurate; the film is, indeed, about twenty minutes longer than it really should be. That being said, I still thought the film was pretty damn good. That mostly has to do because of the cast, from the undeniably awesome chemistry between the two leads, played by Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, to the fact that the supporting players are all ridiculously talented people as well. But it also has a lot to do with the screenplay, co-written by Mr. Segel with director Nicholas Stoller, which I found to be both hilarious and actually quite romantic (something that’s, ironically, actually quite rare in romantic comedies), and that between all the raunchiness found a great deal of heart and quite a bit of substance, too.

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[Trailer] – Looper

12 Apr

Finally, after giving us short teasers for the trailer, we’ve not gotten the first proper trailer for Rian Johnson‘s Looper, one of my most eagerly anticipated films of 2012. And you can watch it after the cut.

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