Thursday, December 29, 2011

Best Transformation Without the use of Prosthetics Award

As a reader of the series I have to say that she was maybe not cast perfectly BUT she made lemonade with her physical appearance, giving a near perfect portrayal of one of the most interesting fictional characters in literary history. Her transformation included cutting off her below the shoulders hair, 7 piercings, including 2 in a rather precarious spot and you KNOW she hasn't eaten since 2010. Let's see if Oscar awards her efforts.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises Trailer

If The Dark Knight franchise was a piece of meat it would be filet mignon... and Transformers would be Hamburger Helper

Monday, December 19, 2011

At Least People Magazine Agrees With Me..

People Magazine named Drive as the third best movie of the year and Ryan Gosling's performance as Oscar worthy. At least I've got SOME back up even if it is a publication two gossip articles above Perez Hilton...

Friday, December 16, 2011

Best Trailer of the Year goes to...

As the year comes to a close I want to give a shout out to the best trailer of the year perhaps of the past 5. Trailers are really the air that gives life to a movie, the respirator being word of mouth.  Mainly if your trailer sucks e.g. New Years Eve, your movie is sunk. On the flip side if its awesome it can fill the seats of a crap fest and yes, Twilight did do that to me and I still haven't forgiven them. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Golden Globe Nominations

 The Golden Globe ( or as notorious industry reporter Nikki Finke calls them "a completely meaningless awards show from a scandal-riddled organization on a network desperate for ratings.") nominations were announced this morning and as always I have a mixture of issues and agreement... click the titles to learn more about the nominated movies *= my picks

The Descendants 
*The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse
The Artist
*Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn
*Woody Allen, Midnight In Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J Edgar (again...really?...can i get a rom com Leo?)
*Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs (Woman Cross dressing, she disturbingly resembles a man)
Viola Davis, The Help (token tear jerker)
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (for becoming emaciated and dyeing her eyebrows blonde, she deserves it)
*Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady (this marks her 25th nomination... she has more nominations than years I've been alive)
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

*Jean Dujardin, The Artist (who?! but a good performance none the less)
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon Levitt, 50/50 (cancer patient...not a far stretch)
Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love (photoshopped quality abs, he's got my vote)
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris (Owen playing another version of Woody Allen)
Jodie Foster, Carnage
*Charlize Theron, Young Adult (the funniest b&*ch you will ever see)
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids (sometimes they throw these types in here just to take up space)
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn (how is this a comedy or musicaaaal??)
Kate Winslet, Carnage
*Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn (pitch perfect)
Albert Brooks, Drive (the one and only nod to my favorite film of the year)
Jonah Hill, Moneyball (uuuuuuuuh can we say RANDOM?)
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners (closested gay father in his last days, definitely not forgettable)
Berenice Bejo, The Artist (who?!)
Jessica Chastain , The Help (awesome, her best of 1,567 roles this year)
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
*Octavia Spencer, The Help (ghetto girl goes soft)
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants (ugh overraaaaated) 
*Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen (fingers crossed!)
The Ides of March, George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon (teachers pet brown nose)
The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (typical)
Moneyball, Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin (Sorkin's on a roll, second nomination in 2 years)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Young Adult Review aka If Jaws were a Woman

The screenwriter Diablo Cody at the
2007 Oscars where she won for
her work on "Juno"
The optimal word to describe this is... clever. The best part about it is Charlize Theron's performance bar none. I don't think any one could pull off what she did. However, there are a few hilarious tidbits that only it's less than conventional screenwriter could've come up with. Only a woman who wears animal print to the Oscars would have the first lines in her story be a voice over from an E! reality show based on an ex Playboy bunny. In fact every time you see Charlize alone in a room with a bed, she is watching some kind of E! creation. Little details such as this one prove how meticulous Diablo Cody was about creating the character of Mavis. In an interview, Theron revealed that when someone asked the director what the movie was about he answered, "Well...its like Jaws, whenever you see Mavis coming you go 'oh no, oh no oh no!'" While watching it I did exactly that, at one point literally putting both closed fists to my mouth. She's so deliciously unlikable all you can do is laugh and follow her on her doomed quest to retrieve her long lost high school love from his happy marriage. While it wasn't everything I wanted, it was worth it just for laughs and an unforgettable performance from Theron, for which I am positive she will get a nomination. Young Adult Trailer

First Men in Black 3 Trailer

Is it just me or has Will Smith found the fountain of youth? He looks the exact same as he did in the second MIB  which came out almost 10 years ago, or is it just the fact that he's had the same haircut since The Fresh Prince?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Armie Hammer Taking Over

Thought this photo was fitting because this is how I
imagine he spends his free time and how he dresses while doing it
Just 3 years ago I only knew Armie Hammer as one of Serena Van der Woodsen's conquests on Gossip Girl, who turned out to be a con artist trying to embezzle money from her family's connections and ultimately stealing a large sum from Serena's step father whose son is her ex boyfriend. Now, after a convincing turn as 6'4 rowing twins in The Social Network (in which they passed USC buildings off as Harvard but they didn't fool ME please I had my WRIT 340 class right up the stairs) he has taken over Hollywood. In just the past year he has starred in a Clint Eastwood drama, finished a Julia Roberts fairy tale and is about to start shooting a big budget Disney film in which he plays the title character. Today he was just cast in another lead role opposite Eric Bana in a revenge action film titled By Virtue of the Fall.  Just goes to show you how quick your luck can change, isn't that right Meg Ryan?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Rachel McAdams Love

You know 9/10 women when they enter a room immediately take a scan sizing up the competition... Shoes, brand, noticeable tell tale lifespan scuffs, color...Outfit, are there stains, noticeable brand inclinations, does it match? Hair, is it out of place are the roots showing, do they need a conditioning treatment? Body, would you switch bodies if given the chance, does she do yoga, can you see her Spanx? Noooow I'm not one to get jealous but WOW who can tell me if you're a girl you would mind being Rachel Mcadams for a week or if you're a guy wouldn't be her flavor of the week... that's what I thought.

Despite her rather downsized role from the first Sherlock, McAdams returns and ups her Hollywood blonde bombshell persona, stepping out on the red carpet for the Game of Shadows premiere. Her whirlwind of career has gone from Titanic rivaling romantic icon to comedic sidekick to action heroine and has turned down being Iron Man's love interest and a Bond girl. Although she has yet to churn out a truly memorable Oscar worthy performance she does her likable, clever, looking for love roles who you see in high grossing blockbusters or female driven fair well.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hangover 3 is officially a GO

Worldwide Gross (2009): $467,483,912
Bradley Cooper seemingly taking a worldwide victory lap after his winning the coveted "Sexiest Man of the Year" award (Occupy Ryan Gosling!!) revealed that the now infamous blacked out trio will once again be hitting the road, filming is to start next September.

Worldwide Gross (2011): $518,464,305
 "We adhered to the formula in the second one, for those of you who've seen it, and the third one, which would close the whole sort of trilogy, which now it would be a trilogy -- even though we thought we would never make a second one, let alone anybody see the first one -- I think it will take place in Los Angeles and maybe not adhere to the structure. It might be different," 

Says Cooper or in other words he has absolute no clue what's going to happen

Monday, December 5, 2011

Can't Wait!

                                              Clip from Young Adult

The Difference Between Disappearing into a Role and Wearing a Fat Suit

I saw My Week with Marilyn over the weekend and it made me think of how a performance can go from being "good" to "great". To me a great performance is Jamie Foxx in Ray or Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona or Meryl Streep in just about anything. As much as I enjoyed Michelle Williams every time I saw her I saw Michelle Williams not Marilyn Monroe. The oh too noticable fat suit didn't help either I don't know if that was the costume department's fault or her lack of dedication to the part but it seemed as if she was just on the cusp of a truly memorable performance. For that matter, a great performance doesn't even necessarily have to be overly dramatic it could be hilarious and still be just as memorable for instance Cuba Gooding Jr. in Jerry Maguire, the most important thing is that you don't see the actor but the character.

Notice the difference between this....

and this...

Of these two you can tell who becomes completely lost within the character.

Hugo Review aka Officially Eating My Words

I really expected this family film to be corny, full of cliche and a only appeal to those who have yet to buy their first tube of pimple cream,

buuuut I couldn't be more wrong. Unlike Hollywood critics I can admit when I am mistaken. The Scorsese film proved that this visionary not only has range in the types of films he can direct but he is also an artist who actually loves film, not just making money (cough Michael Bay cough). Not only does he tell a fantastic story, but also considers every facet of a film to a tee, from costume design to cinematography, to production design this film is not your average flight of childish fancy. I can't remember a recent non-Pixar, kid centered story that I have enjoyed more than this that didn't involve wands and Lord Voldermort (but with that source material, how could you lose). And just for the men out there, the cast includes Sacha Baron Cohen aka Borat aka Ali G aka Bruno with the rare treat of him using his natural accent or what I'd like to call red neck British. It's the perfect holiday movie.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Magneto to Noah?

Michael Fassbender, who recently turned heads in X-Men as Magneto, may be headed to the biblical world of Exodus portraying boat builder Noah now that Christian Bale has lost interest . This B.C. epic will be directed by none other than Darren Aronofsky whose past includes a movie about 4 junkies searching for their next fix (ending in probably the most disturbing images I've ever witnessed on film) and a half insane ballerina whose mind is full of R rated fantasies and graphic violence. Hmmmmm I'd have to say Aronofsky would be low on my list to bring to life one of the most beloved biblical stories. For that matter, Fassbender's two most recent roles are a sex addict in NC-17 rated Shame and Sigmund Freud's work buddy who is researching the beginnings of what we now refer to as S&M in A Dangerous Method. Talk about a crew of misfits...