Live Blogging: The 70th Annual Golden Globes

January 13, 2013

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So it’s Sunday night and the Patriots seem to have the Texans down for the count, so all that’s left to do for the weekend is watch the Golden Globes! Of course, I have Girls, Shameless and Happy Endings on my DVR for later tonight, but here we go! This is everyone’s favorite celebrity party, mixing the television stars with the movie stars with dinner and alcohol flowing all night long. Let’s get started!

8:00 – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are the co-hosts and give a silly opening performance. “The beautiful people of film get to rub shoulders with the rat-faced people of television.” There was also a joke for Kathryn Bigelow that targeted James Cameron and torture that received the most uncomfortable laughs and hands covering faces. Overall, a good start to the telecast.

8:09 – Christoph Waltz wins the first Globe award for Best Supporting Actor in Django Unchained. Will this be a sign for things to come? Robert De Niro wasn’t nominated, but the HFPA awarded Waltz over Tommy Lee Jones.

8:12 – Maggie Smith wins Best Supporting Actress for a Series, Mini-Series, or Film Made for Television in Downtown Abbey. Can Downtown Abbey win Best Television Drama? I wouldn’t be too surprised.

8:17 – Best Mini-Series or TV Movie goes to Game Change. HBO is still king of the TV Movie.

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8:21 – Julianne Moore wins Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie. I still prefer Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin though… and I prefer Moore as an adulterer.

8:29 – The president of the HFPA asks the cameras to pan the crowd of tv and movie stars, but that never happens.

8:33 – Damian Lewis wins for Best Actor in a TV Drama, in a very talented and packed category. I wonder if Homeland is going to sweep its way through the Globes like it did at the Emmys.

8:35 – Paul Rudd and Salma Hayek have nothing to read on the teleprompter and couldn’t even ab-lib. Anyway, the award was for Best TV Series and Homeland wins. Will Claire Danes finish the trifecta? For the record, while I loved the second season of Homeland, it wasn’t as good as the first and was it really better than Downtown Abbey, Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire?

8:43 – Tony Mendez and John Goodman announces Argo, one of the year’s best films and up for Best Drama Film.

8:45 – Mychael Danna wins for his tremendous score in the film Life of Pi. Also, Jason Statham is so strong he practically rips the golden envelope in half!

8:48 – And Adele continues her insane popularity with a win for Best Song for “Skyfall.” Is it me or is almost every winner so far British?

8:55 – Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie goes to Kevin Costner in “Hatfields & McCoys.” Speaking of Kevin Costner, what has he been up to? Last thing I remember him from was Mr. Brooks, but that was in 2007.

8:59 – Bill Clinton gets a standing ovation and announces Lincoln.

9:03 – The only thing funnier than Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig’s announcement of the Best Actress – Musical or Comedy nominations was the close-up of Tommy Lee Jones totally miserable. And Jennifer Lawrence ends up with the Golden Globe award! She really is the hottest actress in Hollywood at the moment and there’s a very good chance she can ride this wave of success all the way to the Oscars.

9:12 – Is it really fair to group the supporting actors in television in one category? Did Max Greenfield really stand a chance against Ed Harris?

9:15 – Anne Hathaway wins for Best Supporting Actress, basically for singing “I Dreamed a Dream” in Les Miserables. This is her first Golden Globe win in three nominations. She is certainly the favorite going into the Oscars for Best Supporting Actress, which would be her first win in her career.

Sometimes you can tell when an acceptance speech is going to be awesome or not. For instance, Hathaway’s speech made me cringe and she went on far too long, but I swear if Amy Poehler wins for Best Actress they better not cut her off no matter what!

9:24 – Why would they combine Original and Adapted Screenplays? And I’m utterly surprised that Quentin Tarantino beat out the likes of Tony Kushner and Chris Terrio. Like he just said, “Wow, I wasn’t expecting this!” No one was.

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This does raise some questions now at the Oscars. Does this put Tarantino as favorite to beat out Haneke and Boal for Original Screenplay? It just might.

9:27 – Don Cheadle wins for Best Actor in a Comedy for Television. So are you guys keeping count? Because it seems like Showtime is kicking some ass right now. Even though I haven’t watched House of Lies, it’s got to be good to beat out Jim Parsons and Louis C.K.

9:34 – Amour wins for Best Foreign Film and no one is surprised. Note: Michael Haneke is awesome.

9:37 – Claire Danes wins for Best Drama Actress in TV. Homeland wins the trifecta! But the real thing to note on is what the crap is up with Lea Michele’s tan?

9:46 – Sacha Baron Cohen yelled about his co-stars in Les Miserables and then announces Brave to win Best Animated Picture.

9:49 – Just watched the 30-second clip of Life of Pi and it reminded me of how brilliant that movie was. It’s unlikely, but Ang Lee would win my vote for the year’s best director.

9:50 – Aziz Ansari is acting high from “biscuits” that the cast of Downtown Abbey gave him. Anyway, Lena Dunham wins for Best TV Actress in Girls. Speaking of, the second season premiered tonight and I still have yet to realize all the hooplah about the show.

Note: Whenever a first time winner pulls out a piece of paper, you should just cue the music immediately.

Commercial: Kerri Russell is looking mighty fine in her new show, The Americans.

10:03 – Cecil B. DeMille Award for Jodie Foster, the two-time Oscar winner. What a beautiful speech.

10:16 – Ben Affleck wins Best Director! A nice consolation for being snubbed at the Oscars, something that no one could have predicted for his incredible film, Argo. When it comes down to it, Ben Affleck belongs with the group of the year’s best directors and has really showcased his talent behind the camera in the recent years of his career. He has become one of our generation’s best mainstream directors and there’s no doubt he’ll receive his due from the Academy in the near future.

10:22 – Girls wins for Best TV Comedy/Musical. Robyn’s music plays while the cast of Girls walks through the entire hall to receive their award. This is the first cable-show to win Best TV Comedy in five years. Will the Emmys follow suit or will the Emmys continue to award Modern Family?

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10:30 – Hugh Jackman wins for Best Actor – Comedy/Musical. Les Miserables has won two acting awards, but again the Globes separate the Comedy/Musical from the real movies. Still, Hugh Jackman gave a great performance in Les Miserables and there is no other actor that could’ve played Jean Valjean like he did.

Don’t you think that the Golden Globes should be aired on cable so they can allow the actors to curse as they please? I think there’s a big audience for that.

10:40 – Les Miserables wins for Best Comedy/Musical. I still feel Silver Linings Playbook is one of the biggest competitions for Lincoln, and in a way it’s good that it didn’t win the Golden Globes because in the past eight years, there have only been two Best Picture winners at the Oscars that won the Golden Globes Best Picture (Drama or Comedy/Musical).

10:47 – Jessica Chastain wins for Best Actress and now the Chastain vs. Lawrence discussion will really heat up. Note: Chastain gives the best acceptance speech of the night (not counting Foster).

10:50 – SURPRISE! Daniel Day-Lewis wins for Best Actor… okay obviously it wasn’t a surprise and it won’t be when he wins his third Oscar in February.

10:57 – Argo wins Golden Globes as expected. So that means this awards season is shaping up like in 2011 when The Social Network won the Globes’ Directing and Picture while The King’s Speech only won for Best Drama Actor (Colin Firth). And we all know that The King’s Speech wound up winning four of the major Oscar awards including Best Picture and Best Director.

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The Golden Globes was a fun ceremony. The big winners were Girls, Homeland, Argo and Les Miserables. Now it’s time for me to watch the Girls premiere since the HFPA thinks its the best comedy on the air.

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The 85th Annual Academy Awards Nominations

January 10, 2013

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So the Oscar nominations were just announced by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone, and needless to say there were plenty of surprises. This was one great year of film and many of the categories were crowded so everyone knew there were going to be snubs, but damn, I’m still shocked at how the Academy voted here. I can’t go on without first commenting on probably the most important and the most crowded category: Best Director.

Best Director:

  • Michael Hanake (Amour)
  • Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
  • David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
  • Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Just WOW. I doubt ANYONE had these five nominees predicted for this category, because it excludes two huge names that were practically considered locks for Best Director. These include Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty and Ben Affleck for Argo. Both of those two films have been all the talk leading up to these nominations and have been the movies that have been said are serious threats to Lincoln for Best Picture. Well, not anymore! The Best Director category has always been a great precursor to what film is going to win Best Picture. If that remains true, then there is no doubt in my mind that Lincoln is the front-runner and will most likely win both Best Director for Steven Spielberg and Best Picture. Although, there is the outside chance that Best Director and Best Picture will split.

To me, the biggest surprise was Benh Zeitlin receiving a nomination for Beasts of the Southern Wild, a small independent gem that I had just “sneaking in” for Best Picture. But with this nomination, Beasts of the Southern Wild bumps itself up to an actual potential upset candidate. The same goes for Silver Linings Playbook and Amour, two films that I really didn’t think would crack the Best Director category. With all of these surprises, that simply means directors got snubbed including Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), Tom Hooper (Les Miserables), and Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master).

So what does this mean? Well, while I’m glad Ang Lee and the others got their recognition, all of this really just proves how Lincoln is going to sweep this year’s Oscars. Hey, can’t say I didn’t tell you so months ago.

Best Picture:

  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Since the rule change, it’s kind of exciting to try and predict how many films are going to be nominated for Best Picture. This year, there was a consensus that nine films would receive nominations and that was right. The only real surprise out of the nine films was Amour receiving a nomination, but then again now since Haneke and Riva in the mix, it’s a serious contender. But overall, this is a very good group of films nominated and you can’t say otherwise.

Best Actor:

  • Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
  • Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
  • Denzel Washington (Flight)

No big surprises here, although after what Joaquin Phoenix said I was a bit worried that would affect his chances to get nominated. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I don’t think Bradley Cooper’s performance in Silver Linings Playbook was that great, but Silver Linings Playbook is obviously loved by the Academy, so his nomination makes sense. Unfortunately this leaves out John Hawkes who gave a challenging and spectacular performance in The Sessions.

Best Actress:

  • Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
  • Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  • Naomi Watts (The Impossible)

There were really no surprises here, although I did predict Marion Cotillard to get a nomination for Rust and Bone. Just a note: Emmanuelle Riva is the oldest Best Actress nomination at 85 years old and Quvenzhane Wallis is the youngest at 9 years old (she was 6 years old when she shot the film). Incredible!

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Alan Arkin (Argo)
  • Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
  • Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
  • Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

Damn! I almost had one category predicted correctly! Instead of Christoph Waltz I included Javier Bardem (Skyfall). Like Emma Stone said after she announced the nominations, all of these actors have won an Oscar before.

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Amy Adams (The Master)
  • Sally Field (Lincoln)
  • Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
  • Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
  • Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)

Only one minor surprise here and that was Jacki Weaver’s nomination.

Best Original Screenplay:

  • Michael Haneke (Amour)
  • Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
  • John Gatins (Flight)
  • Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom)
  • Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)

Once again I was 4/5 with my predictions. I thought Rian Johnson was going to get in for his screenplay for Looper, but John Gatins got in instead. I have no problem with that because Flight was a better film that Looper. Just looking at these nominees and you get a lot of screenwriting heavyweights.

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • Chris Terrio (Argo)
  • Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  • David Magee (Life of Pi)
  • Tony Kushner (Lincoln)
  • David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

There’s no surprise here since all of these films are contenders for Best Picture. I was hoping that Stephen Chbosky was going to receive a nomination for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but that was more hopeful than anything.

I’m just going to list the rest of the nominees. Once again, the Best Director category really shines a light to how the Oscars could potentially have a Lincoln sweep. With 12 total nominations, it’s hard to imagine Lincoln walking away with anything less than 7 awards.

Best Animated Feature:

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • ParaNorman
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Wreck-It Ralph

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Amour (Austria)
  • War Witch (Canada)
  • No (Chile)
  • A Royal Affair (Denmark)
  • Kon-Tiki (Norway)

Best Achievement in Cinematography:

  • Seamus McGarvey (Anna Karenina)
  • Robert Richardson (Django Unchained)
  • Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi)
  • Janusz Kaminski (Lincoln)
  • Roger Deakins (Skyfall)

Best Achievement in Editing

  • William Goldenberg (Argo)
  • Tim Squyres (Life of Pi)
  • Michael Kahn (Lincoln)
  • Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers (Silvers Linings Playbook)
  • William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor (Zero Dark Thirty)

Best Achievement in Production Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln

Best Achievement in Costume Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Hitchcock
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Misérables

Best Original Score

  • Anna Karenina
  • Argo
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

Best Original Song

  • “Before My Time” (Chasing Ice)
  • “Suddenly” (Les Misérables)
  • “Pi’s Lullaby” (Life of Pi)
  • “Skyfall: (Skyfall)
  • “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” (Ted)

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

  • Argo
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

Best Achievement in Sound Editing

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Skyfall
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

  • The Avengers
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Life of Pi
  • Prometheus
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Documentary, Features

  • 5 Broken Cameras
  • The Gatekeepers
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • The Invisible War
  • Searching for Sugar Man

Best Documentary, Short Subject

  • Inocente
  • Kings Point
  • Mondays at Racine
  • Open Heart
  • Redemption

Best Short Film, Animated

  • Adam and Dog
  • Fresh Guacamole
  • Head Over Heels
  • Paperman
  • The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare

Best Short Film, Live Action

  • Asad
  • Buzkashi Boys
  • Curfew
  • Death of a Shadow
  • Henry

Review: Django Unchained

December 30, 2012

Django Unchained (2012)
165 minutes
Rated – R
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio

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Grade: B

This is a Quentin Tarantino film and just from that you should know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. It’s violent and profane with a dark sense of humor and runs a bit too long. Almost like what I wrote about in my Les Misérables review, if you don’t like Quentin Tarantino films then you really have no business watching Django Unchained, because his brand of films is directed towards himself and those people who enjoy the same kind of entertainment as he. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with making films for yourself, especially when it’s done in such a masterful way throughout the years like Tarantino has.

Django Unchained is an oddball, spaghetti Western with a revenge plot. Dr. King Schultz (Waltz) buys Django (Foxx) to help him track down three brothers who have a bounty on them. Shultz is a bounty hunter and soon creates a friendship with Django after he helps him track down the brothers. It turns out that Django has quite a shot and the two become the best bounty hunters in the area. The first hour has plenty of comedy focused mainly how the citizens react when they see a black man riding a horse alongside Dr. Schultz.

Their friendship reveals that Django’s wife is in Mississippi at Candieland, owned by Calvin Candie (DiCaprio), a wealthy and powerful man with one of the largest cotton plantations and a love for slave fights. Schultz and Django devise a plan to rescue Django’s wife from Candieland.

Sure, there are moments when Tarantino goes over-the-top with violence, such as a scene where dogs tear apart a slave, but that’s just to prove his point. Unfortunately, I’m not exactly sure what his point is other than exaggerating that slavery is bad. In addition, the plot (although a good half-hour longer than needed) is very straight-forward and predictable for a Tarantino film. But for everything that I’ve said about Django Unchained, it’s still a highly entertaining film and a very good Hollywood blockbuster.

As for the performances, Jamie Foxx gives a strong one as Django, the conflicted slave that keeps his identity hidden for most of the film. Waltz is just as charismatic and appealing here as he was in his Oscar-winning performance in Inglourious Basterds. And as for Leonardo DiCaprio, he played the role that must’ve been the most fun to play out of the entire cast. Flamboyantly racist, DiCaprio never takes his character too seriously and enjoyed playing the short-tempered Candie.

Don’t get me wrong, Django Unchained is a good movie, it’s just not great. It’s closer to the stylish, fun Grindhouse type of film than Tarantino’s great films like Pulp Fiction and even Inglourious Basterds. If you don’t take this movie serious, it’s arguably the most fun you will have at the movies this year.


2013 Golden Globes Nominations

December 13, 2012

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Here are the nominees:

UPDATE: Check out all the winners and thoughts about the telecast here.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Leading Actor – Drama

Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Richard Gere (Arbitrage)
John Hawkes (The Sessions)
Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
Denzel Washington (Flight)

Best Leading Actress – Drama

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone)
Helen Mirren (Hitchcock)
Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea)

Best Motion Picture – Comedy, Musical

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Lead Actor – Comedy, Musical

Jack Black (Bernie)
Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables)
Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen)
Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson)

Best Lead Actress – Comedy, Musical

Emily Blunt (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen)
Judi Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Maggie Smith (Quartet)
Meryl Streep (Hope Springs)

Best Supporting Actor

Alan Arkin (Argo)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams (The Master)
Sally Field (Lincoln)
Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy)

Best Director

Ben Affleck (Argo)
Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)

Best Screenplay

Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)
Tony Kushner (Lincoln)
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
Chris Terrio (Argo)

So the SAG Awards nominations came in yesterday and now the Golden Globes nominations are in. Let me just begin with the obvious for anyone who’s been following the awards race: Django Unchained got a MAJOR boost from the Golden Globes. It was practically off the list of contenders until today. Django Unchained tied Argo with a total of 5 nominations including Best Picture – Drama and a Best Director nod for Quentin Tarantino. Why is this substantial? Well, with Tarantino and also Ang Lee in the jam-packed Best Director race now, this bumps down David O. Russell and Tom Hooper who weren’t nominated. How will this potentially affect the Best Picture race? According to In Contention, only four films in history have won Best Picture at the Oscars without a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director. Those films include Crash, Driving Miss Daisy, The Sting and Chariots of Fire.

In the past, I would be quick to say that the Golden Globes don’t matter and doesn’t weigh in on how the Oscars play out. This year… well it’s a little different. The ballots for the Oscar nominations go out in FOUR days. That’s before the other major guilds release their nominations. So for people who usually depend on the DGA and the PGA for which movies to vote for, it ain’t happening this year. All those people will have are a handful of critics awards, the SAG Awards nominations and the Golden Globes. It’s actually kind of scary to think about the possibilities of Academy members being influence by the Golden Globes.

But as the race is still shaping up, there has been a trend that is indicating what I posted in early November: Lincoln is destined to win Best Picture. With no directing nod for Tom Hooper at the Globes, and no Best Ensemble nod for Zero Dark Thirty, these things bring down the two top contenders a notch. Meanwhile, Lincoln is still standing tall, with a nice box office gross, great reviews, and support from the SAGs and HFPA. Sure, the race is still very early but as of right now, all signs are pointing to a Lincoln victory come February 24th.


Early Oscar Chatter

September 18, 2012

It’s the middle of September and in the movie world that means that the chatter for awards season is slowly getting louder. From a whisper to a polite noise, word-of-mouth is beginning to make its way around the entertainment world and through the blogosphere. I’m no different. Every single day we get closer to The Oscars, I get more and more excited. While this summer contained plenty of summer hits and blockbusters, only a few indie films stood out that can really be considered Oscar-worthy. Those films include Moonrise Kingdom and Beasts of the Southern Wild. There is also The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s conclusion to the darker Batman-trilogy and one that has really set the bar high for future superhero films. While many considered it a snub for The Dark Knight to be left off the list of nominees, there’s a chance for The Academy to make it up to Nolan, but will they bite?

Two films that are making a big splash in the early awards season are The Master and Silver Linings Playbook. Both films are directed by talented individuals who are no strangers to The Academy Awards, and both are on completely different sides of the movie spectrum. The Master is Paul Thomas Anderson’s follow-up to There Will Be Blood and has been praised by critics even though a handful cannot explain exactly what the movie is about. Meanwhile, Silver Linings Playbook stars two very hot actors, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. But even though the film won the people’s choice award at Toronto, the fact it’s a dramatic comedy will hurt its chance as being a serious contender for Best Picture.

There are plenty of strong films that will end the year of 2012 and will most definitely result in an intriguing Academy Awards. Right now, everything is still up in the air. There are a handful of movies everyone expects to be in the running for Best Picture and there will certainly be some surprises. For now, here is my early overview of how I see things playing out.

Front-runners:
– Lincoln
– Argo
– The Master
– Les Miserables
– Silver Linings Playbook
– Django Unchained
– Beasts of the Southern Wild
– Anna Karenina

Second Tier:
– Amour
– Moonrise Kingdom
– Zero Dark Thirty
– Life of Pi
– Flight
– The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
– The Impossible


Movies to Watch in 2012

January 3, 2012

We can all agree that the year 2011 wasn’t the best for films. It definitely had plenty of solid films, but it certainly lacked the handful of great films where we can think back and say “2011 was a fantastic year for films.” This is why I’m looking forward to 2012, where Hollywood hopes to recover from disappointment. Here are the films to look out for:

The Master

One of my favorite directors, Paul Thomas Anderson, returns with his first movie in five years. It’s uncertain if this film will see a 2012 or a 2013 release, but I’m sure hoping to see this film sooner than later. Boasting an incredible cast including the return of Joaquin Phoenix, I am sure PTA will not disappoint.

The Hunger Games (3/23/12)

Studios are always looking for the “next big franchise” to release onto the big screen. Since Harry Potter has wrapped up and Twilight is coming to an end, The Hunger Games trilogy is the next highly anticipated series that has fans jumping with excitement and studio executives nervously praying they have hit the jackpot. As for me, I’ve read the novels and look forward to how Gary Ross will adapt them. Oh, and I believe Jennifer Lawrence will absolutely become a star these films.

The Cabin in the Woods (4/13/12)

I guess 2012 must really be the end of the world because I’m actually pumped up to see a horror movie. But let me explain myself. Joss Whedon co-wrote the film and this is Drew Goddard’s debut in directing (his credentials include writing and producing TV-shows like Lost and Alias). Everyone is being incredibly hush-hush about this project, which makes me even more stoked to see it. What kind of things could possibly happen to these five friends stranded in a cabin in the woods?

The Avengers (5/4/12)

We’ve all seen our fair share of superhero films before, but not anything like the potential of this super, superhero movie. Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk and Nick Fury all in one movie?! Okay, I have my concerns about screen-time and a muddled plot, but come on! With Joss Whedon as co-writer and director, I can’t imagine not enjoying this film.

Prometheus (6/8/12)

Ridley Scott returning to the sci-fi thriller? If that isn’t all you need to be completely stoked, then I don’t know how to excite you for one of the most anticipated movies of the year. What will Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) have in store for us with Prometheus? Is it an Alien prequel? Who cares! Another plus to be excited about this film, two budding stars in the making: Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender.

Brave (6/22/12)

Here’s something you’ve never heard in your lifetime: Pixar is looking to bounce back from a bad movie. Cars 2 was the studio’s first major disappointment and they’re trying to get back on track with Brave, an ambitious, magical film with Pixar’s first female lead. I am slightly concerned to how this film will be received by the public, but from the clips and trailers they have released, I’m sure Brave is going to be a film that everyone can enjoy.

The Dark Knight Rises (7/20/12)

There are a lot of big movie franchises releasing films this year, but none compares to the anticipation of the third and last installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. It’s going to be a very difficult task to keep up with his incredible resume thus far, but I have all the faith that Nolan still has plenty of tricks up his sleeve. The additions of Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Marion Cotillard can only mean a better movie from its predecessors, right?

Gravity (9/21/12)

If you haven’t heard anything about this film yet, well then you can thank me later on in the year. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, this is an Alfonso Cuaron sci-fi thriller that is highly being discussed for Cuaron’s innovative film-making tactics. Guillermo del Toro said this about the film, “the same way that he pushed the narrative in Children of Men…[they] are absolutely pushing a new boundary in film-making, completely mind-blowing. And they way they’re making [Gravity] will, I think, forever change certain types of productions.” Quite high praise from an incredible visionary himself.

Les Miserables (12/7/12)

My favorite Broadway musical is coming to the big screen starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen just to name a few. With one of the hottest directors, Tom Hooper, who is fresh off of taking the awards ceremonies by storm (The King’s Speech, John Adams), the sky is the limit for this film. One of my questions is, who’s going to play the heart-breaking role of Eponine? I’m praying it’s not going to be Taylor Swift.

UPDATE: Taylor Swift has been offered the role for Eponine. That decision in itself almost made me remove Les Miserables off my list of films to watch, but still, Hooper and the rest of the cast should make up for the obvious ploy to attract the young demographic.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12/14/12)

Look who’s back, surrounded by Hobbits and another magical adventure? Peter Jackson has returned to the Lord of the Rings franchise and the level of excitement I have for this film is unmatched. If The Hobbit prequels are anything close to the quality of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, then keep them coming!

This is Forty (12/21/12)

Remember that hilarious and underrated film Knocked Up? Well, Judd Apatow is back with a new chapter of the bickering married couple of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann). This is sure to be just like any other Apatow production, which means I cannot wait to see what kind of shenanigans he’ll present to us. Also adding Jason Segel to the mix can’t hurt.

The Great Gatsby (12/25/12)

Am I dreaming? Is this film FINALLY being released? After studio changes and Baz Luhrmann’s uncertainty about the project, The Great Gatsby is finally coming out. Taking one of the greatest American novels of all-time and then casting Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan as leads, I have very high hopes for this movie, even though I’m not a great Luhrmann fan.

Django Unchained (12/25/12)

There aren’t too many directors who have a bigger following than Quentin Tarantino. He’s one of a few directors who express their style and love for film-making in every one of their films. Django Unchained should be no different. Also, check out this male-dominant cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Christph Waltz, Kurt Russell, and Jamie Foxx. I promise you that we’re in for something special.


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