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Month: November 2012

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Theatrical Releases: Killing Them Softly

KILLING THEM SOFTLY || Andrew Dominik’s first film in five years is nothing short of a success, with a perfect showing from Brad Pitt as a hired hitman. “Killing Them Softly” steps above its blatantly violent demeanor and delivers a poetic and troubling truth about the ugly state of capitalism, often with just as much heavy-handed-ness as its punches and gunshots, with a dilapidated … Read More Theatrical Releases: Killing Them Softly

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Oscars Shortlist: 21 Animated Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

The semi-official list of animated features submitted for the 2012-2013 Oscar Season has been released, nailing the potential Best Animated Feature at 21 films: “Adventures in Zambezia” “Brave” “Delhi Safari” “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” “Frankenweenie” “From Up on Poppy Hill” “Hey Krishna” “Hotel Transylvania” “Ice Age Continental Drift” “A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman” “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 21 Animated Features Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 11 Live Action Shorts Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

A necessity in any well-rounded Academy Awards is the Shorts categories. The live action shorts were narrowed down from a staggering 125 entries to a much more respectable 11 (barring a tie). “A Fábrica (The Factory),” Aly Muritiba, director (Grafo Audiovisual) “Asad,” Bryan Buckley, director, and Mino Jarjoura, producer (Hungry Man) “Buzkashi Boys,” Sam French, director, and Ariel Nasr, producer (Afghan Film Project) “Curfew,” … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 11 Live Action Shorts Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Oscars Shortlist: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

The big news today is that the huge list of films with visual effects has been narrowed down to just 10: “The Amazing Spider-Man” “Cloud Atlas” “The Dark Knight Rises” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” “John Carter” “Life of Pi” “Marvel’s The Avengers” “Prometheus” “Skyfall” “Snow White and the Huntsman” The next step includes the Visual Effects Branch of the Academy sitting down on … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 10 Visual Effects Shortlisted for 85th Academy Awards

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Tuesday Releases: Lawless & ParaNorman

NOVEMBER 27TH, 2012 LAWLESS // “Lawless” is the perfect Prohibition-era film, with everything it takes to make a phenomenal period piece, including backwoods sets, the gangster get-ups, and vehicles and distilleries of the times. Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clarke are excellent in their roles as two of the three brothers, but it’s Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain who exemplify what it is to bring … Read More Tuesday Releases: Lawless & ParaNorman

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For Your Consideration 2012: Cloud Atlas

“Cloud Atlas” is quite the ambitious undertaking, but I’m afraid most of these categories will be overlooked when thinking of the film. However, some strong chances of nominations that it does have are in the Best Original Score and Best Visual Effects categories, bringing some of the best of the year for each of those categories. Never count out Best Film Editing, Best Makeup, … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Cloud Atlas

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For Your Consideration 2012: Magic Mike

Not your everyday film about strippers, “Magic Mike” is kept in-line by director Steven Soderbergh. Now, I really do not see any Academy Awards nominations coming from this film, but the Golden Globes could easily eat this film up. For your consideration in all categories Best Picture of the Year Produced by NICK WECHSLER GREGORY JACOBS CHANNING TATUM REID CAROLIN Best Director STEVEN SODERBERGH … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Magic Mike

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For Your Consideration 2012: The Dark Knight Rises

Considering that the Best Picture rules were changed because of the backlash towards “The Dark Knight” not being recognized at the 2009 Academy Awards, it would be pressing to say that “The Dark Knight Rises” doesn’t at least have a chance of making the final cut. Regardless, the film should at least grab most of the technical nominations like both Sound Editing and Sound … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: The Dark Knight Rises

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For Your Consideration 2012: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

With “Brave”, “Wreck-It Ralph”, and “Rise of the Guardians” pegged as the clear front-runners, almost no one has Madagascar 3 on the top of their list for Best Animated Feature. As we saw with “Rio” last year, Best Original Song is always a possibility, but with none of the previous installments of the “Madagascar” franchise ever even being nominated at the Academy Awards, it … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

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Theatrical Releases: Red Dawn, Life Of Pi, & Rise of the Guardians

HITCHCOCK || Alfred Hitchcock is one of my all-time favorite directors, not just for his amazing films, but as a person, oddities and all, he was unafraid of the masses and was willing to put himself out there and for that he is a historical icon. The film “Hitchcock” is wonderfully cast, with an unrecognizable Anthony Hopkins, as Hitchcock. The film takes place before … Read More Theatrical Releases: Red Dawn, Life Of Pi, & Rise of the Guardians

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For Your Consideration 2012: Jeff Who Lives At Home

With the continued, never say never attitude that comes along with the Academy Awards, it is very hard to count out “Jeff Who Lives At Home” or The Duplass Brothers in the Original Screenplay category, with the down-home writing and rich, natural characters, there would be little surprise from me if it snagged a nomination. For your consideration in the following categories Best Original … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Jeff Who Lives At Home

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For Your Consideration 2012: Katy Perry: Part of Me

Katy Perry sneaks into consideration with her original song “Wide Awake”, which was written specifically for her film and which plays during the credits. Although I would assume this will go no further than the consideration stage, who knows what the Best Original Song category will hold this year with new rules and poor showing last year. For your consideration in Best Original Song … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Katy Perry: Part of Me