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Month: December 2012

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Spotlight: Top 12 Films Of 2012

At the end of any given year, it is not unfamiliar to hear people say “this was the best year for movies”. I’ve never stated this myself, but I feel I hear it quite often. This year, however, I will state it, not only feeling that this was one of the best years in the film industry, but being able to have the numbers … Read More Spotlight: Top 12 Films Of 2012

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Double Feature: Brit Marling in “Arbitrage” and “Sound Of My Voice”

Brit Marling’s first feature film was “Another Earth”, in which I loved her in. That was only last year. With several critics awards nominations and even a few wins, Marling had a slightly busier year this year with “Arbitrage” and “Sound Of My Voice”, both very different films. In “Arbitrage”, Marling plays Richard Gere’s daughter, Brooke Miller, who manages a hedge fund with her … Read More Double Feature: Brit Marling in “Arbitrage” and “Sound Of My Voice”

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Theatrical Releases: Django Unchained & Les Misérables

DJANGO UNCHAINED || Had “Django Unchained” followed the story set in its marketing and, with that, followed a much shorter run-time, Tarantino’s latest film could have been much closer to perfection. Instead, it remains an above-average exploitation film with above-average performances, that just cannot seem to tell its story properly. “Django” starts off impeccably, introducing the main characters, Django (Jamie Foxx) and Dr. Schultz, … Read More Theatrical Releases: Django Unchained & Les Misérables

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One Minute Review: Funny People (2009)

Funny People “Funny People” marks one of Adam Sandler’s best and most mature roles in his career, developing a character that not only plays close to the chest, a swan song of sorts, but produces an emotional attachment from the audience that is rarely afforded to us from his roles. There is a strong humor laced through the girth of the run-time, with an … Read More One Minute Review: Funny People (2009)

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One Minute Review: Starship Troopers (1997)

Starship Troopers “Starship Troopers” mainly exists as science fiction fodder for those that care to indulge. As far as the acting goes, the characters might as well be cardboard cutouts or action figures fighting the realistic looking, yet lackluster bugs that continuously swarm in the same manner until their attacks are completely telegraphed and shockless. Based on the serial novel “Starship Soldier” by Robert … Read More One Minute Review: Starship Troopers (1997)

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One Minute Review: Shotgun Stories (2008)

Shotgun Stories Even if Michael Shannon is the only seasoned actor in Jeff Nichols’ “Shotgun Stories”, this subtle drama is stilled pulled off effectively, delivering the actual tone of small town, rural life. Based around a feud between two sets of sons fathered by the same alcoholic-turned-Christian man, the violence is made more realistic by the downplayed nature of it all. If casually watching … Read More One Minute Review: Shotgun Stories (2008)

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One Minute Review: On The Road (2012)

On The Road Interesting and sublime enough to grab and hold your attention, speckled with strong actors and believable performances, “On The Road” takes Jack Kerouac’s novel and presents it almost literally to the audience, leaving a sense of actual storytelling and plot progression behind. Garrett Hedlund steals the show as Dean Moriarty, the eccentric and constantly shifty ex-con, who befriends writer Sal Paradise, … Read More One Minute Review: On The Road (2012)

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One Minute Review: Jack Reacher (2012)

Jack Reacher With a solid performance from Tom Cruise in a role that is all too close to his “Mission Impossible” persona, “Jack Reacher” (also produced by Cruise) pulls itself out of the disaster it could have been, and remains a decent action thriller. With the film banking on several twists, there is often the cause for concern of diving into melodrama, yet director-writer … Read More One Minute Review: Jack Reacher (2012)

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Nevada Film Critics Society Awards

Best Film Argo Best Director Ben Affleck (Argo) Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) Best Actor John Hawkes (The Sessions) Best Actress Helen Hunt (The Sessions) Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) Best Supporting Actor Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln) Best Supporting Actress Sally Field (Lincoln) Best Cinematography Life of Pi Best Production Design Les Misérables Best Visual Effects Life of Pi Best Ensemble Cast Lincoln Best … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Nevada Film Critics Society Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards

Best Film Argo         Zero Dark Thirty         Moonrise Kingdom         Django Unchained         Silver Linings Playbook         Beasts of the Southern Wild         The Master         Lincoln         Looper         Les Misérables Best Director Ben Affleck (Argo) Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) Best Actress Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) Best Supporting Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway (Les … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

BEST PICTURE “The Master” (eOne) Runners-up: “Amour” (Mongrel Media) “Zero Dark Thirty” (Alliance Films) BEST ACTOR Denis Lavant, “Holy Motors” Runners-up: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master” BEST ACTRESS Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea” Runners-up: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty” Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour” BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master” Runners-up: Javier Bardem, “Skyfall” Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln” BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2012 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

Best Picture ”Argo” Top Ten Films “Argo” “The Avengers” “Beasts of the Southern Wild” “Les Misérables” “Life of Pi” “Lincoln” “Moonrise Kingdom” “Silver Linings Playbook” “Skyfall” “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Director Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Actor in a Leading Role Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln” Best Actress in a Leading Role Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Actor in a Supporting … Read More Oscars Watch: 2012 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards