Archive for January 2013

'Zero Dark Thirty' Review (**1/2) - A Second Opinion

There was a disturbing movie trend in 2012, at least for me, where the critics and (sometimes) audiences would rave about a movie and proclaim it to be an Oscar frontrunner and then I would go to see the movie and be grossly underwhelmed. That was the case for Argo and Silver Linings Playbook and... Read more »

Golden Globes Talking Points for People Who Didn't Watch the Golden Globes

Golden Globes Talking Points for People Who Didn't Watch the Golden Globes
If the Oscars are the Super Bowl of entertainment, the Golden Globes are the BCS bowl games — hard to make rhyme or reason of, mostly meaningless, and attended by a lot of drunk people who should avoid video cameras. So, if you were one of the millions of people who missed the Globes for... Read more »

This Year's Oscar Nominations Can Argo F**k Themselves

This Year's Oscar Nominations Can Argo F**k Themselves
It never fails.  Each year, I hope the Academy will somehow get it right.  That the collective body of voters will pull their heads out of their collective asses, and nominate movies and/or actors who actually deserve a nomination, to say nothing of actually winning.  And each year, I walk away frustrated.  Today’s nominees are... Read more »
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The 83rd Annual Oscar Nominations

Here are the Oscar nominations: Best Picture Amour Argo Beasts of the Southern Wild Django Unchained Les Miserables Life of Pi Lincoln Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty Best Director Michael Haneke (Amour) Ang Lee (Life of Pi) David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) Best... Read more »

Movie Review - Zero Dark Thirty (****)

Movie Review - Zero Dark Thirty (****)
ZERO DARK THIRTY Genre: Thriller Rating: R Running Time: 2 hours 37 minutes Premise: The decade-long hunt for Osama Bin Laden is on after 9/11, and CIA agent Maya (Jessica Chastain) is determined to find him, to the exclusion of everything else in her life. Behind-the-Scenes: Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal previously collaborated, with each winning... Read more »

Who's America's New Sweetheart?

WHY HER: She fits the mold of a quirky rom-com lead to a T. She already starred in the fabulous (and more prestigious) rom-com, 50 Days of Summer. She's acquitting herself quite nicely on her FOX sitcom, New Girl, and proving (with Jake Johnson) that she can do on-screen chemistry and do it well.

WHY NOT HER: A lot of people really, really don't like her for some reason. She might be too polarizing.
I discovered something very disturbing the other day. In 2013 there are no awful/amazing romantic comedies (OK, except this one, which looks horribly amazing and embarrassing for all involved) on the docket. None. Not a 27 Dresses, not a How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, not even a Bride Wars. Nothing. How will... Read more »
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Why I Couldn't Handle the Violence in "Django Unchained"

Why I Couldn't Handle the Violence in "Django Unchained"
I saw Django Unchained on Christmas Day, because isn’t that how the song goes? It’s not “I heard the bells on Christmas Day,” but “I saw Django on Christmas Day?” Anyway. I’m not prissy when it comes to violence in movies, and I have loved many of Quentin Tarantino’s movies in the past. In fact,... Read more »

The 13 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (May 17).  Any movie from J.J. Abrams automatically makes the anticipated list for me, but this one is especially exciting when you consider how awesome the first Trek movie turned out to be.
The other day, Julie asked me when the next lame romantic comedy was going to be released, so we could set a date night and make fun of it.  As I looked over the release schedule for the entire year, however, I did not find any romantic comedies on it.  None! What I did find... Read more »

My So-Called Happy New Year

My So-Called Happy New Year
Did anyone here make a resolution to stop being so introspective because you need to think about other people but then you worry that not being introspective will make you shallow? Did you resolve to stop being such a nag or to give sobriety another chance or to open your own restaurant or to stop... Read more »
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Movie Review - The Impossible (***1/2)

Movie Review - The Impossible (***1/2)
THE IMPOSSIBLE Genre: Drama Rating: PG-13 Premise: A British family vacationing in Thailand are separated from each other during the horrific tsunami that struck the area in 2004, and try to survive the elements so they can reunite.  Based on a true story. Behind-the-Scenes: Has drawn some controversy in some circles for focusing on white tourists, rather than... Read more »