DVD Review: The Change Up

You spent your CGI money on what?
Olivia Wilde and Leslie Mann have CGI nipples in this movie. That's right, they can fake nudity. I'm sure there's a logical reason for it, like how Jessica Alba won't be completely nude due to her religion, yet makes directors go through painstaking camera angles to show "just enough." I just think the idea is so stupid. If you don't want to be nude, don't do it, re-write it, re-cast it. Why waste your CGI money on something like that when you could've used it towards those God-awful babies that made Baby Geniuses' look like a masterpiece.

Working dad Dave (Jason Bateman) and playboy slacker Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) are old buddies that piss in a magical fountain and suddenly switch bodies. Now they must find this fountain (it's been moved) and pee in it again to get themselves back to normal. Pretty standard.

I figured this movie might have a few laughs, but it didn't. Not even Ryan Reynold's flawless physique could save this disaster. It wasn't funny, the effects were crap, and the plot is beyond recycled. I don't look forward to the day when they do CGI dongs.

Recommended: No

Grade: F

Memorable Quote: "Is it weird that I miss your penis?" - Dave (Jason Bateman)

Indie Gems: Atonement

Come back..

Robbie ( James McAvoy) is in love with Cecilia, (Keira Knightley) but after her younger sister Briony (Saoirse Ronan) witnesses something that she isn't sure she actually saw, she blames Robbie for a crime that he didn't commit. Instead of spending the rest of his life in jail, they give him the opportunity to join the army and fight in WWII. Robbie writes to Cecilia and hopes that they can one day be reunited. Meanwhile, as Briony grows older and realizes her mistake, she's set on giving up her dream of being a writer and to work as a nurse like Cecilia. A way of atoning for what she has done.

There are so many beautiful things about this movie. One that stands out first is the score. They were very clever to use a type writer sound in their music when we are first introduced to Briony, who is played wonderfully by Ronan as a child. The costumes were breathtaking, Cecilia's green dress has reached icon status in my opinion, and let's not forget about the story. Director Joe Wright brings us through at a perfect pace, then absolutely breaks every one's hearts all at once. Once you think you've forgiven Briony for what she has done, you start to re-think it. It's the perfect "tragic love story" in my eyes.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A+

Memorable Quote: "I wouldn't necessarily believe everything Briony tells you. She's rather fanciful." - Cecila Tallis (Keira Knightley)

DVD Review: Warrior

Did I miss something?

Reviews for this film contain words such as "heartwarming"and "entertaining". I guess I didn't see the same film everyone else did. Shame.

 War hero Tommy (Tom Hardy) teams up with his alcoholic father, Paddy (Nick Nolte) to train for some MMA fighting, he eventually crosses paths with his Pyshics teacher and cash strapped brother, Brenden (Joel Edgerton) who is training to fight as well. They had a falling out as teens during their parent's divorce and now they must fight each other.

The plot is so recycled and filled with cliches that you can practically predict whats going to happen next. Nick Nolte turns in a fine performance, but even he can't save this film. Bring on Tom Hardy as Bane, because this film did nothing for me.

Recommended: No

Grade: C

Memorable Quote: "Why am I looking at pictures of people I don't know?" - Tommy (Tom Hardy)

2012 Oscar Nominees

Ah Oscar season. With that comes the usual complaints on who got robbed and who deserved it. This year's nominees however are a real buzz kill. It seems like there's way more gripes then praises, that even the best nominees (Gary Oldman, FINALLY) get overshadowed but a few total "wtf" moments. My comments as always are in green.


Best Picture:
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War Horse"
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The Artist"
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Moneyball,"
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The Descendants"
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The Tree of Life"
"
Midnight in Paris"
"
The Help"
"
Hugo"
"
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close "
This year, the number of nominees could range anywhere between 5-10. They settled on 9. (stupid) Not only did they settle on 9, but Extreme Loud & Incredibly Close? Really? I wasn't aware anyone liked that movie. War Horse? While not a surprise, my problem with Speilberg's picture was that it was obvious Oscar bate. This movie serves no other purpose than to gather awards. The Tree of Life?! HA! That made my list of least favorite movies of 2011. Nothing but Terrance Malik ruining a great film with his weird ass editing. At least the rest of the nominees deserve to be there.

Best Actress: Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs"Viola Davis, "The Help"Rooney Mara, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"
Rooney Mara took Tilda Swinton's spot. I'm sick of hearing about Rooney Mara. As a twitter friend pointed out "how are you sick of her? She's been in two movies." Easy. I felt like I read about her everywhere. All during last year's awards season it was all about her snagging the role in GWTDT. Now it's all about her performance in it. I'm not saying she's not worthy, I'm just sick of hearing about her and that movie. Especially when Noomi Rapace did such a great job in the original that Mara getting this nomination feels like a slap in the face.

Best Actor: Demian Bichir, "A Better Life"George Clooney, "The Descendants"Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"Gary Oldman, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"Brad Pitt, "Moneyball
Demian Bichir is a total surprise. No Michael Fassbender is criminal. I'm bummed JGL didn't make the list, but I knew it would never happen. What I'm stoked about is Gary Oldman FINALLY getting an Oscar nom. He should've gotten one years ago..

Best Supporting Actress: Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"Jessica Chastain, "The Help"Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids" Octavia Spencer, "The Help
Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs"
Melissa McCarthy over Shailene Woodley? What a joke. Someone on twitter put it perfectly. McCarthy stole scenes from other comedians. Woodley stole them from George Clooney.

Best Supporting Actor: Kenneth Branagh, "My Week With Marilyn"Jonah Hill, "Moneyball"Nick Nolte, "Warrior"Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"Max von Sydow, "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
Von Sydow is the surprise entrant. Academy Award Nominee Jonah Hill still sounds weird.

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"Alexander Payne, "The DescendantsMartin Scorsese, "Hugo"Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"Terrence Malick, "The Tree of Life"
Malick should not be in here. His directing is what ruined The Tree of Life for me.

Animated Feature:
"A Cat in Paris"
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Chico & Rita"
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Kung Fu Panda 2"
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Puss in Boots"
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Rango"

Art Direction:
"The Artist," Production Design: Laurence Bennett, Set Decoration: Robert Gould
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," Production Design: Stuart Craig, Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan"
"Hugo," Production Design: Dante Ferretti, Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
"Midnight in Paris," Production Design: Anne Seibel, Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
"War Horse," Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

Woo Harry Potter.

Cinematography:
"The Artist" Guillaume Schiffman
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Jeff Cronenweth
"Hugo" Robert Richardson
"The Tree of Life" Emmanuel Lubezki
"War Horse" Janusz Kaminski


Costume Design:
"Anonymous" Lisy Christl
"The Artist" Mark Bridges
"Hugo" Sandy Powell
"Jane Eyre" Michael O'Connor
"W.E." Arianne Phillips

Yay Jane Eyre! Although W.E being nominated probably means Madonna will show up..gross.

Documentary (Feature):
"Hell and Back Again" Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
"Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
"Pina" Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
"Undefeated" TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

I had no idea Paradise Lost was eligible. I thought it was made for TV?

Documentary (Short Subject):
"The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement" Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
"God Is the Bigger Elvis" Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
"Incident in New Baghdad" James Spione
"Saving Face" Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
"The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen


Film Editing:
"The Artist" Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Kevin Tent
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
"Hugo" Thelma Schoonmaker
"Moneyball" Christopher Tellefsen


Foreign Language Film:
"Bullhead" Belgium
"Footnote" Israel
"In Darkness" Poland
"Monsieur Lazhar" Canada
"A Separation" Iran


Makeup:
"Albert Nobbs" Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
"The Iron Lady" Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

People were laughing at HP's make up nom. I thought it was well deserved.

Music (Original Score):
"The Adventures of Tintin" John Williams
"The Artist" Ludovic Bource
"Hugo" Howard Shore
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Alberto Iglesias
"War Horse" John Williams


Music (Original Song):
"Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
"Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

They need to re-do this category. I find it hard to believe that only 2 songs were Oscar worthy this year.

Short Film (Animated):
"Dimanche/Sunday" Patrick Doyon
"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
"La Luna" Enrico Casarosa
"A Morning Stroll" Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe; "Wild Life" Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby


Short Film (Live Action):
"Pentecost" Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane
"Raju" Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
"The Shore" Terry George and Oorlagh George
"Time Freak" Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
"Tuba Atlantic" Hallvar Witzø


Sound Editing:
"Drive" Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Ren Klyce
"Hugo" Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
"War Horse" Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

No Harry Potter? That's surprising

Sound Mixing:
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
"Hugo" Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
"Moneyball" Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick; "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
"War Horse" Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson

Ditto

Visual Effects:
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
"Hugo" Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
"Real Steel" Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier


Writing (Adapted Screenplay):
"The Descendants" Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
"Hugo" Screenplay by John Logan
"The Ides of March" Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
"Moneyball" Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan


Writing (Original Screenplay):
"The Artist" Written by Michel Hazanavicius
"Bridesmaids" Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
"Margin Call" Written by J.C. Chandor
"Midnight in Paris" Written by Woody Allen
"A Separation" Written by Asghar Farhadi

Bridesmaids being in here is the biggest joke of them all. What was original about Bridesmaids? It was essentially a female Hangover! I know people are sick of those two being compared, but it's true. You are telling me that Bridesmaids is more original than 50/50, Drive AND Martha Marcy May Marlene? What a fucking joke.

Dear Oscars, here's my wish list.

Here's a few things I hope will be announced during tomorrow's nominations. Some may seem a little far fetched, but that's the point of a wish list.

1) Elizabeth Olsen for Best Actress. She blew me away in Martha Marcy May Marlene, why not include her? An up and coming actress that broke out in a Sundance favorite? Why not?

2) Leave Bridesmaids out. No supporting actress, no screenplay, and please no Best Picture! It didn't deserve it.

3) 50/50 deserves an original screenplay nomination. It was one of the most unique pictures this year.

4) Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Best Actor? Yeah..I know this probably won't happen, but I loved him in 50/50 and Best Actor isn't as stacked as it was last year. In my mind, there's only three "for sure" performances, Clooney, Pitt, and Dujardin. Possibly Michael Fassbender for the 4th. Who does that leave for the 5th? Go with Gordon-Levitt, 50/50 got better reviews than J. Edgar and I know you won't nominate Michael Shannon for Take Shelter (even though he probably really deserves it.)

5) No animated films in the best picture race, please. They have their own category.

6) Go easy on the Ides of March. It had a great cast, but it was NOT a great film. Give your love to Drive.

7) Be kind to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. I'm not asking for a best picture nomination (though that would be awesome) let it clean house on the technical side. God knows it did a fantastic job all around.

8) Viggo Mortensen for best supporting actor. Just because he's Viggo fucking Mortensen.

2012 BAFTA nominees

Late, I know. Here's a list of the 2012 BAFTA nominees. I'm happy to see that Drive is getting more love. It's deserving, and a far better film than Ides of March. Phillip Seymour Hoffman's nomination feels like it's a little "out of nowhere" but I like the guy, so I'm not complaining. I'm bummed that 50/50 didn't get an original screenplay nomination though.

Best Film
The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
The Help
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 


Film Not in the English Language
Incendies
Pina
Potiche
A Separation
The Skin I Live In


Outstanding British Film
My Week with Marilyn
Senna
Shame
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
We Need to Talk About Kevin

Director
Michel Hazanavicius,
The Artist
Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Tomas Alfredson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Lynne Ramsay, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Leading Actor
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
George Clooney, The DescendantsJ
ean Dujardin, The Artist
Michael Fassbender, Shame

Leading Actress
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Viola Davis, The Help

Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Jim Broadbent, The Iron Lady
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Ides of March

Supporting Actress
Carey Mulligan, Drive
Jessica Chastain,
The Help
Judi Dench, My Week with Marilyn
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Original Screenplay
The Artist
Bridesmaids
The Guard
The Iron Lady
Midnight in Paris

Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
Moneyball
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Cinematography
The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse


Editing
The Artist
Drive
Hugo
Senna
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy


Production Desi
gn
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse

Make Up & Hair

The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Hugo
The Iron Lady
My Week with Marilyn


Costume Design

The Artist
Hugo
Jane Eyre
My Week with Marilyn
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


Special Visual EffectsThe Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
War Horse


Documentary
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Project Nim
Senna


Sound
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse


Original Music

The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse


Animated Film
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Arthur Christmas
Rango
Outstanding British Debut by a Director or Producer
Joe Cornish, Attack the Block
Will Sharpe, Tom Kingsley, Sarah Brocklehurst, Black Pond
Ralph Fiennes, Coriolanus
Richard Ayouade, Submarine
Paddy Considine &
 Diarmid Scrimshaw, Tyrannosaur

Indie Gems: Daydream Nation

A dreamer, that's what he was.
Caroline (Kat Dennings) has just moved from the big city to a small town. This year, everything would happen to her. Her new home town is plagued with an industrial fire that burns outside of town, and a serial killer praying on young women. Then there's the fact that Caroline is having an affair with one of her teachers, Mr. A (Josh Lucas) and also carrying on a relationship with stoner buddy Thurston (Reece Thompson) who has plenty demons of his own.

Kat Dennings may not be the strongest actress out there, but she's well on her way. What she lacks when trying to convey extreme emotions she makes up for in spunk during the rest. She's a great narrator for this film, she makes it interesting despite it's flaws. I felt like they tried to cram way too many subplots into one film. All were strong enough ideas and I felt they didn't get the time they deserved, but if they did the film would've been longer and just as jumbled. Like it tried to be an ensemble piece, but it just couldn't break away from Caroline as it's lead. Needless to say, this film is never boring.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "The only reason you think I'm ethereal is because we just flirt and have sex!" - Caroline (Kat Dennings)

DVD Review: Scream 4

What's your favorite scary movie?

Ahh the Scream franchise. You could say this rebooted the slasher movies in the 1990's. You have to give Scream credit, while it was painfully aware of the ridiculous nature of the slasher film, it still turned in some jumpy moments and made you think about who the killer really is.

Sydney (Neve Campbell) is back in Woodsboro for her book tour on the anniversary of the slayings. Of course things don't go well. Scream 4 brings back familiar faces like Courteney Cox and David Arquette, and adds new ones like Emma Roberts and Rory Culkin. It also adds some pretty funny cameos by Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Kristin Bell, and Lucy Hale.

I felt like the stabbings in this film were taken to a higher level than the previous ones, which fits perfect. Scream 4 lampoons the horror remake, and the last line of dialogue from our heroine may be the funniest in a slasher flick yet.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "You forgot the most important rule, don't fuck with the original." - Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell)

2012 Golden Globe Winners

Here are the 2012 Golden Globe winners. As always, my thoughts will follow in green. Ricky Gervais was hosting again, and honestly it went a lot better than I expected. I found him to be terribly boring last year, but this time around he had some decent jokes.

Best Picture (Drama): The Descendants
I thought War Horse would win since the Best Drama at the Globes never wins at the Oscar, but Descendants won instead. I'm fine with this because I really enjoyed the movie, but I was a little surprised to see how many were against this win.

Best Actor in a Movie (Drama): George Clooney, The Descendants
Again, I'm ok with it, but really Michael Fassbender probably deserved it. As Clooney pointed out, he did go full frontal..

Best Picture (Comedy or Musical): The Artist
I figured this would happen, I think 50/50 deserved it. Thank God it wasn't Bridesmaids.

Best Actress in a Movie (Drama): Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
I was surprised here too, but Streep's acceptance speeches are always great. She includes her peers, which I love. I love that she gave a shout out to Pariah, small movie that not many people (me included) have seen. If only she would've given a shout out to the snubbed Elizabeth Olsen..

Best Actor in a Movie (Comedy or Musical): Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Joseph Gordon-Levitt should've won. Just sayin'.

Best TV Series (Comedy or Musical): Modern Family
I really need to watch this already.

Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Hugo never interested me, but I do love me some Scorsese.

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie: Octavia Spencer, The Help
I had predicted Chastain as the winner but Spencer is deserving too. Her speech nearly brought me to tears. It DID bring Melissa McCarthy to tears. It was just beautiful all around.

Best Actor in a TV Series (Comedy or Musical): Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Really? I didn't know people thought Matt LeBlanc was funny. I sure don't.

Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama): Claire Danes, Homeland

Best Foreign Language Movie: A Separation (Iran)

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
I need to check this out as well. I thought Kelly MacDonald would win. I wanted Evan Rachel Wood to win.

Best Screenplay: Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
Allen wasn't even there to pick it up! Midnight in Paris was beautiful, I just hope 50/50 makes it into the Oscar race.

Best Animated Movie: The Adventures of Tintin

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
My husband "guran-fucking-teed" me that Dinklage would win again for his favorite show. Good for you dear. Aaron Paul should've been nominated *cough*

Best Actress in a Movie (Comedy or Musical): Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Her speech was so sweet, good for her. An actress of her caliber deserves this.

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Idris Elba, Luther

Best Original Song: “Masterpiece,” W.E.
Ugh, I hate Madonna. Was never a fan. I love how when she accepts an award, she's British, but when she presents, she's American. Figure out your accent, lady.

Best Original Score: Ludovic Bource, The Artist

Best TV Series (Drama): Homeland
Surprised. I don't watch Homeland, but I do watch Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones, and they're great. Although Boardwalk's next season is probably going to suck because of the choices they made in their season 2 finale.

Best Actor in a TV Series (Drama): Kelsey Grammer, Boss
Fuck you, HFPA. How dare you award this to anyone but Bryan Cranston. You should be bowing down to his greatness, and Breaking Bad's greatness all around. That may have sounded mean, but it's true.

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Yay Kate Winslet! I love her, and they predictably panned to Leo in the crowd. They should just get married and get it over with.

Best Miniseries or TV Movie: Downton Abbey

Best Actress in a TV Series (Comedy or Musical): Laura Dern, Enlightened
I wish Tina Fey and Amy Poehlar could just share this. They're hilarious.

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
This is coming in the mail via Netflix. I'm excited to see it.

Indie Gems: The King

The devil made him do it.



When Elvis (Gael Garcia Bernal) goes to Texas to search for the father he's never met, he doesn't expect much. He surely didn't expect him to be tough, Christian pastor David (William Hurt) who tells Elvis to stay away from his family. It's too late for that, Elvis is already in a relationship with David's teen daughter Malorie. David is faced with some serious questions about faith, while Elvis is about to take everything a step too far. (Pell James)

If you can get past the fact that Pell James is way, way, WAY to old to play a 16 year old (this is Alison Lohman territory we're talking about) The King is actually very interesting. David brings up some valid questions and we really come to find out how unstable Elvis really is. What I enjoyed most about this film was it's unpredictability. I didn't expect it to go where it did. I also enjoyed Paul Dano's small role, surprise surprise.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "Stay away from my sister." - Paul (Paul Dano)

Review: Midnight in Paris

J'Taime

Not too long ago I went on a mini tangent about how I always try to watch Woody Allen films, and am always let down. A number of my fellow bloggers/tweeters were quick to recommend a few that they didn't think I would hate. Midnight in Paris was one of those film.

Gil (Owen Wilson) and Inez (Rachel McAdams) are done crashing weddings and are tagging along on Inez's father's business venture to Paris. Gil is a successful screenwriter who's attempting to write his first novel. He believes the 20's were the golden age, and he quickly falls in love with Paris. He feels inspired through his midnight walks through Paris, but snobbish Inez doesn't feel the same.

Paris is an enchanting city, and I honestly think that beauty distracted me from the fact that this was an Allen feature. Maybe I'm looking for excuses, but I couldn't believe how beautiful this movie was. Sure it followed the familiar formula of a couple drawn apart, but Gil's trips down memory lane were mesmerizing and I really rooted for him to stay in Paris and leave Inez, as horrible as it sounds.

I guess I can enjoy a little Woody Allen when something as beautiful as walking the streets of Paris is thrown in. I'm a little embarassed to admit how much I loved this.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A

Memorable Quote: "I see..rhinoceros.." - Adrian Brody (Salvador Dali)

SAG Awards: Who Will Win. Who Should Win.

For my intial thoughts on the SAG awards, click here.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
DEMIÁN BICHIR / A BETTER LIFE
GEORGE CLOONEY / THE DESCENDANTS
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / J. EDGAR
JEAN DUJARDIN /THE ARTIST
BRAD PITT /MONEYBALL
Who will win: George Clooney, there isn't a clear favorite yet, but this was the film I enjoyed the most.
Who should win: Leonardo DiCaprio. Give this guy a damn Oscar already, he obviously wants one.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
GLENN CLOSE /ALBERT NOBBS
VIOLA DAVIS /THE HELP
MERYL STREEP /THE IRON LADY
TILDA SWINTON /WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
MICHELLE WILLIAMS /MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
Who will win: Michelle Williams
Who should win: Williams, this is her year.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
KENNETH BRANAGH / MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
ARMIE HAMMER /J. EDGAR
JONAH HILL /MONEYBALL
NICK NOLTE /WARRIOR
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER /BEGINNERS
Who will win: Kenneth Branagh
Who should win: Branagh, the hype for Marilyn is very high. I don't think Hill has a change, I don't think anyone is familiar enough with Hammer, and Warrior and Beginners just don't stand out enough.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
BÉRÉNICE BEJO /THE ARTIST
JESSICA CHASTAIN /THE HELP
MELISSA McCARTHY /BRIDESMAIDS
JANET McTEER /ALBERT NOBBS
OCTAVIA SPENCER /THE HELP
Who will win: Jessica Chastain
Who should win: Chastain. She's really getting nominated not only for her wonderful work in The Help, but for the other great performances she turned in this year. She deserves it.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
THE ARTIST
BRIDESMAIDS
THE DESCENDANTS
THE HELP
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Who will win: The Artist
Who should win: The Help. I haven't seen Midnight in Paris or The Artist, Bridesmaids surely doesn't deserve a win. the Descendants was great, but the movie really belonged to Clooney and Woodley. The Help had the best cast all around, they all turned in great performances

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
LAURENCE FISHBURNE /THURGOOD
PAUL GIAMATTI /TOO BIG TO FAIL
GREG KINNEAR /THE KENNEDYS
GUY PEARCE /MILDRED PIERCE
JAMES WOODS/TOO BIG TO FAIL
Who will win: Guy Pearce
Who should win: Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce was just wonderful all around.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

DIANE LANE /CINEMA VERITE
MAGGIE SMITH /DOWNTON ABBEY
EMILY WATSON /APPROPRIATE ADULT
BETTY WHITE /HALLMARK HALL OF FAME: THE LOST VALENTINE
KATE WINSLET /MILDRED PIERCE
Who Will Win: Kate Winslet
Who should win: Kate Winslet, see previous category.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
PATRICK J. ADAMS /SUITS
STEVE BUSCEMI /BOARDWALK EMPIRE
KYLE CHANDLER /FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
BRYAN CRANSTON /BREAKING BAD
MICHAEL C. HALL /DEXTER
Who will win: Bryan Cranston, he's the best.
Who should win: Bryan Cranston. What Cranston does on Breaking Band is outstanding. While others like Buscemi and Hall are great, Cranston takes the cake. No one does it better.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
KATHY BATES /HARRY’S LAW
GLENN CLOSE /DAMAGES
JESSICA LANGE /AMERICAN HORROR STORY
JULIANNA MARGULIES /THE GOOD WIFE
KYRA SEDGWICK / THE CLOSER
Who will win: Glenn Close/Kyra Sedgwick. I can't pick, it's Sedgwick's last season, but Close is a popular vote as well.
Who should win: Glenn Close. I don't think she'll win for Albert Nobbs, but she'll make up for it here.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
ALEC BALDWIN /30 ROCK
TY BURRELL MODERN FAMILY
STEVE CARELL / THE OFFICE
JON CRYER /TWO AND A HALF MEN
ERIC STONESTREET MODERN FAMILY
Who will win: Steve Carell for his last season on the office.
Who should win: Alec Baldwin. His performance is great, but I have a feeling him acting like a total douche on that flight will make his peers think less of him.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
JULIE BOWEN / MODERN FAMILY
EDIE FALCO / NURSE JACKIE
TINA FEY /30 ROCK
SOFIA VERGARA /MODERN FAMILY
BETTY WHITE /HOT IN CLEVELAND
Who will win: Tina Fey
Who should win: Tina Fey

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
BOARDWALK EMPIRE
BREAKING BAD
DEXTER
GAME OF THRONES
THE GOOD WIFE
Who will win: Breaking Bad.
Who should win: Breaking Bad.  The others are great, but Breaking Bad is outstanding.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 ROCK
THE BIG BANG THEORY
GLEE
MODERN FAMILY
THE OFFICE
Who will win: Modern Family
Who should win: Modern Family, while I'd love to see The Big Bang Theory win..

The Golden Globes. Who Will Win: Who Should Win:

Best Drama
The Descendants
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
War Horse

Who will win: War Horse. It's a Speilberg vechile, plus Best Drama at the Globes never wins Best Picture at the Oscars.
Who should win: The Descendants was my favorite of this list, but I wouldn't be upset if The Help won either.

Best Comedy/Musical
50/50
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Carnage
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn
Who will win: The Artist (or, Bridesmaids..but hopefully not)
Who should win: 50/50. It seems the HFPA has a big golden boner for The Artist. I haven't see it, so all I can really say is how much I love 50/50 and how much I think it deserves to win.

Best Animated Film
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Rango
Puss in Boots
The Adventures of Tintin

Who will win: The Adventures of Tintin seems to have awards written all over it.
Who should win: Rango?
Best Foreign Language Film
The Flowers of War
In the Land of Blood and Honey
The Kid With a Bike
A Separation
The Skin I Live In

- I haven't seen any of these, therefore I cannot provide an accurate guess.

Best Actor in a Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Who will win: George Glooney
Who should win: Probably Fassbender. Full frontal is bold.

Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris
Who will win: Jean Dujardin.
Who should win: Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Did you really expect me to say anything else?

Best Supporting Actor
 in a Motion Picture
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Who will win: Kenneth Branagh
Who should win: Viggo Mortensen. Because he's Viggo Mortensen, bitches.

Best Actress in a Drama
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Who will win: Tilda Swinton, everyone review about Kevin raves about her performance.
Who should win: Swinton

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage
Who will win: Michelle Williams
Who should win: Williams. This is her year, she's always turned in great performances, but has always been beat out by just a little (Rachel Weisz in 06, Natalie Portman last year) This is her time to shine.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Who will win: Chastain, she's had a hell of a year.
Who should win: Chastain. She deserves it too. I wouldn't complain if Spencer or Woodley took it home either.

Best Director

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Who will win: Martin Scorsese.
Who should win: Alexander Payne. I really enjoyed The Descendants.

Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendants
Steve Zallian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin, Michael Lewis, Moneyball
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, The Ides of March
Who will win: The Descendants
Who should win: The Descendants, It's really the msot original. 50/50 should've been nominated.

Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Howard Shore, Hugo
John Williams, War Horse
- Haven't seen any of these, I'd go with Williams based off of his track record.

Best Original Song in a Motion Picture
“Hello Hello,” Gnomeo & Juliet
“The Keeper,” Machine Gun Preacher
“Lay Your Head Down,” Albert Nobbs
“The Living Proof,” The Help
“Masterpiece,” W.E.
Who will win: The Living Proof
Who should win: The Living Proof

Best TV Drama
American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Boss
Game of Thrones
Homeland

Who will win: Boardwalk Empire. Unless the HFPA hated the finale as much as everyone else..then Game of Thrones will win.
Who should win: Breaking Bad..where the hell are they? Fine, Boardwalk Empire. Even though the season 2 finale literally took away everything that was interesting about the show.

Best TV Comedy or Musical
Enlightened
Episodes
Glee
Modern Family
New Girl

Who will win: Modern Family
Who should win: Modern Family. No 30 Rock, The Office or The Big Bang Theory? Then this is a no brainer, these other shows don't compete.

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture
Cinema Verite
Downton Abbey
The Hour
Mildred Pierce
Too Big To Fail

Who will win: Mildred Pierce
Who should win: Mildred Pierce

Best Actor in a TV Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias
Kelsey Grammer, Boss
Who will win: Bryan Cranston, if the HFPA has any sense.
Who should win. Cranston. Hands down.

Best Actor in a TV Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
David Duchovny, Californication
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Who will win: David Duchovny, they love him here.
Who should win: Johnny Galecki

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Made-for-TV Movie
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Idris Elba, Luther
William Hurt, Too Big To Fail
Bill Nighy, Page Eight
Dominic West, The Hour

Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big To Fail
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Who will win: Peter Dinklage
Who should win: Guy Pearce..technically Aaron Paul should win, but for some odd reason he was left out. Michael Pitt should've been nominated too.

Best Actress in a TV Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness
Who will win: Julianna Margulies
Who should win: Margulies

Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Who will win: Laura Dern,
Who should win: Tina Fey, but I'm probably bias. I love Tina Fey.

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Made-for-TV Movie
Romola Garai, The Hour
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Who will win: Kate Winslet
Who should win: Kate Winslet

Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce
Who will win: Kelly MacDonald
Who should win; Evan Rachel Wood. I love her.

Indie Gems: Pretty Persuasion

Mean girl.
Kimberly (Evan Rachel Wood) is a scheming high school sophomore at a prestigious private school. She forces her two friends Brittany (Elisabeth Harnois) and new exchange student Randa (Adi Schnall) to wrongfully accuse their English teacher of sexual harassment. Why? Fame. Her father, played by James Woods is more concerned about how this trial will effect his business than the effects it has on his daughter herself. TV Reporter Emily (my first exposure to Jane Krakowski) also hopes covering this case will further her celebrity. It seems like everyone is in this for the wrong reasons.

When this first came out, most of my friends hated it, but not me. PP has some pretty intense dialogue and possibly an agenda. Some see the film as having political undertones. I didn't pick up on that at first, but I can kind of see where they are coming from. I enjoy Evan Rachel Wood as an actress, and it was nice to see her in such a cruel role. It goes to some dark places, but manages to place it's inappropriate humor well.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "You want me to be sexy for you..?" - Kimberly Joyce (Evan Rachel Wood)


5 Timeless Classics...That I Hate.

This is what happens when you're bored..

1) The Sound of Music:

Julie Andrews has a beautiful voice, but after having to sing all of those songs for a elementary school program has made me appreciate it less. Sixteen Going on Seventeen is probably one of the WORST songs ever written for a film. (Or book?) It makes What Would Brian Boitano Do sound like a masterpiece.

2) Gone With The Wind:

Frankly, my dear, this movie is so damn boring! Scarlett O'Hara is completely unlikable - some unlikable characters in movies are at least fun to watch. Not her.

3) Bed knobs and Broomsticks:

This sparked a debate on the greatest magical movies of all time (I say Harry Potter) There was too much going on in this movie and none of it was interesting.

4) Dances With Wolves:

Never mind the fact that Kevin Costner can't act, this movie actually beat Goodfellas for Best Picture. GOODFELLAS! Fail, Academy. Fail.

5) Field of Dreams:

Guess who's not a Costner fan?  I babysat a neighbor for one summer and he would watch this movie every day. It easily made it's way on my mental list of "Most Overrated Movies of All Time."

DVD Review: The Lincoln Lawyer

Everyone has a price.
Mobile defense lawyer Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is slapped with an interesting case when a wealthy realtor, Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) is accused of a terrible crime. At first, Haller is convinced he's innocent, but after a little more digging he realizes that he was picked for a purpose, and that he may have already put an innocent man in prison because of Roulet's previous crimes.

Lincoln Lawyer didn't look that interesting to me when it first came out, but I have to say the cast is impressive. Besides McConuaghey and Phillippe, there's Marisa Tomei, Michael Pena, Josh Lucas, William H. Macy and Bryan Cranston to top it off. McConaughey seems to be at his best when he's playing a lawyer. You might guess the ending before it comes, but watching the characters put all the pieces together is still very enjoyable.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "Repeat customers.." - Mick Haller (Matthew McConuaghey)

My Top 10 Films of 2011

 A few films that I really wanted to see, but haven't gotten the chance yet are: We Need To Talk About Kevin, Pariah, My Week With Marilyn, Take Shelter, and Shame.

1) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
 - Were you surprised this was at the top of my list? You shouldn't be. Actually after numbers 1 and 2 this list is in no particular order. I love Harry Potter, and it's quite sad to think that I don't have anything HP related to look forward too ever again. I love having HP fever, and all the build up before standing in a long line for the midnight showing. Even though there were a few gripes I had about the film, it was still good overall and ended on a great note for the series. I still hate Steve Kloves. Horrible fucking screen writer...

2) 50/50 - This film had the perfect balance between drama and comedy, which is a tremendous feat for a movie about cancer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a fantastic lead and the story was great.


3) Martha Marcy May Marlene - Elizabeth Olsen was fantastic in her breakout role. The ending isn't for everyone, but I loved all the possibilities it had. Olsen being left out of the SAGs and Globes is tragic.


4) The Decendants - Great story, Clooney and Woodley stole the show.


5) Drive - Loved Gosling in this. I was surprised how violent it was, but it didn't feel exploitative. Really a great movie.


6) The Help - Fantastic ensemble, and I almost cried about 10 different times.

7) Hesher - Another JGL vehicle, although little seen. I liked this film's "fuck you" attitude.
8) Hanna - Soairse Ronan is a little bad ass. I was really hoping she'd get a Globe nomination (Maybe there's still a chance for a BAFTA?) The soundtrack was killer as well.

9) Super - This movie owned Kick Ass on so many different levels. It was hilarious, then got serious at the end. I thought the final note was a bit far fetched (even for this movie) but it was overall a great watch.


10) Our Idiot Brother - This is certainly my favorite comedy of the year. I loved the story and all the characters. I just wanted to give Paul Rudd a big hug.

Honorable mention: Captain America, Red State, Horrible Bosses. Super 8. Moneyball.

The 5 worst. (Note: I'm sure there were way more horrible movies than these, but I chose not to see them. Sorry, Jack and Jill)

1) Melancholia - Lars Von Trier, your directing blows. Way to waste a talented cast.

2) Tree of Life - Terrence Malick, did you forget you were making a movie and not putting together a power point? I'm frustrated with how great your movie would've been had you not allowed one of the most God-awful editing job in recent history.

3) In Time - This movie was so fucking bad.


4) Soul Surfer - The bravery of Bethany Hamilton deserves better than this melodramatic piece of crap.

5) Mr Popper's Penguins - This was so bad I refused to write a review on it. That's sad, because I love to bitch about bad movies I've been forced to see.