Posts tagged ‘Brad Pitt’

January 11, 2012

Sorting through the Supporting Actor Glut

Source: Columbia Pictures

The Supporting Actor category this year, at least for a couple spaces, has really seemed in this large state of flux. Rarely in recent memory has there been in a category in which so many different contenders have won a precursor award, but my challenge today is to sort through all of those precursors to really sniff out who has a chance, because let’s face it – no one really thinks John C. Reilly is going to be nominated for Cedar Rapids.

So let’s get the easy stuff out of the way. There are three men who are all but guaranteed a nomination come the announcement. In terms of awardage, Albert Brooks for Drive is surprisingly in first place with a whopping 28 mentions from various critics groups including the BFCA, the Globes, and the NYFCC. While he missed out at SAG, don’t expect that to happen at the Oscars. He’s in for a nomination – possibly the win. Christopher Plummer for Beginners is certainly still in there too, with 21 mentions across the groups. He, however, has the best record with the big boys. Plummer really only missed the NYFCC and got all 5 of the BFCA, the Globes, LAFCC, the NBR, and SAG. Shue in. The third nominee who is a strong definite is the hyper-British hyper-actor Kenneth Branagh for My Week with Marilyn. His far stealthier awards track still holds 9 award mentions including the BFCA, the Globes, and SAG. He’s got a pretty good record going for him, he turns in a fun performance, and I can’t see why he will miss this nomination.

Now it’s time for the tricky part…

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January 10, 2012

My 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012!!!

It’s a new year and that means new movies. With the sleeper hit The Devil Inside already surprising at the box office, it’s fun to think of what surprises lie in wait further down the road. You will notice some things missing. The Dark Knight Rises or The Hobbit for instance. What can I say, I’m not really anticipating them because I’m pretty sure I know exactly what they will look like. I’m already bored with their distant releases. These are movies that excite me personally and are surrounded by exciting questions. So without further ado, these are the 10 movies that I’m most excited to see – not that I think will be the best – but that I am truly interested in seeing what hits the screen.

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10. Magic Mike – When you combine one of my all-time favorite filmmakers with one of the most ridiculous young heartthrob’s life story, you get Magic Mike. Steven Soderbergh is known for getting great performances out of lesser actors and working with large ensembles. Here, he seems to be doing both and I can’t wait to see his interpretation of Channing Tatum’s life as a stripper. Or what Channing Tatum did as a stripper. Or what Soderbergh thinks male strippers do. There are so many questions and absurd things going on that the cast only adds to the confusion – the werewolf from True Blood, the beast from Beastly (is Alex Pettyfer from anything else?), Channing Tatum not playing himself, the “nerdy” guy from White Collar (which I love because Matthew Bomer wears glasses in real life. Represent.), and Matthew McConaughey who is possibly the most natural fit for a stripping movie ever. So many questions, so little time.

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09. Gravity – If there’s one thing that really gets me excited, it’s contained space movies. So this 2 person “stranded in space”  drama/thriller with His Clooneyness and Sandy B. is right up my alley. Who isn’t always looking for excellent Sci-Fi (it’s sci-fi if it takes place in space, right?). What’s more is that it’s directed by the superb Alfonso Cuarón who always does something interesting. There are so many unknowns about this project, but we do know it should be a sight to behold. And to all of those Bullock haters, she’s a lot better of an actress than we say she is. My Bullock Rule is that whenever she looks like Sandra Bullock, she’s an American treasure. Whenever they try and ugly her up or throw a wig on her or whatever, she’s an embarrassment (or at least not up to her full potential). I think she will look normal and I think she will be fantastic.

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8.  Anna Karenina – While I have never read the novel (although it is certainly on the eternal book list), how could I not be excited for this after watching Keira Knightley’s bonkers performance in A Dangerous Method? Not only that, but there’s secret treasure Jude Law, the always fantastic Emily Watson, my favorite girl Mary from Downton Abbey (Michelle Dockery), the relentlessly astonishing Olivia Williams, and a couple of other exciting people. Oh yeah. And it’s by super exciting film maker Joe Wright and the even more exciting screenwriter Tom Stoppard. This super baity project should be a sight to behold and I for one need a little more Russian drear in my life.








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7. Life of Pi – Based on the Yann Martel book that I have read and enjoyed, the ever-curious and chameleonic director Ang Lee directs this charming tale. And remember, most of it takes place on a life raft in the middle of the ocean. With animals. It should if anything be an extremely interesting piece of filmmaking. There is a really interesting frame narrative at play in the book that I hope will be utilized as it, to me, serves as the most powerful part of the message. Like many of Ang Lee’s projects, this could be very hit or miss, but I’ll be in line regardless.








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6. This Means War – So what if it’s not super prestigious and pedigree. I truly fell in love with the trailer. Everything about it looks fun, sexy, witty, and a solid good time. I think a good popcorn flick is hard to find and this could be that gem. It’s also directed by the almost-too-hip McG whose involvement with the spy TV show Chuck bodes well for this project. The new it-boy Tom Hardy is against one of my favorite underrated actors Chris Pine and I think we can all agree that it’s nice whenever Reese Witherspoon doesn’t embarrass herself. *cough How Do You Know cough* I think it looks fun and that moment in the trailer when Tom Hardy hits Chris Pine with a blowdart kills me every time.







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5. The Master – While my viewing of P.T. Anderson’s oeuvre is woeful at best, that doesn’t mean I’m not super excited for his next project. I am thrilled by the prospect of an arty film surrounding a charismatic cult leader played by my hometown hero Philip Seymour Hoffman. If he even holds a candle to John Hawkes’ performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene – and for the record, I expect him to surpass it! – this should beone of the most chilling performances of 2012. I also believe that Amy Adams is currently has the best P.R. team in the world because she is beloved for each of her hits and all of her flops are nonchalantly swept under the bus. Add the always interesting Joaquin Phoenix and the even still underrated Laura Dern and I’ve bought a ticket.



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4. World War Z – If my number one favorite working actor Brad Pitt is saving lives both on set and on screen, absolutely count me in. And it’s directed by the ever curious Marc Forster who I think has an incredibly fun career, I’m excited. While the whole zombie apocalypse thing has seemingly run its course, I always think there’s room for new and exciting genre films. Add the fact that the book has long been on the eternal reading list and The Killing’s astonishing Mireille Enos also stars and I’m super excited. While I don’t expect this to get many Oscars, I imagine it could have a large cult following, and who doesn’t like getting in on the cultish fun on the ground floor?








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3. Skyfall – I’m actually surprised this isn’t higher up on my list. I was raised as a James Bond fan having seen all of them more times than I can count. Daniel Craig is the most exciting James Bond ever – not necessarily the best, but definitely the most explosive and unpredictable. I also think that since there has been a lot of time and care put into this project unlike the debacle that is no known as Quantum of Solace, we can trust that it should have a similar quality to Casino Royale. Check. Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes as bad guys? Oh yeah! That’s Voldemort and Anton Chigurgh against James Bond. Not to mention Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw as Q (an inspired choice), Helen McCrory, Albert Finney, and IMDb says it’s rumored to star Maggie Smith. Don’t toy with me IMDb. That’s too big to tease. It’s also directed by Sam Mendes. I might pass out with excitement.







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2. Trance – I didn’t realize how highly I was anticipating this movie until I was doing research for this list. There are three simple elements that make this so incredibly appealing to me. Art Heist + James McAvoy + Danny Boyle = Insane. Danny Boyle is rapidly becoming one of my favorite filmmakers. His kinetic and active energy is perfect for this art-heist gone wrong story. I also wouldn’t mind seeing more from Vincent Cassel. I truly think this will be one of the most interesting films of 2012. Art Heists!




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1. The Hunger Games – Does it help that I loved the book? Yes. Does it help that I’m hopelessly in love with Jennifer Lawrence? Yes. Does it help that the movie comes out on my birthday? Maybe. Regardless, the trailer came out and I was hooked on Hunger Games movie fever. The books are cinematically written and were begging to be made into movies. And it truly seems that director Gary Ross is handling them with care. I can guarantee that the trailer only has scenes from the first 30-45 minutes of the movie. That leaves the whole actual Hunger Games unspoiled. And trust me, that’s the best part. I just can’t wait. Nerdy bloggers can keep their Dark Knight fanboy craze, I’ll latch on to this tween phenomenon.

March 2, 2011

The Oscar Nominations: 2012 Predictions!

UPDATE: It’s nomination Eve in January 2012. My most recent nomination predictions are here! Look at them.

Well, it’s been a whole 3 days since the 2011 Oscars, and I’m done. Let’s give it a moment of silence, shall we? (*Think of your favorite Oscar nomination morning surprise here (e.g. John Hawkes! Or Salt for Sound Mixing!)*) On to the new year!

I thought it would be only wise to put up predictions a year in advance and see how awful, or phenomenal I can do. Here is a full list of predictions. Anything interesting?

AUGUST UPDATE: Here are my latest predictions. They’ve changed quite a bit in nearly 6 months. Only 45% of my nominations are the same.

Best Picture:

  • Albert Nobbs
  • Contagion
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
  • Hugo Cabret
  • Moneyball
  • One Day
  • The Rum Diary
  • The Tree of Life
  • Young Adult
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