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February 20, 2013

The 2012 Golden Enchilada Nominees

I do these at my own time. And today is that time. I do them so late because I’m not a fancy professional with screeners. I have to watch movies on my own time, like the rest of you. I’m not complaining. I still make time to see most everything I want to. My goal for one year is to watch 100 releases. This year I got to 85. I’m okay with that because my slate of 85 was already so strong, some of these categories were impossible to choose. Impossible. So better fewer to choose from.

First things First, the obligatory Top 10:
1. Zero Dark Thirty
2. The Master
3. Sound of My Voice
4. Compliance
5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
6. Amour
7. Life of Pi
8. Killer Joe
9. Silver Linings Playbook
10. The Cabin in the Woods

Best Picture:

Amour

Amour

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild

The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods

Compliance

Compliance

Killer Joe

Killer Joe

Life of Pi

Life of Pi

The Master

The Master

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

Sound of My Voice

Sound of My Voice

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director:

Paul Thomas Anderson The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson
The Master

Kathryn Bigelow Zero Dark Thirty

Kathryn Bigelow
Zero Dark Thirty

Michael Haneke Amour

Michael Haneke
Amour

Joe Wright Anna Karenina

Joe Wright
Anna Karenina

Benh Zeitlin Beasts of the Southern Wild

Benh Zeitlin
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Actor:

Bradley Cooper Silver Linings Playbook

Bradley Cooper
Silver Linings Playbook

Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis
Lincoln

Philip Seymour Hoffman The Master

Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Master

Joaquin Phoenix The Master

Joaquin Phoenix
The Master

Jean-Louis Trintignant Amour

Jean-Louis Trintignant
Amour

Best Actress:

Jessica Chastain Zero Dark Thirty

Jessica Chastain
Zero Dark Thirty

Ann Dowd Compliance

Ann Dowd
Compliance

Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook

Jennifer Lawrence
Silver Linings Playbook

Emmanuelle Riva Amour

Emmanuelle Riva
Amour

Naomi Watts The Impossible

Naomi Watts
The Impossible

Best Supporting Actor:

Tom Hiddleston The Avengers

Tom Hiddleston
The Avengers

Matthew McConaughey Killer Joe

Matthew McConaughey
Killer Joe

Ewan McGregor The Impossible

Ewan McGregor
The Impossible

Scoot McNairy Killing Them Softly

Scoot McNairy
Killing Them Softly

Sam Rockwell Seven Psychopaths

Sam Rockwell
Seven Psychopaths

Best Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams The Master

Amy Adams
The Master

Gina Gershon Killer Joe

Gina Gershon
Killer Joe

Anne Hathaway Les Miserables

Anne Hathaway
Les Miserables

Brit Marling Sound of My Voice

Brit Marling
Sound of My Voice

Juno Temple Killer Joe

Juno Temple
Killer Joe

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lucy Alibar &
Benh Zeitlin

Life of Pi

Life of Pi
David Magee

Lincoln

Lincoln
Tony Kushner

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook
David O. Russell

Best Original Screenplay:

Amour

Amour
Michael Haneke

Compliance

Compliance
Craig Zobel

The Master

The Master
Paul Thomas Anderson

Sound of My Voice

Sound of My Voice
Zal Batmanglij

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty
Mark Boal

Cinematography:

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina
Seamus McGarvey

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Ben Richardson

Life of Pi

Life of Pi
Claudio Miranda

Magic Mike

Magic Mike
“Peter Andrews”

Skyfall

Skyfall
Roger Deakins

Costume Design:

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina
Jacqueline Durran

Django Unchained

Django Unchained
Sharen Davis

Les Miserables

Les Miserables
Paco Delgado

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom
Kasia Walicka-Maimone

A Royal Affair

A Royal Affair
Manon Rasmussen

Film Editing:

Argo

Argo
William Goldenberg

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Crocket Doob &
Affonso Goncalves

The Impossible

The Impossible
Elena Ruiz &
Bernat Vilaplana

The Master

The Master
Leslie Jones &
Peter McNulty

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty
William Goldenberg &
Dylan Tichenor

Makeup:

The Impossible

The Impossible
Alessandro Bertolazzi

Les Miserables

Les Miserables
Lisa Westcott

Lincoln

Lincoln
Lois Burwell &
Kay Georgiou

Original Score:

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina
Dario Marianelli

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Dan Romer &
Benh Zeitlin

Haywire

Haywire
David Holmes

The Master

The Master
Jonny Greenwood

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom
Alexandre Desplat

Original Song:

Damsels in Distress

“The Sambola! International Dance Craze”
Damsels in Distress
Lou Christie,
Michael A. Levine &Mark Suozzo

Django Unchained

“Who Did That to You?”
Django Unchained
John Legend

Life of Pi

“Pi’s Lullaby”
Life of Pi
Mychael Danna & Bombay Jayashri

Skyfall

“Skyfall”
Skyfall
Paul Epworth &
Adele

Wreck-It Ralph

“When Can I See You Again?”
Wreck-It Ralph
Adam Young &
Owl City

Production Design:

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina
Sarah Greenwood & Katie Spencer

Life of Pi

Life of Pi
David Gropman &
Anna Pinnock

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom
Adam Stockhausen &
Kris Moran

Prometheus

Prometheus
Arthur Max &
Sonja Klaus

Skyfall

Skyfall
Dennis Gassner &
Anna Pinnock

Sound Editing:

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina
Craig Berkey

The Impossible

The Impossible
Oriol Tarrago

Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly
Robert Jackson &
Thomas O’Neil Younkman

Life of Pi

Life of Pi
Philip Stockton

Prometheus

Prometheus
Victor Ray Ennis &
Mark P. Stoeckinger

Sound Mixing:

Amour

Amour
Jean-Pierre LaForce

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina
Craig Berkey&
Chris Burdon

The Impossible

The Impossible
Marc Orts

Les Miserables

Les Miserables
Frederick Cuevas,
Reagan Mendoza,
Andy Nelson &
Mark Paterson

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty
Paul N.J. Ottosson

Visual Effects:

The Avengers

The Avengers
Erik Nash,
Janek Sirrs,
Colin Strause,
Greg Strause,
Jeff White,
Guy Williams &
Daniel Sudick

The Impossible

The Impossible
Felix Berges &
Pau Costa

Life of Pi

Life of Pi
Erik De Boer,
Donald Elliott,
Guilaume Rocheron &
Bill Westenhofer

Prometheus

Prometheus
Charley Henley,
Martin Hill,
Richard Stammers & Trevor Wood

Skyfall

Skyfall
Chris Corbould,
Asregadoo Arundi,
Steven Begg&
Steve Moncur

Best Ensemble:

Argo

Argo
Casting: Lora Kennedy
Acting: Ben Affleck,
Bryan Cranston,
John Goodman,
Alan Arkin,
Tate Donovan,
Chris Messina,
Christopher Denham,
Victor Garber,
Scoot McNairy,
Kyle Chandler,
Rory Cochran,
Kerry Bishé,
Clea Duvall,
Sheila Vand &
Pat Leong

Killer Joe

Killer Joe
Casting: Denise Chamian
Acting: Matthew McConaughey,
Emile Hirsch,
Juno Temple,
Thomas Haden Church &
Gina Gershon

Lincoln

Lincoln
Casting: Avy Kaufman
Acting: Daniel Day-Lewis,
David Strathairn,
Tommy Lee Jones,
Lee Pace,
John Hawkes,
Joseph Gordon-Levitt,
Hal Holbrook,
Michael Stuhlbarg,
James Spader,
Jackie Earle Haley,
Tim Blake Nelson,
Bill Camp,
Gulliver McGrath,
Jared Harris,
Bruce McGill, Sally Field,
Gloria Reuben,
Elizabeth Marvel &
S. Epatha Merkerson

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom
Casting: Douglas Aibel
Acting: Edward Norton,
Jared Gilman,
Bruce Willis,
Jason Schwartzman,
Bob Balaban, Bill Murray,
Harvey Keitel,
Kara Hayward,
Frances McDormand &
Tilda Swinton

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty
Casting: Mark Bennett,
Richard Hicks &
Gail Stevens
Acting: Jessica Chastain,
Jason Clarke,
Reda Kateb,
Mark Strong,
Kyle Chandler,
Chris Pratt,
Harold Perrineau,
Edgar Ramirez,
Joel Edgerton,
Mark Duplass,
Stephan Dillane,
Martin Delaney,
John Barrowman,
James Gandolfini &
Jennifer Ehle

Ubiquity Award:

Mark Duplass

Mark Duplass
Safety Not Guaranteed, Your Sister’s Sister & Zero Dark Thirty

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The Dark Knight Rises, Lincoln, Looper & Premium Rush

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey
Bernie, Killer Joe & Magic Mike

Michael Stuhlbarg

Michael Stuhlbarg
Hitchcock, Lincoln, Men in Black 3 & Seven Psychopaths

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum
21 Jump Street, Haywire & Magic Mike

Movies I Wish I Rewarded More:

Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie

Looper

Looper

Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect

The Sessions

The Sessions

Seven Psychopaths

Seven Psychopaths

Movies I Regret Not Seeing:

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Chronicle

Chronicle

Holy Motors

Holy Motors

Les Intouchables

Les Intouchables

No

No

Call Your Friends Award: (For 100% Recommend-ability across all four quadrants)

Life of Pi

Life of Pi

The Pants-Off Acting Hall of Fame Inductee:

Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem

March 3, 2012

Early You Say? Nonsense!

Even though the 84th Annual Oscars are still less than a week old and we are still trying to re-align our brains to memorize that Meryl Streep now has 3 Oscars (!!!), it is time to try and predict the 2013 85th Academy Awards. Next year, we have a hundred or so big name fancy pants movies coming out with big directors and even bigger expectations. Obviously, some will succeed and some will fail, but the question is which. I’ll give a little bit of analysis at the end just to point out why I made some of the choices I did, but let’s face it, many of them are uncreative but I picked my favorites and I’ll stick to it!

Picture:

  • Anna Karenina
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Django Unchained
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Master
  • 6. The Hobbit
  • 7. Les Misérables
  • 8. The Surrogate
  • 9. Lincoln
  • 10. The Hunger Games

I ranked my Best Picture nominees as a top 5 without ranking, and then the next five with a ranking in case the rules change again in a year, and lets’ be real. I hope they do.

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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.

Source: Warner Bros.

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.

Source: Access Hollywood

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.

Source: Penguin Classics

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Knopf Canada

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: 20th Century Fox

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Miramax

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.

 

 

Source: Crown Publishing

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: MGM

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Zap2It

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!

 

 

 

Source: Lionsgate

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.