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My Top Films and Kudos for 2013

January 9, 2014

Hey everyone,12 years

Again, sorry for the lack of posts. However, to make up for it, I promise to be better during this upcoming Awards Season. With that said, here are my top films and some kudos for the year in film 2013.

My Top 10 movies of 2013:
1. 12 Years a Slave
2. August Osage County
3. Philomena
4. Gravity
5. Dallas Buyers Club
6. Fruitvale Station
7. Blue Jasmine
8. Saving Mr. Banks
9. Captain Phillips
10. Frozen (yes, I’m kinda shocked it’s here too)

Honorable mention~ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Enough Said, The Great Gatsby

Best Documentary: Bridegroom
runner up: 20 Feet From Stardom
Best Comedy: The Heat
runner up: Enough Said
Biggest Tear Jerker: Philomena
runner up: Saving Mr Banks
* 12 Years a Slave easily much wins the most emotional film experience of the year by a landslide as well cuz yeah, I bawled watching that one.

Best Lead Male Performance: Chewitel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
runner up: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Lead Female Performance: TIE~ Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) & Meryl Streep (August Osage County)
Best Supporting Male: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)august j m
runner up: Chris Cooper (August Osage County)
Best Supporting Female: Lupita Nyongo (12 Years a Slave)
runner up: Julia Roberts (August Osage County)
Best Ensemble: August Osage County
runner up: 12 Years a Slave
Best Performances No One is Talking About: Idris Elba & Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Best Debut Film: Fruitvale Station
Best Song from a Movie: “Let It Go” (Frozen) sung by Idina Menzel

runner up: “Bleed for Love” (Winnie) sung by Jennifer Hudson

Best Hidden Gem: The Sapphires
Most Overrated Movie: American Hustle

Worst 5 Films I saw:
1. Stoker
2. Out of the Furnace
3. Nebraska
4. 2 Guns
5. Jack the Giant Slayer

* didn’t see all of Wolf of Wall Street yet (the showing was cancelled half way thru due to a sound issue)
** also haven’t seen Her


Today’s Oscar Contender~ Helen Mirren and The Tempest.

October 7, 2010

Shakespeare’s final work makes it to the big screen this November with Julie Taymor’s adaptation of The Tempest. Taymor is the Tony winning genius behind Broadway’s The Lion King and has also made some quite memorable films with the Oscar nominated Frida and the lovely to look at yet still a big ole mess musical Across the Universe. Regardless of whether you appreciate her work, it always spurs much debate and is certainly a creative endeavor. This time she also has an ace in her pocket in the vein of Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren who stars the magical figure Prospera. Taymor changed the gender of the character for Mirren and it should add a nice new dynamic to the tale of magic, grief, power, romance, humor and struggle on a mystical island. She’s also surrounded by a heady cast including Alfred Molina, Russell Brand, Felicity Jones, Ben Wishaw, Tony winner Alan Cumming (Cabaret), and Oscar nominees Djimon Honsou (In America, Amistad, Blood Diamond) and David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck) plus Oscar winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation). This film looks to be a contender in the technical field for sure, but will it break through to the big races? Take a look at the trailer below and let me know your thoughts.

The Tempest 2010

Movie Review~ Take a trip to Ben Affleck’s “Town”

September 18, 2010

If you saw Gone Baby Gone, you know Ben Affleck can make a decent movie. Not only was it pretty good, it yielded an Oscar nomination for Amy Ryan’s brilliant performance. Now, with his second feature,The Town, Affleck has arrived as a true filmmaker to watch. Here he’s crafted a tight suspenseful crime thriller filled with great performances from a dynamic cast. It moves along briskly, leaves you torn between your feelings for the bad guy protagonists and is shot really well. Affleck even directs himself in the lead role as a Charleston, MA native (ie near Boston) who robs banks with a motley crew from his neighborhood including the hot-headed and impulsive con played by Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker). Setting things in motion is the group’s first bank heist where they kidnap bank manager Rebecca Hall (Frost/Nixon) to ensure their escape. Affleck’s character soon develops a romantic relationship with her, at first to make sure she can’t ID them (they were in masks), but soon it turns serious. Also serious are the FBI men on their trail played by Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Titus Welliver (Lost). Affleck garners wonderful and authentic performances from all of his cast most notably Renner, Oscar nominees Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father) and Chris Cooper (Adaptation), and surprisingly Blake Lively of television’s Gossip Girl as Renner’s wayward boozy sister. (By the way, if you saw Lively in last year’s indie The Private Lives of Pippa Lee starring the amazing Robin Wright, you’d have seen that this girl has some serious chops and big screen potential.)  They’re all tangled in an intense and smart crime thriller filled with action that stands as one of the year’s best films. My one quibble is that I saw a couple of things coming too easily, but I watch a lot of movies. That said, take a trip to this Town. Grade: A-

Ben Affleck goes to “Town”

July 20, 2010

Oscar winner Ben Affleck is readying his second film as a director, The Town. Due Sept 17, Affleck also stars in the Boston set bank heist thriller with Oscar nominees Jeremy Renner, Chris Cooper, and Pete Postlethwaite, plus Rebecca Hall and TV stars Jon Hamm and Blake Lively. The film looks to have a lot of action, drama and double crosses and we’ll see if he can deliver again after his strong directorial debut Gone Baby Gone which yielded a Best Supporting Oscar nomination for Amy Ryan. For more on The Town, click here and check out the trailer below.

The Town