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2017 Oscar Predictions

Tonight, my friends, is the night. It’s the biggest night in Hollywood and while most of you out there could care less, it’s still something that movie-nerds such as myself have been waiting for this past year. All of the predictions, ideas, conclusions, twists, turns and stories, have now all come down to this.

So, without further ado, here are my predictions for the night ahead:

 

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BEST PICTURE:
WILL WIN: La La Land
SHOULD WIN: La La Land
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Moonlight
IF THE ACADEMY WANTED TO SHOW THAT IT’S FINALLY ACCEPTING OF SCI-FI FOR ONCE: Arrival

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BEST ACTRESS:
WILL WIN: Emma Stone
SHOULD WIN: Emma Stone
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Isabelle Huppert
IF THE THE ACADEMY JUST WANTED TO AWARD HER BECAUSE SHE GOT NOMINATED AND SHOWED UP, AGAIN: Meryl Streep

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BEST ACTOR:
WILL WIN: Denzel Washington
SHOULD WIN: Casey Affleck
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Casey Affleck
IF THE ACADEMY WAS WILLING TO LET HIM GO UP ON-STAGE AND GIVE A SILLY SPEECH: Viggo Mortensen

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
WILL WIN: Mahershala Ali
SHOULD WIN: Mahershala Ali
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Jeff Bridges
IF THE ACADEMY WANTED TO GIVE NOCTURNAL ANIMALS RANDOM LOVE: Michael Shannon

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
WILL WIN: Viola Davis
SHOULD WIN: Viola Davis
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Michelle Williams
IF THE ACADEMY WANTED TO TICK ME OFF BY GIVING THE MOST OVERRATED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR AN AWARD: Naomie Harris (seriously, is something wrong with me, or am I the only one?!?)

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BEST ANIMATED FILM:
WILL WIN: Zootopia
SHOULD WIN: The Red Turtle
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Moana
IF THE ACADEMY WANTED US TO SCRATCH OUR HEADS: My Life as a Zucchini

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BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:
WILL WIN: Suicide Squad
SHOULD WIN: Suicide Squad
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Star Trek Beyond
IF THE ACADEMY WANTED TO PISS EVERYONE OFF: Suicide Squad

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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
WILL WIN: James Laxton for Moonlight
SHOULD WIN: James Laxton for Moonlight
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Rodrigo Prieto for Silence (cause, hey, why not? The movie’s not nominated for anything else!)

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BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
WILL WIN: La La Land
SHOULD WIN: La La Land
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Florence Foster Jenkins

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BEST DIRECTOR:
WILL WIN: Damien Chazelle
SHOULD WIN: Damien Chazelle
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Barry Jenkins

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BEST DOCUMENTARY:
WILL WIN: O.J.: Made in America
SHOULD WIN: O.J.: Made in America
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: I Am Not Your Negro

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BEST FILM EDITING, SOUND EDITING, MIXING AND VISUAL EFFECTS:
WILL WIN: La La Land
SHOULD WIN: La La Land

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BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
WILL WIN: The Salesman
SHOULD WIN: Toni Erdmann
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: A Man Called Ove
IF THE ACADEMY REALLY WANTED TO STICK IT TO TRUMP:
“All nominees”

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BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
WILL WIN: Justin Hurwitz for La La Land
SHOULD WIN: Justin Hurwitz for La La Land
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Thomas Newman for Passengers (that would be hilarious)

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BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
WILL WIN: “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land
SHOULD WIN: “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: “City of Stars” from La La Land (yeah, either way, La La Land‘s going to win this one)

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BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
WILL WIN: Moonlight
SHOULD WIN: Moonlight
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Hidden Figures

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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
WILL WIN: La La Land
SHOULD WIN: The Lobster
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Manchester by the Sea

Enjoy the show, everyone! Let’s hope it’s a goodie!

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Top 10 of 2016

Well, well, well. 2016. What a year. Perhaps one of the more controversial ones in recent time, where we not only elected a reality star into office, but saw the deaths of one too many beloved figures. That said, it was also a year chock full of, surprisingly, really good movies. While 2016 did see me grow up a tad bit and start to look at movies in a far more subjective manner than I used to, much to my surprise, I still found a lot more movies to love this year, than probably since 2012 (meaning, that it was harder to actually choose just ten, this year).

Enough said, though. Here’s my Top 10 for a pretty remarkable year, if only for the movies listed here:

deadpool-210. Deadpool
In the years since Iron Man, there’s been an awful lot of superhero movies to bite on – perhaps more than is necessary. And because of this, most of them tend to be just “fine”, or “okay”, almost to the point of where it seems like average mediocrity will continue to forever and always be the norm when it comes to the superhero genre, so long as the people are still buying tickets and merchandise. And that’s why something like Deadpool is so lovely, magical, and well, rare – it’s the kind of superhero movie that’s so crass, so odd, so unique, so original, and so in-your-face, that it basically challenges all of the others against it. While there is no doubt in my mind this may bring on some lame copycats within the genre, just know this: Deadpool is a great movie in its own right and it may be one of the better superhero flicks, ever. Yup. Said it. Not going back, either.

silence9. Silence
As far as passion projects go, Silence is one of the better ones to have ever come out. It was Scorsese’s dream to make for the past three decades or so and by the time he finally got a chance to fulfill that dream, well, it really did pay-off. Sure, is it slow? Yep. Is it a little vague on its meaning? Perhaps. But is it emotional, compelling, affecting, and felt on such a deep and personal level, that you can almost hear Marty sobbing behind the camera? Definitely. And that’s why Silence, while not a perfect movie, is still a stunning one: It shows us that a master like Scorsese, someone who doesn’t have to prove anything more to the world, still has stories to tell and will continue to do so until he can’t even see anymore. And who knows if he’ll even quit then, quite frankly.

Dory28. Finding Dory
Sure, Finding Dory probably won’t go down as Pixar’s best movie, ever, but then again, which one can we really say is? Up? Toy Story? Toy Story 2? Toy Story 3? Finding Nemo? Wall-E? Inside Out? There are so many options to choose from that even a movie a like Finding Dory, where it’s clear that it’s following a pretty familiar thread, can still hit one out of the park. It’s the rare sequel that I didn’t care much for, going into, then I saw it, cried my eyes out and realized that yes, we did need this tale to be told and guess what? I wouldn’t have a problem if they continued to do on with Dory, Nemo, and Marlin. So long as Pixar keeps itself on the right track. (Also, bonus points for the best Sigourney Weaver cameo of this year)

Green37. Green Room
Absolutely, positively and without a doubt, not just one of the most brutal movies I’ve seen this year, but in perhaps the past five or six, or maybe even more. I don’t know. What I do know is that very so often does a movie as gory, as brutal, as painful, and as grueling as Green Room come out, without it feeling like it’s taking cheap-shots. Most of the time, we’ll get these low-budget horror flicks, that just love and crave the attention of being as torturous and as nasty as they can be, but there’s no rhyme, there’s no reason, and there’s sure as hell no cause for it all. In Green Room, the rough, the ragged and the honest-to-God brutality is expected and it goes over so many borders and edges that, after awhile, you sort of just give in and let it do it’s thing. If anything, Green Room didn’t just remind to never step foot in a Nazi club in the first place, but to never, ever forget the name “Jeremy Saulnier”. Man, that guy’s going to do some great things. Can’t wait. Also, RIP Anton Yelchin. A talent gone way, way too soon.

Oh yeah, and that guy.6. 13th
With the year we’ve had, you’d think that a documentary like the 13th, that’s about the racism and imprisoning of any and all African men and women in the United States, would be too much, but man oh man, did we need this. It’s already dealing with such a hot-button topic in the first place, but what Ava DuVernay does, as a director, is tell each and every side to this story. That means that not only do we get to hear from the people that support what sort of angle she may have, but the opposite as well. Sure, it sounds simple and obvious that any documentary should do this, but so rarely, do we ever get it as present as it is here; after all, DuVernay herself takes a bite out of Trump, but also doesn’t forget to nibble at other political persons just like him, like the Clinton’s, the Bush’s, or even the Reagan’s. Definitely a must-see and hey, it’s on Netflix. So getsa streaming!

manchester35. Manchester By the Sea
As a writer and director, Kenneth Lonergran hasn’t done much for me. Both of his movies (Margaret, You Can Count On Me), while are both entertaining and well-done, still didn’t quite connect. They didn’t seem funny, dramatic, or even tragic enough to really go deeper than perhaps Lonergran himself wanted them to. But it all came together so perfectly well with Manchester By the Sea, the movie where it seems like everything Lonergran has ever wanted to do, finally pays off. It’s the one movie where, one second, you’ll be belly-laughing till it hurts, and then, the next scene, bawling your eyes out as if a dog died. The performances are all great and sure, Casey Affleck will probably win the Oscar, but the way I look at Manchester By the Sea, isn’t an actor’s showcase, but a showcase for a writer/director who may finally get the chance to break out of the indie-world and really tear out our hearts some more.

tickled14. Tickled
I know that I’m probably going to get some heat for this choice, but so be it: I’m putting the documentary about underground, competitive tickling higher on my list then 13th. But here’s why: While 13th is a solid piece with facts, upon facts, upon facts, and then some more, Tickled is much more of a movie, in the sense that we get a story, a start, an end, a conflict, a cast of colorful characters, and guess what? It’s all real life. The movie starts out as a simple look into this weird world of competitive tickling that probably no one has a clue about, but about half-way through, it all changes into something far more strange, with tension, controversy and suspense everywhere you look. It’s the rare kind of documentary that literally unravels before your very eyes and because of that, it’s hard to ever get bored. Tickled does bring up some fair and honest points about the internet, what constitutes privacy, and just how far some people will go into this world to achieve any and all sorts of power that they can hold, but it’s also a ride and an adventure that I’ll soon never, ever forget about.

moonlight13. Moonlight
One of the more unique and emotionally draining movies I saw this past year and man oh man, I have not stopped thinking about it since. Sure, a good portion of this pick has to do with the fact that it’s become so loved and adored by critics, audiences and even Oscar-voters, alike, but you can’t blame me – movies like Moonlight often go under-the-radar and are only ever heard from hardcore cinephiles, or addicts to Netflix. It’s a small, subtle and absolutely raw look inside the life of a person we never thought we wanted to know more about, but by the end of the two hours, you’ll absolutely want to see what happens in his life next. Honestly, would have been a tad higher had it not been for Naomie Harris’ performance. Why I’m the only person to have a beef with the way she played her role, must just be my own personal issue. Oh well. Still a great movie and yes, Mahershala Ali deserves that Oscar.

lala32. La La Land
In a year like 2016, trust me, we needed La La Land. It was one of the sweetest, most enjoyable, loveliest, and most exciting movies of the year, but it also didn’t wear out its welcome, like most musicals so clearly do. In a way, too, it’s also the very rare musical where, yes, there is a compelling story to accompany all of the tracks and tunes and yes, you do want to see how it plays out. I’d say more about this, except I think I bruised my fingers typing about it in my review, so if you want to know more of why I loved it so very much, just check that out.

american-honey1. American Honey
No matter how many years go by and how many more great and exceptional movies I see, I’ll never forget American Honey. Just going into it, knowing the cast, the crew and the run-time (164 minutes), I had no idea what to expect, yet, at the same time, didn’t really know if I wanted to be sitting, watching what I was about to watch. Then, the most enjoyable, most exhilarating, most emotional and most compelling near-three hours of my life occurred and I had no clue what to do, think, or feel. Seriously. I hate sounding this corny and melodramatic, but honestly, American Honey did a number on me. It made me want to go out and explore the world some more; meet all sorts of wacky, wild and interesting people; fall in love with something that wasn’t my laptop; and dammit, man, it made me want to hang-out with Shia LaBeouf. Seriously. This doesn’t happen to me often, people and you know what? It may never happen to me again. That’s why American Honey isn’t just my favorite of 2016, but my favorite in the past couple of years or so. See it. Please. Just see it.

And there you have it, folks. Two movies I really dug this year and forgot to include (Captain America: The First Avenger, the Invitation) were pretty great, too, but honestly, there just wasn’t much room. Either way, see them, in addition to the other ten here and consider yourselves lucky and happy individuals.

As for 2017? There’s nowhere to go, but up.

Let’s just hope it stays that way.

2015 Oscar Predictions

Well, everyone. It’s finally here! The biggest night of the year and needless to say, it’s going to be quite an interesting one. Not just with Chris Rock hosting and whatnot, but also due to the fact that it’s not really known who is going to win Best Picture, or a few others. But in all honesty, none of it matters, because what really matters is who wins, who loses and most importantly, who pulls a Travolta.

Without further ado, here are my picks for tonight’s Oscars. Let me know what you think of them down below!

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BEST PICTURE:
WILL WIN: The Revenant
SHOULD WIN: Spotlight
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: The Big Short
IF THE ACADEMY REALLY WANTED TO GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT: Mad Max: Fury Road

Room4BEST ACTRESS:
WILL WIN: Brie Larson
SHOULD WIN: Brie Larson
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Saoirse Ronan
IF THE ACADEMY FORGOT ABOUT PEOPLE PUBLICLY SAYING STUPID THINGS: Charlotte Rampling

Revenant1BEST ACTOR:
WILL WIN: Leonardo DiCaprio
SHOULD WIN: Michael Fassbender
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Matt Damon
IF THE ACADEMY JUST WANTED TO MAKE ANOTHER UPSET LIKE LAST YEAR’S RACE: Eddie Redmayne

Creed4BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
WILL WIN: Sylvester Stallone
SHOULD WIN: Tom Hardy
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Mark Rylance
IF THE ACADEMY WAS JUST GIVING THE TROPHY TO WHOEVER YELLED A LOT: Mark Ruffalo

Danish2BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
WILL WIN: Alicia Vikander
SHOULD WIN: Rooney Mara
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Kate Winslet
TECHNICALLY SHOULD BECAUSE SHE’S ACTUALLY A “SUPPORTING” ACTRESS: Kate Winslet

Inside1BEST ANIMATED FILM:
WILL WIN: Inside Out
SHOULD WIN: Inside Out
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Anomalisa
IF THE ACADEMY WAS DONE SCREWING OVER CHARLIE KAUFMAN: Anomalisa

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WILL WIN: The Revenant
SHOULD WIN: The Revenant
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Mad Max: Fury Road
IF THE ACADEMY WAS HAVING FUN AND JUST WANTED TO WATCH SOMEONE CRINGE THROUGH ANNOUNCING THIS TITLE: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

revenant4BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
WILL WIN: The Revenant 
SHOULD WIN: The Revenant 
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Sicario (Roger Deakins just don’t get any love)

Max3BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
WILL WIN: Mad Max: Fury Road
SHOULD WIN: Mad Max: Fury Road
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Cinderella

Alejandro-González-Iñárritu1BEST DIRECTOR:
WILL WIN: Alejandro González Iñárritu
SHOULD WIN: Alejandro González Iñárritu
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Adam McKay (Go Temple!)

Amy3BEST DOCUMENTARY:
WILL WIN: Amy
SHOULD WIN: The Look of Silence 
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: What Happened, Miss Simone? 

Max1BEST FILM EDITING, SOUND EDITING, MIXING AND VISUAL EFFECTS:
WILL WIN: Mad Max: Fury Road
SHOULD WIN: Mad Max: Fury Road

Saul1BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
WILL WIN: Son of Saul (still ashamed I have yet to see it!)
SHOULD WIN: Son of Saul
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Mustang

JohnWilliamsBEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
WILL WIN: John Williams
SHOULD WIN: John Williams
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Ennio Morricone

LadyGagaBEST ORIGINAL SONG:
WILL WIN: Lady Gaga’s “Til it Happens to You”
SHOULD WIN: Lady Gaga’s “Til it Happens to You”
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” (although, I’d much rather have Radiohead’s Bond theme instead)

Short3BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
WILL WIN: The Big Short
SHOULD WIN: The Big Short
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: The Martian

Spotlight3BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
WILL WIN: Spotlight
SHOULD WIN: Spotlight
COULD POSSIBLY PULL IT OFF: Straight Outta Compton (just to piss off all the white people!)

Enjoy the show, everyone!

Top 10 of 2015

It’s that time of the year, folks! Well, it’s been that time of the year since late-December, but hey, it took me awhile to get to some of these movies and now that I have them, it’s time to rank the best that 2015 had to offer!

Overall, pretty good movie year. Of course, there were some stinkers to remind me why I despise it when people make bad movies, but for the most part, it seemed like 2015 was the kind of year where most of the movies were actually quite fine, if not great. You could say that about every movie year, honestly, but really, 2015 gave some real great films.

But enough of me going on and on about nothing! Here’s my list for the Top 10 best of 2015, in a particular order, of course!

10. The Hateful Eight

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It wasn’t Tarantino’s best, but the more and more I got to thinking about it, the more I appreciated it for all of the neat, Tarantino-ish things that happened here. Of course, the cast was amazing and handled the dialogue perfectly, but it was really Tarantino who had the last laugh. He showed that he was allowed to make whatever movie he wanted to, and at this stage in his career, he doesn’t care what people say or think about him. He’s just going to make the movie he wants to make and everybody else can go screw themselves! Or, see his movie. In 70 mm, no less.

9. Cop Car

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Totally under-the-radar and under-seen, but definitely deserving of a watch. It’s the little movie that set-out to do so much, yet, at the same time, didn’t show it. Also, bonus points for making a coming-of-ager where the kids actually acted like kids, and weren’t these precocious little a-holes that we so often see in movies made about kids. Let’s hope that director/co-writer Jon Watts can keep the good vibes going with the next Spider-Man movie!

8. It Follows

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It was the rare horror movie that, yes, was scary. However, at the same time, did so many interesting, different things to make itself scary, without ever seeming like it was trying too hard, or trying to make a “statement”. If anything, it was just a generally freaky flick, that featured the age-old horror movie cliché of teens having sex, but rather than judging them for it, showed them as teens who just wanted to do the dirty, even if they knew that death was soon coming their way. Allegory about AIDS/HIV? Maybe, but then again, maybe not! Who cares? It’s scary!

7. Carol

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It doesn’t matter that the romance at the center is between two women, because it’s a story between two humans that features a romance you don’t just believe in, but actually feel, as well. Todd Haynes has always been a mixed-bag for me, but here, he really does capture the sheer emotion and passion that comes with falling in love with someone else, even if you’re not too sure you want to be with them, or what it is that you want to do with your own life. But what Haynes does best, is that he doesn’t forget about the male suitors on the side of Carol and Therese who are not only trying their hardest to get these women back into their lives, but also heartbroken about it. With this, Haynes shows that love can sometimes take on many forms and impact people differently, for better and for worse.

6. The Revenant

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As unrelenting, as bleak, and as grim as you can get with a movie. Add on the fact that it’s nearly two-and-a-half-hours and you’d think you have a slug of a movie to get through. A lot of people thought that, but not me, as the Revenant, from the very beginning, had a tight, firm grasp on me and never let go. Despite the movie looking like a natural thing of beauty, it’s surprisingly gory and gruesome, which it all the more of a treat because when’s the next time we’re going to get a big-budgeted flick like this?

5. Inside Out

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Welcome back, Pixar! Not only was Inside Out a return-to-form for Pixar in showing that it could handle heart, emotion and hilarity all in the same hand, but that their creative-genius could not be messed with. Sure, kids may have not been able to fully get or understand the premise, but it was still the perfect movie for them as it didn’t just cater to them with slap-sticky jokes and silly-looking characters, but that it also taught them a lesson about life. In other words, it’s fine to be sad; it’s a way of life and sometimes, you just have to let yourself sit down, think, and let out a little cry. It’s fine. Life will go on and you’ll feel a lot better about yourself and life as a whole.

4. The Martian

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The best “comedy” of the year? Starring Matt Damon? Directed by Ridley Scott? I never once believed it for a second, until I saw the Martian and realized that it was not only the funniest movie of the year, but perhaps the best sci-fi blockbuster in a very long time. Sure, there’s been plenty, but what the Martian did that so many of those other movies failed to do, was that it gave us a simple plot-line of one man being stranded on Mars, but didn’t once forget about the person himself, nor those who were trying to save him with all their might and incredible genius. Of course, you could look at it as some sort of living, breathing advertisement for NASA, but if that is the case, it’s fine, because as long as the people in NASA are using their noggins and constantly thinking things through, then this little planet we call Earth, will be alright.

3. Steve Jobs

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People absolutely love, or absolutely hate Aaron Sorkin with a fire-breathing passion. I’m more in the former party, which is why I was hooked on Steve Jobs from the very first second someone let out a snarky “Sorkinism”. The cast was perfectly put-together, of course, but what mattered most about Sorkin’s writing, other than that it was funny, snappy and entertaining, was that it shined more of a light on what kind of person Steve Jobs was. Sure, we’ve all heard the stories about him before, but Steve Jobs, the movie, didn’t at all turn away from the issues this man had in his life, as well as all the wonderful, albeit amazing things he did for society. Totally didn’t deserve to bomb at the box-office, but hey, sometimes the best things are the ones that nobody really sees. That’s actually not a thing, but it’s something I like to say to make myself feel better about the fact that more people probably saw Ashton Kutcher’s Jobs, over this.

2. Room

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Was going to put this in the position that Steve Jobs holds, but after much time and thought, I’ve realized that this movie had more of an emotional impact on me than that one ever did. Every step, move, or maneuver that Room makes, is surprisingly the right one and while you may not expect it to grab a hold of you the way it wants to, give it time and it’ll work its magic. That’s what happened to me and it took me until the five-minute mark of my sobbing that I realized that it was kind of tearjerker, that I was perfectly okay with pulling the box of Kleenex out at. Also, very happy to see Brie Larson getting more notice for this, as well as probably win the Oscar. Hopefully, this means a whole lot more of her for the near-future.

1. Spotlight

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It’s probably no surprise to those who know me that I chose a movie about journalism as my #1, but so be it! It wasn’t just the best movie about journalism I’ve seen for so very, very long, but it was everything that a solid movie should be. Fast, exciting, entertaining, dramatic, infuriating, funny, well-acted, intricately directed, and above all else, smart. It took certain steps to tell its story the way it wanted to, without ever burring the led. No other movie, blockbuster, indie, arthouse pic, short film, TV show, podcast, etc., this year was as electrifying as Spotlight. And at the end, it showed that something was done to open-up the scandal within the Catholic church, and although there’s plenty more to be done, at least someone finally opened their eyes, spoke up, and showed the world the true problem within. Why more movies aren’t like Spotlight is totally beyond me, but it’s the reason why I love movies to begin with.

Photos Courtesy of: Indiewire, Aceshowbiz, IMDB

Top 10 of 2014

Well, ladies and germs, it’s that time of the year again! When we say “hello” to one year, we also have to say “goodbye” to another, as sad and as tears-inducing as it may be.

But 2014, in a nutshell, was a pretty solid year for movies.

Although I’m sure I broke more than a few hearts awhile back by announcing a rather tiny hiatus from this blog, for the most part, I tried my hardest to keep at it with all of the movies that were constantly being flung at me. And quite frankly, I’m happy for that. Not only was I treated to many fine pieces of film, but also, I got to focus more so on what was out there in some of the smaller, less-known theaters out there and shed some light on a few unknown indies that maybe only a handful of people actually knew of. Either way, it was a good year to be a fan of movies, and it made me feel like all my laziness paid-off in the end, as is often the case at the end of every year.

Now, with all that jabber out of the way, onto the real show:

10. Foxcatcher

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While it may not have been the most uplifting, enjoyable flick from the whole year, it definitely had some its best performances by far. Steve Carell and Channing Tatum were absolutely creepy and terrifying in every which way, showing us that there was more to their sometimes light, comedic-personas that we’d so often seen them utilize in the past. Mark Ruffalo was quite solid, too, but it was these two whom I walked away from feeling like there was a new, exciting chapter to be discovered next in their already respectable careers. Can’t wait to see how it all goes down.

9. Joe

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Sure, maybe I’m the only person to actually person to put this in their top ten, let alone remember by year’s end, but still, there’s a reason for that and it goes by two words: Nic fuckin’ Cage. Okay, three, but whatever! What I’m trying to say here is that having been a dedicated and unabashed fan of Cage for as long as I have, it was nice to finally see him get something worthy of his talents and to make matters even better, see him roll so well with it. The movie as a whole was very emotional and disturbing to the highest-level, but if anything, Joe stood as a solid reminder as to why, when he wants to, Nic Cage can be one of the most compelling screen-presences around. He just doesn’t do it as often as he should. Hopefully, that changes and we get more of this, and less of this. Although both options do serve some level of entertainment.

8. The Raid 2: Berandal

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After watching the first Raid, I thought it was downright impossible for it to be topped. Turns out, I was dead wrong! Not only is the Raid 2 a better action movie than the first, but it may be one of the best action movies of the past couple years or so. It delivers on every bit of action, blood, gore, and weaponry it seems to promise, and even seems to be one-upping itself constantly as it goes on. Truly a feat for any action movie, let alone one that had as good of a predecessor as the Raid: Redemption.

7. Like Father, Like Son

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Here’s one that totally took me by surprise and wasn’t quite as easy to get through as I would have hoped for it to have been, however, the greatness of it is actually in that. Sometimes, there comes a movie where a character is so downright detestable, that you wonder why the hell there’s a movie revolving around them in the first place, if all they’re going to do is just make constant bad decisions and continue to piss the audience off. There’s that kind of character at the forefront in Like Father, Like Son, but it all feels honest, raw and realistic, so that when the plot does come full circle, it hits you like a ton of bricks and may even make you want to hug your nearest family-member. Most movies set out to do that, however, very few actually deliver on doing so. This is not one of those movies.

6. Inherent Vice

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Sure, it’s maybe not everybody’s favorite movie of the year – better yet, it’s nowhere near being anybody’s favorite Paul Thomas Anderson movie. However, all that said, it’s still a wild ride from beginning-to-end and always brings something interesting, compelling, and fun to the table. Whatever they all mean or add up to is sometimes left up in the air, but the adventure that Inherent Vice sets out to create, doesn’t need a clear resolution. All it needed was to allow everybody watching it to join in on the fun and see what the hell happens next.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy

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Not just the best summer blockbuster of the year, but the best Marvel stand-alone since the first Iron Man. While it was hilarious at times, what made GOTG so unique and spectacular was that it had a handful of strange, totally out-of-this-world characters and made them as interesting as Tony Stark or Captain Rodgers ever were. You couldn’t even make the argument that having two mega-stars such as Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper voice characters and allowing for Batista, of all people, to play a character we actually see in life-like form was something of a gimmick, but man, it was one that worked like gangbusters whenever they were in the same room, talking, or blowing stuff up. Here’s to hoping that Marvel realizes that they’ve struck gold and stray away from making every other movie seem like the same.

4. Obvious Child

One of the “biggest-little surprises” I had the pleasure to see this year. While the plot may read like a terrible TV-sitcom that wouldn’t have even made it to pilot, the movie treats it as if it were like real-life, awkward warts and all. Because though it starts off like any other kind of comedy, a funny one at that, it surprisingly then turns into a lovely, emotional journey for a character who isn’t perfect, but still deserves some sort of love in her life, no matter what form it comes in. Speaking of said character, Jenny Slate is quite perfect in this role and totally shocked me as I had only known her as Jean Ralphio’s sister (or as “the girl who dropped the f-bomb on her first SNL skit“, but we like to forget about that). She nails every shade that this character has to offer and then some, making this whole film, as short as it may be, totally worth checking out and falling in love with.

3. Birdman

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Not only does it feature possibly the best ensemble of the year, but also had one of the neatest, most compelling gimmicks of the whole entire year: It’s all one-shot. Or, that’s what it’s made out to seem like. Regardless, Birdman as a whole was incredibly well-done and continued to surprise its audience, whether it be through the aforementioned shooting-device, certain performances from people we don’t expect to see put in exceptional-work, or just the fact that someone like Alejandro González Iñárritu actually had a sense of humor. All of Birdman was chock full of surprises, but what mattered most, is that it constantly found new, original ways to tell its story and kept the ball rolling, no matter how many times a character’s life seemed to be too depressing. Because, honestly, that’s just Hollywood for ya.

2. Gone Girl

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Though I wasn’t initially expecting to put this one so high on the list, time served me right, and I realized that this was probably one of the more fun times I had at the movie theater this year. And without feeling guilty about being happy afterwards, either! So yeah, it was a win all around. Though many folks out there want to write this down as either a “pro-feminist” tale, or a “anti-woman” one, the fact remains – David Fincher owns just about every second of this movie. Not only is this a return to his old glory days where he seemed to have a good time directing whatever piece was in front of him, but he utilizes everybody at his disposal. Both Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck are perfectly cast here, but it’s the odd, rather bizarre supporting cast that really won me over. Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Fugit, Kim Dickens, Casey Wilson (yes, girl from Happy Endings), Emily Ratajkowski (yes, girl from Blurred Lines video), Carrie Coon, and even Tyler Perry, are among the supporters who excel so well in this movie and leave their stamp. And if you can make Tyler Perry not insufferable and seem like he’s actually talented, then you sir, always deserve gratitude in my book.

1. Boyhood

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I know it’s an obvious choice for the number one spot, but honestly, how could I not choose this? It’s literally been 12-years-in-the-making, meaning that I too, have been waiting nearly 12 years for this to come out. And even better is the fact that it not only lived up to all of the hype its risky decision brought up, but it was the kind of movie after my own heart. Some people I know have complained to me about how it doesn’t seem like much is even happening in this movie, but that’s where they’re wrong; it’s life that’s happening. Sometimes you never know that it’s occurring because honestly, you’re too busy living it. Richard Linklater, for the second year in a row, has wowed me to where I can’t believe he hasn’t won any sort of Oscar yet. Depending on how this year’s Oscar race seems to be looking, it looks like his time may finally come. But even if it doesn’t, we’ll always have Boyhood – a beautiful, honest and wondrous tale of just growing up, and all of the perks that come along with it. Gosh. I wish I wasn’t an old-head.

So yeah, folks, that’s pretty much it! Thanks a lot for sticking with me in this past year (I know it wasn’t easy), and here’s to hoping that 2015 brings us all much joy and happiness!

Oh, and some good movies, too.

Photo’s Credit to: IMDBColliderJobloComingSoon.net

Current State of DTMMR

Hey everybody,

Quite the surprise, eh? No new review? No poster? No dumb one-liner at the beginning? No nothing!?!? Well, yeah, because what I’m about to delve into here is a tad bit serious, but nothing too dramatic to the point of where this final post can be considered a swan song of sorts from me. Then again, that’s not up to me; I’ll let you guyses be the judges on that.

Anyway, so if any of you know by now, I’m moving onto a pretty stage in my life that I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time now: Moving away to college. Yes, that day has finally come and sadly, it came pretty quickly. And although I’ve been in college for the past two years, but with it being community college, I’m pretty sure anybody can tell you that it’s nearly as serious as it is with a university. But that’s where I’m at now and believe it or not, I’m very happy.

However, the one downside to moving on with one part of your life, usually means that another one has to be settled down for quite some time and that’s what brings me to this blog here, my adopted infant for the past five or so years. By that, I don’t mean that I’ll stop writing reviews for ever and ever until the end of time; in fact, I’ll continue to be doing that. It may be on different sites, or in different fronts, but I’ll always write reviews and for the most part, continue to post the links onto this here.

So for now, yes, DTMMR will mostly be kept as a living body of my work from now on, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be updating it from time to time. I’m a writer through and through, so whenever I get the creative juices flowing and the feeling in the pit of my stomach, I might just knock out two, three, or what have you, reviews! The reviews just won’t be nearly as constant as they were before, nor will they will find any nifty way of tying into some sort of thread (if you haven’t been able to notice any patterns by now). So yeah, the reviews will be more random (both new and old releases) but they’ll still be up and ready for each and everyone of you to read, comment on and hopefully be able to sway you into seeing something.

And as for all of you, well, I’m very thankful for all that you have been doing for me since the day I started. As I’ve said before, this isn’t the dying days of DTMMR, in fact, not even close. This is just a stepping-stone for the next part of my life where I can (hopefully) making something of a career I’ve been so dedicated to for the past five-six years. So until I’m gone and out doing my own thing, I’ll save the big goodbye speech until then. As for now, I’m not really going anywhere, which means you shouldn’t either!

As always, keep on writing and watching, people.

Yours truly,

-Dan O.

P.S. I am going away to school at Temple University, so if any of you are, for whatever reason, around that “wonderful” area that is North Philly, hit a guy up!

2013 Oscar Predicitions

Here we go, everybody. The moment of truth has finally arisen and tonight, is the night.

IT’S OSCAR NIGHT BABY!!! WOO-HOO!!

Woah. Well, now that I’ve gotten all that out of my system, I’m pretty sure that most of you are waiting to hear/see what I have to say about the Oscars, which is why I am here today, with my predictions, and not some useless movie-review about some movie only five people will actually see.

But anyway, enough chatter from me, here’s my predictions of what I think will win, should win, and well, would be pretty awesome to win, if the world was perfect and everything was right with (also, if you want to see the full-list, check it out here):

Slave4BEST PICTURE:
WILL WIN: 12 Years a Slave
SHOULD WIN: 12 Years a Slave
IN A PERFECT WORLD: Her
IF THEY REALLY WANTED TO SHAKE THINGS UP: the Wolf of Wall Street

Blue1BEST ACTRESS:
WILL WIN: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
SHOULD WIN: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
IN A PERFECT WORLD: Amy Adams for American Hustle
IF THE OSCARS WANTED TO DO THE ANNUAL “SYMPATHY AWARD”: Judi Dench for Philomena

Dallas2BEST ACTOR:
WILL WIN: Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club
SHOULD WIN: Leonardo DiCaprio for the Wolf of Wall Street
IN A PERFECT WORLD: Leonardo DiCaprio for the Wolf of Wall Street
IF THE OSCARS WANTED TO FINALLY GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT HAS BEEN FUCKIN’ DUE FOR THE PAST DECADE: Leonardo DiCaprio for the Wolf of Wall Street (I’m sorry, but I’ll never rest soundly on that)

DallasBuyersClubBEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
WILL WIN: Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club
SHOULD WIN: Bradley Cooper for American Hustle
IN A PERFECT WORLD: Jonah Hill for the Wolf of Wall Street
IF THE OSCARS WANTED TO RUIN SOMEBODY’S ALREADY PROMISING CAREER: Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips

12YearsaSlaveBEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
WILL WIN: Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave
SHOULD WIN: Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle
IN A PERFECT WORLD: June Squibb for Nebraska
IF THE OSCARS WANTED TO SHOW THAT LITERALLY ANYBODY CAN WIN: Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine

Frozen3BEST ANIMATED FILM:
WILL WIN: Frozen
SHOULD WIN: Frozen
IN A PERFECT WORLD: The Croods
IF THE OSCARS WANTED TO PROVE THAT POPULARITY MEANS DIDDLY-SQUAT: Ernest & Celine

DallasBuyersClubBEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:
WILL WIN: Dallas Buyers Club
SHOULD WIN: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Now, my friends, how awesome would that be?)

Gravity3BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
WILL WIN: Gravity
SHOULD WIN: Gravity
IN A PERFECT WORLD: Prisoners (Roger Deakins above all, right?)

Gatsby3BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
WILL WIN: The Great Gatsby
SHOULD WIN: The Great Gatsby
IN A PERFECT WORLD: American Hustle

Alfonso CueronBEST DIRECTOR:
WILL WIN: Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity
SHOULD WIN: Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity
IN A PERFECT WORLD: Martin Scorsese for the Wolf of Wall Street
IF THEY WANTED TO GIVE IT TO A GUY WHO JUST SET A CAMERA DOWN EVERY SO OFTEN: Alexander Payne for Nebraska

Act3BEST DOCUMENTARY:
WILL WIN: The Act of Killing
SHOULD WIN: The Act of Killing
IN A PERFECT WORLD: The Square (more attention for Netflix, you know?)

American3BEST FILM EDITING:
WILL WIN: American Hustle
SHOULD WIN: American Hustle
IN A PERFECT WORLD: Captain Phillips (just to make-up for the fact that both Greengrass and Hanks were downright snubbed!)

TheGreatBeautyBEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
WILL WIN: The Great Beauty
SHOULD WIN: The Hunt
IN A PERFECT WORLD: Blue is the Warmest Color (who cares about all that submission mumbo-jumbo anyway?!?!)

Photo of ARCADE FIREBEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
WILL WIN: William Butler and Owen Pallett for Her
SHOULD WIN: William Butler and Owen Pallett for Her

U2 photographed by John WrightBEST ORIGINAL SONG:
WILL WIN: “Ordinary Love” by U2 from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
SHOULD WIN: “The Moon Song” by Karen O and Spike Jonze from Her
IN A PERFECT WORLD: “Please Mr. Kennedy” by Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and various others from Inside Llewyn Davis (I’m still partitioning this and I’ll never stop!)

"One day, that planet will be all mine."BEST SOUND EDITING, MIXING, AND VISUAL EFFECTS:
WILL WIN: Gravity
SHOULD WIN: Gravity

Slave3BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
WILL WIN: 12 Years a Slave
SHOULD WIN: Before Midnight
IN A PERFECT WORLD: Before Midnight
DID I MENTION?: Before FUCKIN’ Midnight

American2BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
WILL WIN: American Hustle
SHOULD WIN: Her
IN A PERFECT WORLD: Her (come on, damn Academy members!)

Well everybody, there you have it! My predictions, thoughts and slight musings on the 86th Academy Awards, and to be honest, I think it’s going to be a good one this year. I have faith that Ellen will do a solid job hosting and I can only hope that we get more of these kinds of speeches, and not these kinds. Wishful thinking, I know, but I still hold out hope.

Enjoy the show, everyone!

Top 10 of 2013

Hey everybody!

So, as you all know, it’s the new year (or at least, it has been for the past three weeks), which also means that we have to say “buh bye” to the one that has just past; which, in this case, was the wonderful year of 2013. At first, it started-off a bit sketchy with some months that didn’t have much quality in it, but once the summer hit, things began to look up and by the end of the year, I was absolutely soaked, head-to-toe, in some very good, very awesome movies. Definitely a great year for my life, as well as for my life in movies (and yes, they are two separate things), and one that I will truly not, no matter how brain-cells I accidentally kill, ever forget.

But enough of my yacking! Here’s the list you’ve all been waiting for:

10. Star Trek Into Darkness

 Not a lot of people liked this, but I for one absolutely had as great of a time with this, as I did with the first four years ago. Not only were the emotions from the first enhanced here, but it actually felt like we were really working onto something big, adventurous and, especially with the inclusion of Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch himself, a hell of a lot more epic. Also, goes to show us that J.J. Abrams will be more than able to handle himself, as well as the Star Wars franchise. Here’s to hoping he doesn’t prove us wrong.

9. Inside Llewyn Davis

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I know, I know, I know! Before any of you say anything about this being a bit of a “cheat”, I just want to let you know that I am fully aware that this was ranked as a “Matinee!!” for me, and yet, is still in my Top 10, as well as ranked-higher than a movie that scored a “Full Price!!” from me. But here’s the reason why: The more and more I think about this movie, the more I love it. No, not just because I have sweet, sweet memories of the time that star Oscar Isaac and yours truly had a grand old time a the Ritz Five, but because this is something that the Coen Brothers have ever done before, and yet, it works out so perfectly for them. It’s heart-warming, soft, funny, a tad sweet, small, and rather brutally honest in its depiction of how sometimes, it doesn’t matter whether or not you have the talent, nor the passion to do what it is that you want to do for the rest of your life, because sometimes, life just may not turn-out so well for you. That’s not just being a pessimist, that’s just being a realist and I am glad that the Coens tapped into this idea, no matter how light and playful the rest of the flick may be.

8. This is the End

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Possibly, if not is, my favorite full-on comedy of the year. Maybe the fact that I am huge fan of just about everybody in this movie is why I loved it so much more than some others out there, but so be it if that is a fact! I had a great time feeling like I was hanging around with these guys, making jokes, acting dumb, doing strange things and best of all, trying to survive the end of the world. Not only was it hilarious-as-hell, but actually pretty damn entertaining when it got into the whole “action”-aspect of its story, without making it just an after-thought. Goes to show you that you can still have plenty of laughs and star-power for your big-budget, R-rated comedy, but you can also have everything else that makes a movie even more fun. Including the Backstreet Boys. Wow. How awesome was that? I mean, really?!?!

7. Captain Phillips 

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By far the best thriller of the year. It’s no shock to the common-person that Paul Greengrass knows how to rack-up tension, but lord in heaven did this get my heart racing! Even though most out there did know what was going to happen at the end, it didn’t matter. Greengrass always found a way to add on something new to the story to give you an extra jolt or two, just for the heck of it, but it wasn’t done in a manipulative way (in a way that I didn’t respect Argo, but that’s a different discussion, for a different year). And also, even though he was wrongfully snubbed this year for Best Actor, Tom Hanks damn-well deserved it; not just for what he does throughout the movie, which is still great, but what he gives us to chew-on in those final minutes. Without spoiling it, he shows us sides to his acting-ability that, I for one, have never seen him utilize before and found a way to spin a beautiful, heart-warming moment, into something rather disturbing. Goes to show us that somebody who is considered “one of the best actors working today”, truly is just that.

6. Blackfish

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Yet again, here’s another amazing work-of-art that was unjustly snubbed by the Oscars this year, but in a far different category, with even more controversy surrounding it. Everybody thinks that SeaWorld is this big, bright and beautiful place where the whales get to do fancy and neat little tricks with their loving-trainers joining in the fun as well. However, the painful truth that this documentary shines a light on is that what you see in front of your eyes, isn’t what’s usually happening behind the closed-curtains. In fact, these killer whales are being downright tortured from day one and it only continues to happen, even now as we speak. However, what makes this documentary such a novelty is that it does what all documentaries should do: Change a common-notion that the rest of society has. And with all of these bands and celebrities talking-out against the theme-park, it seems like an action may be taken. If not now, then definitely sometime in the near-future. Let’s just hope it happens before it’s not too late.

5. American Hustle

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Though it definitely wasn’t a perfect movie, and O. Russell’s direction more than just simply “copied” Scrorsese’s sense-of-style, it was still one of the better, more entertaining-times I had at the movies this year. Mainly though, that’s attributed to the ensemble who all, even down to the smallest, most measly role, is pitch-perfect. Bale, Renner, Adams, and even a special cameo from a special person I won’t give away, are all great, but for me, the real stand-outs were Cooper and Lawrence. Hopefully both get the Oscars they’re more than just deserving of receiving, but that they continue to go down the path that they’re on, because they’re exciting talents to watch and see what happens next with them.

4. Blue Is The Warmest Color

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All dirty jokes that you know that I am more than willing to deliver, aside, this movie is pretty freakin’ romantic. Not only does it capture what it’s like to experience new, and in ways, a “first love”, but to experience all of the exciting, new possibilities that come along with it. It’s all told and shown to us in a believable way that doesn’t leave much to imagination, but also doesn’t shy-away from giving us the brutal, raw and unrelenting feelings that come along with love, and how, for one second, you could feel like you’re on the top of the world, and then, the next second, feel like that said world is crashing down all around you. It’s heart-breaking to watch, but for anybody who has ever experienced the same thing in their life, it’s damn-near soul-crushing. Add on the fact that 20-year-old lead Adèle Exarchopoulos gives the best female performance of the year, but is also so believable as a young, blissful woman just wanting to experience love, life and everything else that comes along with it. Even the painful, sad things as well. Then again though, that’s life. You learn, you move on and you start all over again.

3. The Wolf of Wall Street

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In case you’ve been living under a rock for, I don’t know, say the past month or so, there’s been an awful-lot made about this movie; most of which is deserved, but at the same time, doesn’t matter. Either way, it didn’t bother me as for each and every single moment of this near-three hour movie, I had an absolute great time. Marty Scorsese shows us why, even at age 71, should not be counted-out as one of the greatest directors of all-time, as he not only slows down for a single second, but throws just about every piece of coke, sex, drugs, hookers, sex, money, debauchery, greed, and more sex that he can even possibly think of. It’s entertaining to watch, and even though it is, sadly, all true-to-point, it also feels like Scorsese himself is still not fully on-board with these guys, despite what other critics have been saying. Also, it should be mentioned that, even though he won’t get it, Leo deserves, yet again, deserves an Oscar for what he does as Jordan Belfort. Not for just making this guy the least bit of a likable, charismatic character to watch, but for pulling-out all of the stops with this role and showing us, that even despite him acting and giving us great performances, year after year, that he’s still able to surprise us and show us his wide-range. Somebody just give him a damn Oscar already! I mean, seriously!?!?!?!

2. Her

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Took me awhile to actually get a chance and see it, but gosh, was it ever so worth the wait! It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that I am a huge Spike Jonze fan, but just when I thought he couldn’t possibly surprise me anymore, he does just that. Though the premise of a man falling in love with his operating-system isn’t the most normal romance we’ve ever seen brought to screen, Jonze somehow finds a way to make it all believable, giving us a glimpse at two living, feeling and emoting beings that just want to live life, be loved and feel as if they have a reason to exist in this world. But through this relationship, and in the way that it develops over time into some very surprising places, Jonze is able to channel honest-to-God, insightful observations about what constitutes a romance and the motions that two people go through when they are in one. At times, it can be hilarious to watch, but at other times, it can be painfully sad. However, at the end of the day, it still feels like the type of romance that will have you looking deep on the inside, thinking of all the romances you’ve had in the past and how, regardless of whether or not they’ve been considered “eventful”, they’re still connections you’ve shared with a fellow human-being, and in ways, may have even shaped you to be the person you are today. Beautiful stuff right there, but it’s also very true. So get out there and continue making human-connections, you sad-sacks!

1. Before Midnight

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It’s been quite some time since the last time we saw everybody’s favorite star-crossed, Jesse and Celine, together (Nine years, to be exact), and getting the chance to see them, finally, together once again, was something one film-lover needed to see. And while the circumstances of their being together was in fact surprising, it was even more shocking to see that time hasn’t really done much damage to either of these two. However, things do start to spin out of control and what is definitely one of my favorite scenes of the year, we are treated (or “punished”, depending on how you look at it) to what seems to be the one, romantic-getaway these two are finally getting to have with one another, that starts off beautiful and sweet at first, and then gets downright brutal, mean, sadistic and heart-thrashing. Many truths are unearthed, some brutal ones to say, and right in front of our eyes, we watch as one of cinema’s favorite screen-couples in the past two decades, actually seem like they may be over, and over FOR GOOD. I won’t dare to give away what ending Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy all go with, but it’s perfect in its ambiguous way. On the surface, things seem to be a-okay, but look closer, and you’ll see a huge amount of heartbreak, pain and agony just awaiting. That’s as much as I’ll say, as this definitely deserves to be seen. Aka, my favorite film of the year that was 2013.

Well, there you have it, folks! Hope you enjoyed yourselves and liked what I had to throw out at you! Sorry if some of it was a bit more than you probably expected, but it was all coming to me in one, fell-swoop, so you must sympathize. Anyway though, I would definitely like to say thanks to all of those loyal readers, commentators and supporters who have been here for me this past year. Who knows where I’d be without you guys, and if it weren’t for you, DTMMR would have been over a long, LONG time ago. Regardless, let’s make this next year even better, shall we?

Photo’s Credit to: IMDBColliderJobloComingSoon.net

Classic movie scenes change your life forever

Classic movie scenes change your life forever

Have you ever stopped to think about just how classic movie scenes really do change your life forever?
This may be for the better – but it’s usually for the worse. But then we homo-sapiens do love to be scared in the name of entertainment. So let me illustrate; tell me, really, have you ever been able to swim in deep sea water that you can’t see underneath and been relaxed in doing so since you first saw Jaws?
You see what I mean? So whether we really want them to be or not, many classic movie scenes are indelibly etched into our memories forever.
And perhaps this is something we really need to think about before we go to see any new movies? After all, we may emerge from the movie theater completely changed people. After all, have you ever been able to push through a clearing in the woods or a forest without hearing the first few twangy notes of “ Dueling Banjos” since you first saw Deliverance? If so, good for you – but for many of us, the very understandable fear lives on!
Or how about the bursting of alien from John Hurt’s stomach? If you ever have a severe belly ache, it’s difficult to get that particular compulsive thought out of your head. And who can ever forget the screeching music from that scene in Psycho when taking a shower behind a curtain?
The bad list goes on and on – far longer than the good stuff. But there are some nicer moments. So for example, how many of us could really walk across a New York subway grating and not think about Marilyn Monroe’s dress blowing upwards from The Seven Year Itch?
The fact is that classic scenes fundamentally affect our lives forever more once they’re etched into our memories – whether we like it or not. So maybe you should think twice before you go and see Fast and Furious 6, because you’ll never be able to drive down a remote canyon highway again without thinking you’re going to get a wire rope across our windshield.

My Predictions for the 2013 Oscars

Everybody, everybody, everybody!

It’s that time of the year again that we’ve all been waiting for. A whole year has been prepping for this and it’s finally come! The 2013 Oscars!

WOOOOO-HOOO!!

Since the Ceremony is tonight (let’s hope Seth MacFarlane doesn’t pull a James and Anne), here are my predictions on what could possibly happen, and a tiny-bit of my own thoughts because let’s face it: nobody is ever fully-pleased with the Academy Awards! That’s just the way the world works, people, but hey, enough of me, let’s get on with the predictions, shall we?

BEST PICTURE:

Will Win: Argo

Should Win: Django Unchained

Dark Horse: Lincoln

BEST ACTRESS:

Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence

Should Win: Jessica Chastain

Dark Horse: Emmanuelle Riva

BEST ACTOR:

Will Win: Daniel-Day Lewis

Should Win: Joaquin Phoenix

Dark Horse: Denzel Washington (nobody will ever beat DDL)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Will Win: Tommy Lee Jones

Should Win: Christoph Waltz

Dark Horse: Philip Seymour Hoffman

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Will Win: Anne Hathaway

Should Win: Anne Hathaway

Dark Horse: Amy Adams (like she’s gonna win)

BEST ANIMATED FILM:

Will Win: Wreck-it Ralph

Should Win: Wreck-it Ralph

Dark Horse: Brave

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT, BEST ANIMATED SHORT, BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE-ACTION):

I never had a chance to see any of these flicks. But I’m sure they are fine pieces of short-cinema, and hope somebody wins here.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Will Win: Life of Pi

Should Win: Life of Pi

Dark Horse: Lincoln

BEST  COSTUME DESIGN:

Will Win: Lincoln

Should Win: Les Miserables

Dark Horse: Anna Karenina

BEST DIRECTOR:

Will Win: Steven Spielberg

Should Win: Ang Lee

Dark Horse: David O. Russell

BEST DOCUMENTARY:

Will Win: Searching for Sugar Man

Should Win: The Invisible War

Dark Horse: How to Survive a Plague

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:

Will Win: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Should Win: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Dark Horse: Les Miserables

BEST EDITING:

Will Win: Argo

Should Win: Zero Dark Thirty

Dark Horse: Lincoln

BEST FOREIGN FILM:

Will Win: Amour

Should Win: Amour

Dark Horse: No

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

Will Win: Lincoln

Should Win: Lincoln

Dark Horse: Life of Pi

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

Will Win: “Skyfall”

Should Win: “Skyfall”

Dark Horse: “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” (the guy’s hosting, so why the hell not?!?)

BEST SOUND EDITING:

Will Win: Life of Pi

Should Win: Life of Pi

Dark Horse: Django Unchained

BEST SOUND MIXING:

Will Win: Life of Pi

Should Win: Life of Pi

Dark Horse: Skyfall

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

Will Win: Life of Pi

Should Win: Life of Pi

Dark Horse: Marvel’s The Avengers (would be pretty awesome)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

Will Win: Lincoln

Should Win: Silver Linings Playbook

Dark Horse: Argo

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Will Win: Django Unchained

Should Win: Django Unchained

Dark Horse: Moonrise Kingdom

So, there ya have it, folks! Another year down, another year for the Oscar’s. Enjoy and have fun! Let’s hope that Big Ben pulls it out big in the end.

Top 10 for 2012

I know, I know, I know! This list is way past-due, but it took me so long to rile-up every movie that I watched in 2012, count-down the top 10, and see exactly which ones did it the most for me. I’ve finally been able to get them altogether now, and needless to say: what a freakin’ year, man! 2012 was one of the finer-years of movie-going that I have ever had the pleasure of being apart of and definitely re-affirmed my love for the art of film and the joy of going out to theaters, getting some popcorn, a nice soda, plopping my rotund-butt in the seat, and just allowing the film to take me by surprise. Some movies were greater than others, but nonetheless, it goes without saying that 2012 was a great year for movie-lovers out there and let’s just hope that 2013, kicks as much ass.

Now, on with the list:

 10. Killing Them Softly

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A movie that totally bombed-out at the box-office, but didn’t deserve to. It’s like an old-school thriller where the director was more concerned with building-up tension through classy-conversations about life, crime, drugs, guns, money, and most importantly: politics. The political-message was a tad overbearing at times and did take away from the final-product, but when you have a cast chock full of stars like Pitt, Gandolfini (who I think deserved an Oscar nomination), Liotta, Jenkins, McNairy, and Mendelsohn, then you can never, ever go wrong, no matter what type of ideas you may be throwing my way.

9. The Master

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 Not as masterful (see what I did there?) as PT Anderson’s past flicks, but still pretty mind-boggling and enticing in it’s own right. Anderson always knows how to make any shot a work of beauty; Johnny Greenwood always knows how to make any type of object sound like a piece of music with tense and methodical rhythm  and Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams, always know how to give-off great performances, no matter what the material may be. Whether or not it’s about Scientology and all of it’s crazy, mumbo-jumbo, is entirely up to you. Just be ready to be totally and completely surprised by what you see Anderson swing at you.

 8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

2012, THE PERKS OF BEING WALLFLOWER

Maybe the fact that I just got out of high-school is why I was so taken-away by this movie, but nonetheless: I still loved the hell out of this one. It reminded me of my old days where I would just slum around in the hall-ways, go to class and hope I got a good grade on that test I probably cheated on, walk with my friends to class, gossip about the new couples, see what’s going to happen on-weekends, and just get absolutely trashed in somebody’s basement. Yeah, you know, the finer things in life and if that sounds like a bore to you, then trust me: get ready to be surprised by this movie’s charm. It had me crying by the end, and I’m sure it will have you doing the same, as well.

7. Silver Linings Playbook

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Being from Philadelphia and currently residing in the Delaware County area; this movie totally resonated with me for many reasons that may seem obvious by that last statement, but still hit me harder than I expected. It’s funny, witty, and very, very quick at-times, but in the center of all the craziness and madness that ensues and surrounds it, is a relatively sweet, and understandable romance between two nut-balls that you cheer for from beginning-to-end. If this doesn’t have you smile at least once, then I think you might just have to trade in your old soul, for a new one.

6. The Avengers 

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Although I merely forgot about once the Dark Knight Rises came around town, the Avengers was still the movie that promised everything from about 4-years of build-up, and I still craved more. It’s fun, hilarious, action-packed, beautiful to look-at, well-acted, and filled with all of your favorite superheros that you have spent countless movies just watching, hoping that one day they would all get together for one, glorious cream-fest of nerdiness. Thankfully, that time came and it was freakin’ awesome.

5. Les Miserables 

Don't lie, you'd still tap that.

Musicals usually aren’t my flavor-savors, unless they are done right. However: this is what it looks like when a musical is done right. The performances are beautiful and the style in which Tom Hooper allowed his stars to sing, naturally and live, gave the movie a more realistic, if theatrical feeling. I teared-up many-a-times, and already have the soundtrack on my Ipod. But if anybody asks you about that, please: do not tell them the truth. I’m still trying my hardest to hold onto to some sort of my macho-man exterior.

4. Zero Dark Thirty 

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One of the more controversial flicks of the year, but all of that hubbabaloo aside: this movie is freakin’ awesome! Bigelow’s direction takes it’s time with it’s story, where it wants to go, it’s characters, and it’s history, and always allows there to be tension in even the slightest-bit of scenes. Everybody complains about it being too talky, too long, and too much about a bunch of people without any, actual character development, but in all honesty: who gives a shit? It’s a powerful flick that encapsulates an entire decade into a near-3-hours, and leaves you with a sequence where we all know the outcome to, but yet, still takes you for a ride regardless.

3. The Invisible War

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One of those documentaries that does everything right in it’s precision, it’s ideas, and it’s delivery, but still left me wanting more. That’s not a bad thing, either, as this flick goes through all of the motions of presenting it’s subject, and giving us a total hammering of why it’s so messed-up and how freakin’ stupid the legal system can be, especially when it comes to the Army. The review I posted was more of a rant, with some critiquing here and there, but regardless of what you may take away from my words, know this: what this movie speaks about and approaches, is still happening and it’s an absolute nightmare to think about. Will there ever be an end? Who the hell knows! But what I do know is that this documentary was a total eye-opener and really had me angry, upset, sad, pissed-off, and determined to do something about what’s wrong with the world we live in.

2. The Dark Knight Rises 

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In the past 7 years, Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has taken what we have come to know and expect with the superhero genre, and absolutely spin it on it’s side. That being said, we all knew this time would eventually come and no matter how many tears were shed (mine included), it was all time for us to say bye-bye to Master Wayne, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, and all of our other favorite Batman characters we have come to know and love throughout the years. But still, what a way to go out! Even though some will say that it wasn’t as good as it’s predecessor, I think it absolutely accomplished that promise, if not more. It’s just about as epic as you’re going to get with a movie, let alone a superhero movie, and as the final scene rolled-in and the trilogy was about to be over, tears came streaming down my face as we saw Batman ride-away, one last time. One of the more memorable, movie-going experiences I had last year and was definitely numero uno for the longest time, that was until I saw….

1. Django Unchained

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Quentin Tarantino has, and will forever be a favorite of mine and his latest, is probably one of his best (if that even means anything, anymore). The look, the feel, the characters, the dialogue, and the story is all original, but the real joy and delight of this movie was watching the cast just absolutely have a freakin’ ball with each, and every one of their roles. Jamie Foxx does a great job as the titular-named Django, where he turns the charm, on-and-off whenever the plot needs him to, and definitely never shines away from being the main character. Christoph Waltz is adorably witty and hilarious as the sympathetic  yet brutal bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz, and shows that there is more to him than just playing an angry Jew-hunter. Samuel L. Jackson plays Stephen and comes-off like the total and complete Uncle Tom-like character we see in all of those old comics and cartoons, but in the end: turns-out to be more of a smart and menacing character that does not deserved to be fucked with and shows Jackson at his loudest, his craziest, and also, his most sinister. And last, but sure as hell not least, is Leonardo DiCaprio as the evil, but charming-as-hell slave owner; Calvin Candie. DiCaprio gives great performances, year-after-year, yet never seems to really get the type of recognition he deserves. Hell, some could ague that maybe his performance here hasn’t gotten him that type of recognition either (mainly because he was terrible snubbed at the Oscar’s this year), but still: the guy is amazing here and is in top-form, unlike anything we have ever seen him do before. He’s funny, bad-ass, cool, slick, smart, but also very, very scary in the way he can just change his look and person in a matter of seconds and the way that DiCaprio toys with your mind, is just another way to show you that Tarantino knows the type of people he chooses for his roles and what makes them so damn fit for his writing-style. Controversy aside, this was my favorite and most enjoyable flick of 2012 and one that I ventured-out to see not once, not twice, not even three times, but four times! And yet, I still have not had enough.

Hope you all liked what you saw, and let me know what you think about the list! As always, stay cool, peeps.

P.S. That’s not a new slogan I’m trying-out, it’s just what came to me first. Unless you want it to be a new slogan of mine, then we could definitely see that happen more and more from now on. Either way, let me know!

My Predictions for the 2012 Oscars

It’s that time again everybody!

If you have checked the internet, let alone even turned on your computer within the past week or so, you’ve probably realized that there is a lot of these predictions and thoughts going down on the Oscars for this year. So for every year, I give my predictions on who I think is going to win, who should win, and who surprisingly could pull one off, if the Academy feels like really shocking the hell out of people. However knowing the Academy, that never happens. But enough of my talking, here’s what I think may go down:

BEST PICTURE:

Will Win: The Artist

Should Win: The Tree of Life

Dark Horse: War Horse (my attempt at humor)

BEST ACTRESS:

Will Win: Meryl Streep

Should Win: Viola Davis

Dark Horse: Michelle Williams

BEST ACTOR:

Will Win: George Clooney

Should Win: Brad Pitt

Dark Horse: Gary Oldman

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Will Win: Christopher Plummer

Should Win: Christopher Plummer

Dark Horse: Max Von Seydow

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Will Win: Octavia Spencer

Should Win: Octavia Spencer

Dark Horse: Berenice Bejo

BEST ANIMATED FILM:

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT, BEST ANIMATED SHORT, BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE-ACTION):

I didn’t see any of these flicks they have nominated but hey, I hope somebody here wins.

BEST ART DIRECTION:

Will Win: Hugo

Should Win: Hugo

Dark Horse: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Will Win: Hugo

Should Win: The Tree of Life

Dark Horse: The Artist

BEST  COSTUME DESIGN:

Will Win: The Artist

Should Win: Anonymous

Dark Horse: Jane Eyre

BEST DIRECTOR:

Will Win: Martin Scorsese

Should Win: Terrence Malick

Dark Horse: Michel Hazanavicius

BEST DOCUMENTARY:

Will Win: Pina

Should Win: Hell and Back Again (the only documentary from this whole list that I actually saw)

Dark Horse: Undefeated

BEST MAKEUP:

Will Win: Albert Nobbs

Should Win: Albert Nobbs

Dark Horse: The Iron Lady

BEST EDITING:

Will Win: Hugo

Should Win: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Dark Horse: The Artist

BEST FOREIGN FILM:

Will Win: A Separation

Should Win: A Separation

Dark Horse: Bullhead

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

Will Win: The Artist

Should Win: The Artist

Dark Horse: Hugo

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

Will Win: “Man or Muppet”

Should Win: “Man or Muppet”

Dark Horse: The only other nominated song in this crap category

BEST SOUND EDITING:

Will Win: Hugo

Should Win: Hugo

Dark Horse: Drive (wouldn’t that be awesome to hear as an Oscar winner?)

BEST SOUND MIXING:

Will Win: Hugo

Should Win: Hugo

Dark Horse: Transfomers 3

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

Will Win: Hugo

Should Win: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Dark Horse: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

Will Win: Hugo

Should Win: Moneyball

Dark Horse: The Descendants

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Will Win: Midnight in Paris

Should Win: Midnight in Paris

Dark Horse: Bridesmaids (come on, shitting in a sink would then be considered Oscar quality)

There ya have it folks. Once again, another year of film-watching, thus another year of staying up late and watching an Awards show that has no meaning but still has me finding the closest television possible just so I can catch a glimpse of it. It’s definitely a lot more predictable this year around, but hey, it’s all fun and games and there’s even some Billy Crystal to watch this year as well. I hope you liked my picks, and if not say something about it in the comments section so we can duke it out verbally. As always, have a great time watching the show and hopefully they don’t do that stupid dance routine for the Best Original Score category…

Peace!!

Top 10 of 2011

Howdy everybody! Sorry that it took me forever to get this list up and running but for some reason, I just have been so lazy that I keep on forgetting. Anywho, 2011 was a pretty solid none the less and I saw so many damn films. Of course, some were better than others but if I have to give my final consensus on the year of 2011, I would have to say “nice”. Now, onto the list:

10. We Need to Talk About Kevin

A flick that’s very hard to watch at times and provided me with the scary fact that I could be sitting right next to a kid that’s like Kevin everyday in class, and just not know it. Also showed me that Tilda Swinton is a great actress and not just one-note.

9. Shame

Definitely one of the more controversial films of the year and with good reason. The sex scenes stay in your mind forever, Fassbender lets all hang-out (in more ways than one), and it also marks my first NC-17 viewing.

8. Super 8

My first 9/10 for the year and definitely one of the better Summer blockbusters I saw all year. Brought me back to the good old days and made me happy to say that I could definitely see a younger version of myself in the fat kid. He was awesome.

7. The Muppets

One of the better comedies of the year without ever being mean, insulting, or dirty in any way. Also made me realize how much I missed these guys and also that Chris Cooper can sure as hell rap.

6. Take Shelter

A film that took a premise that is pretty simple, and made it even more tense, mysterious, and a hell of a lot more realistic than I could ever imagine. I also hope that this makes Michael Shannon one step closer to being a house-hold name because he definitely gives one of the better performances of the year.

5. Bellflower

Really impressive debut that shows you can still make a great flick, even if you aren’t backed by any any major studio from Hollywood, which in turn, made me realize that maybe I could make my own flick with my buds but maybe not as effed up as this one.

4. I Saw the Devil

Tense from start to finish, awesome action sequences, and a story that just got better and better with every twist it threw in there. In short: Koreans are some effed up people.

3. Young Adult

Really surprised by how much I liked this because Mavis Gary was a total bitch but somehow Charlize Theron made me sympathize with her. It was also great to see that Diablo Cody could actually make a script without using lingo like “WTF” or other hip lingo.

2. The Tree of Life

Terrence Malick took forever to get this flick done and with good reason because it’s one of his best that brought me along with the emotional story and the beautiful images he always supplies. Still had no idea what were with those dinosaurs though.

1. 50/50

The one film that made me laugh, feel emotional, and tear up like a little girl during the last 10 minutes. Definitely my favorite flick of the year without a doubt and it’s a shame that this didn’t get a single Oscar but when I think about it, it doesn’t matter because everybody because these are also the same dudes who nominated ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’ for Best Picture. Dumb asses.

The Big 18

On this miraculous day 18 years ago, a star was born. Yes, everybody it is that time for me to start my adulthood. It’s crazy because as I get older, I realize more and more that I’ve actually have had this site going for about three years now, and I’m not stopping anytime soon! I just want to say thank you to all of you who kept on checking me out all the time, commenting on my ish, and always giving me the support I have always needed. No review for today, but tomorrow I’ll be back in action. Thanks everybody!

Groovers & Mobsters Present: The Buddy Flick

So Fandango Groovers and Movie Mobsters have always been doing this little thing where they present a little type of film genre, and a couple of people choose what films to talk about, and I have just been chosen as one of those people. So here goes nothing.

Trainspotting (1996)

      “1,000 years from now there will be no guys and no girls, just wankers. Sounds great to me.” – Mark “Rent-boy” Renton

We have all heard and said before: “Drugs are bad”. However, being an addict of any drug isn’t always as bleak as it seems. I do not take any drugs, but I can easily say that no matter what, you never forget about the people around you. So when I was told all about this little piece, and how to contribute, I couldn’t think of a better “buddy film” than Danny Boyle’s 1996 trip into the drug world, Trainspotting.

The central premise behind Trainspotting is about an on-again-off-again Scottish heroin junkie named Renton and the eccentric group of on-again-off-again heroin junkies he hangs out with. This plot line may not make it seem as crazy, but I have to tell you, some stuff really gets out-of-hand, and not in a good way either. And yet, it’s not a bleak picture by any stretch, which made this so much more unusual of a film because everybody is so used to the dark and depressing anti-drug film that will more or less put you on drugs, rather than stir you away from it. There is a constant energy throughout this film filled with humor, gags, and of course, heroin. For every silly and fun moment, there is an equally sad and dark moment. Even though all of these people are on drugs, you still want to somehow hang out with them, because their just so darn lovable.

This was a launching pad for almost every one involved. Danny Boyle had only one film before this and now has a Best Director Oscar thanks to Slumdog Millionaire. Ewan McGregor is in so much, but mostly known as Obi-Wan. Ewen Bremner doesn’t really do much but pops up every once and awhile, Johnny Lee Miller was in Dexter, Robert Carlyle shows up in many films, and Kelly Macdonald has made a real career for herself in roles in stuff like No Country for Old Men, Nanny McPhee, and most famously, Boardwalk Empire.

Trainspotting is one of those films that just is so much fun to watch, even though it has some terribly depressing subject matter. Boyle does a great job of not rubbing our noses in all the crappy situations these characters are put in, he just tells us basically everything we need to know in order to figure it out for ourselves. Trainspotting may be dark but I can promise you, you will have a great time, and stay away from heroin forever.

If you all want to check out the other posts from this little piece, go here. Thanks everybody for reading!

Vote for the 2011 LAMMY Awards!


If you are a LAMB member, it is now your time to finally be able to vote your favourite LAMB blogs and as well as bloggers in the 2011 LAMMY Awards. You can find more information on the event and voting process here. Also, if you would like to, I’d be very thankful you could give me a little bit of voting love, specifically in the categories of “Best Blog”, “Best Movie Reviewer”, and Best New LAMB. Thanks for reading everybody, and when you can get out there and vote, and put a little something in there for me please!

Oscar Predictions and Thoughts for 2011

So as everyone among the film community know, it is Oscar time babyyyyy!!! So that means get ready for some of the biggest upsets, wins, and probably tearful moments of the year. It was a great year in the film, and this is what has all come down to it people. The big night, and here are my predictions, I hope I do well.

Best Animated Feature: Will Win: Toy Story 3 Should Win: Toy Story 3 Wild Card: How To Train Your Dragon

Best Documentary Feature: Will Win: Restrepo Should Win: Restrepo Wild Card: Exit Through The Gift Shop

Best Foreign Language Film: Will Win: In a Better World Should Win: Dogtooth Wild Card: Biutiful

Best Documentary Short, Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short: Will Win: Can’t say I care too much

Best Editing: Will Win: The Social Network Should Win: The Social Network Wild Card: Black Swan

Best Cinematography: Will Win: True Grit Should Win: Inception Wild Card: The King’s Speech

Best Visual Effects: Will Win: Inception Should Win: Inception Wild Card: Alice in Wonderland

Best Sound Editing: Will Win: Inception Should Win: Inception Wild Card: Unstoppable

Best Sound Mixing: Will Win: Inception Should Win: Inception Wild Card: The Social Network

Best Art Direction: Will Win: Alice in Wonderland Should Win: Inception Wild Card: The King’s Speech

Best Costume Design: Will Win: Alice in Wonderland Should Win: Alice in Wonderland Wild Card: True Grit

Best Makeup: Will Win: The Wolfman Should Win: The Way Back

Best Original Score: Will Win: The Social Network Should Win: The Social Network Wild Card: Inception

Best Original Song: Will Win: We Belong Together (Toy Story 3) Should Win: We Belong Together (Toy Story 3) Wild Card: I See The Light (Tangled)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Will Win: The Social Network Should Win: The Social Network Wild Card: 127 Hours

Best Original Screenplay: Will Win: The King’s Speech Should Win: Inception Wild Card: The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress: Will Win: Hailee Steinfeld Should Win: Melissa Leo Wild Card: Amy Adams

Best Supporting Actor: Will Win: Christian Bale Should Win: Christian Bale Wild Card: Geoffrey Rush

Best Actor: Will Win: Colin Firth Should Win: Jesse Eisenberg Wild Card: James Franco

Best Actress: Will Win: Natalie Portman Should Win: Natalie Portman Wild Card: Annette Bening

Best Director: Will Win: David Fincher Should Win: David Fincher Wild Card: Tom Hooper

Best Picture: Will Win: The King’s Speech Should Win: The Social Network Wild Card: Toy Story 3

I must say that this is a pretty solid year for the Oscar’s this year. All the nominees look just about right the only problem is how will the picks turn out? This year, everything seems like it’s coming down to Old School (The King’s Speech) vs. New School (The Social Network). The past couple of years The Academy (I hate that word) has been looking more towards hip, new films to win it’s Oscar Best Picture. Films such as Slumdog Millionaire, The Hurt Locker, and American Beauty have all been unconventional new films that have seen their taste of Best Picture gold. But there has also been countless period piece wins for films such as Gladiator, Shakespeare In Love, and The English Patient. Also, many other major award shows have already presented the Best Picture win to The King’s Speech which is really chasing up people’s noses, as many other award shows have been choosing The Social Network as theirs. In my opinion, I liked Inception more than both of them, and yeah it’s nominated, but in all honesty it has no chance of winning. When it comes down to it I think that The Social Network should win, because it is an age-defining film, that went from being known as “The Facebook Movie” to being known as the top contender for every Oscar it’s nominated for. I hope that The Academy goes for the new school, because if they had The King’s Speech win, everyone would feel robbed really.

As for Best Actor, I think that Firth deserves to win for all his years dedicate to films, but Eisenberg fully deserves it. I think what the Academy is doing more and more now, is honoring actors & actresses not for just a certain performance they had, but their careers and saying that it’s their time. I don’t mind seeing stars like Jeff Bridges, Kate Winslet, or Colin Firth win an Oscar, because of the career they have but I’d rather see the “best performance of the year award” go to the BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR.

When it comes to the Best Actress category, it seems like Natalie Portman is the sole winner for here, as she has won almost every single Best Actress nomination at every award show. However, there is once again that little idea that it’s Annette Bening’s “time” to win, as she has been nominated twice, and still has not won yet even though her career has been going on for so long. I want Portman to win, and most likely she will, but I still have a feeling that The Academy may pull something out of their pockets and surprise us all with a Bening win.

I’m very disappointed that my main man Christopher Nolan was not nominated for Best Director this year. He was snubbed for The Dark Knight, and now he’s being snubbed again, and it just pisses me off knowing that certain directors that do such a good job with daring material, don’t get the credit they deserve. I think if Nolan was nominated, he should have won, but I know it’s The Oscars, and not everything works out the right way.

This year had great films, and I’m glad to see that the Oscars have turned out to be this way. I loved 2010 as a year, and the films made it awesome. Here’s to 2011, and let’s just hope that the Oscars are awesome.

Thanks everybody for always reading, and keep on checking!!

Top 10 of 2010

I’m not going to lie, but 2010 was a pretty good year film wise. Of course it started off pretty weak, got a little bit better in the summa time, and then come the fall to winter season, it was just simply bangin’! I had a great time with watching films this year, and these were probably my 10 favorite, even though I almost enjoy all visits. Don’t forget to click on the titles to get the full reviews.

P.S. Sorry that this is so so so late, I just needed more time to watch the very good movies of the year.

Enjoy!

10. Shutter Island

A film everybody disliked because it wasn’t a masterpiece like everybody was expecting from Scorsese. Still very mind-boggling at times, and shows you that Scorsese really can do it all!

9. 127 Hours

One of the more entertaining films of the year, about a guy in a stuck between a rock. Never though Danny Boyle could have pulled it off, but he does, and with Franco there, it’s even better.

8. Buried

Much like 127 Hours, very entertaining even though it takes in one place. Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and proves that Reynolds could also be a force to reckoned with when it comes to dramatic acting.

7. The Town

Shows that Ben Affleck is not just a flash in the pan when it comes to directing. When it comes to the well-picked ensemble, and awesome heist scenes, this film is a reminder why “cat-and-mouse game” films are so fun to watch.

natalie6. Black Swan

Completely messes with your mind, mainly because of the tense direction from Darren Aronofsky. Also, Natalie Portman plus Mila Kunis lesbian action! What’s there not to enjoy.

5. Blue Valentine

Basically the total downer of the year, but Williams and Gosling make it worth your while. Definitely not the perfect date movie however.

4. The Fighter

One of the more entertaining times I had at the movies this year, mainly because this was my Christmas treat this year. But it’s the ensemble that shines, and Bale will hopefully finally get that Oscar he has deserved for a long time.

3. The Social Network

I know everybody will be shocked to see this isn’t my favorite of the year, but it still is an amazing film. Perfectly acted, directed, and written, and made me feel pretty guilty about using a site that has become second-nature to me.

2. Inception

One of the more original and thrilling films of the year, and proves that Christopher Nolan is one of the perfect minds in film right now. Also, one of my favorite posts of the year, as it was my most read, and I also had a great time writing it.

1. Toy Story 3

The only 10/10 this year, and down right deserves it too. It brought me back to the good old days of watching the first two, as well as playing with my toys, and those last 10 minutes had me crying like the big baby that I’am. Loved it so much, and will always keep a special place in my heart.

Other Films To Mention

Leaves of Grass

A film that not many liked, but I took it as what it was, and was totally surprised with everything I got. Deserves everybody’s attention, and has a hilarious double performance from Norton.

I Love You Phillip Morris

Should have been released like 5 years ago, but it came out this year, and was I ever so glad. Jim Carrey gives one of his best performances of his brilliant career.

Date Night
One of the bigger surprises of the year, and although not many others enjoyed it as much as I did, this still provided plenty of laughs I needed so early in a year like this.

Well everybody, that was my top 10 in the year of 2010. Some may hate me, some may love me after they read this list, but either way doesn’t matter to me because I still had a great time. I want to say thank you to all of you out there, who have always taken time out of your day to either comment or read my reviews. I know my writing may not be the best, and I know that I’m not the most coherent reader of all-time, I just enjoy writing, and watching. Thank you all for this year, and here’s hoping that 2011 is even better!

So long every0ne, and remember, always read and comment! Thank you!

Dan O.

Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot……..

Hello everybody, since it is a new year and all, I thought it was quite exceptional, that to start it off so grand I would be nominated for a Best Review Blog at Total Film. So all I’am saying people is pleaseeeeee voteeee forrr meeee. I know I’m not the greatest writer out there ever, but all I want is just some help everybody. I would love to get somewhere close to 20 votes. So please all off my fellow readers, please give me some of the love. If you vote for me, let me know, so when I see you, I can give you a very manly shake, or very womanly hug. Whichever one you prefer, I’m down with. The name is Dan The Mans Movie Reviews, and all you have to do is click that little thingy right next to it, and hit “vote”, and boom goes the dynamite! Thanks everybody I hope you all can vote for yours truly, and remember do what you do best, keep on reading, and watching.

http://www.totalfilm.com/features/the-2011-total-film-movie-blog-awards/page:6

Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all a good eat!!!

Well everyone, it’s that time of the year, where you just pig out non-stop on anything you can find. I’m having some nice Turkey, with mashed potatoes, corn, and of course to top it all off, gravyyyyy! Yummmmmmmmmmm! I can’t wait, so for today I’m just going to send you guys off with this little Thanksgiving Day treat, and be on my way, and do whatever it is people do on Thanksgiving.

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!!