‘Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood’

A few non spoilery thoughts on number 9 out of 10 from Quentin… This was his love letter to the LA he grew up in, and it shows. The atmosphere is before my time, but Hollywood and some of the specific locations played well (especially with the LA crowd I saw it with). The Dome, […]

‘Allied’

  The fantastic hypothetical, ‘What would you do if you had to kill your spouse as a matter of national security?’ is the basis of Allied, the new Robert Zemeckis film that opened this week. Two of the world’s beautiful people, Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, star as the potentially doomed couple in a film that right […]

2012 Oscar Preview Part IV: Best Picture

Alright, let’s look at the biggie: Best Picture Who I Want to Win: Hm.  Good movies this year, but nothing that feels like ‘I’ll stop whatever I’m doing when this comes on cable next year’.  I’d say ‘Moneyball’ but now I want to pull a ‘reverse jaded’ move (yep, made that word up) since Pitt was […]

2012 Oscar Preview, Part III: The Actors

And now, let’s talk about the gents… Best Actor in a Supporting Role Who I Want to Win: The film is earning its own cult, but Nick Nolte was the heart of Warrior, and turned in one of his better performances. Who Should Win: One of the rare times where who I want to win is I think should […]

Moneyball

As far as book to film translations go, Moneyball is an entertaining movie that keeps the spirit of the book.  ‘How does a small market team compete/win in the imbalanced world of modern baseball?’  Brad Pitt produces and stars as Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s GM who ‘revolutionized’ the game by incorporating new math formulas […]

Megamind

  Wisely getting a headstart before Harry Potter takes over in a couple weeks, Megamind is actually not a bad family film.  While not as deep and three dimensional as any of the Pixar films, it’s still an enjoyable hour and a half for adults and kids alike.  Starting with the premise, “What would happen […]

Inglorious Basterds

  This one’s been out for a minute, but with the Oscars next weekend I made a point to check out Inglorious Basterds tonight.  I’m not a Tarantino fanboy, but as a film fanatic that man’s craftmanship cannot be denied.  The two Kill Bill movies are still two of my favorites of the past ten […]

State of Play

  Thrillers are one of my favorite genres, bar none. The ‘newsroom thriller’ has provided some great films over the years (most notably All The President’s Men).  I read Roger Ebert’s review of this film; he thinks newspaper thrillers will continue, even if the newspaper itself dies off in the next couple of years.  I […]

Best Actor

  Here are the nominees for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Richard Jenkins in ‘The Visitor’ Frank Langella in ‘Frost/Nixon’ Sean Penn in ‘Milk’ Brad Pitt in ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ Mickey Rourke in ‘The Wrestler’ What Could Happen:  This is probably, probably a two man race.  Sean Penn […]

My Golden Globe Pics

  Alright gang, the Globes is this weekend, and as you can probably guess, I’ve seen almost every nominated film and performance.  Here are my picks for the film categories: Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy or Musical I could make a case for Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia (the biggest hit) or […]