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My 10 Favorite Films of 2013

February 24, 2014 3 comments
image via Deadline.com

12 Years a Slave image via Deadline.com

Well, my goal to create a list of my favorite films of 2013 BEFORE the Oscar telecast on March 5th has finally been met. Many are touting ’13 as one of the more memorable years for film in recent memory, and I’d have to agree. As soon as the fall/winter awards season arrived, it seemed as if one interesting film after another was out every weekend. That’s the way it should be — it’s not called “awards season” for nothing — but 2013 was extra impressive.

Auteurs really made their mark. Directors like Scorsese, Allen, Jonze, Greengrass and Payne showed off why they’re so highly regarded as artists. It was a great year of some career-best performances from people like Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman, Matthew McConaughey and Michael Read more…

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A Quick Note About David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’ with Robert Pattinson

April 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Some of my Cronenberg classics.

Hell must have frozen over. I’m writing about Twilight star Robert Pattinson for the second time in less than a month. But it can’t be helped– Cosmopolis looks amazing! There are two new trailers out for the film that expand significantly on the original (which I wrote about here).

The film will bow at the Cannes Film Festival this year and I can’t wait to hear what kind of buzz starts. I was similarly excited around this time last year when I saw the trailer for Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method and I was not left disappointed, so I hope Read more…

And the New ‘RoboCop’ is… Some Guy No One Really Knows…

March 4, 2012 1 comment

RoboCop takes on Boddicker

Well, it looks like we have our next robotic defender of old Detroit: the one and only Joel Kinnaman. Don’t worry– I don’t really know anything about him either. I’m disappointed the producers/director didn’t nab Michael Fassbender for the titular role, but that’s all right. Going with a relatively unknown actor is certainly not the worst idea. Chris Pine stepped up quite well to the plate as Captain Kirk in Star Trek, and hey, Al Pacino was a total nobody when he made The Godfather (there’s no way in hell Kinnaman’s RoboCop will match up with Michael Corleone, but you get my point). The director, Jose Padilha, and Kinnaman aren’t high profile, so I expect they’re taking this remake extremely seriously. After all, this has all makings of a major franchise if they get the equation right.

I’m still skeptical about this whole idea, but there’s one thing that will help assuage my fears a bit, and that is the casting of the villain. I’ve heard no rumblings about Read more…

Nothing Overly Profound About the ‘RoboCop’ Reboot

February 2, 2012 Leave a comment

I tend to go back and forth when it comes to remakes of films I love. For instance, when I heard there would be a Straw Dogs remake, I was appalled. However, when I heard about the RoboCop reboot, I was surprisingly not reduced to screaming and vomiting out of pure disgust. I love the original RoboCop and I hate the idea of a shoddy, watered down remake. BUT I am excited by the idea of a good remake and a fresh perspective. Granted, I was more enthralled by the concept when the superb Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct (José Padilha is steering the boat now).

A mural of RoboCop

Screenwriter Nick Schenk is said to be taking on the task of writing a draft of the script. Gran Torino is his claim to fame, and although it’s not my favorite movie, I think the addition of Schenk is a pretty positive sign. Most interesting is the rumored casting of the titular character. The names that have been mentioned the loudest so far have been the following: Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, and Russell Crowe. Interesting and vastly Read more…

My (unnecessary) Disgust with the Oscars

January 26, 2012 2 comments

Well, I mentioned in previous posts (here and here) how much I loved the performances this year of Michael Fassbender in Shame and Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin. About the thespians, I said, “It’s a good thing these two aren’t competing with one another for awards because I would be at a loss when choosing a favorite.” Thanks to the oh-so-wise-and-cutting-edge  jackasses at the Academy, I’m in no danger of choosing my favorite actor or actress this year.

I hate to say it, but I was fuming when I read the Oscar nominees that were announced on Tuesday morning. I know it’s silly to be so incensed over something so trivial and vain, but I feel like I am the Academy Awards demographic– I love movies! I love the art Read more…

My Thoughts on ‘Haywire’

January 21, 2012 3 comments

Ever since the era of Bourne Identity and Casino Royale, movies have turned the corner and mostly left behind the Crouching Tiger-meets-Matrix high-flying, slow-motion fights. There’s a new brand of brutality being practiced in film fighting. We movie fans can now hear the painful crushing of bone, the pounding of flesh, and the dull thud of a skull meeting a sidewalk better than ever. Personally, I believe this to be a positive. Lucky for us all, these fights welcome all genders.

Haywire, directed by the sometimes brilliant and usually interesting Steven Soderbergh, is an impressive spy/action/thriller in all the ways Read more…