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The Return of Sweeney Todd

I think we can all be honest that Johnny Depp has been dropping the ball the last few years, both with his overall performances and his choice of movies. Since Sweeney Todd in 2007 the only piece of work worthy of discussing is “Rango” and that was an animated feature. All in all, Johnny Depp is a 3 time Academy Award nominee who needs a rejuvenating film and I think he’s found it. The new trailer for his upcoming film “The Rum Diary” has been released and it looks fantastic. The irony of this film is that it is based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson who Depp portrayed brilliantly in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” So check out the trailer below and let me know what you think!

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in Movies

 

Getting My Hopes Up

It’s about that time of year where almost every movie that comes out is hoping for some Oscar buzz, and it’s also the time of year where I get way to invested in a few actors who I think deserve the recognition. More often then not, my hopes and prayers for these guys falls short and when the Oscar nominations are presented, I throw a fit and cry. Last year I put all my chips on Sam Rockwell in “Conviction” and Andrew Garfield in “The Social Network”. Both actors got shafted, which was disheartening, but this year I decided to watch a few actors that have very little chance to get a nomination but if they did, I look like a genius.

Gerard Butler in “Machine Gun Preacher”

I can’t believe he’s not doing another romantic comedy either!! This is a passion project Butler has been wanting to do for quite some time. He’s also producing the film, and if the first trailer is any indication, I think he has finally brought his A-game. In this true story, Butler is playing Sam Childres, a drug dealing, motorcycle driving outlaw who has a sudden transformation and uses this new way of life to help children in the Sudan. Butler has been around for awhile and has lately been dropping the ball (The Bounty Hunter, The Ugly Truth, Law Abiding Citizen) and he is way overdue for a critically acclaimed performance. I’m sure he will find it in this film but the nominations could be difficult to come by so we’ll see.

Dominic Cooper in “The Devil’s Double”

Yes he’s the guy from Mama Mia, and it’s even sadder that I know that. Anyway, Dominic Cooper is a relative unknown to most moviegoers, and that is why this performance stands out as much as it does. In another true story, Cooper portrays Latif Yahia who was forced into being the body double for Saddam Hussein’s oldest son Uday Hussein(also played by Cooper). I was fortunate enough to see this film recently, not an easy task, and Cooper was perfect. Quickly I forgot that Latif and Uday were played by the same person, he created two distinctly different characters with one face. The moments to look for are when Uday’s demeanor changes from giddy to sadistic, bone chilling.

Andy Serkis in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

Longest title ever. Anyway, Andy Serkis has been a pop culture reference ever since he gave us Gollum in Lord of the Rings but in this film he portrays the ape Caesar. This pick has already been debated by critics since the film came out earlier this month, and Serkis deserves praise but does the technology used to help him portray a monkey deserve more credit. I call this the “Avatar Effect”, Zoe Saldana deserved an Oscar nomination for Avatar but because this was the first film to use the motion capture technology, she was over looked. Serkis’ performance alone deserves an Oscar but I’m not sure that the Academy is ready to embrace the actors who use the technology.

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in Movies

 

Oscars of The Future

Clearly I’m obsessed with the Academy Awards, and lately I’ve been thinking about the younger generation of actors (30 and younger) who have the best chance to one day take home some hardware. In recent years, we’ve seen young actors secure nominations but the academy has been real adamant about not awarding Oscars to first time nominees especially those younger than 25. In the last few years, Jesse Eisenberg, Carey Mulligan, Anna Kendrick, Gabourey Sidibe, and Jennifer Lawrence have all added nominations to their resumes while being under the age of 30. I want to go beyond the 20s and look towards the generation of actors who are still in their teens that have the potential to one day own a gold statue.

Actresses

Chloë Grace Moretz

Her big breakthrough came in the comic book comedy “Kick-Ass”. Playing the foul mouthed Hit-Girl, Moretz dominated each scene she was in, throwing off many movie-goers with the constant barrage of curses. She has since starred in the vampire thriller “Let Me In” and can be seen later this year in Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”.

Future roles could be compared to: Natalie Portman

Elle Fanning

Yes Dakota Fanning’s little sister can out act her any day! Elle Fanning has been acting since she was about 3 years old, playing a younger version of her sister Dakota in the film “I am Sam”. It wasn’t until 2010 when her breakout performance in the Sofia Coppala film “Somewhere” earned her some Oscar Buzz. Following her outstanding work in “Super 8”, Fanning has proven that she has the skills to take her a long way in Hollywood.

Future roles could be compared to: Scarlett Johansson

Hailee Steinfeld

This one was a no-brainer. Hailee Steinfeld has already earned a nomination in the supporting actress category last year for “True Grit”. She was perfect in her role as Mattie Ross and I’m sure she will continue to get work that will allow her to shine.

Future roles could be compared to: Rebecca Hall

Actors

Joel Courtney

Super 8 was dominated by younger actors but it was Joel Courtney in the lead that made this film what it was. Joel shined playing the son of a recently deceased mother, and who’s father was less than comforting. At such a young age Joel has already mastered the ability to steal a scene without saying a single word.

Future roles could be compared to: Andrew Garfield

Riley Griffiths

Clearly I’m on a Super 8 high. With so much emotion and high tension rising in Super 8, it was Riley Griffiths who provided the much needed comic touch. The great parts of Riley’s performance was that it seemed like he wasn’t trying too hard to make the audience laugh, and he’ll absolutely give us a future performance worthy of a supporting actor nod.

Future roles could be compared to: Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Josh Hutcherson

This was another no-brainer. Josh Hutcherson has been acting since he was about 10 years old. He’s been seen in films like “RV” with Robin Williams, “Journey To The Center of The Earth” with Brendan Fraser, but it wasn’t until 2010 when he played the role of Lazer in the Academy Award nominated film “The Kids Are All Right.” Hutcherson will continue to grow into more dramatic roles and he will quickly receive more and more praise.

Future roles could be compared to: Christian Bale

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2011 in Movies