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The Master Guarantees some Oscars

Joaquin is back!!!! I have been anticipating this film for a very long time and we finally have the teaser trailer to get a glimpse into the latest Paul Thomas Anderson film. “The Master” stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams (that’s a whopping 8 Oscar Nominations combined), this tale follows a religion called “The Cause” following WWII. Phoenix plays what seems to be a wandering drunk who becomes the right hand man to the cults master, Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The trailer suggests this story revolves around Phoenix’s character but apparently he is in a supporting role.

I have been a HUGE Paul Thomas Anderson fan for many years, I consider “There Will Be Blood” to be one of the greatest films ever made, so needless to say I am beyond anxious for this one. Check out the teaser trailer below and let me know what you think! I’m predicting at least 6 Oscar Noms.

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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

A Little Less Law

Shia LaBeouf is back! It’s only been about a year but at the rate actors spit out movies these days it feels like we haven’t seen our favorite “Even Stevens” cast member in ages. The film “Lawless” directed by John Hillcoat and based on the book “The Wettest County in the World, tells the true story of the Bondurant Brothers. These boys would become famous for bootlegging during Prohibition era Virginia.

Joining LaBeouf in this film are Academy Award nominees Gary Oldman and Jessica Chastain. Guy Pearce, one of my personal favorites, will play Deputy Charles Rake who looks to be the “bad guy” of the film. The most notable cast member is Tom Hardy. 2012 is slowly becoming the year of Tom Hardy, and with the impending release of “The Dark Knight Rises” he will easily become this years Michael Fassbender.

“Lawless” will be distributed by the Weinstein Company and is in competition for the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think!

 

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Blake Lively Goes Savage!

Oh yeah, it’s that time of the year where summer movies are on the horizon, but it’s those late summer/early fall movies who get overshadowed by the Blockbusters of early to mid summer. Does that make sense? This is an ongoing process that happens every single summer, but it’s up to those late summer movies to prove that they have the legs to compete with the big boys. In the next few months we’ll finally have the Avengers, a brand new Batman and Spiderman films, and no to mention anothert Men in Black and a Bourne add on. One trailer has recently caught my eye, and I’m embarassed to say that I’m not quite sure how I feel about it.

The film is called “Savages” and stars Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, Demián Bichir (fresh off his Oscar Nom) and John Travolta. From the trailer alone, I am yet again not sold on Blake Lively’s talent. She constantly seems like she tries too hard and gets outdone by her co stars. I am a HUGE Aaron Johnson fan and he looks phenomenal in this film. If you haven’t heard of or seen an Aaron Johnson film, check out “Nowhere Boy” ASAP!

“Savages” tells the tale of a pair of drug dealers (Johnson & Kitsch) who run what seems to be a medicinal marijuana facility. When a drug cartel wants to sell their product, the pair of dealers just say no! That’s when their shared girlfriend (Lively) gets kidnapped. It looks to be filled with action and a very interesting plot. Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think! Oh and did I mention this is directed by Oliver Stone? Yeah, check it out.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

And the winner is……

The votes are in and we have the winners for the 1st Annual In Morr We Trust Oscar Snubs! I would like to send a thank you to the readers who sent me their votes and their thoughts, it’s refreshing to see others having the same love for cinema as I do. This was truly a year full of fantastic films and wonderful performances ranging from Hollywood veterans to relative unknowns. Enough with the build up lets get to the winners! And The Morr goes to…….

Best Supporting Actress:

Carey Mulligan in Shame

You go topless, you get a Morr. Not really, but Carey Mulligan broke through with a performance that seemed to be written for anyone else but her. She shined as Sissy, the sister of Michael Fassbender’s character Brandon, and gave us a performance drastically different from her critically acclaimed one in An Education. She was damaged, yet manipulative but through it all you felt nothing but sympathy for her character.

Best Supporting Actor:

Andy Serkis in Rise of the Planet of the Apes

This was one of the biggest snubs of the year in my opinion. I realize that the academy is not yet ready to acknowledge a character who relies solely on computer assistance but Andy Serkis dominated the screen as Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. In an almost voiceless role, Serkis truly became Caesar and when watching behind the scenes clips of the filming, you can’t help but see how little effect the computers really had.

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

Kristin Wiig in Bridesmaids 

Bridesmaids was one of the biggest films of the year so it’s a no brainer that it’s lead actress takes home the Morr! Kristin Wiig plays a character very similar to ones she has played on so many episodes of SNL, but through it all she delivers a truly memorable performance. She’s nominated for the Oscar for her screenplay so she just might have an award better than a Morr but who knows.

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

Michael Fassbender in Shame

This category was so close through the voting that I had no idea who would end up with the Morr, but in the end Michael Fassbender beat out Ryan Gosling by a nose. Giving us a performance eerily similar to Brando’s in Last Tango in Paris, Michael Fassbender shocked and stunned so many movie goers. I’ll admit I was a little surprised through the graphic scenes throughout but the one thing that remained certain was Fassbender’s ability to be flawless. Congrats Magneto!

Best Director:

Nicholas Winding Refn for Drive

One of the most talked about films of the year can be traced directly back to it’s Director Nicholas Winding Refn. Ryan Gosling handpicked this man to direct him in this film, and the connection these two had was remarkable. Not only did Gosling bring the defining performance of this career but Refn broke through under what was sure to be tremendous pressure. He took home Best Director at Cannes so I hope this award sits to the right of that one.

Best Picture:

Drive

This was a runaway winner for Best Picture. Hands down the most talked about film of the year with the best face stomping scene of all time. Drive has everything a movie goer could ask for and then some. Ryan Gosling shines as does Carey Mulligan and Albert Brooks. Drive will be talked about for years to come, and I’m glad to say I was around when it was released.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

1st Annual In Morr We Trust Oscar Snubs Nominations

The Oscar nominations have officially come out, and although this is usually the time of year I get all upset about who DIDN’T get nominated, I have found a way for my voice to be heard on 6 of this years awards! So here they are, the nominations for the 1st Annual In Morr We Trust Oscar Snubs:

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

Shailene Woodley-The Descendants

Keira Knightly-A Dangerous Method

Bryce Dallas Howard-The Help

Carey Mulligan-Shame

Vanessa Redgrave-Coriolanus

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Andy Serkis-Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Albert Brooks-Drive

Viggo Mortensen-A Dangerous Method

Brad Pitt-The Tree of Life

Eddie Redmayne-My Week With Marilyn

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

Tilda Swinton-We Need To Talk About Kevin

Kristin Wiig-Bridesmaids

Charlize Theron-Young Adult

Leila Hatami-A Separation

Kirsten Dunst-Melancholia

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

Michael Fassbender-Shame

Leonardo DiCaprio-J. Edgar

Michael Shannon-Take Shelter

Ryan Gosling-Drive

Bradley Cooper-Limitless

Best Director:

George Clooney-Ides of March

David Fincher-Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Steve McQueen-Shame

Nicolas Winding Refn-Drive

Bennett Miller-Moneyball

Best Picture:

Shame

Super 8

The Ides of March

My Week With Marilyn

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Drive

So there they are, the 2012 nominees for the In Morr We Trust Oscar Snubs. We will be presenting the awards the night before the Oscars, February 25th, if you would like to have a say in the winners send me your votes!

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Scorsese in 3D?!

If you’ve read any of my past posts, you’ll notice my love for Martin Scorsese and his works of art, but as I left the theater after finally seeing “Hugo”, I found myself incredibly demoralized. It wasn’t that this movie was terrible, it just wasn’t much of anything. I cannot stand 3D movies, so I’m sure this played into my indifference, but if you’re expecting this film to be typical Scorsese, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. “Hugo” takes place in early 20th century France and Scorsese does a remarkable job with the scenery, costumes, and overall feel of the time period. I’m sure this film will find itself nominated for costume design and visual effects.

 

The story line itself jumps all over the place, and it’s difficult to latch on to any one character. There are several characters in this film to follow, and although the use of multiple characters and story lines can help a movie flow, “Hugo” misses that target. Scorsese’s last four films were Shutter Island, The Departed, The Aviator, and Gangs of New York, all of which have an incredible dark and gritty feel to them, as well as having zero child actors in lead roles. This is a huge step for Scorsese to take, and as this is his first film in over ten years without Leonardo DiCaprio, he may be asking too much of both Asa Butterfield, and Chloe Grace Moretz who play Hugo Cabret and Isabelle. Overall I give this film a C+, it didn’t captivate me but the visual effects were spectacular, and Ben Kingsley’s story line was fantastic. Check out “Hugo” and let me know what you think!

 

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Mission Accomplished!

I made it to the theater for the first time in awhile and finally got to see Mission Impossible:Ghost Protocol, and everyone involved in this film brought their A game. It’s been 5 years since we’ve seen Tom Cruise as Agent Ethan Hunt, and when I heard that they were making a 4th Mission Impossible, I was a little skeptical about it being any other than a few explosions and Tom Cruise hanging from wires, but in all honesty it turned out to be so much more than that. The one thing that truly lacked from previous Mission Impossible films was a supporting cast that could keep up with Tom Cruise. In the past, he has completely out shined his supporting cast, but in this installment alongside Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, and Simon Pegg (even though he was in the 3rd) this film surpasses just an action flick. I will add this however, I did receive severe vertigo as Tom Cruise climbed the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) and I loved it! It’s not only the best of the franchise but one of the best films of the year. I predict Oscars for visual effects, cinematography, sound effects/sound editing. Unfortunately, films like this never get the nod for best picture, but stay tuned for the “1st Annual In Morr We Trust Oscar snubs Award show” coming this February! MI4 may make an appearance.

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Uncategorized