Movie Review – The Resident (2011)

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resident_xlgI watched this movie ages ago and meant to write up a review but never got around to it for some reason.

To be honest, the movie didn’t make that much of an impact after watching it, which is too bad because I’d been looking forward to it.  I’d seen the trailer when it was first released and thought it would look like a smart psychological thriller.

I was unfortunately disappointed.

Hammer Films, which was previously known for it’s schlocky horror movies over the years as well as well-loved classics like Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Mummy, has seen a resurgence in the past half dozen years.  Their most notable titles recently have been The Woman in Black (2012) and Let Me In (2010).

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Hammer Films, also known as Hammer Film Productions, is a British film and television production company based in London, United Kingdom.

Founded in 1934 it is one of the oldest still active British film production companies. Its success was largely built on the back of The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) which is thought to be the origin of British Horror, and is widely regarded as one of the most important horror films of all time. [1]

Although Hammer is most notably associated with horror, productions have varied from noir to sci-fi, drama and black comedy, and it has produced television series and single dramas, as well as feature films. (Source: Wikipedia)

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This film stars Hilary Swank as a city doctor finding a place of her own after a breakup with her partner, and eventually rents a huge (and financially unrealistic) apartment from hottie landlord Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

When a young doctor suspects she may not be alone in her new Brooklyn loft, she learns that her landlord has formed a frightening obsession with her. (Source: IMDb)

RESIDENT, THEThe film also stars the brilliant but barely used Christopher Lee as Morgan’s sick uncle who comes across as super creepy from the start.  Of course Lee is no stranger to Hammer Films, as he famously portrayed Count Dracula in Horror of Dracula (1958).  He was obviously cast in  The Resident as a link to the classic horror era, as well as his acting abilities of course.

Now I was hoping this film would work, especially since I’ve enjoyed both the lead actors in their previous roles and they were terrific together in P.S. I Love You (I know, a completely different genre of film, but was still enjoyable).  The entire film just seemed awkward and there didn’t seem to be much chemistry between them.. especially in the scenes when there’s supposed to be something between them.

As for the movie itself, the plot was fairly straight forward and not exactly ground breaking.  Sure there were a few startling moments, especially when Swank’s watching some motion-activated camera recordings, but overall most of the movie was dark and hard to watch.  I know they were trying for a creepy ambiance and all, but it just made it hard to see what was actually happening.

Overall I personally wouldn’t rush to go watch this movie, but if you’re looking for something simple, easy to watch without the scares or thrills promised in the below trailer, then have at it.

But I wouldn’t waste money on it though..

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Chucky’s Back… Again

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I remember as a young teenager seeing the first ‘Child’s Play‘ (1988) movie that introduced us to the possessed doll known as Chucky.   The movieCurse-of-Chucky-Covers in this series were probably more humorous than scary, but I do remember being a tad freaked by that first movie.

Of course my favorites in the series are the more recent movies ‘Bride of Chucky‘ (1998) and ‘Seed of Chucky‘ (2004) that introduced Jennifer Tilly as both his human and doll wife.  They were complete schlock-fests, but were fun as hell to watch.

Well it looks like they’ve brought the killer doll back to life once again in the direct to DVD movie ‘Curse of Chucky’ (2013).  The trailer looks like a good laugh.. and let’s be honest with all the Hollywood remakes and reboots out there these days, you just knew another Chucky movie would come along.

Then again, they’ve said this is a prequel to ‘Bride of Chucky‘ (1998), although the doll doesn’t have the typical facial scars as seen in several of the movies.

In fact, the doll looks like it’s had some work done.  Plastic surgery for a plastic doll?  How remarkable.  LOL

Wanna play?

Wanna play?

Here’s a synopsis of the film as listed on Wikipedia:

Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives with her young family in town to help settle their mother’s affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica’s plans for the future, Barb’s young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (voiced again by Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders begins to terrorize the household, Nica suspects the doll may hold the key to the bloodshed. What she doesn’t know is that Chucky has a personal score to settle. He’s determined to finish a job he started more than 20 years earlier, and this time he’s going to see it through to the bloody and shocking end.”

Not exactly a ground-breaking horror plot, and most likely it’s probably very similar to the original movie.  But of course, I would have to watch the movie first in order to make that kind of assumption, but I think the idea behind this movie is to move the series back to it’s horror roots and away from the comedic undertones of the latter movies.

The one thing that does link the entire series together is the voice of Chucky, noted actor Brad Dourif.  He’s voiced the character since the very first movie, and has come back time and time over the years.

And in fact, his own daughter Fiona Dourif stars in this prequel/sequel.  Talk about keeping it in the family. 😉

Anyway, in the end it’s cool (at least to me) to see this character back on our screens, even if it is the small one.  Maybe if this one is a success, the producers will consider another big screen outing in the future.

TOM – Movie Teaser

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tom-of-finland-untitled-1963-ToFF-63.25So, apparently they’re doing a bio-pic on the life of the artist known to the world as ‘Tom of Finland‘ .. it will be filmed in 2014, and released in 2015.

Somehow unfamiliar with Tom of Finland’s work? Read the film’s YouTube summary:

Until the year 1971, being gay in Finland could land you in jail for years. There was a boy born in 1920.

In his childhood, he drew pictures of naked men. While drawing, he wore only leather boots.

As a young man, he fought in the war and had sex with his fellow soldiers, both Finnish and German.

During his adulthood, he lived a double life. By day, a talented advertising artist and a pianist, by night a genius creator of erotic drawings.

We remember him through leather, huge muscles, even larger cocks and humour — empowering the masculine gay man. We know who Tom of Finland is. Now meet Touko.

The clip below is more of a teaser for the film than anything, since it hasn’t even been filmed yet.

But it will definitely be interesting to see behind all those iconic pictures and learn the story behind the artist themselves.

Enjoy 😉

Much Ado About Nothing – Official Trailer (2013)

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Much Ado about NothingNow this is an intriguing adaptation, by none other than Joss Whedon.

That’s right.  The creator of  Buffy the Vampire Slayer (both original movie and tv series) and director of Marvel’s The Avengers is tackling William Shakespeare.

This version of Much Ado About Nothing is set in modern times.. or as IMDb describes it:

A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.

Not surprisingly, Whedon has populated this film with some of his regulars – Nathan Fillion (Buffy & Firefly), Alexis Denisof (Buffy, Angel, & Dollhouse), and Clark Gregg (Avengers and the upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) … just to name a few.

But that’s not a criticism at all.  These actors definitely fit into this film, per the trailer below.  It looks fast-paced, fun, sexy, and thoroughly enjoyable.

Upon first viewing of the trailer I was like ‘what??’.. but then once you get used to the feel of the clip, it kinda works.

It’ll be interesting to see how this film does when it arrives in theaters early to mid June 2013.

Elysium – Official Trailer

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elysium-poster2Now this movie is one I’m definitely looking forward to this summer.  And it’s very cool to see Matt Damon going all bad-ass action hero in this Sci-Fi flick..

Not to mention Jodie Foster looking cool as a cucumber on the other side of the battle.  Plus it’s so rare to see her pop up in any kind of big-budget movie these days so that’s an added bonus since she can act the pants off of anything thrown at her.

So I definitely have my fingers crossed that this movie is as good as the preview makes it out to be.

Here’s the IMDb description of the movie:

In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes, a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

But of course, we all know what it’s like with these ‘blockbusters’ – they get promoted to an inch of their lives, to the point where everyone is almost sick to death of hearing about the movie.. then when it comes out, it does well the first weekend, but is a critical bomb and goes the way of Battlefield Earth‘.

Fingers crossed this one is one of those exceptions that is actually good and enjoyable.

Release dates:

  • USA – 9 August 2013
  • UK & Ireland – 20 September 2013

Movie Review Double: Due Date (2010) & Identity Thief (2013)

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Trust me when I say this is one ‘double feature’ you won’t lose sleep over by missing it.

Truth be told, other than some plot-lines, they’re basically the same freakin’ movie.  That’s right, once again Hollywood is just rehashing the same tired formulas over and over again.

planes-trainsAnd neither one is anywhere near as good as ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles‘ – the ultimate buddy-road trip movie if you ask me.

It was totally coincidental that I watched these two movies within a few days of each other. With both of them I just wanted to watch something easy and that didn’t need me to think that much.

Too bad I hadn’t thought to watch something entertaining as well. 😉

Oh and you know the sad part?  I’ve actually watched ‘Due Date‘ before, but had totally forgot that I’d seen it.  Hahaha  It obviously wasn’t that memorable the first time around, or maybe I’d thought it was so bad I tried to block it from my memory.  lol

Ok, so here’s the general premise of both movies:

Due Date Banner PosterDue Date – Thanks to a misunderstanding on an airplane home, the straight-laced character (Robert Downey Jr.) agrees to drive cross-country with the somewhat annoying person (Zach Galifianakis) despite him being the cause of both of them not being able to fly.

Plot device The straight-man (no pun intended) is just trying to get home to see his pregnant wife give birth to their first child.

identity-thief-uk-quad-poster-630x350-622x345Identity Thief – The straight-laced character (Jason Bateman) agrees to drive cross-country with the somewhat annoying person (Melissa McCarthy) who has stolen his identity, so they wouldn’t be able to board an airplane with the same name because of that.

Plot device – The straight-man is just trying to get home to save his job to ensure he can provide for his pregnant wife (again!) and two other children.

Not really that much different if you ask me.  In both movies, the straight-laced character gets beaten up, handcuffed/arrested, and ends up a bloody mess.. and eventually comes to respect the annoying person they’re traveling with, accepting them into their respective families.

It’s really too bad that neither of these movies worked.  I like most of the main actors in both movies (don’t get the appeal of Zach Galifianakis personally, but to each their own..), and I could see where each movie could potentially be really funny.

So black is idea 'A', white idea 'B', and a bullseye is a remake of something that was already good to begin with.

Bulls-eye! Let’s just remake something that was good to begin with!

But alas, they both followed a tired formula where each character comes to respect the other, or shows their heart of gold.. or whatever other plot devise the ‘writers’ decided to toss in by throwing darts at a board with ideas on it.

That is how they write this kind of movie, right?

So instead.. I recommend reading a good book.  😀

If not, why not revisit some classic 80’s comedy .. maybe ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles‘ perhaps?

Here’s the trailer, just in case you were interested… 😉

Oscar Roundup – Winners, Predictions & Twitter

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So it’s all finally over.. The Oscars have come and gone, and everyone is now checking their office pools to see who won.

For a full list of the winners, go to: http://oscar.go.com/nominees

genericLooking back over the past couple days at the ‘Who will win‘ predictions I made, I got 9 out of the 10 categories I listed! Woohoo!!  Only missed Ang Lee for Best Director.. but did pick him for ‘Who should win‘, so almost had a clean sweep.  LOL

Think that’s the best I’ve ever done in my Oscar picks… which just goes to show how utterly predictably this year’s ceremony was!!

I’m not going to bother going over the show minute by minute like most of the other sites probably are… Instead, how about some Twitter fun??

Last night was probably the most I’ve used Twitter since I got an account.. a couple years ago.  Just never really got it before, even though I understood the concept of the whole thing.

Adele with the 'Best Original Song' Oscar

Adele with the ‘Best Original Song’ Oscar

Then last week I decided to look into using Twitter to promote this blog, and that’s when things finally clicked in place.. which was handy cause it allowed my old flatmate in Montreal and I to chat back and forth throughout the Oscar ceremony.. just like old times.

Other than the whole ‘being-on-a-different-continent-thing’ and all. LOL

So, just for a bit of fun, here’s a few highlights of our Twitter conversation.. and remember, it’s all just in good fun. 🙂

Note: For those unfamiliar with how Twitter works, @SS is my message to my friend, and @me is his message to me (not our actual Twitter usernames, obviously lol).

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  • @SS What, no #RockofAges medley? Oh right.. #Oscars
  • @me I was waiting for Equus!! #Oscars
  • @SS Russell Crowe should have stayed home .. ouch #Oscars
  • @me oouuufff!!! Nothing a few vodkas won’t cure!!! #Oscars
  • @SS Too bad he drank a whole bottle lol #Oscars
  • @me I LOVE Jennifer Hudson … Amazing!!! #nowthatsasinger #Oscars

Jennifer Garner’s dress:

  • @SS Did JenGarner skin Barney?!? #Oscars
  • @me hahahaha!!! Or Ben threw up red wine #Oscars
  • @SS Well he did look like he’d drank a couple bottles before getting on stage #Oscars

Anne Hathaway’s Acceptance Speech:

  • @me How does this sound? Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway????? Yuk!!! #Oscars
  • @SS Whys she crying like it was a shock? Everyone knew she’d win #oscars2013
  • @me I know?!?! lol #Oscars
  • @SS Anyone she forgot to thank? #annehathaway #oscars2013
  • @me she forgot Ted! #Oscars
  • @SS Lol Can’t believe she got an Oscar for getting a bad haircut on film #oscars2013 #annehathaway
  • @me I still think of Susan Boyle when Anne sang I dreamed a dream…. @SimonCowell #Oscars

The hot mess that was Kirsten Stewart:

  • @me did someone hit Kristen Stewart with a bus??? Wow she looks terrible… Even Daniel is looking at her strange #Oscar2013 #drunk
  • @SS She always looks drunk or stoned! And why was she limping, did she have too much fun backstage? #drunk #oscars201385th Annual Academy Awards - Show
  • @SS Does Kristen Stewart even own a brush? #makeafuckingeffort #oscars2013
  • @me hahahahahaha oh man that’s too funny!!! #Oscar2013 #brushthathair
  • @SS Who gives that girl movie roles? A brick wall gives better emotion #oscars2013 #thinkshesavampire
  • @me brutal!!!! I can only imagine what @Joan_Rivers will say about Kristen Stewart!!! #getabrush #oscars2013
  • @SS @joan_rivers Not sure. Can her face still move? Love her tho!! #oscars2013 #facedontmoveanymore

Seth MacFarlane’s Hosting:

  • @SS Seth’s sucking up too much to the producers #Oscar2013
  • @me Seth is kinda sucking period!!! #Oscars
  • @SS he’s more amused with himself than anyone in the room #Oscars
  • @me So true!!! When you get a chance rewatch the intro…. I honestly miss Billy!!! I’m so traditionalist… #Oscars
  • @SS knew you’d say that!! Baaaaad Lincoln joke there #Oscars
  • @me you know me. Seth is just awful…looks so uncomfortable… #Oscars
  • @SS of course. Can’t hide behind a cartoon character on this #Oscars
  • @me Nope! I love that the cutoff music is the Jaws theme!!!! Best part of the show so far… #Oscars

So many beards, so little time:Beardy Boys

  • @SS Lol What’s with all the guys in beards. Clooney looks good! #oscars2013
  • @me beards are the new ribbons!!! #Oscars #takingastand
  • @SS Does nobody in Hollywood own a brush? #Oscar2013 #bedheadshouldlookHOT
  • @me that’s how fast fashion looks change in Hollywood. From beards to bed head #Oscar2013
  • RT @AlecMapa: Daniel Day Lewis won because his beard was more convincing than Hugh Jackman’s. #Oscars
  • @SS lol it’s brilliant #Oscar2013 #Clooneysbeardisbetter (when Clooney & Affleck were accepting Best Picture for Argo)

Add to that (and much more.. it was a 4 hrs or so show) I was also following @ThatKevinSmith, @AlecMapa, @RottenTomatoes, @NewNowNext, @kathygriffin and @DinnerPartyShow (author Christoper Rice and Eric Shaw Quinn) throughout the ceremonies.. and I was laughing into the wee hours of the morning (finished at 5am… *yawn*).

Oscar Countdown – Foreign Film, Director & Best Picture

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So with the Oscars only a few hours away, here are my last couple of predictions of the major categories.

Foreign Language Film

  • “Amour” (Austria)
  • “Kon-tiki” (Norway)
  • “No” (Chile)
  • “A Royal Affair” (Denmark)
  • “War Witch” (Canada)

Who will win:  “Amour”

“Amour” has been the clear front-runner for the Foreign Language award throughout the season, and is easily the most widely recognisable entry in the category.  Personally I think all the buzz around this film is justifies, as it’s a beautiful, poignant and intense movie that pulls at your heart-strings right up to the last moments.  I was surprised to learn it was actually an Austrian entry, despite it being in French and set in Paris.

Who should win:  “Amour

Not to detract from any other entries, but this film will easily get the award.  Although it is nominated for Best Picture as well, I think instead it’ll win this category instead.  I do have an infinity towards the Canadian entry “War Witch”, but that’s only because it’s my home country. 🙂

The upset vote:  None

“Amour” is too strong a contender in my mind, but you just never know what may happen.

Directing

  • David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Ang Lee – “Life of Pi”
  • Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”
  • Michael Haneke – “Amour”
  • Benh Zeitlin – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Who will win:  David O. Russell

Russell’s “Silver Lining Playbook” has been taking the awards season by storm, and his direction of the film is beautifully done with him getting amazing performances from his leads.

Who should win:  Ang Lee

“Life of Pi” was just gorgeously shot, and one of the few movies lately that actually looked better in 3-D than regular viewing.  He was also able to bring a story with many different religious aspects to it alive without it coming across as preachy or overly biased to any one religion.  However I think it is more likely for the film to win the cinematography or visual effects awards it’s also nominated in.

The upset vote:  Steven Spielberg

Spielberg is a legend when it comes to directors, and it wouldn’t really surprise me that he stole the prize away from the others.  The true upset would have been if Ben Afleck had been nominated for “Argo”, but sadly he wasn’t despite him winning the directing awards from other ceremonies.

Best Picture

  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
  • “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Les Miserables”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Amour”
  • “Django Unchained”
  • “Argo”

Who will win:  “Argo

This film has been scooping up awards all over the place, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it pick up the big award tonight as well.. sort of as a ‘sorry’ to director Ben Afleck for not being nominated despite the positive reviews he’s received for his work.

Who should win:  “Life of Pi

This movie was just gorgeous.. And it be kinda cool to see a 3-D movie win the big prize.

The upset vote:  “Les Miserables” or “Silver Lining Playbook

To be honest, I think this category is hard to predict, as there are several strong contenders who’ve garnered a lot of praise and awards from other ceremonies.

Well.. that’s my predictions for tonight.  We’ll see how I did in those 10 categories after tonight’s broadcast, and I’d be interested to hear how your predictions panned out as well.

Enjoy the show! 🙂

Oscar Countdown – Animated Feature & Original Song

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As we continue to inch towards tonight’s big ceremony, here are a few more of my Oscar predictions… with an added bonus category at the end 😉

Admittedly, other than Original Song, these aren’t the most popular categories, but they are one’s that I enjoy watching out for.

Btw.. I’m not going to bother with things like the technical, production or style & wardrobe awards, in case anyone was wondering. lol

Animated Feature Film

  • “Brave” – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
  • “FrankenWeenie” – Tim Burton
  • “Paranorman” – Sam Fell and Chris Butler
  • “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” – Peter Lord
  • “Wreck-it Ralph” – Rich Moore

Who will win: Brave

Brave image‘Brave’ was very beautifully made and had a lovely storyline.  It even gives a slight twist on the normal ‘Disney Princess’ (well.. Pixar really), which is technically what she is.  The main character is brash, bold, and tried to get away from her destiny, but in the end goes on a journal of discovery.  I think the best parts of this film were how they showed the relationship between the mother and daughter, and each of their discoveries of who the other really were.  As much as I liked this movie, I think it’s a safe choice for the award.

Who should win: Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-it_RalphNow we’re talking my language!  Although at times predictable, Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ (no Pixar this time) gives the movie goers something different than the usual fare.. and gives those of us who grew up in the 80’s arcades a bit of nostalgia.  The titular character feels unappreciated in his own game, so goes on a quest to win a medal in another one thinking it’ll made the characters from his game respect him more.  Instead of something straight forward, we get mayhem and mischief when he’s accidentally thrown into the ‘Sugar Rush’ game, where most of the movie takes place.

The upset vote: Paranorman

ParanormanAlthough I’ve yet to see this one, the trailer looks amusing and, as usual, allows for the ‘different kid’ to stand out from the crowd.  I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about ‘Paranorman’ so will be looking forward to watching it very soon.. plus the animation looks amazing.  Ultimately though I do think it’s between ‘Brave’ and Wreck-It Ralph’… just a matter of whether the Academy voters want straight-up Disney or mixed with a bit of Pixar.

Music (Original Song)

  • “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice” – music and lyric by J. Ralph
  • “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted” – music by Walter Murphy, lyric by Seth MacFarlane
  • “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi” – music by Mychael Danna, lyric by Bombay Jayashri
  • “Skyfall” from “Skyfall” – music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
  • “Suddenly” – “Les Miserables” – music by Claude-Michel Schonbergm, lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Who will win: Adele

AdeleI think this one is pretty much a given.  Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ song has been the early front-runner to win this before it was even nominated.  As soon as the song came out, it was like a no-brainer that it would be nominated.  The song itself is very reminiscent of Bond themes of old, which was done on purpose to coincide with the anniversary of the series.

Who should win: Adele

I admit, I love this song.  And it’s the only one from the list that I would buy and consider listening to over and over again… and have.

The upset vote:  ‘Pi’s Lullaby’

Life_of_PiIf the Academy want to do something completely different and buck the popularity vote, then maybe they’ll give the award to ‘Pi’s Lullaby’ from ‘Life of Pi’.  It’s not your typical Top 40 song, or even anywhere near the same genre, but it’s a beautiful song.. and who knows, after ‘Jai Ho’ won from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, maybe the Bollywood love affair will continue.  (yes, I know ‘Pi’s Lullaby’ isn’t a Bollywood song.. but it is from the same culture..)

Short Film (Animated)

  • “Adam and Dog” – Minkyu Lee
  • “Fresh Guacamole” – PES
  • “Head Over Heels” – Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
  • “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare'” – David Silverman
  • “Paperman” – John Kahrs

Who will win:  “Paperman”

paperman-walt-disney-yatzer-9“Paperman” is the clear front-runner in this category, and it’s for good reason (not just because the clip went viral a little while back).  This clip is Disney getting back to what they do best, proper animation.. though this does have some CG thrown in as well.  Sure, the story is a little heavy-handed, and not as fun as ‘The Simpsons’ entry, but it makes you realise that things happen for a reason and fate will guide you where you need to go.

Who should win:  Head over Heels

Head Over Heels was financed and made by students of the National Film and Television School.To be honest, I don’t think any of the other films have much of a chance against “Paperman”, though things are never as obvious as they may originally seem.  If one of the others does take the prize away, it’ll probably be “Adam and Dog” (though it’s hard to say as it’s been a bit difficult to find clips of all these nominees online in order to make an informed decision…) as it’s gotten a lot of critical praise.  But if they want to go old-school and give it to the next generation of animation, then it should go to “Head over Heels”, which was made by students – that’s right, it is a graduation film from the National Film & Television School, United Kingdom.

The upset vote:  “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare'”

longest-daycare-poster001f-704x365I didn’t realise until I Googled this short film that it was from ‘The Simpsons’, featuring baby Maggie in an outing of her own.  Perhaps it’s just my love of the tv show talking, but this was beautifully made.  Loved how there wasn’t a single word uttered in the clip, and how you never fully saw Marge’s face.. this was all about Maggie’s adventures at daycare, and it left me wanting to see more of it.  In a good way.

Right.. so what categories are left to predict?  Well, the big three (to me anyway)…

Next – Final Predictions – Picture, Director & Foreign Film

Oscar Countdown – Leading Actor & Actress

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So here’s the next part of my Oscar predictions.  Today we look at the categories of Actor and Actress in a Leading Role.

Actor in a Lead Role

    • Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
    • Denzel Washington – “Flight”
    • Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
    • Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
    • Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”

Who will win: Daniel Day-Lewis

daniel-day-lewis-lincoln4I think this one is a no-brainer.  Daniel Day-Lewis completely transforms himself in ‘Lincoln‘, just like he does in most of his roles.  He totally immersed himself into the characterization of the US President, and I believe stayed in character even when not on camera (at least I recall reading that somewhere awhile back).  It’s not surprising Day-Lewis has gotten such acclaim for this role.

Who should win: Daniel Day-Lewis

silverlinings7This is one category that I believe the front-runner is the one who’ll win, even if Day-Lewis has won before.  Although I did enjoy Bradley Cooper in ‘Silver Lining Playbook‘, and think it has been best role yet, I don’t think he’ll take away the prize.  Same goes for Hugh Jackman in ‘Les Miserables‘.  He gives a terrific performance and this is a massive departure from playing ‘Wolverine‘, but is it Oscar-worthy?

The upset win: Denzel Washington

I’m not a huge fan of Denzel Washington, but he has gotten a lot of praise for ‘Flight‘.  Admittedly I haven’t seen the film though I have heard/read a lot of praise about him in this.  Personally I’m not a big fan of his work, but that’s just me.

Actress in a Lead Role

    • Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
    • Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
    • Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
    • Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”
    • Quvenzhane Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Who will win: Jennifer Lawrence

jennifer-lawrence-talks-silver-linings-playbookIf we’re going solely on some of the recent award winners and current popularity, the winner will be Jennifer Lawrence for her performance in ‘Silver Lining Playbook‘.  Just like Anne Hathaway for ‘Les Miserables‘, Lawrence is the obvious front-runner and she’s very popular these days.  I admit, this was easily her best work yet, and she brought a depth to her character we haven’t seen in some of her other roles.  However, I’d have liked to see her go even deeper with the character, because at times it seemed like she was just there.

Who should win: Emmanuelle Riva

Emannuel RivaIf you haven’t seen ‘Amour‘ yet, then you need to right away!!  Emmanuelle Riva‘s performance of a woman living through a stroke is absolutely captivating, and you can’t help but watch her every move.  As her health further and further deteriorates, it’s amazing to realise you’re still watching the same woman because she’s almost physically unrecognisable at times.  Don’t let the fact that the film is in French put you off, which could prevent her from taking this category .. although she did win the BAFTA (http://www.bafta.org/), and has been picking up steam buzz-wise.

The upset win:  No one

To be honest, I think this is clearly a race between the popular vote (Lawrence) and the critically acclaimed (Riva).  They’ve both picked up awards for their performances, but I am unsure if ‘Amour’ has seen much release in the US.

Well, that takes care of all of the acting categories.  Do agree with my predictions, or do you have other predictions of your own?

Next up – Animated Feature & Original Song