Archive for January, 2013

2012: In Memoriam

I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner.

The In Memorium tributes during the awards show telecasts are always the most bittersweet parts of those shows for me. It’s sad seeing all those people we loved who died over the year, but it’s also nice seeing them get their due one last time. So many people die over the course of the year, it’s nice to have that tearful reminder of, “Oh, I forgot they died. That’s sad. But man, they’re amazing.”

So that’s what this is gonna be. A refresher before Oscar night. And a nice tribute from my end about the people I loved who have passed over the course of the year. We’re only dealing with the people who died in the calendar year of 2012. All the people who died this past month are gonna be on next year’s tribute. They’ll get their due, don’t you worry.

I’m also gonna truncate the list, because I don’t have all day. I’m just gonna talk about the main people, either the ones that matter to me or just the main people. You know what I’m talking about. I’m gonna miss people. I know I am. But I’d rather spend more time on less people than casually mention people I don’t know anything about just because they died. Everyone who had anything to do with the movie business who died is going to be missed, but I only have so much love to give at once. (Also, I’m only gonna be dealing with almost strictly movie or really prominent TV people. For the most part. People who did acting and  Sorry, Dick Clark, Davy Jones (even though he was in Head) and Phyllis Diller. You’ll be missed too.)

Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t also say happy trails to two acting legends who decided to retire in 2012, Peter O’Toole and Bob Hoskins. Hoskins was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and decided to retire to focus on that and O’Toole I think wanted to do the Connery thing and just enjoy life. Both of them will be sorely missed on the stage and on the screen.

So here is my tribute to (some of) the people involved in film and television who died in 2012: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone.”


My Favorite Directorial Efforts of 2012

We’re almost done with these, I promise. Two more.

Today, I go over my favorite directorial efforts from 2012. These are somewhat difficult to figure out, since — it’s like Best Editing — what exactly is gonna be your criteria for a well-directed film? If the film is great, then the direction must therefore be great too. Are we only gonna single out flashy direction? So it gets a bit nebulous when you really get down to it.

But I can safely say — my choices here — they felt right. There were just some films that truly impressed me with their direction, and the rest were mostly great films that I felt were well-directed as well. It’ll all make sense.

So here are my favorite directorial efforts of 2012: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me… Aren’t you?”


My Favorite Female Supporting Performances of 2012

This was the toughest list I had to compile. It was rough. I thought lead female performances was bad… I had no idea.

I don’t really have all that much to say about these ones. It was hard enough trying to find them. There were a few truly standout ones, but for the most part, these are just ones I respected. Which — even so — respect is respect. And attention must be paid.

Here are my favorite female supporting performances of 2012: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Hey, Stella!”


Oscars 2012 Update: Screen Actors Guild Awards

Last night was the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

It consistently remains one of the best Oscar precursors and one of the worst awards shows. God, it’s so boring. They speed through two hours and there’s no fun in it. It’s ridiculous. That’s the joy of these shows. Letting everybody get drunk and ramble and have fun.

But anyway, we’re not here for the show, we’re here for the results. This show really started cementing in the probable outcomes for the Oscars.

So let’s take a look at the winners of the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards… (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “I have failed, I am panicked. I’ve sold out, I am worthless, I… What the fuck am I doing here? What the fuck am I doing here? Fuck. It is my weakness, my ultimate lack of conviction that brings me here. Easy answers used to shortcut yourself to success. And here I am because my jump into the abysmal well – isn’t that just a risk one takes when attempting something new? I should leave here right now. I’ll start over. I need to face this project head on and…” “…and God help you if you use voice-over in your work, my friends. God help you. That’s flaccid, sloppy writing. Any idiot can write a voice-over narration to explain the thoughts of a character.”


Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards Predictions

Tonight is the SAG Awards.

In terms of the Oscars, the place the SAG Awards have the most weight (obviously) is with the acting categories.

Most of the time (I’ll go over the numbers when I get to the categories), whoever wins SAG is a good bet to go on and win the Oscar.

So really that’s what this article is gonna be about. The predictions are just here because I needed an article to go up today.

So here are my predictions for tonight’s SAG Awards: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “I’m going to be a great film star! That is, if booze and sex don’t get me first.”

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Oscars 2012 Update: Producers Guild Awards

The PGA Awards were held last night.

As anyone who knows the Oscars knows — this is a huge deal. Huge deal.

The film that has won at the Producers Guild has gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar 16 out of 23 times. (The PGA only started announcing their awards in 1989.) Since 1989, all of the Best Picture winners have matched the PGA winner except:

2006 — PGA gives it to Little Miss Sunshine and The Departed wins Best Picture

2005 — PGA gives it to Brokeback Mountain and Crash wins Best Picture

2004 — PGA gives it to The Aviator and Million Dollar Baby wins Best Picture

2001 — PGA gives it to Moulin Rouge! and A Beautiful Mind wins Best Picture

1998 — PGA gives it to Saving Private Ryan and Shakespeare in Love wins Best Picture

1995 — PGA gives it to Apollo 13 and Braveheart wins Best Picture

1992 — PGA gives it to The Crying Game and Unforgiven wins Best Picture (more…)


My Favorite Male Supporting Performances of 2012

Now for the male supporting parts. There were a lot this year.

It’s not really that hard to have a great supporting performance, especially for men (and that’s only because they get more roles. It’s a percentage thing). So this is gonna have 25 people on it instead of the 15 I did for the lead categories. There were a lot of great supporting turns by actors this year, some of whom turned in multiple great performances.

So here are my favorite male supporting performances of 2012: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “My momma always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’”


My Favorite Female Lead Performances of 2012

I’ve said a bunch of times that I thought this year was ridiculously weak for starring female roles. Most years we complain about the lack of starring roles for women, but this year — it’s actually the case. Other years, I’d have at least twenty or so starring female roles to choose from for something like this. Here, I barely had twenty worth considering. And I’m not even talking of a certain quality or anything — I’m talking just straight numbers. There weren’t actually that many to choose from. And that’s sad.

I’m hopeful 2013 is gonna have a lot more female performances in it.

But, either way, here are my favorite female lead performances of 2012: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “I’m glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee, here at the end of all things.”


The Box Office Report – January 25-27

Last week, in Box Office…

Mama won the weekend with $28.4 million. America ceases to surprise me.

Zero Dark Thirty finished second with $15.8 million. Solid, Oscar hold.

Silver Linings Playbook finished third with $10.8 million. Good for them.

Gangster Squad was fourth with $8.6 million. Two weeks, half their budget. The push hurt them.

Broken City opened to a weak fifth and $8.3 million. Not good.

A Haunted House finished sixth with $8.2 million. $30 million after two weeks, $2.5 million budget. Damn.

Django Unchained was seventh with $7.8 million. Making money, making money. (more…)


My Favorite Male Lead Performances of 2012

If there’s one thing I noticed I don’t really do enough, it’s actually sit down and single out specific performances I loved for a year. I’ll single out movies and stuff, but the only time I mention performances that I felt were particularly strong is when I talk about the films. So I felt I should actually sit down and figure out just which performances I felt were my favorite for the year in film that was 2012.

It’s actually kind of hard to do when you get into it. Because you find yourself instantly going to the performances that all the awards groups single out. Naturally if most people put it down, you feel like that’s an easy one to put down as well. So what I did was — I carefully considered every movie I saw in 2012 and actually thought about how I felt about the specific performances in them, from lead to supporting. And that’s how I made my list.

Today I’ll be covering all the male lead performances I loved. They’re in order, but they’re not really in any order. The numbers don’t really matter. I just wanted to single out performances I thought were really strong without paying attention to what’s Oscar-ish and what isn’t.

So here are my favorite male lead performances of 2012: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “If I don’t come back, tell Mother I love her.” “Your mother’s dead, Llewelyn.” “Well then I’ll tell her myself.”


The 2013 Film Release Calendar (Unshot Films & 2012 Holdovers)

The Film Release Calendar is something I do each year to preview the upcoming year’s slate of films. It started as both a way for me to start paying attention to what was coming out (since I was really slacking around the time I started the blog) and to be able to see how well I know myself and how much I know exactly what I’m gonna think about a movie before I even see it.

What I do is, I go through the list of films scheduled to come out in a given year (using my go-to article, Wikipedia’s year in film article), month by month. I write down what they’re about, who’s in them, and generally what my thoughts are on what I see. And then I guess what I think I’m gonna rate it when I see it. Because at this point — I’ve seen so many movies — I know what a movie is gonna be. I’m running about a 70% correct percentage on guessing stuff in January. Plus, that aside, it also gives me a chance to see what movies, come the end of the year, surpassed (or fell way below) my expectations (or everyone’s). So it’s not all just a chance for me to talk about how awesome I am (since, believe me… I’m gonna do that anyway).

Today, we’re looking at all the films that currently have no official release date, and, for the most part, were just announced and haven’t even been shot yet. Odds are most of them won’t come out in 2013, but I figure, if I preview them now, it’ll save me the trouble of having to deal with them year after year. And then it’ll also allow me to maybe get the few late-year additions that I’ve missed the last few years, because I couldn’t believe they could start shooting so late and make a release date. Oh, and we’re also gonna look at the movies I previewed last year that still haven’t come out yet. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Remember, dear readers, you heard it here first: off the record, on the Q.T. and very Hush-Hush.”


The 2013 Film Release Calendar (Films Without Release Dates; M-Z)

The Film Release Calendar is something I do each year to preview the upcoming year’s slate of films. It started as both a way for me to start paying attention to what was coming out (since I was really slacking around the time I started the blog) and to be able to see how well I know myself and how much I know exactly what I’m gonna think about a movie before I even see it.

What I do is, I go through the list of films scheduled to come out in a given year (using my go-to article, Wikipedia’s year in film article), month by month. I write down what they’re about, who’s in them, and generally what my thoughts are on what I see. And then I guess what I think I’m gonna rate it when I see it. Because at this point — I’ve seen so many movies — I know what a movie is gonna be. I’m running about a 70% correct percentage on guessing stuff in January. Plus, that aside, it also gives me a chance to see what movies, come the end of the year, surpassed (or fell way below) my expectations (or everyone’s). So it’s not all just a chance for me to talk about how awesome I am (since, believe me… I’m gonna do that anyway).

Today, we’re looking at the films that currently have no official release date, but are either filming or in post-production, which means they’re most likely going to come out in 2013 (and whatever doesn’t come out, we’ll just roll over into 2014 and make that release calendar easier to do): (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Well, there are some things a man just can’t run away from.”


The 2013 Film Release Calendar (Films Without Release Dates; A-L)

The Film Release Calendar is something I do each year to preview the upcoming year’s slate of films. It started as both a way for me to start paying attention to what was coming out (since I was really slacking around the time I started the blog) and to be able to see how well I know myself and how much I know exactly what I’m gonna think about a movie before I even see it.

What I do is, I go through the list of films scheduled to come out in a given year (using my go-to article, Wikipedia’s year in film article), month by month. I write down what they’re about, who’s in them, and generally what my thoughts are on what I see. And then I guess what I think I’m gonna rate it when I see it. Because at this point — I’ve seen so many movies — I know what a movie is gonna be. I’m running about a 70% correct percentage on guessing stuff in January. Plus, that aside, it also gives me a chance to see what movies, come the end of the year, surpassed (or fell way below) my expectations (or everyone’s). So it’s not all just a chance for me to talk about how awesome I am (since, believe me… I’m gonna do that anyway).

Today, we’re looking at the films that currently have no official release date, but are either filming or in post-production, which means they’re most likely going to come out in 2013 (and whatever doesn’t come out, we’ll just roll over into 2014 and make that release calendar easier to do): (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “He’s grown greedier over the years. Before he only wanted my money. Now he wants my love as well. Well, he came to the wrong house – and he came twice. I shall see that he does not come a third time.”

The Heiress