March 31, 2008

Buffing up the Blog

hey hey...Joey here as I was just thinking about a couple of potential additions to the blog, but wanted to see what you guys wanted to see on it first.

The main thing I was looking at was maybe doing a "pick of the week" for the new releases every Friday, highlighting potential Oscar flicks.

What does everybody think?

Is my idea any good, or should something else be brought up for consideration?

I'm all ears!

March 26, 2008

Has The Awards Season Officially Begun?

Hi campers, Joey here...this friday we may see the start of the Oscar race with the opening of Stop Loss, Kimberly Peirce's (of Boys Don't Cry fame)attempt at a movie involving the current conflict in Iraq. Early word is quite good, and we might have our first legitimate contender on our hands...

What do you guys think? Will Stop Loss be a Go with the Academy come the end of the year or will its release date end up being a Loss for it?

March 21, 2008

Dirty Idea for Harry?

Joey here....not sure if everybody is aware yet, but it seems that between getting Oscar voters weak in the knees with his films, Clint Eastwood has possibly decided to make another Dirty Harry movie! Nothing has been confirmed yet, save for an article on Aint it cool news getting some play on the web (and as always, anything on that site needs to be taken with a grain of salt at first, though kudos to them if they turn out to be right), but it might be interesting to see how this film (called Gran Torino) would play to today's audience.

What do you guys think? Should Eastwood feel lucky (punk) or should he leave the franchise ressurection work to Sly Stallone?

Lemme know what your thoughts on the matter are!

March 19, 2008

One Last Award...

Hi everybody! (Hi Dr. Nick!) Joey here, with one last award I wanted to have you guys vote/debate on....the best movie soundtracks of last year. (This is only movie soundtracks...I can do movie scores later if you guys want)

Here are the top 10 that I've selected (in no particular order):

Into the Wild
Sweeney Todd
Knocked Up
Across the Universe
I'm Not There
Music and Lyrics

The 5 that I would nominate would be:

Into the Wild
Knocked Up
Sweeney Todd

what is your pick for the best soundtrack of last year? (Be sure to let me know if I forgot to include any obvious picks!)

March 18, 2008


British film director and writer Anthony Minghella has died aged 54.

Minghella's films included The English Patient - which earned him an Oscar for best director in 1997 - as well as Truly, Madly, Deeply and Cold Mountain.

He had an operation for a growth in his neck last week and the operation seemed to have gone well. But he had a fatal haemorrhage at 0500 GMT on Tuesday.

Jude Law, who worked with Minghella on three films, said he was "deeply shocked and saddened" at the news.

The actor described him as "a brilliantly talented writer and director" and "a sweet, warm, bright and funny man"....

March 16, 2008

To Each Their Own...

hi all...newly 21 year old man Joey here...just wondering what actor or actress currently at least somewhat under the radar is going to explode onto the scene this year, ala Michael Cera, Ellen Page, et al

I'd personally say that if Emile Hirsch isn't already "there" from Into the Wild, he will be once Speed Racer hits this summer and attracts every little kid into cars on the planet into the theater (my little cousins are addicted to that trailer and the one to Wall-E, so that can be a hint).

Who do you guys think is going to be the next lucky soul to be branded with the "hot new thing" label?

March 14, 2008

New Star Trek Movie Trailer

Our Visual Effects, Sound frontrunner? Maybe not, but still worth a watch!

Incredible Hulk Trailer

Looks kind of disappointing! Comment

March 13, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Joey Magidson!

Happy 21!

Comment for birthday wishes to him

March 12, 2008

Moving Forward...

A Look Ahead…

As our 2007 Awards Season is closed, we have nothing else to do but to look at the road ahead and see what next year’s awards ceremony could have in store for us. This year’s ceremony was one full of surprises and spoilers, not to mention it was my worst predicting year to date. Well I guess that’s a good thing, I don’t like everything going to plan all the time. This coming year we have our usual “overdue” actors, writers, directors and a slew of others trying to nab the “Gold Man.” These are the top 20 films that are on everyone’s lips and keyboards as we wait to see their awards prospects:

Best Picture
1. Revolutionary Road (Sam Mendes)
-It might be foolish to place this in the #1 spot but DiCaprio, Winslet, & Bates are awards magnets with an award friendly director based on an acclaimed book. This tells the story of a couple trying to come to terms and raising their children.
2. Doubt (John Patrick Shanley)
-Award-winning play with controversy and Meryl Streep. Should be something good or could be this year’s Proof. Doubt tells the story of religion and morality circling around the accusation of a priest abusing a black student.
3. Frost/Nixon (Ron Howard)
-The retelling of the Watergate scandal with two amazing co-leads (Frank Langella & Michael Sheen), a nominated writer (Peter Morgan), and award winning director should make for a solid bet.
4. The Changeling (Clint Eastwood)
-In the top five solely on the director because even if he directed Norbit, he would have been nominated.
5. Australia (Baz Luhrmann)
-Written by Oscar winner Ronald Harwood and overdue director Baz Luhrmann, this should grab the technical branch attention. Hugh Jackman & Nicole Kidman star.

6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher)
-As this story of a man aging backwards starring Brad Pitt shows much promise, Fincher is hit or miss usually.
7. Valkyrie (Bryan Singer)
-The attempt to assassinate Hitler is a film that should bring buzz throughout the year.
8. The Soloist (Joe Wright)
-A story about dreams and aspirations with last year’s snubbed director at the helm. Wright has been on a roll lately with his fine direction and artistic eye.
9. The Trial of Chicago 7 (Steven Spielberg)
-Based on the prestige of director Steven Spielberg, and a stellar cast, this could be the sleeper hit or late surge that makes it into this year’s race.
10. Body of Lies (Ridley Scott)
-Another crime drama from Ridley Scott could gain him his long overdue Oscar he’s been fighting for.

11. Milk (Gus Van Sant)
12. Nights in Rodanthe (George C. Wolfe)
13. The Reader (Stephen Daldry)
14. Guerrilla (Steven Soderbergh)
15. Seven Pounds (Gabriele Muccino)

16. The Young Victoria (Jean-Marc Vallee)
17. Nothing is Private (Alan Ball)
18. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen)
19. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton)
20. Blindness (Fernando Mierelles)

Best Achievement in Directing
1. Sam Mendes-Revolutionary Road
-Despite on a visible decline in his filmmaking since American Beauty, Mendes is back with a vengeance, hopefully.
2. Clint Eastwood- The Changeling
-Anything that Eastwood does catch the Academy’s eye or at least is in contention for the prize.
3. Baz Luhrmann-Australia
-Snubbed hugely for Moulin Rouge, Luhrmann takes on this epic that should show some promise.
4. John Patrick Shanley-Doubt
-Former Oscar winning writer (Moonstruck) in his sophomore directing effort taking on a very acclaimed play.
5. Bryan Singer-Valkyrie
-Singer has produced some fine filmmaking before, (Apt Pupil, The Usual Suspects) this may be his time to shine or a lone director kind of thing.

6. Ron Howard-Frost/Nixon
7. Joe Wright-The Soloist
8. Steven Spielberg-The Trial of the Chicago 7
9. David Fincher-The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
10. Ridley Scott-Body of Lies

11. Gus Van Sant-Milk
12. Stephen Daldry-The Reader
13. Steven Soderbergh-Guerrilla
14. Jim Sheridan-Brothers
15. Paul Greengrass-They Marched Into Sunlight

16. Woody Allen-Vicky Cristina Barcelona
17. Wayne Kramer-Crossing Over
18. Ed Harris-Appaloosa
19. Fernando Mierelles-Blindness
20. Alan Ball-Nothing is Private

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
1. Frank Langella-Frost/Nixon
-A Tony-Award winning performance translating into a veteran actor whom is long overdue.
2. Brad Pitt-The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
-Pitt has been on the cusp for two years running and has two, possibly three films this year. Pitt’s “Benjamin Button” should be one to watch.
3. Benicio DelToro-Guerrilla
-DelToro is one of our finest actors taking on a very meaty role.
4. Sean Penn-Milk
-A political, gay rights activist in a very exciting political year for America should keep Milk on radar. Penn’s lead turn should bring attention.
5. Leonardo DiCaprio-Revolutionary Road
-DiCaprio may find himself in the same dilemma he was in two years ago, many acclaimed performances could make him vulnerable for a vote-split.

6. Hugh Jackman-Australia
-With an acclaimed performance in The Fountain two years ago, we were shown Jackman has some true acting chops.
7. George Clooney-Burn After Reading
-Being deemed as the new “Tom Hanks,” which puts him in contention for every performance he gives. Leatherheads keep him fresh also.
8. Tom Cruise-Valkyrie
-If Cruise’s personal life doesn’t interfere than he could win his long overdue Oscar he’s been hunting for.
9. Ralph Fiennes-The Reader
-Ralph Fiennes is Hollywood’s best kept secret of leading man talent. Two nods and a Stephen Daldry film brings him to light.
10. Will Smith-Seven Pounds
-For the reason only that Will Smith can act his way out of a paper bag these days, no matter how bad the film is.

11. Ben Kingsley-The Dying Animal
12. Russell Crowe-Body of Lies
13. Ed Harris-Appaloosa
14. Richard Gere-Nights in Rodanthe
15. Jamie Foxx-The Soloist

16. Clive Owen-The International
17. Jake Gyllenhaal-Brothers
18. Philip Seymour Hoffman-Synecdoche, New York
19. Paul Giamatti-Cold Souls
20. Edward Norton-Motherless Brooklyn

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
1. Kate Winslet-Revolutionary Road
-The most overdue working actress today with five prior nominations. Two big films, either one of them can bring her to the podium
2. Meryl Streep-Doubt
-Watch out for the Oscar Queen to take home her third Oscar for a very meaty and Oscar-bait role. Even if the film is bad, she can still win.
3. Julianne Moore-Blindness
-Another overdue actress but is very hit or miss lately. They probably should have given to her for Far From Heaven, while they had a chance.
4. Keira Knightley-The Duchess
-Snubbed for Atonement, Knightley is becoming a normal Oscar radar character. Another British character for her however, she needs to stretch her legs a bit.
5. Nicole Kidman-Australia
-Could we have a Cruise/Kidman reunion at the Oscars? Kidman hasn’t returned since The Hours win. She needs bring some character depth/

6. Angelina Jolie-The Changeling
-A Mighty Heart showed it is possible for her to act and director Clint Eastwood has a good track record with his actress’.
7. Summer Bishil-Nothing is Private
-We could be in for a newbie at the ceremony.
8. Julia Roberts-Fireflies in the Garden
-If she can be “in contention” for her mediocre Charlie Wilson’s War, this Robert Frost poem adaptation could be something unexpected.
9. Vera Farmiga-Nothing But the Truth
-A smart film that could give Farmiga the recognition she’s been thought to possess.
10. Salma Hayek-Cirque du Freak
-Because a movie about a freak show on the road can do something for her…I think?

11. Kate Winslet-The Reader
12. Emily Blunt-The Young Victoria
13. Penelope Cruz-Vicky Cristina Barcelona
14. Jill Scott-The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
15. Diane Lane-Nights in Rodanthe

16. Laura Linney-The Other Man
17. Jessica Lange-Bonneville
18. Marisa Tomei-The Night Job
19. Winona Ryder-The Informers
20. Maria Bello-Downloading Nancy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
1. Michael Sheen-Frost/Nixon
-Snubbed for The Queen with a very powerful role in a sure to be powerful performance.
2. Philip Seymour Hoffman-Doubt
-Hoffman is becoming a regular; all he needed to do was win one evidently. Unless the character is off putting to voters, (the character is) Hoffman should land this.
3. Robert Downey, Jr.-The Soloist
-Sure to be nominated for Iron Man…j/k…Serious note, there are a lot of people who really want Bobby Jr. to get his Oscar and this could be his year for it. Hopefully Foxx doesn’t steal the spotlight.
4. Benjamin Bratt-Guerrilla
-Along side DelToro could ride him in to his first nomination.
5. Heath Ledger-The Dark Knight
-Not sure how much I personally believe in this but if enough people want to give him that final taste of recognition than Ledger could be our first posthumous nominee in over 25 years.

6. John Malkovich-The Changeling
-Eastwood gets the overdue ones their recognition.
7. Leonardo DiCaprio-Body of Lies
-Could be a co-lead with Crowe but they may not want to split votes with himself.
8. Josh Brolin-Milk
-No love at all last season for No Country for Old Men, they may want to give him his due.
9. Ralph Fiennes-The Duchess
-Another film for the British actor, Fiennes has a busy year ahead.
10. Sacha Baron Cohen-The Trial of the Chicago 7
-Borat, Sweeney Todd, we know he can do comedy, how about drama?

11. Kenneth Branagh-Valkyrie
12. Jamie Bell-Defiance
13. Jim Broadbent-Dirty Tricks
14. Pierce Brosnan-Mamma Mia!
15. Bruno Ganz-The Reader

16. Dennis Quaid-The Express
17. Viggo Mortensen-Appaloosa
18. David Wenham-Australia
19. John Krasinski-Leatherheads
20. Gael Garcia Bernal-Blindness

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
1. Amy Adams-Doubt
-She has talent and with this great role based on a great play, Adams could be making her trip to the podium. She still has left over love from Junebug and Enchanted.
2. Cate Blanchett-The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
-Because Blanchett can be nominated in anything, regardless how bad the film is. Who knows? She could even get nommed for Indiana Jones.
3. Kathy Bates-Revolutionary Road
-An awards legend in an acclaimed adaptation. Bates chews through scenery like no one else.
4. Catherine Keener-The Soloist
-Snubbed immensely for Into the Wild, she gets another crack at it with this Nathaniel Ayers biopic. She also has Kaufman’s film Synecdoche, New York.
5. Amy Ryan-The Changeling
-Still has the love from Gone Baby Gone and directed by Eastwood alongside Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich is a good bet.

6. Carice Van Houten-Body of Lies
-There’s always a breakthrough role that makes it in. Ridley Scott is a good one to lead the way.
7. Sandra Oh-Blindness
-The most ignored member of the Sideways cast could get her due.
8. Dianne Weist-Synecdoche, New York
-There was a time she was amazing especially in cast ensembles; she seems to stick out every time.
9. Angela Bassett-Nothing But the Truth
-Because Lord knows she should have won for What’s Love Got to Do With It?
10. Samantha Morton-Synecdoche, New York
-Looking for another nomination in the Charlie Kaufman directorial debut.

11. Franke Potente-Guerilla
12. Renee Zellweger-Appaloosa
13. Jessica Lange-Grey Gardens
14. Frances McDormand-Burn After Reading
15. Charlotte Rampling-The Duchess

16. Michelle Williams-Synecdoche, New York
17. Tilda Swinton-The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
18. Miranda Richardson-The Young Victoria
19. Viola Davis-Doubt
20. Emma Thompson-Brideshead Revisited

Best Original Screenplay
1. Charlie Kaufman-Synecdoche, New York
2. Andrew Stanton-WALL-E
3. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen-Burn After Reading
4. Baz Luhrmann, Ronald Harwood, Stuart Beattle-Australia
5. Susannah Grant-The Soloist
6. Dustin Lance Black-Milk
7. J. Michael Straczynski-The Changeling
8. Julian Fellowes-The Young Victoria
9. Seth Rogan & Evan Goldberg-The Pineapple Express
10. Woody Allen-Vicky Cristina Barcelona
11. Pam Brady & Andrew Fleming-Hamlet 2

Best Adapted Screenplay
1. Eric Roth-The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2. Peter Morgan-Frost/Nixon
3. Justin Haythe-Revolutionary Road
4. John Patrick Shanley-Doubt
5. David Hare-The Reader
6. William Monahan-Body of Lies
7. Ed Harris & Robert Knott-Appaloosa
8. Don McKellar-Blindness
9. Jeremy Leven & Bruce Joel Rubin-The Time Travelers Wife
10. Nicholas Meyer-The Dying Animal

Coming Soon

New Predictions on the sidebar for now but full commentary coming soon to the MainSite.
More articles, new reviews, new critics, and brand new kick off to a brand spanking new year!
In the meantime answer the poll on the right side of the page. If you choose OTHER, please leave a comment on this post and tell us what it is.

March 8, 2008

Last Year Bleeding into This Year...

Hi all, Joey here...with the back to back bloodsoaked wins of The Departed and No Country for Old Men, it seems that the trend for rejecting a film for being "too violent" is done. Likewise, the era of rewarding the "Oscar Movie" (Atonement probably fit the term best of late) seems to be dying as well. That being said...what is this all going to mean for the upcoming crop of films looking to head to the Kodak next year?

Should Stop-Loss just stop because it's a war/Iraq film?

Should Frost/Nixon freeze over because it's something built for the Academy to love?

Should Revolutionary Road cease its Revolutionary ways because it's a period piece that a short time ago would undoubtedly get Oscar all hot and bothered?

What do you guys (and gals) think? Are anti-Oscar movies the new Oscar movies?

March 5, 2008


Worst Picture

I Know Who Killed Me (2007) - Sony; Tri-Star

Other Nominees:
Bratz (2007) - Lionsgate
Daddy Day Camp (2007) - Sony; Tri-Star; Revolution
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007) - Universal
Norbit (2007) - Dreamworks

Worst Actor

Norbit (2007) - Eddie Murphy (I)
- (As Norbit).

Other Nominees:
Daddy Day Camp (2007) - Cuba Gooding Jr.
- Also for Norbit (2007).
Ghost Rider (2007) - Nicolas Cage
- Also for National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) and Next (2007).
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007) - Adam Sandler (I)
Number 23, The (2007) - Jim Carrey

Worst Actress

I Know Who Killed Me (2007) - Lindsay Lohan
- (As Aubrey).
I Know Who Killed Me (2007) - Lindsay Lohan
- (As Dakota).

Other Nominees:
Awake (2007) - Jessica Alba
- Also for 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) and Good Luck Chuck (2007).
Because I Said So (2007) - Diane Keaton
Bratz (2007) - Logan Browning; Janel Parrish; Nathalia Ramos; Skyler Shaye
- A Four-For-One Deal!
Captivity (2007) - Elisha Cuthbert

Worst Supporting Actor

Norbit (2007) - Eddie Murphy (I)
- (As Mr. Wong).

Other Nominees:
Bratz (2007) - Jon Voight
- Also for National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007), September Dawn (2006) and Transformers (2007).
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007) - Kevin James (III)
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007) - Rob Schneider (I)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) - Orlando Bloom
- Pirates of the Carobbean: At Wit's End.

Worst Supporting Actress

Norbit (2007) - Eddie Murphy (I)
- (As Rasputia).

Other Nominees:
Code Name: The Cleaner (2007) - Nicollette Sheridan
Epic Movie (2007) - Carmen Electra
I Know Who Killed Me (2007) - Julia Ormond
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007) - Jessica Biel
- Also for Next (2007).

Worst Director

I Know Who Killed Me (2007) - Chris Sivertson

Other Nominees:
Captivity (2007) - Roland Joffé
Daddy Day Camp (2007) - Fred Savage
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007) - Dennis Dugan
Norbit (2007) - Brian Robbins (I)

Worst Screenplay

I Know Who Killed Me (2007) - Jeff Hammond (VI)

Other Nominees:
Daddy Day Camp (2007) - Geoff Rodkey; J. David Stem; David N. Weiss
Epic Movie (2007) - Jason Friedberg; Aaron Seltzer (I)
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007) - Barry Fanaro; Alexander Payne (I); Jim Taylor (III)
Norbit (2007) - Eddie Murphy (I); Charles Q. Murphy; Jay Scherick; David Ronn

Worst Remake or Rip-Off

I Know Who Killed Me (2007)
- (Rip-Off of Hostel, Saw and the Patty Duke Show).

Other Nominees:
Are We Done Yet? (2007)
- (Remake/Rip-Off of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House).
Bratz (2007)
- (A Rip-Off If Ever There Was One!).
Epic Movie (2007)
- (Rip-Off of Every Movie It Rips Off).
Who's Your Caddy? (2007)
- (Rip-Off of Caddy Shack).

Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie

I Know Who Killed Me (2007)

Other Nominees:
AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem (2007)
Captivity (2007)
Hannibal Rising (2007)
Hostel: Part II (2007)

Worst Prequel or Sequel

Daddy Day Camp (2007)

Other Nominees:
AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem (2007)
Evan Almighty (2007)
Hannibal Rising (2007)
Hostel: Part II (2007)

Worst Screen Couple

I Know Who Killed Me (2007) - Lindsay Lohan
- Lindsay Lohan and Lindsay Lohan as the yang to her own yin.

Other Nominees:
Awake (2007) - Jessica Alba; Hayden Christensen; Dane Cook; Ioan Gruffudd
- Jessica Alba & Either Hayden Christensen (Awake) or Dane Cook (Good Luck Chuck) or Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer).
- Also for Good Luck Chuck (2007) and 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007).
Bratz (2007)
- Any combination of two totally air-headed characters.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007) - Adam Sandler (I); Kevin James (III); Jessica Biel
- Adam Sandler and either Kevin James or Jessica Biel.
Norbit (2007) - Eddie Murphy (I)
- Eddie Murphy as Norbit and either Eddie Murphy as Mr. Wong or Eddie Murphy as Rasputia.

March 4, 2008

The Year of.......

Joey here...just wondering about what actor/actress/filmmaker is going to have their big year or their big comeback year during the 08 season

Could it be Tom Cruise gaining some industry respect again by trying to whack Hitler?

Could it be Robert Downey Jr. finally becoming a monster star for Iron Man?

Could it be something i've yet to mention?

Post here and lemme know who'se year 2008 is going to be!