torsdag 23 februari 2012

My review of "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

Extremely mainstream yet incredibly close to being amazing. Now let me explain.. This movie is a little ass kissing of the Academy but I can't help but think that there's something very special about it. The film captured New York quite well, both the unfriendly people as well as those who are genuinely nice, the way people interracted with each other was amazing. But then 9/11 comes into the picture, which is totally uncalled for.. However, it is staying true to the novel, which is important.

The acting is absolutely brilliant, Tom Hanks is great in everything he does and although I feel Sandra Bullock is overrated, she's not half bad in this film. Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright and John Goodman are also in this film.. but the two main actors that caught my attention were Max von Sydow and Thomas Horn. Max von Sydow is a living legend, he is nominated for his role in the category of "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role". I personally think he deserves it. Thomas Horn, who is playing the main role of Oskar Schell does so quite well. Keep in mind that this is his very first film.. the emotions coming out of that kid is just amazing, especially during those rough scenes. At first, I disliked him a little, he's an unlikeable character, he's rude, obnoxious and treats his mother like shit, although that's what you get when you spoil your kid too much and give him everything he's ever pointed his finger at. However when he does emotional scenes, you can't help but find him more sympathetic and he grows on you.

It is the story of Oskar Schell, a 9 year old boy, much different from everyone else. He's an amateur inventor, franchophile, pacifist among other things and has an amazing relationship with his father. They go on treasure hunts etc. His father dies on 9/11 and a year after, Oskar discovers a mysterious key located in a blue vase he accidentally breaks. Oskar becomes determined to find the matching lock for the key and is set out on an adventure all around New York City.

I think what hurt this film the most is the bad timing of this film. Director Stephen Daldry and producer Scott Rudin had been working on the film adaption of the book for five years.. maybe if it had been released 5 years ago, people would still think it would be okay to use 9/11 as part of a story. Even though it is an event that beat NYC to its knees, it just feels very cheesy to still be using 9/11 in movies and making a profit off of it. Although it is staying true to the novel, I know, I know! However, the movie captured human feelings tremendously.

But they could have still BASED the film on the novel and removed the 9/11 part or replace it with something else.. that's what bugs me if anything. But I still love Stephen Daldry and I think he's one of the most interesting directors out there..

Also, although I haven't seen "Hugo" yet, I can't help but think that the two films seem very similar. Boy losing father, father leaves key which sets off kid to a big adventure.

Should this have been nominated for "Best Motion Picture of the Year" though? It's quite hard to say.. It's a film people will either love or hate... I actuall had to re-write this review.. At first I didn't think it should have been nominated for "Best Motion Picture of the Year".. however after seeing bits of it yet again, it makes me realize how great this movie truly is... The writing is AMAZING especially Oskar's view on life at times. I think it's better than avarage, especially when there are some films in the "Best Motion Picture of the Year" category that don't deserve a nomination. It is a great film about moving on, or at least trying to move on from a tragic event that brought everyone a little closer together. The Academy has been known for nominating cheesy films in the past years... it's just not about artistic merit anymore as much as a dick swinging contest. It's all just so corrupted that it's sad. If it were for real artistic merit, you would have seen a heck lot more independent films being nominated as well as lesser known actors. It is cheesy at times but the acting, writing etc. still makes it better than most movies nominated for an Oscar. There's something about this movie that I love, I just quite haven't figured out what yet..

However I still feel this movie is a little better than avarage.. It's worth a look... hell, any movie is worth a look because you will be able to form your own opinions.. something no one can ever take away from you.

My rating: 7,5/10

My review of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

I never really got into the Harry Potter series, I simply am not into these kind of franchises very much. But that does not mean I can't understand the greatness of them. However, I do not like the way franchises are milking audiences for money, especially in this new fucked up way that producers for some reason think is acceptable. Yes, I'm talking about dividing a movie into two parts. There is simply NO artistic merit behind dividing a long film into two very dragged out movies. It is nothing but a way to get people to pay up big bucks, I say big bucks because the prices for cinema tickets are ridiculous, and then not giving the audience much of the vital points of the story.

That's exactly what this movie is, sure it has brilliant and incredibly cool effects.. but this is not suppose to be "Transformers" where there's a very minimalistic or unimportant plot and the whole movie is just built on effects. I just think it's a damn shame... the movie has some, or most of Great Britain's most amazing actors and I can't help but think that this movie is the "sell-out" of the series.. maybe not story wise, but in the sense of it being divided into two parts.

This movie is so dragged out! It's about 2 hours and 15 minutes and the best action is literally in the last 15 minutes, obviously just to get you ready for part two, which you have to wait a year to see. Well, not now when it's already out but you get my point.

All of the villains, especially Lord Voldemord, are trying to kill Harry Potter and most of this movie is set in a forrest where they're just hiding out and having some teenage crisis.

I'm so very mad at this film and the way this crap has been going on.. I couldn't give two shits about other films that are divided, like "Twilight" but Harry Potter is NOT "Twilight". The Harry Potter franchise has good actors, that's one very big difference for starters. It also has a better plot and all that.

I can imagine "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" being much better with the story being all wrapped up and finally coming to a conclusion.. but these two movies should have simply been one movie.

However, the directing, editing and everything else is absolutely great! It's enjoyable but very slow, at least that's what I think.. If you like the Harry Potter movies, you'll like this for sure.. Maybe I'm the only one who can't stand these movies being divided?

My rating: 6,5/10

onsdag 22 februari 2012

My review of "Rango"

Without a doubt the best animation I've seen in one of the best animated films that I've ever seen. It's a Nickelodeon films production and I haven't been very impressed by them in recent years, but this animation just knocks all other films out of the game. You can literally see every wrinkle on Rango's skin. It's absolutely amazing and very lifelike.

It's the story of Rango, a pet chameleon who accidentally comes across a little town called Dirt. He is apointed sheriff of the town in hopes of being able to save it from aridity.

The whole plot just becomes so damn contemporary, especially when more and more is unfolded in the story but that's as much as I'll say...

The voice acting is absolutely amazing, especially by Johnny Depp. Who would've known? But then again, Johnny Depp isn't exactly known for disappointing. Also lending their voices: Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Stephen Root, Harry Dean Stanton, Timothy Olyphant, Ray Winstone and more! What a cast! They all did a brilliant job.

Gore Verbinski, director of such films as "The Mexican", "The Weather Man" and Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3 has directed "Rango", making this his first animated film. It is nominated for an Academy Award in the category of "Best Animated Feature Film of the Year" and I personally think it should win. I've seen all other in the category and I think this is the strongest one. Best animation, best plot, most entertaining.

I personally think this was one of the best films of 2011, it's a little gem. I think it didn't get the attention it very much deserved, which is quite a shame... It's absolutely hilarious, the characters are likeable as well as unlikeable, the ones that should be unlikeable that is.

I think it's a very clever film and there's not really much bad to say about it. I know a lot of people aren't going to agree on my rating but I stand corrected. This is not a boring animated film, finally an animated film that's for adults. I hate people who claim a film is for kids simply because it's animated, stop that will you?

This film is a fresh breath of air in the animation industry, at least that's what I think.. I think you should see this film if you want a good time.

My rating: 10/10

My review of "The Adventures of Tintin"

This film is not a complete home run but almost there. I used to read the Tintin comic books when I was a kid, I wasn't quite obsessed with them but I can see why people were. The Tintin stories have some really great plots, as does this movie. Even if you don't know much about Tintin, I like the way they have set up the characters for the audience, you don't really have to know the characters before watching this film as most of them are explained and introduced to us quite well.

Surprisingly, it's directed by Steven Spielberg, it happens to be his first animated film. The cool thing about this whole thing is that Steven Spielberg has actually been a fan of Tintin since the 1980's and the creator of Tintin, Hergé was actually a fan of Steven Spielberg's. Hergé once stated that he's sure that only Spielberg can do Tintin justice, if it were to be turned into a film. It's just a shame he didn't get to see this film.. Although much that Steven Spielberg touches becomes gold, this is no exception but it could have become platinum.

Let me explain, this is not a bad movie, not at all. It is very entertaining, has quite an interesting plot but.. 1. It feels quite rushed at times. 2. I would rather have a live action film, which Steven Spielberg actually wanted to do at a point, I think as the visionary that Spielberg is, he could pull off anything, especially that. Imagine a live action Tintin but a little more modern, like Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes". 3. I think the animation is distracting.. I mean, the animation is great, yet it isn't. It's kind of hard to explain, but at times, you'll see how amazingly well it is done and sometimes it just looks very corny. Sometimes you see how the characters hair blows in the wind and sometimes their movements are just quite wooden. It's quite a shame because there's this one scene where sand turns into water and that has to be one of the most visually beautiful things I've ever seen. If only the animation would have been that great all the time, like in "Rango", flawless from beginning to end.

The voice acting is great, Jamie Bell does a great Tintin. It's great to have Simon Pegg and Nick Frost together again as "Thompson and Thompson". Daniel Craig is surprisingly good as a voice actor. Andy Serkis is brilliant as always as Captain Haddock. He's the only truly irreplaceable thing about this film.

It's still an incredible film and it's quite a thrill ride. It should have easily been nominated for an Oscar in the category of "Best Animated Film of the Year", it was snubbed. But I'm very happy lesser known animated films got attention in that category, "A Cat in Paris" and "Chico & Rita".

It's a little too childish at times but then again we all started to read Tintin as kids or teenagers, not as adults. So I'm happy it has stayed quite true to the comic book. Animation or live action film, I'm absolutely convinced that Hergé would have been proud of you, Mr. Spielberg.

My rating: 7,5/10

måndag 20 februari 2012

My review of "The Artist"

This is one of those films that is just absolutely flawless, at least that's my opinion. It's the perfect lenght too, 100 minutes, so people can't say it's boring or too "dragged out". Although the 100 minutes feel like half an hour. I've been wanting to see this film ever since I heard about it and saw the trailer, more than a year ago. I have to give the Weinstein brothers some credit for distributing this film... The whole concept of the film is a big risk.. it's either a win or lose film but turns out this movie is more than a winner, more than an absolute homerun...

It's the story about silent movie star George Valentin who happens to meet a young struggling actress by the name of Peppy Miller. The rest is history...

You just have to sit back and relax, just watch the movie and keep in mind that this is the kind of movie you'll never ever be able to see again in the future. It has got to be one of the most unique films you'll ever see, especially at the cinemas. Years from now, you'll be able to tell your kids that you've seen a silent film at the cinemas. I personally will cherish this experience for the rest of my life.

It is nominated for a whooping 10 Oscars! Something for once, I will not argue with..

The directing by Michel Hazanavicius is awesome. An interesting thing about this movie and his directing is that there's not one single zoom made in this movie. He claims he stood by this because in the older films the zoom technology had not been invented yet.

Now on to the actors, ah, the flawless acting...

Jean Dujardin. Nominated for an Oscar in the category "Best Actor in a Leading Role". I haven't seen a more charming personality on screen for as long as I can remember... you have to keep in mind that these actors only have their facial expressions to work with if they can't use their voices.. He does it brilliantly, when he smiles, you feel his joy, when he's sad, you feel his pain etc. Jean Dujardin SHOULD and WILL win his Oscar! I'll be damned if he doesn't win... I'll be silent for a month as a protest.

Bérénice Bejo. Nominated in the category of "Best Actress in a Supporting Role". What a beautiful human being. So damn adorable and an amazing actress. She too deserves her Academy Award nomination and would be my pick, however she's in some very rough competition, but in the "actor categories" you usually are in for a rough ride. AMAZING. She's married to the director and has two children with him. However don't think she was picked for this film simply because of her relationship to the director, she's incredibly good. Don't judge in prior to have watched the film...

Uggie. Uggie the dog did most of the scenes in "The Artist" but two different dogs were also used. This dog is the cutest dog I've seen in a film in a very long time... I want a jack russell dog. He's a real scene stealer in the film. You'll love him...

Also I was surprised at how many big names were involved in this film... John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Malcolm McDowell and more! Also be on the lookout for a great cameo by Ken Davitian, the fat bloke in "Borat".

I think a lot of people love this movie because it's so damn different. But different in a good way, which makes it unique. Or maybe it's because you've always wanted to live in that day and age?

I can keep on writing a whole page about this film.. just watch this movie, it is pure magic. Support this film, don't download it or anything like that. It deserves every penny. It's one of the best films I've ever seen... and I've seen about 5000 films in my lifetime.

If you are a movie lover, see this film. If you want to become an actor or an actress, see this film. There's no way around it... everyone should have a solid reason for wanting to see it.

My rating: 11/10 (Yes, that's correct, you are not intoxicated)

tisdag 14 februari 2012

My review of "Rundskop" ("Bullhead")

Impressive. What an impressive debut from director and writer of this film, Michael R. Roskam. The director has mainly worked on short films before and this is his first feature film... Pretty impressive for him to get an Academy Award nomination for his first, in the category "Best Foreign Language Film of the Year". It is a Belgian film but there's some French language spoken in it as well.

I actually love foreign films, they are everything movies should be about. They're rarely sugar coated with cheesyness, although unfortunately that happens as well but not as often as in Hollywood films. Foreign films are very raw and are very true to life. In most cases, foreign films are what all movies should be about.

The acting is quite amazing, especially by Matthias Schoenaerts, the lead actor, who is the best thing about the film. He actually gained 27 kilograms of muscles for this role, that's nearly 60 pounds of pure muscles! That alone should make you want to watch the film. All other actors are great as well but Matthias Schoenaerts clearly stands out...

The movie is about a young cattle farmer by the name of Jacky Vanmarsenille. He meets up with a veterinarian and a notorious beef trader for a shady deal but when a policeman is murdered it brings up the secret of Jacky's past which sets of a chain of consequences.

What really caught my interest is also the beautiful cinematography, some scenes are absolutely beautifully made. It's quite the interesting thriller, a type of thriller you have never seen before and most likely never will again. I've heard many people complain about the lenght of this movie but I had absolutely no problems with it, I would however say that some scenes are quite unimportant. But I like the way the tention is built up, so there's not really much bad to say about this film. The ending however is kind of cheesy and quite predictable, although the acting makes it better than it usually would have been, along with the sounds. Yes, the sounds. You'll understand when you'll see the ending.

It's quite painful to watch, almost too painful at times, seriously. It's an extraordinary movie. It reminds me of a greek play. But it's not quite a masterpiece. But almost.. damn, so close!

SEE IT for god's sake! Well, and for the sake of Matthias Schoenaerts who will obviously become a giant in the acting industry.

My rating: 8,5

måndag 13 februari 2012

My review of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

This movie is quite surprising. I had absolutely no desire to see this film before I saw it. I always say yes to watching all kinds of films because that's how you learn to become open minded. The original "Planet of the Apes" is of course a film in the franchise that cannot be topped. I would however say that this film is below, almost touching the foot of the brilliance that is the original "Planet of the Apes". This film is mentioned as a prequel to original "Planet of the Apes" from 1968.

The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt, a somewhat uknown director to larger audiences.. His past work includes "Subterrain" and "The Escapist". "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is nominated for an Oscar in the category "Best Achievement in Visual Effects". Even though the effects are great, I must say, at times I disliked the effects. Why is it, that sometimes we see absolutely beautiful effects so real looking that you scratch your head while we sometimes see effects that are only alright? I guess it's a question of money.. the film did after all cost around 93 million dollars to make, which is quite low considering blockbuster films having a budget of 150 million dollars or more. It's a shame the effects aren't as great all the time as they should be.

Let's talk about the acting.. In the leading role, we have James Franco, which in my opinion is replaceable. Freida Pinto, Brian Cox and Tom Felton can also be seen but the real stars to me are John Lithgow and Andy Serkis. John Lithgow plays a smaller role of Charles Rodman, the father of James Franco's character Will Rodman. He plays the role brilliantly. Then there's Andy Serkis... who plays the main ape named "Caesar". He plays him through motion capture and does so incredibly well... you do forget that it's a person behind it all.

This is one of those (smart) blockbuster films that you just have to see for yourself in order to form an opinion on it. Most people seem to like the film though and I am actually in that category. I would call this one of the most surprising films of the year. It's worth a look!

My rating: 8/10

My review of "The Iron Lady"

One of the strangest and most boring biopics I've seen in recent years... and I'll tell you why... Meryl Streep is pretty much wonderful in everything she does. If a woman out there dreams of becoming an actress then I would advise you to look up Meryl Streep's past work. She's absolutely incredible and quite a chameleont of an actress. This film is no exception, Meryl Streep is wonderful as always. You get to see Meryl Streep as a middle aged Margaret Thatcher as well as an old Margaret Thatcher. Meryl Streep has the ability to do anything as an actress.

Whether you like Margaret Thatcher or not has nothing to do with it. The film is incredibly boring in the sense that a big part of the film, maybe 40-50% is about what an old senile hag Margaret Thatcher has become. I mean that, literally. You'll get to see scenes of Margaret Thatcher going to a doctor to get her annual check-up, you'll get to see Margaret Thatcher cleaning out the closet after her late husband Denis etc. The film should have focused more on what Margaret Thatcher has achieved and hasn't achieved instead of what she's doing now, when she's out of office and almost never leaves her home. Margaret Thatcher is one of the most important figures of British politics.

I can't help but think that "The Iron Lady" is a total kiss-ass Oscar film. Thank god that it is only nominated in two categories, " Best Achievement in Makeup" which it most likely will win and of course the other is for Meryl Streep in the category of "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role". I'm quite satisfied that it wasn't nominated for "Best Picture of the Year", although some of this years nominees are very replaceable as well.

The film is directed by Phyllida Lloyd, who also directed Meryl Streep in "Mamma Mia" and written by Abi Morgan, which is quite strange considering that she's also written one of the best films of the year, "Shame". Meaning she had both one of the biggest hits of 2011 as well as one of the most disappointing films. Quite unique.

The acting was brilliant all around, Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher is great but a special shout out would have to go to a young woman by the name of Alexandra Roach who played the young Margaret Thatcher... What a force! She's one actress to look out for in the future... A young Meryl Streep in the making perhaps?

This is though, as many, a film that you will either love or hate.. it's not a bad film, certainly not... It's above avarage only thanks to the fine acting but it's just not quite what it could have been, at least that's my opinion.

My rating: 6/10

torsdag 9 februari 2012

My review of "A Separation"

One of the greatest films of the year is from Iran. It might very well be one of the greatest foreign films I've ever seen! And I've seen my fair share.. What I love about this film is that the budget is only 800,000 dollars and it's made around 15 million dollars all around the world. You can imagine this little film getting a lot more attention after the Oscars because, it's nominated in two categories.. Which is quite rare for foreign films. Not only is it nominated in the category of "Best Foreign Language Film of the Year" but also in the category of "Best Writing, Original Screenplay"! It's a strong contender, hopefully it will win "Best Foreign Film" as it's easily one of the most powerful foreign films you'll see! It also has a very solid spot on IMDB's Top 250!

There's so much to admire about this little giant! A large part of the film, almost the entire film, was shot with a handheld camera and it's the first film EVER to win three bears at the "Berlin International Film Festival" so don't be too surprised when it'll win it's Oscar! It also won the Golden Globe this year, making it Iran's first film to ever win a Golden Globe!

It is the story of a married couple faced with a dilemma of either moving to another country to make their daughters's life better or to stay in Iran to look after the husband's father who is suffering from Alzheimers.

What I love about foreign films is that they NEVER "hold back". They're usually very raw, genuine and you almost never get to see that shallow Hollywood bullshit. Foreign films just don't feel fake at all... This movie definitely does not hold back. You have to give most of the praise to director and writer of this film, Asghar Farhadi. What a brilliant mind! This is easily one of the most flawlessly written films I've seen in a very long time. I can't recall anything having as sharp of a dialogue as this. It stings you, yet you cannot stop watching as you get caught in the downward spiral that is "A Separation".

Finally a movie that shows people a normal side of Iran. That it's NOT all war or something like that. There are way too many people out there who have a lot of ridiculous misconceptions about Iran.

Peyman Maadi who plays the husband, "Nader" is brilliant. He's really a father who wants all the best for his daughter although his father is suffering from Alzheimer's.. he feels as if he can't leave his father behind. He has a very beautiful relationship with his father and is very loyal to him and sticking by his side to "give back" for raising him so well.. Leila Hatami plays the wife, "Simin" who wants the best for her daughter although at times it feels she would rather leave Iran for her own sake.. She's quite naive. Sareh Bayat is in her first role ever, which even landed her a diploma of honor for Best Actress in a Suporting role as well as a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival! I personally think she's one of the best things about the film! She certainly makes an interesting character. Sarina Farhadi, who plays the daughter in the film also happens to be the daughter of the director... although she too is one of the most interesting actresses in the film. This being her first film makes her a wonder indeed. Shahab Hosseini is my absolute favorite actor in the entire film. What a powerful performance, all actors involved did an amazing job but somehow Shahab stood out so very brightly. Amazing. I can't praise the actors and actresses enough. What a home run of a film!

I'll just say it right now... I think it's an absolute fucking disgrace that this film did NOT get nominated for "Best Motion Picture of the Year" at the Oscars. It should be taking the place of a few "kiss-ass films".

This is the underdog of the year of cinema and it WILL win at least one Oscar.. How sweet it will be! I know I will be jumping out of joy.

Some of you may complain that this film is too long, but you know what? Go screw yourselves... I personally think that with all these amazing actors, the flawlessly sharp dialogue, I would be happy to sit through another hour. However it might confuse you, it's quite messy, but hey, that's life! If you're easily confused by films, maybe you shouldn't even be watching this one? But then I keep wondering what a shame it would be if you missed out on it..

If I were rich, I'd support ANY of the films that this director and writer has lined up in the future... This is a film actors can only dream of being a part of!

Do yourself a favor and see this film. You won't regret it. I can't wait to see this film again. Maybe I'll like it even more the next time when I'll pick up things I didn't remember or notice? Easily one of the best films of the year!

As this is a low budget film from Iran, I want to advise you all to please get ahold of this film in a legal way. Buy or rent the DVD. It's worth it...

My rating: 10/10

onsdag 8 februari 2012

My review of "Kung Fu Panda 2"

Alright, is it just me, or am I the only one who thinks that this sequel is much better than the first film?

Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate the first film, I just thought it was a little empty. Oh well, maybe I just don't remember it very well. I remember however that this film brought me more laughs than the first one.. I love that this is directed by a woman, Jennifer Yuh. I personally would love Hollywood to give more chances to women. There simply aren't enough female directors in Hollywood.

I just feel as if this film is more action packed, more lovable. We finally get to see "Po" the panda as a baby! However the plot is focused on a villian peacock by the name of "Shen" who plans to conquer China with a big deadly weapon. A peacock as villain is a little questionable but understandable later on as he's suppose to have some feelings too. Though, it is a movie for children after all. AMAZING voice work by Gary Oldman as "Shen".

It's very cool to see all of the original cast back in the sequel but there are also some new voices, Dennis Haysbert as "Master Storming Ox", Michelle Yeoh as "Soothsayer", Danny McBride as "Wolf Boss", Victor Garber as "Master Thundering Rhino" and the biggest disappointment of all, Jean-Claude Van Damme as "Master Croc". He says what, two lines in the whole film? Very underused in the film... unfortunately. The "Kung Fu Panda" series probably has the greatest cast ever though..

I saw this film in 2-D but I can imagine this film being much cooler and even better in 3-D!

This film will bring the child out of you but will at the same time make the grown up in you somewhat emotional! However, even though this film is nominated for an Oscar in the category "Best Animated Feature Film of the Year" I can't help but think that this is still one of the weakest in that category. The only one I haven't seen is "Puss in Boots" but I liked the other ones more than "Kung Fu Panda 2". Maybe because I have a thing against sequels... I just feel as if making a sequel is "cheating" in a way. It's basically taking an idea and milking it, dragging it out. Basically you already have an idea of a big part of the movie. It's very rare for me to like all the characters so much in a film that I want a sequel.

Although, I still think it's very enjoyable and I do recommend it!

My rating: 7/10

My review of "Albert Nobbs"

What a remarkable little film! Very happy that it got nominated for three Academy Awards. The first goes to Glenn Close in the category "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role" and my god she plays it brilliantly! She plays a woman disguised as a man in order to work and survive in Ireland. The movie is set in the 19th century and her dream is to open up a little shop. How does a woman play a man? Well, most women would just do the darkest voice they could possible come up with. Glenn Close does not. She does it "just enough". Obviously you can hear she's a woman but it's not all about the voice, she captures the gestures quite brilliantly. She also plays someone who is a little awkward with people. So, are you getting this? Glenn Close plays a woman, who plays a man who has to play someone who's put in an uncomfortable situation. Very worthy Oscar nomination for Glenn Close and I couldn't be happier for her! She plays it so very well indeed but she also co-wrote the screenplay, produced the film as well as wrote the original song for the film! She also caught pneumonia while doing this film.. So talk about real passion and commitment to a film... Just the way I like it! The song by the way, is entitled "Lay your head down" and is sung by Sinead O'Connor, it was immensely snubbed by the Academy Award. Have a listen, you'll fall in love with it. My favorite song of the year in a film.

The second nomination went to Janet McTeer for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role". Personally, I think Glenn Close was much better but that does not mean I don't think Janet McTeer deserves her nomination. But then again, how do you compete with a five time Oscar nominee like Glenn Close? I am now officially a Janet McTeer fan. She was previously nominated for an Academy Award in 1999 for "Tumbleweeds". She's in for rough competition this year, however that seems to be the case most times with the "heavy" categories. If she won though, I would jump with joy!

It is also nominated for "Best Achievement in Makeup". Obviously the makeup is amazing. I certainly hope the film will win in at least one of the categories. "The Iron Lady" is tough competitor although I personally think the makeup for this film is much better. I wouldn't mind this film being nominated for "Best Picture of the Year" as well.

The more I think about it, the more I love this film. Other great performances by Brendan Gleeson, Aaron Johnson, Mia Wasikowska and a smaller role by the always great Jonathan Rhys Meyers!

The rating on IMDB is absolutely fucking pathetic. It deserves much better! It's a shame it didn't earn much at the box office either... It's quite low budget, 8 million dollars. Yes, it's hilarious that below 15 million dollars is considered "low budget" but quite understandable when so many actors get bigger pay checks than most "low budget" films cost to produce.

This is easily one of those films that simply NEEDS to be seen. It needs to be supported! I personally loved it but I can understand people who may not be very fond of this film. It's quite an unconventional story, but different is beautiful. For the love of god, be a little open! Try new and different kind of films... A pleasant surprise!

My rating: 7,9/10

tisdag 7 februari 2012

My review of "Bridesmaids"

Paul Feig, director of this film is actually one of the people I've always wanted to work with ever since the short lived yet historical "Freaks and Geeks". I'm sure directing this film has secured him a few more films for the future and I couldn't be happier! Because he really is a genuinely nice guy who's also very talented and funny. He seems like the kind of director every actor dreams of working with! Also, he's a genuine nerd like I am. Respect from a nerd to another. We are laughed at but people don't realize that we are cool in the making.

The story is about the maid of honor and a bridesmaid who compete over who's a better friend of the bride. Be sure to count on a major shit storm. Ahh ladies... you're so crazy... and that's why we love you!

It is written by Kristen Wiig, who I think is one of the greatest "Saturday Night Live" cast members of all time. She co-wrote it with Annie Mumolo, who also has a cool cameo. The film got a surprising Oscar nomination for "Best Writing, Original Screenplay" but an even more surprising Oscar nomination went to Melissa McCarthy in the category of "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role"... while it's surprising in the sense that comedy actresses usually don't get nominated for an Academy Award, it still isn't. She's easily the best thing about the film and brings so such warmth to the character as well. She's incredibly likable.

The cast is quite awesome, There's the lovely Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Matt Lucas, Rebel Wilson, Chris O'Dowd, Jon Hamm and more! Sadly it is also two-time Academy Award nominee Jill Clayburgh's last film. But I'm sure it would make her proud... and a little disgusted at times. Absolutely.

Now, I've already watched the film twice, I enjoyed it so much... many keep complaining it's disgusting, and sure my balls dropped a little when I saw the film but it's absolutely funny. Some complain that it's too much of a "chick flick" but I enjoyed it very much. And I'm a big macho man who only cried to "The Lion King" once. Men can and should be able to enjoy this film as well.

See it, you won't regret it! You'll only regret not being able to whipe away that one or two scenes... Also, please don't make a sequel. That would be the most unnecessary thing since "The Hangover Part II". Please don't let the greed make you produce another sequel that won't be all that funny and has a slight possibility of hurting the first film in the making as well.. It really doesn't deserve that. Don't touch it.

My rating: 8/10

My review of "Margin Call"

This is director and writer J.C. Chandor's first Hollywood film and it's a complete homerun! What an amazing film for a "first". Absolutely brilliantly written, it is even nominated for an Academy Award in the category "Best Writing, Original Screenplay". Unfortunately it's in for some tough competition. But the film is very brilliantly written, very sharp and edgy. Some of the dialogues sting in your ears when you hear them being acted out so very well.

The films is a drama/thriller based on the final 24 hours during the first stages of the financial crisis. We're shown the very ugly way and truth of how rich people toy with our money. Yet they still get to walk away with big bonuses because in today's society, bad behaviou is accepted and supported. Surely you would have thought someone can't make a movie about the financial crisis without pissing a few people off by making it too "cheesy"... well, J.C. Chandor could and he did. Regardless of him winning the Oscar or not, he is one to keep your eyes on in the future!

The cast contains many heavy hitters, there's Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci (who's brilliant in everything he does) Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, Simon Baker, Penn Badgley and Demi Moore. "Gossip Girl" alumni Penn Badgley is surprisingly good with his emotions and Demi Moore is easily replaceable. Her role was actually meant for Carla Gugino, who if she were cast, would be better, I'm convinced.

Now, you're probably thinking to yourself, with this being a movie about the economy, there's going to be a lot of economical mumbo jumbo talk that you won't understand... While there are "grown up" words, J.C. Chandor has found a way for you to fully understand this film. Thanks to the great ways of a brilliant director and writer.

An amazing and impressive Hollywood debut from an up-and-coming star of a director. This is either a movie that's going to bore you or get you excited... I'm in the second category personally. You have to give much credit to J.C. Chandor. While it's not fully a masterpiece, I just can't praise him enough. See this film!

My rating: 7,8/10

My review of "Anonymous"

Another visually beautiful poster of 2011. This is one of those "what if" films that plays with the conspiracy theory that William Shakespeare in fact did not write his own material but only took credit for them. And it's a damn interesting and exciting film!

The film is directed by Roland Emmerich, which comes as quite a surprise being that Emmerich usually directs "end of the world" type of films like "2012" and "Independence Day". Much praise to Emmerich though for this amazing little film. I say little because it was treated quite poorly at the box office, it was in fact a flop. On it's budget of 30 million dollars it only made back about 15 million dollars worldwide. Which is quite sad being that this film really is great! I'd even say better than great!

Sure it's an "unconventional" plot, but that's what's exciting about it. It's quite a ballsy film. Much more respect to Roland Emmerich due to the fact that he produced the film entirely himself. He had been saving up his money from past projects and shoved it all into this production so that the studios couldn't control him. I must say I admire that tremendously! That alone should make you want to support this film more, I know it makes me want to.

The storytelling is quite amazing, it's told in such a different way, the way the film is built up is interesting. It starts of by an older man, in modern time, telling the story in front of a large audience and then it takes us back in time to the era the story is set in. The editing for that specific scene is very clever, the way those two scenes emerge.

The acting is brilliant. A very interesting thing about this film is that Joely Richardson plays the role of a young Queen Elizabeth I and her real life mother, Oscar Winner Vanessa Redgrave plays the older Queen Elizabeth I. I just love that about the casting! We can also see Rhys Ifans, Sebastian Armesto, David Thewlis, Edward Hoff, Xavier Samuel and Jamie Campbell Bower. Rafe Spall, son of actor Timothy Spall plays William Shakespeare brilliantly!

It is nominated for an Academy Award in the category "Best Achievement in Costume Design" and rightfully so. It has a very big shot at winning.

It may seem a little too dragged out to some, as it did to me. If it were all a little more compact it would be running much more smoothly. But it's still a very entertaining movie and I advise you all to see it.. preferable in a legal way to support the great Roland Emmerich. While it's not a masterpiece, it's still a damn fine film!

My rating: 7,7/10

måndag 6 februari 2012

My review of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

One of the greatest casts of 2011 in one of the greatest films of the year. The cast is flawless and performs so very well in this film.. The star of the magic show is Gary Oldman, nominated for an Oscar in the category "Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role", who I think deserves the Academy Award nomination because he plays his role brilliantly. It's easily one of the "cult characters" of 2011. By the way, how fucking ridiculous is it that this is Gary Oldman's first Oscar nomination? He should be having so many nominations by now or even wins! Gary Oldman to me is the ultimate actor, he changes his voice for most of the movies he does and when his look is changed, you just kind of have to look closely to see if you're really watching Gary Oldman or not. He's a chameleont.. although, I can't help but think that he's almost overshadowed by some of the brilliant performances! The impressive cast includes John Hurt, Mark Strong, Toby Jones, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch as well as "newcomer" David Dencik. Let us not forget Tom Hardy, another brilliant thing about the film.

This is director Tomas Alfredson's first English film. Though the film is great, I can't help but think that the editing and sound editing is a little sloppy at times, which is quite a shame. Beside Gary Oldman being nominated for an Academy Award, the film is also nominated in two different categories... "Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score" as well as "Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay".

The film is about spy veteran George Smiley who's being forced out of his semi-retirement to uncover a mole working within MI6. Now the story does sound quite simple although the film isn't as simple. The dialogue and the script might end up messing with your head a little bit, there are a lot of names involved for you to keep track of. But at the end of the film, your mind will be racing and much of it is explained right away. Some things you'll only realize made sense a little later, when you re-think a few things. Yes, it's one of those films. So if you're one of those people who don't know anything about film and always say that you never want to "think" while watching a film, this is not for you.

This is one of those movies that might have you a little bored in the beginning, but once that stone is set in motion, it will leave you on the edge of your seat towards the ending. I highly recommend it.

My rating: 8,1/10

My review of "The Ides of March"

First of all, this movie has one of the smartest and coolest movie posters I think I've ever seen. Now on to the movie. It is directed by George Clooney, who also stars in it and wrote it along with Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon. I must say I loved this movie! This just proves what a talent George Clooney can be, off camera as well... I think it's easily one of the greatest films of 2011. But I'm sure people have split opinions on this film because of it's political content. I'm not a democrat, I'm not a republican, I just do not support any side. I don't support politics. I just think there's no winning in politics. You gotta give this film a lot of credits for being able to turn the play into such a great movie. And then there's the amazing cast, besides George Clooney there's one of my favorite actors, Ryan Gosling and then we have Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright and more.

This movie is based on the play "Farragut North" and is about dirty politics, yes, one of those films.. but this one is actually quite smart. It's a story about democrats vs. republicans and them using all the dirty ways to beat each other in the final stages of the presidential campaign.

It's also very well acted, thanks to all the amazing people involved in it. Ryan Gosling is easily, for me, the greatest thing about this film and after him comes Evan Rachel Wood, so beautiful, so talented. There's really not much negative things to say about this movie.. I hate politics and politicians with all my heart, maybe that's why I enjoyed this movie? Seeing politicians in a hot mess brought me great satisfaction it seems.

This films is nominated for an Academy Award in the category "Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published" and though it has rough competition it should not be excluded. I'd say it has a pretty good chance.

The film is quite exciting but might be predictable to some right away, especially if you watch the trailer... So it's your choice if you want to see the trailer, if you haven't already... But the somewhat predictable story is saved by the sharp writing and brilliant acting, though don't underestimate the film, it may leave you with some unexpected twists and turns..

My rating: 8,2/10

söndag 5 februari 2012

My review of "The Tree of Life"

This has got to be one of the most unique films I've ever seen... and writing a review for this film is anything but easy. This is either one of those films people will love or really despise, which category am I in? To tell you the truth, neither. Now some people are gonna say this movie makes no sense and to them it doesn't. But the thing is, it sticks to your mind. I saw this film two days ago and did not want to write a review right away because I felt I needed it to soak in a little. I needed to process what I had just witnessed, because it really is a unique film. When I studied filmmaking, I stumbled upon a very interesting thought on film, and I do not remember who said it, do forgive. Basically it said, if a movie is on your thoughts for more than 24 hours, it's a good movie. "The Tree of Life" has been in my mind twice as long, no, that doesn't make it a fucking brilliant film. That makes it unique and very ballsy filmmaking. Because that's what I think "The Tree of Life" is. Kudos to Terrence Malick for doing something different, for telling a story in a way that has people talking still and will have people talking for years to come, especially if it wins an Academy Award.

Well, actually, it's two stories in one.. one is the story about the beginning of time, how it all was created. The second story is about a family with a strict father, played by the brilliant Brad Pitt, and a quite, naive mother, played by the breakout star of 2011, Jessica Chastain. Then of course we get to see their kids grow up and be taught a few of hard lessons by their father. These two stories are webbed together.. for some reason. There's a lot of religious mumbo jumbo involved too appearantly.

The film is nominated for three Academy Awards. The cinematography is absolutely brilliant, breathtaking and is frankly a solid win. The cinematography, the cosmic scenes reminds me of "2001: A Space Odyssey" right away. But the other two categories, which is "Best Achievement in Directing" and "Best Motion Picture of the Year" are discussable.

I'm gonna have to say I was quite angry when I was watching the film and a bit confused, it would just jump up and down in editing, you would see a mountain and then a cut to an office building etc. I'm pretty sure editing this movie must have been living hell for the editor. However, this film reminds me of "The Fountain", although I enjoyed "The Fountain" much more. I would actually advise you to rather watch that one. It's one of my favorite films of all time.

I can't help to think that this film is a lot of wasted potential.. I personally think Brad Pitt was the greatest thing about this movie. He was intimidating as hell playing the strict father and I actually think he rather deserves an Oscar nomination for his role in this than for "Moneyball". In the first few scenes where Brad Pitt appears, he displays more emotions than he does in the entire film that is "Moneyball". Although don't get me wrong, he was great in "Moneyball". Then there's Jessica Chastain who is great as always, truly a star who will be massive in the future, she's in everything! Sean Penn plays the troublemaking son when he's older but it feels like they've wasted his time by using such a great actor for such a blank role. The child actors were all amazing as well..

The only thing you can do is to actually watch the film yourself and then give an opinion on it.. but don't say I didn't warn you. The thing with "The Tree of Life" is I think it has a lot of similarities to "The Fountain" because "The Fountain" too wasn't really that accepted when it hit the cinemas, but then people watched it more and realized how different it is and how we should celebrate the beauty of difference. Though, if some people had trouble understanding "Inception", which I had no trouble to do, you are in for a trip that's going to make your head spin and will leave you cross-eyed. No matter if you liked this movie or not, you have to give it much credit. Acknowledge the film for what it is, because this really is art, just not the right amount of art for everyone.

My rating: 6,9/10

lördag 4 februari 2012

My review of "Beginners"

When you're watching a movie with the theme of homosexuality, you can't help but think finding any hints of homophobia. So is this film homophobic? In my opinion not at all. It's the story about Oliver Fields, played by Ewan McGregor, who finds out his father Hal Fields, played by the awesome Christopher Plummer (who's oscar nominated for this film), is gay and that he has terminal cancer. Obviously, as Hal was married to Oliver's mother, this comes as a shock to him and he has to go through a completely new experience and see his father as a new man. He has to come to term with his homosexuality, he has to prepare to see his father deteriorate in front of his eyes... At times it may seem a little homophobic but it's mostly because he's seeing his father as a new man and thinks he's been living a lie, which makes him more angry, you can fully understand his character. Though it is an amazing film for both gay and straight. It's a movie about love and acceptance and so much more...

I think Christopher Plummer is brilliant, give this man an Oscar already! His chances are big... as they should always be. He's a living legend who's only now getting the recognition he should have been getting years ago! But Ewan McGregor is just as amazing in the film and should be getting recognition as well.. Mélanie Laurent is charming as ever! Goran Visnjic makes me realize what a great and loveable actor he really is!

This film is great, I loved it. It's actually one of the most unique films I can ever recall seeing, mostly because of the brilliant narration by Ewan McGregor as well as the unique way of telling the story by director Mike Mills, who also wrote this film. The film is actually based on director, writer Mike Mills' experiences with his own father who also came out as gay and went into a relationship with a man after Mike's mother had died.. So it's a very personal film for Mike Mills.

Oh, also, the Jack Russell is a legend in this film, to me, easily one of the best things about the film!

The film is not for for everyone however. People still have a problem with seeing homosexuality on film, I personally have NO hard time doing so and I'm absolutely comfortable with my sexuality. I'm happy more and more films about homosexuality are not about targetting them with bullying etc. It's looking quite well considering it's being more and more acceptable on film even. But there are always those people...

It's absolutely worth a look but in the end, what you really remember about this film is Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor. But I love low budget films, a film is considered low budget until it hits the 15 million dollar mark (yes, it's silly isn't it?) and this film "only" cost 3,2 million dollars to make.

It should absolutely be watched for the sake of Christopher Plummer, a legend, a star, a true deserving Academy Award nominee. But Ewan McGregor got snubbed of the recognition he should have gotten... It's quite depressing, but that's life...

My rating: 7,9/10

fredag 3 februari 2012

My review of "Warrior"

Now hear me out.. I think this is one of the top films of 2011. Why? Well, let's start out with the fact that it contains as much emotions as all "Rocky" films combined into one. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton will blow you away. If you haven't seen Tom Hardy in "Bronson", you should not be allowed to even have an opinion on Tom Hardy as an actor, it's the role of his career. When you'll see this film, you will realize why Tom Hardy is becoming a household name and why he was cast in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" as "Bane". This guy will easily get the fame he very well deserves! What's spectacular is that Tom Hardy suffered a broken toe, a broken finger and broken ribs during the filming of this movie. So what you see in this film.. is really what you get! But much praise to Joel Edgerton as well who actually tore his MCL in his knee while filming which resulted in halting fight scenes for six weeks!

But the real star is Nick Nolte. I really did not think Nick Nolte was going to receive an Academy Award nomination because the Academy has this really annoying habbit of not acknowleding actors for the kind of roles that they should be acknowledged for. Nick Nolte's acting, especially in that one scene in a hotel room, will literally make you say... "Damn...!" out of pure impressment. The interesting thing about Nick Nolte is that the studio did not feel comfortable with having him be a part of this film, but the writers, Gavin O'Connor and Anthony Tambakis (who happen to be the neighbours of Nick Nolte) stood by their word and by true camaraderie, they earned him an Academy Award nomination in the end.

Director Gavin O'Connor also co-wrote the screenplay which is what makes this thing so much more awesome! It's on IMDB's top 250 at # 145 and very well deserves to be on there! The fight scenes are easily some of the most realistic fights I've ever witnessed on film! The fights are filmed in a very documentary like fashion, which makes it all that more authentic.

Now to the sad thing about this film... it was a box office failure. I personally blame the marketing team. The trailer is absolutely horrible, it spoils the whole film and reveals things that should not be revealed. Therefore, I have NOT attached the trailer to the review of this film, if you think you've seen the greatest film based on any sport, please don't look up a trailer and just trust me on this one... Just get a hold of it and watch it. You will thank me later.

This film might easily become a cult film in the future but that's how it works in the world of movies. Many don't realize the greatness of a film right away. Audiences will have to watch this film and realize the greatness of it in good time so that it will one day be considered a "cult film". Or maybe they just have to let it "sink in"?

This is easily one of the best films I've ever seen... and that alone should say a lot.

My rating: 10/10 all the way!

My review of "A Better Life"

Before seeing this film, I had zero expectations. I had heard there was some Oscar buzz so I thought I'd check it out.. and I am happy I did! When I saw the film, I thought to myself, Demián Bichir just played the role of his life. His performance literally moved me to tears and that doesn't happen very often. His acting is very emotional yet it's so very genuine, there are no faux emotions. You can imagine my happiness and content when I found out he had been nominated for an Academy Award. Whenever that happens to actors who aren't exactly known world wide, it always makes me genuinely happy for them because most of the time, all the same actors get recognized and nominated for an Oscar. This time, they acknowledged a true underdog and I'm happy they did. The ending will make all the right emotions run through your body, that is if you're human at least.

It's the story about Carlos Galindo, a gardener in LA who is doing all he can to keep his teenage son, Luis, away from gangs. He works hard and tries giving his son the life he himself, never had. When Carlos' truck is stolen, they have to do everything they can to find it.

The thing about this movie is though, it's quite disappointed in the fact that it's mediocre. The true thing that makes the film stand out a little is in fact, Demián Bichir. I am not saying the other actors are bad, not at all, they just don't make a very lasting impression on you. It's directed by the awesome Chris Weitz, writer and director of "About a Boy".. unfortunately, Chris Weitz did not have any involvement in writing this film, if he had, I'm sure I'd be writing a completely different review, it would be much more powerful. However, at times, it gives you great adrenaline. Likeable characters that make you really root for these guys.

If you should want to see this film, a very good reason would be you'd be introduced to Demián Bichir, a very deserving Academy Award nominee. I hope to see much more of him soon! It's worth checking out.

My rating: 6,5/10

My review of "The Descendants"

I like Alexander Payne. I think he's really interesting, great director and knowing that he writes his films makes it so much better. I'm also one of those people who loves George Clooney, I think he's one of America's treasures. I think he's like a bottle of fine wine who keeps getting better and better with age, although I can understand how people may think he's overrated being that he's cast in a lot of movies. I personally think he's an amazing actor. It's not just his physical acting, there's something about Clooney that makes you think of those old time movie stars, Cary Grant perhaps? But do I think he deserves his Academy Award? Yes, I do actually. Is he replaceable? Maybe you may think so, but he does play the character brilliantly. The thing is, George Clooney's character goes through a lot of very random and hard situations and I think he plays it all very well. Someone mentioned this is George Clooney's best performance of this career.. It's easily one of my favorites.

The film is about Matt King, a lawyer who also happens to be the sole trustee of a 25,000 acree family trust. He's also the father of two daughters and gets full responsibility when his wife gets into an accident that results in her falling into a coma. In the film he hasn't paid as much attention to his daughters as he would have liked to which makes it much harder for him to take care of them. He finds out his wife had actually been cheating on him and that sets of numerous random situations he's thrown into. You got to admire his character though for being strong and not losing his cool through out the whole thing. After all, he is doing all the best he can, even with raising his daughters. He worked a lot because I'm sure he wanted to provide his daughters with everything they ever wished for, most times though kids and teenagers won't seem to realize that right away.

However, the actresses who played his daughters, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller should be acknowledged as well. They were fantastic, acting with great expressions and feelings. Nick Krause, who plays Sid in the movie provides us with laughter as his interractions with George Clooney's as well as all the other characters are quite priceless.

I liked the movie a lot, however it might not be for everyone. The thing is, what hurts the film is it was predictable, although what saves the film is the amazing, sharp writing as well as the great acting. I think Matthew Lillard was easily replaceable though.

Is it worth all the Academy Award nominations? I'll let you be the judge of that, you really can't say there's no originality...

The film makes you happy yet sad at the same time.. It reminds you what the characters are actually going through yet it makes you smile because you realize that the tragedy brings them all together... It's just one of those films you'll either hate or love. I loved it and I think it's worth a look.

My rating: 7,8/10

torsdag 2 februari 2012

My review of "The Help"

The films is set in the 1960's, it's about black maids who decide to stand up against being treated like crap. This all with the help of Emma Stone's character by the name of Skeeter Phelan who plays a struggling journalist that decides to write a controversial book about these two maids she befriends... Makes you disgusted with how the world used to be.

If I had to use one sentence to describe this movie, I would say "This movie is like cheese and crackers". Now, let me explain.. the "cheese" stands for the cheesy-nes that I feel when I'm watching this movie... I can't help but think that there's a feeling I've seen this story over and over again. The "crackers" stand for the things that make this movie stand out from all the other movies that are like this one...

Exhibit A. Viola Davis - Such an incredible actress filled with so many emotions. The slightest facial expression she does, makes you drawn to her. She's a joy to watch, always. The first time I saw her, was in "Doubt", the film that earned her the first Academy Award nomination. I'm very happy that she's nominated, it's a tought category though and everyone has just as much of a chance to win. I am rooting for Viola though..

Exhibit B. Octavia Spencer - I heard, and I don't know if this is true, that her role was written specifically for her. It wouldn't surprise me, she absolutely NAILS it! Another worthy Oscar nominee.

Exhibit C. Jessica Chastain - So incredibly lovable in this film, makes you just want to give her a big hug. A very deserving Oscar nomination, great emotional acting.

Exhibit D. Cicely Tyson - The old woman, Constantine Jefferson in the film. She played the maid of Emma Stone, who got fired. Her role just makes you very emotional, she plays it brilliantly, even though it was so short, it was one of the most memorable things about the film.

Now I'm not saying the other actors were bad, but these four really stood out and I think they deserved their Oscar nominations, Cicely Tyson did not receive one however but to me, did a golden performance. Emma Stone was great, as always. Bryce Dallas Howard made a good villain. What is it about "The Help" that bugs me? To be honest with you... I can't say... The writing may be a little cheesy from time to time but it works... The director, Tate Taylor, did a great job... Maybe it was a little too dragged out?

I'm not saying it's a bad movie, it's worth a look but I can understand how it might leave some people disappointed.. But I can also understand people who liked the film.

My rating: 7,2/10

My review of "Midnight in Paris"

Oh boy, this movie is all a movie experience should be about... I've been a fan of Woody Allen and I've always wanted to act in a Woody Allen film ever since I saw "Annie Hall" but I didn't expect much before watching the film. I don't hate his newer films, it's just not much of the Woody Allen I want to see.. This film seems to be so different from Woody Allen's work yet it seems like he's gone back to his roots.. It's smart, funny and witty, just like the older Woody Allen films..

I can't help but compare Owen Wilson to a young Woody Allen. He sounds, acts and has manerisms just like Woody Allen! The cast is absolutely mind blowing: Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Alison Pill, Tom Hiddleston, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard and more! However, my favorites are Corey Stoll who plays Ernest Hemingway and does so brilliantly might I add! But my absolute favorite, who makes the movie top notch to me is Adrien Brody as Salvador Dali. Absolutely laugh out loud funny! It just proves how funny, yes you read that correctly, Adrien Brody can be.

This movie is pure magic, it's the story about American screenwriter Gil Pender who comes to Paris with his fiancé Inez in search of some inspiration for his new novel.. After heading out to take a walk in Paris, he discovers the magic of Paris at midnight, he's thrown back in time and gets to meet all of his favorite writers... It's quite an adventure! Unfortunately though, I don't know if you may want to call this a spoiler, we don't get to know if the whole thing is only a figment of his imagination or not... I would most certainly think that's the way it should be seen...

Woody Allen wrote and directed this film but it would be fun to see him in a little cameo, I miss Woody Allen, the actor. The Academy Award for Best Writing will most likely go to Woody, I know I'd love to see that...

There's not much more to be said about this film, it's movie magic, a true gem that will leave you happy after seeing this film... It might be predictable but it still to me one of the best films of the year, especially when you don't have big expectations before seeing it. Also, it will leave you most likely wanting to head to Paris.

My rating: 7,7/10

My review of "Moneyball"

Now I admit I don't know much about baseball, but I don't have anything against it... It's just, growing up in Europe, you don't get much of it... Althought that doesn't mean this movie is directed toward US audiences only... I personally love Brad Pitt but I think this movie should have had a lower budget than it actually did... But it's great to see Brad Pitt producing as well.

It's the true story about Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's and Peter Brand (Paul DePodesta in real life). They figure out how to put together a team on a lower budget based on computer-generated analysis. It's incredibly well written, all thanks to the brilliant Steven Zaillian, Stan Chervin and Aaron Sorkin of course.. Director Bennett Miller is also one to look out for, he previously directed "Capote" and it's nice to see him work with Philip Seymour Hoffman again. Miller is a very interesting director who seems to choose his projects very carefully, much respect to him for that.

Jonah Hill is great but I wouldn't call him spectacular in the film, although he's a good guy and I wish him all the best at the Academy Awards. I also want to acknowledge an actor by the name of Reed Thompson who plays the younger version of Brad Pitt's character, Billy Beane. This is his second film and I'm sure he'll become a big name in the future, very likeable on screen. Also much praise to Kerris Dorsey who plays the daughter in the film, her singing really lifts the film as well. Keep your eyes open for director Spike Jonze who makes a cameo as the partner of Billy Beane's ex-wife.

Now for the main question, does Brad Pitt deserve the Oscar nomination? I say Yes. His acting is very subtle in the film, don't expect to see very emotional acting. But Brad Pitt's acting is just that, it's not bad, it's... the perfect amount of acting, not too much power or emotions thrown into the whole thing. The ending is one of the finest endings I think I've ever seen, it's flawless, the song just literally describes the whole film and the story you've seen on screen, perfectly closed of with Brad Pitt's teary eye to the vocals of Kerris Dorsey.. But I can't help thinking it's a little dragged out... especially when most of the film is dialogue but it's all such fine dialogue that I never got bored...

However I personally, think it isn't spectacular enough to be called the movie of the year... However it is really good but it's not a movie for everyone to enjoy, especially if you don't like baseball. But do know that it's much more than just baseball... It's worth checking out, if you want something with real mind to it, rather than the same old big budget action films with cheesy lines and big explosions.

My rating: 7,5/10