“The Hangover Part III”
[This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.]
LMAO, I have no words… other than that I’m already there. This is a get-the-gang-together-for-a-midnight-movie kinda of thing.
Leave a comment on what you think about it…
In case you haven’t heard (or don’t really care to which you won’t be reading this post anyway), this morning around 8:30 am EST, the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced. I had some big hopes (Leo DiCaprio, who made Django Unchained so great! Argo, my pick for best film of the year! Anne Hathaway, who sang her heart out in Les Mis! Please, don’t nominate Jennifer Lawrence!). The nominations were announced by the duo of Seth MacFarlene (host for the upcoming award show) and Emma Stone (the resident “It girl” of the moment). Seth MacFarlene, who I never really found all that funny in the past, continues to surprise me (do you know he is a Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and now can add Oscar nominee if you see below) and is definitely growing on me. I found his banter with the always adorably funny Emma Stone to be cute. By the way, if you didn’t get to see the nominees announced live but sill want to see it, you can still watch it here.
I’m looking even more forward to Oscar night. And I started a new tradition last year to see whatever wins Best Film and Best Foreign Film as a double feature after the awards show if I hadn’t already (Last year, it was The Artist & A Separation) so excited to see what will win. Let’s get to my recap of the top nominees, my commentary and predictions as well as some good ol’ fashion Oscar trivia…
Best Motion Picture of the year:
Amour | Argo | Beasts of the Southern Wild | Django Unchained | Les Miserables | Lincoln | Life of Pi | Silver Linings Playbook | Zero Dark Thirty
According to the aggregate of critics, the frontrunners are Argo, Amour and Zero Dark Thirty (which just made it in since it entered theaters as a limited release in December). However, more likely than not, Best Film winners also have a best director nom. None for Ben Affleck (Argo) or Kathyrn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) so they may relegate them off of the frontrunner list. My money was on Argo, but now I’m actually thinking Lincoln may sweep in there after it’s strong showing with nominations (the most with 12 noms). I do think it was a great movie, my favorite drama of the year. Or it can be Amour.
An interesting Oscar fact - With the nomination of Argo, GeorgeClooney (who produced with Affleck) has been Oscar nominated in the most categories ever: Actor, Directing, Supporting Actor, Original & Adapted screenplay, and today—Best Picture. Interesting.
The Place Beyond the Pines
[A the multi-generational story of a motorcycle stunt rider Luke, who considers committing a crime in order to provide for his newborn child he discovers he has with a former lover Romina, an act that puts him on a collision course with Avery, a cop-turned-politician.]
This is an amazing movie that re-teams Derek Cianfrance (director) with Ryan Gosling after their beautiful film Blue Valentine. The Place Beyond the Pines also stars Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, and Dane DeHaan. It was my favorite film from the ones I screened at this year’s Toronto film festival. Read my review from TIFF here.
It’s the weekend before Christmas. All my shopping is done (on Black Friday, I might add). My bags are packed to visit home (well, almost). All my travel arrangements are made. So what is left for me to do? Well, just relax and watch Love Actually. Love Actually is, by far, one of my favorite Christmas movies and is becoming somewhat of a tradition around this time. Apparently, many people also feel the same way because when I went to see Warm Bodies last week, the theater had current and planned showings for Love Actually all week long. It’s okay; all you guys are welcomed to share in my tradition. Are you up to anything special this weekend? Enjoy these film-related posts from around the web this week, and happy holidays!
James Franco hearts The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I do, too.
Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace are BFFs.
Details on the next Wolfpack adventure.
2012 in quotes.
The guys of Girls.
Sad off! (Chirstmas movie edition) Samuel L. Jackson vs. Anne Hathaway.
Reese Witherspoon’s love letter to Naomi Watts’ performance in The Impossible.
Film fact vs. fiction.
What’s good for the weekend? I just landed a couple of hours ago in Los Angeles where I will be spending the better part of my weekend for business and pleasure. I have a friend that just moved here so we are probably going to hang out on Saturday night and get into some trouble. ;) I love L.A. I had some really great times here in the past and you never know what movie star or celebrity you’re going to run into. Have a good one, everyone. I’m leaving you with a short list of some film-related posts I came across the web this week…
Deleted scene from Thor.
Lenny Kravitz as Marvin Gaye.
The music of Django Unchained.
GQ & Adam Driver (oh, and Girls season 2 preview trailer)
A biopic about girl group TLC underway.
Oh, this look at film focuses on movies that I can’t say that I REALLY wanted to see. They aren’t the movies I would have jumped at the chance to see. They are more the movies that I was persuaded to go to following all the positive buzz from friends, fellow bloggers, and critics. Skyfall I heard was the best Bond film yet, and The Silver Linings Playbook was being touted as a David O. Russell great coming out TIFF. So, I decided to take a small leap and see these two movies that otherwise would probably not get my attention. Test the greatness of these films, so to speak. I have to admit that though I still think alot of the talk is overhype, both Skyfall and The Silver Linings Playbook are enjoyable movies with some really good standout performances.
Happy Thanksgiving (weekend)! I’m sure everyone is stuffed from having holiday dinner with their family or friends (as in my case). I’m presently stuff from eating some great food especially dessert which is my favorite. I made an caramel apple cheesecake that I think turned out quite great (I had two slices; you can make it too). And now that the main part of the eating is done (though there will be lots of leftovers for the weekend!), there is enough shopping sales to engorge ourselves on for Black Friday. Yeah, so Black Friday is my OTHER favorite holiday because… you know… i like to shop. See you out and about in the stores. Oh, and when you’re not busy with family, friends, and store deals, here are a few film-related links around the web and other fun stuff for you to enjoy….
Zero Dark Thirty.
Tupac wrote a script before he die that just might get made.
Firefly reunion + Science Channel = ratings gold.
Become a Sundance member.
(Andrew Garfield’s) hips don’t lie.