Archive | December, 2011

New trailer: The Dark Knight Rises

21 Dec

The 2nd teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, the third and final film in the trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan, is now up! It looks pretty awesome; I’ll even say I’m excited about Anne Hathaway’s Cat Woman in this.

This is one movie I’ll likely be getting some advance tickets for; who doesn’t love a good summer action movie, especially one starring Christian Bale?

What 2012 movies are you looking forward to? It’s a long list for me, but leave some of your highlights in the comments!

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Getcha Movies on Air Lingus!

20 Dec

Last week marked my first trip to Ireland-and also my first time flying Air Lingus, one of Ireland’s largest air lines. Now, if you know anything about me, I like my creature comforts, especially while travelling. So imagine my surprise when I boarded the flight to Shannon to find a small TV just for me! Air Lingus is like the larger, international cousin of Jet Blue or Virgin America.

Unlike those other airlines, there’s no network or cable TV stations; everything is on demand, from a handful of TV series to several first run movies. For free. Did I mention this was the best part? On the way to Ireland, I was more focused on catching some zzz’s than watching movies, but on the way back, it was on. Dude, they even had Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. Instead of doing a repeater, I watched two flicks I hadn’t seen before.

First up was Contagion, the “disease is everywhere” thriller that came out in September. This had been on my list for a while, as I love a good end of the world movie! Contagion has a whole boatload of people in it, including Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne and Jude Law, to name a few. Despite the star power, the movie didn’t really do it for me. It all seemed kind of…low intensity. There were some scenes of looting and public freakouts, but not nearly as many as you would suspect had this contagious disease outbreak been for real. I thought it was just fine; don’t expect to see Contagion on any awards lists this season!

Next up was another movie I’d been wanting to see, Horrible Bosses. Seriously. Why did no one TELL me that this movie is hilarious? Legitimately laugh out loud (on an airplane surrounded by strangers, no less) funny?

I love this movie. It’s was such a nice mix of what I would consider overly done genres, the buddy/dude comedy and the bumbling idiots trying to execute some kind of crazy plan. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day were really funny, and the bosses, played by Kevin Spacey, Colin Ferrell and Jennifer Aniston were all fantastic, and really, really horrible. Jamie Foxx is also here, in a small, but impactful role…as a character named Motherf*cker Jones. I actually wish this movie wasn’t so funny, so I could’ve looked less like a jerk and more like a normal person to all those people on the flight I’ll never see again…

Anyone else like Horrible Bosses as much as I did? If you’re late to that party like me, get thee to a Redbox stat!

It’s Golden Globes Time!

15 Dec

Well, it’s that time of year again! The unofficial kick off to the awards season is THIS week, with the announcements of the Screen Actor’s Guild Award nominees and today’s announcement of the Golden Globe nominees!

Without further ado, here are the nominees!

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
The Descendants
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
War Horse

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
50/50
The Artist
Bridesmaids
My Week With Marilyn
Midnight in Paris

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Initial thoughts:

  • Score two nominations for Ryan Gosling! With Best Actor nominations in both the comedy/musical and drama categories,
  • The HFPA is digging Clooney, with a best actor and best director nod.
  • No love for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the upcoming film starring Tom Hanks. According to the film’s producer, via The Carpetbagger, “Those who love it, love it passionately and those who resist it find it too tough as an emotional experience,” Mr. Rudin said in a email on Thursday.
  • Stephen Speilberg doesn’t get a director nod for War Horse, which only scored 2 noms.
  • Awesome to see The Help and Bridesmaids getting some love the best picture drama and comedy/musical categories, respectively. Ditto for Kristin Wiig’s best actress nod and Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer’s nominations in the best actress and best supporting actress.

After seeing these nominations, it’s clear I have  A LOT of movies I need to see, especially since the Oscar for Best Picture will likely come out of the 11 best picture nominees here. As you may recall, The King’s Speech won the big prize at both the Globes and the Oscars. Some movies that immediately come to mind to see ASAP are: My Week with Marilyn, The Decendents, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Artist and The Iron Lady.

Check out the full list of film nominees at MovieLine, and all the good stuff in the TV nominations at TVLine!

The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted again by Ricky Gervais, air on NBC on January 15th 2012, which is in only 31 days!

WHat are your initial thoughts? Any thing you’re psyched or pissed about here? Leave a comment!

In Theater: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

14 Dec

I know I’ve been the worst.blogger.in.the.world. There, I said it. I also know that Breaking Dawn part 1, the fourth movie in the Twilight Saga, came out roughly a month ago. Does it say something that I waited this long to put up a single word about it? Yes.

It was fine. I’ll go see the 5th and final installment when it comes out next year. 3 things that happened during my viewing are noteworthy, however.

  1. This actually happened in my showing. For you non-link clickers, someone had some kind of seizure or reaction during the final scenes of the movie. It abruptly shut off, and I, being the reasonable person that I am, thought “Hmm, that was a weird ending.” The 150 teenagers in the theater, however, did not share my reaction. As soon as the screen went dark, what can only be described as a roar went up through the crowd. I’d call it equal parts angry and heartbroken that Vampire Edward had been cut of from delivering what was likely a crucial line (I couldn’t tell, I was ready for this ish to be over). Apparently, another lux level patron (where I was obviously sitting) was having a “medical emergency” and the movie would be restarted once that situation was dealt with. It was awkward, but I was never more happy to be in the 21 plus section and away from the crying girls in the regular section. So, that was weird.
  2. There is a point in the movie where Edward, who is a 100+ year old vampire, needs to look something up. Of course, being a modern vampire-man thing, he takes to the internet. Where does he go on the internet? Why, Yahoo! of course. Wait. What? Yahoo? Who uses Yahoo? You know he would Google it. Let’s be serious. Out of all the search engines, Yahoo is rated number 3, and is losing marketshare monthly. Maybe your average person wouldn’t notice/be so offended about that, but I work at a technology company and I care.  So, that part was ridiculous and I laughed at it. Stupid Twilight.
  3. The Lux Level is still my favorite way to see a movie, especially when I see it with awesome people like my friends Anne and Annemarie and my sister-in-law to be Maggie. If you don’t see movies in the Lux Level occasionally, you are MISSING OUT.
  4. In honor of the movie, Showcase Cinemas went all out. And by all out, I mean: customer Twilight-theme drinks. I had a Team Edward and it was delish.

So, there’s my month in the making Breaking Dawn post. Not going to say it was 100% worth the wait, but that’s neither here nor there.

On the bright side: only 99 more days until The Hunger Games comes out!