Archive | January, 2013

Year in Review: Ups and Downs of the Oscar Nominations

14 Jan

Rant. Rave. Review. 2012When I got up to watch the nominations for this year’s 85th Academy Awards (the Oscars), two things really shook me from my early morning stupor:

1. Seth MacFarlane is going to be a hilarious Oscar host (he announced the nominations).

2. In this amazing year in film, there were quite a few number of surprises in what many people considered to be “locks.”

Below are my particularly stronger positive and negative reactions to the nominations. Below that is the full list of nominated films. Form your own opinions and get your predictions ready for the ceremony on Sunday, February 24th!
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Year in Review: Best Original Screenplays of 2012

6 Jan

Rant. Rave. Review. 2012More screenplays! I realize that these are probably the least interesting of the Year in Review articles for my casual readers, but to those a bit more dedicated to the film world, these two pieces may give you a chance to enjoy such an underappreciated aspect of filmmaking.

The original screenplay category celebrates imagination and discipline. Continue reading

Year in Review: Best Adapted Screenplays of 2012

6 Jan

Rant. Rave. Review. 2012Finally, we get into the more “legitimate” awards area with the best adapted screenplays. This category recognizes screenwriters who have crafted a script written exclusively for a film, but is based on a different source material, such as a novel, theatrical production or TV show. This is the hardest category for me to critique since I have no screenwriting experience and have not read the scripts for the films (which can usually be found online once a movie is out). However, I have seen each film and have kept in mind some of the basics of a strong screenplay when critically evaluating them. Contrary to common understanding, a screenplay is much more than dialogue. Continue reading

Year in Review: Best Villains of 2012

6 Jan

Rant. Rave. Review. 2012This is the other category that the higher-ups in Hollywood don’t really pay much mind to. However, the villain is such an integral part of any action movie that it almost seems a sin to not acknowledge their importance in the films of 2012. Especially in this age of cable television filled with morally ambiguous anti-heroes (Walter White, Dexter Morgan, Don Draper), I found myself craving a pure-blooded villain with only hate and destruction in his (or her) heart. Thankfully we got some good ones this year!
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Year in Review: Best Bromances of 2012

6 Jan

Rant. Rave. Review. 2012Lets start off the end-of-year movie madness with the lightest and most fun category: Best Bromances. While the Academy of Motion Pictures and virtually every other established film criticism group or professional guild does not acknowledge this culturally popular category, I have chosen to embrace the brotherly love between the male characters in our mostly patriarchal on-screen society. It is always nice to see two males cut the macho bull crap and work/live together in codependency. Now lets see what dynamic duos captured our hearts and brought the laughs this past year. Continue reading