Aug 042015
 

OK, at this point I’ve managed to turn off the whole found footage aspect to the show. It’s strictly a gimmick here and it’s painfully obvious. But despite that the third episode managed to pull off a decent freaky and at times scary episode where our team is turned blind one by one. The acting is solid and the natives who are judging our embattled explorers are decently weird. And all on top of this, while there is precious little plot movement, there is decent character development, moreso than most genre series typically manage in a dozen eps.

*spoilers warning*

The ep, Los Ciegos (The Blind), begins with the de regueur 1989 footage from ‘The Discovered Country’ where we get to hear a conversation about the show and sharks that includes Emmett, Clark and Tess that goes like this:

“Cannibalistic Fratricide, lovely,” quips Clark
“We’re doing a family show, remember, Em,” offers with a smile.
“It’s part of nature to turn on your brother,” Emmett offers glibly before diving back into the ocean.

This episode, where a nasty tribe of mud covered natives judge the crew as our unprepared crew try to survive an apparent attack by said natives while frantically looking for a cure. But there’s not a whole lot of turning on each other. It’s mostly an episode where mostly everyone turns on Kurt. Sure he’s on a secret mission to stop Emmett from finding what he’s looking for, but it’s pretty tough serving two masters. And I know the problem very well. Yeah he accidentally stabs Clark and punches A.j. when the cameraman demands the rifle and insults him. It does seem the Kurt does care for and respects Clark, even by a relatively heartfelt apology at the end of the ep.

A.J is the real dick for most of the ep. Laughing at his compatriots covered in bat guano not to mention ultimately abandoning Kurt and Lena before being faced with an Avon (the reluctant hero from the classic UK sci-fi series who was repeatedly faced with similar choices) like dilemma of being compelled into acting the savior. He’s quickly become my favorite character. I loved his tirade of swearing when he realizes he has to climb under the roots of a tree to find the bulbs which will restore everyone else’s sight. And even though it’s a cliche for characters to overcome their greatest fears rather easily, I really felt for him when he was being buried alive.

The other major emotive player in the ep was Clark, who had to suffer the indignity of being blinded, rejected with finality by Tess (the woman he clearly loves), stabbed by Kurt, operated on without anethsetic by Lincoln and ulimately compelled to offer himself up as a sacrifice to the weird jungle natives. While he ultimately acts like a dick when he tells Kurt to F-off after the man’s apology, he’s had a really really really bad day.

Overall another decent episode that is certainly still remeniscent of Lost, but with actual forward momentum and decent action scenes which are really quite riveting. And at least Lincoln has had his hair cut by the attentive Lena so he looks less like a heroine addict and more like a time travellingescapee from Alcatraz. Two steps forwards, one step bask. At least he had only one tirade about his mom coming to the jungle after his dad to die.

Yeah, I’m still liking this. And I certainly hope that they don’t kill off A.J.or Kurt any time soon (or the cute mystical pseudo-cassandra Jahel). Man, a show where I actually really like at least half the cast. Nice change of pace.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Aug 022015
 

Ted lead this section with 4 nominations (although 3 Ted‘s noms are in one category!).

Of note: Cabin in the Woods is second here with 3 of its nominations.

The Jon Bunnyman Award for Artistic Excellence through the Intentional and Judicious Use of Bad Writing

Anchorman 2

In a World…

Oz the Great & Powerful

The Croods

This is the End

 

The Death Machine Award for Excellence in No-Budget Filmmaking

Computer Chess

Escape from Tomorrow

In a World…

Much Ado About Nothing

Warm Bodies

 

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Award for really messing with your brain

Anchorman 2

Berberian Sound Studio

Escape from Tomorrow

John Dies at the End

Trance

 

The Companiero Award for When Somebody Plays Themselves as a Fictional Character
[i.e. uses their real name and who they are in real life, but then creates a new character from that]

Emma Watson, This is the End

James Franco, This is the End

Jay Baruchel, This is the End

Michael Cera, This is the End

Seth Rogen, This is the End

 

The Andre the Giant Award for Use of Athletes in Film
[Note that the athlete in question may be playing themselves or may be playing a fictional character]

Dave Bautista, Riddick

Chuck Liddell, Kick-Ass 2

Marko Zaror, Machete Kills

Rob Austin, Rush

Evander Holyfield, Grudge Match

 

The Stevey Seagull Award for the Greatest Movie Monstrosity of the Year

 

Unbelievably annoying ad for Cineplex’s Most Wanted Mondays, each “vote” was a quick-cut to a different face: “Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.” Costs $6 “Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.” “Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”“Vote.”

 

Johnny Depp as Tonto

 

WAY WAY WAY too much “Anchorman 2” advertising

 

Oscars 2013 snub directors Quentin Tarantino and Kathryn Bigelow!

Star Trek: Into Darkness Into Whiteness [a white Brit as Khan]

The Jackie Chan Award for the Happiest Movie Goodness of the Year

 

The Way, Way Back (American films can deviate from Hollywood cliches and still be worthwhile!)

 

Joss Whedon: Marvel Studios mastermind AND indie Shakespeare-adapting auteur!

 

Frozen, a Disney film that makes the relationship between two sisters the center of the film (and their biggest hit since Lion King)

 

Classic Italian-horror-movie-soundtrack rock band Goblin’s 1st North American tour!

Big twist of Iron Man 3 not spoiled!

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Aug 022015
 

Battleship sinks itself here with a leading 5 nominations. Prometheus, Cosmopolis, The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 a find themselves in a tie for second with 4

Of note: Taylor Kitsch is up for 3 awards on his own. Tome Cruise and Robert Pattison are up for 2 each. Kirsten Stewart will battle her two dreadful performances for the Worst Actress Award.  And The Dark Knight Rises has a two shots at the Worst Villain title.

Worst Film  

After Earth [USA]

Grown-ups 2 [USA]

The Lone Ranger [USA]

Man of Steel [USA/CAN/UK]

R.I.P.D. [USA]

 

Worst Director  

Andrew Niccol, The Host

Carl Rinsch, 47 Ronin

Gore Verbinski, The Lone Ranger

M. Night Shaymalan, After Earth

Zach Synder, Man of Steel

 

Worst Actor  

Channing Tatum, White House Down

Jaden Smith, After Earth

Johnny Depp, The Lone Ranger

Keanu Reeves, 47 Ronin

Ryan Reynolds, R.I.P.D.

 

Worst Actress

Amy Adams, American Hustle

Amy Adams, Man of Steel

Jennifer Lopez, Parker

Jodie Foster, Elysium

Selena Gomez, Getaway

  

Worst Villain

Benedict Cumberbatch, Star Trek: Into Darkness

Jodie Foster, Elysium

Kevin Bacon, R.I.P.D.

Michael Shannon, Man of Steel

Peter Weller, Star Trek: Into Darkness

 

Most Overplayed Role  

Adam Sandler, Grown-ups 2

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

Jim Carrey, Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Johnny Depp, The Lone Ranger

Sharlto Copley, Elysium
Most Underplayed Role

Brad Pitt, World War Z

Channing Tatum, White House Down

Henry Cavill, Man of Steel

Natalie Portman, Thor: The Dark World

Will Smith, After Earth

 

Least Convincing Screen Couple

Henry Cavill & Amy Adams, Man of Steel

Charlie Hunnam & Rinko Kikuchi, Pacific Rim

Jeff Bridges & Ryan Reynolds, R.I.P.D.

Ben Stiller & Kristen Wiig, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Chris Hemsworth & Natalie Portman, Thor: The Dark World

 

Worst Music  

 

Elysium

 

Man of Steel

 

Only God Forgives

 

Smurfs 2

 

Thor: The Dark World

 

 

 

Worst Song

 

 

“Let it Go”, Frozen

 

“Ordinary Love”, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

 

“Heart by Heart”, The Mortal Instruments

 

“I’m Too Smurfy”, Smurfs 2

“Hey Chica”, Smurfs 2

 Posted by at 2:43 pm
Aug 022015
 

David Fincher’s American adaptation of the first book in Stieg Larson’s Millenium Trilogy is up for a solid 6 Silver Lenas Awards (1 more than the Swedish original earned in the 30th Silver Lenas Movie Awards.) Like Noomi Rapace before her, Rooney Mara is up for Coolest Actor (Noomi won it last year for the same role), And both she and Daniel Craig are up for 2 awards each this year.  Director Fincher also has earned two nominations as well. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo‘s noms are listed below:

Best Player With <=2 Scenes (2 nominations

Clifton Collins Jr. & Thomas Jane

Chris Evans

Coolest Film [USA/CAN/UK]

Coolest Director Edgar Wright

Coolest Actor Michael Cera

Coolest Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Coolest Supporting Actor Kieran Culkin

Coolest Supporting Actor Alison Pill

Coolest Villain Jason Schwarzman

Best Adapted Screenplay M. Bacall & E. Wright

Best Original Music N. Godrich, Beck, Et Al.

Best Original Song (2 nominations)

Black Sheep, Metric

Garbage Truck, Beck

Best Compiled Soundtrack

Best Visual Effects

Art Direction & Set Design

Best Credit Sequence

The Michelle Yeoh Award For Best Fighting

Most Underrated Film

The “Jon Bunnyman” Award For Artistic Excellence Through The Intentional And Judicious Use Of Bad Writing

For Chris Evans’s Cheesy Blockbuster Movie-Within-The-Movie

The “Jackie Chan” Award For Happiest Movie Goodness

Toronto Gets To Be Itself In The Movies. Shared with Trigger, Chloe, This Movie Is Broken, Splice

Go to the 3oth Annual Silver Lenas Movie Awards Nominations Announcement Posting

Aug 022015
 

David Fincher’s American adaptation of the first book in Stieg Larson’s Millenium Trilogy is up for a solid 6 Silver Lenas Awards (1 more than the Swedish original earned in the 30th Silver Lenas Movie Awards.) Like Noomi Rapace before her, Rooney Mara is up for Coolest Actor (Noomi won it last year for the same role), And both she and Daniel Craig are up for 2 awards each this year.  Director Fincher also has earned two nominations as well.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo‘s noms are listed below:

Coolest Supporting Actor Sean Combs

Best Original Song The Clap, D. Bern/M. Viola 

Sexiest Sexiness Russell Brand

“Companiero” Award For When Somebody Plays Themselves As A Fictional Character Meredith Viera 

The “Jon Bunnyman” Award For Artistic Excellence Through The Intentional And Judicious Use Of Bad Writing

Greek [Especially For Song “African Child”… Voted 3rd Worst Thing To Happen To Africa After Famine And War]

 

Go to the 3oth Annual Silver Lenas Movie Awards Nominations Announcement Posting

 

Aug 022015
 

Action film Drive, while nominated for the second most awards this year, like X-Men:First Class, faced a great deal of compitition where it was nominated for it’s most awards, in the ‘artistic and technical’ categories.  As such it managed a limited, but albeit quite respectable 4 awards, primarily in the main acting categories.  I most notably came up short in the categories of Coolest Film/Director as well as Best Vehicle (where Ryan’s getaway car lost out to Kirsten’s ‘crappy crappy car’ from  Bridesmaids.)

Drives 31st Silver Lenas Awards are listed below:

Coolest Supporting Actress – Chloe Moretz

Best Costumes

Best Trailer

 

Go to the 3oth Annual Silver Lenas Movie Awards Winners Announcement

Check out Drive’s full list of nominations

Aug 022015
 

David Fincher’s American adaptation of the first book in Stieg Larson’s Millenium Trilogy is up for a solid 6 Silver Lenas Awards (1 more than the Swedish original earned in the 30th Silver Lenas Movie Awards.) Like Noomi Rapace before her, Rooney Mara is up for Coolest Actor (Noomi won it last year for the same role), And both she and Daniel Craig are up for 2 awards each this year.  Director Fincher also has earned two nominations as well.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo‘s noms are listed below:

Coolest director David Fincher

Coolest Actress Rooney Mara

Best Original Music Trent Reznor and atticus Ross

Sexiest Sexiness Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig

Most Underplayed Role Daniel Craig

Most Underplayed Role David Fincher

Go to the 3oth Annual Silver Lenas Movie Awards Nominations Announcement Posting

 

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