Feb 252012
 

Despite the Silver Lenas nomintors relative dislike for his Sherlock Holmes sequel as a whole (it received 8 nominations as opposed to the first’s 16), Robert continues to be the rare perennial nominee with two awards from the film.  Coolest Actor is pretty much a given for him (this is his 4th nomination for this award in  a row, albeit for his previous run as Sherlock Holmes, and for both Iron Man films).  He is also up this year for Sexiest Sexiness, but as Guy Ritchie declined to write him in a suitable counterpart (Misusing last year’s Coolest Actress Award winner Noomi Rapace in the process) he’s up for that award on his own .

Over the past 5 years, he has been up for 13 awards and has won 4 of them.

Robert previously won Coolest Actor in 2009 (for his role in 2009′s Sherlock Holmes).  He was nominated last year for his second crack at Tony Stark in Iron Man 2

He was last nominated for Sexiest Sexiness (again on his own) in 2009, also for his original take on The Great Detective.

Note: for 2008′s Iron Man, he did get to share a Sexiest Sexiness nomination (with Gwynneth Paltrow).

 

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Feb 252012
 

Director Guy Richie and Robert Downey Jr’s  second foray into Arthur Conan Doyle revisionism has them testing the patience of the nominators in thier scoring 8 for the 31st Silver Lenas Awards.  This is well down from 2009s Sherlock Holmes which earned double its sequel’s 16 nominations (and won 3 awards that year).  Highly Appreciated Robert Downey Jr, however continues to rack up yearly recognition.  In the last 5 years alone he has racked up a staggering 13 nominations and has won 4.  Other notable noms for Game of Shadows is Best Villain for Jared Harris (who seems to have carried his talent from Fringe here) and for the Misuse of last years Coolest Actress Award Winner Noomi Rapace.

Sherlock Holmes:Game of Shadows‘s nominations are listed below:

Best Villain Jared Harris

Coolest Actor Robert Downey Jr.

Coolest SupportingActress Kelly Reilly

Best Hats

Sexiest Sexiness Robert Downey Jr.

The “Wrath of Kael” For Sloppiest Screenplay

Most Misused Player Noomi Rapace

Worst History

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Feb 152012
 

Green Lantern earns its 3 other nominations here.  The Help is also notable with nominations for both Best and Worst History.

THE “WRATH OF KAEL” AWARD FOR SLOPPIEST SCREENPLAY

Green Lantern

I Am Number Four

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Source Code

Tower Heist

 

MOST MISUSED PLAYER

Angela Bassett  Green Lantern

Neil Patrick Harris  The Smurfs

Noomi Rapace  Sherlock Holmes 2

Rene Russo  Thor

Donald Sutherland  The Mechanic

 

MOST OBTRUSIVE PRODUCT PLACEMENT

Green Lantern

The Muppets

POM Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Real Steel

Zookeeper

 

LEAST CONVINCING SCREEN COUPLE

M.Fassbender & J.Lawrence  X-Men: First Class

T.Hanks & J.Roberts  Larry Crowne

C.Hemsworth & N.Portman  Thor

R.Huntington-Whitley & S.Laboeuf  Transformers 3

B.Lively & R.Reynolds  Green Lantern

 

THE “BIG MALLET THAT GOES BOK BOK” AWARD

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Sucker Punch

Super 8

War Horse

We Bought a Zoo

 

MOST SEXIST SEXISM

I Don’t Know How She Is Allowed To Keep Perpetuating Gender Stereotypes

Just Go With It

Sucker Punch

Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part One

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

 

“SHORT CIRCUIT 2″ AWARD FOR MOST INEPT DISGUISING OF TORONTO

No nominees! If a movie is later discovered we can retro-add it though. 

 

MOST UNDERRATED FILM

Cowboys & Aliens

Source Code

The Thing

Win Win

You Are Here

 

MOST OVERRATED FILM

The Descendants

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows Part 2

Moneyball

War Horse

 

BEST HISTORY

The Artist

The Cave of Forgotten Dreams

The Help

Hugo

Super 8

 

WORST HISTORY

Anonymous  [presenting utter bullshit Shakespeare theories as though they deserve any consideration]

The Help

Moneyball  [for details see http://www.the-editing-room.com/moneyball.html]

Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows

X-Men: First Class  [both real history and X-Men history]

 

BEST TRAILER

The Avengers

Cowboys & Aliens

The Dark Knight Rises

The Darkest Hour

Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows Part 2

 

 

WORST TRAILER

The Change-Up

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Jack and Jill

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

The Smurfs

 

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See The Worst, Least and Sometimes Most Categories Nominees
See Catagoria Esoterica Categories Nominees

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Jan 182012
 

Oh, the action film equal.  So many traps to fall into.  In many respects Guy Richie’s 2009 big budget and frenetic version of Conan Doyle’s classic detective breathed new life into the characters.  It was gritty, explosive, and both Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law breathed new life into Holmes and Watson.  But what do do with a sequel.  Certainly there were several hints as to what it would be.   The question is, does Game of Shadows avoid the cliched pitfalls that often affect the second film in a series, or does it rise above them.  Well…

*spoilers warning*

The answer is mostly: no it most certainly does not.

Now, lets talk about the good things first.  Downey and Law again shine as partners and as actors.  Sure, much has been made about the whole ‘Gay’ thing.  But really, this isn’t anything new or revelatory, even as presented in this film.  Hell, Christopher Plummer and James Mason pretty much played things the same way back in 1979′s Murder by Decree (mind you, they were offered an altogether better script than this.)  Late Victorian era London and Europe have never looked more visceral.  Jared Harris is excellent as Moriarty and his scenes are brilliantly realized.  And Richie’s take on Holmes motivations are reasonably acceptable.  Sure his motivations do become rather sentimental in the end, but I’m not going to complain about that. I will complain about Holmes being stamped into a manic James Bond type character who does little detecting and a whole lot of spy-thriller typeaction-adventuring.

But, in all fairness, this shouldn’t have been the second film in the series.  It should have really been the third.  Why? There is so much excellent material that could have been played with prior to the whole Moriarty end game.  There could have been a decent build up to this films crescendo.  The whole effort feels rushed from a dramatic point of view.  And it needn’t have been.

And yes,  film does utterly fall into the trap that befalls many action movie sequels, the idea that everything needs to be replayed, only more so.  So we get Holmes predictive fighting techiniques repeatedly played to excess, the whole gayness played up (oh my, Holmes in a dress – later dancing with Watson.), bigger and louder explosions and nastier torture.  And then there is the plot.  Yes, genre friends, Guy Richie decided to essentially steal the plot from the much derided 2003′s League of Extrodinary Gentlemen.   Which, coincidentally has Moriarty trying to precipitate the First World War.  Now, that film was rather a kind of superhero story, so in some small manner A Game of Shadows doesn’t quite manage to match it’s excess, but still, we were granted some originality in the first film.  Was that too much to ask from the second?

Then, lastly, there is the early and quick removal of Irene Adler.  As with his fellow revisioner Stephen Moffat (who helms the critically praised Sherlock series for the BBC) Conan Doyle’s most striking female character and the one who was at the very least a match for the great detective, is again reduced to a pawn in the Holmes vs. Moriarty cock duel and summarily dispatched over her romantic attachment to our hero.  It is embarrassing to watch this and wonder why Ritchie (as well as  Moffat)feel the need to crap on such an iconic figure.  Is is simple misogyny?  Who knows.  Yeah, there are other women in the movie.  But they of course, while occasionally sparring with Holmes, pretty much do what they are told.   It’s sad really.

Much of the rest of the cast is more ore less just there as wallpaper, whether it would be the sillified Mycroft (Stephen Fry), the understated Colonel Moran (Paul Anderson).  Sure Noomi Rapace (the new European It Girl – With the Dragon Tattoo and all – as an anarchist gypsy) and Kelly Reilly (as Mary Watson) gamely play their background roles, but they don’t contribute much to the proceedings.  It’s all over the top in the same sort of way that, say Rambo II was in comparison to First Blood.  As such, I am not particularly looking forwards to the next Richiean Holmes effort.

Maybe I’ll just go watch Murder by Decree again (or perhaps it’s surprisingly effective kind-of remake,  2001′s From Hell.)

Rating: 3 out of 5