Oscar Watch- Toy Story 3- It’s the ‘kids movie’ for adults

Starring Buzz, Woody, Andy, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, Jessie, Lots’o’Huggin’ Bear and Barbie.  Introducing the incredible Bonnie   Running Time- 1 hour 49 minutes   Tomatometer- Critics gave it soaring 99% overall (this is the HIGHEST rating for any movie the entire year).  Audiences awarded it a 91%   Oscar facts- 3rd animated film in history […]

Oscar Watch- True Grit- it’s a crowd pleasing western episode

True Grit-   Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and newcomer/scene stealer Hailee Steinfeld   The 2nd adaptation of the Charles Portis novel of the same name from 1968 (John Wayne starred in a 1969 movie based on the same book, but the Coen Brothers say this is solely based on the book, not […]

Oscar Watch- Winter’s Bone- A bit too cold to the bone….

Winter’s Bone- Running Time- 100 minutes   Starring Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, a number of local non-actors-until-now, backwoods America   Oscar gave it 4 noms- Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress (for Lawrence), and Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes)   Tomatometer- Critics 95%    Audiences 74% (the exact same as the Kids are All […]

Oscar Watch- 127 Hours- Well, if he can survive off of urine…

127 HoursImportant Facts:Stars James Franco, two girls, a brief family scene, a desert and a very troublesome rockDirected by Danny Boyle (of the Slumdog, 28 Days Later fame)Oscar Nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Writing-Screenplay based on material, Best Editing, Best Original Song (A.R. Rahman, Rollo Armstrong, Dido(“If I Rise”)) and Original ScoreHas had […]

Oscar Watch- the Kids are All Right- stand out, but can it stand up?

This film runs 106 minutesReleased in limited release July 9 and ‘more theatres’ on July 30, never hitting ‘wide release’Hit DVD and blu ray Nov 16Winner of 2 Golden Globes including Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, and Best FILM Comedy or MusicalOscar gave nods for Best Pic, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and […]

Oscar Watch- The King’s Speech- polished good movie… but is good enough?

The King’s SpeechStarring King with a Stutter Colin Firth, Speech Therapist with Odd Methods Geoffrey Rush, Wife & Queen with assigned Fashion Sense Helena Bonham CarterRunning time- 1hr 51 minutesOscar nominations- 12 (pretty well everything)Golden Globe history- nominated for 7, walked away with only one (For Firth, Best Actor)Tomatometer- Audiences and Critics agree- 95%King’s Speech- […]

Oscar Watch- The Fighter- the Acting is going to come out Rocky Style

This is the 3rd of 4 Oscar Nominated Films that are ‘safe traditional’ Oscar bets (King’s Speech, True Grit, The Fighter and Social Network)The Fighter-Starring Marky Mark (aka- Mark Wahlberg, a thinned down Batman (ie- Christian Bale), Amy Adams and Melissa LeoRunning Time- 1 hour 54 minutesTomato Meter- Audiences and Critics TKO with a matching […]

Oscar Watch- Social Network, this is OUR Movie

The Social Network-Globe’s BIG Winner- Best Picture-Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score, making it the film with the most wins of the nightRunning Time– 2 hoursTomatometer- Critics 97% (highest rating thus far) Audiences 89%One of the most decorated and acclaimed movies of the year, the Facebook Movie has managed to maintain solid […]

Oscar Watch- Inception will need to pull an ‘inception’ but!

Inception-Running Time- 2hr 28 minutes (but double that because you’ll need to see it again to calm your brain down from overloading)Tomatometer- Critics 86% Audiences- 93% This is definitely the people’s choice for best movieStarring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger, and Michael […]

Oscar Watch- Black Swan- spins ballet into a dark perfection

Black SwanStarring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder and some nasty feathers in all the wrong placesRunning Time- 1 hr 50 minutesTomatometer- Critics 88% Audience 86%Awards overall- winner of 48, nominated for an additional 1665 Academy Award Nominations- Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Film EditingI considered […]

Burlesque- A fun silly romp of a musical

Once upon a time, there was a young blond girl (no, this isn’t about my childhood).   She runs away from smalltown nowhere to become a star in big city somewhere.   Then she runs into Cher.Burlesque starts and ends just as you imagine- a glittery cheesy silly somewhat suggestive commemorative yet modern musical.   […]