Author: smalltownmoviekid

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 (after Beauty and the Beast and Up) to be nominated for Best Picture. It has also been nominated for four other awards — Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song, and Best Sound Editing   I thought as my last review it would be appropriate to do “the kids movie”.  The seemingly fluffy “oh how cute and cuddly” basic surface kind of movie.  Although Toy Story 3 was the highest rated movie all year, it for some reason seems to have the least likely chance of winning.   People say “bah, it’s a cartoon” and somehow that means it’s disregarded.  In a season where I am rooting for the underdogs, I thought ending with the kids movie that impacted adults way more than the kiddies- and leaving us all with the truth that anything is possible.   I will start off though by saying it’s okay to say you loved it- everyone else did too.  This movie reminded us that we once cared so much for something that didn’t evolve around money, career, jobs or changing the world.  It...

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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 a remake)   One of the highest grossing Best Picture  Noms (AND film of 2010) with $161 million   Oscar Nominations- Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor(Bridges), Best Supporting Actress (Steinfeld), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design,Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.   Zero Golden Globe Nominees   Rotten Tomatoes- 95% by Critics (again?!), 88% by Audiences   There’s a snake in my boot!  Toy Story is… oh gee whiz, I’m reviewing the wrong film, gosh darn it!  True Grit, there we go- right film in the saddle.  This was a film I went to see solely based on it being nominated for Best Picture.   I have tried the Coen Brothers films time and time, but they never resonate with me- I just don’t get what they’re trying to say.   And Westerns… aren’t really my style.   Well thank my lucky stars, it was cheap Tuesdays at the movies.   To be honest- I was pleasantly surprised by this film- it was actually quite fun and enjoyable!  And- I think I got it!  The Coen Brothers...

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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 Right!)   This would be what I would call the last in the trilogy of the “little movies that caught the big attention” (Along with 127 Hours & TKAAR).   Winter’s Bone is the unsettling tale of Ree (Jennifer Lawrence), a young 17 year old, from backwoods America who is raising her 2 younger siblings and is supporting her depressed ill mother.  Her father has been arrested for involvement with drugs and running meth labs. As the movie begins, we learn that he is out on bail- but the bail bond was paid by putting the family’s house and property on the line.  The sheriff makes it clear that if their dad doesn’t show up for his court date which is only a few days away, they will lose everything.   Determined Ree sets out to find her father no matter what so she can save the last threads of comfort her family has.  She looks for him by talking to a number of different ‘family members’ who know something about her dad, but...

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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 (approximately) 55 nominations so far around the world, with a few wins for Franco http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1542344/awardsRotten Tomato Rating- 93% (ie- not rotten)James Franco stars in this true story about a young man who runs around in the desert, meets a few girls, parts ways and literally gets stuck between a rock and hard place in the middle of no where. An intense and alive score paired with funky editing keep this movie moving along; luckily it doesn’t rely solely on Franco to carry the movie. Franco I found was inconsistent. At moments I felt truly invested in him. At other times, my attention was more intrigued by the popcorn kernel stuck between my teeth. The majority of the film is focused on Franco’s survival so he gets a lot of screen time.As slow as the film moves at times- it’s intense. Image being stuck for 127 hours. I won’t tell you how he gets stuck and I would highly recommend that you don’t try to investigate. As soon as you find that out, you’ll find out...

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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 Best Original ScreenplayAverages 95% on Rotten Tomatoes by Critics (ie- not rotten), but only 74% by Audiences) The Kids Are All Right is the diversity/indie Oscar competitor and it’s not all right- it’s actually quite good. Although it won ‘best comedy or musical’ at the Globes, I definitely view it as more of a charming honest drama. Going in with this view point would better set you up for the few great chuckles as opposed to disappoint with the absence of constant belly laughs. Similar to the feel of It’s Complicated, it’s very vulnerable- these could be real people. In short, the movie tells the tale of a family where the kids are brought into the world through a sperm donor. At 18 and 15, the kids decide to meet their sperm dad and suddenly the dad becomes part of the family in good ways and in bad. There are fights, tears, hugs and laughs and even a moment of some classy gay porn. A redefinition of “the family movie”.Now, from most of the media and...

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