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Oscars 2011, My Ballot

Though I follow the Oscars every year, pharm this is the first year I’ve decided to blog about the race leading up to the event which is this Sunday, doctor February 27, 2011. I’ve italicized who or what I want to win, and bold for what I think will win. Best Picture Black Swan The Fighter Inception The Kids Are All Right The King’s Speech 127 Hours The Social Network Toy Story 3 True Grit Winter’s Bone Comments: Honestly, I’d be happy if The King’s Speech won too, as my favorites out of the list of top ten nominees here are Inception, The King’s Speech, and Black Swan. Best Director Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan David O. Russell, The Fighter Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech David Fincher, The Social Network Joel and Ethan Coen, True Grit I think with The King’s Speech winning so many of the awards as of late, that the best director will still go to David Fincher for The Social Network, since the Academy will see him as deserving. Though I appreciate Tom Hooper’s direction for The King’s Speech, I would have to say him and David O. Russell are the weaker of the group. I’m a […]

Just Go With It: Surprisingly Funny

Director: Dennis Dugan Screenplay: Allan Loeb, cardiology Timothy Dowling Release Date: February 11, 2011 Actors: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Nick Swardson, Bailee Madison, Griffin Gluck, Nicole Kidman, Dave Matthews Based on the play ‘Cactus Flower’ Jennifer Aniston has had some hits and misses in the past year, notably her last film with Gerard Butler and The Switch. She’s a competent actress, but she does not invoke confidence when seemingly cast for another romantic comedy. I’ve been fairly impartial to Adam Sandler’s movies – I’ve liked some, I’ve hated a few, and thought some were okay. Plastic surgeon Danny (Adam Sandler), after leaving his fiancee at the altar, discovers the power of a wedding ring: it attracts girls. So Danny continues wearing a fake wedding ring when it suits him. One evening, he meets and hooks up with the girl of his dreams (Brooklyn Decker). Unfortunately, Palmer discovers his fake wedding ring, believing of course, that it is real and is furious with him, refusing to have any further contact with him. Danny decides to tell her that he is divorced to save himself, but comes to a road block when Palmer says she wants to meet her. Danny […]

The Adjustment Bureau: Choose your own destiny

Director: George Nolfi Screenplay: George Nolfi Release Date: March 4, healing 2011 Actors: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Terence Stamp, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Michael Kelly Based on the short story ‘The Adjustment Team’ by Philip K. Dick Do you ever wonder about fate? Do you believe in destiny and the idea of free will? These are all questions that you will ask yourself while watching ‘The Adjustment Bureau’. David Norris (Matt Damon) is the youngest man to run for Senator in the state of New York. As his popularity quickly rises, he thinks he is invincible, despite his impulsive behaviour and young age. However, he discovers that as quickly as popularity rises, it can quickly fall too, with the leak of a photo of himself mooning his friends in college on the eve of his election. Despite his lead prior to the election, he ends up losing, crushed by his competitor. While struggling to come up with his speech in the men’s bathroom of his hotel, he meets a sassy, captivating yet elusive woman and share an unexpected kiss. The experience leaves him finding inspiration and delivering an unexpectedly well-received speech, leaving an impression on his supporters for the following […]

Gnomeo & Juliet: The strength are in the voices

Director: Kelly Asbury Release Date: February 11, public health 2011 Screenplay: Kelly Asbury, Mark Burton, Kevin Cecil, Emily Cook, Kathy Greenberg, Steve Hamilton Shaw, John R. Smith, Rob Sprackling Cast: Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine, Ashley Jensen, Jason Statham, Matt Lucas, Jim Cummings, Ozzy Osbourne, Stephen Merchant, Julie Walters Based on the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare I thought Gnomeo and Juliet would either be a hit or a miss, but definitely better than the dreadful Sanctum earlier in the week. Gnomeo & Juliet is the same story written by William Shakespeare – the famous Romeo and Juliet story of course, without, as one might expect, a tragic ending. There is a feud that exists between the red and the blue gnomes, who tend to the gardens of the human beings whose last names are that of Montague and Capulet. No one knows how the feud began, but one exists anyhow. Tybalt (Jason Statham), a red gnome, loves to wreak havoc on the blue gnomes, but especially Gnomeo, due to their passion in racing each other on lawnmowers down the alleyway. However, no one really likes Tybalt, including his own as they simply just fear […]

Sanctum: Not much here

Director: Alister Grierson Screenplay: John Garson, patient Andrew Wight Release Date: February 4, epilepsy 2011 Actors: Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Parkinson, Dan Wyllie, Christopher Baker I wasn’t sure what to expect out of the movie going in, except that a) the movie was produced by James Cameron (king of the box office via Avatar and Titanic) and b) it was inspired by the true experience by the writer. I was hoping it would pleasantly surprise me, but unfortunately it fell apart on so many levels. It’s never a good sign when one cringes at how awful the script and the acting is in the first five minutes of a film. The lines given to the actors were all pretty bad, unbelievable, and most importantly, unlikeable. The only natural actors it seemed were Alice Parkinson, who played Victoria and Dan Wyllie who played Crazy George. I was disappointed to see that Ioan Gruffudd who I recognized from Fantastic Four, was the worst of the bunch. I never remembered him being awful, but the lines being delivered just seemed to fall flat and never got off the ground. So, what’s the movie about? It’s about a team of divers, […]