THE ARTIST WINS 3 BIG AWARDS AT 2012 OSCARS

I’m so excited right now! Meryl Streep, one of the greatest actresses EVER, won Best Actress for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady”. She received a standing ovation and everyone was very happy for her, but I think the best news of the evening goes to” The Artist”. The film won the following awards:

Best Picture

Best Actor – Jean Dujardin

Best Director – Michel Hazanavicius

 

Jean was giddy throughout his acceptance speech. I loved his opening line: “I love your country!” And I loved the way he closed his speech by yelling something in French and then dancing a little jig as he eventually left the stage. Go Jean!

It does seem like France is delivering some great films with acclaimed performances by their lead actors. At the  2007 Oscars, Marion Cotillard won the Best Actress award for her role as Edith Piaf in “La Vie En Rose”.

Congrats to “The Artist”!

More congrats to Octavia Spencer for her Best Supporting Actress win for “The Help”!

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MOVIE REVIEW: CHRONICLE

Running time: 1 hour, 23 minutes
Cast: Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, Alex Russell
Director: Josh Trank

Chronicle is a really good movie. I’d suggest seeing it in theaters because the special effects and the flying scenes are awesome and it won’t translate the same when you watch on a smaller screen at home.

It’s a very short film at 1 hour and 23 minutes but this movie never feels rushed. The plot arrives at the major conflict pretty quickly and then the action scenes pick up in frequency and intensity.

Let’s get started! Below, from left to right you have Matt (Russell), Steve (Jordan), and Andrew (DeHaan).

This movie follows the “found footage” format. Andrew Detmer starts filming his life, and we watch him deal with loneliness and bullying at school, an abusive father at home, and a mother who is slowly and painfully dying from cancer.

One night Andrew goes to a rave with his cousin Matt. Andrew starts filming a pretty girl and her boyfriend gets enraged, which sends Andrew outside to cry under a tree. (poor guy)

Steve is the school’s super-popular quarterback, and he finds Andrew sitting outside. Steve persuades him to come film something that he and Matt found in a wooded area nearby.

This next part might be a little frustrating for some people. This film shows what the three teenagers find, but it offers no explanations about what it’s made out of, how it got there, and why they developed telekinetic powers after encountering it. This film is only focused on how the three boys use their new powers.

At first it’s all fun and games, and the boys use their mental strength to play innocent pranks on people in stores and at parking lots. They also teach themselves how to fly, and whoa! The flying scenes are awesome and very enjoyable. Yes people, in the picture below you can see the boys up in the air with Seattle’s Space Needle. And yes, that’s a car on the tip of the needle. You’ll have to watch the movie to find out who put it there!

As expected, the situation gets a little hairy once one of the boys (*cough* Andrew) realizes his powers can be used for revenge and torment. The boys are riding down a back road and a car starts tailgating them and honking obnoxiously. Andrew casually runs the car off of the road and for the rest of the movie all hell breaks loose.

I have no complaints with this movie. I loved the acting, and especially loved DeHaan’s portrayal of a bullied and abused teen who finds an unfortunate release for his frustration and anger. The actors had a great chemistry and they successfully sell their friendship (there’s no way they would be friends if they didn’t find the thing in the woods).

If you have seen the movie, tell me what you think!

Some trivia: Josh Trank is 28 years old and Chronicle is his debut feature film. This month, the film reached #1 at the box office. Steven Speilberg was 28 years old when he scored a #1 hit with Jaws. I’m not saying Trank is the next Speilberg, but I am saying Trank is heading in the right direction with his directing career.


ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER. OH YES.

I’m sure the world has seen the new trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which hits theaters this year on June 22. The film is being produced in 3D, so please expect plenty of vampire heads zooming from the screen at full force. Sounds fun!

I freaking love the trailer. The music is menacing and there appears to be a lot of action. The concept and story line is original and I can’t wait to see this.

For those who don’t know, the movie is based on the 2010 book by Seth Grahame-Smith. It’s available now as an e-book so all of my fellow Kindle Fire owners should go online and buy it! I’m going to start reading it today and I’ll post a book review as soon as I finish it.

Lincoln Vampire Hunter book jacket

When people talk about Abraham Lincoln, the topics of slavery, the Civil War, and his assassination are usually mentioned. But who knew President Lincoln kept a secret journal where he documented his secret identity as a vampire hunter? I’d prefer to have a president who chases down zombies but I guess we’ll have to wait for another author to stumble upon another president’s secret diary.

Just a sidenote. I saw the poster, and it’s too “Sweeney Todd” for me. Tim Burton directed Sweeney Todd and he’s producing AL:VH… that’s ALL I’m going to say about that.

Or, maybe it’s just me.

Sweeney Todd poster

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter poster