Here at theGEEKwriters we really love movies. Like, REALLY love movies. And while we haven’t seen all of these films yet, life gets in the way sometimes, presented here are the official tGw Oscar predictions.
Best Picture -
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Django Unchained – WINNER – going out on a limb here and giving the nod to Tarantino, he certainly deserves it
Life Of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Best Director -
Michael Haneke – Amour
Benh Zeitlin – Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Ang Lee – Life Of Pi
Steven Spielberg – Lincoln - WINNER – with Tarantino getting the snub here this is really a no-brainer
David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actor In A Leading Role -
Denzel Washington - Flight
Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln - WINNER – hey Daniel Day-Lewis was in a movie? he wins
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actress In A Leading Role -
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Naomi Watts – The Impossible
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings PLaybook
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty - WINNER – the only love Zero Dark Thirty gets this year
Best Actor In A Supporting Role -
Alan Arkin – Argo
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master - WINNER – tough call but Hoffman always delivers
Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actress In A Supporting Role -
Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables – WINNER – no doubt here, Hathahaters be dammed
Sally Field – Lincoln
Amy Adams - The Master
Helen Hunt – The Sessions
Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook
Best Original Screenplay -
Michael Haneke – Amour
Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained
John Gatins – Flight
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola - Moonrise Kingdom – WINNER – this is the type of film that wins best script
Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty
Best Adapted Screenplay -
Chris Terrio – Argo
Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild
David Magee – Life Of Pi
Tony Kushner – Lincoln
David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook - WINNER – Russell is fantastic and this movie has gotten huge buzz
Best Foreign Language Film -
Amour – WINNER – total guess here, I have no idea
A Royal Affair
Best Animated Feature Film -
The Pirates! Band Of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph - WINNER – best animated feature in awhile, great film
Best Original Song -
Before My Time – Chasing Ice
Pi’s Lullaby – Life Of Pi
Suddenly – Les Miserables
Skyfall – Skyfall - WINNER – bond song sung by Adele, done and done
Everybody Needs A Best Friend – Ted
Best Cinematography -
Seamus McGarvey – Anna Karenina
Robert Richardson – Django Unchained
Claudio Miranda – Life Of Pi - WINNER – most interesting looking film of the year
Janusz Kaminski – Lincoln
Roger Deakins – Skyfall
Best Film Editing -
William Goldenberg – Argo
Tim Squyres – Life Of Pi
Michael Kahn - Lincoln - WINNER – never can predict these types of awards so why not
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers – Silver Linings Playbook
William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor – Zero Dark Thirty
Best Costume Design -
Jacqueline Durran – Anna Karenina - WINNER – perfect film for this type of award
Paco Delgado – Les Miserables
Joanna Johnston – Lincoln
Eiko Ishioka – Mirror Mirror
Colleen Atwood – Snow White and the Huntsman
Best Documentary Feature -
5 Broken Cameras
How To Survive A Plague
The Invisible War
Searching For Sugar Man – WINNER – haven’t seen any of these, total guess
Best Visual Effects -
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life Of Pi
Marvel’s The Avengers – WINNER – the Hulk scenes alone should make this a lock
Snow White And The Huntsman
Best Production Design -
Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer – Anna Karenina
Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Simon Bright – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - WINNER – Hobbit needs something
Eve Stewart – Les Miserables
David Gropman, Anna Pinnock - Life Of Pi
Rick Carter, Jim Erickson, Peter T Frank – Lincoln
Best Original Score -
Dario Marianelli – Anna Karenina
Alexandre Desplat – Argo – WINNER - between this and Lincoln probably, nothing clear cut
Mychael Danna – Life Of Pi
John Williams – Lincoln
Thomas Newman – Skyfall
Best Make Up -
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - WINNER – great makeup throughout and a ton of it
Best Sound Editing -
Life Of Pi
Skyfall – WINNER – who knows with this one
Zero Dark Thirty
Best Sound Mixing -
Life Of Pi
Lincoln – WINNER – lots of balancing conversations with some action as well
Best Documentary Short Film -
Mondays At Racine
Open Heart – WINNER – total guess, didn’t see many docs this year
Best Animated Short
Adam And Dog
Head Over Heels
Maggie Simpson In The Longest Daycare
Paperman – WINNER – if this doesn’t win we riot
Best Live-Action Short Film -
Buzkashi Boys – WINNER – topical and controversial, done and done
Death Of A Shadow
This is the sort of thing that well, you either love this or hate this instantly. There is no in between at all. And really, if you hate this, I question your love of life. Hit the link to pick up a pair.
According to multiple reports, Marvel and director James Gunn had the lead role of Peter Quill/Starlord in Guardians of the Galaxy down to two actors, Zachary Levi and Jim Sturgess. There were rumors that there may be a third guy on the list and it appears that those rumors have come true. According to Bleeding Cool, who are getting their report from Deadline, Joseph Gordon Levitt may have tested for the role over the Xmas holiday.
(he would be the blond guy)
While the best choice may be Sturgess as he is simply fantastic, JGL is always good. Casting should happen relatively soon so we will know one way or another.
Spiderman is dead. Kind of anyway. See, the character will continue on in Marvel Comic’s Superior Spiderman starring Peter Parker as Spiderman. Except, it’s not really Peter, it’s Doctor Octopus. They switched bodies. Doc Ock was dying and swapped his consciousness with Peter’s. When Doc Ock’s body died, Peter died with it. But he didn’t. The reader is shown that in his dying moments, PeterOck has a heart to heart with SpiderOck and that they have shared memories now. Everything that happened to Peter also happened to Ock and that really, Spiderman was what could have happened to Otto Octavious is someone had loved him enough. SpiderOck vows to be a hero, a better hero even, that Peter ever was.
Now, as confusing as that may all be, my comment here is not on the story itself. I quite like Dan Slott as a writer and think he has done a fine job steering the Spidey franchise through some rather unfortunate editorial choices, see One More Day and One Moment In Time. My comment stems rather from the cheap death this seems to be. This is comics after all and there is no way this will stick. There is, after all, a sequel to the surprisingly good Amazing Spiderman film due in 2014 and one can safely assume that it will be Peter Parker and not Peter/Octavious Parker in the suit both in comics and film.
So the question becomes, why kill him off to begin with? The only explanation is that it is an easy ratings/sales spike. And that is a problem. It happens far too often in entertainment. A few examples:
1. Batman is killed by Darkseid only to have the reader find out he was merely misplaced in time
2. Wash is killed in Serenity because Joss Whedon hates us
3. Captain America is assassinated only to return a few months later in a book called Captain America: The Return
4. Cyclops killed Prof. X this summer and while he isn’t back yet he will be (it is the X-Men after all)
5. Speaking of, Jean goddamn Grey
All killed, all back already or soon to be. The death serves as a cheap pop and nothing more. We live in a world where the only comic book character to stay dead is Uncle Ben. Jason Todd and Bucky came back. Jason Todd who was killed off by the readers and then punched into existence by Superboy. At least Bucky had a reintroduction that made sense.
The point here is that death should not be taken lightly. Death in entertainment should be used to maximum effect. It should mean something. There are countless examples more that can be found with a simple search. If you write, kill only when it actually benefits the story. Anything done cheaply will be derided and ignored. I hope for better in the future.
Coming in October, this flick re-teams Colin Farrell with writer/director Martin Mcdonagh. The pair last worked together on In Bruges which, if you haven’t seen it, is an absolutely brilliant little movie. It is possibly the darkest, dark comedy I have ever seen. It is definitely a must see if there ever was one. This film is about dog-napping gone wrong. It’s got a stellar cast. Check it out. Also, Tom Waits!
Here is the third trailer for the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man film. As much as I love Spider-Man, I cannot help thinking this looks awful. Watch the trailer below and judge for yourself.
This movie is going to put socks on your feet and the knock them the hell off! And we are talking about old school 80′s gym socks with the three stripes at the top! Seriously, this is a wet dream for anyone who grew up in the 80′s and 90′s or anyone who just loves over the top, ridiculous action movies. Check it out. Thanks to IGN for putting this out.
2012 is off and running and theGEEKwriters plan on bringing you all the info you need to keep your life awesome. First up in this new initiative is Movie Monday. Every Tuesday sees the release of a ton of BluRay and DVD titles for your consideration. I’ll make my way through the list and give you my opinion on what is worth your time. As always, comments and discussion are encouraged. And here we go…
Moneyball (BR/DVD) – The true story of Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane and how he transformed the game of baseball. The book by Micheal Lewis is fantastic. The movie is being talked about for best picture. What more do you need?
Boardwalk Empire (BR/DVD) – Mobsters, Atlantic City, Prohibition, Steve Buscemi, Martin Scorsese. Yes please!
Dr. Who – The Android Invasion and Invasion of the Dinosaurs (DVD) – Two classic Who serials starring Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee. You can never go wrong with classic Dr. Who.
That’s it for this week. Four selections worth your time and money. Leave a comment below.
40 years ago today A Clockwork Orange was unleashed upon the world. And while much has been said of the film, both positive and negative, it remains one of the most important films ever made. Kubrick brought something amazing to the screen and he deserves our thanks. If you haven’t seen the movie, or read the book, do so now. The opening shot alone is worth it.
Well damn, that looks really awesome! In the interest of full disclosure, I liked the first Joe movie. I wanted to hate it but found that I just couldn’t. This new movie ups the Channing Tatum ante with The Rock and Bruce Willis joining the team. It will be big, dumb fun. Exactly what a summer movie about G.I. Joe should be!
Got a free Thursday in October? Because if you do, you should run to your nearest theater and check out Ghostbusters on the bigscreen. That’s right, the original Ghostbusters is getting a theatrical re-release on Thursdays during the month of October. Ghostbusters is truly one of the greatest movies of all time. Everything about the movie is pitch perfect. For those of us tha never got to see this on the bigscreen this is going to be an amazing experience. Check out the recut trailer below. It’s got the soundtrack from Inception played behind the film clips and it is awesome!