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The Golden Globe Winners 2012

Last night the 69th annual Golden Globe awards took place in Beverly Hilton Hotel, California.  Ricky Gervais hosted for the third consecutive year, but this time, instead of causing controversy, people complained that he was too tame.  Now, before you go off to proclaim to your friends that you knew who would win, take a look at the winners.

First up are the movie categories:

Best Drama

The Descendants

Best Comedy/Musical

The Artist

Best Animated Film

The Adventures of TinTin

Best Actor in a Drama

George Clooney, The Descendants

Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Actress in a Drama

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy

Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Director

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Screenplay

Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen

Best Score – Motion Picture

The Artist – Ludovic Bource

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“Masterpiece” – Madonna

Best Foreign Language Film

A Separation, Iran

Cecil B. Demille Award

Morgan Freeman

And now on to the television categories:

Best TV Comedy or Musical

Modern Family

Best Television Series – Drama

Homeland

Best Mini-Series

Downton Abbey

Best Actor in a TV Drama

Kelsey Grammer, Boss

Best Actor in a TV Musical or Comedy

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Best Actress in a TV Drama

Claire Danes, Homeland

Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy

Laura Dern, Enlightened

Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Best Actor in a TV Movie

Idris Elba, Luther

Best Actress in a TV Movie

Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

What do you think?  Did you guess right?  Are you happy with the winners?  Who do you think should have won?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and click the like button, only if you liked the post.  I have a Twitter account too, it’s https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1, just saying.

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Super 8 Review

Super 8 is movie about a group of kids who, while recording there own short film on a super 8 camera, witness a train being derailed.  Then, something that was being transported on the train escapes and the Air Force try to cover it up. 

The story takes place in 1979 and is reminiscent of old Spielberg movies, namely E.T., Close Encounters and The Goonies.  The plot is effectively split in two, there is the fun heartfelt story about kids growing up and learning to deal with loss and there’s the monster roaming around attacking people.  Though you may not think they would, the too actually blend together quite nicely.  After the train crash, the monster and the children are kept separate for a while.  As the children learn more about the creature the two stories combine, but the time apart gives plenty of room for character development.

When you care about the characters in a film, then it’s a good film and by that logic Super 8 is a good film.  Its character driven, you can relate to them and they feel like real people.  Some of the actors, including the kid who plays the main character, have never been in a movie before.  You really wouldn’t know, because they all do a great job.  One of the best storylines in the film is Joe, the main character, dealing with the death his mother, which had nothing to do with the creature.  The actor, Joel Courtney, did an excellent job.  It’s a very emotional story and he’s new to acting, but he was great and will no doubt be starring in many more films, as will the rest of the kids, who were also great.

Now on to the monster, which I won’t give away too much about.  One thought that popped into my head was that the film felt like a 70s version of Cloverfield.  Abrams said that he was trying to make homage to classic Spielberg films, but you can see his style is in there too.  This part of the story was slowly explained to the characters, and the audience, then finally, when everything is clear, the too come together and each story completes the other.  I’d love to go into more detail, but to avoid major spoilers I won’t.

The effects are fantastic.  The train crash scene was amazing and the monster blended in with the real world quite nicely, not perfectly but it worked.  All and all the film is entertaining and will leave you with a smile on your face feeling like a kid again.  I strongly recommend seeing it, though be careful bringing kids because, though it may seem like its kid friendly, it has parts that aren’t, but if you want a funny, action packed, heartfelt, intriguing, fun adventure then this is the film for you.

What do you think?  Have you seen the movie?  Did you like it?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


New Superman and Catwoman Costumes Revealed

It’s a good day to be a comic book geek as we finally get a look at the stars of two upcoming superhero movies in their costumes, English actor Henry Cavill as Superman and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.

Though it resembles the classic Superman suit, there are some noticeable differences.  The costume is darker and made of a different material, also the single curl, which is normally on Superman’s forehead, has been cut off.  Having seen the reaction to the new Wonder Woman costume a few months back, I am curious about how people are reacting to the changes.  Personally, I do think that the costume looks more manly and will fit the big screen better, especially considering that this movie is intended to be darker than previous Superman films.

Catwoman without any catlike features?  That’s an interesting choice.  If I’m not mistaken, the goggles have some sort of cat ear, but that’s about it.  Since she’s on, what is speculated to be, the bat-cycle, it’s hard to judge the costume.  However, if the rest of the suit is completely lacking in the feline department Nolan’s going to have some pretty disappointed fans on his hands.  It’s thought that the reason pictures of Catwoman have been released is because Nolan knew paparazzi would snap a few photos while they were filming, so he beat them too it.

What do you think?  Are you impressed by the costumes?  Do you think they should have gone with the more classic version of the suits?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


Classic Movies, Serious Illnesses and Almost Funny Pictures

It’s a strange feeling when you realise you don’t have to apologise.  I’ve struggled and pushed myself to write on this blog everyday for over eight months.  There have been bumps, college work has gotten in the way, but it has been a really great experience and I’m hoping to continue on with it.  However, the last two days have no posts.  I know that I will most likely fix this with a trick I’ve picked up, but for now there is a two day gap.  I was sick and actually completely forgot about the outside world, but I’m not apologising.

Recently the blog has been a bit of a mess and I am putting that write, but with two deadlines left to meet and the decision about which college to go to next year, it is hard to get back on track.  Anyway enough of that, let’s get to today’s post.  Last night I saw a movie that I’d never seen before so I thought I’d talk about it today, also it fits into my neglected ‘classics’ tab.  Yeah I remember promising to watch Jaws, but really who has the time these days?

The movie I watched was Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  I’d wanted to see it for a while actually.  I had to read the book last year and I really wanted to see the differences between the mediums.  Though I wasn’t a huge fan of the novel, I’m still going to have to say it was much better.  For anyone who hasn’t read the book, or seen the movie, I’m going to explain the plot.  Writer falls in love with a crazy woman.  The plot has also been used in films like Misery.  Okay maybe it’s not the exact same thing, but Misery was also a book before it became a movie.

Naturally the book goes into more detail, but it was actually details added by the film that I found annoying.  Why make the narrator, who they’ve also named, a prostitute?  Maybe it’s just me, but it seems a little unnecessary, plus they named him Paul.  The writer in Misery is also called Paul, just saying.  I also noticed how racist the portrayal of Mr Yunioshi was, but it’s safe to say that this mistake has been pointed out many times before.  I really did think he was played by an Asian actor though, it was a very racist portrayal, but I thought it was done by an Asian man.  It was not, it was an American actor and it’s one of the biggest falls of the film.

The ending and other plot points were changed to make the film more Hollywood appropriate.  I was really disappointed by the new ending actually.  I liked the whole ‘in a bar years later wondering’ aspect of the book and I would have liked to see that in the movie.  This is the first film I’ve ever seen with actress Audrey Hepburn and I’m just going to point out that Truman Capote, the author of the book, wanted them to cast Marilyn Monroe, but she turned it down.  Monroe was probably a lot closer to Golightly in personality, but I think there is something to be said about playing a part that is so different from who you are and playing it well.  So for that reason I’m glad Hepburn got the role.

I think the book is much better and found the movie a bit boring.  Then again I am a horror movie guy at heart.  What did you think?  Did you prefer the book or the film?  Are you glad Hepburn played the lead?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

Was the moon landing faked?  Who cares, all I know is that a spaceship from Cybertron was discovered on the moon way back on the first moon trip to the moon and the US government have kept this a secret, even from the Autobots.  Thank you Obama.

Just a few days ago, a new trailer for the third Transformers movie, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, was released.  It gives a lot more detail than past trailers and I have to say, despite earlier hesitation, I didn’t hate it.  It looks like it’s going to be an action packed adventure from start to finish, which is surprising considering how bad number two did.

By know you probably know that Megan Fox is not longer part of the franchise, unfortunately Shia LaBeouf still is.  Was Fox’s absents felt in the trailer?  Nope they replaced her with some blonde girl.  The blonde girl, also known as Rosie Huntington-Whitley, plays Carly, a character that is actually from the 1984 Transformers animated series.  Finally one of the shows human characters has made it into the movies.  The actress playing her has no prior acting experience though so it could go either way.

The plot explores the final battle between Autobots and Deceptacons.  Each group is trying to get their hands on the ship that the humans found on the moon many years before.  The secrets that the ship holds may well decide the winner of the war.  I have mixed feelings about the plot.  It just feels like they always have to go back and discover secrets.  Didn’t the Transformers ever actually live on Cybertron?  Shouldn’t they know some of this stuff already?

A real tragedy occurred while they were filming.  An extra suffered from permanent brain damage when a stunt, that she wasn’t even part of, went wrong.  A cable broke and came through the front of the car she was in, hitting her in the head and cracking her skull.  She is paralyzed on one half of her body and her left eye had to be stitched closed.  Paramount promised to pay for the medical expensive and her family is suing for seven counts of negligence.  The extra’s name is Gabriela Cedillo and she is 24 years old.  I legitimately hope that she wins the lawsuit.

Another accident happened on the set, this one involving a police officer who clearly was out sick the day they announced that some streets would be closed for filming.  The car that plays Bumblebee was crossing an intersection when a police car came from a different direction.  Unable to stop in time Bumblebee crashed into the side of the cop car.  The officer was not supposed to be there, but at least no one was injured.

What do you think?  Is this film cursed?  Are you glad to see a human from the animated series appear in the film?  Do you miss Megan Fox?  Will this series be able to recover after the disappointing, perhaps racist, second film?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to vote.


Water for Elephants

Robert Pattinson goes from an animal eating vampire to a circus veterinarian as he attempts to take his career in a more serious direction.  Will his plan work or will he always be haunted by Edward Cullen?

Water for Elephants started out as a book by Sara Gruen.  It was Gruen’s third book and was initially turned down by her publisher.  Since publication, in 2006, it has become a bestseller and can be read in 44 different languages.  The story is narrated by Jacob Jankowski, a 90 something year old man living in a nursing home.  Jacob reminisces about his life as veterinarian in a circus.  While working at the circus, he met, and fell in love with, a married woman named Marlena, as if that wasn’t bad enough, her husband is a paranoid schizophrenic.

The movie follows the same plot and stars Robert Pattinson as Jacob, Reese Witherspoon as Marlena and Christoph Waltz as August, Marlena’s Husband.  Both critics and movie goers have criticised the chemistry, or lack of chemistry, between Pattinson and Witherspoon.  It seems that the 11 year age gap may have taken a toll on their performances, which, to be honest, isn’t surprising.  Besides that there isn’t much criticism to be said, but chemistry between characters can make or break a movie.  It really makes me wonder if, when casting for the movie, they were looking for chemistry or just big names.

Though not my type of movie, I have to say that, from the trailer, the movie looks very well put together.  If you’re an animal lover you should be warned that there are some scenes of animal cruelty.  The cruelty toward animals was also present in the book, because it was very common in circuses back then, but no animals were actually hurt it’s all just Hollywood magic.

What do you think?  Does this movie help Robert Pattinson become a more serious actor?  Is the book better or worse than the movie?  Did you think there was chemistry between Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


JJ Returns to Criminal Minds

A few months ago, Criminal Minds fans were devastated by the sudden departure of AJ Cook who played JJ, Jenifer Jareau, one of the primary female characters on the show.  Cook was let go in an attempt to prevent the show from becoming stale.  However, reactions were extremely negative, as JJ is a fan favourite.  After hearing that over 60,000 people had signed an online petition to bring her back, the studio rehired Cook, who said she was hurt after being let go but found the fan reaction very comforting.

Cook wasn’t the only cast member to be pushed off the show, Paget Brewster, who plays Emily Prentiss, was also removed from the show.  However, she was given the option to stay on as a recurring character rather than a series regular.  Her final episode was ‘Lauren’ which still hasn’t aired in some countries, including mine, so I won’t spoil it.

JJ will be returning as a series regular at the start of next season, but she says that both her and her character have changed due to the experience of leaving.  Being kicked off the show was a ‘wakeup call’ to just how harsh the entertainment industry can be.  The ‘new JJ’ will be more serious and mature but don’t worry ‘she still has heart’.

Brewster has also been offered the chance to return, whether it’s as a series regular or not isn’t clear.  After leaving the show, she did a pilot for a different show.  If the show doesn’t get picked up she may return, but if it does chances are Prentiss has left the building.

Are you happy that JJ is returning?  Do you want Prentiss to come back?  Is this the end for Rachel Nichols character, Ashley Seaver?  What do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Scream 4 (Scre4m) Review No Spoilers

After ten years of safety, Sidney, Dewey and Gale must once again race against time to figure out who the killer is before it’s too late.

Today I went to see Scream 4 (Scre4m).  I was so nervous it would be sold out that I rushed to the cinema over an hour in advanced and had to wait around after buying my ticket.  There ended up only being around twenty people in the cinema.  Am I mad about it?  No, because the movie was amazing.

It’s tradition for a Scream movie to start by killing off someone famous in a really cool opening death sequence.  This time they took it a step further; reminding fans that there’s still some comedy left in the franchise.  From the get go, you can really feel just how much thought and effort has gone into this film.

A lot has happened between the third and fourth movies.  Sidney has written a book about how to stop being a victim, Dewey has become sheriff and Gale’s given up being a reporter and is suffering from writer’s block which is preventing her starting her new book.  As the film opens, Sidney is returning to Woodsboro, were Dewey and Gale are living, as part of her book tour.  Arriving back in her home town brings on more nostalgia than she’d have liked as killings begin yet again.

The movie was extremely well done and I honestly didn’t see the end coming.  I suspected nearly everyone at one stage or another.  The theme of the film is remakes/reboots.  If sales go well this is planned to be the start of a new trilogy.  Though the movie isn’t actually a reboot, if you look out, you won’t need to look very hard, you’ll notice that some elements are reminiscent of the original films.  As a fan of the first three, this sense of déjà vu was very much appreciated. 

They did a great job missing the new with the old, as both generations of the story pieced together very well.  It’s been a long time since the first movies and the rules have changed.  Forget virgins surviving and black people dying first, the new rules are simple basically the only way to survive is by being gay.

Revisiting the original trio is great and it’s clear that Sidney really has stopped being a victim.  She’s a fighter now, but will it be enough to ensure her survival yet again?  What do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. 

If you want to watch the film without any spoilers I recommending seeing it as soon as possible as the identity of the killer has already leaked onto the web.  I managed to avoid finding out and it made the film much more enjoyable.

Just wanted to put this on the end, I’ve seen the third Scream movie many times and didn’t realise this until my friend said it when we re-watched it last night.  The film ends in a cliff-hanger; what movie are they going to watch?  It never says and they didn’t even answer it in the fourth one.


Hanna

‘Once upon a time, there was a very special girl who lived in the woods with her father’.  Sound like a good movie?  What if I told you the little girl was a trained assassin?  It’s getting better isn’t it?

Yes it may sound like its copying Hit Girl from Kick-Ass, but it’s not.  In fact, Hanna was thought up two years before the Kick-Ass comic was even made.  Despite this, Hanna is inevitably being compared to Hit Girl, who really did kick ass.  Will Hanna be able to live up to the competition or will she fall at Hit Girl’s feet?

Hanna stars, Irish American actress, Saoirse Ronan as the title character.  The plot follows Hanna as she completes her training and is given a box that will send a signal out, which will allow, her father’s enemy, Marissa Wiegler, Cate Blanchett, to find them.  A team is sent to find Hanna’s father Erik, Eric Bana, but all they find is sixteen year old Hanna.  Once captured it is Hanna’s job to kill Marissa Wiegler and meet back up with her father.

The film is intended to be a modern fairytale, hence the ‘once upon a time’ stuff, but to be honest it’s about as close to a fairytale as Mission Impossible.  Let’s not throw obviously wrong labels onto films, it looks like an action movie, it sounds like an action movie, therefore it must be, you guessed it, an action movie.  That might sound harsh, but it’s the truth.

Despite not being a fairytale, the movie actually looks good and has been generally well received by critics.  There’s little doubt in my mind that it’s a really good action movie.  The story is great, the acting is great and it’s a refreshing take on the action genre (unless you’ve seen Kick-Ass).  The film should hit cinemas in Ireland and the UK on the 6th of May and was already release, on the 8th of April, in America.

What do you think?  Who’s better Hit Girl or Hanna?  Is this a fairytale?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  If you like this blog you can subscribe, no WordPress account needed, by feeling in your e-mail address in the box on the right.


Superman: Man of Steel 2012

Is it a bird?  Is it a plane?  No, it’s a British guy in a cape.

Next year Superman will be landing in cinemas once again.  The movie is going to be a complete reboot and will be unrelated to previous Superman films.  The plot is somewhat of a mystery, but, as usual, rumours have been circling the web, some ridiculous.  At this stage all we really know is that a portion takes place in Smallville, probably a big portion as they cast Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent.  A name has not been confirmed, but it is rumoured to be Superman: Man of Steel.

The villain hasn’t even been confirmed yet, though most believe its Zod.  We probably won’t have to wait very long before all the missing pieces are revealed, as the whole film is being rushed to avoid a payout.  The family of the original creator of Superman have won a case to regain some rights to Superman and his origin.  The judge ruled that Warner Bros did not have to pay the family for Superman movies that had already been made, but would have to start production of a new Superman movie by 2011 or the family could sue for loss of earnings.

So far four cast members have been announced.  Henry Cavill will play Superman, making him the first non American to portray the man of steel, Amy Adams was cast as Lois Lane, Diane Lane is Martha Kent and, as mentioned above, Kevin Costner’s Jonathan Kent.  The interesting thing about the casting is that there is almost ten years between each of the actors.  Henry Cavill is 27, Amy Adams is 36, Diane Lane is 46 and Kevin Costner is 56.  Maybe it’s a conspiracy.

Personally, I really like Superman and I’m looking forward to this movie, at least until I have reason not to.  Christopher Nolan is producing the movie and David S. Goyer is writing it.  Nolan became interested when he heard Goyer’s idea, so you know it’s got to be good.  Zack Snyder, director of Watchmen, is directing the film.  It’s beginning to sound like this movies going to be darker than other Superman films.  I just hope they make it serious, because comic book movies usual don’t work well unless they take themselves serious.  The movie will be released some time in December 2012.

What do you think?  What would you like to see happen?  Is the age gap a conspiracy theory?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.