Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Artist Formerly Known As Aaron Johnson

It’s Aaron TAYLOR-Johnson now, bitches.

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Casting Society Of America Awards

And just when we thought we’d never have to write Michel Hazanavicius’ name again…

Fashionably late but boringly predictable, the Casting Society of America have released the nominations for their October Awards ceremony. Sticking very much to the films lauded by different circles in the run-up to the Oscars, having their nominations now allows some leeway for 2012 films, but exposes a glaring omission in the shape of Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris.

The full list of nominees for a category that many feel the Oscars should bring in can be seen below: Continue reading

DVD Review: Damsels In Distress – HeyUGuys

Whit Stillman’s Damsels In Distress was released on DVD in the UK yesterday. Check out my review over at HeyUGuys by clicking here.

Review: Brave – The Hollywood News

My review of Disney Pixar’s new film, Brave, can be found here, over at The Hollywood News.

To check out my interviews from the Brave Red Carpet at its European Premiere back in June, click here.

What I’m Watching – August 2012

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

Now Is Good (Dir: Ol Parker, 2012) **

Untouchable (Intouchables) (Dir: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, 2011) *****

Happy, Happy (Sykt Lykkelig) (Dir: Anne Sewitsky, 2010) ****

Detention (Dir: Joseph Kahn, 2011) ***

The Sound Of My Voice (Dir: Zal Batmanglij, 2011) ****

Flashbacks Of A Fool (Dir: Baillie Walsh, 2008) **

The Loved Ones (Dir: Sean Byrne, 2009) ***

Romeos (Dir: Sabine Bernardi, 2011) ****

Hysteria (Dir: Tanya Wexler, 2011) ***

On The Road (Dir: Walter Salles, 2012) **

Tabu (Dir: Miguel Gomes, 2012) *****

Circumstance (Dir: Maryam Keshavarz, 2011) ****

Samsara (Dir: Ron Fricke, 2011) *****

Love Crime (Crime D’Amour) (Dir: Alain Corneau, 2010) **

Page Eight (Dir: David Hare, 2011) ***

Damsels In Distress (Dir: Whit Stillman, 2011) ****

Predator (Dir: John McTiernan, 1987) ***

The Bourne Legacy (Dir: Tony Gilroy, 2012) ***

Brave (Dir: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, 2012) ****

Taken (Dir: Pierre Morel, 2008) ***

Review: Ted (2012)

DIRECTOR: Seth MacFarlane.

CAST: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane (voice), Mila Kunis, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Aedin Mincks, Jessica Barth, Patrick Warburton, Bretton Manley, Patrick Stewart.

SYNOPSIS: After a childhood wish turns Christmas present Ted into a real life teddy bear, John (Wahlberg) realises it may be time to finally grow up after girlfriend Lori (Kunis) begins to feel that a pot-smoking stuffed toy may not be the best companion.

With the Griffin family rightfully earning their television cult status and the Smiths not too far behind, Family Guy and American Dad creator Seth MacFarlane had a lot to live up to when it came to his first motion picture. But unfortunately his first live-action film gives the sense that he may have already shown his cards – even if Patrick Stewart’s opening and closing narration tells us it is all one big overblown fairy tale. Continue reading