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Review: Lincoln (2012)

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DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg.

CAST: Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, David Strathairn, James Spader, John Hawkes, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lee Pace, David Costabile, Gulliver McGrath, Hal Holbrook, Joseph Cross, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jared Harris, Tim Blake Nelson, Gloria Reuben.

SYNOPSIS: With the American Civil War reaching its inevitable conclusion, President Abraham Lincoln (Day-Lewis) races against time to abolish slavery before the Southern States attempt to quash his efforts. Though an early peace would save lives, Lincoln must decide whether to free the country’s slaves or end the war.

Based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, Team Of Rivals, Steven Spielberg’s commitment to lovingly recreating an authentic ambience makes Lincoln translate as a thoroughly engrossing historical experience. Continue reading

I Should Probably Post These Oscar Nominations, Then

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Seeing as everyone was a little Oscar’d out yesterday, I thought I’d wait until today to put these up. I’m not going to say too much, as I think I exhausted my point over on Twitter (@iamnotwaynegale) and said everything I wanted to when predicting my nominations here.

‘Snubs’ aside, all I’ll say is that I’m absolutely thrilled for Benh Zeitlin and little Quvenzhané and really pleased Eiko Ishioka gets a fitting tribute.

Check out the full list of nominees for the 85th Academy Awards below: Continue reading

North Texas Film Critics Association Award Winners

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North Texas love a little bit of Abraham Lincoln. Not Timur Bekmambetov’s version, though. They bloody hate vampires.

Lawrence, Jones and Hathaway continue their streak and the wonderful Untouchable takes another award for Best Foreign Film.

There’s not a great deal to look at, but check out North Texas’ winners below: Continue reading

What I’m Watching – January 2013

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry. Embargoed films get their respective star ratings when allowed!!

Hidden (Caché) (Dir: Michael Haneke, 2005) ****

Funny Games (Dir: Michael Haneke, 1997) *****

Love Is All You Need (Den Skaldede Frisør)

Welcome To The Punch

Broken City

Wreck-It Ralph (Dir: Rich Moore, 2012) ****

Bernie

Zero Dark Thirty (Dir: Kathryn Bigelow, 2012) ****

Maniac

Song For Marion (Dir: Paul Andrew Williams, 2012) ***

I Give It A Year (Dir: Dan Mazer, 2013) **

Django Unchained (Dir: Quentin Tarantino, 2012) ****

The Sessions (Dir: Ben Lewin, 2012) ****

Flight (Dir: Robert Zemeckis, 2012) ****

Hitchcock (Dir: Sacha Gervasi, 2012) ***

Lincoln (Dir: Steven Spielberg, 2012) *****

Tiny Furniture (Dir: Lena Dunham, 2010) ****

Jack Reacher (Dir: Christopher McQuarrie, 2012) ****

Quartet (Dir: Dustin Hoffman, 2012) ***

The Impossible (Dir: J.A. Bayona, 2012) ****

Rise Of The Guardians (Dir: Peter Ramsey, 2012) ***

2012 Houston Film Critics Society Nominations

Houston, you’re so boring. Apart from including Cloud Atlas, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and the wonderful Matthew McConaughey, I guess. But maybe I’m just bitter because you nominated Anna Karenina for Worst Film of 2012.

Check out the full list of nominees below: Continue reading

2012 Satellite Award Nominations

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Well this is a bit more fun.

Yes, all the familiar faces are here, but the Satellite nominations are peppered with some rather more exciting choices in the form of Emilie Dequenne, Samantha Barks and Eddie Redmayne. Whether this is set to be one of a small selection of nominations for the actors is yet to be seen, as is whether The International Press Academy will favour their more obscure choices over the current frontrunners. Either way, it makes an interesting read and it’s exciting to see Les Mis leading the way when there’s only just over a month to wait for us UK folk, now.

The winners will be announced on December 16th, so check out the full list of nominations below, minus all the TV stuff: Continue reading

DVD Review: The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn – HeyUGuys

Tintin was released on DVD on Monday, so to check out my review for HeyUGuys click here.

2012 Jameson Empire Film Awards – Nominations

Well, the people have spoken (the readers of Empire, that is) and chosen who they think worthy of making the shortlist for the 2012 Jameson Empire Awards. I have to be honest and say I’m more than a little surprised at the inclusion of Sam Claflin (after he was so fabulous in Any Human Heart) and Bonnie Wright (is she technically a newcomer after eight Potter movies?!), as well as Troll Hunter being considered a horror, but the lines have to blur somewhere I guess.

What the Empire Awards have the ability to do is nominate a massive mixture of films, allowing far more mainstream flicks the opportunity to walk away with the prizes. This is also clearly evident when noticing how The Artist and The Descendants are nowhere to be seen (because they were ineligible due to UK release dates, to be fair!), but Harry Potter, Attack The Block and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes are the clear frontrunners.

The full list of nominees are below and all you need to do is click here to vote: Continue reading

Forget The Artist Winning Best Picture Last Sunday – Here’s My Top Ten Films Of 2011

I am well aware that everybody else posted their ‘Best Of 2011’ lists at, well, the end of 2011 or back in January, but I wanted to be a little different. Mainly because I still had a fair few films to catch up on and because I wanted to compare my list to what the Academy deemed ‘fit’ and what eventually won.

So, finally, I present to you my Top Ten Films Of 2011. And when I say ‘Top Ten’, I mean what I enjoyed most as opposed to what I think I should say to be congratulated on. No, this is my Top Ten and simply that. And I’m pretty sure a lot of you won’t see my #1 coming – unless you follow me on Twitter (@iamnotwaynegale) in which case you’ve probably known for a while!

So, as usual, please leave comments if you want to argue this thing out – you’ll definitely realise I’m a sucker for big performances as opposed to big films – and check out my Top Ten below, starting with the films that didn’t quite make the cut: Continue reading

2012 Saturn Awards – Nominees

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced the nominees for this year’s Saturn Awards. Coming on the tail-end of the Oscars, they almost hold two fingers up to the Academy, nominating the sort of film that wouldn’t usually get a whiff of recognition, all leading to a rather interesting set of nominees. If the presence of Limitless, Thor and The Lincoln Lawyer doesn’t get you interested then there’s something wrong with you and check out that Best Supporting Actor category! However, I must warn you that Hugo has a vast dollop of nominations, but it’s alright when there’s so much love for Tintin and a nom for Attack The Block. Check out the full set of nominees below: Continue reading