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2011 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award Nominations

Next, it’s St. Louis’ turn to have their moment in the limelight. Notice the additions of My Week With Marilyn as a Best Film contender, David Fincher for Best Director and love for Rooney Mara and Saoirse Ronan. The Best Supporting Actor nominees are the most varied we’ve seen so far and I’m loving the Troll Hunter inclusion. Check out the full list of nominees below: Continue reading

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2011 Indiana Film Journalists Association Award Winners

Yep. Sorry, more Awards to discuss. This time it’s the IFJA and they’ve decided to mix things up a little by drawing attention to Ralph Fiennes in the Best Actor category. I’m also liking the inclusion of Viola Davis as Best Supporting here, as I never fully understood why she’s being pushed towards the Best Actress category. Check out the winners below: Continue reading

2011 Houston Film Critics Society Award Nominations

Ok. This is the end of a very long day in regards to Awards and nominations. But Houston is a very interesting place to finish as it’s thrown a couple of real curveballs. And they lie mainly in the Best Supporting Actor category. Say hello to Andy Serkis, Alex Shaffer and Armie Hammer. Melissa McCarthy still seems to be popping up left right and centre. Don’t know quite how I feel about that. Check out the full nominees below: Continue reading

2011 Detroit Film Critics Society Award Nominations

Best Director nods for both Drive and Take Shelter? This is my kind of Society!! It’s all pretty straight forward, but Detroit obviously love Gosling as they’ve given him recognition in the Best Supporting category for Crazy, Stupid, Love, bizarrely. It’s also interesting how it’s Felicity Jones and not Elizabeth Olsen who is included in both Best Breakthrough and Best Actress, but I’m expecting the love for Olsen to grow come January. As always, check below for the full list of nominations:

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2012 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominees

The nominations for the 2012 Spirit Awards have been announced. The ceremony will take place on the 25th February.

Here are the nominees in full: Continue reading

Review: Win Win (2011)

DIRECTOR: Thomas McCarthy.

CAST: Paul Giamatti, Alex Shaffer, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young, Melanie Lynskey, Nina Arianda, David Thompson, Clare Foley.

SYNOPSIS: Mike Flaherty (Giamatti) supports his young, New Jersey family and wife Jackie (Ryan) by working as a lawyer and school wrestling coach. With his law firm seeing little commission and a tempting financial offer on the horizon, Mike finds himself at the heart of dementia-stricken client Leo Poplar’s (Young) domestic affairs, with troubled teenage grandson Kyle (Shaffer) having just arrived on Leo’s doorstep. Mike takes Kyle under his wing, strengthening his self-image once again through wrestling, until his drug-addicted mother (Lynskey) arrives on the scene, disturbing the peace.

Giamatti’s Mike may be described as a “pillar of the community”, but don’t let this dupe you into thinking he plays the simple, downtrodden everyman here. Continue reading

What I’m Watching – June

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

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Dir: Michael Bay, 2011) **

Green Lantern (Dir: Martin Campbell, 2011) **

The Hangover Part II (Dir: Todd Phillips, 2011) ***

Chapter 27 (Dir: J.P. Schaefer, 2007) ****

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Dir: Andrew Dominik, 2007) *****

The Fountain (Dir: Darren Aronofsky, 2006) *****

Get Him to the Greek (Dir: Nicholas Stoller, 2010) ***

X-Men: First Class (Dir: Matthew Vaughn, 2011) ***

Le Village des Ombres (Dir: Fouad Benhammou, 2010) *

The Way (Dir: Emilio Estevez, 2010) ****

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Dir: Gavin Hood, 2009) ***

The Incredible Hulk (Dir: Louis Leterrier, 2008) ****

Hulk (Dir: Ang Lee, 2003) **

Win Win (Dir: Thomas McCarthy, 2011) ***

How to Train Your Dragon (Dir: Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, 2010) ****