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Friday, Dec 21, 2012
There are some hidden gems hiding under a bunch of rocks out there. You just have to dig a little...

Best Picture


01. Cloud Atlas & Holy Motors


These films take unique looks at primality, transformation and the evolution of personal identity and are pure adrenaline filtered through the lens of fantasy. Deeply-flawed or seriously genius, you decide, but either way both richly spark the imagination.


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Friday, Dec 21, 2012
Fassbender manages to best his predecessors by becoming, ironically, the film’s moral center even as he commits amoral acts that spark a nightmarish sequence of events.

Though 2011 was undoubtedly the Good German’s breakout year, with no less than five noteworthy parts under his belt—well, six noteworthy parts under his belt if we count the Shame hullaballoo—it is his standout performance in this year’s Prometheus that is most deserving of awards buzz. Few things in Ridley Scott’s maybe-Alien-prequel were easily agreed upon by critics and audiences, save for its arresting visuals, its murky script, and Fassbender’s eerily incandescent portrayal of David, a remarkably humanlike, quietly mischievous android who accompanies the film’s scientists on their journey to discover the origins of mankind. Though we’ve seen this obligatory character in other installments of the bruised franchise, Fassbender manages to best his predecessors—no small feat, considering Ian Holm’s startling, cagy turn as Ash in the 1979 original—by becoming, ironically, the film’s moral center even as he commits amoral acts that spark a nightmarish sequence of events.


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Friday, Dec 21, 2012
Michael Haneke's Amour dominates Jose's year-end favorites list.

Favorite Movies:


1. Amour
2. Holy Motors
3. Zero Dark Thirty
4. Rust and Bone
5. Keep the Lights On
6. Tabu
7. The Gatekeepers
8. Django Unchained
9. Oslo, August 31
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower


Best Director:
Michael Haneke for Amour
Runner up: Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty


Best Actor
Denis Lavant in Holy Motors
Runner up: Matthias Schoenaerts in Rust and Bone


Best Actress
Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
Runner up: Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone


Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained
Runner up: Ezra Miller in The Perks of Being a Wallflower


Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams in The Master
Runner up: Kylie Minogue in Holy Motors


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Thursday, Dec 20, 2012
Just because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences music branch seems to hate the very concept of music, doesn’t mean one can’t hope/pray/wish that one day they will actually stop their BS and nominate songs that are actually good.

Just because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences music branch seems to hate the very concept of music, doesn’t mean one can’t hope/pray/wish that one day they will actually stop their BS and nominate songs that are actually good, or at least ones that have some effect both inside and outside of the movie. Really, when was the last time when a Best Original Song winner was even at least catchy? Anyway, this is my wish list for 2012 and yes, I am fully aware that most of these will be disqualified…


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Thursday, Dec 20, 2012
Channing Tatum fans of the world rejoice...

1) Looper
If originality, or better yet, the follow-through of an original conceit, is most important to you, than it would be hard to refute Rian Johnson’s time-traveling opus as the best film of 2012. So I didn’t.


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