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by Matt Mazur

21 Dec 2012


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.

by Joe Vallese

21 Dec 2012


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.

by Jose Solis

21 Dec 2012


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

by Jose Solis

20 Dec 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, 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…

by Ben Travers

20 Dec 2012


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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