Five for the Fifth: First Edition of 2013!


Hello folks, welcome to the first 2013 edition of Five for the Fifth!!

As is customary for this monthly feature, I get to post five random news item/observation/poster, etc. and then turn it over to you to share your take on that given topic. You can see the previous five-for-the-fifth posts here.

1. Well, since it’s only five days into the new year, some people are perhaps just starting their New Year’s Resolutions or perhaps already forgotten all about it, ahah. I actually haven’t really thought about it, though in terms of blogging and movies, I do want to watch more classic movies this year, which I did right away with The Shop Around the Cornerย on January 1st. It was pretty sweet, I love James Stewart, I need to do a JS marathon ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, I’m curious if you’ve got any New Year’s resolution. Name one (or more if you choose) movie/blogging resolution for the year.

Oscar20132. Can you believe it that only 5 days away until The Academy Awards nominations! On Thursday, January 10, the nominations will be announced at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. I’ll have a reaction post after that but for now, but I feel like I’m not ready to do my 2013 predictions, though last year I was pretty good in my predictions.

Anyway, last year there was only 9 nominees, so who knows how many it’ll be this year. Well, just for the fun of it, I’ll take a stab at my predictions for the 10 Best Picture nominees:

  1. Argo
  2. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  3. Django Unchained
  4. Les Miserables
  5. Life of Pi
  6. Lincoln
  7. Moonrise Kingdom
  8. Silver Linings Playbook
  9. The Master
  10. Zero Dark Thirty

Sounds like it’s a really competitive race this year, I’m really curious which one would sweep the Oscars this year with at least five nominations or more.

So what’s YOUR Best Picture predictions, folks? Any hunch which one would take home the most Oscars?


3. Well, you’ve probably read my goodbye letter to Gerry Butler this past week after seeing the train wreck that is Playing For Keeps. It’s too bad really, but until I see him in much better materials, I can’t simply call myself a GB fan anymore.

ChanningTatumIt’s been quite an interesting year as I actually start to like an actor I previously don’t care for. Now, I’m not exactly a fan of his yet, but at least I’m not going to brush him off so quickly as I did before. I’m referring to Channing Tatum. I first saw him in Haywire and I thought he was just ok, but his performance in Magic Mike was actually pretty good and he was hilarious in 21 Jump Street. So in fairness, I guess I’m starting to see what all the fuss is about him. But no, I’m not about to rent G.I. Joe or [gasp] Dear John.

Btw, the irony is not lost on me that GB and Channing will go mano-a-mano later this year (well not literally) with their White House action flicks. As Terrence has predicted, chances are both are going to be disappointing, ahah.

Anyway, which actor disappointed you this year and/or on the flip side, did you have a change of heart about someone you previously dislike?

4. Switching gears a bit to casting news. For quite a while now, I’ve been reading endless casting reports for yet another Marvel superhero ‘team’ movies in the works, a comic book I’m not familiar about called Guardians of the Galaxy. Just who the heck is that all about?

Even the 31st Century needs heroes, and the call has been answered by the Guardians of the Galaxy, a team of superhuman and extraterrestrial adventurers dedicated to the safeguarding of the Milky Way Galaxy from any force that threatens the security or liberty of its various people. (per

Apparently James Gunn is going to direct, yet another name I’m not familiar about. But some of the actors who’ve reportedly been tested for the various roles did pique my interest. Here are just some of the names that have been linked to the project:

  • Joel Edgerton
  • Jack Huston
  • Jim Sturgess
  • Lee Pace
  • Eddie Redmayne
  • Zachary Levi
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor in Smallville)

Now, I’m not exactly interested in this movie yet, but if Lee Pace ends up being cast, now that’s a different story ๐Ÿ˜€


What do you think of this project? Any particular actor you’d like to see getting cast here?

5. Lastly, since I haven’t posted a Music Break in a while, I’ve got include a movie music in here somewhere. I don’t know if I’ll be posting my list of favorite soundtracks of 2012, but if I did, The Hobbit would surely make the list. I mean, some soundtracks you listen to later on and appreciate. But this music was an absolutely integral reason why I enjoyed the journey so much. Howard Shore did such an amazing job creating a new theme for The Hobbit, whilst incorporating some parts of The Lord of the Rings theme I’ve come to know and love. From the time Thorin (Richard Armitage) led his band of dwarves sang The Misty Mountainsย in what sounds like a solemn hymn, that beautiful theme continue to mesmerize and move me throughout the film.

The theme itself wasn’t written by Shore however, but by David Donaldson, David Long, Steve Roche and Janet Roddick, who apparently have worked together as composers/songwriters Wellington New Zealand (Thanks MovieMusicUK). Take a listen below:

So my last question to you is, what’s the most memorable movie music you’ve listened to this year? ๐Ÿ˜€

Thatโ€™s it for the first 2013 edition of Five for the Fifth, folks. Now, please pick a question out of the five above or better yet, do โ€˜em all! ๐Ÿ˜€

69 thoughts on “Five for the Fifth: First Edition of 2013!

  1. Vony

    Defenetly Argo.. Though I am not a big fan of Affleck, this I have to say he did a decent job..
    Channing Tatum is a different story. I won’t watched Step Up, and Dear John. GI Joe, great for the action, just ignore the acting :)). But if you are an independent movie, watched “Guide to Recognizing Your Saints”, it is actually a good movie with a great casts.
    Soundtract, The Hobbit still my favorite.. The second one is the Dark Knight Rises’ soundtract. The other one still my favorite will be Bourne soundtract from Moby, “Extreme Ways”

    1. Hi Von, are you back from Indo now? Yeah, Affleck is a good director, hope he nabs a nomination this year.

      I might check out ‘Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,’ I didn’t know Channing is in that one.

      Yeah, TDKR soundtrack was great, I was actually just listening to it. But The Hobbit still takes the cake as I was really moved by it whilst I was watching it.

  2. 1. I am actually logging every movie I watch this year to see just how many I do watch via netflix, dvd, tv, theater, etc. Am curious to see how it goes. I also hope to complete my Scarlett Johansson movie collection. ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Best Picture predictions? hmm: Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, Amour, Lincoln, The Master, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, The Avengers and a wildcard of Cloud Atlas.

    3. Thanks for the kind shoutout! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Not that I disliked Shia, but he did impress me in Lawless. Liam Neeson started to disappoint me though. He better straighten up after The Grey and Taken 2.

    4. I think Guardians is an interesting project for Marvel. Not too enthused about it yet. Wish they would’ve gone with more popular heroes, but oh well. Not knowing the characters makes me not too interested in who gets cast yet. Time will tell.

    5. I think I’ve heard Adele’s title track for Skyfall the most! ha. and Misty Mountains is a track I’ve sung over and over again. I was the only one singing it during numerous showings of The Hobbit trailer in theaters (weird that no one else joined in. haha). I also enjoyed the track for Cloud Atlas very much. That, and Les Mis of course!

    Fun questions Ruth! Happy for the first Five for the Fifth post!

    1. I like ur answer for #1 T. Hope Scarlett Johansson will never disappoint you ๐Ÿ˜ I dont know what i’ll do with my GB collection ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Oooh I love Adele’s Slyfall theme too but I just adore Richard’s deep voice! Thanks T!

  3. Anne Hathaway really got my attention in 2012. After seeing her as Selina Kyle (Catwoman) in “The Dark Knight Rises” and as Fantine in Les Miserables, I’m becoming a true fan.

  4. Resolution? Finish the complete 1001 Movies list. The full list is 1103 films across nine editions. I’m at 227 reviews to go.

    James Gunn is probably best known for writing the remake of Dawn of the Dead. He’s an alum of Troma, so don’t get your hopes up too high.

    No love for the Cloud Atlas soundtrack?

    1. Wow best of luck on ur resolutions man! That sounds like quite a task. Yeah i’m not too optimistic about ‘Galaxy’ apart from the casting thing. Y’know i actually cant remember Cloud Atlas’ score, i’ll take a listen again.

  5. ah..the most anticipated FFtF ๐Ÿ™‚

    my resolution for blogging is really not much…just more and more my movies and series rather than following what people are watching at the moment….I have become less caring of what movies are on the cinema.

    I am going to pass on the Oscar as I have stopped watching it ages ago.

    For soundtrack…definitely the mighty boosh soundtrack…Julian Barratt is an excellent musician and along with his partner, Noel, they make incredibly funny lyric. here’s a quote of my fav crimp/song : soup, soup, a tasty soup soup…a spicy carrot and corriander…chilli chowder. Crouton crouton, crounchy friends in a liquid broth.

    1. I understand Nov, it’s tough anyway with how tough it is to get some movies in Indo. I dont follow Oscars religiously but its still fun just to discuss ’em ๐Ÿ˜€ Ahah Mighty Boosh, of course, what else? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. 1. My resolution that is related to the movies is to watch at least 3 films a week. So far so good as I already saw 5 this week ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Since I really disliked Zero dark thirty it will probably win Best Picture – I really loved last two BP winners so if I did love 3 in the row it would be just too much happiness and that would be an odd occurrence in my life ๐Ÿ™‚

    3. Damn, Channing Tatum…I think he is ok, but when it comes to his looks I really don’t get the fuss around him. Disappointments…Depp. He is so freaking lazy it’s unbelievable, doing same things over and over again – it’s hearbreakng how he is wasting his talent. Surprises? Anne Hathaway. I wasn’t sure she would pull off Catwoman, damn was I wrong on that one ๐Ÿ˜›

    4. I’m completely not interested in seeing that film and it looks quite terrible, but I know Lee Pace wants this part so I’m rooting for him. It’s like with these amours about him being gay/bi – I don’t care I just want him to be happy ๐Ÿ˜›

    5. Oh my favorite is “Why do we fall?” from the Dark Knight Rises. Such a terrific score.

    1. Hey 3 movies a week sounds good, thats about the amount of movies i could fit in per wk.

      Oh i dont find Tatum all that attractive either, but i literally loathed him before n he actually isnt that bad, ahah. I hear ya about Depp, so i take it u’re not anticipating Lone Ranger?

      Yeah i hope Lee gets it if that means that’ll win him more roles in the future!

  7. Ruth, I think you’re close with the Best Picture nominations. Although it would be cool to see it, I think Beasts of the Southern Wild is a long shot. I’d love to see Moonrise Kingdom get the nod too, but I wonder if Anderson will get the Oscar voters’ attention. Even so, if there really are 10 nominations (it could be anywhere from 5-10), they do have a good shot. The big question is how many nominations there will be, and if there are any weird “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” type head scratchers that make it instead of worthier picks.

    1. 2. Nice Oscar picks. I think you could see The Sessions and Amour in there.but the list is really solid. Personally I think Lincoln will clean up. Daniel Day Lewis is a lock. One of the greatest performances you’ll ever see. Spielberg’s best work in years.

      3. I guess Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook had his stock go way up for me. Never thought much of him as an actor before that. In fact it’s safe to say to say I actively disliked his smug little face. LoL.

      On the downside Taylor Kitsch’s small screen success on Friday Night Lights, which I loved, as the brooding Tim Riggins just didn’t transfer to the big screen at all. This quote from the NY Times summed it up best: “The real problem is that while he looks like a bruiser, his true strengths, as โ€œFriday Night Lightsโ€ taught us, lay in his heart and his empathy. Heโ€™s not an action hero. Heโ€™s a romantic lead trapped in an action heroโ€™s body.” Maybe a case of miscasting more than bad acting or a lack of charisma.

      I’m surprised by people being surprised by Anne Hathaway. She was great in Brokeback Mountain, The Devil Wears Prada and Rachel Getting Married. Even the Oscar’s she hosted where she was clearly the only one trying that night (cough***Franco) her talent showed through.

      4. Sadly James Gunn is probably more famous for marrying and divorcing Jenna Fischer from The Office. i thought Slither with Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks and Michael Rooker was a great throwback to the 50’s monster movies. I wouldn’t count him out as a director as he’s already done in a few low budget superhero movies.with The Super and The Specials.

      5. My favorite score last year was actually from a video game on the PS3 called Journey from composer Austin Wintory. How good was it? It was the first video game score ever to be nominated for a Grammy. Honestly it was more moving and memorable than any movie score I heard all year. Roger Ebert famously said that video games will NEVER be art. If this game doesn’t disprove that statement then I don’t know what does. With the likes of Academy Award quality composers like Hans Zimmer, Trent Reznor, Michael Giacchino and voice talent of Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Sheen, Ellen Page, Brian Cox, Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson, Dennis Hopper, etc. video games have reached the quality of feature films. It’s no surprise that video game franchises like Call of Duty, Halo, Grand Theft Auto and Madden Football are having bigger opening weekends by a mile than the collective of all of the movies released that same week.

      Ok if I had to pick a movie score in what I thought was an off years for scores … I guess it’d be Cliff Martinez’s score for Arbitrage.

      Sounds even better in headphones:

      1. Hi there Dave! Always nice to see a long answer from you. How’ve you been?

        Ahah, I laughed reading your comment about Bradley Cooper! “In fact itโ€™s safe to say to say I actively disliked his smug little face.” WOW, I feel the exact same way!! His role in ‘Silver Linings’ was tolerable I’d say but still can’t call myself a fan, same with Gosling.

        For some reason, even with all the accolades for Lincoln I’m not too enthused to see it. No vampires slaying in that one, ahah.

        Oh I’m not surprised that you like the score for video games. I mean I thought the Batman Arkham Asylum score was spectacular!

      1. It’s hard to say for sure. The most likely is Zero Dark Thirty for Best Picture, though I think Daniel Day-Lewis will win for Best Actor for Lincoln. It may be a case where it splits. Not sure Bigelow could get Best Director again so soon. Might be time for Spielberg for that award. It’s pretty much up in the air between the top group. I’m glad the nominations are so soon!

  8. I do believe I recently stated that Lee Pace needed a superhero vehicle, so you know what camp I’m in. I’m seriously considering dumping GB for Mr. Pace, not to jump on your bandwagon, or anything. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I think my NY resolution as far as movies are concerned is to see more recent stuff. Now that we’re around friends and family the baby-sitting issue will theoretically be easier to deal with. Since I feel really out of touch, it’s hard to make Oscar predictions, but I think that Zero Dark Thirty will walk away with the big prize.

    1. I still wish Lee would be cast as The Flash to be honest, such a perfect superhero role for him IMO. Ahah i think Lee is cuter than GB these days so go for it!!๐Ÿ˜

      Yeah it might be either ZDT or Argo that ends up with the most nods. I’llbe seeing ZDT latter this wk.

      Btw when are we gonna do a meet up Sam?๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Ted S.

    1. I’ve never made resolutions for New Year, I’ve made resolutions in the past and I keep to them. I’ve just never done them in the first of the year. Back in May of last year I wanted to lose 15lbs. by July and I did.

    2. As you know I don’t care for awards so I don’t have any opinion on this question, besides I haven’t seen any of the prestigious flicks yet.

    3. I don’t really have an actor/actress that I changed my thoughts on, most of the actors whom I don’t like tends to star in movies I don’t care to see. But I think Ryan Gosling might be the actor that I’ll see more of his upcoming flicks since he starred in Drive which I enjoyed quite a bit, then Gangster Squad then later this year he’s in another brutal action film, Only God Forgives.

    4. Don’t know nor do I care about Guardians of the Galaxy.

    5. The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall were the two soundtracks I really enjoy in films this year but that theme from The Hobbit was great too. I still haven’t seen the movie yet, I don’t know why I’m so hesitant to see it. I hope to see it later this week.

    1. That’s cool about your weight loss, Ted, congrats! I wish I could lose even 5 pounds but my recent eating ‘binge’ during my trip certainly doesn’t help ahah.

      He..he.. yeah I know how you feel about award season.

      I’m still meh about Gosling, not sure if that’ll change. None of his upcoming films interest me either.

      I was hoping you’d have an opinion about The Hobbit by now Ted ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Ted S.

        Yeah I want to see The Hobbit but I’m so hesitant to go to the theater and see it. I think because my trip to the theater the last couple of times, people really annoyed me. Including the private screenings of Django and Jack Reacher, the people whome I sat next to annoyed the heck out of me. Also, Peter Jackson didn’t change the film’s aspect ratio to fit the IMAX screen so I don’t want to see it on IMAX.

        BTW, I think I’ve gained that 15lbs. back already since I haven’t to the gym the last few weeks.

  10. Yay! Five for the Fifth is back! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Haven’t really made any New Year’s resolutions but I do wish to see more movies this 2013. Towards the end of the year, my movie-watching took a big hit.

    2. I think the BP nominees (if there were 10) would be: Argo, Les Misรฉrables, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, The Master and Flight.

    About the winners, I think it’s anyone’s game. Probably between Silver Linings, Lincoln and ZDT. We’ll have to see who wins at the Critics Choice and Golden Globe and then we’ll have our frontrunner. I think Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway have Best Actor and Supporting Actress pretty much in the bag.

    3. I think my biggest disappointment from an actor in 2012 came from Marion Cotillard in The Dark Knight Rises. Her death scene was AWFUL. She redeemed herself with Rust and Bone, though. WOW.

    I also started to appreciate Tatum a lot more. I admired his dancing skills from Step Up and he gave quite a good performance in A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints but he blew me away with his comedc skills in 21JS.

    4. Sounds interesting; love the casting news. I’d love to see Gordon-Levitt, Edgerton, Sturgess or Pace in the role. Big fan of all of them.

    5. Loved the Arbitrage score and the soundtrack to Rust and Bone.

    1. Hi Fernando, always nice to see you here my friend, haven’t seen you in a while ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Hey at least you’ve got a good job that you seem to enjoy, I think you’ve got some blogging accomplishments as well.

      Flight eh? I haven’t heard that being an Oscar forerunner, but maybe for Denzel’s performance? Seems like Daniel is a shoo-in, but I haven’t seen Lincoln to have an opinion about him. I know Tatum is a good dancer but I really don’t care about that, I think his sympathetic performance was what made me change my mind about him. Look-wise he doesn’t do anything for me whatsoever, ahah.

      I was thinking of seeing Arbitrage last night but decided on Safety Not Guaranteed instead.

  11. 1.Not that i can think of. Not really a resolution making guy ๐Ÿ˜‰
    2. This is going purely off the Kings Speech win last year, but if the Academy goes for another crowd pleaser award-wise i think Silver Linings Playbook will win best picture.
    3.While i didn’t think of her as a bad actress, i didn’t really get the hype for Emily Blunt until seeing her in Looper
    4. Ambivalent. Will have to see a trailer before deciding whether to get excited for it or not.
    5. The Selina Kyle theme for Dark Knight Rises

    1. That’s a bold prediction, Julian, but I do think Silver Linings would at least get a nod. It was a good film surely.

      Glad to see you like Emily Blunt now, Julian. I’ve always been a fan of hers since The Devil Wears Prada.

      That’s a great theme indeed, great choice!

  12. 1. My main movie resolution is to watch more Best Picture Oscar nominees and foreign classics. Haven’t thought about blogging ones.

    2. Right now, my Best Picture predictions would be 9 films: Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, The Master, Silver Linings Playbook, Skyfall, and Zero Dark Thirty. I think Beasts and Moonrise could cancel each other out, but I’m not sure The Master or Skyfall will actually get in.

    I could see Les Mis and Lincoln tying for 4 awards.

    3. I’d say Alec Baldwin disappointed me the most, since he appeared in forgettable roles in Rock of Ages, To Rome with Love, and Hick.

    4. Ooh, I’d love for Michael Rosenbaum to be in the film. He was my favorite part of Smallville, so it would be nice to see him in a big superhero movie.

    5. Haha, this is a surprise, but I’d say the Cloud Atlas Sextet. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t get that tune out of my head.

    1. Hi Josh! I though you have been watching a lot of Best Picture noms already? You’re the expert on the Academy Awards stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

      I think Skyfall is a real wild card, it’d be interesting to see if a popular Bond movie could get a nod.

      Well I never care for Alec Baldwin so I guess I think he’s consistent, ahah.

      Yeah, Rosenbaum is a decent actor. His acting is far above Tom Welling’s though he sure is pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

      He..he.. I expect to see you answer with Cloud Atlas Josh, you didn’t disappoint ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. Greeting Ruth!! How the devil have you been,

    FRC is back! I have been on a little (ok long) holiday from blog writing. But I am out of my depression now and back to the grind!

    1 – No resolutions this year, I broke ALL mine last year LOL

    2 – I think you have hit the nail on the head with the NOMS, my fave films of last year were way too violent and niche to get on the list, which is a shame. I am backing ARGO all the way

    3 – I have no real disappointments actor wise last year. Boring huh?

    4 – News to me, sounds good.

    5 – I am still listening to the DRIVE sound track daily… I need to move on, so I do.

    Anyway hope you are well… POSTS on FRC will be back as normal from today

    1. Hi Scott!! I’ve missed you matey! Y’know I visit FRC every couple of days to see if you’re back ๐Ÿ˜€ That is quite a looooong holiday, I’m sure you had a blast.

      Which film is your fave that’s too violent?? Yeah, I’m backing ARGO too!

      No disappointments? You’re either very wise with your choices or just lacking convictions, ahahahah…

      Anyway, looking forward to more FRC posts! Happy New Year!

  14. Hey Ruth! Good to see this feature back for 2013!

    1. My main resolution is just to see more at the cinema. I tend to miss quite a lot when it’s at the cinema, especially if it only has a limited release, so I definitely want to try and see more stuff on the big screen.

    2. I think those Oscar noms are pretty nailed on to be honest. I think Lincoln and Les Mis will do well, although I hope there are a couple of outsider nominations in some of the categories.

    3. I was pretty impressed by Colin Farrell in Seven Psychopaths. I know he was great in In Bruges but he showed he really is much better in lower key comedic roles rather than action hero ones.

    4. I have very little interest in Guardians of the Galaxy right now but as I like superhero stuff, I’ll probably get swept up in it closer to the time as usual!

    5. Not technically a 2012 movie I don’t think, but I only got around to listening to the Drive soundtrack last year which is brilliant. I also really liked the Dark Knight Rises score and the Perks of Being a Wallflower soundtrack.

    1. Hi Terry! Sounds like a good resolution, hope you’ll follow through on that.

      I’m hoping there’d be some bold picks at the Oscar this year, whether in Best Picture or in the acting categories.

      I do think Colin should do more comedic roles, I agree. I haven’t see Seven Psychopaths and Horrible Bosses yet, he should be quite funny in that one too.

      Yeah, I like superhero movies too, though I have to be selective as there are sooo many these days.

      Drive seems to be the favorite amongst movie bloggers, I should take a listen.

  15. I have a feeling Lincoln is going to get a lot of love in the awards season. It all really depends on which picture starts winning more than the others in the initial award ceremonies to name a favorite. I do think Daniel Day Lewis has it in the bag for Best Actor.
    On that subject, I thought it was another very solid year for JG Levitt, especially in his starring role in Looper, one of my favorite films of the year. Same thing goes for Paul Dano who impressed me in Ruby Sparks and had a small but significant role in Looper too. Two young guns we should definitely be looking for in the years to come.
    As for disappointments, I thought it was a pretty bad year for Mr. Nice Guy Tom Hanks. Two flops, one of which of major proportions. Larry Crowne was a bore and Cloud Atlas was overly long and overwrought. I do have faith in his capacity to turn it around though. Maybe it’s time he starts taking some of those older/wiser characters and make a name for himself again as other actors have when they reach a certain age.
    How I feel about Guardians of the Galaxy will be evident as soon as I post my review of The Avengers in the coming days. Though most bloggers seemed to enjoy it, I only gave it an ok score because of its pure entertainment (and brainless) value.

    As for NY resolutions, the only one I have as it pertains to blogging is to stay active and participate more in other blogs.

    1. Wow, DDL seems to be the faves amongst bloggers, sounds like he’s a shoo-in for Best Actor.

      I do think JGL had a very good year and it’ll only get better. Yeah Dano was impressive in Ruby Sparks, I’d love to see him getting nominated, he was a really nice and down-to-earth fellow too, I was fortunate to meet him at the screening.

      Very true about Tom Hanks, but I think he’ll bounce back. He’s such a nice guy, even if he has flops I think people generally like the guy.

      Curious to see what you think about The Avengers. I do think it’s actually smarter than it could’ve been, but yeah, it was pure popcorn entertainment.

  16. Happy New Year Five for the Fifth!

    1. Good for you Ruth! Watching more classic films ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess my only resolution would be to be a bit more forward planning when it comes to outlining what I would like to talk about on my blog. I also have another domain that I have been sitting on for a while that I might want to get up and running. We’ll see ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. LIke your list I may swap out Moonrise for Skyfall

    3. Anne Hathaway still not a go to girl for me, but I am interested in seeing where her career is headed; at least mores than previouslyโ€จโ€ฆ

    4. I think I will give this one a passโ€ฆโ€จ

    5. To say that I have no lasting memory of movie music would not be accurate; I find it so integral to the mechanics it just is, if that makes sense – but if I had to pick one I would say Dark Knight Rises if for no other reason I have the soundtrack.

    1. Hi Iba! Yeah, I actually have done good on that resolution, the first film of 2013 I saw is a classic film w/ James Stewart ๐Ÿ˜€

      Oh I’d love to see Skyfall get the nod, but it seems quite unlikely.

      I’m still not a huge fan of Anne either, but she did deliver a couple of good performances this year.

      I actually haven’t bought any soundtrack lately, I listen mostly on YouTube ๐Ÿ™‚ TDKR does get a lot of play as well but Richard’s voice in The Hobbit is so mesmerizing!

  17. NOOOOOOO! You’ve jumped on the Channing Tatum express! I’m still not sold on him. He was mediocre in “The Eagle”, terrible in G.I. Joe, and even worse in this year’s “The Vow”. Say it so Ruth! ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. Ahah, don’t worry Keith. As I said, I’m not quite a fan of his yet, so no I’m not gonna go out of my way and see all his movies, especially the ones you mentioned! I just thought he was all right in some of the films, so I’d say he’s tolerable ๐Ÿ˜€

        1. Ahahaha, I promise I will avoid that one at all cost, same with The Vow and The Eagle. It’s funny he’s just been voted Sexiest Man Alive, but his looks and ripped torso does absolutely nothing to me! He’s definitely not in the ‘crush’ category Keith, I don’t think he’ll every be ๐Ÿ˜€

          1. That’s interesting. My wife is a bit mixed on his “hunky” status. She rates several fellas higher than Mr. Tatum. She seems to have this thing for Chris Hemsworth!

  18. Hi Ruth, sorry I’m late to the party…

    1: my blogging resolutions would be not to burn out again. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’d also like to include more new releases as and when they happen and catch up on some more foreign cinema. I neglected a lot of that last year and that isn’t normally like me.

    2: Obviously we’re a bit behind on releases here. No Django or Lincoln yet but I just saw Life of Pi the other night and I firmly believe it has a great shout to take home the award. Such a stunning film.

    3: Can’t really say that my opinion of people has changed very much but I’m becoming more and more impressed with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He deserves all the work he’s been getting.

    4: can really comment here. I don’t get too excited about comic stuff. It’s not that I don’t enjoy them but they just don’t get me worked up the way they do others.

    5: The soundtrack to Beasts Of The Southern Wild would be my shout. The music fit the film so well.

    1. No such thing, Mark, always nice to see you drop by!

      I do hope you won’t get burned out Mark, though I can see why. That’s why it’s nice to get a bit of a break during the holidays.

      Oh you’ve seen Life of Pi? I’ll be seeing that this weekend, I can’t wait!

      Amen on JGL, nice to see a ‘child actor’ who made it big and he’s still somewhat ‘normal’ y’know.

      Beasts Of The Southern Wild is another one I need to check out. Glad to hear the music seems to be as good as the film.

    2. Mark I saw JGL back to back in 2004’s Mysterious Skinby Gregg Araki and 2005’s Brick by Rian Johnson.Tremendous and unique performances both of them. I’ve been a fan ever since. I especially loved (500) Days of Summer. After that indie films couldn’t contain him anymore.

  19. 1) I don’t have any real resolutions this year, but I do plan on doing another edition of my 50 movies project. Putting the finishing touches on my list right now.

    2) I have a feeling the Best Picture winner is going to be one of two major films I haven’t seen yet — Lincoln or Zero Dark Thirty. Argo is a strong contender, too, though.

    3) Yeah, I’d say my views changed on both Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey for the better. The latter, especially, had an amazing year.

    4) Do we really need another superhero movie?

    5) Good question. I’m going to cheat a bit and say Django Unchained because it’s fresh on my mind. No one curates a better soundtrack than QT.

    1. Congrats on the success of your 50 Movies Project, Eric, well done on that one!

      Yeah, the noms are so early this year so I haven’t seen those two either!

      Hey, Tatum and McConaughey… so you must be very impressed w/ Magic Mike? I think Matthew managed to turn his rom-rom ways to a more serious roles, good for him. That’s what I wish for GB, we shall see.

      “No one curates a better soundtrack than QT” Hey, I smell a post coming. That’d be a good movie music topic ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. 1. As far movie resolutions, I hope to blog a bit more especially in terms of making lists that are close to my heart and reviving the Q&A we had going for a while ๐Ÿ˜€ I know I haven’t been as active lately, it’s just hard to do so when there is so much going on!
    2. I think Argo or Lincoln are the really safe picks for the Academy in terms of Best Picture. Zero Dark Thirty is likely up in the top 3 but the movie’s supposed take on torture will likely be too controversial for it to win the Oscar.
    3. Ahaha I find it hilarious that people are now really warming up to Channing Tatum, I never really disliked him so I was always open to what he could do. Told you 21 Jump Street was going to be worth it! ๐Ÿ˜€ I think I’m warming up to Bradley cooper although I couldn’t say I disliked him before.
    4. I don’t know, this sounds like Marvel’s version of Green Lantern. It seems like it’s going to be really CGI-heavy just because the some if not most of the protagonists aren’t human.
    5. I’m going to cheat and says some of the tunes from Les Miserables which I just watched a couple of days ago ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Hi ya Castor! Oooh I’m glad you’re hoping to blog more, I miss all the features on AM, especially that movie pitch. I know you’re probably gonna be too busy to do anything like that again huh? Hey but at least you’ve got a good job, I hope you’re enjoying that Cas.

      Yeah I think you’re right about ZDT, probably too controversial to sweep the Oscars.

      I’m just slightly warming up to Channing, not exactly a fan, ahah. Yeah 21 Jump Street was a hoot, I prefer him in comedies, not really into his action flicks or the super melodramatic ones. I like Bradley in “Silver Linings” but generally he’s kind of meh.

      Oh I’m sure Les Miz have a great soundtrack, good call there man!

  21. 1. I don’t have much but I’ve thought of doing a blogathon

    2. Best Picture for Oscar, my vote would be Life of Pi, Moonrise Kingdom and perhaps The Dark Knight Rises, I don’t know

    3. I’m a bit disappointed with Josh Radnor, I’ve been looking forward for his latest film, Liberal Arts but it has disappointed me. Actually, Channing Tatum quite surprised me in The Vow. I think if you want to know a bit about him, you have to check The Vow at some point ๐Ÿ˜‰

    4. I’d like to see Joel Edgerton. But now I think JGL is a bit overrated, don’t you think?

    5. My most memorable music (you know from my post) is Perks of Being A Wallflower

  22. Ok, now I found out how soft I am โ€“ I saw Les Mis this Christmas and while Russell Crowe’s singing made me giggle, Anne Hathaway’s I Dreamed a Dream made me tear up like never before โ€“ ever! I’m ashamed, yes. Even just listening to the tralier clip of the performance today makes me tear up! I never liked her all that much previously except for Devil Wears Prada but I think (I’m jumping on the bandwagon here) she is the outright best supporting actress oscar winner here.

    1. I appreciate your honesty Vince! That’s cool that you were moved so deeply by Anne, well she got an Oscar nom for it, though in the Supporting category?? What, I thought she was the co-lead w/ Jackman. That’s so odd!

    1. Ah I see, well that explains it then. I was going to protest that in my Oscar reaction post but I’ll take that out. Ahah, well I know Ted would never go near that one even if you paid him, ahahaha…

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