Five for the Fifth: NOVEMBER 2013 Edition


Hello folks, welcome to the second to last Five for the Fifth of 2013!

As is customary for this monthly feature, I get to post five random news item, observation, trailer, actor/director spotlight, 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. As you know, I have a penchant for the Scots, but it’s not just limited to men. Today’s birthday girl is Tilda Swinton, who still looks youthful at 52. The chameleon thespian is perhaps the most talented Scottish actress working today, and she came from a prestigious Scottish family. In fact, her family is one of the oldest in Scotland. Katherine Matilda Swinton is the daughter of Major-General Sir John Swinton, whose ancestral home has been within the family since the 9th century.

TildaSwintonBdayHere are a couple more interesting trivia you might not know about miss Swinton:

  • Gave birth to twins, a daughter named Honor Byrne and a son named Xavier Byrne, in November 1997. The father of her children, John Byrne, is a Scottish artist and writer.
  • Since 2004, she has been in a relationship with Sandro Kopp, a painter from New Zealand.
  • Spent two years in South Africa and Kenya as a voluntary worker in children’s schools, before studying at Cambridge. Attended West Heath Girls’ School, with Princess Diana as one of her classmates, and later Fettes College.

I still need to see more of her work (esp. We Need to Talk About Kevin, but so far my favorites would be her Oscar-winning performance in Michael Clayton, though she was fantastic playing larger-than-life characters like the White Queen in the Narnia films and the androgynous angel Gabriel in Constantine.

I can’t wait to see Only Lovers Left Alive, which I’ve mentioned in this post a while back. I mean the cast alone is a reason to see this, and I love the pairing of Tilda and rock-star vampire Tom Hiddleston! We finally got a trailer, check it out:

What’s YOUR fave role of Tilda Swinton, and are you looking forward to this film?

2.  A couple of films about racial equality and slavery have been all abuzz this year, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, 12 Years A Slave. But this one comes from a female perspective.

BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

I don’t know if this one would open anywhere near me but I’d be sure to rent it. I haven’t seen English actress Gugu Mabatha-Raw in anything yet though I have heard of her, and the rest of the cast looks great, esp. Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson. Matthew Goode also has a brief role as Belle’s father.

What do you think of this one folks?

3. I know a lot of people are hugely anticipating the upcoming Star Wars movie. I’m not really one of them, I mean I’m just blase about the whole thing, but depending on the cast, my interest level might vary.


Well, now the rumor mill of Chiwetel Ejiofor‘s casting got started when a Times journalist Rhys Blakely met him on the lobby of Bad Robot production on his way to interview J.J. Abrams for his new book that’s got nothing to do with Star Wars. But of course, since casting has been underway for Episode VII, naturally Blakely couldn’t help inquiring about that to Abrams.

As quoted in SlashFilm, here’s what happened:

He looks at me, dead-eyed. “I can’t discuss casting,” he says. “But he’s a very talented gentleman.”

Not exactly a denial is it, and it’s not like Abrams has another HUGE film he’s working on and I doubt he’d cast the Oscar frontrunner for 12 Years A Slave for a TV project. I sure hope this wouldn’t be just a rumor. I know the casting rumor about Benedict Cumberbatch has been debunked but I still wouldn’t rule it out yet. Boy, how I’d LOVE to see the two of them together again in a movie!

What do you think about this casting rumor folks? Who’s on your wish list to be cast in this movie?

OscarSeason4. Timing is everything the say. It couldn’t be more true when it comes to a film’s release date in terms of its Oscar chance. I’m often baffled about how the whole ‘release date’ strategy work in Hollywood, though every cinephile knows the crucial role it plays for any film that wants to be considered for Best Picture. I guess that explains why the award-contenders often get released after Labor Day. Of course there are always exceptions in everything, but according to, more than 1 in 5 nominees is released in December and based on the past few years, winners tend to release around 240 days before the ceremony. Interesting stuff eh?

Well, you might’ve heard of the release date switcheroo for Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. It was supposed to open in November, but then there were reports that it’d get pushed back to next year, perhaps in line with Cannes Film Festival in May. Well, now it’s back in 2013 timetable, Christmas day to be exact, the same time as another Oscar contender American Hustle. Now, it’s George Clooney’s equally-star-studded film The Monuments’s Men that’s getting pushed to 2014. According to L.A. Times, the actor and director said that the special effects wouldn’t be completed in time for its December release. “If any of the effects looked cheesy, the whole movie would look cheesy,” he reasoned.

Well, I should think that Leonardo DiCaprio is probably smiling ear to ear now that The Wolf of Wall Street is back on Oscar race. Though from watching the trailer, I think that it increases more chances that Matthew McConaughey might get double nomination, as he’s got three solid performances in MUD, The Dallas Buyer’s Club and the one with Leo. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets one nomination each in the lead and supporting category.

So what are your thoughts about the two films above and the whole Oscar + film release date strategy?

5. Now for the last film I always like the get in the spirit of movie recommendations (or warning) amongst movie fans. Now that we’ve only got two months to go in 2013, most likely you’ve got an idea at least a few films that might end up in your Best or Worst list. I know for me some of my Movie of the Month inductees like Gravity, 12 Years A Slave might end up on my Best list and Die Hard 5 and Gangster Squad would surely be in my WORST. Fortunately I haven’t seen too many stinkers as I purposely avoid them, ahah.

Well, now my last question to you is: Name at least two films you think would be in either BEST or WORST list, or both.

That’s it for the NOVEMBER 2013 edition of Five for the Fifth, folks. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these subjects.

63 thoughts on “Five for the Fifth: NOVEMBER 2013 Edition

  1. 1. I have two! Her Karen Crowder from MICHAEL CLAYTON and her angel Gabriel in CONSTANTINE.

    2. Glad you let me know, Ruth. I very much want to see this.

    3. Chiwetel Ejiofor has yet to disappoint in any film I’ve seen him in. At the moment I want a great story over any cast decisions (I guess I’m a little gun-shy from the Star Wars prequels).

    4. No real opinion at this time.

    5. GRAVITY and RUSH (haven’t seen 12 Years a Slave, as yet) for best, A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD for worst I’ve actually watched (but HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS comes pretty close).

    1. Very cool! Those two are on my fave list too Michael, but I still need to see more of her work.

      Glad to be the one who introduced BELLE to you Michael. I sure hope it gets a decent release nationwide.

      I hear ya about being gun-shy about SW, I’m that way myself but the casting might sway me one way or the other, but of course you’re right the story is what matters most.

      I have my review up soon on RUSH, that might end up on my Best list as well. Ahah, we are in agreement about Die Hard 5 then 😀

  2. 1. We Need to Talk About Kevin and yes, I’m really looking forward to Only Lovers Left Alive because it’s Jim Jarmusch.

    2. I saw the trailer for this when I went to see 12 Years a Slave it looks alright though a little sappy though I’m not sure if I want to see Tom Felton as the nasty racist again.

    3. I could care less just as long as it doesn’t suck ass like the prequels.

    4. I really wish studios would stop pressuring filmmakers to get the film ready in time for the Xmas holidays all because of the Oscars. I just want the film to be finished when it’s ready to be out.

    5. That’s easy 12 Years a Slave as my best film of the year so far. As for worst… I haven’t seen a bad 2013 film though I would put Pain & Gain just because I fucking loathe Michael Bay.

    1. Hi Steven! I REALLY need to see ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ because of Tilda and also curious about Ezra’s performance.

      Oh that’s cool that they showed BELLE’s trailer in front of ’12 Years a Slave.’ Ahah yeah, Tom Felton being a bad guy is getting old, typecast much?

      Ahah, right on about that. Let’s hope Abrams can deliver on this one.

      I totally agree! I respect Clooney for wanting his film to be finished when it’s finished. I mean if a film IS good, it should be nominated regardless WHEN it’s released.

      I’m still curious about Pain & Gain, but yeah, not a fan of Michael Bay’s either generally.

  3. I think Tilda Swinton excels in those icy performances. I’m curious to see in Only Lovers Left Alive, I read in a review that her performance is the most likable character she has played in a while. Plus some reviewers say it’s a return to form for Jim Jarmusch.

    1. She does have that icy look, no wonder she was excellent as the White Queen 😀 That’s interesting to see she’s likable in Only Lovers Left Alive. Looks like Hiddleston is quite the bratty vampire on that one.

  4. Ted S.

    1. I haven’t seen many of her films either but Tilda Swinton was excellent in Michael Clayton. In fact she reminded me of a few marketing executives whom I worked with in the past, she really embodied the role of a female corporate executive perfectly.

    2. Never heard of Belle but it looks interesting.

    3. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s a great actor but I don’t really care about the new Star Wars sequel, until I see the trailer, I don’t pay attention to what’s going with that movie. After the awful prequels, this franchise is sort of dead to me.

    4. As you know I don’t care much for the Oscars but when a film gets move to another date, I always suspect that the executives doesn’t have much faith in it and of course they’ll come up with an excuse as to why it’s being moved. I suspect The Monuments’s Men didn’t lived up to their expectations after Clooney showed it to them and they decided to move it out of the crowded holidays date. They don’t have to spend a lot of cash promoting it in the spring or whenever it’s coming out.

    5. Pretty sure Gravity will get tons of Oscar nominations and to me it’s the best film I saw so far this year. As for the worst, GI Joe 2, Die Hard 5 and Now You See Me are on my top 3. Hours of my life I can’t get back by sitting through those awful movies.

    1. Hi Ted!

      Yeah, she was even more memorable than Clooney in Clayton, glad she won an Oscar for the role.

      As for SW, I’m sure a lot of people share your sentiment Ted. I’m kind of like the ‘person on the outside looking in’ about that franchise as I’ve never really been a huge fan. So I wasn’t terribly bothered by the prequels, but if the casting/story appeals to me, I’d likely watch Abrams’ version out of curiosity.

      I think The Monuments’s Men is gonna be out in February, which speaks volumes about the studio’s confidence about it, doesn’t it?

      Glad I avoided GI Joe 2, but the other 2 were such time-wasters indeed!

  5. Hey Ruth,

    1: big fan of Swinton too Ruth. A great actress with such a unique appearance. I’d probably say that Michael Clayton is my favourite too but it’s hard to choose really. She’s always great.

    2: hmmm. Not sure about Belle. I think I’ll wait for the reviews to start flooding in.

    3: Ejiofor in Star Wars? I reckon he’s better leaving that alone and continuing the great dramatic work he’s been doing for years.

    4: I’ve never really understood the whole release date thing. I can only assume that it’s fresher in the mind. Still, I think McConaughey deserves the utmost praise over recent years and would love to see him grab a nom (or two).

    5: With release dates and what not, it’s hard for me to make lists until well into the following year but I reckon The Hunt and The Place Beyond The Pines have a good chance to make my best. Even though I haven’t seen them, I pretty sure Gravity and 12 Years a slave will make it. I can’t wait to see those.

    1. Hello Mark! What is it with the Scots? Sooo many talented people from your neck of the woods 😉

      I like that Tilda’s not what you’d call a ‘classic’ beauty but I think she is beautiful in her own right. So many ppl in Hollywood are so cookie-cutter blond blue-eyed type so it’s nice to see an actress who’s got a unique look like her.

      As for Ejiofor, I tend to think that before but w/ the success of Nolan’s Batman films, I think a franchise film doesn’t necessarily mean a downgrade for actors anymore. I sure hope if he were indeed cast that Abrams would create a film that is worthy of his talent.

      Yeah, the whole release date thing is baffling! I think McConaughey’s chance of being double-nominated is pretty high, let’s hope that happens!

      Oh right, The Hunt! That’d likely be on my Best list too. Haven’t seen The Place Beyond The Pines yet but I will eventually.

  6. Tilda Swinton is a phenomenal actress. She frequently astonishes with the level of her performance. Best film? For me it is We Need To Talk About Kevin.

  7. Hey Ruth!

    1. Really enjoyed everything I’ve seen Swinton in, but I have to say my favourite is We Need to Talk About Kevin. Really like the look of Only Lovers Left Alive too. Love me some Hiddleston!

    2. Belle looks interesting but I think I’ll wait until I read more about it before I really start to look forward to it. Certainly a hot topic at the moment, I fear the film could get lost amongst the bigger films tackling the same issues.

    3. Star Wars will bring a big paycheck for anyone to be honest but it’s a risk. If he was offered it I wouldn’t blame him for taking it but it could harm his career if the film really tanks.

    4. The release date thing really annoys me. It annoys me that filmmakers (or probably the producers and studios to be honest) are so obsessed with awards that they risk harming the quality of the film just so they get it out in a specific window. Likewise it annoys me that the Academy often ignores amazing films that are released early on in the year and primarily seems to focus on what’s out during a specific time of the year.

    5. There’s some stuff that I didn’t see at the cinema or hasn’t been released over here yet that would have a good chance of making my list. I really want to check out The Act of Killing for instance. However, from what I’ve seen I think Rush has a good chance of making it. Similarly for The Hunt and Mud. As for the worst, I try to avoid films I know I won’t like. I know there are technically worse films out so far this year, but my least favourites have been After Earth and Ender’s Game.

    1. Hi Chris!

      Man, seems like ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ is unanimously loved. I definitely need to see it soon. “Love me some Hiddleston!” You’re speaking my language, he looks good as a rock star too!

      That’s what I fear about Belle, but hopefully since the trailer is shown in front of 12 Years a Slave, it might get some traction. I like that it came from a female point a view and more about the class system and racial inequality instead of slavery.

      I think if Ejiofor balance things out w/ roles in big/small films, the more exposure he gets by starring in a high profile franchise can’t hurt. I think people know he’s a serious actor by now, not like Hayden Christensen was when the prequels were released.

      I think it’s the studio honchos who are so obsessed with awards that they risk harming the quality of the film and yeah it’s annoying. I understand the ‘fresher in the mind’ thing that Mark has pointed out, but for me, if a film is REALLY good, like The Hunt that I saw a while back, I’d still remember them. Maybe those Oscar voters really have short term memory, ahah.

      Oh you should absolutely see The Act of Killing! I might make a separate category for Best Documentaries though, somehow I judge it differently than feature films. Just saw your review on MUD, that’s such a good film! No interest in seeing Ender’s Game, I’m a bit surprised that it was a box office hit!

  8. I haven’t heard of Belle, somehow. Now my interest is piqued, though. I’ll have to see if I can find it.

    Oh and worst. The Getaway is awful. So is The Big Wedding.

    The best. Wadjda and Mud are fantastic.

    1. I hope it’s released near you James!

      Ahah, The Getaway! Glad I avoided that like a plague.

      Which one is Wadjda? I’m not too familiar w/ that one.

      1. It’s about a young Saudi Arabian girl who wants a bicycle in a country that frowns on girls riding bikes. It’s the first movie ever filmed in Saudi Arabia, which makes it remarkable enough. But it’s all the more remarkable because it’s written and directed by a woman and delivers a powerful message concerning women’s rights.

        Here’s a link to my review, if you’re interested:

  9. Great stuff Ruth! I’m not the biggest Tilda fan even though I fully admit she’s a solid actor. I’m not sure why I don’t connect with her more.

    I really had some real reservations about 12 Years a Slave after ready some early reviews. But it seems like a lot of people really like it. I’m going to have to see you soon.

    REALLY bummed about The Monument Men. It is one of my most anticipated movies. It’s based on an amazing true story and the cast is phenomenal. The first trailer had a really weird tone but the second looked great. Now I have to wait until February!

    1. Hi Keith!

      Well, Tilda doesn’t quite have a ‘warm’ presence so perhaps that made it hard for some people to connect w/ her. I feel that like Christian Bale, perhaps she could use a comedic role once in a while.

      What were your reservations about ’12 Years a Slave?’ Is it the brutality? It is tough to watch at times, but it’s an excellent film all around.

      I have to admit the first trailer of The Monument Men didn’t wow me, but I’m still curious to see it. February seems to be a dead month for movies though, hmmm…

      1. I had read where “12 Years” was the anti-“Gone with the Wind”. Some said (and in a positive light) that it goes to great lengths to kill any perception of Southern goodness that films like “Gone with the Wind” may have portrayed. That struck me as a very odd approach. I’m very interested in seeing a film that really drives home the terrible practice of slavery. But some reviews seem to portray is as a very single-minded perception.

        Hey check out that second trailer of Monuments Men. Really looks good.

  10. Casting for Star Wars is of utmost importance!! Don’t want another Jake Lloyd, Hayden Christensen… and (Jar-Jar BInks)!!

    I make Worst Movies Of The Year lists any more mainly because I avoid most of them. Still, would be interesting to read such lists!

    1. Ahah, let’s hope no more Jar-Jar Binks or the likes!! What was George Lucas thinking??

      I wish I could avoid bad films altogether, but sometimes you just don’t know until you go see it.

  11. I first saw Tilda in Sally Potter’s quirky costume piece Orlando. Interesting to be sure. Besides the very disturbing We Need To Talk About Kevin and of course Michael Clayton the one movie you should see is the thriller The Deep End,

    Don’t really have any interest in Star Wars. Didn’t even see the last three.

    I don’t really have a worst movie as I avoid those like the plague. Best? Gravity, The Conjuring. There’s so many I haven’t seen yet. Fruitvale Station, The Spectacular Now, Blue Caprice, All Is Lost, Captain Phillips, 12 Years A Slave and Wadjda all come to mind.

    1. Thanks for the recommendations Dave! Will have to look into The Deep End.

      Oh you’re not a SW fan? I didn’t know that.

      You’re a smart man! Glad you agree on Gravity. Out of your list, I’ve seen Captain Phillips & 12 Years A Slave and both are excellent films worth a trip to the big screen!

  12. Alright! My favorite day of the month!

    1) Wow, is she really 52?!? Tough question… I guess my favorite role of hers is still We Need to Talk About Kevin, but she was also terrific in The War Zone, which I watched recently.

    2) This sounds like one worth keeping an eye on. Thanks for the heads up, Ruth.

    3) I’m pretty indifferent about any upcoming Star Wars films. I have never even seen any of the post-80s films.

    4) I’m looking forward to seeing both films. The sooner, the better!

    5) There are still a ton of films I need to see, but so far my top two from this year are Before Midnight and Gravity. My bottom two would be Mama and Admission.

    1. Hello Eric! It’s my fave day of the month too 😀

      She looks much younger than her age doesn’t she? Oh I haven’t even heard of The War Zone. Are you going to review it?

      Glad to be of service! I figure some people haven’t heard about BELLE.

      Wow, I’m surprised you haven’t seen the prequels!

      Well, looks like you have to wait ‘til the dead month of February for The Monuments Men.

      Glad I haven’t seen the two on your worst list Eric, and likely never will.

  13. 1. SWINTON. Love her. She’s great in everything I’ve seen, which isn’t a lot. I have to admit that I really enjoyed Constantine, and she was great in it. I am dyyyying to see Only Lovers Left Alive. It just looks so deliciously ridiculous.
    2. I wasn’t really that interested in it, but then I saw the trailer before 12 Years, and I thought it looked like it could be pretty good.
    3. I wish they’d just leave Star Wars alone, mostly. But I’ll still probably see the new ones.
    4. I think Monuments Men looks really interesting, plus I like the cast. it’s a wait for DVD, though. No real interest in the DiCaprio.
    5. I’ve barely seen anything in the theater this year. Skyfall was tremendous (last year’s movie, though), loved Iron Man 3 and was pretty blown away by 12 Years A Slave. Looking forward to Thor 2, and maybe Inside Llewyn Davis? Fingers crossed. 🙂

    1. Hello Sam!

      Ahah yeah, deliciously ridiculous w/ Hiddleston sounds heavenly to me.

      I didn’t see any trailer in front of ’12 Years’ as it was an early screening. Glad they attached Belle to it, I definitely will rent that one.

      I have the exact same sentiment as you Sam, but I think my curiosity will probably lead me into seeing it eventually.

      I haven’t been interested in DiCaprio for some time either. I mean, he’s not the main draw when I do see his films.

      Has ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ opened here yet? I’ve been interested in that one for a while now.

  14. 1. Definitely looking forward to Only Lovers Left Alive! My favorite role of Tilda’s is Julia, which is in my top 10 performances of all time. She is such a cool person too – she actually lives in a threesome with two guys 🙂

    2. The story sounds interesting, the cast looks nice – I’ll catch it on DVD 🙂

    3. Oh, I really don’t give a shit about Star Wars, just not my thing 🙂 Even less interest in this one than in Star Trek.

    4. I think McConaughey only has one scene in Wolf of Wall Street and Mud’s buzz is pretty much gone, so his only bet is Dallas Buyer’s Club. I’m not that interested in either of films, but both have Jean Dujardin so I’ll see them 🙂

    5. Worst – Mama, Only God Forgives; Best – Gravity, The Conjuring, Stoker 🙂

    1. Hi Sati!

      I remember you mentioned Julia before, I should look into that! Whoa, I had no idea she’s living w/ two guys! Too much of a good thing I’d say, ahah.

      Most likely it won’t get a wide release here either, so yeah a rental for me too. I never heard of Sam Reid but he’s pretty handsome 😉

      I wasn’t interested in Star Trek before Abrams’ version so we’ll see if he actually would make me LOVE SW too, we’ll see.

      What? Only one scene in Wolf of Wall Street? That’s a bummer! He looks so good from the trailer.

  15. 1. I’m not sure if the latest Tilda Swinton film is for me, but I might give it a go when it comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray. I’d definitely recommend you to get your hands on We Need to Talk About Kevin though. The highlight of her career for me along with Michael Clayton.
    2. Belle looks alright. Not sure if I will put it in my must-watch list as 12 Years a Slave is definitely up there before that.
    3. Like you, the casting for the new Star Wars film might be the deciding factor on whether I go see it in theaters or wait until it is released on DVD/Blu-Ray. If they are to follow the tradition of the franchise, they might end up casting some unknown actors to make up for the large expenditures on special effects and set design hehe
    4. I’m really looking forward to the Wolf of Wall Street. It has the makings of a classic and a front-runner for the Oscars. Not as excited about Monuments Men, even though I’m sure it’ll be pretty good considering the people involved in the project.
    As for the strategy to get Oscar nods, it really shouldn’t matter. Academy voters should do their homework and revise and watch as many films as they can before voting. If I were one of them I wouldn’t cast a vote without doing so first. Short memories shouldn’t be a factor.
    5. I’m pretty sure Gravity will end up in my top 5 for the year (so far it’s #1) and maybe Pacific Rim (currently #2). I tend to watch more films toward the end of the year given that the selection tends to be more appealing and I usually have more time on my hands. There’s so much this year that I have yet to see, so there’s a chance these two might not make the cut. As for the worst films, I have to give it to The Purge which I just saw and was simply awful. Same goes with Now You See Me, which was extremely disappointing.

    1. Hello Niels!

      I definitely will watch We Need to Talk About Kevin at some point. I know it’s disturbing but I’m very curious about it.

      As for SW, I think they’d have to have a combo of famous and unknown actors as there are so many people they have to cast. Yeah, that is a huge job just like The Hobbit trilogy, it’s incredible just to see how elaborate their sets are.

      I’m getting more excited about Wolf of Wall Street, though initially I was indifferent. I agree that Oscar voters should do their home work and look at films from the beginning of the year, I mean they should maybe keep a journal of some sort that they can look back to so earlier films don’t get overlooked like they are now.

      Hey, I just rewatched Pacific Rim for the 3rd time and it still was a lot of fun. I think I’m with you about including that in my top 10. Now You See Me was awful and boring, glad I avoided The Purge though.

  16. 1. I love Tilda, but I forgot she was Scottish! My favorite role of hers is the title character in Julia. I’m looking forward to Only Lovers, but I’m not convinced I’ll love it.

    2. Why isn’t Belle getting more attention? It looks good.

    3. I’d love for Ejiofor and Cumberbatch to be in the next SW film. 🙂

    4. Thrilled that Wolf is coming out in 2013, but I’m kind of disappointed that Monuments moved. Oh well.

    While the release strategy annoys me, it’s really the best way to release Oscar contenders. Most films released before the summer don’t get nominated, so it makes sense.

    5. Best: Gravity, Before Midnight
    Worst: Movie 43, Die Hard 5

    1. I always thought Tilda was British until maybe a year ago or so when I looked up her IMDb page. I still need to see Julia now that you and Sati has mentioned it.

      Yeah Belle seems to go by under the radar which is a bummer. I guess there’s no major star in it like in other racial-themed films, but there are some terrific supporting actors in there.

      YES!! I’m so w/ you on that one, in fact those two should be in even MORE films!

      As I said to Niels before, it’s ludicrous that films before Summer don’t get nominated, it just makes no sense.

      Glad lots of people listed Gravity in their Best list. Ahah, glad I avoided Movie 43, it just looks so horrible despite the stellar cast.

  17. Happy 5th Ruth!

    I tried to guess before coming over here what your questions would be about. I thought for sure you might have something about V for Vendetta or Hugo Weaving or Natalie Portman here. 😉 ha. Great questions nonetheless. It’s always fun trying to guess.

    ok. here we go.

    1. I like Tilda Swinton in “We Need to Talk About Kevin.” Such a tough film to watch though but she was very good. Although, I think I like “Moonrise Kingdom” more! This new one looks interesting to a degree but not quite my cup of tea.

    2. Belle caught my attention from the first time I saw the trailer. On first glance I wasn’t sure what type of movie it was and then I watched the trailer through and it kept me interested. I like the perspective and look forward to renting it.

    3. I have no qualms about him being in SW. I am actually hoping that Michael B. Jordan gets a part. They are supposed to film portions of it in my city actually and I am really hoping for the chance to be a stand-in for him. ha. Other than that, I hope they bring in some unknowns that really knock it out of the park instead of ballooning the budget to only pay for salaries of an all-star cast.

    4. I think that neither one of them represent anything Oscar-worthy in terms of performance. Perhaps for writing or directing when it comes to Wolf (Scorsese), but we shall see. Some worthy contenders still yet to come this year. I am disappointed about Clooney’s but I hope that means he is taking an extra effort to install quality.

    Best: Gravity and Captain Phillips are in my list for sure.
    Worst: Movie 43 and The Counselor are in that list!

    Fun questions. Thank you for keeping this great feature running, Ruth! 🙂

    1. Hello T! Ahah, somehow I thought I had included V for Vendetta on my previous Five for the Fifth before. Oh well, there’s always next year 😀

      1. Man, I feel like the only person who hasn’t seen “We Need to Talk About Kevin” I really should get on that. She’s quite a chameleon isn’t she? She looks so different in “Moonrise Kingdom” and in the upcoming “Snowpiercer.”

      2. Yeah, I like the female perspective and being an ‘outsider’ in her own home, much like Fanny Price in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.

      3. Michael B. Jordan is in Fruitvale Station right? I still haven’t seen that one yet. That’s cool if they’re gonna film ’em in your city, who knows you might get a chance to be an extra again!

      4. We shall see indeed, T. I for one am more intrigued by Wolf of Wall Street after seeing the trailer.

      5. I read your review of The Counselor. Boy am I glad I skipped the screening!

      Thanks for stopping by T, hope all is well!

  18. 1. I love Tilda! My favorite roles of hers are Michael Clayton, WNTTAK and Moonrise Kingdom. Very excited for Only Lovers Left Alive since I’m a huge, huge fan of Tom Hiddleston!

    2. Belle sounds very interesting. Definitely will look for it.

    3. Not very interesting in the casting for this film. I just don’t really care about Star Wars.

    4. Really looking forward to both movies, especially Wolf of Wall Street, which I’m glad they moved to December. I think it’s very wise and safe to open these movies with award potential in the period between November and January, when they’ll still be fresh in the voters’ minds.

    5. Best: Gravity, The Bling Ring. Worst: nothing really comes to mind!

    1. Hi Fernando!

      I’m a huge fan of Hiddleston too, so high five! That’s such an awesome pairing to see Tilda and Tom together as they’re both so massively talented.

      Ahah yeah I remember you didn’t care for SW, seems like there are a few people here who’re in your camp.

      Yeah, award season is just beginning! I just wish voters have a better memory when they consider films, I mean it’s really just 12 months, not like they have to remember films that played 2-3 years ago.

      I thought you were going to mention Before Sunrise as your best. I still need to see The Bling Ring!

      1. I just saw Thor 2 yesterday and I loved Hiddleston in it, of course. Can’t wait for the rumored solo Loki movie to become a reality! Very excited for the Swinton-Hiddleston pairing.

        You’re right. I think there should be a better system that helps people remember the movies that have come out during the year. Maybe every critic and voter should keep a log or something.

        I think you mean Before Midnight. I would include that one in a wider list but since I had to pick 2, I went with those. Hope you see Bling Ring soon!

  19. I always figured the “Best Picture hopefuls release late in the year” trend was maintained for a simple and stupid reason: the more recent something is, the more likely it is to be remembered. I genuinely think there’s an expectation that the Academy voters aren’t making a point of remembering great films from early in the year.

    1. Hi Morgan! Yep, it’s as if the academy voters have a super short memory! I think it’s silly that we have a concentration of *worthy* films only after labor day. I mean there are some truly good Spring/Summer films every year!

  20. Hi Ruth!

    1. I loved her as White Queen too, and Hiddles as a rock star (the vampire part is a bit iffy, though)? Hell yes, I’m up for that.

    2. Belle seems fascinating, though I mostly can’t wait to see 12 Years and The Butler.

    3. I’d honestly kill for having Cumberbatch in Episode VII – which, by the way, I am very excited for. 😉 Though I really can’t say who I’d put in that film, it’s just too much pressure. I feel kinda sorry for Abrams.

    4. Holding my breath for both of the films. And rooting for Leo at the Oscars.

    5. I kinda feel like I haven’t seen the best films of the year (I’m talking about Gravity *sniffs*), but I so far I adored Star Trek Into Darkness and Upstream Color most. I think. I’m probably forgetting something important, but ah, what the hell. 😀

    Love this feature! I’m not big on… well, news… so it’s great to hear some once in a while. 😀

    1. Hi Elina, welcome to Five for the Fifth! 😀

      Oh I think Hiddles would make a sexy rock star vampire. He’s got that lean, slender look plus he looks good w/ that big, messy hair 😉

      Oh you haven’t seen The Butler yet? Those three would make an interesting trio if you watch back to back I reckon.

      Cumberbatch seems like an inspired choice I think, but then again he’s such a great actor in any role, any movie.

      Well don’t hold your breath too long as The Monuments Men won’t be out ’til February, probably longer elsewhere. But yeah, at least there’s a shot for Leo to get nominated this year.

      I haven’t seen Upstream Color yet, I heard it’s really bizarre. Hope you see Gravity before Oscar time 😛

      Thanks for taking part, hope you’ll be back next month!

      1. Yeah, Gravity’s finally opening next week here in the wilderness. 😀 And oh, do see Upstream Color, even if it is very bizarre.

        And sure thing, Ruth, it was a lot of fun! 😉

  21. Hi, Ruth:

    Some great catches with just becoming established talent in Swintion and Ejiofor. He first caught my attention in the British independent, ‘Kinky Boots’. And has disappointed since.

    There’s all kinds of levels of darkness that Mr. Cumberbatch could easily plumb. He has the attitude, voice and face for half shadows, noir and eerie suspense. Could easily see him as a
    Kray brother-like gangster in 1960s London!

    1. Hi Jack! You mean he hasn’t disappointed you since right? 😉

      I love what you said about Cumberbatch and boy I’d love to see him in a good period noir set in London like you said. Someone needs to make that happen!!

      1. D’OH!!!!!

        Yes, I meant and omitted hasn’t in regard to Mr. Ejiofor. I could easily see him as a bad guy nemesis of, or partnered with Idris Elba in his ‘Luther’ series or film. Very eloquent and possessing calm eyes that hide well what’s going on behind them.

        Also agree with Dave regarding Ms. Swinton and ‘The Deep End’. An excellent, low budget psychological thriller!

  22. Can’t wait for Wolf on Wall Street and Belle looks very intriguing. Ms. Swinton has always been underrated, as far as I’m concerned, because she’s not the epitome of gorgeousness. She’s so darn intelligent, I love her on the screen. Great post, Ruth

    1. Hello Cindy! Nice to see you stop by. Glad you’re a fan of miss Swinton too. I think she is beautiful in her own way and I like her more the fact that she doesn’t look like what Hollywood considers *hot.* Besides she does project that intellect that is always great to see.

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