Snubbed by the Oscars – a Video Tribute (courtesy of JoBlo)

As is customary with every Oscar season, the word ‘snub’ reaches a massive spike as there are likely more reactions to who got overlooked than those who are actually nominated.

Well, someone by the name of Nick Bosworth over at JoBlo.com actually created this video tribute to commemorate the people from various award categories who didn’t get recognized this year. He used a song from the movie Super 8 whose composer Michael Giacchino was also snubbed. Check it out below:


I agree with a lot of their snubbed picks as I’ve mentioned here, especially Joseph Gordon-Levitt for 50/50. I also think that Tom Hardy for Warrior, Alan Rickman for the final Harry Potter film both turned in an Oscar-worthy performance. Of couse I also think The Adventures of Tintin should be amongst the Best Animated Feature as I think it’s a better film than Rango.

Anyway, let bygones be bygones I suppose. This is my last Oscar-related post until next year. I’m so done with award season now 🙂
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Stay tuned for upcoming reviews of The Thing from Another World & Sherlock Holmes: Games of Shadow. I’ll also have my next movie pitch for Anomalous Material’s Hollywood Fantasy League up sometime Thursday, you can view my casting picks on this post. Oh and The Avengers new trailer is supposed to be up sometime this week, too!



TCFF Day 2: 50/50 Mini Review

Directed by Jonathan Levine
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick
Running Time 99 Minutes, Rated R.

From the moment I saw this on the TCFF schedule, I knew I had to see it. I really think Joseph Gordon-Levitt is truly one of the brightest young actors working today, hence my inclusion in this list. I think he’s grown so much as an actor and certainly has come a loooong way since NBC’s Third Rock from the Sun! Anna Kendrick was supposed to hold a Q & A after the film, but unfortunately she had a filming commitment so she had to bail 😦

I was uncertain at first just how could they make cancer funny, but the beauty is in the writing and the way writer Will Reiser and director Jonathan Levine crafted this character-driven dramedy. Levitt is such a natural actor, there’s an effortless-ness to his acting which is wonderful to see. But the supporting cast are great as well, besides Anna Kendrick as Levitt’s young therapist, I also got a kick out of Anjelica Huston’s performance as the overbearing yet endearing mother of Levitt’s character. I can’t deny there are too much crude language for my liking, but at least for the most part it wasn’t in a mean-spirited kind of manner. The theme of friendship between Seth Rogen and Levitt’s characters is what drives the story, and there is a genuine chemistry between the two that was wonderful and heartwarming to watch (yes, despite a lot of Rogen’s questionable behaviors).

I’m going to borrow an excerpt from my friend and fellow MN movie blogger Mitch Hansch from MoviesWithMitch.com whom I had the pleasure of hanging out with before the film started.

Reiser’s 50/50 goes about 70/30 with the comedy to drama ratio.  Going back to the humor-well as often as it does the jokes can come off more defense mechanism than healing process, but ultimately, the dialogue is so funny and so well delivered by it’s talented cast that all is overlooked.

Director Jonathan Levine effectively reels us back in by keeping focus that Adam is feeling all the effects of life threatening cancer.  When Adam is not getting chemotherapy treatment along with a couple of older men that are wonderfully played by Matt Fewer and the great Phillip Baker Hall, he gets counseled by a 24 year-old Dr. Katherine McKay (Anna Kendrick).  Flirtations between the two blur the doctor/patient relationship.

50/50 is a hilarious look at heartbreak that has the performances to back it up.  The odds of you liking this film are a lot higher than it’s title.

MITCHNIFFICANT- a must see in the theatre


Has anybody seen this film? I’d love to hear what you think.

TCFF Full Lineup is here! See what’s playing from Sept. 20-25

As TIFF is underway in Toronto starting yesterday, I’ve been anticipating our own Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF) that’ll be starting in two weeks starting Tuesday, Sept. 20. A couple of days ago the full lineup is finally announced, yippeee!! I am truly excited for this, I think the organizers did a great job getting a great mix of studio features, documentaries, independent movies, and locally-produced films.

Download the full lineup list (PDF)

I’ve previously reported the films that will open and close the event, which are The Bully Project & Like Crazy, scheduled for Tuesday and Saturday, respectively. Now below is a list of other lineup highlights with info about which filmmakers/actors will be attending:

Wednesday 9/21

Summit Entertainment will present 50/50, a film formerly called I’m With Cancer that’s been catching a lot of buzz around film festivals. Inspired by personal experiences, it’s an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends whose lives are changed by a cancer diagnosis in this new comedy directed by Jonathan Levine from a script by Will Reiser. Star Anna Kendrick will be conducting a Q&A following the film.

Looks like I’ll be packing lots of tissues to see this one. Even from the trailer, it looks like it’ll be an emotional and heart-wrenching movie about how a 27-year-old man deals with his diagnosis. Levitt consistently turns in a good performance but looks like he ups the ante in this one. Check out the trailer below:


Thursday 9/22

White Knight is also another unlikely comedy that deals with a hot-button subject matter. It tells the story of the Leroy Lowe, a Grand dragon of the Texas Ku Klux Klan who confronts everything he’s been taught to hate when a Hispanic field worker becomes his cellmate. There’s also has an unconventional love story between Leroy and Madalena, a beautiful Mexican maid hired to clean the warden’s office.

The main cast from the film, Tom Sizemore, Hector Jimenez, and Olga Segura will also host a Q&A after the film.

Friday 9/23

Wahooooooo!!! [doing a little dance with both hands in the air]… ok, now that I’ve got that out of the way…

Y’all already knows how much I’ve been anticipating this, so imagine my delight when I heard Machine Gun Preacher is going to be shown at TCFF!! It’s scheduled for limited release on Sept. 23 but it might be another couple of months before it arrives in Minnesota.

In case this is the first time you heard it, this film by Relativity is based on a true story staring Gerard Butler as Sam Childers, a former drug dealing biker who found God and becomes a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who have been forced to become soldiers.

I’ve posted the trailer, poster and one of the clipsfrom the movie, but in the last couple of days, I found more stills and clips.

Butler with Michael Shannon

Vodpod videos no longer available.
Build It Again, posted with vodpod

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Childers playing with the children, posted with vodpod

Sunday, 9/25

Now this is a must-see for any comic fans or anyone who enjoys watching any Marvel superhero movies. With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story is a feature length documentary on the life and creations of Stan Lee.

Here’s the full description from TCFF official site:

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story explores the vivid life and imagination of Stan Lee from the early days of his Great Depression era upbringing through the Marvel age of comics and beyond. The film uncovers original transcripts, illustrations, photographs and stories of Lee’s fascinating journey from his early years at Timely Comics.

Told through the words of Stan himself, as well as numerous interviews with comic book creators, actors, film producers, family and friends, “With Great Power” paints a portrait of a man whose creativity knows no bounds and whose characters have grown from humble beginnings in the pages of Marvel Comics in the early 1960’s to power house properties in all media  – including film, television, video games, toys, merchandising, and beyond.

I definitely will be seeing this one. Stan Lee is such a hugely charismatic guy and his legacy is nothing short of amazing!

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Other studio films include the horror comedy Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Undefeated, which chronicles the Manassas Tigers’ 2009 football season, and Thunder Soul, a story of extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old “Prof.”

In addition, Twin Cities Film Fest is excited about the other programming and events for 2011, which will again feature Minnesota films, including different Minnesota Shorts Series,  some Women in Film programming, India Independent programming, panels, and a special screening of Fargo.

Tickets will be available Friday, September 9th on fandango.com. Please visit www.twincitiesfilmfest.org or www.showplaceicon.com for more information.


Minnesota film fans, I hope you can set aside some time to support this wonderful event! As for the rest of you, are you interested in any of these fims?