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Gold Men Sunset: Notes on the 2013 Academy Awards Telecast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 25 February 2013 14:33

Best Actor Daniel Day-LewisSeth MacFarlane, I thought, did a fine job hosting the 85th Academy Awards ceremony. He turned out to be a fine choice for the frequently thankless Oscar-emcee position, tossing in some fine jokes in between the generally fine production numbers and mostly fine acceptance speeches ... .

I’m sorry, but I am alone in thinking that last night’s telecast, in the end, was just a little too “fine”?

The Agony of the Ecstasy: "Snitch" and "Escape from Planet Earth" PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 24 February 2013 11:48

Barry Pepper, Susan Sarandon, and Dwayne Johnson in SnitchSNITCH

As a film star, Dwayne Johnson possesses a lot of gifts – or, at least, sufficiently impressive gifts for what his résumé has required. Though God knows he’s physically intimidating, Johnson is also our most thoroughly genial of ass-kickers, with even his most violent of big-screen endeavors leavened by a welcome lightness of touch and hint of amused self-mockery. And as he has proved in all those bland family entertainments over the years, Johnson still manages to appear game and committed in movies that don’t deserve his considerable charisma, often salvaging entire scenes through unexpectedly silly gestures or readings that show just how inventive a comedian he can be. (I was happy for 10 whole minutes following his brief channeling of co-star Michael Caine in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. They were about the only 10 minutes during the movie in which I was happy.)

Caster Roiled: "Beautiful Creatures" and "A Good Day to Die Hard" PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 February 2013 17:28

Viola Davis, Alice Englert, and Alden Ehrenreich in Beautiful CreaturesBEAUTIFUL CREATURES

As it concerns a sensitive high-schooler who enters a world of trouble after falling for a moodier version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, it should come as no shock to learn that the supernatural romance Beautiful Creatures is based on the first in a series of popular young-adult novels. But while I’d never argue that the YA-lit genre is completely humorless, surely the gender-reversed Twilight knock-off by co-authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl can’t be as legitimately, intentionally hilarious as this big-screen adaptation, right?

crazy/beautiful: "Safe Haven" and "Flight of the Butterflies" PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 February 2013 17:22

Mimi Kirkland, Josh Duhamel, and Julianne Hough in Safe HavenSAFE HAVEN

Whatever else it is, and it’s not much else, Safe Haven is the least boring Nicholas Sparks adaptation I’ve yet seen, mostly because it’s so unequivocally bonkers.

"Argo" Fête Yourself: 2013 Oscar Predictions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 06:00

Ben Affleck in ArgoAs I only predicted 15 out of 24 categories correctly for the previous Academy Awards, obviously I have some making up to do for my prognostic abilities to again be taken seriously.

Of all freakin’ times to attempt a comeback ... !

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