5. L.A. Noire
Rockstar made the great video game Red Dead Redemption last year, which was my favorite game of that year. The western is also one of my favorite genres. Now, they have granted us with the masterful L.A. Noire. A game that wears it's genre influences on its sleeve and still remains incredibly original and compelling. I have beaten it twice, and I look forward to revisiting the cases I failed to get the highest star rating on. I don't play Cole Phelps, I feel like I am him. SO… Continue
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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
7. Saoirse Ronan for Hanna: She gave her breakout performance as the bitch in 'Atonement'. Now, here is her most star-making role as young, merciless killer, Hanna.
6. Viola Davis for The Help: A well-restrained, perfectly acted performance.
5. Kirsten Dunst for Melancholia: Dunst is shattering here. Just study her expressions during the most concentrated of scenes. How often do you see a performance so… Continue
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11. Kelly Reichardt for Meek's Cutoff: As I mentioned before, this is probably the truest, most honest of westerns because it is not all cowboys and whiskey. It is harrowing, oddly funny, and deeply moving.
10. Denis Villeneuve for Incendies: Denis is a master here at peeling back each story and plot gently, and letting the big blow not blind-side you, but soak in.
9. Martin Scorsese for Hugo: This film is Scorsese's most personal, loving film. And… Continue
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27. The Help
26. Certified Copy
24. Troll Hunter
23. X Men First Class
22. Meek's Cutoff
19. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
18. Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol
17. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
16. The Ides of March
15. Midnight In Paris
14. I Saw The Devil
13. Take… Continue
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5. Rango (Hans Zimmer): Zimmer doesn't top his 'Inception' score here, but this is still something everyone should listen to.
4. Hanna (The Chemical Brothers): This is one of the most electrifying things I have ever heard in a movie. Only the following three scores could top it.
3. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor): The two match their score for 'The Social Network' here with an eerie, bleak, even hectic… Continue
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5. Lea Seydoux in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol: Man, she is so fine holding a silencer...
4. January Jones in X Men First Class: She was terrible in this film, yet, she is a modern day Bond Girl.
3. Jessica Chastain in The Help: That dress she wears at a party in this film is soooooooo, uh, pretty!
2. Hayley Atwell in Captain America: Eh, something tells me Pvtsnafu is gonna kick my ass if he comes across this. She is one of the most… Continue
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BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
5. Alan Rickman in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2: (SPOILER), Rickman has one of the best death scenes I have ever seen. Everything he has done in the earlier films makes so much sense now. It is tear-jerking.
4. Nick Nolte in Warrior: This was such a believable performance. At one point, you think the film crew just walked in on Nolte shitfaced like crazy. Authentic stuff.
3. Phillip Seymour Hoffman in The Ides Of… Continue
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BEST OPENING SEQUENCE
7. Midnight In Paris: Very relaxing and beautiful cinematography.
6. Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol: Cartoony and jaw-dropping.
5. Hugo: Opens with a long shot through a paris train station up to a magnificent clock-tower. Stunning.
4. The Tree Of Life: If you didn't know this was a Terrence Malick film going in, this will tell you. That can be a good thing or a bad thing for people, I loved it.
3. Drive: Hmmm,… Continue
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7. War Horse (Janusz Kaminski): Gorgeous and breathtaking at first sight, but ultimately forgettable.
6. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Hoyte Van Hoytema): Once again, this film perfectly illustrates dread through its camera lens.
5. Meek's Cutoff (Chris Blauvelt): This movie isn't, "Oh, look at how gorgeous the landscape is!", this movie is "NATURE WILL KICK YOUR ASS".
4. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives… Continue
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BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
7. Captain America: I thought this was a very clean, smooth looking movie. Chris Evans transition from puny Steve Rogers to huge Captain America is stunning. And many of the battle scenes especially look great. But, this comes in as the weakest of the 7 nominees.
6. Thor: Look, this film was a pile of shit, okay? But Asgard truly is a beautiful sight, on par with Pandora in 'Avatar'.
5. Transformers 3 Dark Of The Moon: Most of this film is… Continue
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BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
6. Contagion: The biggest accomplishment here by the whole cast is that we forget they are huge stars. Otherwise, they don't have much chemistry, but still an admirable effort.
5. X Men First Class: The majority of actors in here work so well together and make this film compelling to watch 95% of the time. My issues are January Jones, Kevin Bacon, and the stoned looking black guy.
4. The Help: Truly great chemistry, but the fact one of our… Continue
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5. I Saw The Devil: I came across this film under a recommendation. Little did I know it would soon become one of my favorite movies ever made. It really caught me off guard and floored my sleepy-ass.
4. Meek's Cutoff: I think nobody was ready for this film, love it or hate it. It took me some time to warm up to it, but I remember just how visceral my first viewing was.
3. Rango: An animated film, from Gore Verbinski, brought to you by… Continue
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BEST SET PIECE
5. The train crash in Super 8: Just freaking insane and awesome to look at. My complaint is how the kids are still shouting cheesy one-liners and "Shit!" while running away from it. The destruction of the train in this film would make Monsieur Keaton proud.
4. The birth and end of time from The Tree Of Life: Chilling and spine rattling. Nearly impossible to take your eyes off of.
3. Opening sequence in Melancholia: As masterful of an opening it… Continue
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BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
6. The Help (Tate Taylor): This is a greatly written script, but the attempts at humor and a certain subplot hold it back from a higher rank.
5. Hugo (John Logan): Well written and some very touching moments, but humor holds it back a bit.
4. Drive (Hossein Amini): A rather simple plot evolves in many complex ways. But there is very little dialogue here, that isn't a problem for me, but I am more partial to the other scripts that ranked… Continue
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BEST TEASER TRAILER (a cinematic strip-tease, if you will)
5. The Avengers: I am just interested to see what they do with my man, the Hulk. My personal favorite Avenger.
4. Prometheus: I haven't seen 'Alien', (i'm fucked, aren't I?).
3. The Dark Knight Rises: Maybe I would be a bit more excited for this film if you guys had shut up about it for a fucking second! I love you guys, but something tells me the many of ya feel way too passionate about this film that… Continue
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6. The catfight from Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol: You knew this one wasn't going to win, but it deserves some recognition. Damn!
5. The cannibal's house in I Saw The Devil: My favorite of all the fights in this great revenge story. This one was so well shot and frighteningly filmed you can't take your eyes away from the screen.
4. The brothers battle in Warrior: A very lengthy, emotionally straining fight between two detached brothers. It… Continue
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(note: Yeah, the Human Centipede 2 guy isn't nominated. Well, it just seemed like a emotionless fat-ass killer to me. Really, it should just be Tom Six as the villain in the next film)
8. 'Charlie', played by Chris Henry Coffey in Trust: For his brief appearance in the film, he is truly chilling. He doesn't rank higher, though, because the girl was basically asking to be raped, (dumb girl).
7. 'Magneto', played by Michael Fassbender in X Men First Class:… Continue
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BEST MALE MOVIE CHARACTER
6. 'Tin Tin', voiced by Jamie Bell in The Adventures of Tin Tin: A very interesting character that is unfortunately not fleshed out. Still cool, though.
5. 'Magneto', played by Michael Fassbender in X Men First Class: A much more interesting character than I expected and almost infinitely compelling.
4. 'George Valentin', played by Jean Dejuardin in The Artist: A very entertaining, humorous, human character we can draw personal… Continue
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All the movies I saw... Holy fucking shit..... I owe all of this to my awesome parents. My mom, who drove me half across the state of CO to see 'The Tree Of Life'. Who got me both Netflix deals and took me at least twice a week to the cinema. Thank you, my mother.
My dad, who contently sat in a darkened theater with me while we watched Lisbeth Salander get brutally raped for what felt like FOREVER, and still finished the film. Who bought me book after book and showed me article after… Continue
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