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Beasts of the Southern Wild
4 years ago via Flixster

A great and powerful flick on many levels, Ben Zeitlin has directed a movie with a compelling story of life and death and fantasy and reality. Aided by a great musical score, cast and powerful cinematography this film rightly deserves to be given the Oscar nod. The two leads, Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry work well together as innocent and near angelic child and drunken, sick and caring father.

While not everyone's cuppa' this is a timeless piece of cinema that warrants the watch.

Zero Dark Thirty
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Well as one British movie critic put it - this is a movie that only the home team will love. Kathryn Bigelow has done a good job at telling the Osama bin Laden story which some members of the US Congress seem to say was provided to her by leaks from intelligence. This is no "Hurt Locker" in either acting or story line but it is understandable to see the US movie critics love for this flick.

As for Jessica Chastain's Oscar nod, I don't think this would land her the win unless the Academy's politics enters into the equation. Her acting is commendable throughout the movie but there were no moments when I said to myself - Oscar. The same can be said the cinematography, no outstanding shots and save for one piece of foreshadowing (when the Navy Seal gets a ringer while playing horse shoes just prior to the "Go") the movie lacked depth.

A nice flick if you want to learn more about this seemingly endless story but not a must.

Django Unchained
4 years ago via Flixster

Well Tarantino blows away his followers yet again with perhaps his best flick to date. While bound with controversy amongst some viewers, this flick is a great combination of the classic spaghetti type western mixed in with the American south just prior to the Civil War. This movie is near perfect on all levels from great script, excellent delivery by the lead actors, cinematography (great camera angles on numerous shoots), musical score and even costume. Christoph Waltz pulls another one out of the hat with a great performance as an intellectual ex-dentist turned bounty hunter. In my mind, the Oscar for best supporting actor is already been engraved with his name (the second a Tarantino flick has earned him).

Less gore than previous movies and better than Inglorious Bastards (a great flick as well), the story is seamless and every scene in this near 3 hour movie adds to the previous. A strong contender for best flick if the Academy isn't persuaded by some of the more US propaganda feel good movies.

Les Misérables
4 years ago via Flixster

While I do love musicals, I sometimes find them a little forced when brought to the screen. Award winning music, great story and a great acting cast but the movie just didn't quite equal or exceed the sum of its parts.

However, and that is a big however, the role of Fantine played by Anne Hathaway was extremely well done. What makes her performance (and the price of admission and time and the raison d'etre) for seeing this movie is her performance of "I Dreamed a Dream". This song is the highlight of Les Mis to me (as it symbolized many of our lives or parts of it) but this movie made it the more memorable and demonstrated by Anne (in my opinion) will win Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars. Why? This song is done entirely in close-up (just the face) so Anne must act entirely with voice, eyes and head (difficult for any actor) but the clincher for the Oscar is that this scene was done with one camera and one continuous take - Wow - watch the scene and you will see how powerful an actress Ms Hatheway is. Watch for the nuiances - the tears, the running nose, the stretch neck muscles, the nostril flair as the song and the pain of Fantine is brought to the screen. It was such a scene that garnered Natalie Portman the Oscar in Black Swan - her crying scene and phone call to her mother when she landed the role of the Black Swan - also don't in one continuous take.

It must be said that the other lead actors did a good job by Anne stole the movie.

Robot & Frank
Robot & Frank (2012)
4 years ago via Flixster

Just a great flick - too near to reality perhaps.