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New Stills From Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go”


The more stills I see from this the more I can’t wait to see it. Although, I will admit I started reading the Kazuo Ishiguro book on which the film is based a few weeks ago and I got bored after about 20 pages. Maybe it picks up. Regardless, I am determined to finish it before the movie releases.

More photos after the cut.

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Movie Quote of the Day – An Education, 2009 (dir. Lone Scherfig)


Jenny: I suppose you think I’m a ruined woman.
Headmistress: You’re not a woman.

“Somewhere”, “Never Let Me Go” trailers


Rewatching the trailer for The American reminded me that in the last two days trailers have gone online for two other films I’m looking forward to this year: Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere and Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go.

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My Oscar Nominations Predictions


The Academy Award nominations will be announced at 5:30AM PST tomorrow, February 2nd. I’ve got predictions for 10 of the 24 categories. I’m also going to supply some alternates. I love being able to predict what the nominations will be, but at the same time, it would be nice for some surprises to sneak in there too!

Best Picture:

  1. (500) Days of Summer
  2. An Education
  3. Avatar
  4. District 9
  5. The Hangover
  6. The Hurt Locker
  7. Inglourious Basterds
  8. Precious
  9. Star Trek
  10. Up In The Air

(Alternates: Up, Invictus, A Serious Man)

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15 Breakthrough Performers of 2009


2009 was a good year for cinema. So good I had to have a Top 15 instead of a Top Ten (and now, after I’ve seen a lot of the End of the Year fare, I feel like I’d need a Top Twenty). There were some newcomers who blew us away and some actors/actresses who have been kicking around Hollywood for years waiting for That Movie that makes them a household name, and for them 2009 was that year. I’m going to do this list in alphabetical order by last name.

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An Education – An Edifying Coming-Of-Age Film


I finally got to see An Education and absolutely loved it. The one-sentence summary: 16 year-old Oxford- bound British Schoolgirl Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is wooed by the suave, and much older David (Peter Sarsgaard) in 1961 London.

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BAFTA Nominations Are In


There are a few odd things in this list, but keep in mind these are for Britain, so some films that are eligible for Oscar haven’t been released there yet. 

The one thing that is certain is Jeremy Renner is closer now to being a lock for a Best Actor nomination by the Academy.

Full list of nominees and my analysis after the cut.

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What the Critics Choice Awards Mean to Oscar


In many ways the Critics Choice Awards are just as good, if not a better gauge of how the Oscars are going to go than the Golden Globes. Granted, there are no Academy members who vote for either of those award shows (unlike the guilds, where there are some crossover members with the Academy.) 

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precursors chart, frontrunners and tight races…oh my!


I’ve made a chart of all the precursors that have announced winners, various critics, the national board of review, etc.

 

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