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2012 Academy Award Nomination Predictions

With this year’s Academy Award nominees set to be announced tomorrow, January 24, I figure now is as good a time as any for me to give my predictions for some (not all) of the major categories. Again, as I mentioned in my Golden Globe predictions, there are a number of big 2011 films that I still have to see, so many of these predictions are based on educated guessing and general buzz. One thing to note: the Best Picture category can now have anywhere from five to ten nominees, depending on how many receive 5% of the total first place votes.

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The Difficulties of Reviewing Movies

Let me preface this entry by saying that I thoroughly enjoy running this blog.  I love talking about films and delving deep into the finer details.  Nevertheless, if there is anything negative about all of this, it lies in some of the difficulties of giving scores to movies in my reviews.  Read the rest of this entry

Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Review

When I saw previews and trailers for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I for whatever reason had the feeling that it would be panned, despite the presence of James Franco.  Maybe I had this feeling because I wasn’t such a huge fan of Tim Burton’s 2001 Planet of the Apes film that starred Mark Wahlberg.

Then I saw that Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a reboot of the series, was receiving a fair amount of critical claim and positive buzz.  I suddenly became much more open to it and actually looked forward to seeing it, so I did so this weekend.

I would put this film in the moderately high echelon of the category of good, solid, (late) summer entertainment.  It had everything you could ask of a summer blockbuster (to be fair, this really only includes action and a brisk pace), but it also had a decent plot, good acting (Franco never disappoints…except at the Oscars, according to most people), and an underlying (and sometimes overlying) message about the wrongs of animal testing.

Another of the film’s best aspects was the “performance” of Andy Serkis as Caesar, the ape Will Rodman (Franco) looked after.  Serkis is known for his motion-capture performances, such as that of Gollum in the Lord of the Rings film series.  He made Caesar the most intriguing character in the movie, and the one with whom audiences (or at least I) empathized with the most.

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