Saturday, December 29, 2012

Barron's Top 12 Films of 2012

2012 is undenianly a great great year for cinema, this 2012 is better than last year which was great, The Avengers owns 2012 with a gross of almost $2M and you could notice that Christopher Nolan's Batman has finally revealed it's conclusion in The Dark Knight Rises, and a rise of unfilmable adaptions Cloud Atlas and Life of Pi to name a few and Argo finally the movie that defines that Ben Affleck is not a one hit wonder

Note: This is my list not yours if you disagree, comment and we could talk about it, Most of the critically acclaimed film such as Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, The Sessions, Les Miserables etc.

12.The Amazing Spider-Man(Marc Webb, 2012, Sony Pictures)

The Amazing Spider-Man was undeniably a very decent remake , It's no wonder that this was a great reboot because it was directed by Marc Webb who recently directed 2010's 500 Days of Summer which was arguably the best romantic movie in the last 10 years, and of course Andrew Garfield's and Emma Stone's great potrayal, Kudos! for this remake.

11. 21 Jump Street(Phil Lord & Chris Miller, 2012, Sony Pictures)

21 Jump Street is arguably the best remake of the year incorporating great plot, ingenious story and Not the most memorable comedy but it's good enough. The chemistry between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum is great, but not only that, they create likable characters that we can relate to, I thought it was an enjoyable movie, nothing special to maybe warrant me watching it again!

10.Premium Rush(David Koepp, 2012, Columbia Pictures)

Premium Rush is a solid chase film with plenty of enjoyable performances (especially Michael Shannon as the sleazy bad guy), good action sequences, and a breakneck pace that almost never lets up, Really good film, great story and a nice fresh idea on the usual chase movie, The close shots of cycling make the bike scenes more exhilarating than some car chase scenes

09. Hunger Games(Gary Ross, 2012, Lionsgate)

Hands Down! Want of the of my favorite novel adaptation of all time(I Consider myself as a fan), A mind-blowing and adrenaline-pumping thrill-machine. The first chapter to a promising, dynamic and thrilling franchise. A real triumph. A spectacular and unforgettable action-packed adventure. It`s bold, fiercly epic and utterly breathtaking, Paced quickly and quite faithful to the book, the movie is colorful and exciting. The emotions are strong, and the visuals are beautiful.

08. Rust and Bone(Jacques Audiard, 2012, Sony Pictures Classic)

down to how overly-sentimental it is at times and some pacing issues, but you can't overlook the beautiful cinematography, superb performances from Cotillard and Schoenaerts, Wishing more movies were like this. Wishing more directors were like Audiard. Unapologetic yet with a soft core, At the end of the day Marion Cotillard's Performance was hell of a great one.

07. Looper(Rian Johnson, 2012, Sony Pictures)

A example of well made storytelling and quite impressive sci-fi film, Looper is a film I purposefully stayed away from to avoid spoilers. The hype surrounding it was unbearable and so of course it wasn't as great as I'd heard, This film is incredibly original, and very well done. Gordon-Levitt plays a very convincing younger Bruce Willis, and Rian Johnson leads the viewer on quite an adventure.

06. Paranorman(Chris Butler (XII) &Sam Fell, 2012, Focus Features)

Quite funny, sometimes surprisingly clever, and with just enough darkness to surprise. A nice quirky approach to the "it's okay to be different" theme, this time more than just a little chastizing to those trying to maintain the status quo, The superb animation combines 3D stop-motion and CGI effects in a dazzling visual spectacle, but the plot drags with an irregular pacing and only occasional funny jokes. 

05. Moonrise Kingdom(Wes Anderson, 2012, Focus Features)

've never been a big fan of Wes Anderson, however I do recognize his talents as a filmmakers and occasionally I find a film that he's done to be quite memorable and amusing in a very strange way, With Moonrise Kingdom he has made one of his most accomplished films to date and a superb performance from Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward

04. Ruby Sparks(Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, 2012, Fox Searchlight)

What seems to be a cute and lovable film, turns out to be more what  we ask for, having a darker story and unexpecting emotional level, 'Ruby Sparks' is a huge,quirky,touching and a kind of depressing film,But Zoe Kazan's Character and writing seems to mix well,and her potrayal of Ruby Sparks it brings her all throughout the film.

03. Frankenweenie(Tim Burton, 2012, Walt Disney Pictures)

This 3-D animated black and white stop motion film is a heartfelt masterpiece,it's alive and energetic,It was built to scare,laugh and touch our hearts for both adults and children,I Must say Tim Burton just seek redemption and he have done it and wish this will be a contender for Best Animated Feature Film.

02. Beasts of The Southern Wild(Benh Zeitlin, 2012, Fox Searchlight)

spellbinding film that properly uses a shaky handheld camera and a welcome visual poetry to enhance its sense of fantastic naturalism, A soulful, poetic, and involving work of art, "Beasts" is equal parts allegoric and heartwarming.

And the #1 film of 2012 is not just the best of 2012 but in the last decade and it's

01. Argo(Ben Affleck , 2012, Warner Bros.Pictures)

It`s simply one of the best pictures of 2012. A toure de force all around. Director, Ben Affleck has crafted yet another brilliant and superb film, he has really come into his own as a director and only shows with each film that he gets better and better and the films just get more thrilling, I'm not really a fan of political dramas but this is based on a true story and it had me on the edge of my seat.

Honorable Mentions : Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wanderlust, Pitch Perfect, Seeking a Friend of the World, Hope Springs

The Healing And Thy Womb is the only filipino films that i loved and enjoyed.
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Six New Character Poster for 'The Great Gatsby'

Warner Bros.has officially release six new character posters from F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel classic The Great Gatsby which have been adapted by Baz Luhrman(Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!)

The Great Gatsby is an upcoming drama film, and an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name. The film is directed by Baz Luhrmann, and stars Leonardo DiCaprioTobey MaguireAmitabh BachchanCarey MulliganJoel EdgertonIsla Fishera nd Jason Clarke.

 The Great Gatsby follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

It follows the life and times of millionaire Jay Gatsby and his neighbor Nick, who recounts his encounter with Gatsby at the height of the Roaring Twenties.

Oscar® nominee Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge!”) directs the film in 3D from a screenplay co-written with frequent collaborator Craig Pearce, based on Fitzgerald’s book.

The individual posters feature Leonardo Di Caprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker, Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson, and Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan.

Opening across the Philippines on May 15, 2013, “The Great Gatsby” will be distributed in IMAX® 3D, Digital 3D and regular format by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sosy Problems Movie Review

Sosy Problems
Release Date: December 25,2012
Starring: Heart Evangelista, Solenn Heusaff, Bianca King, Rhian Ramos, Ruffa Gutierrez
Directed by: Andoy Ranay
Rating: PG
Distributed by: GMA Films

Sosy Problems , the title is not sosy at all it is cheap, a garbage and 4 trying hard out of this world, unconventional horrible and somewhat good looking girls, It no where sosy at all it is just a one-sided light your typical comedy film but then this is consisting of girls that are so naive that they are pursuing life undecided and unhappy and this could be a RIP-OFF of Desperadas

Four girls belonging to the upperclass deals with problems associated with their status as they seek out happiness in their lives.

It's so unprofessional that this film was ever been acquired and worse case scenario being shown, This if could not one of the most daunting and the most horrible film I've seen, this was not the most richest film out there but the cheapest, what to expect in GMA consistently producing and showing stupid and thin performances.

I Dont know how much im feeling when writing this, it was so depressing that this kind of film is being received, the good thing it is being panned, I'm not really sure why Sosy Problems is been involved here and if this could have sequel ,  I might just eat dog shit than watch this again.

Anyways, I Should give this some good points it surely provides some laughs and somewhat a piece of entertainment, their language doesn't work for me it was ridiculous and the most shitty out there, This is the worst film in this festival and probably the whole year, if lucky in the history of MMFF, GMA not bad at all, not bad at all.

Sosy Problems is likely to have a target audience and i just might guess what it is, but then this is for the girls who is just looking for a light feel good film this is a sure bullseye for them then we should settle on someplace, Sosy Problems overall just not work as a movie it is should be left alone in trashcan and others can move on.

Rating: 0.5/5

Sisterakas Movie Review

Release Date: December 25,2012
Starring: Ai-Ai Delas Alas, Kris Aquino, Vice Ganda, Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Xyriel Manabat
Directed By: Wenn Deramas
Rating: PG
Rekeased by: Star Cinema

"It's not so bad after all"

I Didn't actually know how i watched this film, it surely is a disappointment, Wenn Deramas still giving us crap films and we audience still supporting it, The trailer had me laughed so hard but then the movie itself is a stupid movie consisting of stupid actors and a very very thin director, it surely targeted the target audience but not me im not even part of it.

Feuding half siblings reunite when a down-on-her-luck socialite is hire by her successful half-brother to be his my assistant. He resolves to torment her, but the two are forced to work together to overcome a powerful rival.

This is the 3rd most stupid film this film festival behind Sosy Problems and Si Agimat, Si Enteng At si Ako, well Sisterakas arguably delivered great laughs and an underwhelming effortless performances altough this film stars the biggest stars in industry it didn't work well it was actually for this film to earn more and well it works.

Sisterakas with its title is kind of stupid and it does live with it, It doesnt provide entertainment, It just provided cheap jokes, thin script and a stupid conclusion it was an utter crap, showcasing this kind of film is just a shame, but then it set standards for box office , and i'm sure this will be panned.

This surely be number one on box office, no doubt and probably will get no award, this is a subtle film that only cares for money and never for sincerity and never for awards, it was just a gimmicky movie that really works, a movie made for families with a child and group of friends and no doubt that this film garnered 40m in it's first day and meanwhile the greatest film in mmff 2012 Thy Womb barely made a million, it so sad that filipino actually prefered that but then i was there to be a critic and meanwhile others for entertainment to laugh and just forget problems and be inside the film for a while, but then it slightly works for me.

Rating: 1.5/5

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One More Try Movie Review

One More Try
Release Date: December 25,2012
Starring: Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes, Angelica Panganiban, Zanjoe Marudo, Gina Pareno, Carmina Villaroel, Agot Isidro, Edward Mendez
Directed by: Ruel Santos Bayani
Rating: R-13
Released by: Star Cinema

One More Try has an intriguing premise, consisting of today's hottest and biggest star, it surely will satisfy your hunger for something different and something more mature and something more that makes more sense, this isn't No Otherworman or The Mistress or A Secret Affair this no where close that this is about life and death and about love this is a tale about how desperate can you go for you child.

Grace ( Angel Locsin) is a single mother who is forced to reconnect with her son's biological father Edward (Dingdong Dantes) who is married to Jacqueline ( Angelica Panganiban) to save her son from a worsening rare blood condition. The child's life is at stake, Grace and Edward's respective relationships is also at danger of ruining

This genre is not new to me altough i don't want this kind of genre, it was heartbreaking this was the most moving movie i watched since Titanic, don't judge me but this is the best filipino film i've seen in the very very long time, the last time i watched great film would be in 1983's Himala.

Angel Locsin is undeniably is the lock for Best Actress(no im not biased) incorporating sincere performance and a heartfelt sincere acting this could if not one of the most profound performance of her in the history of her career another top notch film from Ruel Bayani who recently directed No Other Woman.

Meanwhile, Dindong Dantes and Angelica Pangiban is surely another lock for Best Actor and maybe Best Supporting Actress  respectively, I didn't Expect them giving that kind of acting, you will sure be blown away and be taken away in this film it will surely moved you and this is the most sentimental film in this year and coul`\d be in the last decade

All that was a prediction, One More Try is the most graceful most gracious film you could've imagined with it's thick plot, great story and one of a kind performance, this surely be a film to remember and a film that you will be saying all day, altough somewhat lack.

Rating: 3.5/5


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Thy Womb Movie Review

Thy Womb
Release Date: December 25,2012
Starring: Nora Aunor, Bembol Roco, Mercedes Cabral and Lovi Poe
Directed by: Brilliante Ma Mendoza
Rating: R-13
Released by: Centerstage Productions

Another masterpiece from highly acclaimed Cannes Film Festival Best Director Winner Brilliante Mendoza, it's another film you don't want to miss altough if you're just having a good time this is film is hard to ignore because of it's beautiful performances, beauty of the setting and it's intriguing premise and an interesting concept which rarely we've seen.

Shaleha (Aunor) is a Badjao midwife in Tawi-Tawi. She struggles to cope with the irony of her own infertility amidst the deprivation of her community. A saga of island life stuck between the devil of passion and the deep blue sea of tradition

When this was released it received  critical acclaim for it's stylish direction, sincere performance and an undeniable beauty of the setting it is a true gem for Philippine Cinema, Kudos to Brilliante Mendoza for showcasing this type film in which you ignore money for true film making and he is one of the last best director in Philippines

It's a shame too that in our own country this was ignored to participate in Metro Manila Film Festival, while this film is gaining praise in other film festivals in other countries, What a great great shame, but then a film backed out so this was who replaced, Thank God is said i get to finally see this, this was the first film i watched only seeing elderly audience and didn't see any teen like me, they prefer endless chapter of a boring feel good film.

Thy Womb is an undeniably one of the greatest film in the 21st century to grace the Philippine Cinema, it was new for the audience, the performances was great, overwhelming but still a great one especially for Nora Aunor, she is still the superstar , it was unique and sleek comparing to other performance she have , it was a good wait for her comeback , worth a wait indeed

Thy Womb will surely garner awards in the upcoming film festival, Thy Womb maybe lacking in some entertainment but you sure will be wanting more after this, it was graceful one of the most greatest film i've seen in the philippine cinema it surely is a great pleasure

Rating: 4/5

Shake, Rattle & Roll 14 Movie Review

Shake, Rattle And Roll 14
Release Date: December 25,2012
Starring: Herbert Bautista, Arlene Muhlach, Janice De Belen, Dennis Trillo, Paulo Avelino, Mart Escudero, Vhong Navarro, Lovi Poe
Directed by: Chito Rono
Rating: PG
Released by: Regal Films

This endless franchise is surely getting on my nerves consistently making horrible entry, providing only a worth a watch episode and if your lucky maybe 2 but then this time it was directed by a highly acclaimed director named Chito Rono who directed The Healing which was also released this year and suprisingly a box office success and turn around the horror genre in the Philippine Cinema.

I Would Review this by episode:

Starting of is Pamana, Pamana was undeniably the best one in the whole entry by just not giving enough scares and unlikely laughs but a great story and a great setting, the performance is a bit low it was underwhelming giving that i expect much to Bautista, Muhlach and De Belen, but then biggest of mistake of this is that it is wrongly enumerated it such a shame that this episode is not the last one.

Second is Lost Command, Lost Command is for me was a let down is was way too wrong making this episode horrible plot, hideous setting and a so not wise execution, it is a messed up film only consisting of handsome actors nonetheless it was undeniably the worst of the entry and probably the next is the most daring in the whole franchise

and that is Unwanted, Unwanted was really have a good start a pretty good visual effects and arguably the most daring episode of all time and it wouldnt be classfied as a horror but a sci fi, the characters was abducted and it is the end of the world yeah how original.

Shake Rattle and Roll 14 was horrible the most stupid entry since Shake Rattle and Roll 11 but i give credits to Ricky Lee another masterpiece episode! Pamana was the best among the rest would go down as one of my favorites it was original not cliched and all around fun!

Rating: 1/5

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Eli Roth's 'Aftershock’ Gets a Blood-Soaked First Trailer

Who’s ready for an Eli Roth-sized dose of carnage? Well, you better be because based on this first trailer for Aftershock, the movie is going to be light on plot and character development, but absolutely drenched in gore.
The Nicolás López-directed film stars Roth as Gringo, a recently divorced American tourist who buddies up with two Chilean guys so they can show him the way to the best local ladies. They manage to track down a trio of potentials – a Russian model, a hardcore party girl and her über responsible sister – and the gang ventures out to Valparaíso for a big night out. However, their clubbing fun is interrupted by a devastating earthquake. Gold stars to everyone who manages to make it through the initial hit, but, it turns out, the post-quake looters, escaped convicts and aftershocks are just as threatening – if not more so

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Unfortunately, the first trailer for Dimension Films’ horror comedy spoof Scary Movie 5 has been released.  Everything about this is terrible, as the trailer highlights the film’s awful, unfunny acting, annoying overuse of clichés, and abundance of physical “comedy.”  The trailer also uses Danny Elfman’s swell score from Beetlejuice, which is offensive to Elfman, Beetlejuice, and good movies in general.  The only familiar face here from the previous films is Simon Rex, and the series actually feels pretty outdated.  Scary Movie 5 spoofs films like Black Swan and Inception, which just seems old at this point.  The pic also takes on the Paranormal Activity franchise, but Scary Movie creator Marlon Wayans has his own PA spoof called A Haunted House set for release in January.  Having now seen trailers for both films, I feel confident in saying that A Haunted Housewill look like Citizen Kane compared to Scary Movie 5.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Lindsay LohanAshley TisdaleHeather Locklear, and Katt Williams.  Scary Movie 5 opens on April 12th.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Jackie Chan's 'Chinese Zodiac' to Hit U.S. Screens by Summer 2013

The Hong Kong star’s action comedy, which topped opening-day box-office rankings across Asia, is slated for a wide release during the first or second quarter next year.

HONG KONG – Jackie Chan’s Chinese Zodiac will unspool in “a few hundred screens” in the U.S. upon its release in North America in either spring or summer next year, said Ramy Choi, director of distribution and acquisition of the Hong Kong actor’s company, Jackie & JJ International Limited.
The heist caper, revolving around a Chan-led team hunting down Chinese national treasures auctioned off to international speculators, will also be released in Europe at the same time, Choi said.
The film, which also stars Korean actor Kwon Sang-woo and young Chinese actors Zhang Lanxin and Liao Fan as the relic-hunters and Oliver Platt as a villainous tycoon, took its bow in Chinese-speaking territories and also major Southeast Asian markets on Dec. 20.
Choi declined to reveal the identity of the film’s U.S. distributors, with whom she is finalizing details of a deal, but she confirmed partners for other markets include Splendid Film (Germany and Benelux), International Movies Distribution (Russia), Italia Film International SAL (Greece, Cyprus and the Middle East) and IFI Dagitim (Turkey).
Choi said Chinese Zodiac topped box-office listings on mainland China (where the film’s co-producers, Huayi Brothers, are distributing the film) on its opening day with earnings of 43.5 million yuan (US$7 million). She said the film’s first-day gross also topped charts in Singapore (handled by Clover Films and Golden Village), Malaysia (Golden Screen Cinemas) and Thailand (Sahamongkolfilm International).
The one territory which Chinese Zodiac failed to come out on top is Chan’s hometown: in Hong Kong, the film only secured HK$0.5 million (US$64,516), trailing behind both The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two (HK$2.2 million; US$283,870) and Wreck-it-Ralph (HKS1.7 million; US$219,355).

'Anchorman 2' Gets a Release Date

Paramount announced today that Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will hit theaters in December 2013. In other words, one year from now we’re all getting an invitation to the pants party.
The sequel to the hit 2004 comedy will be a welcome Christmas present for the movie’s legions of fans and should be a nice change of pace from the typical Oscar fare that appears during the winter months.

Because of the first film’s strong cult following, excitement for Anchorman 2 has been high for a while. However, when the teaser trailers for the sequel came out, anticipation for the movie entered another atmosphere (even though it won’t be about witches, as Steve Carell’s Brick Tamland hilariously suggests).
It will be a tall order for Anchorman 2 to reach the same level of success as the first film, but the alleged plot has a ton of promise. Set in the early 1980s,Anchorman 2 will reportedly show the news team’s struggle to adjust to a new world where 24-hour news channels are coming into vogue and replacing the influence of local news stations,
As director Adam McKay explained earlier this year:

“All of a sudden, local news stations diversified and had Latino anchors and African-American anchors, and any time you’re talking about diversity and the Action News team, that’s always fun to deal with.”

Basically, Anchorman 2 is following the classic “same, but different” sequel formula. In this case, several characters who are stuck in their ways are forced to adapt to a new reality. In the first movie, it was the addition of a female anchorwoman. In this film, it will be the introduction of the 24-hour news channel. Some will argue that no good can come from this approach, but the truth is that the plot is really just a framework for Will Ferrell and team to goof around and ad-lib hilarious lines.
When you factor in some of the new faces that could appear in the film, including the incredibly talented Kristen Wiig, and the promise of full musical numbers, there’s potential for Anchorman 2 to be even funnier than the original movie.
What do you think of Anchorman 2? Will you be lining up for the movie next December?
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has a release date of December 20th, 2013.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

New Trailer: Broken City

Broken City New Trailer

20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for director Allen Hughes’ (The Book of Eli) political thriller Broken City.  The film stars Mark Wahlberg as a private detective who is hired to identify the lover of a powerful politician’s wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones), with Russell Crowe playing the shady politician.  This trailer focuses quite a bit more on the film’s plot, teasing an enticing power play between Wahlberg and Crowe’s characters.  We also see a bit more of Zeta-Jones’ character, though her intentions aren’t entirely made clear.  The real draw, though, seems to the face-off between Wahlberg and Crowe, and I’m eager to see the two go toe-to-toe when the full film hits theaters.

Broken City arrives in theathers on january

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Angelina Jolie May Direct Unbroken

A feature film adaptation of author Laura Hillenbrand’s non-fiction bestseller Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption has been a coveted property essentially since the book hit shelves, and now it looks like the pic may finally be moving forward.  Universal Pictures acquired the book rights back in January of 2011 for Francis Lawrence to direct andScott Cooper (Crazy Heart) set to write the script.  The studio subsequently brought on Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You) to take over scripting duties the following March, but movement has been quiet ever since.
The book tells the incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympian and WWII bombardier whose plane crashed at sea in 1943.  Zamperini and two crewmates floated adrift for 47 days and 2000 miles, eventually finding themselves caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a POW camp where Zamperini was targeted by a sadistic overseer.  The project has now gained some strong momentum, as Angelina Jolie is being targeted to take the helm.  Hit the jump for more.
Per Deadline, Jolie is in final negotiations with Universal and Walden Media to direct the feature film adaptation.  Universal first bought Zamperini’s life rights back in the 1950s, so this project has been a very long time coming.  The most recent draft of the script was written by Gladiator and Les Miserablesscribe William Nicholson, and Jolie will oversee the fine-tuning of the script as production is expected to begin next year.
This will mark Jolie’s second film as a director, following last year’s Bosnian War drama In the Land of Blood and Honey.  Apparently the Oscar-winning actress fought hard to land the job, beating out a number of other directors who were gunning to take the helm.  It’s definitely an amazing story, and Jolie showed true talent behind the camera with Blood and Honey so hopefully she’ll be able to turn out something special.
Read the full synopsis for Unbroken below:
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.  Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.  It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.  So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini.  In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails.  As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile.  But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater.  Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion.  His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. 

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Jackie Chan Says He's Up for Expendables 3

You're not a has-been until Sylvester Stallone invites you for one of hisExpendables movies, and for Jackie Chan, he's going to cross that line.

At a press conference for Chinese Zodiac, Chan has confirmed that he'll appear in The Expendables 3 provided it's not a cameo.

"Sly had invited me to be in Expendables 2 but I was too busy filming CZ12 and couldn't make a commitment to the film. But he did extend his invitation to the third movie, which I agreed on the condition that I will be appearing as more than just a minor role with a few scenes," Chan told reporters.

That earlier bit about The Expendables being a refuge for washed-up action stars? It was true when the first movie was conceived, but with bothExpendables and Expendables 2 being well-received by moviegoers worldwide, that's no longer the case. The franchise has become a premier vehicle for past action stars (ie Jean-Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger) to make a comeback.

Chan also said something about Rush Hour 4 at the press conference as well, mainly he felt that three movies is enough. Of course, if Warner Bros was to give him a check with lots of zeros on it, I'd bet he wouldn't mind a fourth Rush Hour one bit.

Chan's Chinese Zodiac currently does not have a US distributor
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Film Review : The Bay

The Bay
Release Date: December 19,2012
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Jane McNeill, Anthony Reynolds, Kether Donohue, Michael Beasley
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Rating: R-16
Released By: Viva Films

An innovative application of the "found footage" concept (which has become more than a bit tired in recent years), THE BAY is a nice example of the ecological horror subgenre, t's a very intelligent and well-thought out horror film. It reminds me more of a Contagion type affair rather than a full-bore horror film.

Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 4, 2009 a deadly menace swept through the quaint seaside town of Claridge, Maryland, but the harrowing story of what happened that Independence Day has never been told - until now. The authorities believed they had buried the truth about the tragedy that claimed over 700 human lives. Now, three years later, a reporter has emerged with footage revealing the cover-up and an unimaginable killer: a mysterious parasitic outbreak. Told from the perspective of those who were there and saw what happened, The Bay unfolds over 24 hours though people's iPhones, Androids, 911 calls, web cams, and whatever else could be used to document the nightmare in Claridge

Though I have quickly grown tired of the recent boom in found footage horror films.. this one is actually fairly decent. It isn't altogether original, as you might have guessed, but it conjures up some real chills here and there, and on occasion.. it is quite gruesome, Some of the acting, was not the greatest. But I dug the story, and it had it's share of really creepy moments.

The Bay is a good turn from Barry Levinson showing he still likes to change his subject matter quite dramatically. It's put together as a a documentary pieced together from amateur footage recovered by a conspiracy theory website, The bay takes the precise elements of the found footage hip-genre and shakes them in an energetic juice mixer, spiting out several filming shots from every kind of quality and perspective. The superb thing is that the resulting mosaic doesn't waste time in the killing count of the bodies, but to spend more time refreshing our minds to feel fear from nature..

Probably one of the most frightening films I've seen in awhile. The concept is reasonable, though extraordinary, the execution is gruesome, and the found-footage feel gives it the realism that Contagion never fully realized. Yes, the acting is shoddy, and the whole thing has a government mistrust feel like a Syfy original, but the visceral experience alone is what makes this movie worthwhile.

Rating: 3.5/5


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Monday, December 17, 2012

2012 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards Winners

The group of 28 Bay Area film critics announced the winners of the 2012 SFFCC Awards for achievement in film this Sunday, naming The Master the Best Picture of 2012. 

Best Picture                                                                             

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master

Best Actress
Emmanuelle Riva - Amour

Best Supporting Actor
Tommy Lee Jones- Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress
Helen Hunt - The Sessions

Original Screenplay
Mark Boal - Zero Dark Thirty

Adapted Screenplay
Tony Kushner- Lincoln

Best Animated Feature: ParaNorman
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour
Best Documentary: The Waiting Room
Best Cinamatography: Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi
Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen for Moonrise Kingdom
Best Film Editing: William Goldenberg for Argo
Special Citation for underappreciated independent cinema: Girl Walk: All Day
Marlon Riggs Award: Peter Nicks for The Waiting Room
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