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First the great PRISONERS, now Denis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal bring us the potentially-great ENEMY

Very 70s. I approve.


Prisoners was excellent–I hope to rewatch it soon, with a fresh review to come–and right on its heels the director and star have a new film coming out which, from the looks of it, could be another winner. I know nothing about the plot beyond what the trailer lays out, but assuming it sticks the landing–that is, the ending doesn’t crap out–it could be one of this year’s better films.

Gyllenhaal’s performance in Prisoners garnered some awards buzz, and here, playing a dual role, he might just get a little traction going for next year’s awards–especially mine.


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Seth MacFarlane miscasts himself in A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

We now have a trailer for MacFarlane’s newest film, and already a red flag has gone up; MacFarlane plays the lead in his first live-action leading role, and compared to his experienced co-stars, he looks hammy and self-conscious, sticking out like a sore thumb. At this rate, it looks like Charlize Theron, despite the material she’s been given, could steal the film without breaking a sweat.

I’ll still probably see it, but at this point I’m not expecting much.

Fantastic new trailer for UNDER THE SKIN with Scarlett Johansson

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This was one of my most anticipated films of 2013. Then it got pushed back and it’s now one of my most anticipated films of 2014. And for good reason. This looks incredible.

I’m thinking serious My Awards potential here:
– Best Picture
– Best Director
– Best Actress
– Best Adapted Screenplay
– Best Cinematography
– Best Makeup
– Best Visual Effects

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It still worked better on the stage, but it’s a good deal stronger than I was expecting.

At first I thought this might be another slice of Weinstein Company Oscar-baiting, a feeling boosted by the awful trailer, which seemed to go for a much softened tone from the acidic, combative original. It looked like a story about family that happened to have some one-liners in it. Luckily, while not perfect, the film does more right than wrong, and captures the spirit of the play extremely well. Continue reading


I wasn’t the biggest fan of Ted, but I won’t deny it had its moments. Until we get a trailer for this I don’t really have any idea how it’ll turn out, but I appreciate the apparent ambition. (The “Westward Ho” joke gave me some pause, though.) MacFarlane’s comedy works best when it doesn’t get too bogged down in story (which is why Ted was so uneven), but we’ve got a good cast on hand at the very least.