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…

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY – ***½

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…

Posters for A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

Posters for A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST 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,…

My 1st Annual Film Awards (2011)

I was inspired to start giving out film awards by two major factors: The excellent Nighthawk Awards given out by Erik Beck at nighthawknews.wordpress.com, and My reaction to the film Melancholia, which I instantly felt to be the best film of its year and one that should have a great many Oscar nominations. That it didn’t is…

The Most Overrated/Underrated Films of 2013

This past year wasn’t one of the great years for film. In 2012, I had 17 films that made my **** range—this year I had 10, and a couple of those were barely there (though a couple of films might advance on second viewing). However, unlike last year, I thought most films this year more…