Friday, August 31, 2007

Newest MPAA Ratings

Sorry for the delay.

Flawless (2007)
Crime Thriller
Magn. 11/30/07 PG-13 brief strong language
MGM N/A PG-13 language, sexual content and brief drug use
Chicago 10
RAtt. Feb 2008 R language and brief sexual images
The Protagonist
IFC 9/26/07 R language
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married
LGF 10/12/07 PG-13 mature thematic material, sexual references and language
The Orphanage
Foreign / Horror
PicH 12/28/07 R some disturbing content
Darfur Now
WIP 11/2/07 PG thematic material involving crimes against humanity
Saw IV
LGF 10/26/07 R sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture throughout, and for language
Lust, Caution
Period Drama
Focus 9/28/07 NC-17 some explicit sexuality
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
Uni. 1/11/08 G

Sigh. Is it even necessary to rate the Saw movies anymore? And Lust, Caution got the NC-17 after all.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Predictions: Best Actress

By far the most puzzling race so far this year.

1. Julianne Moore-Savage Grace-Early reviews have been excellent, and she's one of the best actresses of her generation.

2. Laura Linney-The Savages-She is adored by everyone in Hollywood, but the comedy genre may limit her chances to win.

3. Cate Blanchett-The Golden Age-She looks great, and the trailer is by far the best of the year (even more so than Rendition).

4. Jodie Foster-The Brave One-She's gotten good reviews, but I'm still unsure.

5. Kiera Knightley-Atonement-The fabulous reviews from Venice certainly help her. But is it enough?

6. Angelina Jolie-A Mighty Heart-She can definitely afford to buy her way to a nomination by flooding AMPAS voters with DVD's at the end of the year, but with the poor box office, will she?

7. Marion Cotillard-La Vie en Rose-For some reason, she's getting boatloads of buzz right now, but most of that is just fan based. The fact is that this is a very small film, with a very small release and very small box office numbers. Still, she might be able to pull it off, simply because of the insane internet support she's gotten.

8. Naomi Watts-Eastern Promises-The reviews have been good, but her performance doesn't seem like something to holler about.

9. Catherine Keener-An American Crime-It looks too disturbing for the Academy, but they do love wackos. And Keener always gives an interesting performance. Still, don't count on it.

10. Julie Christie-Away from Her-The buzz has severely decreased...

11. Meryl Streep-Lions for Lambs-Andy Scott of Everything Oscar hit the nail on the head: she'll be ignored this year, and then get Oscar number 3 next year when "Doubt" comes out.

12. Halle Berry-Things we Lost in the Fire-She's a great actress, but she's failing to remind us of that. I just can't trust her.

13. Keri Russell-Waitress-My favorite film so far this year, but I don't think she has what it takes. Hopefully she'll get recognition at the Golden Globes (and if she wins, she could be in contention).

14. Sarah Jessica Parker-Spinning into Butter-Will this even be out this year...?

15. Helena Bonham Carter-Sweeney Todd-They'll probably cheat and put her in supporting, but I'll leave her out altogether until we're sure.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Lust, Caution is OUT!

There have been solid rumors floating around that Ang Lee's new somewhat buzzed about film "Lust, Caution" is going to be rated NC-17, and that Focus Features will accept the rating. If that is so, it can kiss any Golden man near it goodbye. This is especially odd because the trailer made it look like a soft R. We'll see if this is true pretty soon.

Newest MPAA Ratings

Comedy / Drama
FoxS 12/14/07 PG-13 mature thematic material, sexual content and language
I'm Not There
Music Drama
Wein. 11/21/07 R language, some sexuality and nudity
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Mira. 12/19/07 PG-13 nudity, sexual content and some language
The Final Season
Sports Drama
YFG 10/12/07 PG language, thematic elements and some teen smoking
Forgiving the Franklins
Reg. TBD R strong sexual content including a scene of aberrant intimacy, graphic nudity, frank dialogue and some language
Sony 2008 PG-13 thematic elements including some scary images, and sensuality
Good Luck Chuck
Romantic Comedy
LGF 9/21/07 R sequences of strong sexual content including crude dialogue, nudity, language and some drug use
Halloween (2007)
MGM/W 8/31/07 R strong brutal bloody violence and terror throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity and language
Nothing all that surprising this week, but these are some of the longest rating explanations I've ever seen. And I was expecting an R rating for Good Luck Chuck, but that will be what makes it bomb.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

"Rendition" Trailer

Wow. That is one of the best trailers I've seen this year.

Monday, August 20, 2007

"I'm Not There" Trailer

My prediction for the bomb of the year has released its first trailer. You can view it here. I have to say, it looks pretty damn good. But, at the same time, the trailer relied a lot on titles to tell us what it was about. And am I the only one that doesn't think Blanchett looks amazing?

Well, I'm sure I'll receive plenty of "THAT WAS GREAT! WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?" comments, but we'll know for sure this fall.

New predix coming soon.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

The Other Boleyn Girl: Count it Out!

The Other Boleyn Girl, written by Peter Morgan (The Queen, The Last King of Scotland), has been pushed to February 2008. This makes it ineligible for the 07 Academy Awards, obviously, and this could be a sign that this film will be, for lack of better word, bad.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Tom Hanks Selected as Vice President of AMPAS

From IMDb:

Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks has been elected as one of the vice presidents of America's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). AMPAS announced Hanks' appointment on Wednesday after he previously served as a governor of their actors branch. Meanwhile, film producer Sid Ganis was re-elected president for his third term. Ganis enthuses, "I'm truly honored to have the opportunity to continue to serve as president of the Academy. There are so many interesting projects going on in the organization. I'm excited to have the chance to help steer those along and to bring even more to our wide-reaching agenda." AMPAS is the body responsible for awarding the Academy Awards.

Sigh. As if he weren't already a class act.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Newest MPAA Ratings

Youth Without Youth
SPC 12/14/07 R some sexuality, nudity and a brief disturbing image
Magn. 12/14/07 R strong disturbing violent content including a rape, pervasive language and some sexual references/images
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Crime Thriller
Think 10/26/07 R a scene of strong graphic sexuality, nudity, violence, drug use and language
All. 3/23/07 PG images of animal cruelty, thematic elements, language and some smoking
Funny Games
Horror Thriller
WIP 10/26/07 R terror, violence and some langauge
Fred Claus
WB 11/9/07 PG mild language and some rude humor
The PG for Fred Claus is a bit surprising for me because the trailer looked like it would be PG-13. Either way, it'll suck.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Updated Top 25

I've moved around some movies I had already seen and then added some new ones. Here are my top 25 favorite movies as of 8/12/07.

1. Fargo (1996)
2. American Beauty (1999)
3. Waiting for Guffman (1996)
4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
5. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
6. The Usual Suspects (1995)
7. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
8. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
9. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
10. Annie Hall (1977)
11 . Rear Window (1954)
12. 12 Angry Men (1957)
13. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
14. Adaptation. (2002)
15. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
16. Pulp Fiction (1994)
17. Goodfellas (1990)
18. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
19. The Graduate (1967)
20. Young Frankenstein (1974)
21. Unforgiven (1991)
22. Clue (1984)
23. The Godfather (1972)
24. North by Northwest (1959)
25. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Friday, August 10, 2007

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Newest MPAA Ratings

The Bucket List
WB 12/25/07 PG-13 language, including a sexual reference
P.S. I Love You
WB 12/21/07 PG-13 sexual references and brief nudity
Romantic Comedy
Wein. 8/24/07 R language and some sexual content
Shine a Light (formerly Untitled Rolling Stones Documentary)
ParV 9/21/07 R some language (intends to appeal rating)
Virgin Territory
MGM/W TBD R sexual content, nudity and some language

I'm a bit surprised that "The Bucket List" got a PG-13. I thought it would get an R...

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Best Original Musical?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

I didn't believe it at first either when I heard about it on The Oscar Igloo's forums, but it's true (thanks to Connor Campbell for the heads-up). According to the Official Rules of the 80th Annual Academy Awards, the third and newest category in the Music section is Best Original Musical. The qualifications are:

An original musical consists of not fewer than five original songs (as defined in A. II above) by the same writer or team of writers either used as voice-overs or visually performed. Each of these songs must be substantively rendered, clearly audible, intelligible, and must further the storyline. What is simply an arbitrary group of songs unessential to the storyline of the film will not be considered eligible. The adapter (if any) or the composer of the instrumental score may be considered eligible — in this category only — if his or her contribution is deemed relevant and substantial.

Don't believe me? Click here. All I have to say is...I'm stunned. This would be the most pointless category ever. The only nominees that would be eligible this year are Across the Universe, Colma: The Musical (which nobody, including myself, saw) and...I don't know. Hairspray is ineligible because it only has 4 original songs (one of which is a reprise of an existing song), and the score to Sweeney Todd is pretty much full as it is, so there's no way they can add 5 songs. What do you guys think?

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

New MPAA Ratings

CityL 8/10/07 NC-17 a brutal rape
Deep Water
IFC 8/24/07 PG thematic elements, mild language and incidental smoking
Be Kind, Rewind
NL 12/21/07 PG-13 some sexual references
The Heartbreak Kid (formerly Seven Day Itch)
Romantic Comedy
P/DW 10/5/07 R strong sexual content, crude humor, language, and a scene of drug use involving a minor
Eastern Promises
Drama / Thriller
Focus 9/14/07 R strong brutal and bloody violence, some graphic sexuality, language and nudity
PicH 2008 R sequences of bloody warfare

It is interesting (and reassuring) that the MPAA would give an NC-17 for a rape scene. Must be pretty explicit. And can someone explain how you can have "mild" smoking?