2013 in Film

BC’s 2013 Movie Awards Blog, Part 2

ImageOK, due to technical difficulties, I lost my entire opening on these first 2 awards, so I’m kind of going to blow through them quickly. I apologies. But, here we go. First up is Viewers Choice. Due to a lack of votes, there was only one obvious choice, which was Pacific Rim. And a damn good choice. Next up was Best fight. We have Gypsy Danger Vs Otachi from Pacific Rim, Luke Hobbs and Dominic Toretto Vs Owen Shaw and Klaus from Furious 7. Kal El Vs General Zod from Man of Steel, Letty Ortiz Vs Riley Hicks from Furious 7, and Justice Forever Vs the Mega Cunts in Kick Ass 2. All amazing fights. I mean Zod and superman destroyed an entire city, MMA Badass Gina Carano vs Hollywood badass Michelle Rodriguez, Rock and Diesel vs a Body builder that almost makes The Rock look small and Luke Evans in a cargo plane. And a near 30 minute war culminating in Kick Ass’ final confrontation with The Mother F*cker. These were all epic and brutal. However, none more amazing then when Gypsy Danger picked up an Oil Tanker and used it as a baseball bat to beat the holy hell out of Otachi. I mean come on. Not only is it A GIANT ROBOT FIGHTING A GIANT MONSTER! But the Jaeger used an oil tanker as a baseball bat against the Kaiju! So of Corse the award goes to Pacific Rim!

Next up we will take a look at our Best Supporting Actress category. So many to choose from these ladies all commanded our attention while on the big screen. Our nominees are, Emma Watson for This is the End, Selena Gomez for Spring Breakers, Jena Malone for The Hunger Games Catching Fire, Evangeline Lily for The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug, and Jennifer Laurence for American Hustle. Jennifer Lawrence was the shining star in an already very bright movie. American Hustle one of the best movies of the year with one of the greatest casts ever put together, yet relative new comer Jennifer Lawrence steals the show in my opinion. Yet as much as Lawrence stole the show in American Hustle, I believe it was Jena Malone that stole it from her in Catching Fire! Her quirky comedy and sarcastic remarks were such a welcomed joy to Catching Fire. As someone who was only ok with the first Hunger Games film, Jena Malone is a big reason in why I am now a believer in this franchise. Likewise a character created for the movie itself not originally from the book, Evangeline Lily was a surprise to me. Again not a fan of Lord of the Rings, or the first Hobbit, Evangeline Lily was a fun character to get behind in Smaug. I look forward to the continuation of her storyline. Now this may be cheating a little, because I don’t know if you can really call Emma Watson a supporting actress in This is the End, her ole is kind of more a cameo. But come one, one of the best scenes in that movie is the one when Hermione robs them! It was so cleverly written! And finally Selena Gomez as the good girl in Spring Breakers. A break out role for her, I think Gomez has a very bright future and it began right here with Spring Breakers. Amazing performances by all these ladies, but honestly, it’s a no contest. Jennifer Lawrence was just too good in American Hustle, that’s why she takes the award.

Best Supporting Actor is a stacked award. So many great performances. The nominees are, Jim Carey as Col. Stars & Stripes in Kick Ass 2, Chris Pratt in Delivery Man, Michael Shannon as General Zod in Man of Steel, Terrance Howard for Prisoners, and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks. Saving Mr. Banks was one of my favorite films of the year. It was amazing and part of which was Tom Hanks’ spot on performance as Mr. Disney, he truly brought Walt Disney back to life in this film. In a mediocre yet fun film, Chris Pratt who I didn’t even realize was in the film, stole the show. Pratt was by far the best thing in the film and you almost cared more about his storyline then you did about Vince Vaughn’s. Despite Jim Carey not wanting to promote Kick Ass 2, his character as the mentor and founder of justice forever was a very well written character and fun to watch. Terrance Howard is always phenomenal. And Prisoners is no exception. The dynamics of how he dealt with the loss of his child the emotion he portrayed he made you feel every ounce of his pain. Michael Shannon is truly one of the best actors of today. And his performance of Zod helps prove that. There is nothing more terrifying then a villain who believes what he is doing is for the good of his people. And Shannon delivers his entire performance as a man fighting for his people doing whatever he has to survive. A very hard decision, but, I don’t think can give this award to anyone but Terrance Howard. He is by far, one of the greatest of our time.

Best Actress category is probably going to be off the wall with most the nominees, but again, this is only my opinion. And all film is subjective. The nominees are Emma Thompson for Saving Mr Banks, Scarlett Johansson in Don Jon, Chloe Grace-Moretz as Hit Girl in Kick Ass2, Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games Catching Fire, and Sandra Bullock in Gravity. Random nominee’s right? I know, I know. But think I’m a little enamored with Chloe Moretz because before Saving Mr. Banks came out I had her on this list twice for Kick Ass 2 and Carrie. But she owns the role of Hit Girl. It is so fun to watch her play this role, and though I don’t think a 3rd installment is coming, I really hope that it may come out someday. Scar Jo as well stole me in Don Jon. I think it was the Jersey girl that I had no idea she could play. The accent is on par and the character was so not what I was expecting it took me surprise. Jennifer Lawrence has proven time and time again that she is a top tier actress and has a very bright future. As Katniss Everdeen she is paving the way for future female badass in film. It is a true testament to an actress, or actor that can truly deliver on their own. And Sandra Bullock does just that in Gravity. She made us feel her terror, her struggle, in every second of this amazing film. But there was nothing more amazing this year than watching Emma Thompson command our respect as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks. Thompson takes us through Travers conflicting emotions giving us the portrait of a character who is hard to like, but commands our love and respect. And this why there is no other option but Emma Thompson for the best Actress.

Best Actor is by far the most stacked category there is. I wanted to limit my nominees to 5 on all categories’, so I will start off with honorary mentions, and those go to Christian Bale in American Hustle, Matthew McConaughey in Mud, and Collin Farrell for Saving Mr. Banks, and Idris Elba for Mandela A Long Welcome to Freedom. I didn’t get a chance to see Dallas Buyers Club so I can’t speak to Matthew McConaughey’s performance in that one, nor can I about Joaquin Phoenix in Her. So that brings us to our nominees. Hugh Jackman for Prisoners, Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave, Ashton Kutcher for Jobs, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf Of Wall street, And Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips. Hugh Jackman gave one of the most intense heartfelt performances I’ve even seen from him Prisoners. It was truly an amazing and award winning performance. In one of the few films to ever bring tears to my eyes Tom Hanks was on the top of his already a game for Captain Philips. As well in one of the hardest films to watch do to true passion and content matter, Chiwetel Ejiofor proved he is a force to be reckoned within 12 Years a Slave. In a pretty weak film, Ashton Kutcher truly did take make us believe we were watch Steve Jobs. Not once was I taken out of the film seeing the guy from punk’d, I always believed he was Steve Jobs. He did such a great performance bringing this character back to life. And what more can be said about Leo. Wolf of Wall street is such an epic film that Leo once again shows how much of a power house he is. So who takes the award? None other than Tom Hanks, hands down. The film was so amazing and such a heartfelt performance.

Next up is who do think deserves the Oscar? Now this is a little different than best film. Because I look at best film as what was my favorite film of the year, which movie true was amazing in every aspect. But the Oscars look for best film as on a whole direction, story, acting. Everything being the number one in its category and on whole the best. I can overlook the minor details and enjoy the movie for what it is and its entertainment value. So my nominees for best picture, and I won’t go into detail about all of them, cause some I haven’t even seen, I’m only giving them the nomination on their reputation alone. So, they are, Mud, Gravity, Captain Philips, Her, Prisoners, Seven Psychopaths, Wolf Of Wall street, Dallas Buyers Club, Parkland, American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, 12 Years of Slave, Mandela A Long Walk to Freedom, and Out of the Furnace. Not all these films are actually nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars tonight but in my opinion are all worthy of nominations. Especially Seven Psychopaths, Mandela, 12 Years a Slave Captain Philips, and Mud. Tonight, my heart tells me 12 Years a Slave will take it though.

Alright time for the top of the game, Best Picture. So many great film this year, but these 5 were my favorite, the nominees are, Captain Philips, Furious 6, Star Trek into the Darkness, Thor 2 the Dark World, and Kick Ass 2. Very different then my Oscar picks huh? These films all had me leaving the theater wanting to immediately watch them again. Star Trek was a huge surprise to me. Marketing had me not caring to see this film, maybe that’s why when I went to see it I was so surprised and loved it so much. Captain Philips as I have said numerous times was just so amazing and heartfelt. Furious 6 right of the bat was my favorite film of the summer that was until Kick Ass 2 came out. And that pretty much held the top spot, until November. And this may seem like cop out, but Thor 2 was released. The Marvel cinematic Universe is running the film game and Thor 2 was no exception. Where some might say the villain lacked creativity and a real threat. Well honestly I felt he was just a plot device to further the story of our real villain, Loki. And he did just that. The film was funny, action packed and thoroughly entertaining. That’s why it wins for best film of the year. However, honorable mention will go to Pacific Rim, giant robots vs giant aliens, come on, that’s awesome!

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BC’s 2013 Movie Awards, Part 1

ImageI was told that the average movie goer sees 8 to 10 movies a year. Which is why the Oscars aren’t viewer’s choice. There’s a panel of critics and writers that see nearly every film that is released. So what qualifies me to write a blog on what I feel are the best films of the year? Well if the average movie goer sees 8 to 10 films, I saw at least 5 times that in 2013. Nothing special, but maybe enough to form an opinion on a wide range. 63 of the movies released in 2013 was my final count. Technically 64, but all though Lone Survivor played somewhere one day in 2013, I didn’t see it until 2014 so I’m not counting it. What I will be taking into consideration are: World War Z, Man Of Steel, Furious 6, The Lone Ranger, Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3, Spring Breakers, Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters, Gangster Squad, The Hangover Part III, Star Trek into the Darkness, Evil Dead, Elysium, 2 Guns, Paranoia, Jobs, Kick-Ass 2, Mud, 21 & Over, A Good Day To Die hard, Getaway, Don Jon, Bullet To The Head, Prisoners, Gravity, Bling Ring, Curse Of Chucky, Runner Runner, Captain Phillips, Rush, Escape Plan, Kevin Hart Let Me Explain, Bad Grandpa, Last Vegas, Enders game, The Counselor, Carrie, Thor 2 the Dark World, Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down, Last Stand, Delivery Man, Hunger Games Catching Fire, Grown Ups 2, The Heat, The Internship, Home Front, Out Of the Furnace, Anchorman 2, American hustle, Movie 43, Grudge Match, Machete Kills, 47 Ronin, Wolf Of Wall Street, Saving Mr. Banks, Hobbit The Desolation Of Smaug, 12 years a slave, and Mandela Along Walk To freedom. So that’s the pool, 63 films. I missed a few. I would have liked to have seen Dallas buyers’ Club, Parkland, Secret Life of Walter itty, and a few others, But, Sadly I didn’t have the time. Categories I will be awarding in are Best Movie, Best Comedy, best Action, Best Horror, Biggest Let Down, Best Actor, best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best fight, Best Soundtrack, Who Cares of the Year, Feel Good Film Of the Year, Crazy Bitch award, Viewer’s Choice, and Who The Oscar should go to(Which I look at differently than Best Film) So, Not that anyone cares to hear my opinion, I feel the need to say it anyway, maybe 1 or 2 of you will be entertained. And keep in mind, this is really just my opinion. Nothing more than the views on some movies by a film fan. So, that said, let’s get into it!

First we will look at Best Comedy of the year. Now I based these honestly on what movies truly kept me laughing all movie long. To the point that my face hurt when I left the theaters. And there were some good ones. The nominees are, Anchorman 2, This Is the End, Bad Grandpa, Kevin Hart: Let My Explain, and The Heat. All incredible movies. And I have to say the heat was a sleeper pick to get in. Because I didn’t think it looked good. It looked generic and not worth me wasting money, so I waited until it was on Redbox to see, and my oh my, it was hilarious. The interaction between Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy was classic! They played off each so well! Plus I am a huge Bill Burr fan so his little cameo was awesome! This Is the End I saw multiple times. These guys killed it! Not the best job from Jonah hill, but I think we expect more from him now that he’s an academy award winner. But James Franco killed it, Seth Rogan was on par, the story was entertaining, and of Corse, EMMA ROBERTS stealing the show! I was not a fan or really knew much about her since I never got into Harry Potter, but she won me over! Bad Grandpa was incredible, Johnny Knoxville was back on his A game, the kid, Jackson Nicoll, I don’t know how he kept it together during all those pranks, he has some real talent. My only issue is 80% of the pranks, almost in the entirety, were on the trailers. And the entire finish to the film, the big pay off, was also in the trailer. Kevin Hart is always a killer. He gets my every time. Whether it’s his stand up, or his films. His comedy just seems to hit home, and Let Me Explain, is on par. It is definitely another step up after his last outing in laugh At My Pain. He dropped the little sketches in this one which really made me happy because I felt those were the weak parts of Laugh at My Pain. Now, full discloser, I did not watch the first Anchorman, until the day before I went to see Anchorman 2. And I was not impressed. I barely laughed in it. So I was worried going into Anchorman 2. However, it worked this go around for me. I loved it, the cameos, the over the top comedy, everything had me in stiches watching it. So who takes? All great movies, all hilarious, but in my opinion, the award goes to, this is The End. And rightfully so. The story was on par, the comedy was great, and come on, The Backstreet Boys were in it!

Next up we will go with the Best Action of the year. I love a good action flick. My favorite films are honesty super hero/comic book movies, which I just you average action flick on steroids! So the nominees for best action are, Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3, Star Trek into the Darkness, Man of Steel and Furious 6. Pacific Rim, there’s not much you can say other than HOLY CRAP THAT WAS AWESOME! It’s just an action packed adventure. Giant alien monsters vs. giant robots!? It doesn’t get better then that! Plus the giant robot picks up a tanker, and uses it like a baseball bat to beat the alien monster! Then we have Furious 6, jam packed with unbelievable car stuns, explosions and action. Let’s face it, it’s what drives this franchise (pun intended) Iron Man 3, a movie that actually really disappointed me, actually ended up not skimping out on the action in its finale. By far the best final fight scene of all the Iron Man films, even if we didn’t really ever get to see the potential of the awesome cameo suits. Star Trek as well was a surprise to me. Marketing was very off when this film was released and I was actually not looking forward to it. But after seeing it I was very surprised. It kept me on the edge of my seat with intense action sequences. And Man Of Steel. I mean, did you see that thing, not only did they destroy Krypton in a 45 minute fight to start out the film, but they went on to exploding oil rigs, destroying sears and IHOP, and then the entire Metropolis! I mean that final fight between Zod and Kal El was intense, it hurt to watch when they slammed in and out of buildings like that! Every punch was thrown with such force as a movie goer you felt it! It was like being in the audience of the UFC title fight! But bigger! But when it comes down to it the award goes to, Man of Steel! Of Corse we are going to Man of Steel, it was literally 2 hours and 20 minutes of action! Even the down time, was still pretty action like, well not really, but you get my drift.

For me best Horror is kind of one sided. I hate horror movies starring children, they scare me. And I’m sick of found footage exorcist films. And I missed The Purge, The Conjuring, Insidious Chapter II, and Who’s Next. SO the nominees are few, and they are, Evil Dead, Curse of Chucky, and Carrie. Carrie was really good. I walked out of The Counselor and sat down to watch Carrie, and I loved it. Chloe Grace Moretz. She was amazing in it, and Julianna Moore was crazy as all hell! My only issue with the film, is when you look at the remakes of Chainsaw, Nightmare, Halloween, and Friday, all though you knew the story, you didn’t quite know where it was going to go. With Carrie, it seemed very predictable. Curse of Chucky is hands down finally a step in the right direction of this franchise. I liked Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky, they were humorous, but Curse of Chucky took it back to the Childs lay 1 & 2 feel. But hands down, out of these nominees, Evil Dead takes the cake. It was every bit as gruesome and horrifying as we were promised from Bruce Cambell and Sam Raimi. I am excited for where this franchise goes from here!

Every year there are a few movies that you watch and they just make you happy and want to hang out with friends and family. Not in an “I’m lucky to have you” kind of way, but in a, “I’m in the Mood to make memories” kind of way. These are the nominees for Feel Good Film of the Year.  Grown Ups 2, the Internship, and Last Vegas. Honorable mention with go to Delivery Man. I know I know, The Internship was just a big ad for Google and not the follow up to Wedding Crashers we all expected and wanted. Well if you could look past that, and accept that this was a PG13 film, you might have had a little fun with it. I know I did. It’s nothing new. Underdog outcast team bands together to beat the number 1 squad. Same ole song and dance. But the dynamics between the cast were just fun to watch. And regardless that Vince Vaughn plays Vince Vaughn in every movie, I will always enjoy that character. Last Vegas, a stellar cast, with the simple story of reuniting, burying the hatchet and Vegas. It just made me want to fast forward to my twilight years ago with my friends out for a weekend on the town. Plus Turtle was in it. HashtagEntourage. Grown Ups 2, I know you hated it. 80% of people hated it. 19% refused to see it. But I am in the 1% that was entertained by the complete lack of plot, character development, or overall effort into making a film. But I tell you this, when it was over, I wanted to throw a kickass 80s party. And the winner is, Last Vegas. You haven’t seen it, grab some buds, and take a night to enjoy it.

A few quick and easy awards, we’ll start with the MTV like  award of Crazy Bitch of the Year. Our two nominees, Julianne Moore from Carrie, and Scarlett Johansson from Don Jon. Scar Jo, you might ask me, why is she crazy? Come on, look at that character, she was crazy as hell! The movie is marketed as the rom com between her character and JGLs, but turns out, she is kind of a little insane! The way she tries to control him, and he arguments. It’s just nuts, from a guy’s perspective at least. But not as nuts as Julianne Moore in Carrie. This chick was just creepy, and loco from the get go! It’s no wonder Carrie was so screwed up! Every year, movies get cancelled and not released and some moronic film comes out that no one goes to see. This we call the Who Cares of the Year. Nominees are, After Earth, and Paranoia. What to say about After Earth. They did a great job hiding that it was a M. Night Shyamalan film. You didn’t see his name at all during the marketing campaign. It wasn’t until the movie started and up roles ”A film by M. Night Shyamalan” that people realized, and by then they were already screwed. And Paranoia, had a great cast. Han Solo and Commissioner Gordon, with Thors little brother in the middle, and Amber Heard. But, no one cared. Most people still haven’t even heard of it. Which makes it our winner of the Who Cares of the Year. At least people saw After Earth and know that it sucked. Best Soundtrack, and I will say soundtrack rather than score, because I don’t really have the experience to talk score, just yet. So Soundtrack nominees are Furious 6 and Kick-Ass 2. Furious 6 gets the nod on 2 Chains’’ We Own It. The Fast & Furious franchise is known for its cars, but every film gives us at least one hit song that jams. And Kick-Ass 2, I love the main theme, it’s on my workout playlist, and even an alarm on my phone. And the award goes to, Furious 6. We Own It, Rest of My Life by Ludacris featuring Usher, Bandoleros by Don Omar and Tego Calderon, and many more. It is just a great soundtrack with some good jams.

Biggest Let Down of the Year. The Nominees are, After Earth, The Conselor, Paranioa, Gangster Squad, and A Good DayTo Die Hard. To be a true let down, I have looked for movies I was initially very excited for. We’ll look at A good day to die hard. How hard is it to not screw up Die hard?! ITS FREAKING DIE HARD! One of my favorite franchises of all time! DIE HARD! And Yet Bruce Willis phoned it in and we were given not even a decentgeneric action flick. A plot hole filled weak film. And Paranioa, two more phoned in performances, this time by the great Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. Thors little brother was decent enough, but not really someone you want in a lead role. Gangster Squad is hard to explain why it let me down. It was just a weak story. And Ryan Gosslings character was annoying as hell. Not much I can say about The COunsalor, I walked out and hour into it. Stale and insanely borng. And After Earth, wow. Once again, it ened up being a film where the director,takes all the charisma and likeability out of will Smith, andthen tries to force us to like his son. Who was a whiny little kid all film long. So what was the Biggest Let Down? I got to give it to A Good Day To Die Hard. I mean I was really excited, as I always am, for the next installment of Die Hard, but I was a given crap. Hopefully the alleged Die Hardest will bring us back to the top.

Part 2 of my 2013 movie awards will debut tomorrow before the Oscars go live.