Buy A Blu-Ray A Week – USA

Blu-Rays To BUY 

The Muppets – I absolutely loved this movie, it was hugely entertaining and is guaranteed to be enjoyed by anyone. When I first heard about this movie I thought it would be awful, and all of the spoof trailers really weren’t convincing me. Because I love Jason Segel and The Muppets I thought I would give it a chance and I’m glad I did. This film is beyond joyful and I highly recommend this to everyone, especially fans of The Muppets.

Carnage – Now don’t get me wrong I id enjoy Carnage but I was extremely let down as I thought it could shave been so much better. This film is short clocking it at one hour and twenty minutes but the film feels like it is around two hours and that isn’t really a good thing. I chose to put this in the section you should buy because I know a lot of people that loved it but I was just a little let down, you might not be though.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Now to another movie that I absolutely loved, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was a great remake thats is dark, twisted and extremely fast paced. This movie isn’t for the feint hearted, it does contain some extremely brutal scenes that are not to be viewed by children. It is filled with great performances and it is definitely worth your time. Don’t be daunted by it’s two hour and forty minute run time, it goes extremely quickly all due to it’s astonishing fast paced editing. If you loved the books and the original then you will love this one and if you just generally love movies then you will love it.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy –  This is a fantastic film with phenomenal performances throughout from the brilliant Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy and so many more. The storyline of this film is a little complex and you could find your self getting a bit lost but its still not a complex as inception the first time round. The film is also quite slow, I think that you need to be quite interested in British spies to really appreciate the pure quality of this movie. But it really is a great shame that is one of many films that has been completely snubbed by the Academy Awards. 

Blu-Rays To AVOID

The Sitter – Please don’t go anywhere near this movie, this is a perfect example as to why people think that Jonah Hill can’t act. This film is supposed to be a comedy but I did not laugh once, it is extremely unfunny and incredibly boring. I really wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, so please save yourself and never watch this pile of garbage.

All of the above Blu-rays are released on Tuesday 20th March 2012. So which ones will you be picking up this week? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you very much for reading.

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Who Will Win The Oscars 2012? – My Predictions

With the Oscars 2012 not that far away I have decided to tell you all both my predictions and who I would like to win. So lets get started.

Best Picture

War Horse
The Artist
Moneyball
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Hugo
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

I think that the winner here is an obvious one, I’m pretty sure that The Artist has got this award in the bag. If The Artist wins Best Picture then it will be the first silent film to win that award in over 80 years and I think that is exactly what the Academy want. I did enjoy The Artist and I can see why people have fallen in love with it but I just feel as though the Oscar hype is quite over the top, but then again with all of its campaigning it can’t really fail to take away best picture. I don’t really have any doubt that The Artist won’t take home best picture and I would be extremely surprised if it didn’t.

I’m really not sure who I would like to win Best Picture, I just know I don’t want it to go to Extremely Loud & Incredible Close, the two films I would most like to win are War Horse and Midnight In Paris, I thought that both of these films were absolutely phenomenal. War Horse was beautifully shot, acted and was just an overall an amazing film, I don’t think War Horse will win as it will be The Artist but I would like it to come out and surprise everyone. I would also like to see Midnight In Paris come out and surprise us all, I really loved this film, it was a smart, beautiful and happy film and I would love to see it take home the award.

Best Director

Michel Hazanivicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

The Artist will also be taking home the award for Best Director this Sunday, I do think The Artist was beautifully directed but I believe that this award should go more deserving directors. Again with all of The  Artist’s campaigning it would be a shock if they didn’t manage to take home Best Director as well. I again would be very surprised if The Artist doesn’t take home the award for Best Director as well as Best Picture. We never know though, the Academy could chose to go for more popular and recognised directors than go with the gimmick of The Artist. 

I would have liked Steven Spielberg to take home this award for his spectacular movie War Horse as I feel that was the best directed film of the year (2011). But from the nominees here I would love Woody Allen to take home the award for Midnight In Paris, I absolutely loved this film and thought Woody Allen captured every scene beautifully. Woody Allen hasn’t won an Oscar in fifteen years and I would really like to see him back basking in the glory he belongs. I wouldn’t also mind seeing Martin Scorsese taking home the award for his tim Hugo, again Hugo was beautifully shot and he deserves this award just as much as Michel Hazanivicius. 

Best Actor

Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

This award will be between two people, Jean Durjardin for The Artist or George Clooney for The Descendants.  I think they were both equally as deserving seeing that Durjardin’s performance made The Artist great, his acting was the most important part of the whole film and he really pulled it off. I do think though that the Academy will go for Clooney though seeing he is a lot more well known than the relatively unknown Durjardin despite Durjardin’s recent BAFTA win for best actor.

I wouldn’t be upset if Clooney took home the award but I would really love to see Gary Oldman win his long overdue Oscar. Surprisingly this is Oldman’s first ever Oscar review but it’s just a shame that he probably won’t  win. I, along with everyone else would be extremely surprised if he won but I would be extremely happy for him to take home the award.

Best Actress

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

I think it is safe to say that this award will most definitely be going to Meryl Streep, she has been long overdue an Oscar win and winning this one would make it her third win. I personally really didn’t like the Iron Lady but there is no doubt that Streep’s performance was absolutely astounding. I wouldn’t surprised if she didn’t win as she is up against some tough candidates but I think she is the most likely to take home the award with her bigger competition being Viola Davis for The Help. 

The woman I would like to see take home this award is the breathtaking Rooney Mara but I think it is unlikely that she will take home the award as this category as two front runners, both Meryl Streep and Viola Davis. I highly doubt that anyone apart from those two will take home this award. I thought that Rooney Mara’s performance in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was absolutely astonishing and its a shame she won’t get any recognition for it.

Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

With both a Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA win under his belt it is inevitable that Christopher Plummer takes away this award as well and if he doesn’t I will actually be surprised. Beginners wasn’t my favourite film of 2011 but I thought that Christopher Plummer’s performance was absolutely brilliant. From his past winnings I don’t think their is much competition in this category especially with Max Von Sydow in there, to be honest I have no idea why he is nominated his performance was no where near Oscar worthy like Christopher Plummer’s. 

As much as I loved Christopher Plummer’s performance in Beginners I would actually prefer Nick Nolte to win this award. I know it is highly unlikely but not only was his performance great, it is also the only Oscar that Warrior has a possibility of winning. I loved Warrior and I’m quite disappointed that it can’t win more so that is who I am so eager for Nick Nolte to win this award no matter how unlikely.

Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Everyone knows who will be getting this award, and it is of course Octavia Spencer. She has been trouncing all the other awards taking home a Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG so the likelihood of her not winning it pretty slim. To be fair though Spencer does completely deserve this award, her performance in The Help was absolutely phenomenal and she should get as much credit s possible for that performance. If she doesn’t win I, along with everyone else will be extremely surprised.

The person I would really really like to win is of course Melissa McCarthy, her performance in Bridesmaids was absolutely hilarious and she deserves some sort of recognition for that fine performance. Don’t get me wrong I would love to see Octavia Spencer win just as much as the next guy but if there is any black horse I would like to see this year it would be Melissa McCarthy. 

Best Original Screenplay

Michel Hazanivicius, The Artist
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation

Best Adapted Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants
John Logan, Hugo
George Clooney, Beau Willimon and Grant Heslov, The Ides of March
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin, Moneyball
Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Foreign Feature

Bullhead
Footnote
In Darkness
Monsieur Lazhar
A Separation

Best Animated Feature

A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

Art Direction

The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
War Horse

Cinematography

The Artist
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Costume Design

Anonymous
The Artist
Hugo
Jane Eyre
W.E.

Film Editing

Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Kevin Tent, The Descendants
Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Thelma Schoonmaker, Hugo
Christopher Tellefsen, Moneyball

Makeup

Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle, Albert Nobbs
Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, The Iron Lady

Music (Original Score)

John Williams, The Adventures of Tintin
Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Howard Shore, Hugo
Alberto Iglesias, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
John Williams, War Horse

Music (Original Song)

“Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Bret McKenzie
“Real in Rio” from Rio, Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett

Sound Editing

Drive
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon
War Horse

Sound Mixing

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Moneyball
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon
War Horse

Visual Effects

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon

So those are my predictions for this year. Who do you think will win? Who do you want to win? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you very much for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that follow button if you haven’t already and that like button to show me some love.

 

BAFTA’s 2012 Predictions

The BAFTA’s are taking place this Sunday at 9pm (GMT) on BBC1 hosted by the brilliant Stephen Fry. As the BAFTA’s are fast approaching I thought I would just do a quick run through of who I think will win and who I would like to win. Now on Sunday I will be doing a live text stream of the BAFTA’s so that all you lot from around the world can see who wins at the same time as me. So lets get the predictions underway, but I am bound to get some wrong obviously.

Best Film

The Artist – I think it will be The Artist will win it just because of its uniqueness and because of how loved it was by the critics as the best and only silent movie in that last 80 years. It is most definitely between this and The Descendants but i feel The Artist may just win it.
The Descendants
Drive – I would very much like Drive to win as it was my second favourite movie of 2011 and also as it has only been nominated for one Academy Award I would like it to pick up as many awards as possible at the BAFTA’s. I just don’t think it will win because everyone loves The Artist. 
The Help
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Outstanding British Film

My Week with Marilyn
Senna – I would really really like Senna to win it seeing it was a damn good film, it is one of the best documentaries I have seen and I think it deserves to be recognised but I know it won’t win and it will win best documentary instead.
Shame
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – I would say its pretty obvious that Tinker Tailor should win as it is the only film in the category that is also nominated for best picture  so on that basis I think it will win, plus it was a bloody good film.
We Need to Talk About Kevin

Director

The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius – I reckon yet again that The Artist will win it, I really hope it doesn’t take most of the awards it was nominated for because I hate it when films do that and it also wasn’t a good enough film to win so many awards.
Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn – Yet again I would really like Drive to win this one as it was beautifully directed and it deserves a lot more credit than it is getting at the moment.
Hugo – Martin Scorsese
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Tomas Alfredson
We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lynne Ramsay

Animated Film

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Arthur Christmas – I reckon Arthur Christmas will win and I want it to win, it was pure brilliance. The only reason I don’t think it will win is because it is a Christmas movie but BAFTA can’t stop clearly the best film winning just because it centres around Christmas. `
Rango 

Documentary

George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Project Nim
Senna – I reckon it will be and hope it is Senna that takes best documentary. It has to be the documentary that takes it seeing it was also nominated for best British film. This was by far the best documentary of the year and I can easily see it winning.

Leading Actor

Brad Pitt – Moneyball
Gary Oldman  – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – I think Gary Oldman has a very high chance of winning this award because he is long overdue a BAFTA and he is British, I really really want him to win and will be gutted if he doesn’t but it will be very close in the category between Oldman, Clooney and Dujardin and I can see any of them three winning it.
George Clooney – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Michael Fassbender – Shame

Leading Actress

Bérénice Bejo  – The Artist
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady – I reckon Meryl Streep will win and deserves to win, I do want her to win the most out of everyone seeing she deserves it for her brilliant performance as Thatcher, but I would also like to see Viola Davis take the award home.
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn
Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin
Viola Davis – The Help

Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer – Beginners – I think Christopher Plummer will and should win this award for his astonishing actin in Beginners for which he received a lot of praise and giving him this award would be the credit he so rightfully deserves.
Jim Broadbent – The Iron Lady
Jonah Hill – Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Ides of March

Supporting Actress

Carey Mulligan – Drive – I reckon Carey Mulligan would win it which I wouldn’t mind as I did love Drive but I just feel that Melissa McCarthy is more deserving of the award.
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Judi Dench – My Week with Marilyn
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids – I would really like Melissa McCarthy to take this award as she was hilarious in her role as Megan in Bridesmaids and she really needs to recognised for her hilarious role.
Octavia Spencer – The Help

As you have noticed I have only really done the main categories as they are the ones people only usually care about. Anyway, who do you think will win? Who do you want to win? Feel free to tell me in the comments below. Thanks again for reading.

Buy A Blu-Ray A Week – UK

This week there aren’t any blu-rays to avoid so I will just be listing blu-rays to buy this week.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – This is a fantastic film with phenomenal performances throughout from the brilliant Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy and so many more. The storyline of this film is a little complex and you could find your self getting a bit lost but its still not a complex as inception the first time round. The film is also quite slow, I think that you need to be quite interested in British spies to really appreciate the pure quality of this movie. But it really is a great shame that is one of many films that has been completely snubbed by the Academy Awards. 

Drive – Well what can I say about this film? It was my second favourite film of 2011 so its obvious that I love this film. Not everyone who watches this film will love it; some will complain about the unnecessary violence and gore and others will just not get the grasp of it pure brilliance. This film stars Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks both at their best and it is a shock to me that Drive didn’t get a best picture nomination at the Academy Awards. If you are not one for violence then I wouldn’t recommend this but if you enjoy good quality movies then this is one for you to pick up this week.

Crazy, Stupid, Love – I absolutely loved this movie and it was very close to making it into my top 11 movies of 2011 but it didn’t quite make it. Again another great film staring the sensational Ryan Gosling and he is joined by Steve Carell, Emma Stone and Julianne Moore. This is a hilarious rom-com that guys will love as well;  this is a great buy for anyone into comedies and I definitely recommend you picking this one up.

All of these blu-rays are released on Monday 30th January.

Which blu-ray will you be picking up this week? Tell me in the comments below. Thanks for reading.