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Mike's ProfileMike has a degree in Film from The University of Texas at Austin. He has worked in the entertainment industry for the past 25 years and sees two to four new movies in the theatre a week. Mike has a weekly movie blog where he reviews films both present and past at: lastonetoleavethetheatre.blogspot.com He can be followed on Twitter @lastonetoleave
Mike’s Fearless Oscar Picks:
I was correct on 9 out of 11 of my Oscar picks. Hugo took home 5 awards (Sound Mixing, Cinematography), not surprising since it was the best use of 3-D I have seen since Avatar. When an actress like Meryl Streep has been nominated a record-setting 17 times, you can’t say her winning for The Iron Lady was an upset. I did, though, think Viola Davis from The Help was going to win Best Actress. All the other major awards went as expected. Let’s hope more movie-goers will give the silent film The Artist a chance now that it has won 5 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.
Opening this week at a theatre near you:
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012)
A young boy (voiced by Zac Efron) lives in a town that is completely artificial. To impress the girl next door (voiced by Taylor Swift) who wants to see a real tree, he sets out to find the Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito), a mysterious creature that is the protector of the land. The townspeople, though, led by the mayor, don’t want to change their town, and they will stop at nothing to keep their world artificial. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax website
What to Watch For: This is the fourth feature film based on a book by Dr. Seuss, but the first one to be released in 3-D. The question is, are audiences tiring of 3-D format?
Word on the Street: Brought to you by the same team that brought you the big 2010 hit, Despicable Me, there are hopes this film will start a franchise of Dr. Seuss films. This film will be released on the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Project X (2012)
Three teenage friends (Thomas Mann, Jonathan Daniel Brown and Oliver Cooper) want desperately to be cool and popular. They decide to throw a party, but not any ordinary party. It will be THE party of all time. As the party progresses, it starts to get totally out of control, and the neighborhood may never recover. Project X website
What to Watch For: This is another of a long line of recent attempts at point-of-view films, with a heavy emphasis on “YouTube” style videos.
Word on the Street: The studio is hoping a large on-line campaign will bring in the crowds to see this film.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012)
A mother (Tilda Swinton) deals with bringing up a difficult child, who, from day one, behaves badly towards her but acts lovingly towards his father (John C. Reilly). No matter what she does or says, the difficult child becomes more and more hateful toward her…until he does an unspeakable thing. We Need to Talk About Kevin website
What to Watch For: Many critics were disappointed that Tilda Swinton didn’t get an Academy Award nomination.
Word on the Street: The film is based on an award-winning book by Lionel Shriver. While the subject matter is difficult to deal with, Swinton’s performance makes this a must-see film.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69:
Blade II: Bloodhunt (2002) Our vampire hunter, Blade (Wesley Snipes), is back, and this time he has to make an alliance with the vampires he has been hunting when a new strain of vampire, called The Reaper, makes both humans and vampires part of his prey.
Paparazzi (2004) A successful actor’s (Cole Hauser) family is almost killed in a car accident, an accident that was caused by the aggression of four photographers (paparazzi). Now he is going after the four to get revenge.
A River Runs Through It (1992) Two young men (Brad Pitt, Craig Sheffer) grow up in 1920s Montana . One of them is reserved, while the other is hard-living and rebellious. Their father, a Presbyterian minister, tries to teach them about life through the art of fly fishing.