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FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.9 – “OSCAR-MANIA”, Part 1

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Join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo as they prepare for the biggest night of year in the world of film – the OSCARS. In the first part of a 3-part series, the duo recap the Golden Globes, discuss the Oscar nominations, and review Best Picture nominees The Artist, The Tree of Life, War Horse, and The Help. Plus, film class memories, “are the Academy a bunch of elitist snobs?”, and MORE!

Inception (2010)

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Inception

Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange. 

The Stats

The Director:  Christopher Nolan
The Cast:  Leonardo Dicaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe
The Release Date: 2010
The Runtime: 148 Minutes

The Plot

Cobb is a thief. What does he steal? Information. You see, Cobb has technology where he can go into your dreams and extract information from your brain and sell it to clients. This time, it’s different. Someone has paid him top dollar to go into someone’s dreams and PLANT information. What’s this called? Inception.

The Lowdown

It’s official. With 2010 rapidly coming to a close, I will declare it: Inception is the best film of 2010. There will be zero argument on this. I don’t care what Oscar bait rolls around in theatres the next couple of weeks… if this film isn’t nominated for an Oscar, than I call “bullshit.” This movie has everything.

Let’s start with the direction. We’ve all see…

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

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ROSEMARY’S BABY
Roman Polanski
1968 • 136 Minutes • 1.85:1 • United States
Paramount Pictures

Cast – Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans
Screenplay – Roman Polanski based on the novel by Ira Levin
Producer - William Castle
Cinematography – William A. Fraker

Awards & Honors

Academy Awards
Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Ruth Gordon
Nominated:  Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium - Roman Polanski

American Film Institute
AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Thrills – Ranked #9


BAFTA
Nominated:  Best Actress - Mia Farrow

Director's Guild Awards
Nominated:  Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures - Roman Polanski

The Essential Films
The 100 Essential Horror Movies – Ranked #14

Golden Globes
Winner: Best Supporting Actress – Ruth Gordon
Nominated: Best Motion Picture Actress, Drama - Mia Farrow

Nominated: Best Original Score - Krzysztof Komeda
Nominated: Best Screenplay - Roman Polanski

Writers Guild Awards
Nominated: Bes…

The Matrix (1999)

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The Matrix

You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind. 

The Stats

The Director:  The Wachowski Brothers
The Cast:  Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano
The Release Date: 1999
The Runtime: 136 Minutes

The Plot

A computer hacker learns that his reality isn’t real, it’s just a computer program designed to keep him docile while machines feed on his energy. He “wakes up” and the revolution begins…

The Lowdown

OK, if you’ve never seen The Matrix, please hand in your Man Card. It’s been officially revoked.

Seriously, though… we have all seen this movie. If it wasn’t for the putridly terrible Phantom Menace, it would have been the biggest movie of 1999. The thing is, it’s been years since I sat down and watched it. Why? Well, we have those crappy sequels to blame for that. Those movies left such a bad taste in my mouth that I didn’t want to pick up and watch the original again.

But recently, I re-watched it. And I’ll be d…

The Godfather Part II (1974)

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THE GODFATHER PART II Francis Ford Coppola 1974 • 200 Minutes • 1.85:1 • United States Paramount
Principal Cast:  Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert DeNiro Talia Shire, Morganna King, John Cazale, Marianna Hill, Lee Strasberg, Michael V Gazzo Screenplay:  Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola Producer:  Francis Ford Coppola Cinematography:  Gordon Willis
Awards & Honors
Academy Awards Winner:  Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Robert De Niro  Winner:  Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Winner:  Best Director - Francis Ford Coppola  Winner:  Best Music, Original Dramatic Score - Nino Rota, Carmine Coppola  Winner:  Best Picture - Francis Ford Coppola, Gray Frederickson, Fred Roos  Winner:  Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material - Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo  Nominated:  Best Actor in a Leading Role - Al Pacino  Nominated:  Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Michael V. Gazzo  Nominated:  Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Lee Strasberg  Nominated:  Best Actress in a Supportin…

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

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THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO David Fincher 2011 • 158 Minutes • 2.35:1 • United States Columbia Pictures, MGM
Principal Cast - Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Steven Berkoff Screenplay:  Steven Zaillian from the book The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson Producers:  Ceán Chaffin, Scott Rudin, Søren Stærmose, Ole Søndberg Cinematography: Jeff Cronenweth
Awards & Honors
American Film Institute Official Selection for 2011
Academy Awards Nominated: Best Achievement in Cinematography - Jeff Cronenweth  Nominated: Best Achievement in Film Editing - Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter  Nominated: Best Achievement in Sound Editing- Ren Klyce  Nominated: Best Achievement in Sound Mixing - David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, Bo Persson  Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Rooney Mara 
BAFTA Awards Nominated: Best Cinematography - Jeff Cronenweth  Nominated: Best Original Music - Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor 
Director's Guild of America…

Kick-Ass (2010)

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This post was originally published as part of the DVD of the Day series at Superfriends Universe on July 30, 2010.



Kick-Ass

With no power, comes no responsibility.

The Stats

The Director:  Matthew Vaughn
The Cast:  Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Clark Duke, Nicholas Cage
The Release Date: 2010
The Runtime: 117 Minutes

The Plot

Comic book nerd Dave Lizewski wonders why exactly no one ever tried to be a superhero. So he makes a costume, grabs some weapons and becomes Kick-Ass! But when he enters a world filled with gun-toting vigilantes, gangsters and foul-mouthed deadly little girl… he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

The Lowdown

Kick-Ass is the, err, well, kick-ass movie based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar & John Romita, Jr. Superman. Batman. Spider-Man. All great characters with great movies dedicated to them. (Granted not all of them are great, but still.) But how many of them actually kick ass? Yeah, if Batman actual…

Inside Man (2006)

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Inside Man

Fact is, all lies, all evil deeds, they stink. You can cover them up for a while, but they don’t go away.

The Stats

The Director:  Spike Lee
The Cast:  Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer
The Release Date: 2006
The Runtime: 129 Minutes

The Plot

Four masked criminals take control of a bank in the middle of New York City and it’s up to Denzel Washington to take them down. But what are they REALLY after?

The Lowdown

Spike Lee can be kind of an annoying little turd. There, I said it. Sometimes the shit that comes out of his mouth makes you want to slap him. But God damn it, he makes great movies.

Inside Man is a heist film. And we all love heist films, right? They’re a hell of a lot of fun. But this one is different. While the ultimate goal for these bank robbers is to make money, they’re also out to prove a point. What that point is, well, we’d enter into spoiler territory if I revealed that. Needless to say, this isn’t your average heist flick. In mo…

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL
Brad Bird
2011 • 133 Minutes • 1.44:1 • United States


Principal Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist
Screenplay: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec
Producers: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Tom Cruise
Cinematography: Robert Elswit


- Now remember: “Blue is glue!” - And red? - Dead. 

The fourth installment of the successful Mission: Impossible series has been released and it may be the best one yet. In this adventure, Ethan Hunt’s team is on the trail of Russian terrorist Hendricks, who is in possession of nuclear launch codes and plans to use them to kick start World War III. Making matters worse, the team fails at stopping Hendricks from taking the codes in the first place and blowing up the Kremlin… which IMF is then blamed for. The entire IMF organization is disavowed in an “all-else-fails” stratagem known as “Ghost Protocol.” Hunt assembles a skeleton crew to take down Hendricks once and for all.


Brad Bird’s filmography is …

100 Greatest Movie Heroes

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Much like our celebrated 100 Greatest Movie Villains countdown, we are kicking off the New Year with the 100 Greatest Movie Heroes!
Criteria:
A hero must be a character or group of characters that fits into one or more of these categories:

The hero(es) puts the needs of others, whether it is one person or many, before their own needs.  This can mean putting themselves in extreme physical danger or crippling emotional trauma.The hero exemplifies bravery in situations where most wouldn't.The hero's actions and/or character inspires others to do great things. NOTE:  Anti-heroes are defined as protagonists of a story that lack traditional heroic values.  Some anti-heroes DO make the list, but only when they fall into one of the previously mentioned criteria.  Some heroes start as anti-heroes and redeem themselves through the film or series of films, and in the end do portray positive hero qualities.  Examples would include:  Han Solo, The Man With No Name or Rick Blaine.  These ant…