Django Unchained is a fun, intense thrill ride. Tarantino remains one of the best, and most unique, directors working today. He has mastered the ability to balance his violence, humor and drama in a way that makes the very long film enjoyable from start to finish. There might have been a way to trim about 30 minutes from the running time, and the final portion of the movie, with Jamie Foxx as the main focus of attention, feels a big…
While Argo looked like the front runner heading into Oscar season, Kathryn Bigelow raced to the front of the line with her amazing look at the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. There will be controversy surrounding the movie, and some people won't enjoy it because of political convictions. However, as a movie, this is the best film of 2012, with the best director of the year and the best performance by an actress by Jessica Chastain. You are looking at the new front runner for the Oscars.
At the end of the day, Silver Linings Playbook is another solid movie by David O. Russell. He brings out the best in his actors and both Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence should pick up some nominations for their performances. Don’t count out Cooper's chances for winning some either, although it has been a big year for lead male actors. The story is great with a fantastic ending and everything comes together nicely. If you want a feel good movie with some of the best acting of the year, you will find it in Silver Linings Playbook.
"Shame" is about dependency, Brandon dependent on his addictions, leading him to the depths of the cold New York City nights. Sissy is dependent on her brother to help her feel safe and wanted. The siblings are damaged goods. At one point Sissy tells Brandon they are broken but they can still be fixed. That is the message of this story.
To say that "Shame" is emotionally devastating is an understatement. Michael Fassbender is spectacular as Brandon and deserves award…