vrijdag 31 januari 2014

In My Mailbox (133)

I received seven postcards this week, from seven different countries! From the capitol of Russia I got this gorgeous tiger card. Two white tigers, so beautiful!

Sent: january 2nd 2014
Received: january 28th 2014
Distance: 2,139 km (1,329 miles)
Travel Time: 26 days

This adorable and colorful postcard came from Pelhrimov, Czech Republic. I don't know who those cartoons are, but they sure look fun.

Sent: january 22nd 2014
Received: january 28th 2014
Distance: 685 km (426 miles)
Travel Time: 6 days

Another cartoon card, this time from Lida, Belarus. I have other cards from this series. Cute.

Sent: january 23rd 2014
Received: january 30th 2014
Distance: 1,337 km (831 miles)
Travel Time: 7 days

How amazing this is, like nothing I've ever received before. Simply beautiful! It's from Rutesheim, Germany.

Sent: january 26th 2014
Received: january 30th 2014
Distance: 340 km (211 miles)
Travel Time: 4 days

My favorite of the week came from Bainsford, Great Brittain (Scotland to be exact). So sweet, a little baby elephant. I just adore elephants, a nice card to add to my collection!

Sent: january 27th 2014
Received: january 30th 2014
Distance: 839 km (521 miles)
Travel Time: 3 days

A drawing of a killerwhale from Lódz, Poland. Very pretty.

Sent: january 26th 2014
Received: januaty 31st 2014
Distance: 936 km (582 miles)
Travel Time: 5 days

And last a vintage card from Tokyo, Japan.

Sent: january 25th 2014
Received: january 31st 2014
Distance: 9,376 km (5,826 miles)
Travel Time: 6 days

Thanks Anastasia, Martin, Marina, Tobias, Pamela, Marek and Asami for your great postcards this week and keeping my mailbox happy!

donderdag 30 januari 2014

Top 5 Thursday: Movies from 1998

First my apologies for the missing top 5 last week. With all the busy stuff I totally forgot! But it's back this week. Let’s take a look at the year 1998, what movies did that year bring us?

5. The Wedding Singer
Okay, probably not one of the best movies of 1998, but a bit of a guilty pleasure. This was in the time that Adam Sandler still made movies worth your time. And he forms a sweet duo with Drew Barrymore.

4. The Faculty
Such a cool movie, although it features all kinds of stereotypical high school students. It’s a Robert Rodriguez movie and it’s an enjoyable film to watch.

3. American History X
This was an intense film, it haunted me for days when I first saw it. Especially that one scene with the man on the curb. You know what I’m talking about. And a fantastic performance by Edward Norton.

2. The Big Lebowski
You gotta love The Dude. In my opinion it’s Jeff Bridges at his best, although he also had some more dramatic roles where he was outstanding in. John Goodman also rocks this movie and I just love it.

1. There’s Something About Mary
It’s probably my number one comedy of all time. Cameron Diaz as the loveable Mary, who everybody loves. And Ben Stiller…. How cute was he and everyone felt sorry for him. That zipper scene, auch! I can still see the image.

They Almost Made the Top 5: The Truman Show, You’ve Got Mail, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Saving Private Ryan, Shakespeare in Love

woensdag 29 januari 2014

100 Movie Challenge 2014 - # 21: Jagten

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 111 minutes
Year: 2012
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larson, Annika Wedderkop, Lasse Fogelstrøm

Description: Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is a teacher who lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

Review: Thomas Vinterberg comes, with his film “Jagten”, awfully close to reality. Nothing seems wrong: Lucas is recently divorced and tries to make the best of it. That he doesn’t see his son enough bothers him, but Lucas is surrounded by a bunch of friends who support him. Life starts getting better when he finds love, but then something completely unexpected happens. Lucas, who is very loved by the kids he works with, is accused of child abuse by Klara, his best friends daughter.
His carefully rebuild life starts falling apart again. The lie that Klara told has a big impact on Lucas’ life. And it gets a little worse every day. You can off course understand the concern, but the story is starting to live its own life and a witch hunts starts. Lucas can’t even shop at his local supermarket anymore and his sweet dog isn’t safe either. Everyone believes Klara and no one seems to be interested in Lucas’ side of the story but his friend Bruun and his son Marcus.
In “Jagten” we don’t have to ask ourselves the question if Lucas is innocent or not, because we see exactly what happens. The remark of one little girl starts to lead its own life. Vinterberg puts the accent on the happenings after the accusation. This makes “Jagten” an interesting psychological study. Even when Klara tells her parents Lucas didn’t do anything, they twist her words so that Lucas is guilty. The strongest scene is set in a church, on Christmas eve, where Lucas confronts his fellow citizens.
I didn’t know what to expect from “Jagten”, but it left a great impression on me and it gets under your skin. This movie was haunting my mind after I watched it. Mikkelsen shines as the anti-hero, what a great performance. But young Annika Wedderkop impresses as well. “Jagten” has some strong themes like injustice, condemnation and paranoia. I was speechless, what a fantastic movie. The shocking climax shows us that Lucas will always have that stigma, the scars will never go away.

Rating: 5/ 5

Me & 3 Benedict Cumberbatch Movies

I absolutely adore this actor, Benedict Cumberbatch. I don’t know what it is, I love his voice, but everything about him just fascinates me. His show “Sherlock” is an addiction for me, but he also has a bunch of great films. So I decided to watch three movies with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Amazing Grace
Genre: Drama
Year: 2006
Director: Michael Apted
Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Benedict Cumberbatch, Romola Garai, Michael Gambon, Rufus Sewell, Toby Jones
Description: The idealist William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd) maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.
Opinion: A story to goes to your heart. It’s an overlooked film, not many people have seen it I think. It’s a beautiful story, well made into a movie.
Favorite character: William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd)
Most memorable quote: “No matter how loud you shout, you will not drown out the voice of the people!” –William Wolberforce-
Best scene: Where the two best friends William Wilberforce and William Pitt are racing eacht other.

Star Trek Into Darkness
Genre: Science Fiction/ Action
Director: J.J. Abrams
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Alice Eve, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Peter Weller, Bruce Greenwood
Description: After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.
Opinion: It’s better than the first and you might even like it when you’re not a “Star Trek” fan. I especially liked Benedict Cumberbatch as a villain, which makes it the strongest point of the film.
Favorite character: John Harisson aka Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch)
Most memorable quote: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”. –Spock-
Best scene: The moment where Kirk is interrogating John Harisson for the first time.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Genre: Drama/ Mystery/ Thriller
Year: 2011
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Cast: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Toby Jones, Stephen Graham, Ciarán Hinds
Description: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6.
Opinion: What an interesting spy thriller. It captivated me from beginning ‘till end. Although it’s a bit slow, it didn’t bore me one second.
Favorite character: George Smiley (Gary Oldman)
Most memorable quote: “It's the oldest question of all, George. Who can spy on the spies?” -Oliver Lacon-
Best scene: Where Peter Guillaim is trying to smuggle documents out of the archive. It was a nail biting scene.
Favorite of the 3: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

zondag 26 januari 2014

100 Movie Challenge 2014 - # 20: Precious

Director: Lee Daniels
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 104 minutes
Year: 2009
Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Sherri Shepherd

Description: In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, the overweight, abused, illiterate teen Precious (Gabourey Sidibe) who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.

Review: Not a lot of people would want to trade lives with Claireece ‘Precious’ Jones. She is sixteen, weighs 330 pounds and lives in one of the poorest neighborhoods of New York. She can barely read and write and is constantly bullied at school. Despite all that she’s rather in school then at home with her mother. She yells at Precious, treats her like a slave and abuses her. Four years ago she had a child with Down Syndrom, who was conceived by her own father. He rapes her and Precious is now expecting her second child. Mother Mary does nothing. She blames Precious for stealing her husband.
Lee Daniels previously produced movies like “Monster’s Ball” and “The Woodsman”, which also dealt with heavy themes. In the first 45 minutes of “Precious” you don’t see one inch of hope for the young girl. When she meets Ms. Rain at the alternative school ‘Each One, Teach One’, Precious grows, she blooms. Paula Patton easily could have made Ms. Rain into a soft teacher, but instead she portrays her as a strong woman on a mission.
“Precious” stands out because of the convincing acting performances. Newbie Gabourey Sidibe is overwhelming in her title role. She is believable. Mariah Carey surprised everyone as social worker Ms. Weiss, who only has a few scenes but was very solid. The best performance is by Mo’Nique, who is known as a comedienne. She plays Precious’ mother and is scary good as the mom from hell.
“Precious” is a grabbing film, that leaves a mark. I don’t understand why Lee Daniels wanted to make this movie a bit lighter by adding several dream sequences. And there are also some irrelevant close-ups and misplaced symbolic. But you do have the constant feeling that you’re dealing with real people and real misery. That this film gets under your skin is because of the wonderful acting.

Rating: 3/ 5

100 Movie Challenge 2014 - # 19: The Big Wedding

Director: Justin Zackham
Genre: Comedy/ Romance
Runtime: 89 minutes
Year: 2013
Starring: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes

Description: Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie (Diane Keaton) were once married and have three children: Lyla (Katherine Heigl), Jared (Topher Grace) and adoptive son Alejandro (Ben Barnes). Eventually they divorce, Ellie moves away and Don hooks up with Bebe (Susan Sarandon), Ellie's best friend. When Alejandro is about to get married, he informs Don And Ellie that he never told his natural mother, who is so traditional,that they got divorced. And she is coming for the wedding so he asks them if they can pretend to still be married.

Review: You know that a first meeting starting with a lie never works out. That’s exactly what happens when Alejandro wants his divorced parents to pretend they are still together for his very religious biological mother.
It’s a cast with a lot of big names, but that doesn’t necessarily mean success. And “The Big Wedding” isn’t. Basically because of the chaotic script, which can’t seem to find a balance between sentimental clichés and corny jokes. It’s very predictable, some twists I could see from a mile away.
Acting veterans De Niro, Keaton, Williams and Sarandon never seem to carry this film to a higher level. Katherine Heigl seems like she was forced to do this movie, she has lost the charm she had when she was still on “Grey’s Anatomy”. And the storyline that Topher Grace has, is simply ridiculous. The wedding, which should be the highlight of the film, is also disappointing. Off course someone falls into the water and some punches are given. All you can do as a viewer is sigh of boredom.
“The Big Wedding” is an uninspired comedy that couldn’t be saved by the big actors. The movie feels forced and is very disappointing.

Rating: 1,5/ 5

100 Movie Challenge 2014 - # 18: ParaNorman

Director: Chris Butler, Sam Fell
Genre: Animation/ Family/ Adventure
Runtime: 93 minutes
Year: 2012
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Casey Affleck, Tucker Albrizzi, Jeff Garlin

Description: In the town of Blithe Hollow, Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a boy who can speak to the dead, but no one besides his eccentric new friend, Neil (Tucker Albrizzi), believes his ability is real. One day, Norman's estranged eccentric uncle (John Goodman) tells him of an important annual ritual he must take up to protect the town from a curse cast by a witch it condemned centuries ago.

Review: After “Coraline” in 2009, the same studio brings us “ParaNorman”. The style is the same, the so called stop-motion technique is used here.
The story of “ParaNorman” revolves around the young Norman who has the gift of seeing dead people and communicating with them. It’s actually more of a burden for Norman, because everyone thinks he’s a freak, even his family worries about him. His estranged uncle verifies Norman isn’t crazy, because he tells him about a witches curse. Norman is the one to stop that curse.
“ParaNorman” looks stunning. It’s a dark and raw animation, not suited for all viewers by the way. With the stop-motion technique it is definitely very unique, although the creepy setting reminds you a bit of “Coraline”.
The story lacks a bit of depth, because it’s all just a rescue mission where Norman goes from loser to hero. I love the inside jokes and references to classic horror movies, but I’m doubting if kids understand them. Overall “ParaNorman” is an entertaining and visually stunning animation.

Rating: 3/ 5

Movie Trailer Sunday (123)

Here are this weeks trailers.

Better Living Through Chemistry
Description: A meek, small-town pharmacist is stuck in a loveless marriage who rediscovers himself by starting an affair with a trophy wife. After she introduces him to the pleasures of prescription drugs, things spin out of control when they begin plotting to kill her husband.
Director: Geoff Moore, David Posamentier
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Ray Liotta, Jane Fonda
Trailer: Trailer "Better Living Through Chemistry"
Comment: I like Sam Rockewell.

The Bag Man
Description: Jack (John Cusack) is a tough guy with chronic bad luck but human touches, and legendary crime boss Dragna (Robert De Niro). Dragna has summoned Jack and a host of shady characters to a remote bayou motel for unknown reasons, and over the course of a long and violently eventful night, Jack's path crosses with the stunningly beautiful Rivka (Rebecca Da Costa). All of their fates intertwine, and when Dragna arrives on the scene there are sudden and extreme consequences for everyone involved.
Director: David Grovic
Starring: John Cusack, Rebecca Da Costa, Robert De Niro, Dominic Purcell, Crispin Glover, Sticky Fingaz
Trailer: Trailer "The Bag Man"
Comment: John Cusack and Robert De Niro together. Hell yeah!

Blood Ties
Description: Two brothers, on either side of the law, face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s.
Director: Guillaume Canet
Starring: Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldena, Marion Cotillard, Austin Williams, James Caan
Trailer: Trailer "Blood Ties"
Comment: Great cast.

Description: A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon
Director: Mike Flanagan
Starring: Kate Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, Brenton Thwaites, James Lafferty, Rory Cochrane, Annalisa Basso, Garretty Ryan, Kate Siegel, Katie Parker, Miguel Sandoval
Trailer: Trailer "Oculus"
Comment: Okay, I'm already scared shitless! And that poster is very disturbing!

Run & Jump
Description: An American doctor (Will Forte) travels to Ireland to study the Casey family after 38-year-old Conor (Edward McLiam) suffers a stroke which changes his personality, leaving dynamo wife and mother Vanetia (Maxine Peake) to run the show.
Director: Steph Green
Starring: Maxine Peake, Edward McLiam, Will Forte
Trailer: Trailer "Run & Jump"
Comment: Just the kind of film I would love to watch right now.

zaterdag 25 januari 2014

DVD Collection Update (11)

Time for another DVD update. I bought some great new movies, some TV shows and a classic.

I'm really into Wes Anderson movies lately, I love his style and colorpalet. I wanted to see "Moonrise Kingdom" for a while, but it was pretty hard to find this movie. I already watched it, you can read a review on this blog. I loved it!

This movie really surprised me. I hardly ever buy movies where I doubt the opinion of reviewers. I didn't think "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" would be this good.

I saw "This is the End" in theatres with my brother. I knew I was going to like it, but it surprised my brother. He laughed really hard, just like me. So I just had to add this to my collection.

Remember last update, where I told you I asked for a DVD of "The Walking Dead" and my mom got me season 3 of "Waking the Dead". It was a happy accident, because I love the show and decided to buy the first two season as well. The show has 9 seasons, so I still have a lot of episodes to view.

When I first saw the trailer I wanted to see this in theatres no matter what. Well, I didn't... but now I own the DVD. Brad Pitt hunting zombies in "World War Z" sounds pretty amazing!

I was just talking to my brother the other day and I told him I hadn't seen "Ghostbusters" in a while. So when I saw the DVD in the store there was no doubt in my mind. I had to take it home with me.

I finally want to see why Daniel Day Lewis won an Oscar. "Lincoln" is going to be amazing, eventhough I haven't seen it before I know it beforehand.

And last I got season 8 of of "Supernatural". I really need my dose of Dean Winchester, because it feels like forever since I watched him in action.

In My Mailbox (132)

Wow, 14 postcards this week! And some realy great ones. First came from Guangzhou, China. Super cute puppy!

Sent: december 30th 2013
Received: january 19th 2014
Distance: 9,157 km (5,690 miles)
Travel Time: 20 days

From Ostrava, Czech Republic I got this vintage postcard. It looks very peaceful and pretty.

Sent: january 14th 2014
Received: anuary 19th 2014
Distance: 874 km (543 miles)
Travel Time: 5 days

I got this postcard from Portland, Maine, US. It's a painting and I really love the text: "Random answers to puzzling aspects of life".

Sent: january 13th 2014
Received: january 19th 2014
Distance: 5,550 km (3,449 miles)
Travel Time: 6 days

A card from one of my favorite movies "Kill Bill Vol. 2". Love it! It's from Detmold, Germany.

Sent: january 15th 2014
Received: january 19th 2014
Distance: 216 km (134 miles)
Travel Time: 4 days

Another "Kepp Calm..." card. I Always like those. It came from Sumperk, Czech Republic.

Sent: january 14th 2014
Received: january 19th 2014
Distance: 788 km (490 miles)
Travel Time: 5 days

Such a sweet and touching postcard from Helsinki, Finland. Aaaw....

Sent: january 9th 2014
Received: january 19th 2014
Distance: 1,545 km (960 miles)
Travel Time: 10 days

My favorite postcard of the week is just so awesome! It's from Gdanks, Poland. Simply beautiful, I love foxes.

Sent: january 6th 2014
Received: january 19th 2014
Distance: 921 km (572 miles)
Travel Time: 13 days

Another favorite involing a fox came from Beveren, Belgium. It's one of my favorite children's books written by my favorite children's book author. Love it!

Sent: january 16th 2014
Received: january 21st 2014
Distance: 121 km (75 miles)
Travel Time: 5 days

A skyline from Oakland, but the card is from Mainz, Germany.

Sent: january 18th 2014
Received: january 22nd 2014
Distance: 208 km (129 miles)
Travel Time: 4 days

This very cute and cosy residence is from Herzberg am Harz, Germany. DOn't you just love that blue fence?

Sent: november 22nd 2013
Received: january 22nd 2014
Distance: 306 km (190 miles)
Travel Time: 61 days

Jellyfish!!!! Cool photo from Bogalusa, Louisiana, US.

Sent: january 16th 2014
Received: january 22nd 2014
Distance: 7,784 km (4,837 miles)
Travel Time: 6 days

This dish looks pretty good. It's from Mahilyow, Belarus.

Sent: january 9th 2014
Received: january 25th 2014
Distance: 1,669 km (1,037 miles)
Travel Time: 16 days

Such an adorable kitten. Lovely! It's from Uithoorn, Netherlands.

Sent: january 22nd 2014
Received: january 25th 2014
Distance: 139 km (86 miles)
Travel Time: 3 days

From Slavonski Brod, Bosnia Herzegovina I got this old city view. Nice.

Sent: december 30th 2013
Received: january 25th 2014
Distance: 1,116 km (693 miles)
Travel Time: 26 days

Thanks Nancy, Denisa, Diane, Marc, Jitska, Noora, Kate, Hildegard, A.K., Jürgen, Jen, Tatiana, André and Dragan for your amazing postcards this week!

dinsdag 21 januari 2014

100 Movie Challenge 2014 - # 17: Moonrise Kingdom

Director: Wes Anderson
Genre: Drama/ Comedy
Runtime: 93 minutes
Year: 2012
Starring: Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Harvey Keitel, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward

Description: Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down.

Review: Problematic families, impossible loves, existential voids; those are known themes for director Wes Anderson. The obstinate Anderson makes movies you either love or hate. “Moonrise Kingdom” is a distinctive film, especially the wonderful world he has created and he takes the viewers on a magical journey.
The leading roles are for the very young Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, who decide to run away together after exchanging mail. Their roles are very mature and the performances are very solid. But that’s the key ingredients: kids who act like adults and adult who simply don’t want to grow up. The film has quirky characters, a bit of dry humor but also a touch of emotion. “Moonrise Kingdom” is the ‘sweetest’ film Anderson has made so far. That all has to do with the young lovers, but there’s more. Like Bruce Willis’ character, who has something touching because he’s not a too smart sheriff with good intensions. And Edward Norton, who’s constantly a bit nervous.
For me Wes Anderson movies are always a joy to watch. Just the detailed décor and the witty, sweet and quirky characters and humor alone makes it a great movie experience. It’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, but fans have enough to look forward to.

Rating: 4,5/ 5

maandag 20 januari 2014

100 Movie Challenge 2014 - # 16: Trouble with the Curve

Director: Robert Lorenz
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 111 minutes
Year: 2012
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Robert Patrick, Matthew Lillard, Bob Gunton

Description: Gus (Clint Eastwood) is a baseball scout. The team he works for thinks he should retire. He asks them to let him do one more scouting job to prove himself. His friend, Pete (John Goodman), asks Gus’ estranged daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), if she could go with him to make sure he's okay as his eyes are failing.

Review: A good curveball is one of the best weapons a pitcher can have and it’s a real challenge for the batter. “Trouble With the Curve” centers this learning process. We follow Gus, whose life is all about baseball. As the Atlanta Braves scout he travels through the country to find new talent. Because he’s aging, Gus gets one last chance to prove himself as an old-fashioned scout. His daughter Mickey joins him, she wants to look after him because his sight isn’t that good anymore.
Clint Eastwood plays a role that he has done before: a grumpy, stubborn old man. That worked for him in “Gran Torino” and “Million Dollar Baby”, but it’s gotten a little old. I do like these Eastwood characters though and his sarcastic humor. Amy Adams’ character is just loveable, I always like it when a strong woman enters a man’s world. The chemistry between Eastwood and Adams is great, you believe them as a father and daughter. Justin Timberlake on the other hand doesn’t really add anything to the story but predictability. And John Goodman wasn’t given enough screen time, because the scenes he had with Eastwood were really good.
Although baseball isn’t really my sport, the movie did interest me. It’s not one of the best and it’s certainly not very special, but it was enjoyable to watch.

Rating: 3/ 5

zondag 19 januari 2014

Oscar Predictions 2014

I'm going to predict the winners for this years Oscars again. I have no idea! I'm super excited about Ellen Degeneres hosting, she amakes me laugh. Here is my list of who should and would win.

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Should Win: "12 Years a Slave"
Would Win: "American Hustle"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Should Win: Bruce Dern for "Nebraska" (actually Tom Hanks for "Captain Phillips", but no nomination!
Would Win: Matthew McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Should Win: Amy Adams for "American Hustle"
Would Win: Cate Blanchett for "Blue Jasmin"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Should Win: Michael Fassbender for "12 Years a Slave"
Would Win: Jared Leto for "Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Should Win: Lupita Nyong'o for "12 Years a Slave"
Would Win: Lupita Nyong'o for "12 Years a Slave"

Best Achievement in Directing
Should Win: Alexander Payne for "Nebraska"
Would Win: Alfonso Cuarón for "Gravity"

Movie Trailer Sunday (122)

Here are this weeks trailers.
The Face of Love
Description: Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams, Amy Brenneman, Jess Weixler
Director: Arie Posin, Matthew McDuffie
Starring: Five years after losing the love her life, Nikki (Annette Bening) falls in love again...at first sight. Tom (Ed Harris) is an art teacher with a kind heart and a great zest for life, but what he doesn't know is that he's also a near perfect double for Nikki's deceased husband. Seduced by the chance to live as if her husband was never lost, Nikki spirals into a fantasy of the present as past, while Tom must unravel the mystery behind her immediate and unconditional love.
Comment: Nice to see Annette Bening in a romance movie, I'm really looking forward to seeing this.

Walk of Shame
Description: A reporter's dream of becoming a news anchor is compromised after a one-night stand leaves her stranded in downtown L.A. without a phone, car, ID or money - and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life.
Director: Steven Brill
Starring: Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden
Comment: I love the funny Elizabeth Banks.
The Quiet Ones
Description: A University physics professor assembles a team to help create a poltergeist.
Director: John Pogue
Starring: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Olivia Cooke
Comment: Creepy...

Adult World
Description: A recent college graduate (Emma ROberts) who believes she's destined to be a great poet, instead winds up working for an adult book store.
Director: SCott Coffey
Starring: Emma Roberts, John Cusack, Evan Peters, Cloris Leachman, Shannon Woodward
Comment: I just love John Cusack.... love him!
Cesar Chavez
Description: A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez.
Director: Diego Luna
Starring: Michael Peña, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrara. John Malkovich, Jacob Vargas, Yancy Arias, Wes Bentley, John Ortoz
Comment: This looks amazing.