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No Country for Old Men selected Best Picture by Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association!

No Country for Old Men

39 Washington, DC area Film Critics (WAFCA – of which I’m one) huddled together in a small broom closet this weekend to do our annual duty of selected the best of the year. In the last three weeks we were hit with an avalanche of DVD Screeners (about 50) and had a bunch of screenings to attend (about 100) and walked away with our eventual best Picture selection. Generally, I disagree with my fellow members, but last year and this year they got everything right, with the exception of Clooney for Michael Clayton – a film I absolutely HATED. I’m still mixed on No Country for Old Men, which is why I haven’t written a review yet. The first 90 minutes I sat there thinking, I’m watching the clear Best Picture of the Year, but then that weird ass last 20 minutes just ruins the entire film for me. I left the theater really angry and wondering what the f just happened. I’m still not entirely sure if the last 20 minutes is enough to throw out the first 90 minutes of brilliance or not. Ultimately, I did cast my ballad for No Country and am glad that it won. Because the other selections where two films that I absolutely loathe (Atonement and Michael Clayton.) So we did good this year and I’m happy with the results. Without Further adieu……

Winner: No Country for Old Men

Winner: Ethan and Joel Coen (No Country for Old Men)

Winner: George Clooney (Michael Clayton)

Julie Christie (Away from Her)

Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men)

Winner: Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead)

Winner: Aaron Sorkin (Charlie Wilson’s War)

Winner: Diablo Cody (Juno)

Winner: No Country for Old Men

Winner: Ratatouille

Winner: Sicko

Winner: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Winner: Sweeney Todd

Winner: Ellen Page (Juno)

The Golden Compass: Performances and FX Salvage Freewheeling Epic!

The Golden Compass Review Movies

Imagine a world, much like our but with some significant differences… a world where people’s souls were not contained within them, but beside them – in the form of animals, called daemons, that represented not just the type of person they were, but also their other side [men would have female daemons; women would have male daemons]. Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy is set in such a world and this unique yin and yang is but one of many aspects of the novels that Chris Weitz’s film adaptation does well.

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Atonement fails on almost every level. Michelle Alexandria’s Movie Review


The trailer for Atonement had me giddy with excitement I thought I was going to be in for a truly epic love story that spanned time, distance, war, betrayal, but what I got was this anemic, pretentious, non-epic turd. I love Keira Knightley (Cecilia Tallis) but frankly she can’t act and it’s proven once again here. Her face looked strangely like it’s been CGI’ed. Her mouth moves but there’s no expression in her cheeks or eyes. It looks so plastic that it was creepy. And that’s a word I’ll be using a lot throughout this review – CREEPY. The entire experience of watching this film felt CREEPY. There’s the CREEPY friend of her brother, Leon Tallis (played by Patrick Kennedy), a wealthy owner of a Chocolate factory, Paul Marshall (Benedict Cumberbatch) who turns out to be a pedophile. Then there is Cecilia’s creepy looking 13 year old sister Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan), and her visiting cousins, these two curly haired ugly looking kids and their older sister Lola Quincey (Juno Temple) who looked 11 or 12, but they strangely dressed her up to look older. Think Jon Bonnet Ramsey.  Continue reading Atonement fails on almost every level. Michelle Alexandria’s Movie Review

Beowulf: Dazzling 3D CGI, So-So Movie!

Beowulf Movie Review

Roger Zemeckis has created an amazing world in Beowulf – the CG adaptation of the epic poem we all suffered through in high school English. Here, though, we get a loose adaptation that assigns human motivations to the major players – including the decidedly inhuman Grendel and his mother. Does it work? Just often enough make the expensive 3D process worth it.

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American Gangster is Pure Oscar Bait, but it works! Michelle’s Review




I’ll admit it, I’ve never been much of a fan of Denzel Washington, he’s a great actor but for some reason he just never did it for me. But in American Gangster Denzel captivates and hold the screen. He’s both charming and disarmingly deadly at the same time. I generally love gangster films but hate the over glorification of the lifestyle. Never once in AG did I feel American Gangster glorified Denzel’s Frank Lucas. Continue reading American Gangster is Pure Oscar Bait, but it works! Michelle’s Review

Leslie Bibb Talks About Iron Man and Wristcutters

Leslie Bibb Talks About Iron Man and Wristcutters - Interview

Last week I had a chance to have a sit down with the ever Popular Leslie Bibb. The interview was fabulous she was in a real talkative mood and who am I not to cater to it. So we talked a lot about Iron Man, what the atmosphere on the set was like, the character she plays, one of my old Favorite TV shows Popular (for some reason I got all giddy when she mentioned that one of her closest friends is fellow Popular co-star Carly Pope, what it’s like to be on the cusp of becoming an “A-List Actress,” her latest film Wristcutters: A Love Story and a whole lot more. It’s a fun informative 15 minute interview click the link below to listen.




“Passchendaele” – the Canadian story of the Third Battle of Ypres

Paul Gross (Due South, Slings and Arrows) is nothing if not totally passionate about his current project, the epic movie Passchendaele, a First World War romance inspired by stories his maternal grandfather, Private Mike Dunne, told him when he was a boy. Those stories – harrowing tales of life in the trenches, of comradeship and loss – remained with him, becoming the basis for this ambitious project. Continue reading “Passchendaele” – the Canadian story of the Third Battle of Ypres

Into the Wild, Music Video

Here’s a little music to brighten your day, it’s a music video from the recently released Into the Wild, which
has been getting some amazing notices. This is from Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder’s “Hard Sun.”

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Into The Wild Music Video from Eddie Vedder

Beowulf Film Gets The Graphic Novel treatment this month. Check out the amazing cover!

I recently saw some footage of the upcoming film Beowulf at Comic-Con a few months ago and while I was initially skeptical, the footage is stunning, with it’s all star cast that includes Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman and Angelina Jolie this epic fantasy film looks like it could save this crummy year for films. Now comes word that there will be a weekly comic book released throughout the month of October. Check out the amazing cover!   Continue reading Beowulf Film Gets The Graphic Novel treatment this month. Check out the amazing cover!