Hypothetical Casting: Sony’s Super Mario Bros. animated movie

4067203510_5ca73bef0cHypothetical Casting: Sony’s Super Mario Bros. animated movie

Among the Sony hacked (not leaked) e-mails was the unintentional public announcement of a Super Mario Bros. animated movie.

A natural choice would be to just use a lot of the video game voice actors, and we found that most of the time that was the best choice. But we’ve drawn up some alternatives to who could do the voice for the main characters in the Super Mario Bros. movie.
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Golden Globes: Early Winner Predictions

house of cardsGolden Globes: Early Winner Predictions

Yesterday morning Golden Globe nominations were announced. We have the complete list of ranked nominees on our Golden Globes page, and in our sidebar.

We have switched gears from predicting “most likely to be nominated” to “most likely to win.” As of now, here are our picks for the winners in each category.

Motion Picture Categories

Motion Picture – Drama
Boyhood

Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Birdman

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Quick Takes: “Unbroken,” “Ida,” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

unbrokenQuick Takes: “Unbroken,” “Ida,” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

Click Scores to see all of our recent star-rating reviews.

The Media 10 doesn’t usually reviews movies, but we are changing that with “Quick Takes” a new segment that gives at most two paragraphs to recently seen movies.

Unbroken (★★1/2)

Perseverance is the moral to “Unbroken,” that is clear before you enter the theater.  Unfortunately this adaptation lacks any more narrative insight than just that. The real stars of the film are cinematographer Roger Deakins and production designer John Hutman who are given a vast canvas to showcase their creative, and intellectual talents.

Ida (★★1/2)

Shot unconventionally, yet with subtle attention-to-detail, “Ida” is another gorgeous film. Agata Kulesza steals the film with a grief-stricken performance to remember. However, in the grand scheme of things, the film feels emotionally hollow and mis-paced.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (★★★1/2)

Before showing this film to your child, you should know that it has an uncomfortably depressing conclusion. One that left me saddened and contemplative of human nature. “Princess Kaguya” is a gorgeous film that re-tells an emotional Japenese folk tale with boundless imagination.

Golden Globes: Final Predictions – Nominations announced Thursday December 11th

birdmanGolden Globes: Final Predictions – Nominations announced Thursday, December 11th

The award season is underway and precursors are flooding in. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s chosen nominations will be announced on Thursday December 11th.

On the film side of things we expect “Boyhood” and “Birdman” to get a lot of attention. “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “Gone Girl,” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” should make some appearances too.

On the television side of things “True Detective,” “House of Cards,” and “Modern Family” should all easily show up. “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife,” “Downton Abbey,” “Fargo, ” “Orange is the New Black,” and “The Big Bang Theory” are all strong possibilities in multiple categories as well.

Here are our chosen for each category. Click the “More” link to see alternates/dark horses in that category as well.

Motion Picture – Drama
Boyhood
Selma
Gone Girl
Unbroken
The Imitation Game
More

Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Big Eyes
Inherent Vice
More

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Analysis: A guide to the precursor awards

Boyhood-Ethan-Hawke-Ellar-ColtraneAnalysis: A guide to the precursor awards

Today was a big day for precursors. If anyone was skeptical about “Boyhood,” they probably aren’t anymore.

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Boston Society of Film Critics, and New York Film Critics Online have all announced their awards.

If you were having some trouble keeping up, we’ve compiled the winners of each category, including the previously announced National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle. We also have dates of upcoming awards.

Best Picture
NYFCC – “Boyhood”
NBR – “A Most Violent Year”
LAFCA – “Boyhood”
BSFC – “Boyhood”
NYFCO – “Boyhood”

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SideNote: “The Dark Knight” voted best Christopher Nolan film

2728309-nolan_ledgerSideNote: “The Dark Knight” voted best Christopher Nolan film

Well, who saw this coming? For our November monthly poll we asked users to vote for their favorite Christopher Nolan movie. “The Dark Knight” nearly doubled second place contender “Inception’s” score.

“The Dark Knight” received 37.5% of the votes while “Inception” received 16.67%. Third place was a tie between “Memeto” and “The Prestige” at 12.5% while his new film “Interstellar” made the fifth place slot at 8.33%.

Some critics proclaimed “Interstellar” to be his best film. Well there are four other movies that beg to differ.

Keep making movies Mr. Nolan, we’ll keep watching.

SideNote: How the NYFCC and NBR awards impacted the race

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Not too much really. This year the award race is wide open. The New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review are the first precursors to tell us who’s ahead.

Last year, even though “12 Years a Slave” was a clear front-runner, NYFCC voted “American Hustle” best picture. The National Board of Review is notoriously unpredictable, often in favor of Clint Eastwood productions and popular end-of-the-year releases.

So these are two grain-of-salt precursors, but they did however tell us a few things about some contenders:
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