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Following the Oscars Jimmy Kimmel premeired the trailer for “the biggest, most star-studded film in the history of American cinema.”

Movie: The Movie

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Ricky Gervais returned to host the Golden Globes again Sunday night. The big winners of the night were The Descendants and The Artist taking home Best Picture Awards from Drama and Comedy respectively. Both films’ leading men took home awards for Best Actor as well. I was happy to see Michelle Williams take home Best Actress for Comedy for My Weekend with Marilyn. On the television side Homeland was a big winner taking home the award for Best Drama and a Best Actress Award for Claire Danes. And Modern Family was Awarded the Golden Globe for Best Comedy. You can see the complete list of winners here.

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2011 was a year centered firmly on both endings and beginnings, returns to greatness, nostalgic looks back, and terrifying looks forward. The year gave us stories centered on stars and filmakers of the past, the first silent film of the new millennium, and treatises on life, death, mental illness, and the end of the world.

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The Descendants

by mr sparkle on November 23, 2011 · 0 comments

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With previous films including Election and Sideways, director Alexander Payne has illustrated immature but grown men kicking and screaming their way into growing up. After a seven year absence, Payne is back with The Descendants, exploring familiar territory, but instead pushing his characters painfully towards adulthood, the protagonist is surprisingly mellowed.

In the film, George Clooney plays Matt, a Husband and Father who has every reason to put up a fit – his daughters are acting up in ways he can’t control, and his wife, who might have been able to help him out, is kept on life support after an accident leaves her inches from her own grave (to mention nothing of his Wife’s wayward ways that he doesn’t learn of until it’s almost too late). And on top of all that, he’s engineering the sale of his family’s valuable, inherited and untouched Hawaiian real estate to one of two corporations.

But to reduce The Descendants to its plot would be underselling it. Payne’s script lacks in character development – the side plot about heritage only works on a minor, tangential level, and Matt hardly changes throughout the movie’s overlong two hours – but none of that has too harmful of an influence on the final product. What defines the film is the brutal, sometimes funny truth brought to the characters by a fantastic supporting cast. Humor is expertly harnessed here to tell a difficult story, with some really sharp turns from the always-strong if never-great Clooney, and supporting players Nick Krause and – I never saw this coming – Matthew Lillard.

There are some simple plotting issues, but The Descendants makes its story work by letting its players take center stage with simple, affecting acting.

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The Descendants

by Cap'n Carrot on November 23, 2011 · 0 comments

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On the beautiful islands of Hawaii, Matt King’s (George Clooney) world crashes down when the real estate lawyer is hit with two bombshells at once. First, he learns that his wife (Patricia Hastie), who suffered a boating accident and has languished in a coma for weeks, isn’t going to get better. Her living will makes it obvious what will happen next, even if Matt and his two daughters aren’t ready for inevitable.

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The Ides of March

by Cap'n Carrot on October 7, 2011 · 0 comments

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The loss of innocence is the theme for George Clooney‘s latest directoral effort which centers around a high-ranking political staffer whose idealism is shattered over the course of the two-hour film as he learns just how dirty a business politics really is.

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Politics is a dirty business. George Clooney returns both behind and in front of the camera as a Presidential nominee whose idealistic #1 staffer (Ryan Gosling) gets approached to work for the other side (Paul Giamatti). Marisa TomeiEvan Rachel WoodPhilip Seymour Hoffman, and Jeffrey Wright also star. The film is based on the play by Beau Willimon about Howard Dean‘s 2004 campaign. The Ides of March opens in theaters on October 7th.

The Ides of March trailer

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A hitman in Italy finds his last job complicated by both his unexpected feelings for a local woman (Violante Placido) and a host of other killers hunting him down. Oh, and did I mention it stars George Clooney? The American, an adaptation of Martin Booth’s novel A Very Private Gentleman, should hit theaters this fall.

The American trailer

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