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Never Mind Pop Film lists "rules of the cinematic universe" and they're really so true
Tom and Lorenzo
Sharon Stone is still a star
The Oregonian theories as to why festival hits do such middling box office 
Empire The Hobbit Parts 1 & 2 have finished filming. 
/ Film How ridiculous is this? A new Aliens related video game won't include any playable female characters? Fans are up in arms. This is after all the franchise that starred Lt. Ellen Ripley and now Dr. Elizabeth Shaw. 

The Film Doctor on Wes Anderson's miniaturized world in Moonrise Kingdom
Handmade this is so cool Moonrise Kingdom Cross Stitch. This movie is aging well in my brain... and heart.
Interiors Film Journal maps out the great elevator scene in Drive
Burbanked on the trailer to Here Comes the Boom. I would only add: why is no one complaining that the plot is like a grotesque parody of Warrior (2011)? 
In Contention Tapley asks a smart question "Could Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's divorce make The Master this year's zeitgeist movie?" 
Hollywood.com ohmygod. with headlines like this "Could Dark Knight Rises win Best Picture?" all I can say is 'Here we go again. Gird your loins!'

Off Cinema 4 Fun
Abtruse Goose "arithmetic for beginners" 
Twaggies this website illustrates funny tweets. This one has a movie connection sort of 

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Listen, I know I link to Tom Shone way too much. I have a massive mancritic crush, I freely admit. I just love his writing. His new column for the Guardian "Magic Mike turned me gay!" is great... Like Mr. Shone, I am bisexual at the movie theater so I appreciate the confession. The article even veers towards the difference and sameness of the "male and female gaze," a topic we just happened to be on while discussing Kim Novak in Picnic (1955)

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Good piece. Now I wonder, which is the standard of British masculinity...

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

It's at the very least getting a nom. People asking for a win will most likely have to "gird their loins", but I fail to see the nomination not happening.

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Batman fans are stuck in a toxic relationship with The Oscars. How much more denial and rejection before they realize it? They don't like you! Try the Empire Awards. They may be a little less glamorous but they're really into you (and I think they're single).

And yes, Moonrise Kingdom is feeling like a classic already. Geeze, all it took was 2 features to turn my Wes Anderson meter from apathetic to smitten.

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert A.

Sharon Stone deserves a Kim Basinger level resurgence: David O Russell?—my go to, Darren Aronofsky?—he got Barbara Hershey a BAFTA nod for Black Swan, and Harvey Weinstein?— could sell water to the ocean as he did for this year's best actress race.

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter4rtful

Thanks so much for the link Nathan.

Ugh, Batman fans are only going to be disappointed if they go down that road again. Comic book movies just don't win Oscars, even if they are directed by visionaries.

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColin Biggs

Love the rules of the cinematic universe! They're so true.

I'll add other two.

If there is a car in the street doing some surveillance, and first there's the shot of the guy(s) in the car, followed by a shot from a window, where we can see the car as the curtain moves, it means they've been caught.

Also, if the teacher in a movie is above the title, s/he is going to be a really cool teacher with a heart of gold.

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

Stone is a star in her own head... IMO ... my wife and I saw her a few years back at a fashion show in san Francisco... She really dresses inappropriately for a woman her age ... she acted flighty like a young girl..

she really can act in sluttish roles.. needs to find just the right role.. she is not aging into the roles she could be doing.

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrick

Why should Stone become an old maid? I'm glad she's giving me Sharon Stone instead of walking around in a gold shimmering curtain and call it a fashionable Oscar dress. Stone only has to accept her glories in film will be in supporting parts.

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter4rtful

4rtful ..

no comment.

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrick

4rtful -- i'm glad Stone is still Stone too. I love it when people don't act their age - haha. Madonna always gets that too and please. The world would be a better place if all 50somethings maintained that level of engagement. I hope I do when I get there.

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

The Best Picture win: At this moment, with the things that have happened this year with Cruise and Holmes AND the subject matter of the movie AND the director helming it, I'd certainly call that deck stacked heavily towards The Master, even without knowing how financially and critically successful it'll be.
As for why I'd call the Best Picture nomination for The Dark Knight Rises almost a certainty: Two of this year's superhero films have dropped. The Avengers has gotten stunning reviews, but I've seen it (and really enjoyed it) but it's too lightweight to get close to serious Best Picture consideration (Ruffalo as The Hulk is the best bet for anything beyond techs). And as for The Amazing Spider-Man: I think we're going to see this series develop into the mixture of sickly slick romantic hurly-burly and snarked through fight scenes that the original source material really was, especially if the tie-in game is in continuity. Expect the sequels to be stronger. So that leaves us with the finale to the moody, epic, darkly humorous, kind of pretentious and, ultimately, very thrilling Nolan Batman trilogy that comic book fans, film fans and average people in general have been banging the gong to get included for seven years now. Even without Ledger's death, that's still SEVEN YEARS OF MASS POP CULTURAL PRESSURE battering at their doors. My estimate: Ten to twelve nominations (Batman Begins: Four, The Dark Knight: Eight), two or three wins.

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Nat..

I may be wrong about Stone.. she just turned me off at the fashion show...

BUT now you are pandering to _____ and not answering _my question.

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrick

My only worry about the zeitgeist movie is that Attack the Block was last year's and it didn't do that movie any good last year. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World was supposed to be this year's (2012!) but it did poorly as well. Although Hunger Games....

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaolo

rick -- i'm not pandering. That is 100% how i feel. I do not understand "act your age". I think it does a disservice to everyone of all ages. And I felt that way before I was even 30 mind you :)

but anyway... you didn't ask a question ;)

Paolo -- yeah. you can have a zeitgeist topic and not be anything close to The Zeitgeist. I think Paul Thomas Anderson films are too severe / intelligent for mass embrace. But hopefully he can work himself up to like Coen Bros level of audience affection and win a best picture one of these times. But if I ran the world Boogie NIghts would've won Best Picture and been a $200 million blockbuster ;)

July 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I did ask a question, but with all the ranting with _____ i forgot it was on another blog....Whoopi one.

As far as age goes, I am in total favor of not being a "fuddy duddy"... I am fortunate to be one who is always mistaken for someone 10-15 years younger than I am .. and dress and act younger and my attitude is one of working with teens all my life... but there is taste and then there is taste... Stone, to me, crosses the line. I would not want my child ( she has at least one ) to see me in magazines the way she projects herself.

July 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrick
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