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Top 7 Favorite Interviews of 2012

23 February 2013 9:41 AM, PST

Sans the part where it involves sitting across from people who have their faces up on the silver screen, interviewing movie personalities is definitely just part o’ the job. On the movie business end, actors, writers, directors, etc. are sent by the studio to various cities to talk to press members with the ultimate goal of getting publicity. They speak highly of the the movie to press, and with a little in-person character. On my side as one of many upon many bloggers, I try to do my part of the job by attempting to craft unique interviews, both for the sake of my readership, and for the sake of the interview subjects, who are bound to be asked the same questions a thousand times.

Doing an interview, while it may be in person and involve handshakes and a few laughs, doesn’t have to be a personal experience. It »

- Nick Allen

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11th Annual Tsr Movie Awards (Critics Only Edition) – Final Results – 2012

22 February 2013 3:26 PM, PST

11th Annual Tsr Movie Awards (Critics Only Edition)

Here are the results for the 11th Annual Tsr Movie Awards (Critics Only Edition). 28 film critics from across the nation voted in the awards this year.

Click Here The final results of the 11th Annual Tsr Movie Awards (with 738 voters).

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8.29 The Avengers

8.19 Skyfall

6.64 The Dark Knight Rises

6.54 The Hunger Games

5.63 Ted

5.59 Brave

5.20 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

5.00 Madagascar 3: Europe’S Most Wanted

4.70 The Amazing Spider-man

3.69 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Funniest

7.89 21 Jump Street

6.62 Silver Linings Playbook

6.38 Ted

6.00 Wanderlust

5.40 This Is 40

5.22 The Watch

5.11 Think Like A Man

5.00 Tim And Eric’S Billion Dollar Movie »

- Jeff Bayer

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Tsr Blog: The Winners and the Should-Be Winners of 2013 Oscars

22 February 2013 3:15 PM, PST

If you’re a fan of Back to the Future II, then you know the value of having the answers ahead of time. So, in this weekend of ballot making, last minute movie watching, and finding the silver linings in some of Oscar’s least agreeable nominations, we here at TheScorecardReview like to share our priceless movie guru foresight as to who will be going home with gold on Sunday night. We do so with “Oscar Bowling,” a unique method for guessing the night’s winners, while also keeping it competitive as our editor Jeff Bayer likes it.

While my list is undoubtedly the most correct, you can still read the lists of Jeff and writer Shane T. Nier below:

Read Jeff Bayer’s “Oscar Bowling” List

Read Shane T. Nier’s “Oscar Bowling” List

Read Nick Allen’s “Oscar Bowling” List

With my list as a guide, below some »

- Nick Allen

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‘Oblivion’ starring Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko – feature trailer review

22 February 2013 11:16 AM, PST

Oblivion

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski

Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

Rating: Not Yet Rated

Release Date: April 19, 2013 (April 12 in IMAX)

Trailer Score: 8/10

Thoughts by Tsr: I know I need to keep my expectations in check after Tron: Legacy, but I’ve liked the marketing for Oblivion a lot. The best aspects of Joseph Kosinski’s first feature – music and visuals (though even the Grid got a bit tiresome after a while) – should be strong in this as well. While the trailer music is a bit generic, I’m hopeful M83 can provide a score that rivals the propulsive energy Daft Punk contributed to Tron: Legacy. The visuals are probably the biggest takeaway. Kosinski knows how to handle visual effects, and I quite like his version of post-apocalyptic earth. The brief shot of the Leaning Monument of Washington is particularly effective. Most of the action is also impressive, and »

- Shane T. Nier

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Go Oscar Bowling, Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score — Nick Allen’s Picks for the 85th Academy Awards

22 February 2013 9:06 AM, PST

Are you sick of those ordinary Oscar office pools? Tired of only guessing the top 6 or 8 categories for the Academy Awards? Let your inner-movie geek shine with Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score (aka Oscar Bowling), created by Jeff Bayer.

Try to nail 300 points on the 2013 Academy Awards.

This is a confidence list.

There are 24 categories.

How to play

Pick your winners in all 24 categories. Then, give each winner a confidence score. Your most confident pick gets 24 points, second most confident gets 23 points, third most confident gets 22 points, and eventually your least confident pick gets 1 point.

This is perfect for Oscar parties, because the lead keeps changing. The winner is the one with the most points at the end. A perfect score is 300. If there is a tie (there never is a tie), then the winner is the one with the most points in these three categories combined (Best Picture, Best Actor, »

- Nick Allen

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The Gatekeepers

21 February 2013 11:59 PM, PST

The Gatekeepers

Directed by: Dror Moreh

Documentary

Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: February 22, 2013 (Chicago)

Plot: A documentary about the decisions made by Israel’s secretive security agency Shin Bet, as told by the group’s former leaders.

Who’S It For? The Gatekeepers is a documentary that provides a compelling story, but it demands an attentive audience. As for its names, places, and events, well, this one might require some Wikipedia searching after a viewing.

Read Nick’s Interview with Director Dror Moreh

Overall

Featuring six men with graying or balding hair wearing button-down shirts and telling work stories, The Gatekeepers is a political thriller of a rare feat. This is a movie in which the shadowy figures, previously hidden behind jurisdiction and mysterious control rooms, now come to light, and to life, while explaining why they ordered a button to be pressed, or why they didn’t. »

- Nick Allen

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Snitch

21 February 2013 11:59 PM, PST

Snitch

Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Jon Bernthal, Barry Pepper

Running Time: 1 hr 52 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: February 22, 2013

Plot: A father (Johnson) goes undercover for the DEA, trying to free his son from a prison sentence related to a drug deal.

Who’S It For?

Overall

There are plenty of things that would overwhelm us in the real world. Winning $100,000, hitting the game-winning shot, or going to prison for 10 years are great examples of that. If you’re watching a movie, none of those things would shock you, except perhaps that the stakes are so low. That’s the main problem Snitch has going against it, the stakes. Unfortunately the dialogue, cinematography and casting also hurt the film.

John’s son (Rafi Gavron) faces 10 years in prison. Maybe his kid isn’t evil, but he definitely falls into the category of being a dumb »

- Jeff Bayer

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‘The Internship’ starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson – trailer review

21 February 2013 10:12 PM, PST

The Internship

Directed by: Shawn Levy

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne

Rating: Not Yet Rated

Release Date: June 7, 2013

Trailer Score: 2/10

Thoughts by Tsr: Shawn Levy looks to be following up 2011′s Real Steel with another science fiction film (this one sponsored by Google, apparently). Judging from this trailer, I’d say The Internship features Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson playing aliens sent to earth from their low-tech home planet. Once they arrive, they take over the bodies of two fortysomething men and do their best to blend in – quite the challenge considering they know next to nothing about earth’s technology and recent pop culture! Watch as they make cutting edge references to The Terminator franchise and Flashdance, have no idea who Professor X is, and do their best to figure out this crazy internet thingamajig! What’s that you say? You mean they aren’t supposed to »

- Shane T. Nier

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Go Oscar Bowling, Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score — Shane T. Nier’s Picks for the 85th Academy Awards

21 February 2013 3:26 PM, PST

Are you sick of those ordinary Oscar office pools? Tired of only guessing the top 6 or 8 categories for the Academy Awards? Let your inner-movie geek shine with Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score (aka Oscar Bowling), created by Jeff Bayer.

Try to nail 300 points on the 2013 Academy Awards.

This is a confidence list.

There are 24 categories.

How to play

Pick your winners in all 24 categories. Then, give each winner a confidence score. Your most confident pick gets 24 points, second most confident gets 23 points, third most confident gets 22 points, and eventually your least confident pick gets 1 point.

This is perfect for Oscar parties, because the lead keeps changing. The winner is the one with the most points at the end. A perfect score is 300. If there is a tie (there never is a tie), then the winner is the one with the most points in these three categories combined (Best Picture, Best Actor, »

- Shane T. Nier

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‘The Host’ starring Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons – feature trailer review

21 February 2013 10:56 AM, PST

The Host

Directed by: Andrew Niccol

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Diane Kruger

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: March 29, 2013

Trailer Score: 7/10

Thoughts by Tsr: I harbor no ill will toward Twilight. Truth be told, I found quite a bit to enjoy in the final two or three films. I’m not going to go out of my way to defend them, but you won’t hear me hating on them too much. That’s part of the reason I’m willing to go into The Host with an open mind. There’s more to it than that, though. I’ve liked almost everything Andrew Niccol has been part of – Gattaca and The Truman Show especially – so he has me hopeful. Then there’s Saoirse Ronan, one of my favorite young actresses. The earlier teaser that utilized Ronan’s Susie Salmon-esque voiceover and focused on the creepy eyes of the people who »

- Shane T. Nier

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Go Oscar Bowling, Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score — Jeff Bayer’s Picks for the 85th Academy Awards

21 February 2013 10:01 AM, PST

Are you sick of those ordinary Oscar office pools? Tired of only guessing the top 6 or 8 categories for the Academy Awards? Let your inner-movie geek shine with Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score (aka Oscar Bowling).

Try to nail 300 points on the 2013 Academy Awards.

This is a confidence list.

There are 24 categories.

How to play

Pick your winners in all 24 categories. Then, give each winner a confidence score. Your most confident pick gets 24 points, second most confident gets 23 points, third most confident gets 22 points, and eventually your least confident pick gets 1 point.

This is perfect for Oscar parties, because the lead keeps changing. The winner is the one with the most points at the end. A perfect score is 300. If there is a tie (there never is a tie), then the winner is the one with the most points in these three categories combined (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress).

You »

- Jeff Bayer

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‘The Company You Keep’ starring Shia Labeouf and Robert Redford – feature trailer review

21 February 2013 8:46 AM, PST

The Company You Keep

Directed by: Robert Redford

Starring: Robert Redford, Shia Labeouf, Susan Sarandon

Rating: R

Release Date: April 5, 2013

Trailer Score: 6/10

Thoughts by Tsr: Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep looks perfectly fine. No more, no less (even though the score over the last part gives its all to add an undeserved importance). The trailer has one or two moments that I really like – one of them being Redford remorsefully saying, “See ya soon,” to his young daughter – but little else gets me especially excited. Other than the moment I just mentioned, the Redford side of things looks like a fairly by the numbers man on the run/facing his past story. The other part – Shia Labeouf, Bespectacled Investigative Journalist – looks awfully generic as well. I will say that I like the moment where he repeats, “You don’t know what I’m going to ask you yet, »

- Shane T. Nier

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‘Trance’ starring James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson – red band trailer review

20 February 2013 2:09 PM, PST

Trance

Directed by: Danny Boyle

Starring: James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson

Rating: R

Release Date: April 5, 2013

Trailer Score: 9/10

Thoughts by Tsr: I mean it in the best way possible when I say that this whole thing made me very uncomfortable. It actually brought to mind the craziness that was found in this trailer for Cosmopolis (which was one of my favorite trailers of last year). This red band look at Trance does a good job laying out the basic idea, all while showcasing a lot of Danny Boyle weirdness. There’s something about Rosario Dawson’s voiceover that is really creepy to me, and I like the look Boyle and cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle are going for – especially the super vivid colors as James McAvoy rides “in the passenger seat of an open top car, driving through the countryside with a beautiful young woman.”  The eerie music helps bring it all together. »

- Shane T. Nier

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Top 7 Oscar-Winning Performances of the Past Decade

20 February 2013 8:17 AM, PST

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

Ah, the Oscars. We so rarely agree on the best film of the year, and yet you know I can’t quit you. There are plenty of recent Best Picture winners that I like – even love in the case of No Country for Old Men – but my personal favorite hasn’t taken the gold in decades. The same cannot be said for the acting categories. Of course there are winners that leave me less than impressed – you sure were fine in Little Miss Sunshine, Alan Arkin – but recently there have been more than a few instances where my winner is the Academy’s winner. This is especially true over the past few years, as this list will reflect.

Case in point, unless Sally Field shocks on Sunday (February 24) and wins her third Oscar, Anne Hathaway’s performance in Les Misérables will earn »

- Shane T. Nier

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TSRn: Jason Clarke to Star in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

20 February 2013 8:02 AM, PST

The Scorecard Review news

News: Zero Dark Thirty’s Jason Clarke is set to star in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes will be directed by Cloverfield’s Matt Reeves.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Thoughts by Tsr: While I was a big fan of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, one aspect I found less than impressive was the performance by James Franco. Jason Clarke is sure to be a step up. He is the one aspect of Zero Dark Thirty that I unabashedly love, so this news has me very excited. We don’t know who he will play in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but I’m just thrilled an actor of his caliber is starring. And after he and the monkeys in Zero Dark Thirty formed a nice bond, I’m hopeful »

- Shane T. Nier

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Tsr Exclusive: ‘The Gatekeepers’ Interview with Director Dror Moreh

20 February 2013 7:00 AM, PST

The Gatekeepers is a documentary about the people behind the closed doors. Like America’s Homeland Security, Israel has the Shin Bet, their internal security service. The Shin Bet is comprised of anonymous individuals who work with politicians to make decisions that prevent, or sometimes create, disorder in Israel.

With the Shin Bet having the motto of “Defender that shall not be seen,” The Gatekeepers marks the first time that members of the security group have spoken publicly. Director Dror Moreh’s doc features six former heads of Shin Bet, each with their own stories, and decisions to defend, concerning the difficult choices they have made at the cost of an innumerable amount of lives.

This is Moreh’s second documentary, but the first to be nominated for an Academy Award; he previously made Sharon, about Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2008.

In an exclusive interview with Moreh, we discussed »

- Nick Allen

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TSRn: CBS Films To Bring Us Coen Brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

19 February 2013 4:27 PM, PST

The day in which we all get to experience a new Coen Brothers movie is drawing near. Inside Llewyn Davis, starring Oscar Isaac (Drive), Carey Mulligan (Oz: The Great and Powerful), Justin Timberlake (The Social Network) and Garrett Hedlund (Country Strong) is no longer just an IMDb title on the Coen’s pages.

While we don’t have a solid release date for the film, it does have a distributor in the United States — CBS Films. One could speculate that we won’t see Inside Llewyn Davis at least toward the end of summer, with a possible debut at Cannes Film Festival 2013 previously rumored.

Below is a portion of the news release …

Los Angeles – February 19, 2013 – CBS Films announced today it has acquired Us rights to Inside Llewyn Davis. Written and directed by Academy Award-winners Joel and Ethan Coen and produced by Scott Rudin and Joel and Ethan Coen, the film stars Oscar Isaac, »

- Nick Allen

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider, Episode 148: ‘A Good Day to Die Hard,’ ‘Safe Haven,’ and more

19 February 2013 12:21 PM, PST

0:00-3:10 – Introduction; it’s Valentine’s Day Night; what Jeff is drinking

3:10-17:00 – “A Good Day to Die Hard” review

17:00-24:45 – “Beautiful Creatures” review

24:45-44:25 – “Safe Haven” review, including formal implementation of the Sparks Rule and full spoilers of the plot

44:25-48:50 – “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III” review

48:50-57:30 – Qotw (supporting characters you’d like to see more of)

57:30-1:06:35 – Pitch Me, featuring the new Pitch Me jingle by Gregory Whitehead

1:06:35-1:07:50 – Wrap-up and goodbyes

Qotw: What musician or athlete would you sincerely like to see get into acting?

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- Jeff Bayer

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Argo (Blu-ray/DVD Combo+UltraViolet Digital Copy)

19 February 2013 7:00 AM, PST

Blu-ray Review

Argo

Directed by: Ben Affleck

Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman

Running Time: 2 hrs

Rating: R

Argo“ available on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and for download 2/19!

Plot: A CIA specialist (Affleck) devises a wild plan to sneak out six Americans during the most tense moments of the Iranian Revolution.

Who’S It For? This movie is definitely for those who like a solid mix of Hollywood comedy and drama, as told through a fascinating true story you can’t believe you haven’t heard of before.

Movie:

Argo is my #8 film of 2012 (full list). It is a fantastic mix of a real-life event, and a Hollywood story that makes it even more dramatic, especially the ending. Affleck, Arkin, Goodman and Cranston are great, but so are the other lesser-known actors like Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane and Clea DuVall. The film has been winning major honors »

- Jeff Bayer

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Go Oscar Bowling, Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score — Academy Awards Betting Game

18 February 2013 1:26 PM, PST

Are you sick of those ordinary Oscar office pools? Tired of only guessing the top 6 or 8 categories for the Academy Awards? Let your inner-movie geek shine with Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score (aka Oscar Bowling).

Try to nail 300 points on the 2013 Academy Awards.

This is a confidence list.

There are 24 categories.

How to play

Pick your winners in all 24 categories. Then, give each winner a confidence score. Your most confident pick gets 24 points, second most confident gets 23 points, third most confident gets 22 points, and eventually your least confident pick gets 1 point.

This is perfect for Oscar parties, because the lead keeps changing. The winner is the one with the most points at the end. A perfect score is 300. If there is a tie (there never is a tie), then the winner is the one with the most points in these three categories combined (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress).

You »

- Jeff Bayer

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