Iron Man 3 a tense view of the Iron Avenger

Well this is long overdue, I was meant to post this back in October when the first trailer came out. My personal feelings toward Iron Man are very favorable, even if the second movie is slightly disappointing. After switching directors and continuing off the Avengers, Iron Man 3 looks to bring in a very dark and less comical tone which the previous did not have. The inclusion of the Mandarin is a good thing considering he is his arch-nemesis and Ben Kingsley looks to be a great villain. Overall I am super pumped for this movie and May 3rd cannot come soon enough. Marvel has found a way to adapt their characters successfully to the big screen and their next films, Captain America The Winter Solider, Thor Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ant-Man, should be on par or even better than their previous versions. Right now Guardians of the Galaxy is my most anticipated because it brings Marvel some where they haven’t been to yet and is the most interesting and intriguing of the rest of the line up.

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Alright so not to many of these nominees are really surprising to me. I mean some nominations do make me ask question like why didn’t Leonardo DiCaprio get nominated and why didn’t Ben Affleck and Katherine Bigalow didn’t get Best Director nominations even though the movies they directed scored some of the best reviews of the year and both nominated for Best Picture. Something that is quite striking is that all for main actors and actress from Silver Linings Playbook got nominated which isn’t a common occurrence and that it scored every one of the important nominations this year. I can’t wait to see who will win these major awards.

I agree with every single one on here. The Psycho remake deserves to be number one, it really was unnecessary to remake the classic to begin with. The only two movies I would add to this list would be Let Me In and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to the top 10 best remakes.

Django Unchained is off the Chain (excuse the pun)

Django Unchained

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

When it comes to a Quentin Tarantino movie I am alway excited to see what he will do next. Every movies of his is always something fresh and exciting, even Death Proof which I’ll admit is not his best movie. When I heard that he was doing a straight forward Western instead of having western themes and homages I was ecstatic and was instantly anticipating the movie almost as much as I was The Dark Knight Rises. What I have to give the movie credit for is that it didn’t disappoint me in anyway at all, the movie is a deep look at what a man would do to get his wife back and how he goes about doing it.

A former slave and a German bounty hunter become unlikely allies in the battle against a tyrannical plantation owner in this western from visionary director Quentin Tarantino. Two years before the Civil War pits brother-against-brother, German-born fugitive hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz) arrives in America determined to capture the outlaw Brittle brothers dead or alive. In the midst of his search, Dr. Schultz crosses paths with Django (Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx), a freed slave and skilled tracker who seeks to rescue his beloved wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from ruthless plantation owner Calvin Candie (Academy Award-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio). Once Django has aided Dr. Schultz in coralling the Brittle brothers, the two team up to capture some of the most wanted men in the South. Meanwhile, Django never loses sight of his mission to free Broomhilda from the treacherous slave trade before it’s too late. Upon arriving at Candie’s nefarious plantation, dubbed Candyland, Django and Dr. Schultz discover that slaves are being groomed for gladiator-like competitions by Candie’s malevolent right-hand man Billy Crash (Walton Goggins), and together they skillfully work their way onto the compound for a closer look. But just as Django and his partner locate Broomhilda and plot a daring escape, Candie’s house slave Stephen (Academy Award-nominee Samuel L. Jackson) catches wind of their plan, and informs his master of the betrayal. Now, as a clandestine organization attempts to back them into a corner, Django and Dr. Schultz will have to come out with pistols blazing if they ever hope to free Broomhilda from Candyland and the clutches of its vile proprietor.

What I have to say is the most admirable about the movie is the performances. Every actor in the movie is fantastic. Jamie Foxx bring layers to the character of Django and makes him a very human character in a movie by a director who’s characters  are always out there. It is the first time since Ray and Collateral that I appreciate what Jamie Foxx brings to the screen. The same goes for Christoph Waltz, who has been in a string of bad movies after winning his first Academy Award. His character is charismatic and likable and never has a dull moment on screen and he also manages to outshine Jamie Foxx. The two best performances in my opinion are Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel Jackson who both play the villains. This is the first time that Leo has portrayed a villain and I have to say that I’ve never seen him better, he feel comfortable in the role and manages to shock and intimidate while also being charismatic. I would really like to see Leo tackle more roles like this, it would be interesting to witness him as a more fearful character. Sam Jackson is equally as good and manages to make a character so loathsome and despicable that it is hard not to hate him. I think that Jackson should do more movies like this instead of the crap that he has done recently. I would like to see all these actors get nominated but the fact is that they won’t and I think Leonardo DiCaprio stands the only chance of winning.

Personally I think this is also Tarantino’s best film, I am a giant fan of Westerns and this is no exception. I felt that the story turned out a lot better than I expected, it may be a simple revenge story but the execution is simply perfection. The cinematography is beautiful and editing is also fantastic, I feel that this is the best one out of his filmography. I may be in the minority here but I think this outshines Pulp Fiction as his defining movie even though Pulp Fiction is a close second.

I think this has to be the best movie of the year and that it was a great way to end a fantastic year at the movies. Sure it is going to be tough to watch due to its explicit violence and constant use of the “N” word but I don’t think that should get in the way of a fantastic film.

10 out of 10