Freedom, Updates, and the Oscars

It is over. I am done. No. Free. Yeah. That’s the word: Free. After four years of non-education, I am finally alive again. I can’t describe the happiness. It’s like being released from prison, except prisons have better cafeteria food. Am I being too harsh to my soon-to-be Alma Mater? Enroll in my college for one semester, and you’d agree that I’m not being harsh enough.

The college itself is incompetent, but I met a few great people during my stay there. My estimate is that for each dozen dismal professors, there is one professor who exemplifies legitimate intellect. Why they agreed to teach in such a sad, crumbling institution is beyond me. The economy? Blackmail? Who knows? I don’t even know how I ended up there in the first place.

Freedom

Batch 2013

I made friends with a handful of quick-witted people who always seem to be conscious of their surroundings. We are different in many ways – in philosophies, in background, in opinions – but I think we all agree that our college is the closest thing to hell we’ve ever been to. For the sake of graduating, we just smile, do our homework, and keep our thoughts to ourselves. Come graduation day, which is in a month, I’ll be putting on that smile again. To those who are actually studying in an adequate school, allow me to share with you a little wisdom from good ‘ol Roger Ebert that kept me sane:

“Don’t train for a career–train for a life. The career will take care of itself, and give you more satisfaction than a surrender to corporate or professional bureaucracy. If you make careers in that world, you will be more successful because your education was not narrow.”

Anyway, one of the greatest rewards that will come out of my graduation is that, on top of my full-time work, I’ll be able to post regularly here again. I thought my Movie Journal could keep me semi-active while I finish my remaining units, but the final stretch of school was a lot more time-consuming than I anticipated. But as Rancho of “3 Idiots” always like to say while holding his fist against his chest: “All Izz Well”. My first review of 2013 will be “Jack the Giant Slayer”. I initially wanted to review “Silver Linings Playbook”, which has just been released here, but I figured not a lot of people will be interested in a review of a movie that was released in the U.S. over three months ago.

Jack the Giant Slayer

Now I move on to the most important part of this post. I plan to start over with a different website. My site’s name will be changed. A tagline will be included. There will be a more organized navigation bar. (Where in the hell did this site’s navigation bar disappear to anyway?) There will be more variety in posts. And so on. I have lots of plans. But that’s all they are so far: Plans. I’ll keep posting here while I look for help and resources, but as soon as the site is up, I’ll be transferring all my reviews there, and this site will simply become another wasteland in the vast universe of the Internet.

About the future site’s name, how does Film Hound sound? Right now, I personally think that a third word is missing. Film Hound Joint? Film Hound Suite? Film Hound Central? One friend suggested Film Hound Infobahn, but I’m still breeding ideas in my head. The tagline will be “Fighting for Better Movies”, that’s for sure. It has been with me since I started this site, and it just feels right as the summary of my, mission, if that’s what you call it.

Before I talk about the Oscars, I have to announce that I wasn’t able to watch the show at all. I was at work during the live telecast and I couldn’t find a replay when I got home. So I’ll only be able to discuss my thoughts about the nominees and some of the winners because … Damn it, YouTube!… not many clips are available online.

Ang Lee's Oscar for Life of Pi

Because my country has issues with independent films and foreign language films, I’ve yet to see “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Django Unchained”, and “Amour”. But considering the nominees that I have seen, I would say that Argo deserved its Best Picture Oscar, although a part of me wanted “Life of Pi” to win, even though its narrative is flawed. The middle stages of Ang Lee’s latest film are pure cinema magic. When I found out that Ben Affleck wasn’t even nominated for Best Director… Damn it, Oscar!… I was pretty sure that Lee would win. Fudge muffins! I should’ve Tweeted about it! I could have had proof!

That Daniel Day-Lewis won his record-setting third Oscar for Best Lead Actor was no surprise. The moment he was nominated, I was thinking ahead when I asked myself: “Will he go for a 4th win?” “Lincoln” was a great film because Steven Spielberg doesn’t compromise on his material. He respects the story he’s telling and believes that its power is enough to move us, to educate us. In the screening I attended, I noticed that a few members of the audience were bored of all the talking and arguing. What were they expecting from a movie about the Thirteenth Amendment? Explosions?

That’s all I have to say for now. My life is about to experience a major change, and I’m looking forward to it, so far. I’ll get to watch more movies now more than ever, so I can’t complain. I’ll attend the 8:15 PM screening of “Jack the Giant Slayer” on Saturday. In the meantime, here is one of those funny cat videos on the Internetz.

2012 Movie Preview: 20 Movies You Should Anticipate

Django UnchainedMost previews that list upcoming films are pointless and unhelpful. All they do is tell us things we already know. If a certain list is to have any value, it should introduce its readers to something great that they may have never heard of before. But such lists are rare and ignored, precisely because it doesn’t fit well with the expectation of the general public. People like to root for their favorite franchise, or for the impending movie that’s based on their favorite book. I’m sure that countless Harry Potter fans were enraged whenever they saw “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” place second to “Thor” in any list regarding The Most Anticipated Movies of 2011.

Summer Blockbusters that are already popular, like “Fast Five” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, tend to headline every movie-related article on the web while Better Movies aren’t even given a chance to present themselves.  It’s been almost three years since “Moon”, the excellent sci-fi film by Duncan Jones, was first released, yet it remains unknown to many. “Trick ‘r Treat”, which can be argued as one of the best Halloween movies of the past two decades, went straight to DVD. It’s sad, but the past has been done with. 2012 is shaping up to be a big year for great movies, where we’ll get the chance to see the latest works of Wes Anderson, Tarantino, Spielberg, and so on. And because my list has only 20 spots to spare, I shall be focusing on less popular films that we should anticipate, rather than blockbusters that are already implanted in our subconscious.

Observe the following titles: “The Dark Knight Rises”, “The Avengers”, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, “The Hunger Games”, “The Bourne Legacy”, “The Amazing Spiderman”. They will not be featured on this list because their status has already been established by the strength of the material that came before them. What will take their place are movies that you also might enjoy, only without the inflated publicity. But how can I objectively arrange the list, since I have yet to see any of them? Here: The ordering of the films will be determined by the collective appeal of 1) the director in charge, 2) the actors involved, and 3) the story at hand. (Note: All the storylines found below are credited to The Internet Movie Database.)

The Great Gatsby (2012)20. The Great Gatsby

Director: Baz Luhrmann (Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet)
Release Date: December 25, 2012
Starring:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire
StorylineNick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.

Tim Burton's Frankenweenie19. Frankenweenie

Director: Tim Burton (The Nightmare before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Alice in Wonderland)
Release Date: October 5
Starring:  Winona Ryder, Martin Short, and Martin Landau
Storyline: Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.

Ang Lee directing Life of Pi18. Life of Pi

Director: Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, The Ice Storm, Sense and Sensibility)
Release Date: December 21
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Gérard Depardieu, Suraj Sharma
Storyline: The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwrecked sends them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Looper17. Looper

Director: Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom)
Release Date: September 28
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Bruce Willis
Storyline: A killer who works for the mob of the future recognizes one of his targets as his future self.

Robert Pattinson in Cosmopolis16. Cosmopolis

Director: David Cronenberg (The Fly, A History of Violence, A Dangerous Method)
Release Date: “To be Announced”
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Jay Baruchel
Storyline
:
Cosmopolis follows a multimillionaire on a 24-hour odyssey across Manhattan.

Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows15. Dark Shadows

Director: Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Batman)
Release Date: May 11
Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley
StorylineA gothic-horror tale centering on the life of vampire Barnabas Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts.

Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen in Take this Waltz14. Take this Waltz

Director: Sarah Polley (Away from Her)
Release Date: June 29
Starring: Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams, Sarah Silverman
Storyline
:
A funny, bittersweet and heart-wrenching story about a woman struggling to choose between two different types of love.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in The Gangster Squad13. The Gangster Squad

Director: Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland)
Release Date: October 19
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone
Storyline
:
A chronicle of the LAPD’s fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s.

Ben Affleck in Argo12. Argo

Director: Ben Affleck (Gone Baby Gone, The Town)
Release Date: September 14
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Ben Affleck, John Goodman
Storyline
:
As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.

Prometheus by Ridley Scott11. Prometheus

Director: Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator, American Gangster)
Release Date: June 8
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace
Storyline
:
A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

This is 40 by Judd Apatow10. This is 40

Director: Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Funny People)
Release Date: December 21
Starring: Jason Segel, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd
Storyline
:
A look at the lives of Pete and Debbie a few years after the events of “Knocked Up”.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Timur Bekmambetov9. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Director: Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Day Watch, Wanted)
Release Date: June 22
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper
Storyline
:
President Lincoln’s mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.

Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator8. The Dictator

Director: Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno, Religulous)
Release Date: May 11
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Megan Fox, Ben Kingsley
Storyline: The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

Will Ferrell in Dog Fight7. The Campaign

Director: Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery)
Release Date: August 10
Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis
Storyline
:
Two rival South Carolina politicians with presidential aspirations tangle with one another.

Brave (DisneyPixar)6. Brave

Director: Brenda Chapman (The Prince of Egypt) and Mark Andrews
Release Date: June 22
Starring: Emma Thompson, Kelly Macdonald, Kevin McKidd
Storyline
:
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

World War Z5. World War Z

Director: Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace)
Release Date: December 21
Starring: Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse
Storyline
:
A U.N. employee is racing against time and fate, as he travels the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly Zombie pandemic.

Moonrise Kingdom4. Moonrise Kingdom

Director: Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox)
Release Date: May 16
Starring: Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton)
Storyline
:
A pair of lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.

Geroge Cloony in Gravity3. Gravity

Director: Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, A Little Princess)
Release Date: November 21
Starring: George Clooney, Sandra Bullock
Storyline
:
The lone survivor of a space mission to repair the Hubble telescope desperately tries to return to Earth and reunite with her daughter.

Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)2. Django Unchained

Director: Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds)
Release Date: December 25
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz)
Storyline
:
With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln1.  Lincoln

Director: Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Empire of the Sun, The Adventures of Tintin)
Release Date: December
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Jared Harris
Storyline
:
The sixteenth President of the United States guides the North to victory during the Civil War.

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BONUS!

Ten Movies I Am Not Anticipating

10. Men in Black III

9. Wrath of the Titans

8. Battleship

7. G.I. Joe: Retaliation

6. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

5. Scary Movie 5

4. Resident Evil: Retribution

3. The Three Stooges

2. Step Up 4

1. Halloween 3D

The Best and Worst Movies of 2009

Russell and Mr. FredricksenWhile everybody else is busy constructing their list of the Best and Worst Movies of 2011, I’m right here organizing my year-end list for, believe it or not, 2009. I’m aware that us Filipinos are notoriously known for being late, but this is just ridiculous. Here is a blog post that will probably inspire very little interest, precisely because it is two years too late. But what the heck – I’ll post it anyway. One would naturally think that I would have no valid excuse for such a delay, but I can actually explain.

Dedicated movie lovers who live in the same country as yours truly will not have a hard time agreeing that it can be real frustrating to be a cinephile in the Philippines. The overwhelming awfulness of the majority of our county’s movies cannot be denied, but it is not what ultimately drags me into hopeless depression. My quarrels and objections against the artistic illiteracy of this country are long and many, yet I shall not go into specifics, for this is not what I am here for. Simply put, the Philippines is a place that does not welcome Better Movies, which makes it difficult for me to catch up with the movies I need to see.

Of the 10 movies featured in my Best Movies list, less than half of them were featured in a local theater; the rest I had to wait months for the DVD release. I shall attempt to explain further in my post, “The Best and Worst Movies of 2010”, that is to be published next month. But in the meantime, here are my choices for 2009.

A few pointers:

  • The following list is entirely objective, where the order of the movies is determined by my critical observations, and not by personal preferences
  • The movie that is dearest to me, which can also be considered as my Favorite Film of the Year, will receive the Special Jury Award. On the other hand, the movie that I despised the most will be graced by my Most Hated Award, just for the “lulz”.
  • In the “Honorable Mentions” section, you will find a bunch of titles that are great movies that didn’t quite make it to the Top 10. In short, they are the “Runner-Ups” that also deserve some attention.
  • A less familiar category would be the “Potential Movies”. All of the titles you will find here are movies released in 2009 that I still haven’t seen. What makes it different from other movies I haven’t seen from that year is that there is a possibility that they could have ended up in my list if I have seen them.
  • The list will not include Independent Movies that aren’t attached to any renowned names, like “You, the Living” and “Sin Nombre”. I believe they deserve their own category, but I haven’t seen enough of them to make one.
A Serious Man10. A Serious Man

The Coen Brothers are always determined to churn out something we’ve never quite encountered before, and they have once again succeeded with this dark, perceptive, supernatural Jewish dramedy. Michael Stuhlbarg stars as physics professor, Larry Gopnik, a troubled man who is struggling to cope with all the problems that continually corner him. He has a wife who plans to leave him for another man, two kids who ignore his existence, an adult brother who needs 24/7 monitoring, and much more. Larry is seriously in deep dilemma, yet he always tries to do the right thing. The movie provides great insight on Jewish culture, moral philosophies, and the reality of compromises. The Coens does the hard task of extracting dark comedy out of poor Larry without ever exploiting him.

Zombieland9. Zombieland

Zombies, in essence, are pretty standard. Like the cast of “Twilight”, they soullessly stagger from one place to another in sluggish repetition. This is why the greatness of a zombie flick is determined not by the undead, but by what the undead are trying to eat: People. In “Zombieland”, we are introduced to four loveable, well-written characters played by charming, capable actors. Three of them have been nominated for an Oscar – is that normal for the cast of a zombie movie? The script depends on the dialogue between our heroes while rightfully limiting the zombies as target practice. Heck, the movie’s most memorable moments are completely zombie-free, thanks to the invaluable Bill Murray and his dangerously convincing zombie disguise.

The Bad Lieutenant Port of Call - New Orleans8. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans

Throughout his career, Nicolas Cage’s tenacious audacity to take on daring roles has granted him immense popularity, be it for better or for worse. That the guy has been nominated for Oscars as much as he has been nominated for Razzies should tell us something. His reputation can suffer massive persecution from late night talk shows when he makes the wrong choices (e.g. “Ghost Rider”, “The Wicker Man”, and “Drive Angry”). But when he gets it right, he instantly earns everybody’s praise. And boy, did he get it right in Werner Herzog’s “The Bad Lieutenant”. With eyes ready to burst and a mouth ready to froth, Cage plays a drug-snorting, soul-shooting, double-crossing potty-mouthed cop who calculatingly crisscrosses on both sides of the law. It’s Cage’s most brilliant performance since he played twins Charlie and Donald Kaufman in the ingenious “Adaptation”.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Excerpt from my official 5-Star review:

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is an exceptional thriller that supplies just about everything you can expect from its genre: an unsolved crime, a devious villain, a collection of clues, a determined investigator, and a climactic sequence where they all come together. These elements are all aptly done, but our attention is captured by an enigmatic woman whose own vague life can be considered a puzzle that’s more perplexing than the one she occupies.

Her name is Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace). She is a skilled surveillance agent and an ingenious computer hacker. Her face, firm and pierced, rarely reveals any form of emotion. Her dark, gothic look attracts our immediate interest, but even the most analytical of audience members cannot observe beyond her physical appearance. The dragon tattooed on her back, which we get to see once, is open to our interpretations, but that’s about as far our theories can go. She prefers to keep her secrets to herself. Conversations with Lisbeth occur only when necessary, and they usually end quickly. Moments where she secures her isolation are often “celebrated” with a lighting of a cigarette.

Up in the Air6. Up in the Air

A profoundly relevant, richly humorous, and sincerely empathizing film, “Up in the Air” is about so many things, yet there is not a single minute where it loses its touch. As challenging as it is, the movie somehow manages to handle two different worlds of opposite magnitudes: the universal devastation brought about by the recent economic meltdown, and the personal philosophies of a middle-aged bachelor that sustains his happy family of one. The cast is led by George Clooney as Ryan Bingham, a man who works for a company that requires him to fire the employees of other companies. Alone and uninterrupted, he controls how he lives and loves it. This cycle is broken up when he meets two women he has no intentions of connecting with. Soon enough, they ignite sparks in each other’s lives. Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick also star.

Avatar5. Avatar

First things first. Up until now, a lot of the hatred thrown at “Avatar” seems to be because of the fact that it significantly resembles the storyline of “Pocahontas”. I don’t get it. Roger Ebert showed great wisdom when he stated that “a movie is not about what it’s about; it’s about how it’s about it.” If the movie’s foundation is indeed inspired by “Pocahontas”, why not just thank the inspiration instead of bashing the beauty that blossomed from it? But anyway.

The creation of Pandora is the main cause of my love for the movie. It features one of the most imaginative uses of CGI I have ever seen. When the sun disappears, an array of enthralling images comes to life. As darkness falls, things start to glow while creatures of fascinating splendor roam around. There are plants as big as trees and trees as big as buildings. It’s an all-you-can-see visual buffet.

UP4. UP

I very rarely cry at theater, but I found myself bathing in tears – twice – while I was viewing “UP”. I’ve seen it two more times since then, and I’m still crying. Except for Toy Story 3’s final moments, it’s the most thoughtful Pixar film yet. That Russell kid is cute and adorable and all that, but it was the relationship between Carl and Ellie that got to me. We all remember that sequence early in the film that took us through the marriage of the Fredricksons.  Accompanied by the Oscar-winning score by Michael Giacchino entitled “Married Life”, that little stretch of film gracefully shifted from sweet, to lovely, to tragic, to downright heartbreaking. It was short but powerful, wordless but resonant. And because our hero’s mission is centered on his unconditional devotion displayed in that scene, we become emotionally involved until the film’s very end. This is an amazing movie.

Moon3. Moon

Maybe it has something to do with its early release date. Maybe it’s because of the short attention span of the members of the Academy. Maybe both. Maybe neither. I can’t be sure. Whatever the darn reason is, Sam Rockwell not receiving an Oscar nomination for “Moon” is, in my opinion, one of the worst crimes the Academy has committed in the past decade. The movie’s potential for dramatic impact and authenticity is placed entirely on Rockwell’s shoulders, and he carries it all with an affecting performance that’s aided by a moving soundtrack composed by Clint Mansell. Rockwell plays Sam Bell, a man on the moon who is nearing the end of a 3-year contract with the company he works for. Alone and desperate to return home to his wife and daughter, Bell provides a portrait of loneliness that the movie explores. “Moon” is a sci-fi gem, and it’s saddening how it was overshadowed by recycled summer blockbusters. Maybe you still haven’t seen this yet. Maybe you should go look for a copy right now.

The Hurt Locker2. The Hurt Locker

“The Hurt Locker” does more than just take us to the war in Iraq. A great movie could have very well been made by simply giving us a peek of the devastation caused by the war, but the movie has a broader vision for itself. It ventures inside the mindset of a soldier like no other, and we begin to see the war through his eyes. The soldier is Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner), a quiet and alert veteran who is an expert at disarming bombs. Together with his team, he monitors unsecured areas for bombs that need some serious defusing. Scenes that feature a stand-off between James and those pesky bombs would make Alfred Hitchcock proud, as they are to be treasured in the world of suspense. Director Katherine Bigalow was wise to treat the bombs more as a tool for tension than as an excuse for explosions.

Inglorious Basterds1. Inglorious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino is, yet again, one helluva genius. He deviously rips a page off the history books and rewrites it with blood-soaked hands. The result is a stylish, funny, brutal and tremendously entertaining slap to the face of Nazism. The best movie of 2009 takes us back in time to a Nazi-occupied France, where Jewish families are hunted down and executed while the Germans flourish in their dominance. Hitler makes an appearance, of course, but it is Nazi officer Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) who will leave a mark in our memory. Cunning, diabolical, and naughty, Hans Landa is a nightmare for all Jews… and Gentiles.

This kind of cruel persecution is not at all pleasing to Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), leader of the Basterds. These trigger-happy, trash-talking, bat-whirling, suicide-bombing, scalp-scraping Jewish-American soldiers are determined and unforgiving. They will stop at nothing when it comes to fulfilling their mission, and that is to beat all them Nazis to death. Sounds like a plan to me.

 

Honorable Mentions: An Education, The Road, District 9, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, and Paranormal Activity

Potential Movies: The White Ribbon, In the Loop, Ponyo, Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Broken Embraces, and The Cove

 

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The Worst Movies of 2009

10. Sorority Row

9. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

8. The Haunting in Connecticut

7. The Ugly Truth

6. I Love You, Beth Cooper

5. Halloween 2

4. Ninja Assassin

3. Dragonball: Evolution

2. The Twilight Saga: New Moon

1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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Bonus Awards!

Special Jury Award: Moon

Best Animated Feature: UP

Best Director: Quentin Tarantino – Inglorious Basterds

Best Actor: Sam Rockwell – Moon

Best Actress: Noomi Rapace – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Best Villain: Hans LandaInglorious Basterds

Best Debut Performance: Duncan Jones (Director) – Moon

Sharlto Copley (Actor) – District 9

Best Ensemble Cast: Inglorious Basterds

Guilty Pleasure Award: 2012

Overlooked Movie: Moon

Most Memorable Moment: Bill Murray Cameo in Zombieland

 

Most Hated: New Moon

Worst Director: James Wong – Dragonball: Evolution

Worst Actor: Robert Pattinson – New Moon

Worst Actress: Kirsten Stewart – New Moon

Worst Villain: The Fallen – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Worst Ensemble Cast: New Moon

Worst Scene Award: “Robot Heaven” in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen