Guardians of the Galaxy: why I’m hooked on this movie

Here’s a reblog about one of my favorites from last year, which just so happens to be nominated for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Achievement in Visual Effects. That film is, of course, Guardians of the Galaxy. 🙂

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Seriously, can anything stop Marvel at this point? Apparently Guardians of the Galaxy just broke some August box office record. Frankly, I find that kind of amazing. On paper, this film is a hard sell. I mean, can you imagine the pitch for this? Personally, I imagine it went something like this:

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Duets: Big Hero 6 and Interstellar

I’d hoped to have something new ready for today, but…well, that’s gonna have to wait. Haha. Instead, I’ve got another Oscar nom reblog coming your way! This one’s a Duet, and both film are pretty awesome. First is Interstellar, nominated for Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score), Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Best Achievement in Sound Editing, and Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Pair that with Big Hero 6, which is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, and it’s a pretty solid pair. Needless to say, I will be rooting for both of these. 🙂

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Another Duet for you guys today—although I have to admit that I feel kind of guilty about making mini reviews out of the two of these because they’re both great. They deserve solos, not just a duet! So forgive me for cutting corners. There’s just too much stuff out right now…which is basically the best problem ever. 🙂 Anyway, let’s sing a duet!

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Maleficent: does Jolie’s magic save a mediocre movie?

One more Oscar nom reblog before I call it a night! This one is all about Disney’s live-action twist on Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent, which is nominated for Best Achievement in Costume Design. As a matter of fact, the costumes, effects, and Jolie are pretty much the only parts of the film that are above average…but you can read more about that in the review. 😉

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I’m not sure why, but this film struck me as one I wanted to check out almost as soon as I caught the first trailer. It’s weird though—Sleeping Beauty is one of my least favorite Disney cartoons (because let’s be real: Princess Aurora is kind of useless), and I’ve never really cared one way or the other about Angelina Jolie. Nonetheless, Maleficent found its way onto my 20 Films of 2014 list, and I made a point to go see it opening weekend.

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Duets: Unbroken and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Got a few Oscar nom films to reblog today! Let’s start with the first batch. Here we’ve got Unbroken (probably my least favorite of the Oscar noms), nominated for Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, and Best Achievement in Sound Editing, alongside The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which is also nominated for Best Achievement in Sound Editing. Here’s what I thought of them.

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Alright! Time to get down to writing about some of these stragglers from last year. I’ve been meaning to write a little something about these two for awhile now, but gees has it been hard to find the time! Now that the holidays are over, it’s high time for me to get to this Duet.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Marvel’s Phase Two is going strong

It’s a double reblog day! Earlier I shared some Valentine’s Day love, but now it’s time to return the attention to those Oscar reblogs. Nominated for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, here’s my write-up about Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (This is also appropriate for Valentine’s Day as Chris Evans is my future boyfriend. He just doesn’t know it yet.)

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I realize at this point they’ve become as overdone as zombies and vampires, but I freaking love superhero movies. When one is on its way to theaters, I inevitably round up a group of nerdy friends and make a midnight trek to see it—because God forbid we wait until the day it comes out. We simply must see it before the rest of the world. Plus, midnight superhero movie premieres make for excellent people-watching. At this premiere, I got to see an overweight couple dressed as Captain America and Black Widow. And in case you were wondering, yes—people did take pictures with them. God bless nerds. God bless (Captain) America.

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Will you be my Valentine?

Didn’t have the time (or energy) to pull together a proper post saying how much I love you all, but here’s a little something from last year that expresses my feelings pretty perfectly. 😉 Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day, you beautiful people! Since I don’t have a special person in my life, I was just wondering if…you know, if maybe…Aw gees. This is awkward, isn’t it? Well, see I’ve just had this crush on you guys for quite awhile, and…

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The Grand Budapest Hotel: quirky, hilarious, and surprisingly moving

Time for an Oscar Nom reblog dealing with my absolute favorite movie from last year. It’s nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen), Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Editing, Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling, AND Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score). Phew! Let me take a breath…okay. Let’s talk about The Grand Budapest Hotel. 🙂

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So my apologies for any blog neglecting/delayed responses over the weekend—I forgot to mention that I’d be out of town. But, GUYS…something WONDERFUL happened while I was away. I saw a brand-spanking new movie, and I really liked it! What a lovely way to finish out a very lackluster movie month!

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Gone Girl: a clever mystery with a chilling end

Today’s Oscar Nom reblog really should’ve been nominated for more, in this gal’s humbled opinion, but as it stands, it is nominated for a lone Oscar, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, thanks to an amazing performance by Rosamund Pike. I am talking, of course, about Gone Girl.

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I think it’s safe to say that this is the “it” movie right now. Everybody’s all abuzz about it. Of course, it seems like everybody’s been abuzz about Gone Girl since author Gillian Flynn released the book a little over two years ago. I remember several friends freaking out over the book and encouraging me to read it…which I promptly did not do.

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Into the Woods: a magical, musical, praiseworthy adaptation

Another Oscar nom reblog! Into the Woods has been nominated for: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Achievement in Costume Design. Let’s discuss!

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Fair warning: this review is likely to be a little biased. Why? Because this is quite possibly my favorite musical of all time. Some of you may already know this, but I was a bit of a theatre geek growing up. A good chunk of my middle and high school years involved spending time in the auditorium after school, running lines and singing songs and trying to make theatrical magic.

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Duets: 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2

Oscar Reblog Week begins! Today I’m reblogging my review for How to Train Your Dragon 2, which is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film. And there’s a bonus review of 22 Jump Street attached, so do with it what you will. 🙂

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Well this is a type of post I haven’t done in a while! So here’s a refresher for new readers and/or those who have forgotten (because I haven’t done one of these in over three months): Duets is a feature where I do mini reviews of two brand new movies or two movies that have recently come out on DVD. I don’t do this often—just when I’ve seen some things pretty close together and want to give myself a break by miniaturizing their reviews.

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