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March 20, 2010

The Blind Side

The Blind Side

The Blind Side isn't out on DVD or Blu-ray until March 23rd, but you can go ahead and place your order for this sports-drama film. It's nominated for Best Picture, and for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Sandra Bullock. Based on the 2006 book, the story centers on Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman, Michael Oher, and how his impoverished upbringing and adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy shaped his life and career.... more

March 14, 2010

Star Trek

Star Trek

Last year saw a re-imagining of the Star Trek franchise and it earned high critical praise, as well as nominations for Best Makeup, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects for this year's Academy Awards. The film features the main characters of the original Star Trek television series and follows them as they unite aboard the USS Enterprise to combat Nero. Leonard Nimoy also makes a guest appearance as the original Spock.

March 13, 2010

Crazy Heart Soundtrack

Crazy Heart Soundtrack

Crazy Heart is up for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Jeff Bridges, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Best Music (Original Song). Even though the movie hasn't been released to DVD or Blu-ray just yet, you can listen to The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart) on the Crazy Heart Soundtrack. Ryan Bingham sings the theme song, and the actual actors, including Jeff Bridges, Colin Farrell, and Robert... more

March 12, 2010

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The sixth film in the Harry Potter film series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is up for Best Cinematography in this year's Academy Awards, with Bruno Delbonnel as the cinematographer. The film follows Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they try to find out what assignment Lord Voldemort has given Draco Malfoy. Dumbledore also gives Harry a glimpse into the mind of a young Voldemort where we find out his true intentions.

March 7, 2010

Coraline

Coraline

Based on the popular children's novel by Neil Gaiman, Coraline is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at this year's Academy Awards. Ignored by her busy parents, Coraline sets off to explore her new home and stumbles upon a locked door that takes her into a world very similar to her own, but in this one her parents dote on her and have buttons for eyes. It's a fun, imaginative story that will entertain... more

March 6, 2010

Food, Inc.

Food, Inc.

Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Food, Inc. explores large-scale agricultural food production in the United States and its effects on our society. The film is broken into three segments that look at industrial meat production, and industrial grain and vegetable production and how they impact the economy, environment, and our health. The film is narrated by author Michael Pollan as well as Eric Schlosser who are both critics of industrial food production.

March 5, 2010

Coco Before Chanel

Coco Before Chanel

Coco Before Chanel is nominated this year for Best Costume Design. Directed by Anne Fontaine, this film explores the woman behind the Chanel brand and is set a few years after Coco leaves an orphanage. She becomes both a seamstress for performers in a local bar and a singer. A romantic liaison introduces her into French society, where she starts designing hats. From there, a love interest opens more opportunities in the fashion world.... more

Feb. 28, 2010

Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia

It wouldn't be the Oscars if Meryl Streep weren't a contender. This time, she's nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Julia Child in the movie, Julie & Julia. Written and directed by Nora Ephron, the story is adapted from two books and follows Julia Child as she begins her culinary career, and Julie Powell, as she documents her daily experiences cooking recipes from Child's Mastering the Art of... more

Feb. 27, 2010

The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker is nominated for a ton of Oscar categories this year, including Best Picture, Actor in Leading Role, Directing, and Cinematography. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the story follows members of a U.S. Army EOD unit in Iraq and shows how they deal with the constant stress and emotions that come with defusing bombs and the threat of insurgency. This intense film also looks at the tension that develops among them as they... more

Feb. 26, 2010

District 9

District 9

This science fiction thriller, directed by Neill Blomkamp, is nominated for Best Picture, Film Editing, Visual Effects, and Writing (Adapted Screenplay). District 9 centers on a bureaucrat assigned to relocate a race of extraterrestrial creatures to an internment camp outside the city. Set in Johannesburg, South Africa, District 9 explores themes of xenophobia and social segregation, and is based on events that took place in Cape Town during the apartheid era.

Feb. 22, 2009

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button garnered tons of nominations at this year's Academy Awards. While it didn't take home top honors, it did win for Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, and Best Visual Effects. And no doubt, anyone that can make Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett look old and wrinkled deserve to win an award. The story centers on Benjamin Button, a man that was born old and grows younger while still retaining... more

The Wrestler

The Wrestler

The Wrestler certainly brought Mickey Rourke back into the spotlight, and rightfully so. His role as a washed up wrestler pulls heartstrings, and won him a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Marisa Tomei's performance as an equally washed up stripper brought her a nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Despite not winning in either category, Rourke's and Tomei's performances make this one of the must-see movies of 2009.

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire raked in the nominations and awards for the 2009 Academy Awards. It won Best Picture, Music Score, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Cinematography, and for Writing (Adapted Screenplay). Danny Boyle also brought home an award for Best Director. Set around the popular game show, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," the movie tells the story of a boy growing up in the slums of Mumbai and his search for his one true love.... more

Milk

Milk

Milk was nominated in several categories for the 2009 Academy Awards, including one for Gus Van Sant as Best Director and one for Best Music (Score). But it was Sean Penn and writer Dustin Lance Black that took home two awards: Penn, for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Black, for Best Writing (Original Screenplay). The movie tells the story of Harvey Milk and his quest to be the country's first openly gay... more

Man on Wire

Man on Wire

One of our personal favorites of this year's nominations, Man on Wire won for Best Documentary Feature. The film tells the story of how, in 1974, French performance artist Philippe Petit as he and his friends planned for one of the most daring high wire acts of all time. After hiding from authorities until after hours, Petit eventually strung a wire across the World Trade Center and walked between the Two Towers for nearly... more

The Duchess

The Duchess

The Duchess brought in two nominations for this year's Academy Awards: one for Best Art Direction and one for Best Costume Design. It ended up bringing home only an award for Best Costume Design. Keira Knightley plays Georgiana Spencer, a sixteen-year-old woman trapped in a loveless marriage to the much older, Duke of Devonsire. The world of the eighteenth-century English aristocracy can certainly be seen in this movie's lavish costumes.

Vicki Cristina Barcelona

Vicki Cristina Barcelona

The second time was a charm for Penelope Cruz at this year's Academy Awards. She was previously nominated for 2006's Volver; but this year, it was her performance in Vicki Cristina Barcelona that brought her Oscar gold. In it, she plays the fiery Maria Elena, a divorced woman still locked in a complex relationship with her ex-husband. Directed by Woody Allen, the film tells the story of two girlfriends on summer holiday that fall... more

WALL-E

WALL-E

Another one of our favorite movies of 2009, WALL-E was nominated for Best Writing (Original Screenplay), Best Animated Feature Film, Best Sound Editing, and Best Music (Score). It ended up only taking home an award for Best Animated Feature Film, but this tale of an adorable robot finding love and a new home will win the hearts of your family, while also teaching them an important lesson about taking care of the planet.

Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road was nominated for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design at this year's Academy Awards. And even thought it lost in both categories, it's still a movie worth checking out. Set in post-World War II America, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet play married couple, Frank and April Wheeler. Despite living what many would call the "American Dream," their lives become torn between their desire for a bohemian lifestyle and their now conventional... more

Changeling

Changeling

When put into a category with Meryl Streep and Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie didn't stand a chance for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her movie, Changeling, also lost out in both the Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography categories, but that doesn't mean you should miss it. Set in the late 1920's, it tells the story of a mother's grief as she tries to find her missing son, all the while going up... more