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Yep, Jim Carrey is one of the stars in the upcoming film “Kick-Ass 2”. But don’t expect to see him promoting the film. Carrey took to Twitter to criticize the film:

“I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” Carrey wrote.  “My apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”

On one hand, I can understand his feelings, we all got a wake up call with Sandy Hook. On the other hand, here’s my issues. First, why did he wait until now? It’s been half a year and he didn’t seem it was fit to raise any concerns until now? Also, he seems to be implying that violence in movies leads to violence in real life. I beg to differ on that.

Mark Millar posted this response:

As you may know, Jim is a passionate advocate of gun-control and I respect both his politics and his opinion, but I’m baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn’t in the screenplay eighteen months ago. Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin. A sequel to the picture that gave us HIT-GIRL was always going to have some blood on the floor and this should have been no shock to a guy who enjoyed the first movie so much. My books are very hardcore, but the movies are adapted for a more mainstream audience and if you loved the tone of the first picture you’re going to eat this up with a big, giant spoon. Like Jim, I’m horrified by real-life violence (even though I’m Scottish), but Kick-Ass 2 isn’t a documentary. No actors were harmed in the making of this production! This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorcese and Eastwood, John Boorman, Oliver Stone and Chan-Wook Park, Kick-Ass avoids the usual bloodless body-count of most big summer pictures and focuses instead of the CONSEQUENCES of violence, whether it’s the ramifications for friends and family or, as we saw in the first movie, Kick-Ass spending six months in hospital after his first street altercation. Ironically, Jim’s character in Kick-Ass 2 is a Born-Again Christian and the big deal we made of the fact that he refuses to fire a gun is something he told us attracted him to the role in the first place.

“Kick-Ass 2” stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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Brad Pitt headed back to WWII

Brad Pitt’s work in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” was amazing. Now he’s headed back to WWII, but in a much more serious tone with “Fury”. The film will center around an American tank crew who operates a tank called Fury during the final days of the war. David Ayer is directing. He helmed last year’s “End of Watch” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. He’s also helming next year’s “Ten”, starring  Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington. We’ll see how this turns out. I wasn’t in love with “End of Watch” as much as a lot of people were. But it was a solid film.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com. 

After almost four years, a last second delay and some controversy, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” hit theaters. Starring Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis and more, the sequel earned $51.7 million during the Easter weekend, just a couple million short of the first film’s opening. That’s quite an accomplishment given the fact that Easter weekend is much more difficult to have bigger openings (Just ask Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez about “Grindhouse”) than in the summer. The other new release, “Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” became his eighth film to earn more than $20 million with $22.7 million.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

It’s officially over. The Oscars have been given out, the awards season is done and…the results were there was something for a lot of films. “Argo” ended its run with a Best Picture win, Jennifer Lawrence beat Jessica Chastain, Ang Lee surprised in Best Director. Lee’s win totally shocked me. I didn’t give him any real shot of winning. My biggest disappointment was Christoph Waltz winning Best Supporting Actor. Look, I enjoyed his performance, but out of that whole group, I actually thought he was least deserving. I also would have liked to see “Moonrsise Kingdom” get Best Original Screenplay. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a BIG Tarantino fan, but “Django” just wasn’t my favorite film, I enjoyed “Inglourious Basterds” a heck of a lot more and “Moonrise Kingdom” deserved to win something. What did you think of the Oscars? Share your thoughts!

Best Picture
Amour
Argo–WINNER
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln–WINNER
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook–WINNER
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Best Director
Michael Haneke, Amour
Ang Lee, Life of Pi–WINNER
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Original Screenplay
Amour, Michael Hankie
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino–WINNER
Flight, John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal

Best Adapted Screenplay
Argo, Chris Terrio–WINNER
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, 
Life of Pi, David Magee
Lincoln, Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell

Best Original Song
“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice, music and lyric by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted, music by Walter Murphy; lyric by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi, music by Mychael Danna; lyric by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from Skyfall, music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth–WINNER
“Suddenly” from Les Misérables, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Best Original Score
Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
Argo, Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi, Mychael Danna–WINNER
Lincoln, John Williams
Skyfall, Thomas Newman

Best Production Design
Anna Karenina, Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
Les Misérables, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
Life of Pi, Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Lincoln, Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson–WINNER

Best Film Editing
Argo, William Goldenberg–WINNER
Life of Pi, Tim Squyres
Lincoln, Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook, Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty, Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables–WINNER
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Sound Editing
Argo, Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained, Wylie Stateman
Life of Pi, Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
Skyfall, Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers–WINNER
Zero Dark Thirty, Paul N.J. Ottosson–WINNER

Best Sound Mixing
Argo, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
Les Misérables, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes–WINNER
Life of Pi, Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
Lincoln, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
Skyfall, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour, Austria–WINNER
Kon-Tiki, Norway
No, Chile
A Royal Affair, Denmark
War Witch, Canada

Best Documentary Feature
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man–WINNER

Best Documentary Short
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart
Redemption
Inocente
–WINNER

Best Live Action Short
Asad
Buzkashi Boys
Curfew–WINNER
Death of a Shadow 
Henry

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained––WINNER

Best Animated Short
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head over Heels
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
Paperman–WINNER

Best Animated Feature
Brave–WINNER
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Cinematography
Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained, Robert Richardson
Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda–WINNER
Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall, Roger Deakins

Best Visual Effects
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott–WINNER
The Avengers, Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Prometheus, Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

Best Costume Design
Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran–WINNER
Les Misérables, Paco Delgado
Lincoln, Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman, Colleen Atwood

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Hitchcock, Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
Les Misérables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell–WINNER

Quentin Tarantino has had massive hits (“Pulp Fiction”, “Inglourious Basterds”) and some huge flops (“Grindhouse”, “Jackie Brown”) but last weekend “Django Unchained” officially became Tarantino’s highest grossing film ever. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Do you think “Django” was his best effort?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Golden Globe winners!

In case you missed the Golden Globes telecast, here’s a full list of all the categories and winners. Among the highlights were seeing “Argo” and Ben Affleck get some recognition the Academy denied him and seeing Jennifer Lawrence get her due, given that I get the feeling “Silver Linings Playbook” will be passed over by the Oscars.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
WINNER: “Argo”
» “Django Unchained”
» “Life of Pi”
» “Lincoln”
» “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: “Les Miserables”
» “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
» “Moonrise Kingdom”
» “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
» “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
» Richard Gere – “Arbitrage”
» John Hawkes – “The Sessions”
» Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
» Denzel Washington – “Flight”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
WINNER: Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
» Marion Cotillard – “Rust and Bone”
» Helen Mirren – “Hitchcock”
» Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
» Rachel Weisz – “The Deep Blue Sea”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
» Jack Black – “Bernie”
» Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
» Ewan McGregor – “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
» Bill Murray – “Hyde Park on Hudson”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
» Maggie Smith – “Quarter”
» Emily Blunt – “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
» Judi Dench – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
» Meryl Streep – “Hope Springs”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
WINNER: Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”
» Alan Arkin – “Argo”
» Leonardo DiCaprio – “Django Unchained”
» Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
» Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
WINNER: Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
» Amy Adams – “The Master”
» Sally Field – “Lincoln”
» Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
» Nicole Kidman – “The Paperboy”

Best Director – Motion Picture
WINNER: Ben Affleck – “Argo”
» Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty”
» Ang Lee – “Life of Pi”
» Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”
» Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
WINNER: Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”
» Mark Boal – “Zero Dark Thirty”
» Tony Kushner – “Lincoln”
» David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”
» Chris Terrio – “Argo”

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
WINNER: “Skyfall” – “Skyfall”
» “For You” – “Act of Valor”
» “Not Running Anymore” – “Stand Up Guys”
» “Safe and Sound” – “The Hunger Games”
» “Suddenly” – “Les Miserables”

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
WINNER: “Life of Pi”
» “Argo”
» “Anna Karenina”
» “Cloud Atlas”
» “Lincoln”

Best Animated Film
WINNER: “Brave”
» “Frankenweenie”
» “Hotel Transylvania”
» “Rise of Guardians”
» “Wreck-It Ralph”

Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER: “Amour”
» “A Royal Affair”
» “The Intouchables”
» “Kon-Tiki”
» “Rust and Bone”

Best Television Series – Drama
WINNER: “Homeland”
» “Breaking Bad”
» “Boardwalk Empire”
» “Downton Abbey”
» “The Newsroom”

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: “Girls”
» “Big Bang Theory”
» “Episodes”
» “Modern Family”
» “Smash”

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER: “Game Change”
» “The Girl”
» “Hatfields & McCoys
» “The Hour”
» “Political Animals”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
WINNER: Damien Lewis – “Homeland”
» Steve Buscemi – “Boardwalk Empire”
» Brian Cranston – “Breaking Bad”
» Jeff Daniels – “The Newsroom”
» Jon Hamm – “Mad Men”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
WINNER: Claire Danes – “Homeland”
» Connie Britton – “Nashville”
» Glenn Close – “Damages”
» Michelle Dockery – “Downton Abbey”
» Julianna Margulies – “The Good Wife”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Don Cheadle – “House of Lies”
» Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock”
» Matt LeBlanc – “Episodes”
» Louie C.K. – “Louie”
» Jim Parsons – “Big Bang Theory”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Lena Dunham – “Girls”
» Zooey Deschanel – “The New Girl”
» Julia Louis-Dreyfu – “Veep”
» Tina Fey – “30 Rock”
» Amy Poehler – “Parks and Recreation”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER: Kevin Costner – “Hatfields & McCoys”
» Benedict Cumberbatch – “Sherlock”
» Woody Harrelson – “Game Change”
» Toby Jones – “The Girl”
» Clive Owen – “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER: Julianne Moore – “Game Change”
» Nicole Kidman – “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
» Jessica Lange – “American Horror Story”
» Sienna Miller – “The Girl”
» Sigourney Weaver – “Political Animals”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER: Ed Harris – “Game Change”
» Max Greenfield – “New Girl”
» Danny Huston – “Magic City”
» Mandy Patinkin – “Homeland”
» Eric Stonestreet – “Modern Family”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER: Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey”
» Hayden Panettiere – “Nashville”
» Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife”
» Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Now that we’ve all had time to digest the nominations, what was the biggest Oscar snub? This year was quite a head scratcher. Let’s start with Kathryn Bigelow. I haven’t seen ‘Zero Dark Thirty” yet, but by all accounts the film is a great film. And though she just won a Best Director for “The Hurt Locker”, it seems pretty shocking that she didn’t get nominated this year. Out of the directors nominated, I gotta say, Bigelow is a stronger director than a few of them on that list.

An even bigger surprise for me though was “Rise of the Guardians” not getting into the Best Animated Film category. Look, I’d give the award to “Wreck It Ralph”, but for my money, “Rise of the Guardians” was by far better than “Frankenweenie” and “ParaNorman”.

Also, though Christoph Waltz got a nomination, Leonardo DiCaprio for his absolutely evil performance and Quentin Tarantino, heck maybe even Jamie Foxx all got snubbed in acting and director categories as well.

Of course the biggest head scratcher that makes no sense to me is Ben Affleck not getting a Best Director nomination. Are you kidding me? “Argo” received near universal acclaim, was a hit at the box office and the film was by far and away an improvement over his last outing, “The Town”. And yet, not even a nomination? That’s ridiculous. Not to mention “Cloud Atlas” not even getting nominated for Best Makeup. Also, for the second year in a row, only nine films were nominated for Best Picture, leaving out deserving films like “Moonrise Kingdom”.

This year I think the Academy got some things very wrong. What’s your biggest snub?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s the entire nominee list for the Oscars:

Best Picture
“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Amour”
“Lincoln”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
Denzel Washington – “Flight”

Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin – “Argo”
Robert De Niro – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams – “The Master”
Sally Field – “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
Jackie Weaver – “Silver Linings Playbook”

Animated Feature Film
“Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
“ParaNorman”
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

Directing
“Amour” – Michael Haneke
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” – Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi” – Ang Lee
“Lincoln” – Steven Spielberg
“Silver Linings Playbook” – David O. Russell

Writing – Original Screenplay
“Amour” – Michael Haneke
“Django Unchained” – Quentin Tarantino
“Flight” – John Gatins
“Moonrise Kingdom” – Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
“Zero Dark Thirty” – Mark Boal

Writing – Adapted Screenplay
“Argo” – Chris Terrio
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” – Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi” – David Magee
“Lincoln” – Tony Kushner
“Silver Linings Playbook” – David O. Russell

Music – Original Song
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice,” music and lyrics by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted,” music by Walter Murphy, lyrics by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi,” music by Mychael Danna, lyrics by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” music and lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
“Suddenly” from “Les Miserables,” music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Foreign Language Film
“Amour” (Austria)
“Kon-Tiki” (Norway)
“No” (Chile)
“A Royal Affair” (Denmark)
“War Witch” (Canada)

Cinematography
“Anna Karenina”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall”

Costume Design
“Anna Karenina”
“Les Miserables”
“Lincoln”
“Mirror Mirror”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

Documentary – Feature
“5 Broken Cameras”
“The Gatekeepers”
“How to Survive a Plague”
“The Invisible War”
“Searching for Sugar Man”

Documentary – Short
“Inocente”
“Kings Point”
“Mondays at Racine”
“Open Heart”
“Redemption”

Film Editing
“Argo”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Makeup And Hairstyling
“Hitchcock”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”

Music – Original Score
“Anna Karenina”
“Argo”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall”

Production Design
“Anna Karenina”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”

Short Film – Animated
“Adam and Dog”
“Fresh Guacamole”
“Head over Heels”
“Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare'”
“Paperman”

Short Film – Live Action
“Asad”
“Buzkashi Boys”
“Curfew”
“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)”
“Henry”

Sound Editing
“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Skyfall”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Sound Mixing
“Argo”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Skyfall”

Visual Effects
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Life of Pi”
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
“Prometheus”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

My initial thoughts:

I wish they would have nominated 10 films for Best Picture. A film like “Cloud Atlas” or “Moonrise Kingdom” really deserved to get recognized. Looks like Joaquin Phoenix’s little Oscar rant didn’t cost him a nomination after all. Stay tuned here in the coming days for predictions of all the categories!

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

My favorite films of 2012

Most of these films are in no particular order, but here are some of my favorite films of 2012.

“The Grey”: Whoever marketed this film should be fired. I came in expecting just another Liam Neeson action film. What I got was a surprisingly emotional and powerful film.

“Argo”: For my money, this film was leaps and bounds better than “The  Town”. Ben Affleck created a film that, even though I knew the ending coming in, was tense and exciting.

“Lincoln”: If I would have picked a film to be most over hyped coming into the year, it would have been this one. But Daniel Day-Lewis is amazing and Steven Spielberg directed a surprisingly entertaining and great film.

“Moonrise Kingdom”: The only comedy of the year that had me laughing the whole way through. Just see this one.

“Django Unchained”: Violent, funny and, in true Quentin Tarantino fashion, wildly entertaining, this one may not be his best, but it’s still fantastic.

“Seven Psychopaths”: Twisted, funny and it has Christopher Walken. Just see this one. It’s a real treat.

“Pitch Perfect”: Look, this isn’t going to win any Oscars or anything. But it was my biggest surprise of the year. Genuinely funny, great performances and just a lot of fun. Nothing wrong with that, right?

“The Hunger Games”: Why? Because for the first time a book that I’ve really liked other than Harry Potter” was made into a good movie. And that deserves to be recognized somehow.

And my favorite film of 2012 is…”Cloud Atlas”.

Yep, the love it or hate it film of the year, let me just say this. “Cloud Atlas” is unlike any other movie you’ll see. It’s powerful, emotional, funny, exciting, thrilling and it makes you stop and think. I know, a film that requires your attention and probably multiple viewings scares people, but this film is beyond amazing. This is, like “2001: A Space Odyssey” or “Blade Runner”, is a film that will be appreciated more and more as time goes on. Just do yourself a favor. Buy this movie. Watch it. You won’t regret it.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

From “Inglourious Basterds” to “Django Unchained”, director Quentin Tarantino looks to be tackling history through his own twisted eyes. Now the final part in what he calls his “spiritual trilogy” could be a film called “Killer Crow”.

Here’s what he told The Root:

“I don’t know exactly when I’m going to do it, but there’s something about this that would suggest a trilogy. My original idea for Inglourious Basterds way back when was that this [would be] a huge story that included the [smaller] story that you saw in the film, but also followed a bunch of black troops, and they had been f–ked over by the American military and kind of go apes–t. They basically — the way Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) and the Basterds are having an “Apache resistance” — [the] black troops go on an Apache warpath and kill a bunch of white soldiers and white officers on a military base and are just making a warpath to Switzerland…I have most of that written. It’s ready to go; I just have to write the second half of it…That would be the third of the trilogy. It would be [connected to] Inglourious Basterds, too, because Inglourious Basterds are in it, but it is about the soldiers. It would be called Killer Crow or something like that.”

It’d be cool to see Brad Pitt and the rest of the Basterds pop up. That being said Tarantino tends to throw a lot of ideas around so don’t expect this anytime soon.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.