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Ben Affleck is one hot actor/director right now. From :”Gone Baby Gone” to “The Town” to last year’s “Argo”, he’s established himself as one of Hollywood’s most talented stars right now. But way before then, before the ill-fated “Gigi”, before ‘DareDevil” even before “Pearl Harbor”, he made a short film. Now you can see it right here. The film is titled…prepare yourself, “I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her On a Meathook And Now I have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney”.

The Playlist had this quote from Affleck about the film:

“It’s horrible. It’s atrocious. I knew I wanted to be a director, and I did a couple of short films, and this is the only one that haunts me. I’m not proud of it. It looks like it was made by someone who has no prospects, no promise.”

Let’s just say it’s a good thing he’s improved.

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

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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.

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.

No less than five new wide releases are hitting theaters this weekend. Can any of them stop Liam Neeson?

Probably not. “Taken 2” will likely suffer a more than 50 percent drop, but that still puts it in the low $20 million range. That should be enough against this weekend’s new offerings.

If any film can do it though, it will be Ben Affleck’s new film “Argo”. “The Town” opened in the low $20s on its way to $96 million. “Argo” has a strong cast, rave reviews and a lot of buzz going behind it. But, it’s ceiling for its opening weekend is likely in the same range of “The Town”. It should have good legs though, given the expected great word of mouth. But, how well it does in the coming weeks will probably depend on how well films like “Cloud Atlas” connect with audiences.

Opening weekend: $20-22 million

Total box office gross: $90-95 million

Appealing to a very different crowd, “Sinister”, starring Ethan Hawke hits theaters. This one seems to have generated enough buzz, avoiding the shadow of “Paranormal Activity 4”. This weekend is very important for the film, however, since PA 4 will be a behemoth next weekend.

Opening weekend: $16-18 million

Total box office gross: $40-45 million

And appealing to yet another different crowd is Kevin James in “Here Comes the Boom”. For reasons I can’t understand, James has had successes with “The Zoo Keeper” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”. That being said, “Hotel Transylvania” (which also features the voice of James) and “Frankenweenie” are already out, look for “Here Comes the Boom” to flop.

Opening weekend: $13-15 million

Total box office gross: $40-45 million

“Seven Psychopaths” is the wild card from the director of the underrated “In Bruges”. The cast includes Christopher Walken and Colin Farell, but though I’m excited for this film, I have trouble seeing it make above $10 million.

Opening weekend: $8-10 million

Total box office gross: $30-35 million

Finally, there’s “Atlas Shrugged Part II”. I can count the number of people I know who saw the first film on one hand. None of them liked it. This film will tank.

Opening weekend: $1-3 million

Total box office gross: Not very much.

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

 

Ben Affleck turned down big role

Ben Affleck is on quite a streak. “The Town”, in which he both directed and starred, was one of the most critically acclaimed films a couple years ago and did pretty well at the box office. His new film, “Argo”, is getting a lot of Oscar hype. He’s come a long ways from “DareDevil”, which he starred in with Jennifer Garner in 2003. It appears Fox is ready to let the rights to that property revert back to Marvel, despite a Joe Carnahan reboot trying to get off the ground. In an interview with MTV, Affleck said he was approached for a DD reboot, but turned it down.

“They’re rebooting it,” he said. “I got contacted about it, and I was like, ‘That wouldn’t be a reboot [if I was involved],’ but I really hope they do a good job, because that’s a great property and deserves something really, really good.”

Affleck didn’t rule out playing a super hero, though, saying if the right character and right story came along, he would be up for it. He also said rumors that he would direct a “Justice League” film are false. Would you have wanted to see Affleck be DareDevil again? And. if they were willing to offer him a role again, let’s bring back Colin Farrell as Bullseye! Or, as it was originally going to be planned, let Farrell be DareDevil!

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

Ryan Gosling cemented his acting chops in “Drive”. Now, he’s looking to do the same behind the camera. Gosling is set to direct the dark fairy tale “How To Catch A Monster” starring his “Drive” and “Mad Men” co-star Christina Hendricks. According to Variety: The story is set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city and centered on a single mother of two being swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Ben Affleck proved he is an apt director with “The Town” and the anticipated film “Argo”. George Clooney proved it as well with “Good Night and Good Luck”. It’ll be interesting to see if Gosling can capture similar success.

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

With Marvel Studios making big waves by possibly getting Daredevil or Galactus and the Silver Surfer back and hiring Joss Whedon back, DC Comic and Warner Brothers have announced they are looking to hire Ben Affleck (“The Town”, “Argo”) to direct a “Justice League” film. According to Variety, the film would include Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash, but did not know if any stand alone films would be included.

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