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It’s nice to get a romantic comedy that is grounded and allows characters time to breathe and have some quiet and great moments. This movie is a reminder that there are should be more indie type films like this. We follow Jason(Adam Scott) and Julie(Jennifer Westfeldt) who are life long friends and have never swayed and have never been sexually attracted to each other. They have two couples as friends. Leslie(Maya Rudolph) and Alex(Chris O’Dowd) these two have kids and constantly seem at odds. The other couple is Missy(Kristen Wiig) and Ben(Jon Hamm), who use to be a couple all about sex, but once a kid comes into play that all changes. Deciding they want a kid but no messy marriage to get it Jason and Julie decide to have a baby just as friends.

You must understand that even though a lot of the cast of Bridesmaids is in this, doesn’t make it anything like that film. If anything it is more grounded, don’t get me wrong I thought Bridesmaids was hilarious, but it was never real. Here in this film they dive into some seriously dangerous territory, that being it can kind of suck to be married and have kids. The cast is fantastic and everyone really works well together here and the most impressive thing is they feel real. The leads though are the stand outs. Westfeldt and Scott have very good chemistry. It’s fun to watch their characters handle the baby with a friend situation as it goes along.

The comedy isn’t in your face and is mainly in the very well written dialogue. This film was written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt who really stepped out in the 2002 indie hit, Kissing Jessica Stein. Both Jason and Julie try and raise the child and find the person they want to be with. She lands a handsome and recently divorced man(Edward Burns), while Jason starts dating an actress who never wants kids(Megan Fox). Both Burns and Fox are very strong in these rules. Fox especially stands out, she’s usually thrown under the bus but here she has a very strong performance.

The only complaint I would have is that the films pace does slow down half way through and makes the film feel really long. Still the film is a breath of fresh air when it comes to romantic comedies, mainly because it gets real. Relationships are hard. Adding children can destroy them, but sometimes can make them stronger.

Review: 7.5/10

I didn’t really respond or post much about the Golden Globes(Thought they were “alright”). I’ve decided to not stay silent about the Academy Awards though. I’ll be going over the larger categories, listing the nominations and giving thoughts. This is my first year doing this hopefully you’ll be coming here for years and commenting on how wrong I am.

BEST PICTURE: The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, The Tree of Life, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, War Horse, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

I’m actually rather surprised by this list and delighted all at the same time. Hugo is really gaining a lot of steam this awards season. I personally loved The Artist and Moneyball, War Horse deserves to be there. The Tree of Life making it is a surprise along with ELAIC which hasn’t really been making any headlines recently. If I had to guess though this is between the Artist and The Descendants, don’t be surprised if Hugo wins though.

BEST ACTOR: George Clooney(The Descendants), Brad Pitt(Moneyball), Jean Dujardin(The Artist), Damien Bachir(A Better Life), Gary Oldman(Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy).

Wow! Now this is full of surprises. No Leo, no Fassbender(which is a Shame… Get it? The movie he was in was called Shame… I’ll move on) but Damien Bachir and Gary Oldman are in there, they both really deserve it. I really dug Brad Pitt in Moneyball but I don’t think he stands a chance. I think it’s a race between Dujardin and Clooney. I hope Dujardin wins, but I think Clooney is bringing it in.

BEST ACTRESS: Glenn Close(Albert Nobbs), Viola Davis(The Help), Rooney Mara(Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Meryl Streep(The Iron Lady), Michelle Williams(My Week with Marilyn).

This is rather interesting because how close this will be. The Globes copped out by placing Michelle Williams in the “Musical or Comedy” actress role but they couldn’t do that here. All Streep does is win so you have that. Viola Davis made a huge impression in The Help. Glenn Close played a chick who is so ugly she can pull off being a man. Any other year and that wins the award for you. Michelle Williams deserves this one but Mara is going to get over looked which is a real shame. That was such a hard and daring role. I just hope the Academy members realize that Streep has won before, like a lot, so let someone else get a trophy.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Kenneth Branagh(My Week With Marilyn), Nick Nolte(Warrior), Jonah Hill(Moneyball), Max von Sydow(Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), Christopher Plummer(Beginners).

Well to start off it will probably be Plummer. Love that Nick Nolte got the nomination for a role most over looked, hell the movie “Warrior” got over looked by most of America(Check it out you won’t be let down). I don’t get why Jonah Hill keeps getting nominations, he didn’t really bring anything to that role. I just feel like this is people trying to push him as a real actor, hard to do that when your upcoming movie is the “21 Jump Street” remake. For me Branagh should win, but I don’t think he will.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Berenice Bejo(The Artist), Melissa McCarthy(Bridesmaids), Janet McTeer(Albert Nobbs), Octavia Spencer(The Help), Jessica Chastain(The Help).

Octavia Spencer is getting this even though it should be Berenice Bejo(Who should be in the “Best Actress” category). Sad to see Melissa McCarthy here though. Mainly because she doesn’t belong and it’s obvious this was done as a ratings booster. Try and get people who love this movie to check out if she wins. She won’t but come on really? She was funny but… Come on!

BEST ANIMATED FILM: Rango, Chico and Rita, A Cat in Paris, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots.

Doesn’t this list seem fake? It just is weird first off not seeing a Pixar movie here. Seeing anything with a “2” in it is weird. One of the films is called Puss in Boots. I loved Rango so I hope it wins but for the comedy of it I hope Boots takes home the trophy.

BEST DIRECTOR: Michel Hazanavicius(The Artist), Alexander Payne(The Descendants), Martin Scorsese(Hugo), Woody Allen(Midnight in Paris), Terrence Malick(The Tree of Life).

Well there is a lot of talent there. The list is simply perfect. To me it should be Hazanavicius. Will probably be Payne. Glad Woody Allen got on there and especially Terrence Malick. Wouldn’t be too surprised though if Scorsese came out on top here.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne(The Descendants), Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian(Moneyball), John Logan(Hugo), George Clooney and Grant Heslov(Ides of March), Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan(Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy).

Yes I’m doing the scripts… Because I write scripts as a hobby. Anyway this is going to the Descendants but I think Moneyball should get it. Ides of March was also a very well done script but I think with the political tone going on right now it won’t get a lot of votes.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Woody Allen(Midnight in Paris), Michel Hazanavicius(The Artist), Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo(Bridesmaids), JC Chandor(Margin Call), Asghar Farhadi(A Separation).

Saved the best for last! This is a stacked category. The Artist of course should get it but I really believe this will be the place where Bridesmaids gets one as a “see we’re cool” item for the Academy. It’s nice to see Chandor and Farhadi make the list but I don’t think they stand much of a chance.

Well there it is… Some of the nominees and my responses. I look forward to the show it’s like the Super Bowl for movies and I love every second of it.

Not much of a surprise that Super 8 won the weekend. Some might look at the $38 million and think that as a failure, but frankly with no “big actors” and it not being a sequel that number is pretty amazing. The film didn’t really cost a lot so I’m sure when everything is said and done the movie will be at least financially a hit. X-Men: First Class dropped to second with around $25 million and lost almost half of its audience from last weekend. Again that sounds bad but frankly that’s pretty good for a film like this. First Class is only about a million off from breaking the studio favorite $100 million mark. The rest of the list is pretty basic. Hangover 2 passed the $200 million dollar mark and just keeps gulping down cash.

Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris is doing very well in a slow limited release. I’m sure the great reviews are helping it. The fourth Pirates film also broke the $200 million dollar mark but is not exactly the block buster people were expecting. Luckily for them though world wide audiences are eating up and the film is on it’s way to a billion dollars. Bridesmaids also continues to make more money and have some decent legs. Kung Fu Panda 2 also continues to make money but has failed to meet some expectations. Still since kids can see movies more than once this film might have legs at least until Cars 2 comes out.

Next week we get Green Lantern and I’m pretty confident that will be the top movie. Will just see how much money it ends up making.

1. Super 8 $38 million

2. X-Men: First Class $25 million

3. The Hangover 2 $18.5 million

4. Kung Fu Panda 2 $16.6 million

5. Pirates 4 $10.8 million

6. Bridesmaids $10.2 million

7. Judy Moody… $6.3 million

8. Midnight in Paris $6.1 million

9. Thor $2.4 million

10. Fast Five $1.7 million

Well the summer season is going strong. This weekend Pirates 4 landed and as expected it landed in the top spot. Problem is it didn’t make as much as some people predicted. Now this sounds funny I know since the film made $90 million in three days. That’s a lot of money, thing is people were preparing for it to bust the doors off with over $100 million. The previous films opened bigger, At World’s End opened with $115 million for example. The funny thing is that Pirates 4 broke world wide records, the film made almost $260 million around the world. So it’s a hit but not from domestic numbers. It shows that not just America loves blockbusters I guess. I don’t know what this all means for the franchise. Will see if the film has legs but with some big time movies coming in the next couple of weeks it’s possible this film will fade off into the dark.

A big surprise is the film BridesMaids which landed behind Pirates with $21.1 million and shows I guess that the film has some legs. Will see how it does once Hangover 2 opens, doubt two big R rated comedies can survive at the same time. Thor just keeps adding on money to it’s total. Landing in the third spot the big man with the hammer is at $145 million dollars. Following him is Fast Five which is a big time hit and almost at $200 million in total. Everything else is pretty much expected. Summer time is fun though, this is when the big films come out and the box office becomes pretty dramatic.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $90.1 million

2. Bridesmaids $21.1 million

3. Thor $15.5 million

4. Fast Five $10.6 million

5. RIO $4.7 million

6. Priest $4.6 million

7. Jumping the Broom $3.7 million

8. Something Borrowed $3.4 million

9. Water for Elephants $2.2 million

10. Madea’s Big Happy… $1 million