Screen Junkies » Midnight in Paris http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:19:53 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Here Are Your 2012 Academy Award Winners http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/here-are-your-2012-academy-award-winners/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/here-are-your-2012-academy-award-winners/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:00:55 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246211 Ah...the sweet smell of universal agreement.

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The 2012 Academy Awards have come and gone, and judging by my Twitter feed, it was a hilarious show that everyone loved, Billy Crystal is the funniest man in the world, and everyone agreed with all the winners 100%. Bask in the unanimous consensus by checking out the list of the big winners below.

Best Art Direction: Hugo

Best Costume Design: The Artist

Best Film Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Makeup: The Iron Lady

Best Sound Editing: Hugo

Best Sound Mixing: Hugo

Best Visual Effects: Hugo

Best Documentary (Feature): Undefeated

Best Documentary (Short Subject): Saving Face

Best Short Film (Animated): The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Best Short Film (Live Action): The Shore

Best Music (Original Score): The Artist – Ludovic Bource

Best Music (Original Song): “Man or Muppet,” The MuppetsBret McKenzie

Best Foreign Language Film: A SeparationIran

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year: Rango

Best Cinematography: Hugo

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: The Descendants

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen: Midnight in Paris

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Octavia Spencer – The Help

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher PlummerBeginners

Best Achievement in Directing: Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Jean DujardinThe Artist

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl StreepThe Iron Lady

Best Motion Picture of the Year: The Artist

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WGA Awards Honor ‘The Descendants’ & ‘Midnight In Paris’ As Movies That Were Written http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wga-awards-honor-the-descendants-midnight-in-paris-as-movies-that-were-written/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wga-awards-honor-the-descendants-midnight-in-paris-as-movies-that-were-written/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:00:01 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245683 That's some fine typing, boys.

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Yesterday, members of the Writers Guild of America banded together to totally snub Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Instead they gave their top two movie awards to Midnight in Paris and The Descendants.

Written by Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris won best original screenplay for the story of a young, blocked writer searching to understand love in an unromantic time. The Descendants won best adapted screenplay and stars George Clooney as a man trying to bring his family together after finding out his hospitalized wife has cheated on him. It was written by Alexander Payne, the Dean from Community and the guy who delivered the “hair pie” line in Broken Lizard‘s Club Dread.

Winning these honors helps both films in the race for Oscar gold, because the guild members who voted here are also the old white dudes who comprise the Academy. Though it should be noted that Oscars odds-on favorite, The Artist, wasn’t eligible for a WGA Award as it was written by French writers and didn’t really feature any dialogue.

That said, the Oscars could go to anyone at this point. Fingers crossed for The Descendants. How awesome would it be to see Hair Pie’s acceptance speech? (GMA)

The full list of winners are…

SCREEN WINNERS

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings; Fox Searchlight

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
Better This World, Written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega; Loteria Films

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TELEVISION WINNERS

DRAMA SERIES
Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

COMEDY SERIES
Modern Family, Written by Cindy Chupack, Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Carol Leifer, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Brad Walsh, Ilana Wernick, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker; ABC

NEW SERIES
Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Gideon Raff, Meredith Stiehm; Showtime

EPISODIC DRAMA – *TIE*
“Box Cutter” (Breaking Bad), Written by Vince Gilligan; AMC

“The Good Soldier” (Homeland), Written by Henry Bromell; Showtime

EPISODIC COMEDY
“Caught in the Act” (Modern Family), Written by Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman; ABC

LONG FORM – ORIGINAL
Cinema Verite, Written by David Seltzer; HBO

LONG FORM – ADAPTED
Too Big to Fail, Written by Peter Gould, Based on the book written by Andrew Ross Sorkin; HBO

ANIMATION
“Homer the Father” (The Simpsons), Written by Joel H. Cohen; Fox

COMEDY / VARIETY – (INCLUDING TALK) SERIES
The Colbert Report, Writers: Michael Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Paul Dinello, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Dan Guterman, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Barry Julien, Frank Lesser, Opus Moreschi, Tom Purcell, Meredith Scardino, Scott Sherman, Max Werner; Comedy Central

COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS
After the Academy Awards, Head Writers: Gary Greenberg, Molly McNearney; Writers: Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, John N. Huss, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Jimmy Kimmel, Jonathan Kimmel, Jacob Lentz, Danny Ricker, Richard G. Rosner; ABC

DAYTIME DRAMA
General Hospital, Written by Meg Bennett, Nathan Fissell, David Goldschmid, Robert Guza, Jr., Karen Harris, Elizabeth Korte, Mary Sue Price, Michele Val Jean, Susan Wald, Tracey Thomson; ABC

CHILDREN’S EPISODIC & SPECIALS
“Hero of the Shadows” (Supah Ninjas), Written by Leo Chu, Eric S. Garcia; Nickelodeon

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What’s Playing This Weekend? (June 10th) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/what%e2%80%99s-playing-this-weekend-june-10th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/what%e2%80%99s-playing-this-weekend-june-10th/#comments Sat, 11 Jun 2011 00:23:41 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215766 Finally, I'll get to see what that damn alien looks like. Then again, maybe not. It's not like J.J. Abrams is big on closure.

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After months of waiting, Super 8 has arrived. Finally, I’ll get to see what that damn alien looks like. Then again, maybe not. It’s not like J.J. Abrams is big on closure. After spending years watching “Lost,” I still don’t know what the hell was going on. It was so hard to follow, like “Heroes” or “Will and Grace.” Hopefully, that’s not the case with Super 8.

Here’s a look at what’s playing.

8 photosNew ‘Super 8′ Stills Show Everything (But The Monster)

Super 8

If you like Steven Spielberg, you’re probably anxious to see J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. The film is basically a love note to the acclaimed director of E.T., Close Encounters, and lest we forget, 1941.

See, even geniuses shit the bed once in a while.

Best Review
Super 8 is a wonderful film, nostalgia not for a time but for a style of filmmaking, when shell-shocked young audiences were told a story and not pounded over the head with aggressive action.

Roger Ebert – The Chicago Sun-Times

Worst Review
Sadly, the helmer seems too smitten working with Steven Spielberg to recognize that his idol-turned-champion created the very paradigm that limits his passion project, forcing this modest nostalgia trip to function as a blockbuster.

Peter Debruge – Variety

Our Recommendation
Over all, there seems to be a lot to like about this film, provided you haven’t bought into the hype. If you set out with realistic expectations, you’ll probably enjoy it. But if you are already expecting a classic, be prepared for disappointment…just like my wife.

Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen‘s latest film is finally getting a wide release. And that’s great news, if you like Woody Allen.

‘Midnight In Paris’ Trailer: Now It’s Owen Wilson’s Turn To Imitate Woody Allen

If you don’t like Woody Allen, then why they hell are you bothering to read this? Get out there and live, damn it!

Best Review
As a filmmaker, Allen has grappled with the temptations of repeating himself instead of forging a fresh path. You can feel that conflict here, and watching him work it out is exhilarating.

Peter Travers – Rolling Stone

Worst Review
Pure Woody Allen. Which is not to say great or even good Woody, but a distillation of the filmmaker’s passions and crotchets, and of his tendency to pass draconian judgment on characters the audience is not supposed to like.

Richard Corliss – TIME Magazine

Our Recommendation
If you’re OK with a guy banging his pseudo step-daughter, be sure and check out Midnight in Paris!

Troll Hunter

Troll Hunter is not your father’s troll hunting film. Unless of course you are very young, and your father worked on this film, in which case, it is.

Trolls Are Larger Than Life In 'Troll Hunter' Trailer

Either way, this film about Norwegian film students trolling for trolls is unlike anything you’ve seen before, unless you’ve seen another movie about trolls. God, I’ve got to stop making such sweeping statements.

Best Review
You’ll want to catch this clever movie before Hollywood ruins everything with a dumb remake.

V.A. Musetto – New York Post

Worst Review
Here’s what’s not so good in Troll Hunter: the actual troll hunting.

Noel Murray – AV Club

Our Recommendation
If you’re in the mood for something different, this film will certainly deliver. The premise isn’t for everyone, but with genuinely positive reviews, you can do a lot worse.

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Weekend Box Office Report: Avast, Ye Mateys http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-avast-ye-mateys/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-avast-ye-mateys/#comments Mon, 23 May 2011 16:01:44 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213197 Should have opened on Talk Like A Pirate Day.

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It appears we still don’t have a genuine blockbuster on our hands. No, that’s not some kind of weird sexual euphemism – I’m referring to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which fell $10 million short of cracking the $100 million-dollar-mark over the weekend. Looks like Disney should have followed my advice and made an action-adventure film based on The Hall of Presidents instead. Maybe not, though, since it should be noted that the movie scored “biggest-grossing offshore debut of all time” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The rest of the top ten is filled with old titles. In order to see another new release, you have to go all the way down to number 12, where Woody Allen‘s Midnight in Paris opened on six screens to a gross of $579,000. You know, if the studios want Woody’s movies to make money, they should offer him a big-screen superhero franchise. Nothing major, of course – how about Woody Allen’s Luke Cage, Hero for Hire? I would definitely watch that. (Box Office Mojo)

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Carla Bruni http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/carla-bruni/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/carla-bruni/#comments Mon, 16 May 2011 17:58:01 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=212263 The first lady of France is trying her hand at acting — Woody Allen style — in Midnight in Paris.

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The first lady of France is trying her hand at acting — Woody Allen style — in Midnight in Paris. Carla Bruni plays a museum guide in Allen’s latest offering, a romantic comedy following a family traveling to Paris on business. Before marrying French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008, Bruni was well-known in France as a folk musician, model, and all-around socialite.

A word from Carla: “I don’t know what the fuss is about.”

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Cannes Review: Midnight In Paris http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/cannes-review-midnight-in-paris/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/cannes-review-midnight-in-paris/#comments Wed, 11 May 2011 18:24:30 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211559 May be a love letter to Woody Allen’s favorite era and its greatest artists, but it’s superficial and dull.

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Midnight in Paris is one of the gimmicky Woody Allen movies, as opposed to the straight relationship/one-liner movies or the occasional serious ones. I like those, like Annie Hall, Purple Rose of Cairo and Mighty Aphrodite that shatter the fourth wall. The only problem with Midnight is it’s not funny like the previous examples.

Gil (Owen Wilson) is a frustrated writer, successful in Hollywood but he really wants to be a novelist. Yes, another whiny, self-loathing writer character. He’s in Paris with his wife Inez (Rachel McAdams) planning their wedding. When the clock strikes twelve, Gil is able to visit the past and meet famous literary and artistic figures.

It’s a good idea, modern day Woody Allen surrogate hanging out with highbrow pop culture figures. They just don’t make any jokes. Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll) has tough love wisdom but it’s not funny. Zelda Fitzgerald (Alison Pill) is an oversensitive lush and F. Scott (Tom Hiddleston) is so modest it’s hard to get much out of his appearance. Maybe if I paid more attention in high school English I’d get it.

‘Midnight In Paris’ Trailer: Now It’s Owen Wilson’s Turn To Imitate Woody Allen

The real story is that Gil falls for Adriana (Marion Cotillard) in the past. She’s one of Pablo Picasso’s lovers, but of course the temperamental artist doesn’t appreciate her like modern day romanticist Gil. It’s not quite as typical as the usual older man/younger muse relationship Allen loves to write about, and there’s also nothing moving about it.

Don’t cry for Inez though. She’s pretty awful in the typical “why are they together in the first place” way of romantic comedies. She only does what she wants and even complains if gifts aren’t to her liking. Gil just babbles to try to keep her satisfied, and there’s no wi buried in those frantic rants.

The only payoff for Gil’s trips to the past are when he’s able to tell off a know-it-all snob who keeps lecturing the group about art. Otherwise, Gil just makes excuses to explain why he’s out all night. He gives artists their own ideas, since he’s from the future and knows the great works they haven’t written yet. You know, like Marvin Berry in Back to the Future.

The ultimate point about our obsession with so-called Golden Ages is obvious, and Gil still babbles his way to that conclusion. Midnight in Paris may be a love letter to Woody Allen’s favorite era and its greatest artists, but it’s superficial and dull.

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‘Midnight In Paris’ Trailer: Now It’s Owen Wilson’s Turn To Imitate Woody Allen http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/midnight-in-paris-trailer-now-its-owen-wilsons-turn-to-imitate-woody-allen/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/midnight-in-paris-trailer-now-its-owen-wilsons-turn-to-imitate-woody-allen/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2011 17:43:35 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=203959 It was either him or Vince Vaughn.

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Woody Allen has done it again. The trailer for his latest, Midnight In Paris, has debuted and this may be his most ludicrous plot yet.

In the film, Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams play a young, engaged couple spending time in Paris. Wilson’s character develops a fondness for wandering alone around the City Of Lights. He then finds that he prefers to do that over spending time with Rachel McAdams. See what I mean? That’s less believable than Sleeper.

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‘Fast 5′ And ‘Midnight In Paris’ Posters Could Not Be More Different http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/fast-5-and-midnight-in-paris-posters-could-not-be-more-different/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/fast-5-and-midnight-in-paris-posters-could-not-be-more-different/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 23:23:36 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202289 The two posters released today represent the yin and yang of cinema. The id and ego. Highbrow and lowbrow.

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The two posters released today represent the yin and yang of cinema. The id and ego. Highbrow and lowbrow. They’re, like, totally opposite, man. First up is the Fast 5 poster. Featured on that poster are a lot of bald men who look very angry with whoever is looking at them on that poster. Tyrese Gibson is so mad that you’re looking at him that he is seriously considering shooting you. And I don’t blame him. Stop staring. It features the people more than the cars, which is a first. Can Paul Walker and Vin Diesel sell more tickets than Japanese sports cars? We shall see. (Movie Web)

Now, in this poster for Woddy Allen’s latest, Midnight in Paris, there are no cool cars of any kind and Vin Diesel is literally NOWHERE on the poster. In fact, the only person on this poster is Owen Wilson, who has been proven by scientists to be the exact opposite of Vin Diesel. Also, you’ll notice a pretty strong Starry Night motif in the sky. As best I can tell in the Fast 5 poster, there are zero nods or references to Van Gogh paintings. However, if you should see one, please put it in the comments. In fact, the only thing these movies have in common is my desire never to see either one. (Playlist)

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Woody Allen’s Next Movie To Open Cannes, Stutter Nervously http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woody-allens-next-movie-to-open-cannes-stutter-nervously/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woody-allens-next-movie-to-open-cannes-stutter-nervously/#comments Wed, 02 Feb 2011 18:06:04 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24032 BREAKING: Woody Allen has made another movie.

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BREAKING: Woody Allen has made another movie. Perhaps, more importantly, his latest film Midnight in Paris (alternate title: MidNite in paris 2k11) has been selected to open the Cannes Film Festival on May 11 of this year. In case you don’t know, the movie is a romantic comedy set in Paris, and was described by Cannes festival director Thierry Frémaux as “a wonderful love letter” to the city. Oh wow, way to turn a creative phrase, Thierry.

Anyway, the movie has a typically Woody Allen cast full of standouts, including Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion CotillardKathy Bates, Adrien Brody, and a cameo appearance the wife of the President of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. I hope she speaks English and knows how to pronounce “Dostoevsky,” otherwise she’s doomed to fail in a Woody Allen movie. (via Deadline)

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Sony Pictures Classics Gets a Woody, Maybe a Spurlock http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sony-pictures-classics-gets-a-woody-maybe-a-spurlock/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sony-pictures-classics-gets-a-woody-maybe-a-spurlock/#comments Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:49:49 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15263 That strange, omnipresent force that compels Woody Allen to make movies has struck again, and the result has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics.

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That strange, omnipresent force that compels Woody Allen to make movies has struck again, and the result has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. This time, the movie is called Midnight in Paris, and it’s probably about a writer who’s traveling in Paris when he has an existential crisis or something. The cast, as always for a Woody Allen movie, is impressive: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen, and Adrian Brody are the biggest names in the cast, which also includes French comedians Gad Elmaleh and Manu Payet.

Sony Pictures Classics is also interested in the latest documentary from Super Size Me McAuteur Morgan Spurlock, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. It appears to be kind of a documentary-about-a-documentary depicting Spurlock’s attempts to get sponsors for his movie, etc. Expect a fun moral about the evils of advertising and corporate sponsorship. Spurlock himself recently told The Hollywood Reporter: “Everywhere you look it seems like something’s being brought to you by some sponsor or some corporation. So we said, ‘Why not make a doc that looks at that and have the brands actually pay for it?’” Brought to you by Toyota! (IndieWire)


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