2012 was a great year at the movies. I could easily create a Top 20 list so it was very hard to narrow it down to just the 10 best. But after many hours of tinkering, I finally came up with my Top 10 Best Movies of 2012. See my list below (video below too!), plus the runners-up and the dreaded worst films of the year! Oh, and for the first time, "Twilight" was not on my worst! Read More...
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This year alone, I sat down with both Ben Affleck for “Argo” and then now, Matt Damon for “Promised Land.” It’s like 1997 all over again when “Good Will Hunting” made movie magic. Damon returns with his “Good Will Hunting” director, Gus Van Sant, for “Promised Land,” a thoroughly entertaining and engaging movie about one community’s hopes and dreams. And this one is also pretty funny! In this interview, we talked about:
*** The film’s script
*** His boots that made an appearance in the film and Damon’s boots story about his daughter and a Koi pond
*** Why he compared his co-star John Krasinski to Ben Affleck
*** What made him not only star in the film but write the script too
*** His passion of writing
*** Working with Frances McDormand and his palpable chemistry with her
*** Why we root for Damon’s company henchmen character
*** His favorite films growing up and favorite movie performances
*** The magic of Absolut Madness!
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I love interviewing John Krasinski! He’s always on-point and sweet and courteous and so on, and so forth. He’s just an amazing person! He co-wrote the script for “Promised Land” with Matt Damon, and co-star in the movie too where he plays Dustin Noble, the activist who is out to get Damon’s gas company salesman. I enjoyed this movie! For a message film, this one is very entertaining.
In this interview, we talked about:
*** What made him want to write and star in “Promised Land?”
*** American identity as a movie
*** The script and its nuances
*** The values of “Good Will Hunting”
*** Singing Karaoke
*** The likability of the script and Matt Damon
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I love, love, love Rosemarie Dewitt! From “Mad Men” to “United States of Tara” to her film appearances this year in the fantastic “Your Sister’s Sister” and “Promised Land,” Dewitt is a fine actress. In “Promised Land,” she plays Alice, the woman between the dueling gas company salesman (Matt Damon) and activist (John Krasinski).
Sure, “Promised Land” is being called a fracking movie but it’s more than that – it’s about a community and their collected lives, hopes, and dreams. And it’s funny!
In this interview, Dewitt and I talked about:
*** Her character as the heart of the film
*** Her party-teacher character
*** What got her interested in making “Promised Land”
*** The film’s script written by Damon and Krasinski
*** The chemistry between Damon and Frances McDormand
*** Working with Matt Damon and John Krasinski
*** Matt Damon’s character’s evolution
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This awards season, it's either Ben Affleck's "Argo" or Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" that has been winning Best Picture trophies from most award-giving bodies. Oh, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" also sneaks in every now and then. But with the Black Film Critics Circle awards, it's Bigelow who was the top winner. "Zero Dark Thirty" won Best Picture and Bigelow took the Best Director award.
Here's the complete list of winners; for nominees/winners of other award-giving bodies, click here:
"Zero Dark Thirty"
Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"
Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Screenplay
Best Animated Film
"Rise of the Guardians"
Best Foreign Film
"The Central Park Five"
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