Cinema Misfits, Episode 58: The Bourne Legacy, Premium Rush, Expendables 2, and Oscar Predictions

6 ‘n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.″

The Bourne Legacy.  While Bourne to Run could serve as an alternate title, Bourne to Be Bad would be a better description of the film.″

Premium Rush.  One gear, no brakes–just straight ahead, no-nonsense action at top speed.″

Expendables 2.  In a movie where almost every line of dialogue is a catch-phrase or a callback to an earlier film, it’s hard to believe no one says:  “Yo!  Yippee-ki-yay, motherf**ker.  I’m back!”″

Oscar Predictions.  Yup, it’s that time of year again–at least it is for the Misfits.″

Thanks for listening!  We’ll be back in two weeks.
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2 thoughts on “Cinema Misfits, Episode 58: The Bourne Legacy, Premium Rush, Expendables 2, and Oscar Predictions

  1. I know you guys weren’t fans, but I’m shocked no one thought Moonrise Kingdom will get nominated. It’s the best reviewed movie of the year. I still haven’t seen Argo and The Master which seem to be locks, but in the month or so since this was posted I can tell you with certainty that Cloud Atlas and The Words only chances of nominations are with the Razzies.
    Only one of you nominated a movie that I think might win the Oscar (though you did grace its poster on this webpage) The Sessions. It’s definitely going to be nominated and I think depending what Weinstein is putting out in the holidays has a chance to win it all.

    • Your comment got me to thinking and I checked to see how many times Wes Anderson has been nominated for an Academy Award. Twice. Once for the screenplay of The Royal Tenebaums and a second time for The Fantastic Mr. Fox in the Best Animated Feature Film category. It would be OK with me if it happened, but I just don’t think Moonrise Kingdom is the Wes Anderson film the Academy is going to embrace with a Best Picture nomination. Although Moonrise has plenty of quirk, the Academy likes its indie picks to be a little darker or more relevant in an obvious, edgy kind of way. Also, since the Academy is stinging a bit from the criticism that they often give the Best Picture Award to films no one has seen, they’ve been making an effort to nominate more mainstream films. That’s one of the reasons the number of possible nominations was extended to 10.

      You’re probably right about The Words and Cloud Atlas, but remember, we’re not trying to pick the films we think are the best or most worthy. We’re trying to predict what the Academy members will pick—and we’re trying to do it with a minimum of information—just to show how predictable the Academy is.

      Final thought. After spending most of this response arguing that the Academy is going out of its way to nominate fewer indie films, I still think there’s a good chance The Sessions will be nominated for Best Picture. It’s always hard to rule out a film with a strong central performance (the largest voting block of members is made up of actors), and besides that, the Academy loves acting gimmicks. Nicole Kidman’s putty nose in The Hours. Robert De Niro putting on weight in Raging Bull. A woman pretending to be a man in Shakespeare in Love. And, of course, it never hurts your chances to play a mentally handicapped character, either. So a guy in an iron lung, the Academy will eat it up. Besides, it may just be John Hawkes time.

      Thanks for commenting. We’ll compare notes again when the nominations are announced.

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