Friday, 2 March 2012

Looking Back... February 2012

February in a Tweet: Award Season ends with The Artist sweeping both BAFTAs & Oscars whilst green frogs, black ghosts and golden marigolds hit the cinemas.

Everyone was talking about: ...Angelina Jolie flaunting most of her right leg at the Oscars. That's one way to steal the headlines from the winners.

Best Film: Chronicle - elements of Carrie, Cloverfield and X-Men in one big 'found footage' mash-up.

Biggest Disappointment: Young Adult - Ivan Reitman finally stumbles with his underwhelming fourth feature.

Best Actor: Dev Patel, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - perfect casting. Patel plays Sonny, the lovable, hilarious, glass-half-full hotel manager.

Best Actress: Charlize Theron, Young Adult - the film might have been disappointing but Theron was on top form as the mentally-unstable, ageing prom queen.

Best Line: whilst struggling with his identity in The Muppets, Walter sings: "Am I a Muppet, or am I a man? If I'm a man, I'm a Muppet of a man!" 

Best Scene: the three teenagers in Chronicle decide to test their powers by pulling pranks in a toy shop and scaring a poor girl with a floating teddy bear. Awesome!

Other Best Scene: the entire Oscar-winning 'Man or Muppet' song from The Muppets. Especially, the cameo from The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon.

Tearjerker Moment: Kermit the Frog looking upon portraits of his old friends. I swear I could see tears glistening in those ping pong ball eyes.

Best Newcomer: director Josh Trank for his debut, Chronicle. It is no surprise that he is already the hot favourite for the Fantastic Four reboot.

RIP: Whitney Houston (star of The Bodyguard) was found submerged in the bathtub of suite 434 of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Also, David Kelly (Waking Ned, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) died at the age of 82. The Irish Times referred to him as "the grand old man of Irish Acting."

Films Seen: Chronicle, Young Adult, The Muppets, The Woman in Black, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Average The Big Fairbanski Star Rating: 3.4

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