84th Annual Academy Awards 2012 Predictions Part 2

Posted on | February 23, 2012 | 1 Comment

Flick and Flack talk about their 2012 Oscar Predictions in Part 2 of a 3 part video series. In this video, Flick and Flack discuss the acting, directing and screenplay categories and give their predictions in all of those categories for this year’s Academy Awards.

Part 2 (37 minutes, 56 seconds)

84th Annual Academy Awards 2012 Predictions: Part 1

Posted on | February 23, 2012 | Add Comments

Flick and Flack talk about their 2012 Oscar Predictions in Part 1 of a 3 part video series. In this video, Flick and Flack discuss the technical, short and foreign film categories and give their predictions in all of those categories for this year’s Academy Awards.

Part 1 (25 minutes, 5 seconds)

3rd Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival 2012 Preview

Posted on | February 11, 2012 | Add Comments

Flick and Flack discuss their top picks for this year’s PCFF.
Providence Children’s Film Festival: February 16-21, 2012

84th Oscars Predictions (Flack’s Predictions)

Posted on | January 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

84th Oscars (for movies that were released in 2011)

This year there will be 5 to 10 films nominated for Best Picture.  A film must get 5% of the number 1 votes to qualify. Click here to  read the rules announcement. This makes it more confusing to predict the nominees, but join Flack as he predicts the possibilities.

Since the nominations have not been announced yet, I’ll focus on the Best Picture predictions.  I have not seen all the films I’ll be talking about, but based on predictions from such resources as Entertainment Weekly, Empire Magazine, the New York Times, my own movie knowledge, and help from other people, I will do my best.

So far I think there are 3 obvious front runners: The Descendants, War Horse, and The Artist.  I cannot see the Descendants, but I did see War Horse and The Artist.  War Horse is one of my favorite films of the year, but The Artist is pretty good too. Hugo and The Help also have good chances. Predicting the next batch of films is a bit trickier.  The way you can tell which are the 5 front runners are for Best Picture when there are more than 5 movies nominated is by comparing them with the movies also nominated for Best Director. This a bit hard obviously because we don’t know which movies will be nominated for Best Direcor so I guess I’ll just have to get those as well.  I’m guessing the nominees for Best Director will be Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Steven Spielberg (War Horse), Alexander Payne (The Descendants), Martin Scorsese (Hugo), and Tate Taylor (The Help).  If there are any more than 5 nominated for Best Picture, I’m guessing they will be The Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris, and Moneyball. If there are 10, the last 2 would probably be blockbusters, like Harry Potter or dramas that got mixed reviews, like The Ides of March.

The Golden Globes can sometimes make predicting the nominees a little easier but only one movie (Slumdog Millionare) in the last seven years has been both the Best Picture winner for the Globes and the Oscars. Also for the Globes there is Best Drama and Best Comedy or Musical instead of one Best Picture like the Oscars. This year it didn’t help much either but  as many had predicted The Descendants won Best Drama and The Artist won Best Comedy or Musical. Although War Horse hasn’t fared so well in the awards season I am guessing that the Academy will find it hard to ignore the movie’s emotional epicness and Spielbergian story.

The Help is likely to have Viola Davis win Best Actress and Octvaia Spencer win Best Supporting Actress. Meryl Streep, however could beat Davis and for Best Actor George Clooney for The Descendants is likely to beat Brad Pitt for Moneyball and  Jean Dujardin for The Artist. I think that War Horse will also win for Best Cinematography, Musical Score, Adapted Screenplay, and Director as well as Picture. It will probably not win or even be nominated for any of it’s actors but in the past Titanic and The Lord of the Ring: The Return of the King (2 of the 3 movies to win 11 Oscars, which is more than any other) didn’t win in any of the acting categories. The 3rd movie was Ben-Hur, which won Best Actor for Charlton Heston and Best Supporting Actor for Hugh Griffith.

I am expecting War Horse to win but things might change. Almost 8 months ago I thought War Horse and The Tree of Life would be the two frontrunners and then in September I thought it would be War Horse against J. Edgar. See, things change. But will The Descendants, with it’s acclaimed script and applauded acting beat War Horse. Or could it be The Artist with it’s unique premise and magical music?

I think Billy Crystal will be a good host because he’s good in Monster’s Inc (Mike) and The Princess Bride (Miracle Max).  Many people thought last year’s show with Anne Hathaway and James Franco was horrible but I thought they were just  okay. I hope that this year the show can mix funny jokes, silly spoofs, celebrity cameos, great guests, and terrific hosting to excellent effect. If they can they will have succeeded at creating an enjoyable show.

Now I will list 8 movies. I’ve seen all of them except The Descendants and I have put them in order from most likely to win to least likely to win.

And the nominees will probably be…

Here are the top 5 no doubt about it nominees:

1. War Horse: Chance: I think this is the frontrunner. Why: The Academy loves epics and this is just that. Steven Spielberg is likely to win his third Best director award and second Best Picture award for this war adventure film. Other Possible Nominations: Best Director  (Steven Spielberg), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Costumes, Editing, Art Direction, and possibly a few others.
Possible Total: 7

2. The Artist: Chance: I think is tied with The Descendants as the second most likely film to win. Why: Fantastic, fun, greatly acted, superbly directed, and sad. This movie is very entertaining and a good bet. Other Possible Nominations:Best Director (Micheal Hazanvicius), Actor (Jean Dujardin), Supporting Actress (Berenice Bejo),Original Screenplay, Original Score, Costumes, Editing, Art Direction, Editing, and possibly a few others.
Possible Total: 10

3. The Descendants: Chance: I think this is tied with The Artist as the  second most likely film to win. Why: This George Clooney movie has been favored by many critics. The Academy usually prefers epic dramas rather than independent ones like this but the movie has gotten great reviews so I think it’s still a strong contender. Other Possible Nominations: Best Director (Alexander Payne), Actor (George Clooney), Supporting Actress (Shailene Woodley), Cinematogaphy, and possibly a few others.
Possible Total: 5

4. The Help: Chance: I think this movie probably won’t win but will definitely be nominated. Why: With a great cast and an inspiring story, the movie is a definite nomination. In terms of winning however  it’s chances are rather slim. Other Possible Nominations: Best Director (Tate Taylor), Actress (Viola Davis), Supporting Actress(Octavia Spencer), Supporting Actress (Jessica Chaistan), Original Score, Original Song, and possibly a few others.
Possible Total: 7

5. Hugo: Chance: I think this movie will be nominated but not win. Why: Superbly directed and terrifically acted, the film has a good chance. Even though I highly doubt it will win it has gotten stronger buzz after Martin Scorsese won Best Director at the Golden Globes. Other Possible Nominations: Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Visual Effects, Original Score, Costume Design, Cinematography, and possibly a few others.
Possible Total: 6

I’m guessing this year there will be 3 more extra nominees:6. Midnight in Paris: Chance: I think this movie will be nominated but not win. Why: Woody Allen’s “comeback” film has gotten strong reviews. I disagree with many others that is a frontrunner and I’m betting Tate Taylor (for The Help) will beat Allen for a  Best Director nomination. But with a smart script and creative cast this movie will definitely get nominated. Other possible nominations: Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, and possible a few others.
Possible Total:3

7. The Tree of Life: Chance: I think this movie will be nominated but not win.  Why: The winner of the Cannes Palm D’Or Award, the film has slightly lost it’s momentum from a definite front runner to being a possible possibility. Still Terence Malick could be a possible Best Director nominee and the Visual Effects could get a nod.  Other possible nominations: Best Visual Effects and possibly a few others.  Possible Total: 2

8. Moneyball: Chance: I think this film will be nominated but not win. Why:  Brad Pitt will be no doubt about it be nominated for Best Actor.  And the director Bennett Miller could be a surprise nominee. The script and Jonah Hill are also likely. Other possible nominations: Best Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill), Best Adapted Screenplay, and possibly a few others.
Possible Total: 4

I doubt there will be any other nominees for Best Picture, so I’m not going to list any more. If there are though I’m guessing they would probably be one of the following:  Bridesmaids, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, or the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

The final verdict:  So far the race has been narrowed down to 3 top movies, although Hugo and The Help are good options too.  The top 3 are in my order: War Horse, The Artist, and The Descendants.

I’ll be back to talk about the nominees (possibly with Flick), after they are announced on Tuesday by Melissa Leo and Colin Firth. In the meantime go buy the amazing  book, The Academy Awards®: The Complete Unofficial History — Revised and Up-to-date. It tells you all the winners from 1927 to 2010. Also I cannot wait to watch Wings, the first movie ever to win Best Picture at the Oscars. You can get it on Netflix. The book Oscar Fever is also good but it is different than the other one because it is more of behind the scenes history of the Oscars. I can’t wait until February 26 (the show) but January 24 comes first (nominations announcement.) If you’re impatient go to the website to watch the show’s hilarious trailer and don’t forget to catch up on watching all the actual movies.

Moneyball (Flack’s Review)

Posted on | October 11, 2011 | 3 Comments

Moneyball is about Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team.  When they lose the World Series and their three best players are traded, it means they have to rebuild the team.  But then Billy meets Peter Brand.  Peter has a game-changing idea about how to play baseball.  His idea is that the best players are not the ones that bat the most but the those that get on base the most.  Together Peter and Billy create a team of usually ignored (but actually very good) players.  But will Billy overcome his personal problems, is his team actually any good, and will they make it to the World Series??? It is based on a book.

Moneyball is an absolutely perfect film.  Brad Pitt is excellent as Billy Beane and he makes the move entertaining, very believable, and incredibly sad all at the same time.  Jonah Hill is funny and serious.  Hill was hilarious in Night at the Museum:Battle of the Smithsonian, but now he’s toned it down for his first dramatic role. Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the angry coach, Art Howe, Chris Pratt as an injured yet excellent new player ,Scott Hattenberg, Kerris Dorsey as Billy’s daughter, Stephen Bishop as older player, David Justin, and Robin Wright Penn as Billy’s divorced wife, all give terrific supporting role performances.

I thought the decision was interesting to not show much of the actual baseball games because Billy Beane didn’t watch them. However I do think it was necessary to show a bunch of their big winning game. By doing that it gave the scene a higher emotional impact. Meanwhile Bennet Miller makes everything flow magnificently and directs the actors to perfection.

The music by Mychael Danna is good at keeping the story going and stay for the credits to listen to it by itself.  Aaron Sorkin doesn’t make the dialogue fast paced, as people said he did for The Social Network. Instead he teams up with Steve Zaillian and writes some excellent yet considerably slow dialogue (although it’s not the standout thing of the movie.)

The story is very emotional and you may be surprised by the ending, which  is not the usual Hollywood kind. I am glad the filmmakers stuck to the real story instead of glamorizing it and ruining the movie. I think this film is one of the best of the year.  The story is emotional, the acting is stunning, the directing is  spot on, and Brad Pitt gives a sure to be Oscar nominated performance. You have to go see it, even if (like me) you don’t like baseball.

My favorite character is Billy Beane because Brad Pitt is amazing and he makes the character the heart and soul of the film.

My favorite scene is when (SPOILER ALERT EVEN THOUGH IT’S A TRUE STORY) the Oakland Athletics beat the record of winning game streaks with 20 games, because it’s a cheerful happy, moment that makes you root for the team (even though you probably already were).

The movie is rated PG-13 for brief language, but if you can handle those words, it’s o.k. for younger kids.

I give the film 5 stars. Look out during Oscar season.

Here is the link to IMDB.

flickflack news

Posted on | March 6, 2011 | 1 Comment


Rango: Although this film is already out in case you have not seen it, here is a trailer: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/paramount/rango/ and see art from the film on Empire’s website.

Hollywood is planning on making lots of superhero movies in the upcoming years. Here is a list of them:

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) (about Batman)

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Green Lantern (2011)

Thor (2011)

X-Men: First Class (2011)

Superman: Man of Steel (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Some of these films we will not be able to see and some of them we do not want to see but the ones I am looking forward to the most is The Dark Knight Rises and The Man of Steel.

In 2011 and 2012, two Three Musketeer films (remakes not sequels) will be made. We will definitely check these out.

If you are a fan of the Shrek films you might want to look at a teaser of the upcoming Puss in Boots film: http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=30335

Kung Fu Panda: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/dreamworks/kungfupanda2/

The Oscars have come and gone. Here is a list of the winners of 2011: oscars.com

The 2011 Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) awarded Lolly awards this year. Here are the winners:

1st Place:
Film: Eleanor’s Secret
Short: Lost and Found

2nd Place
Film: Crocodiles
Short: Gus Outdooors

3rd Place:
Film: Louder Than a Bomb
Short: Woodpecker

Oscar Nominees 2011 (Flick and Flack’s Podcast)

Posted on | January 26, 2011 | 1 Comment

Flick and Flack tell you what they think and want to win an Oscar.

Listen here (37 minutes)


flickflack news

Posted on | January 13, 2011 | 1 Comment

true-grit-2010Fresh Air: Terri Gross interviews The Coen Brothers.
Coen Bros. On Wet Horses, Kid Stars: It’s A Wild West
. The Coen Brothers give you an inside look at their new movie, True Grit. We liked it because I liked hearing them talk about how they made the movie even though I can’t see the movie (yet).

true_grit_2010_950x632_372215Golden Globe Awards – Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 8pm (EST)

Oscar’s Nominees will be announced on January 25, 2011 at 5:30 a.m.
83rd Oscar’s
will premiere on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 8pm. The front runners for the best picture are The Social Network and The Kings Speech. We hope Toy Story 3 will win best picture (even though it probably won’t).

Movies we have watched and enjoyed lately: TRON,TRON Legacy, Harry Potter 4, Big Fish, Harry Potter 7 Part 1, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. and The Adventures Robin Hood (1938 starring Errol Flynn).

flickflack news

Posted on | December 14, 2010 | 2 Comments

We are starting flickflack news that is about everything related to film. You can get an inside look at the best new movies, and we have given you links to interviews and interesting web sites to give you the behind scenes look at interesting film news.

NOTE: The DC comics’ books are about comics not movies but we have decided to include the books because there have been many DC comics turned into movies.


Learn about the new book written by Paul Levitz, 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking: Wham! Wow!: DC Comics at 75 with Tom Ashbrook on NPR’s On Point Radio.

Book: DC Comics Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle

Book: The Sounds of Star Wars. Listen to an interview with Ben Burt about ‘The Sounds Of Star Wars,’ Now At Fans’ Fingertips on NPR’s Weekend Edition.


American Film Institute (AFI) announces top 10 movies of 2010

Upcoming Films:

Tintin-Movie-Pictures-First-Look-Captain-HaddockTintin: The Tintin comic book series is being turned into a movie, directed by blockbuster directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. Due out at the theaters 2011. Learn more about Tintin on Wikipedia and in Empire Magazine.

2010_tron_legacy-wideTron Legacy: The sequel to TRON will be in theaters Friday. Visit the official website to look at games, videos, cast, characters, and everything else you can possibly imagine about the new movie, TRON Legacy. Read about it in Empire Magazine.

tumblr_lbwhwmOeRz1qz4teno1_500Pirates of the Caribbean: The fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides will be released. Watch the trailer here: http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=29718

Save the date:

Providence Children’s Film Festival will be in Providence February 18 – 22, 2011.

2010 Oscar Academy Awards will air on ABC on February 27, 2011. The hosts will be Anne Hathaway and James Franco.

Beetlejuice (Flack’s Review)

Posted on | April 24, 2010 | Add Comments

Flack’s rating: 4.7     logos-for-web-siteslogos-for-web-siteslogos-for-web-siteslogos-for-web-sites .7

beetlejuiceThis movie is about Adam and Barbara who one day die in a car crash and turn into ghosts. Everyone thinks they are dead since the living can’t see ghosts. New people move into their house and Adam and Barbara try to stop them by scaring them. Surprisingly the daughter of the new people finds out that Adam and Barbara still live in the house. Adam and Barbara bring back Beetlejuice, not knowing he is an evil dead person by saying his name three times to help them scare the new owners out of their house. Then Adam, Barbara and the daughter find out Beetlejuice is evil and must stop him.


My favorite character is Adam because I think it is very funny when he makes his head the head of a dinosaur.

WARNING SPOILERS!!!!! My favorite part is at the end when Beetlejuice is at the dead people waiting room and has some huge gigantic ticket number like in the billions and grabs ticket number 4 out the hand from the person waiting next to him. I like this scene because it is hilarious.

MPAA Rating: PG.

I rate it PG for scary moments, brief romance, a little mild language and a couple scenes of violence. This movie may be scary for some, I recommend it for 7 and up. Judge accordingly.

Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Michael McDowell (story) & Larry Wilson (story)
Release Date: 30 March 1988 (USA)
Genre: Comedy | Fantasy
Wesbite: www.imdb.com/title/tt0094721/

Awards: 1989    Won Oscar for Best Makeup

Michael Keaton: Beetlejuice
Alec Baldwin: Adam Maitland
Geena Davis: Barbara Maitland
Winona Ryder: Lydia Deetz
Catherine O’Hara: Delia Deetz
Jeffrey Jones: Charles Deetz
Annie McEnroe: Jane Butterfield
Maurice Page: Ernie
Hugo Stanger: Old Bill

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