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Two new character teasers for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes adaptation have been released. The images feature Robert Downey Jr. as the title character and Jude Law as Doctor John Watson. Click this image to enlarge:

Sherlock Holmes Posters

I’ve bee a fan of Sherlock Holmes for a long time. I love detective stories and mysteries. His early adventures are fun and I highly recommend them if you haven’t read any. The action crime flick’s trailer was entertaining and I can’t wait to see what Guy Ritchie does with the material. The film hits theaters on Chirstmas Day.

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Here’s a category that’s had a front runner since before the film even came out. I think it’s the only category this year with an absolute shoe in for the award.


Joker, Heath Ledger, Dark Knight

Heath Ledger. No explanation necessary.

What Should Win:
How many people would freak out if I didn’t say Heath here? I’m not going to, but I’m just curious. Heath should definitely posthumously take this award, though I’ve said before that I wish I could have known how his performance would have been received if it wasn’t for his untimely death. My biggest beef was with who did and didn’t get nominated with Heath, and my second viewing of Milk hasn’t changed my mind that I wish Franco was up there instead of Brolin.

I saw this film in theaters on opening weekend with a few friends. I wasn’t expecting more than a few laughs and ended up being pretty surprised.

Tropic Thunder, with Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr

Action film star Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller), Oscar winning dramatic actor Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), and gross out comedy star Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black) come together to make the movie within this movie, also entitled Tropic Thunder. The film’s shoot in Vietnam is hemorrhaging money and after an ultimatum is passed down from the studio head (Tom Cruise, in a hysterical cameo) the novice director (Steve Coogan) acts upon the advice of Vietnam vet Four Leaf Tayback (Nick Nolte) and drops his cast into the middle of the jungle to shoot the film guerrilla style. Stranded with no food or cell phones, the actors happen upon a drug ring and when Tugg is captured he continues to believe that it is all part of the film. The movie made for some really great laughs, especially the insider jokes that poked fun at the industry (I love when the studio head calls upon the key grip to punch the director in the face). Matthew McConaughey is random and surprisingly funny as Rick Peck, Tugg’s agent and while Tom Cruise’s cameo is definitely good for laughs it still doesn’t improve his image for me. Nice try though. All in all, the film was hysterical in theaters, but when I saw this movie again on DVD without the audience laughing along I didn’t find to be as humorous. But, Robert Downey is definitely the stand out amongst the celeb driven cast, which is why we even find this here in the first place.


Best Supporting Actor – Robert Downey Jr.
This nomination seems to me to be honoring his latest rise from the ashes, rather than this particular role. Everyone loved him in Ironman, but there was no way he’d see a Best Actor nod for that. Originally The Soloist should have been his Oscar bait for the year, but I’m guessing it didn’t turn out as great as they had hoped for because the moment buzz starting generating for this role they pushed it off the 2008 schedule. Here he played a controversial role with grace, all while channeling and poking fun of some of Oscar’s favorite heavyweights (Russell Crowe, Heath Ledger). I understand why he’s here, but I wish it had been for a different reason, possibly even a different year. RDJ is such a fantastic actor that I’d rather see him get nominated in a year he has a chance at winning and not to fill the slots of people who will lose to Heath Ledger. And I know I’ve said it before, but there were certainly performances this year that were more deserving.


I saw this movie three times in theaters back in May. The first was an advance cast and crew screening. The second was with a good friend who wanted to go opening weekend. The third was with my mother who loves a good, hearty action flick. Every time I saw this movie it never lost credibility- it just got better and better.

Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the high-powered CEO of Stark Industries, which, amongst other things, supplies weapons to the US Army. During a visit to Iraq to debut and demo a new weapon he finds himself under attack, captured by the enemy and forced to create a weapon to use against the US. With a piece of shrapnel dangerously close to his heart, he invents a mechanism that will keep him alive, and fuels an indestructible iron suit that allows him to escape. Upon his return, he swears to keep his weapons out of enemy hands and hones his iron suit into the super hero Iron Man.

This film is high powered, adrenaline-fueled fun. Downey is the perfect mix of sarcasm and snark as slightly alcoholic playboy, businessman, and inventor Stark. The action sequences are intense and exciting. Even the romance between Stark and his assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) is sweet and well placed. Jeff Bridges as a fellow businessman at Stark Industries Obadiah Stane is quirky and has a great compatibility with Downey as they clash both literally and figuratively. While making timely changes to Iron Man’s origin, it even stays faithful enough to the comic books to please the fans. This smart popcorn flick, along with The Dark Knight, helped to restore everyone’s faith in superhero films this year.


Best Visual Effects
The visual effects in this film are amazing, however the most impressive accomplishment in this film is practical- a sleek and believable iron suit in all of its incarnations. It’s one of Stan Winston’s last projects and it will be remembered with fondness, but I believe it will also be overshadowed by the other two visually stunning films in this category: The Dark Knight and Benjamin Button.


Phasekitty and the Oscars

Before I break it down film by film, here are some of my initial, knee jerk reactions to the Oscar nominations this year:

First and foremost, this year has been a major disappointment to me for one movie: The Wrestler. This was by far the best movie I saw this year and it is being largely ignored. Not only do I feel that it should have been up for Best Picture, but more importantly Darren Aronofsky deserved a Best Director nod for it as well. I have yet to watch anything this year that impressed me as much as that film did in directing, writing, and acting. I do believe that Mickey will win and deserves the Oscar, but I’m pretty disappointed in the academy for not giving Aronofsky credit for his best work to date. And what is up with the song category? Did they pair it down to three nominees so that we won’t have to sit through 5 live performances during the ceremony? Because I kind of like the performances. Either way, Bruce Springsteen got screwed out of a nomination and that bugs me.

Despite this glaring omission, I do have to hand it to the Academy for giving just one (deserved) nomination to Revolutionary Road, for leaving Doubt out of the Best Picture and Director races, and for shutting out Gran Torino altogether- all were movies that were overly hyped and really just not that great. The nominations for Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep’s incredibly over the top performances in Doubt are disappointing, but expected.

Let’s talk about supporting actors. I love Robert Downey Jr., but his nomination for Tropic Thunder is out of place. I expect that sort of thing from the Globes, but not the Oscars. While RDJ was certainly the standout performance in that film, I can think of plenty of other actors whose performances deserve this spot just off the top of my head: James Franco (Milk), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight), Viggo Mortensen (Appaloosa). There are a ton of performances that would suit this category better than “the dude playing a dude disguised as another dude.” Even if they would inevitably lose it to Heath, it’s still nice to get the recognition.

A few more things:

  • It’s nice to see The Dark Knight get all the technical nominations, even though it didn’t make it into the big categories. Despite how you feel about big, action super hero films, no one can deny the fact that technically, it’s a fantastically made film.
  • I love the surprise acting nominations this year- Michael Shannon brings a brief breath of life to Revolutionary Road and while I haven’t yet seen The Visitor, who doesn’t adore Richard Jenkins?
  • Angelina and Brad’s nods seem like a ploy to keep them front and center, in case anyone forgot that Hollywood adores them. What a waste of two perfectly good nominations.
  • I’m not usually as surprised by the score nominations as I was this year. It’ll likely go to Slumdog, but I also expected to see Changeling and Revolutionary Road in this category. And I don’t recall a single note of Milk’s score- I would have liked to see one of those two movies in its place instead.

How do you feel about this year’s nominations?

Best Picture

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Frost/Nixon
  • The Reader
  • Milk
  • Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director

  • David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
  • Gus van Sant, Milk
  • Stephen Daldry, The Reader

Continue reading to check out the full list of 2009 Oscar Nominees! And keep checking back with the site as Phasekitty watches and takes a look at all of the nominees as we march towards the awards show.

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Iron Man 2 Casting

This morning we got some big news on one of my most anticipated films of 2010!  Variety is reporting that Mickey Rourke, the tough as nails star of The Wrestler (best film of last year) and Sin City, is in talks to go head to head against Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark in Iron Man 2.

Rourke would be stepping into the red armor of Crimson Dynamo, a fan favorite villain who is Tony’s equal in power, but is ruthless and destructive.  You can learn more about the various men who have been Crimson Dynamo in the comics here.

Also in talks to play a villain in the Jon Favreau directed sequel is Sam Rockwell.Although it is unknown who Marvel wants Rockwell to portray, could it be the Titanium Man? Titanium Man and Crimson Dynamo have teamed up many times over the years to over power and attempt to take down Iron Man. This would also stack huge odds against Stark in the film.

Sadly, there is no word on if we’ll see the Mandarin or Nick Fury in the film. Lets keep our fingers crossed for some more news.

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