“The Hangover Part II”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Bangkok can keep them! I know, I’m just as shocked as you. It’s been almost two years since a little movie called The Hangover beat the odds and became one of the highest grossing comedies of all time. But, lightning doesn’t always strike twice, and as much as I loved the first one… man, did I love that first movie! Sadly, the same can’t be said for this one. Spoiler alert! If you saw the first movie, guess what? You’ve also already seen The Hangover Part II! Why, you ask? Because it’s the exact same movie! Every plot point, every joke, and every setup… Only this time they’re in Bangkok and have a monkey instead of a baby. I didn’t really have high hopes when I heard they were making a sequel. I mean the first one was just so good that I almost didn’t want them to mess with it. And to be honest, the characters are so much fun that I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to see them again. The good news: we get to see them again! The bad news: it’s a complete rip-off of the first movie! How does that happen?! I mean, sure, when something is a big hit like that, of course people are instantly going to copy it. For example, just this year on Smallville they had an episode that was blatant rip-off of The Hangover. And it was terrible! But the one person who should never ever make an unoriginal copy of that movie is Todd Phillips! How does that even happen?! I almost couldn’t believe my eyes! For the first half hour, I thought it was a joke. I wanted to stand up at the screening and say, “Good one, Todd. Now play the real movie.” Only this was the real movie! Let’s see if you can spot the all comparisons in the breakdown.

In The Hangover Part II, Stu (Ed Helms) is preparing for his wedding. That’s right another wedding! Stu tells Phil (Bradley Copper) and Doug (Justin Bartha) that he doesn’t want a bachelor party in hopes of avoiding the same mistakes that almost ruined Doug’s wedding. Phil quickly calls bullshit, and demands a proper sendoff. So when they get to Thailand… oh, wait. I forgot about Alan (Zach Galifianakis). Of course, Stu has no desire to invite the man that roofied him to his wedding, but Tracy (Sasha Barresse), Doug and Phil somehow convince him, and the Wolfpack is back! A new addition to the group is Stu’s brother-in-law to be, Teddy (Mason Lee), a medical student and teenage musical prodigy. Then guess what? They wake-up and can’t remember what happened? Yes! Lose a member of the group? Yes! Find a baby? No, a chain-smoking monkey! Do they find a tiger that belongs to a former heavyweight champion? No, but how about a monk that belongs to a monastery?! I mean, come on! I really hope they didn’t actually pay someone to write this! Oh wait, they paid three people to write this. That had to be the easiest paycheck ever! I know that I’m making light of it, but it is kind of heartbreaking. I mean, the first movie was just so amazing, and really managed to change the way Hollywood studios looked at scripts. I don’t think the sequel had to be better than the original, I just think it had to be different. They could have at least tried. That’s not to say it’s not funny. Well, parts of it anyway. Some of the jokes are great, and yes the “don’t you remember last time” stuff is amusing to a degree, but do we really need a Chris Farley Show version of the first movie? I can’t even say it’s worth checking out, which is not something I thought I’d be saying a year ago.

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“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is the fourth installment of the Pirates Trilogy… Yeah, I don’t get it either. Look, I don’t care if you want to make five, or six, or hell even thirty-two sequels to a movie. Just don’t call it a trilogy if there’s even a remote chance you’ll be making more… That goes for you too Scream 4! Once you’ve said the word trilogy, you’ve lost all rights to making more than three movies for that series. You can start a new series that features one of the secondary characters now as a featured role, but that’s it! That’s a rule now. So, let’s stop throwing the “trilogy” word around as loosely as the word “literally.” Sorry, I just had to say something. Now, let’s talk review. Johnny Depp returns as Jack Sparrow… I’m sorry Captain Jack Sparrow, and this time he’s on his own. Well, that’s just to say Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) aren’t joining him this time around, but don’t worry Capt. Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) is still around to give Jack a hard time. I’ve enjoyed the last few installments (notice I didn’t say trilogy) of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies… Well not the last one. At World’s End was a total misfire. It just had way too much going on at one time; way too many characters and overlapping storylines, which is also why losing Will and Elizabeth on this one really kind of helped. Although, that’s not to say they weren’t missed. This, for lack of a better word, skeleton crew, felt like it was missing something at times. I’m not sure exactly what it was that was missing, because at the same time it felt like just more of the same old same old, but something definitely felt off. Well, to me anyway.

In On Stranger Tides, some time has passed since the last movie, and Capt. Jack Sparrow finds himself once again searching for his beloved Black Pearl, which leads him to London. He also discovers that unbeknownst to him, Capt. Jack Sparrow is looking to put a crew together. Upon hearing this news, Jack decides to find out exactly who is impersonating him, and thank him for saving him the time of assembling a crew and procuring a boat. But when things don’t go according to plan, Jack finds himself a measly deckhand aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, and under the command of the infamous Blackbeard (Ian McShane). One thing leads to another and you’ve got two crews racing to find the Fountain of Youth. Much like the other films of the series, everyone has their own agenda, and Jack’s playing every card he can to make sure he gets what he wants in the end. Johnny Depp is really great as Capt. Jack! And don’t get me wrong; I’m glad they’re making more Pirates of the Caribbean movies! I think Capt. Jack Sparrow is one of those characters that just lives to be seen on the big screen, like James Bond and Indiana Jones. The 3D is okay. It’s nothing special, but it does help that it was actually shot in 3D and not just converted for the sake of ticket sales. Overall, On Stranger Tides is a nice addition to the franchise. Until next time, drink up me hearties, yo ho!

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“Thor”
a review by Darby O’Gill

When Gods become superheroes… or something like that. Thor is the latest odyssey in the Marvel Studios journey towards the all-star extravaganza that will be The Avengers. To be honest, I’m not much of a Marvel Comics fan, or a Thor fan for that matter. I’m more of a DC Comics man myself, but that’s not to say I can’t enjoy a good Marvel movie. Sadly, Thor is not one of them. It’s not a horrible movie, I mean it’s no Jonah Hex, which by the way was last year’s Death Coach winner, which should dispel any thoughts of publisher loyalty that you might find in this review. But, Thor does have its fair share of problems, as well as nice moments, however few.

In Thor, King Odin (Anthony Hopkins) of Asgard tries to prepare his two sons for the challenges they may face one day as future kings. His eldest, the Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is cocky and arrogant, and only wishes to show off his superior strength and fearlessness at any chance he can get. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) on the other hand, likes to use his head, and manipulate situations and others to help mold events to his liking. They don’t call him the God of Mischief for nothing. The ying to Asgard’s yang is Jotunheim and its people the Frost Giants. When a small group of Frost Giants breach the palace’s security, Thor wishes to go to Jotunheim and strike fear into the heart of its people to never try such a thing again. Odin strongly forbids it, but Thor and his men, consisting of the Warriors Three (Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, & Josh Dallas) and Sif (Jamie Alexander), along with his brother Loki, sneak-off to Jotunheim and unwittingly start a war. Yeah, I don’t get that either! What did they think would happen? Anyway, Odin strips Thor of his powers and banishes him from Asgard. He is cast to Earth as a mortal man, but his Mjolnir (Thor’s Hammer) is also sent to Earth as a “Sword in the Stone” to restore Thor’s powers once he’s learned his lesson. While on Earth he meets astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and S.H.I.E.L.D., and bla babla babla. You get it right?!

Okay, so let’s just say Thor didn’t make me a fan of Thor. It’s too bad too! I was really hoping having director Kenneth Branagh behind the wheel of this one would have done for Thor, what Jon Favreau did for Iron Man. That’s not to say Branagh didn’t do a good job! If it wasn’t for him, we could have easily been looking at next year’s Death Coach Award winner here. The problem isn’t so much the directing, as it is the writing. The script isn’t horrible, but it does feel like it’s just jumping from plot point to plot point to keep the story moving, and it never lets you really care about the characters, or even the story for that matter. The storyline in Asgard is much more defined than that of the story on Earth, but that comes as of no surprise with Branagh’s Shakespearean background. Chris Hemsworth is perfectly cast as Thor! He did an incredible job of bringing the mighty comic book God to life. We also get to see Thor and his powers unleashed pretty early in the film when he battles the Frost Giants on Jotunhein, and I’ve got to say some of the hammer tricks were pretty bad-ass! It’s just too bad I didn’t get to have that feeling again by the end of the movie. I would have really liked a second helping of that fight scene later on in the film. I can’t for the life of me figure out why Thor’s best fight scene would be at the beginning of the movie, and not at the end? I also don’t know if it was just me, or the once again pointless 3D conversion, but the CGI at times seemed to be a little too CGIy. The other realms looked fantastic, and had a grand sense of space to them, but I felt like I was watching a video game at times, and actually had to remind myself I was watching a movie! I know that this is Kenneth Branagh’s first real CGI venture, and with that in mind it’s really not that bad. But next time, less is more. I’m starting to feel like I’m being unfair. They say that this is the first official movie of the summer season, but I’m going to give that title to Fast Five! Also, that way my summer can start on a high note, and not this middle of the road shit! Thor does its job of introducing the movie going public to the Mighty Thor, but ultimately it’s just not worth it.

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“Fast Five”
a review by Darby O’Gill

It’s hard to imagine that there have already been five Fast & Furious movies, but even more amazing than that is the fact that they’ve also seemed to be only getting better as they go! What started as a blatant rip-off of Point Break has somehow turned into a truly refreshing movie franchise. I know! I’m just as surprised as you are! The last installment was great, and this one’s even better! I wouldn’t have called myself a fan of the first three movies. The Fast and the Furious wasn’t terribly original, but it was entertaining just the same. And to be honest, I hadn’t even seen the other two until just before the release of the fourth film. 2 Fast 2 Furious seemed like a bad joke, but it wasn’t that bad. I was really surprised to find it fairly enjoyable. Tokyo Drift on the other hand was clearly a desperate attempt to sell more movie tickets by slapping the Fast and the Furious nametag on to it, although it clearly paved the way for the franchise’s revival. When director Justin Lin added the small cameo of Dom, played by Vin Diesel, at the end of Tokyo Drift, I think that in that moment he managed to open the true potential of this series. By realizing the characters themselves is what makes these movies great, and not necessarily the cars and street racing, Lin managed to persuade the principle characters of the original cast to return for the franchise’s fourth installment. Oddly tiled Fast & Furious, I’m not really sure how removing “The” from the original title makes it a new title and not just confusing, but that’s not really important. What is important is that the fourth movie was not only as good as the original, but it might even be better due to the fact that it was way more original than the original. Still with me?

In the fifth installment, Fast Five, Brian O’Conner played by Paul Walker, and Dom, find themselves on the run from the law once again, and hiding out in Rio de Janeiro. But, when an easy money job goes bad, it’s not just the law that’s after them this time, but one of Brazil’s most corrupt and powerful businessmen. But when the opportunity arises to pull one last job for an insane amount of money that will almost definitely ensure them a life of no more running, the choice is clear. Dom and Brian have to pull off the impossible, and to do so they’ll need the help of some old friends. Calling back not only the original cast, but cast members from all the previous installments, Fast Five is clearly the most character driven films of the franchise, which is what I think makes it the best of the series so far. The addition of federal agent Luke Hobbs, played by Dwayne Johnson, not only adds to the ever growing list of characters, but also gives us one hell of a fist fight! I’m not kidding. This is one for the books… Um, pictures?! You know what I mean! This showdown totally kicks ass! And, yes… I do realize that I’m talking about a Fast & Furious movie here. Look, this is a summer movie at its best, and yes you have to suspend your disbelief at times, but I for one am looking forward to Furious Six in the near future!

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“Scream 4”
a review by Darby O’Gill

The movie that changed the face of horror is back, and this time with a whole new set of rules. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since the first Scream movie came out, and just a little over 10 years now since Scream 3. One would even wonder if we needed a fourth installment to the Scream franchise, especially when three already seemed like one too many. But luckily for us, screenwriter Kevin Williamson has also returned this time around, and has brought a bit of that old fun creativity back with him. The one thing that made the original Scream so amazing was its outstanding writing. Sure, it wasn’t Shakespeare. But, there’s no denying that it was the writing that made that movie the classic it is today. And with Facebook, Twitter, and a whole new style of horror movies emerging in the last 10 years, Williamson had an opportunity play with some new ideas.

In Scream 4, Sidney Prescott, played by Neve Campbell, has finally written a book that tells her side of the story, and is somehow talked into finishing her national book tour in Woodsboro, on the anniversary of the first killing. With the return of Sidney, the anniversary, and yet another installment of the popular Stab movie series, wouldn’t you know someone else wants to try their hand at being the Ghostface Killer. Dewey, played by David Arquette, and Gale Weathers, played by Courteney Cox, are now married and currently living in Woodsboro, where Dewey is the town Sheriff. They also introduced a new generation of teens, along with the idea that the killer might not be playing by the rules of a sequel this time around, and might actually be looking for a 21st Century reboot!

I’ve got to say, I enjoyed Scream 4 more than the last two sequels, but I still think they could have taken it a little bit further. Although, having Kevin Williamson back in the screenwriter’s chair is a big help, they did have a few opportunities in this script to take the franchise in a whole new direction, but in the end, they ultimately ended up sticking to the same old format. Well, that’s not completely fair. There is a new twist to Scream 4, and not one that I think most people will see coming, but I think the biggest problem the Scream series has always had to deal with is the fact that the killer, or killers, have always clearly died at the end of each movie. The other big problem is that the movie isn’t about the Ghostface Killer, it’s about Sidney, Dewey, and Gale! With Freddy, Michael, and Jason, the movies are always about them, the rest of the cast is replaceable. It’s easy to bring back the unstoppable killing machine once they’ve been established, and at one point in Scream 4 (without giving anything away) they could have easily done that. I’m not saying that it would have been a good thing for the series, but it would have at least been different, and maybe even a new direction you didn’t see coming this time around. Scream 4 manages to keep the audience guessing, and has more red herrings than you can shake a stick at, but it is definitely a welcomed addition to the series.

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“Your Highness”
a review by Darby O’Gill

A ye old tale from long ago, of two brothers, one brave and true, and the other… Well, a bit of a lazy sissy boy. Your Highness is from the same people that brought you Pineapple Express, and although the title would lead you to think otherwise, the movie has nothing to do with pot. The aforementioned sissy boy, Thadeous played by Danny McBride, lives the luscious life of a prince, without any of the pesky responsibilities. That’s largely in thanks to his older brother Fabious, played by James Franco, who is next in line to one day be King. With the no pressure, or real purpose, Thadeous spends his days frolicking with his servant Courtney, played by Ramus Hardiker. That’s not to say that Thadeous doesn’t take himself seriously. He believes that he is much braver and better suited to one day be King. He’d be wrong, but none the less he still believes it. But, when his brother’s fiancé is kidnapped by an evil wizard on the day of their wedding, the King decides that it is high-time that Thadeous prove himself on a proper quest, and Your Highness is the story of that quest.

I’ve got to say, I didn’t think this was going to be anything more than a bunch of dick and fart stoner jokes, but it turned out to be more of a throw back to films of old, like The Princess Bride or Clash of the Titans. The good one! (Not that 3D piece of shit from a few years ago.) I was really shocked! I wasn’t the biggest fan of Pineapple Express. I thought it was funny and had it’s moments, but not a classic by any means, and I think the same is true for Your Highness. Although, I did like it a lot more than Pineapple. Danny McBride is great! He’s at the top of his game, and doing what he does best. The relationship between McBride and James Franco is outstanding! And, Franco continues to surprise me! He’s the kind of actor I don’t think of very often. That is, until I’ll hear about him in a movie, and think that doesn’t sound like something I can picture James Franco doing, but then he’s great! And, where do we even begin with Natalie Portman?! Say what you will about her Oscar win, she was hands-down last year’s MVP. She’s had three back-to-back movies come out in the last three months, and they were all good! Do you know how hard that is to pull off? Some people can’t even put out one good movie a year. Your Highness is not Oscar worthy, but much like Paul, it’s a fun ride that will make you laugh.

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“Paul”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Throughout the history of cinema we have always had our share of great comedic duo teams, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, Burt Reynolds & Dom DeLuise, David Spade & Chris Farley, and now Simon Pegg & Nick Frost. Okay, that might be a little bit of a grand statement, but I’ve got to say it’s one that I’m proud to stand behind. From Spaced to Hot Fuzz, Pegg and Frost have more than earned their place on that list. In their newest team-up, they find themselves on the run from the men in black with a little help of the third kind.

In Paul, illustrator Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and aspiring sci-fi writer Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) have ventured across the pond on holiday to attend the Holy Grail of all nerd events, the San Diego Comic-Con! However, the Comic-Con is just the beginning of the duo’s epic adventure. Having rented an RV, Graeme and Clive plan to visit all the UFO hot spots the American Southwest has to offer, from Area 51 to the infamous UFO crash site in Roswell, New Mexico. But, their plans quickly change when in the desert just outside Area 51, they stumble upon a real life alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen). Now on the run from government agents that want Paul back, the boys will do their best to help their new alien friend get home.

Paul might not be an instant classic, or even in line for an Oscar anytime soon, but it’s a fun ride just the same. I really had a good time watching this one, and can’t wait to see it again. It’s just fun to watch Pegg & Frost do their thing, even if it is without the help of good friend Edgar Wright. That’s not to say that Wright was completely left out of the making of Paul. There’s a nice little nod in one of the scenes, to the movie Edgar was filming at the time of Paul. In the comic book shop in Roswell, there is a rack full of Scott Pilgrim trades proudly on display. This movie is full of little gems like that. With so many science-fiction movies, comic book and pop culture references in it, Paul has definitely set a record. I would almost say there are too many, but somehow it works. I think having so many in the film, gives the movie a little bit of a leeway. Well, that and the fact that Graeme and Clive are a pair of hopeless nerds, who would most likely talk like that. The other thing that really helps you enjoy this movie is the character of Paul himself. Seth Rogen does such a great job of breathing life into this fully culturally integrated spaceman. I love that he is constantly pointing out the misconceptions of alien stereotypes, and has a true gift for stating the obvious. Did I mention that Paul is also the idea man (well, alien) behind some of our greatest science fiction? Well, he is! Paul is truly the ultimate fanboy road trip movie!

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“The Adjustment Bureau”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Fate is a tricky thing. Some would say that you’re in control of the outcome of your own life, and others would say it is all just part of the master plan. And, both might just be right; well that’s to say if there is any truth to the new Matt Damon film, The Adjustment Bureau. Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, The Adjustment Bureau brings a Hitchcockian take to Dick’s usual “what if” theories. I’m a big fan of his work including: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly to name just a few. But what is really great about writer/director George Nolfi’s take on “The Adjustment Team,” is his non-Hollywood approach to the material. Most filmmakers would want the agents of the Adjustment Bureau to be these gun toting, bad-ass “do as we say or we’ll end you” type of characters, but Nolfi opted to go the exact opposite direction with his bureau. They do impose authority, but at the same time they also have this sense of the common man, even though they are clearly implied as not being human. I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll just leave it at that. But, it’s Nolfi’s realistic look at this sci-fi, if not supernatural world, that really makes this movie something you might not expect.

In The Adjustment Bureau, Matt Damon plays David Norris an up-and-coming politician on the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate. But, when his first campaign for the Senate seat fails, the wind seems to be taken out of David’s sails and it could mean the end of his political career. That’s where fate needs to step in, or I should say the Adjustment Bureau? You see, David Norris has a much bigger role to play in the grand scheme of things, which is why the bureau has been watching him for quite some time so that his life can continue to go according to the master plan. In order to insure that David stays on track, the bureau sets up a chance meeting for him in a men’s room with a contemporary dancer named Elise, played by Emily Blunt. They hope that Elise’s free spirit will inspire David to give a speech that will set his political path back on track. Now, I’ve heard a lot of critics and people talking about this film, and it amazes me just how many people have no real idea of the reasoning behind the conflict in this movie. Most people think that David gets into trouble with the bureau because he manages to meet Elise again on a city bus. But, the real reason is that he makes it to his office 10 minutes earlier than he was supposed to, and sees the bureau when he shouldn’t have. The Elise thing is just a coincidence, one that later is revealed to be a much bigger problem, and yes ultimately becomes the new conflict. But this whole thing starts because of solar panels, not Elise.

I really liked The Adjustment Bureau! It was really well done. Now, I got to see a test screening for The Adjustment Bureau last year, and even though I really liked it, the ending kind of knocked the rating down a bit for me. But, I’m very glad to report that that ending is no longer in the film. (If you would like to know the alternate ending, I’ll be posting it in the comment section.) There are a few holes here and there when it comes to the inner working of the bureau, but they can easily be forgiven. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt have amazing chemistry together and really carry the supernatural premise of this movie into a romantic thriller. As I mentioned before, the personality and attitude of the bureau agents was great, I think having it be just like any other job to them was a brilliant move. I like that even when they call in the heavy hitter Thompson, played by General Zod himself Terence Stamp, he’s still a normal Joe. Sure he’s a little bit more cold-hearted than the others, but at no point does he threaten or use violence to get the job done. He just doesn’t sugarcoat it for David. There need to be more movies like this! The more I think about this move the more I like. It might be a bit early, but I think it’s safe to say The Adjustment Bureau will be in the running for a few Banshees next year.

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“Take Me Home Tonight”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Did you ever wish you could relive the ‘80s? Well, at least the late ‘80s? How about the first weekend of September in 1988? While we’re at it, did you ever wish that you could have a roly-poly best friend/sidekick, kind of like Curtis Armstrong… You know, Booger from those Revenge of the Nerds movies? You have!? Well guess what!? You’re in luck, because that’s exactly the weekend and type of buddy you’re going to get in the new movie Take Me Home Tonight! Wow, that’s weird! I mean, what are the odds of you wanting to see a movie that’s based on the exact weekend I was just telling you to think of? Pretty heavy stuff, huh?

In Take Me Home Tonight, Topher Grace plays Matt, a recent graduate of MIT that finds himself hiding from the real world as a Suncoast Video employee. Which is a great way to hide from the real world fresh out of college, I should know, I was a Suncoast manager straight out of college myself. Joined by his twin sister Wendy, played by Anna Faris, and his afore mentioned Boogeresque best friend Barry, played by Dan Fogler, the trio seem to have but just one last weekend to celebrate their ill spent youth. For some reason, this Labor Day weekend in 1988 is the last chance they’ll ever have to do it. I’m not really sure why, but let’s just go with it. And, it also seems more like life after high school, but it’s not, so don’t get confused. Add to the mix the return of Matt’s secret high school crush, played by Teresa Palmer, and you’ve got the makings of… Okay, it’s starting to sound like I didn’t like this movie at all, which couldn’t be further from the truth. I actually really liked it! I mean sure it’s got its share of plot holes, and maybe it is a John Hughes high school movie that actually lets its actors play their real age for once, but overall it’s still really a good movie. Man, that still sounds like sarcasm!

All kidding aside, Take Me Home Tonight is a pretty good movie. Most retro ‘80s movies are made just so the filmmakers can take a bunch of potshots at banana clips and leg warmers, but this movie is more like a period piece. Okay, that might be pushing it, but it does feel that way. Topher Grace does a nice job of grounding the movie, even when the night’s events get a little wild, and the subject of not knowing what you ultimately want to do with your life can speak to just about everyone these days. Overall, I had fun watching it and would gladly see it again. I don’t think it’s going to become a classic by any means, but it will take you back.

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Best Motion Picture – Drama

Inception

 


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Natalie PortmanBlack Swan

 


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Jeff BridgesTrue Grit


Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Marion CotillardInception


Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Christian BaleThe Fighter


Best Motion Picture – Comedy

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy

Emma StoneEasy A


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy

Tom CruiseKnight and Day


Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy

Chloe MoretzKick-Ass


Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy

Kieran CulkinScott Pilgrim vs. the World


Best Director – Motion Picture

Edgar WrightScott Pilgrim vs. the World


Best Animated Feature Film

Toy Story 3


Best Original Screenplay

Morning GloryAline Brosh McKenna


Best Adapted Screenplay

True GritJoel Coen & Ethan Coen


Best Original Score

TRON: LegacyDaft Punk


Best Original Song

Something That I Want” by Grace PotterTangled


Best Art Direction

Alice In WonderlandTodd Cherniawsky, Stefan Dechant, Andrew L. Jones, Mike Stassi & Christina Ann Wilson


Best Cinematography

The King’s SpeechDanny Cohen


Best Costume Design

Black SwanAmy Westcott


Best Visual Effects

TRON: Legacy


Best Television Series – Drama

Burn Notice


Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Karen GillanDoctor Who


Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Timothy OlyphantJustified


Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Kiele SanchezThe Glades


Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Enver GjokajDollhouse


Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Television Series – Drama

Burn Notice

Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Coby Bell & Sharon Gless


Best Writing for a Television Series – Drama

Justified


Best Television Series – Comedy

The Good Guys


Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy

Julia Louis-DreyfusThe New Adventures of Old Christine


Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy

Bradley WhitfordThe Good Guys


Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Television Series – Comedy

Julie BowenModern Family


Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Television Series – Comedy

Ed O’NeillModern Family


Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Television Series – Comedy

Modern Family

Ed O’Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland & Ariel Winter


Best Writing for a Television Series – Comedy

The Good Guys


Best Animated Television Series

The Venture Bros.


Best Movie Poster

The Next Three Days


Best Movie Trailer

The A-Team


Best Comic Book Series

Brightest DayGeoff Johns


Death Coach Award

Jonah Hex

(This award is given each year to the worst movie of the year. It’s the movie that the studios should have put on the Death Coach rather than in theaters.)


King of the Leprechauns Award

Conan O’Brien

For not backing down and doing it all with a smile on his face, Conan has truly earned the title of King of the Leprechauns this year!

(This award is the Banshee’s equivalent to a Man/Woman of the Year Award or Lifetime Achievement Award)