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I think for the most part I’m right when I say that we gays love a fierce & feisty female character in movies – yeah? Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, Rooney Mara in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo are just a couple great examples of woman that have me giddy with excitement as they take charge and kick some ass in their respective films.

Yesterday, I came across a pretty epic movie mashup that celebrates all of the dangerous women in cinema – the women that you don’t want to f*ck with. The whole compilation is only about two minutes in total but manages to cover 29 different movies where these woman take charge.

Watch the video below and share your favorite actresses and the films they star in where you clearly wouldn’t want to get on their bad side.

Video after the jump…

Once again, TorrentFreak’s annual Top 10 list of most pirated movies surprises me. Last year, high-brow films like The King’s Speech and 127 Hours made the cut, while other blockbusters failed to crack the list. This year is no different. Obvious choices like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and The Avengers made the list at No. 10 and No. 4 respectively, but the flick that was the most illegally downloaded of 2012 is a bit of a shocker.

Believe it or not, the high school comedy Project X topped the annual list. With an estimated 8,720,000 illegal downloads, it earns the distinction as the most pirated movie of the year. The film grossed roughly $100 million during its run at the box office. It’s interesting to compare that to The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1‘s numbers. The vampire flick ranked at No. 10 with 6,740,000 downloads but grossed $712 million. Check out what else made the Top 10 list below.

check out the Top 10 after the jump

Arguably one of the most accurate Oscar precursor has to be the Directors Guilds Awards. The DGAs have a near perfect record with predicting the eventual Best Director Oscar winner. Since its inception in 1949, only six times has the DGA Award winner not picked up the Academy Award. The most recent being in 2002 when Rob Marshall was honored by the Directors Guild for “Chicago” but Roman Polanski won the Oscar statue for directing “The Pianist“.

With being such a perfect barometer, the DGAs are one Oscar precursor everyone takes notice of. As with the case all awards season long, there have been no sure bets and the DGAs continued that trend. The American remake of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” was considered a disappointed for not being a critical and commercial success off the bat. That said in the past few weeks, the film has picked up steam at both the box office and with awards committees. It definitely is peaking at the right time. David Fincher who directed the film earned a nod, pushing aside a few front-runners. This nod marks the third nomination in the past four years for Fincher. He received recognition for both “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “the social network“.

see who else was nominated after the jump

Box Office Finds “The Devil Inside”

In: Movies, Tyrell

This weekend the horrific and thrilling The Devil Inside opened in theaters and scared the pants off of all who attended. The film, which is inspired by true events claims that the Vatican doesn’t want this movie to be released as exorcisms have to be approved by the church. The premise of the film follows Isabella in documentary style, her journey to multiple exorcisms to understand what happened to her own mother, who killed three people during her own exorcism.

Film critics in droves shared their disapproval for the film with Peter Howell of the Toronto Star felt that the film is already a candidate for the worst film of 2012. The film was heckled for it’s choppy, un-scary nature and joins a long list of handy-cam films like Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity. While these films don’t please critics, they definitely see tickets. The Devil Inside topped the box office this weekend already meeting Tintin halfway in total sales which has been open for three weeks.

Just behind this supernatural thriller were action flicks MI:4, Ghost Protocol and Guy Ritchie’s Game of Shadows from the Sherlock Holmes series. I know that Patrick and myself will be checking out the box office’s big winner sometime this week and I can’t wait to have the pants scared off me.

See the full box office results after the jump.

2012 Oscar Watch: Writers Guild Award Nominations

In: Donovan, Movies

Typically comedies receive the short end of the stick when it comes to awards shows. Year after year, dramatic performances win favor with critics and award committees over comedic ones. Common perception is that making people laugh is a lot easier than evoking sadness and anger with movie goers. That couldn’t be further from the truth. All you need to make me cry is put on some sweeping ballad with some slow motion clips and the tears will start pouring out. Yup, I’m a sappy person at heart.

The Writers Guild of America revealed their nominations and surprisingly comedic screenplays dominated. Lighthearted fare including “Young Adult” and “Bridesmaids” earned nods while dramatic frontrunners were shut out including “Iron Lady“, “War Horse“, “Drive” and “My Week With Marilyn“. Even “The Artist” which has dominated many Oscar precursors didn’t make the cut. That being said, the black and white silent film along with a few of those aforementioned flicks were deemed ineligible by the WGA’s tight qualifying rules.

The winners of the 2012 Writer Guild Awards will be announced during a ceremony that will be held in New York and Los Angeles on February 19. In meantime, check out all the nominated original and adapted screenplays below. If you enter your office Oscar pool, it’s time to start brushing up in the writing categories if you have any hopes of winning.

check out what films earned nods after the jump

I always find it interesting to see what will do well over Christmas, and this year, it looks like Mission: Impossible, Ghost Protocol led the pack. The fourth in the series of film has had some great reviews and brought in an impressive $46.2 million, and $78.6 million in total since it opened.

Santa brought so many new films to theatres. In addition to Ghost Protocol, films that also opened earlier this week include The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Adventures of Tintin, We Bought A Zoo, War Horse, and The Darkest Hour. What to see, what to see, right!? It seems like there are almost too many new options for films to see while many people relax in holiday mode.

The only new film I have seen from the ones that came out this week is Tintin, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The 3D film came in 5th this weekend at the box office. Find out how how all the films did below. Did you hit the theatres this weekend?

Check out the Top 10 list after the jump…

Movie Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

In: Dan, Movies

I’m going to preface this article by stating that I’m an avid fan of the Steig Larsson literary trilogy, beginning with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and I wrote a fairly passionate book review about the first novel in the series after I wrapped up the read. My interests in the book series lead me to search out and watch the Swedish film adaptations of the story, released in 2009, produced entirely in Swedish with English subtitles. Believe me, you have to be prepared for that film as the grittiness of the storyline, combined with consistently having to read the words on screen to understand can be draining on any movie advocate. Needless to say, I was intrigued to see the American-Hollywood version and jumped at the chance to take in the advanced screening.

Before I start on the film review, I strongly encourage everyone to read the story prior to seeing this movie, either film version for that matter. The plotline is fantastically intricate and the most simple of details are what truly make this story come together. For example, Alasdair consistently points out a secondary scene that was at first lost on me, but after seeing it omitted from the Swedish version of the film yet included in the American version, I absolutely noticed the effect of that small, character defining moment. It pays to live with a film buff.

If you’re not interested in reading the epic saga prior to the film, then I encourage you to at least flip over to my previous article reviewing the book for a brief synopsis. Believe me, it will help in the long run.

My full review of the film after the jump.

Over the weekend, a mysterious video appeared on YouTube: a red band trailer for the upcoming adaption of the best selling novel, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The video which hit the web on May 28th appears to be illegally recorded in a movie theater and it’s source claims that it is from Europe.

David Fincher’s take on the film looks dark and thrilling via the fast moving clips we are treated to in the trailer. The outline of the novel seems intact and the film style compares to his work in Se7en. But now the real question. Where did this trailer mysteriously appear from? While many claim that it is a trailer playing in Europe, if you read the red band beforehand closely, you’ll see that the MPAA has approved the trailer for adult audiences in the US. So why would Europe be promoting that. Also, I have been to a few R rated movies in my day and have NEVER seen a red band trailer in the theater.

So, is this a viral campaign on behalf of Sony? If it is, it’s kind of smart considering that Lisbeth Salander is a master manipulator of the web in the storyline. If it isn’t, Sony should just go along with it to make them look real smart. While the “illegally recorded” video is getting a ton of hits, so is a legitimate copy of the trailer which was uploaded by “someone” in the Netherlands who opened up their YouTube account the day the trailer was released. Fishy considering that Sony hasn’t tried to take it down. The website we are taken to at the end of the trailer, only takes us to Sony’s official website.

Check out the red band “Dragon Tattoo” trailer after the jump.

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