Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Hangover Part II

Warning... spoilers ahead

When The Hangover (i.e. the first one) first came out, I had a fun time enjoying this film. It was a comedy that had the grossest jokes that worked, a Memento-styled story structure that has us hooked to three best friends in Las Vegas (well one of them has no relation with these guys) finding their other best friend because he's getting married in a day's time from a messed up bachelor brunch the other night. With that, it knocked the seriousness out of Roger Ebert and every other critic calling it the best comedy of the year.

There were two results. It grossed in the hundreds of millions and became the highest grossing R-rated comedy in film history. The other was that it received the Golden Globe for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy but it's not that deserving to win that kind of award which should've gone to (500) Days Of Summer in that was wittier and like The Hangover has a unique story structure that''s unpredictable.

In this particular movie, we bring back the Wolf pack (three out of four guys. The odd one out is Doug who was the groom in the previous movie and nevertheless was given a lack of presence here) with the literally pretty jackass Phil (Brad Cooper), the indecisive yet mature Stu (Ed Helms) and the clueless chubby wannabe Alan (Zack Galifinakis). They all travel to Thailand so Stu can marry his newlywed Lauren (Jamie Chung). When Lauren asks him to take her younger brother Teddy, a teenage med prodigy to their night out... you guessed it... they mess up, ended up at a seedy motel and they lose Teddy. So... you guessed it... they must find out what happened the night before so they can track down the kid in time for the wedding.

In nearly every review for this film, you'll find parts that mention how it's the same storyline so directly formulaic, you'll forget the formula because they're in a different place. What you're gonna get are these three guys somewhat out of luck, call bride, celebrate their best mate's wedding, they're hungover, etc. There were a list of clues from the first that were funny as it was. A tiger, a baby, a missing tooth, and a stripper. Now it's a drug mule monkey, Stu has a tattoo and... a hermaphrodite... who literally reveals all!

Because of that, for anyone who is a fan of the first film expecting a fresh look, it becomes really tedious and rarely you'll laugh out loud for all the jokes that turned recycled. However at the same time, it works for anyone who would laugh at the raunchiness that is cruder and darker than the first.

Part II did two things that were two hard. a) like the plot, they throw references, characters that you would or should remember from the first film and forcefully add extra screentime for them.  b) as mentioned earlier, they up the raunchiness that goes way too far. There were some jokes that made me groan with despair such as a transexual stripper who goes nude and shows off his penis, stating he had sex with one of the guys. You'll get an idea when you stay at the end credits. But I thought it was insulting and homophobic, but that is what you'll supposed to get in a sequel that's in for milking. If Pedro Almodovar saw this, he would've exploded.

The biggest problem is that this is Comedy Sequel 101. Nothing is changed and every aspect that made the previous film well-made becomes stale here. But it's the writers who are too lazy to come up with anything out of the screenplay that is new and the inconsistent direction from Todd Phillips, who gave us Due Date but it wasn't a big hit like The Hangover.

In between the end of the first Hangover and the beginning of the second, there's no sense of development to the heart of it all other than the fact that Stu's getting married and Alan becoming a socially desperate tool who becomes mean-spirited to Teddy later. Phil is still that jackass he used to be but one chingacter that is most unwarranted was Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) who's annoying than ever. What would've worked in this movie, for me at least, were the planned cameos from Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson and Bill Clinton. But the cast resisted and instead we get another cameo from Mike Tyson (one's enough).

Overall, this movie is an epitome of unecessary sequel from a comedy that should've been preserved for its humor, but here it's an A4 copy of The Hangover that is urine-soaked for anyone who's eager to write on it. This is not a sequel people. It's a rehashed remake of a classic. And if you look at the opening credits, there's 'based on characters' put in. Period.

If the sequel had something fresh, they should ask David Fincher about 'a head in the box'.
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Quick rental reviews - Mary and Max, The Shawshank Redemption, Pan's Labrynith and T2: Judgement Day

Mary And Max (2009)

These days, animation away from Pixar and Dreamworks are often overlooked. The reason? Pixar has more appeal (by that on story, emotion and characters) to a mass audience. Mary And Max is a Pixar-resque feature from Academy Award winner Adam Elliot and the entire film seems to be a one-man band because Elliot designed, directed, produced and written this movie and its animation.

It explores the long-distance friendship between Mary, a lonely and friendless 8 year old girl from Melbourne and Max, a lonely overweight Jewish man in his mid-40s from New York who cannot relate to people. Through 98% of the movie narrated, we know that Mary lives with her mom an alcoholic and dad who works almost most of the day in a tea bag factory, hence neglecting her. We know that Mary has no friends at school and cannot cope with her depression. For Max, we know that he "find the world very chaotic". We know that when he often get reminded of his past, he get anxious. We settle on 20 years where Mary falls in love with her neighbour, Max's diagnosis with Aspergers Syndrome and their darkly wacky situations they face.

Adam Elliot wants to stay away from conventions of animation and with this flick, it's a stroke of genius. Mary And Max has the appeal of Pixar except that it doesn't aim at kids and is so dark. The animation is exquisitely and moodly crafted with the sepia and black and white cinematography as well as the storytelling by Elliot. What really work are the hearts of the story both voiced by Toni Collette and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. With these two characters, we've become fascinated by their idiosyncratic situations that grow through loneliness, suffering and depression. It's filled with poignance that's deep and melancholy that is both moving and touching, but is sometimes funny through these events.

Through from the opening credits, it was based on a true story from Elliot who also had a pen-pal in New York. Through to the closing credits, the ending may have become too welcome. But I don't care. This is one developmental animation that is the best of its genre. A+ (10.0)

Pan's Labrynith (2006)

Now this is a movie that I would have put in my best list of fantasy films... until the ending. Guillermo Del Toro must have directed a film that is a mixture of Alice In Wonderland, Cinderella and Hansel & Gretel. It is not only a fantasy flick but also one about war.

Set in 1944 during WWII, Spain is in the midst of a Civil War between the fascist militia and the Allies, a girl Olfelia arrives with her pregnant mother to stay at the barracks lead by her stepfather. Olfelia is a girl who enjoy reading fairytales and has a huge depth of imagination and she meets a Faun at the centre of a labrynith who ask her to perform three simple tasks so she can meet her real father who is a king.

Del Toro brings a range of influences through his screenplay and direction. The story is terrificly imaginative, one where we could watch the heroine filled with emotion and turmoil in both worlds. A heroine like Cinderella, whose enslaved by her stepfather but optimistic. Pan's Labrynith is what I think is vivid imagery through the eyes. The cinematography is inventive and so are the design of both characters of the fantasy land and production. The characterization of the stepfather and the scenery of the Civil War plays it brutally well.

Unfortunately this is where I become pissed off with this film. I enjoyed two-thirds of the film and the other third just knocks me down. Where it get into a serious climax (and it is brilliant) up to the final minutes, there is a twist but then the ending.... where can I start? What is Del Toro trying to tell us about this ending? There's a lack of meaning through that part because we don't get enough character arc for Olfelia that would guide us into this film. A twist wouldn't help out and with the lack of meaning, it have made this worst.

Overall, this movie is solid with such crafted visual imagery, but would've been better had Del Toro brings in some justification for the entire film. B (7.4)

Terminator: Judgement Day

For the most obvious reasons, Terminator 2: Judgement Day is one of the most influential SEQUELS of all time. First there's the star player: Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as the Terminator himself. In the first film, he's the villain. Now he plays as the hero.

It starts off when in 1995, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is put into a mental hospital where she's targeted by a cyborg from the future to kill her. Now another Terminator from the future the T-1000 is sent to kill her son John (Edward Furlong) who believes would be the leader for the Resistance in the upcoming war against the Machines. The T-1000 is deadlier and more newer. But another Terminator (played by Arnie) is sent to protect him along with Sarah and they must prevent the origins of the war by destroying the technology that created the machines.

With the first Terminator movie stylised as a film noir with science fiction elements, this is better than the first Terminator movie. The action gets you gripping followed by the visual effects, especially the specialties of the T-1000 that are so advanced at its time. With that, it's James Cameron's direction and storytelling that exemplifies the film's genre into something significant.

The performances are dynamite. It's Edward Furlong who steals the show as the down-to-earth and cheeky John Connor. However there's nothing that tells us that John would be a leader because of that. The relationship between him and both the Terminator and Sarah are endearing. With Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, they're both badass.

Anyone could enjoy this movie, even the most cynical movie geek. A- (8.9)

The Shawshank Redemption 

The highest rated film on the IMDb website makes me wonder why it was so high before watching this movie. You often wonder whether it's the ballot stacking or how safe the movie felt. Look back in 1994, the best year for movies in the 90s, the best movies like the Lion King and Forrest Gump were all safe movies that have an emotion appeal followed by a sublime story. The only movie though that took all risks in film at that time but have a story and we wouldn't call safe would be Pulp Fiction. The Shawshank Redemption would be the most underrated film of that year, but it's too safe and conventional.

The story follows up in 1941 where a banker named Andy Dufrense (Tim Robbins) who's convicted two consecutive life sentences of murdering his wife and her lover but he thinks he was framed. Dufrense's sent to Shawshank State Prison where he develops a friendship with a fellow inmate also serving a life sentence for murder Ellis Boyd "red" Redding (Morgan Freeman). When Dufrense overheard a conversation between the guards about their financial situation, he uses his intelligence including his knowledge in banking to solve their problems thus being protected by the guards and through the warden who uses Dufrense's loyalty in a money laundering operation.

It's beautifully directed by Frank Duramont with superb performances from Freeman and Robbins. Apparently the film looks gritty with the prison scenery so realistic and the photography amazing. But sadly, the story has a flaw in which we questions Dufrense's liability. We don't know if he's innocent and the chance of an almost identical murder most likely doesn't make him one. If he was protected by the guards during the money laundering then why hasn't they give him the fair treatment to all the prisoners. It's feels discriminating.

But ultimately, if you enjoy hope and ambition in every movie you'll see, you'll put this in your Great movies list. I'll say this film tears my heart out because for every character there's a lot of poignant moments in here. My advice before seeing this film: don't trust the IMDb list. B+ (8.4)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bride Wars - please make this a truce

F (0.1)

Have you ever wondered a chick flick with not the most impressive yet special name would literally be the worst chick flick you would ever witness in so many levels? Well this is it. Bride Wars.

The first film from 2009 that had cost Anne Hathaway any chance of a Best Actress Oscar for Rachel Getting Married, a movie about a wedding filled with raw emotion after being in a movie also about a wedding that's totally opposite to the former.

She joins Kate Hudson in this mind-numbing material who are best friends since childhood and they both dreamt of having a lavish wedding at the Plaza Hotel planned by prestigious wedding planner Marion St. Claire (Candice Bergen. WHY?). Hathaway plays Bride No.1 whle Hudson is Bride No.2 who's this uptight career-minding version of No.1. They just both got their engagements, they go to Marion St. Claire to book their weddings where a clerical error occured hence both weddings are on the same date at the same time. Friends turn into foes as they both become bridezillas sabotaging and uptight as a reality show bridezilla.

There's a few thin elements in where these two ultra-listed actresses are almost on the verge of degrading themselves. They have no regrets for this movie. They both had fun, every young female would have fun with this movie, but I didn't because this is not only the worst chick flick out there I have ever seen, but also the worst movie I've ever seen.

From one scene to another we are given no justification to root for these characters because they don't have any character at all except for the fact that Hudson is career minded as mentioned earlier. It's just that both Hudson and Hathaway are playing themselves who are only in for the money in which they taint their careers by doing the most ridiculous and humiliating performances you'll ever see in the cinema.

What represented by this film is this consumerist idea of having the most perfect wedding (i.e. the bridal dress, the boutique, the catering) sent out to many young girls especially teenagers. An easy message right? That's for you to say because it brings out an anti-feminist tone with a simple moral at the end that "no matter how ridiculous your dreams are, they'll come true". Bride Wars brings in two stereotypes. One is obviously Bridezilla in where the bride treats people like shit since she is tight for the wedding. The other is where like almost every woman portrayed in every chick flick. They're hysterical, they look for love and things go horribly wrong for them and the worst thing is the audience takes this whole concept for granted

With a screenplay filled with witless jokes and excruciating dialogue, it's often remarkable a chick flick that would aim at women backfires for being so misogynistic. Bride Wars is an epitome of that theory despite the fact it raked in $111 million worldwide.

Bride Wars is a grim outlook for cinema today. This is top-notch cinema responsible for the decline of Western Civilisation. Girls, persist if you want to please, I want to torture myself.

Oh the places you go... wait... another moment of thinking 'which way?' 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Justin Bieber got egged - the start of a new music rebellion?

Seeing Justin Bieber almost pelted with eggs can come with an enormous relief and payback from his fanbases. But had he been pelted then there would be no relief and a certain payback towards the person who threw the eggs at a huge arena.

It's not hard to hate the kid whether you are a huge music lover, one who collects all music from The Beatles or who holds a record so dear they'll listen to it all the way through, or a person whose theory that there is no such thing as bad music brings in the exception to teen pop or pop iteself. Yet it's hard trying to ignore the kid whenever you hold up a conversation with the person bringing him as the subject or whenever the internet feeds you with praise or hate of him.

Where the egging occured was at Acer Arena in Sydney, 30km from where I live. I knew what was going to happen with Bieber when he appeared in Australia especially in Sydney. Remember last April where he appeared in a promotional gig for a morning breakfast show. He appeared where more than a thousand fans went in, scream when seeing his hair. Unfortunately the experience was ruined. The irony? They ruined it by causing a stampede that riot police will remember as "the most bizzare incident they'll ever cover".

The egging I think was pretty much irresponsible given that throwing small stuff at live acts would've ruined it for everyone. Besides I would feel sorry for the performer (Bieber) if someone threw stuff at him but I won't be sorry that the performer was responsible for ruining his own show for the fans.

The teenager who aspires to be a music critic (hint: an Almost Famous copycat) was given provisional bail by a local court. And believe me he and what I presume every music lover is starting not just a war towards Bieber but the whole of mainstream music.

Mainstream music had started to become dumber whenever you turn on a popular radio station that plays what they want you to hear. Acts like Britney Spears (who'll I'll say was responsible for the decline of Music Civilisation), Usher, Ke$ha and Katy Perry are just making us cringe listening to lyrics that insult our intelligence, music that feels like a total rip-off of certain music we love and how satuated the music industry too afraid of hearing the word 'download' and more eager to hear 'sex appeal' than 'big voices'. The only hope I think there is would be ADELE who has such a natural voice with her album 21

So the rebellion began when indie acts like Arcade Fire, The Black Keys and Esperanza Spalding win their first ever Grammys with the former winning Album Of The Year. That is good for them only because it was more on creative and artistic form than popular form. Despite winning, they get a lot of backlash by the mainstream since they've never heard of the orchestrated band before their big win. There starting a Tumblr instead of just searching up their music.

There's no such thing as a music rebellion, but I think its more to do with the anti against music that are runned by fat cats who believes in looks rather than talent. Last week I bought a copy of Is This It? by The Strokes and I wonder if they would've gone mainstream then music would've been saved. If it wasn't for 9/11 , our minds would've forget The Strokes as an excellent band that played on raw emotion and bringing back garage rock.

I wanted the days where music is for everyone, that is not idiotic and does not think who they're aiming at are dumb bitches too sloppy and easy to buy their crap. Music I consider raw and meaningful and what I favour will be in ghettos around alternative and cult radio stations and around alternative websites and the people listening to that kind of music are undeservedly targeted and are labelled 'hipster' which is just hateful and almost as close as calling someone a Nazi.

But then the result will be 'you're a hater' and we should learn that music is subjective as it should be. The truth is that so many radio listeners are on the highest level of lazy and are 'dinosaurs'. So there will be in several occasions that your favourite song whether independent or idiosyncratic could crack the Top 40.

Anyway, about Justin Bieber....

As a person, I should like him because there's a hint of talent in his body. Yes he can sing (but only mediocre) and he can play the drums. His Wikipedia page states that he can also play the trumpet. The problem I have with his music is that it's always the same song and contain repetitive and cliched lyrics (I wonder whether they're lyrics since they're more of a pick up lines.). None of the songs I've heard by him sometimes make me feel good about myself for a guy whose the same age as him (fact: he sings Baby 56x). More so playing the drums by himself occassionally and by himself, it's strange to see him do that when he's not in a band for which I would've grew more respect for him.

To put Bieber in the same sentence with another musical act that are great now and then is insulting in so many levels. Here's are example:

  • Justin Bieber and Nine Inch Nails rules Golden Gloves
  • Heard of Beatlemania: here's Biebermania
  • Justin Bieber is this generation's Bob Dylan

Are you any angrier?

But Bieber is not about his music. he's more of a marketing robot. He would reminds me of Napoleon, the great French emperor. The dude's empire will grow like oil of a ground, revolutions for and against ignite like wildfires, but at some random point he'll fall. The difference between this comparison is the latter. Bieber won't be fallen unless something tears down his squeaky clean image. But he's expanding to his fans selling his new nail polish (go ahead: WTF), made a movie about himself, appearing at the Golden Globes and countless talk shows for nothing.

He cares all about his fans so much that he tries to stretch his niche audience into one big mass by being everywhere and shoving down our throats. That's the biggest flaw about him. It's more of his fanbase and yes fanbases that consists of tweens (Miley Cyrus, Glee, Twilight) are becoming so big and literally crazy. 13 year olds opening their Twitter and naming themselves after Bieber like he's some kind of god. These people are the same girls who threaten to hack our accounts, sent death messages to anyone affected by Bieber and those who cannot give me a huge justification into why they like him.

Another thing that bothers me about his fanbase is how much they worship him and this links to his political views. In a Rolling Stone article, he quotes "rape happens for a reason" and something about how abortion should be illegal. The first quote almost captures everything I would hate about Justin Bieber. He has the same views that are maligment as Sarah Palin and to say rape happens for a reason that would leave so many rapists in the Middle East and everywhere off the hook and are unlikely to get a life sentence. With his political views and so has his religion of 'no sex before marriage' on the hook, his fans would become more conservative as a redneck but it also means that Bieber would use his approaches as an ironic euphemism for sex. That's parallel to the South Park episode about the Jonas Brothers.

Ultimately though, Bieber is apparently a marketing virus who writes songs that are generic as pure milk. Like many teen idols including Aaron Carter, Backstreet Boys and N*SYNC (though Justin Timberlake actually has a proper career), Bieber will not remembered for shaping music or ruining it. He will be remembered for having his 15 minutes of fame quadrupled to an hour of fame. IN ten years time whenever we think about him, we'll just remember his hair.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Thor - pronounced Th-or

B (7.4)

From Iron Man with the exception of X-Men it seems like every Marvel film is doing a film within a film. The film is any one of the Avengers and within that is the Avengers staring these superheroes, coming in a year's time. And I really don't enjoy watching these films while thinking of the upcoming movie because I thought it was a tired and pointless marketing strategy  from Marvel with limited cameos and constant references of the Avengers.

Thor is one of the few films within a film released by Marvel along with Captain America and Iron Man. Chris Hemsworth plays Thor, a godlike son of a powerful god/leader of Asguard, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). When Thor and his group which includes his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) comes into Asguard's former planet runned by Frostblasts (yep, try laughing at that) they... um.... just destroy everyone on the planet. Odin banishes Thor to Earth thereby strips his powers and right to where he lands is a group of scientists led by Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). With his banishment, Loki becomes leader when Odin somewhat have health problems and Loki gave some power to the Frostblasts).

Thor is pretty much fun popcorn fare with a suprisingly exquisite direction from Kenneth Branagh whose usual flair is period and Shakespearean pieces. The visual effects are grandiose despite the fact that it's made from CGI and so has the art direction since the look of Asguard is so pure.

Chris Hemsworth is both charismatic and egotistic as the God of Thunder but Tom Heddleston as Loki such an interesting character because he's riddled with jealousy and anger towards Thor and Odin. Despite the fact that there's a lack of depth and underuse in their characters, Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman are wonderful. There's a cameo from another Avenger but I wasn't offended because it was there for a short second.

That said and there are some flaws that can be noticed. This includes the 3D which is great but is unnecessary to the whole film and makes the film look cheap. I like the Shakespearian overtones but it only exist in one world. I.e. the Asguard while on Earth, it doesn't feel special that would make Thor or any of the human characters effective to the story. I feel like if the human characters were away from Earth and are in Asguard, then we would become attached. But Asguard is not perfect. Not a single thing could be perfect when you have hammy dialogue spoken by Thor that can be so laughable. However on Earth, the dialogue feels so normal, it's inert. In conclusion, it's the changes that could've muddled the film.

Thankfully this movie doesn't takes itself too seriously given the amount of goofy humour especially from Jane Foster's assistant (Kat Dennings). But sometimes the jokes fall flat to its knees and ultimately becomes a distraction.

I really enjoyed the film based on a fair amount of escapism. IT has some flaws and before I watched the movie, I went with low expectations because I wasn't familiar with the comic books. This is a visceral state of comic book movie where it gradually follows or take mythology as their influence. This is better than the Iron Man series but is not on the level of the Spiderman trilogy. In Thor, it's on Norse mythology (and yes there is proof that there was literally a god named Thor.). This officially kicks off the summer of movie where it should kicks off for each first May release.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The 2010 Theatre 3000 Awards

Welcome to the Theatre 3000 Awards. I want to respond to all of the vague, snobby and shitless award shows with these mothaf**kers (sic.). They're not the most prestigious awards by any means from an internet blog which has only 13 followers, but it's what I will say is that this represents the best movies of the past year and a half  in my opinion and to all the following people who hand out awards only for star power, because you're too lazy to vote or you don't give a shit about movies, this is what you should see. (People's Choice Awards, Golden Globes, Oscars and MTV Movie Awards)

Like the Razzies and you should know about them as well, this is satire to all the awards that host for crap, hand out crap, and use red carpets to distract us from crap. Most of the nominations are satire. Each category will have two winners

  • My vote
  • Your vote

So here are the nominees.

1st Most Overrated Film... by Audiences

  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (RT Audience: 74%)
  • Iron Man 2 (RT Audience: 80%)
  • True Grit (RT Audience: 86%)
  • Alice In Wonderland (RT Audience: 72%)
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (RT Audience: 87%)
Most Overrated Film... by Critics
  • True Grit 
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  • Iron Man 2
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King's Speech
Best Film-Wrecking Moment (MTV Satire)
  • A character screws up pronouncing Aang - The Last Airbender
  • The ending in - The Tourist
  • The moment where a movie is announced it'll be shot in 3D - every movie made in 3D
  • The word 'Focker' in every line of dialogue - Little Fockers
  • When the whole movie turns into a fantasy flick about stalking - When In Rome
Worst nominations in an award show
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - almost every nomination (People's Choice Awards, MTV Movie Awards)
  • The Tourist - Best Film: Musical Comedy, Best Actor: Musical or Comedy, Best Actress: Musical or Comedy (Golden Globes)
  • Burlesque -Best Film: Musical Comedy (Golden Globes)
Worst Snubs in an awards show
  • Christopher Nolan - Inception, Best Director (Academy Awards)
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World - Best Film, Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Best Fight (MTV Movie Awards, Golden Globes, Academy Awards)
  • Andrew Garfield - The Social Network, Best Supporting Actor (Academy Awards)
Shyamalan-Bay Award for Worst Film
  • The Tourist
  • The Last Airbender
  • Grown Ups
  • Cop Out
  • Sex And The City 2
  • Vampires Suck
  • When In Rome
Most Underrated Film
  • Kick-Ass
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
  • Greenberg
  • Easy A
  • Animal Kingdom

Best Soundtrack

  • Black Swan - Clint Mansell
  • Inception - Hans Zimmer
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World - Nigel Godrich, various artists
  • The Social Network - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  • Tron: Legacy - Daft Punk 
Best Cinematography
  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • Inception
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit
Best Production Design/Art Direction
  • 127 Hours
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Inception
  • The Social Network
  • Tron: Legacy
Best Editing
  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • Inception
  • Kick-Ass
  • The Social Network
Best Visual Effects
  • Inception
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
  • Tron: Legacy
Best Screenplay
  • 127 Hours - Simon Beaufoy
  • Inception - Christopher Nolan
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World - Edgar Wright
  • Toy Story 3 - Michael Arndt
  • The Social Network - Aaron Sorkin
Hero of the Year
  • Christopher Nolan
  • James Franco
  • Roger Ebert
  • Aaron Sorkin
  • Natalie Portman
Villain of the Year
  • Jason Friedberg + Aaron Seltzer
  • Will Smith's kids
  • Harvey Weinstein
  • Miley Cyrus
  • M Night Shymalan
Best Scene-Stealer
  • Justin Timberlake - The Social Network
  • Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit
  • Chloe Moretz - Kick-Ass
  • Tom Hardy - Inception
  • Rock - 127 Hours
  • Kieran Culkin - Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
  • Christian Bale - The Fighter
Most Breakthrough Performance
  • Hailee Stenfeld - True Grit
  • Chloe Moretz - Kick-Ass
  • Tom Hardy - Inception
  • Andrew Garfield - The Social Network
  • Greta Girwig - Greenberg
Best Supporting Actor
  • Geoffery Rush - The King's Speech
  • Andrew Garfield - The Social Network
  • Jeremy Renner - The Town
  • Rock - 127 Hours 
  • Christian Bale - The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress
  • Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
  • Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom
  • Chloe Moretz - Kick-Ass
  • Mila Kunis - Black Swan
  • Marion Cottilard - Inception
Best Movie Moment
  • Mark Zuckerberg's comeback towards the Winklevosses - The Social Network
  • Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis makes out - Black Swan
  • Gravity Fight Scene - Inception
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. Deadly Evel Exes - Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
  • The climax - Toy Story 3
  • James Franco cuts off his arm - 127 Hours
Best Actress 
  • Natalie Portman - Black Swan
  • Ellen Page - Inception
  • Jennifer Lawrence -Winter's Bone
  • Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine
Best Actor
  • Colin Firth - The King's Speech
  • James Franco - 127 Hours
  • Jesse Einseberg - The Social Network
  • Leonardo Dicaprio - Inception
  • Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine
Stanley Kubrick Award for Best Director
  • Darren Arronofsky - Black Swan
  • Danny Boyle - 127 Hours
  • David Fincher - The Social Network
  • Christopher Nolan - Inception
  • Edgar Wright - Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Best Picture
  • 127 Hours
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Black Swan
  • Greenberg
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • Kick-Ass
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
Please vote at the comments section below. The results will be handed out after the MTV Movie Awards