The Golden Globes Will Be Making A Major Change For Next Year’s Ceremony

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Remember how Ridley Scott’s The Martian won the award for Best Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes earlier this year? Of course you do. The brilliant people of the internet made sure you would never forget it with hilarious memes and recut trailers.

Well, it looks like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is having trouble forgetting the controversy as well. They are changing the rules for next year’s ceremony

“Motion pictures shall be entered in the category that best matches the overall tone and content of the motion picture. Thus, for example, dramas with comedic overtones should be entered as dramas.”

Which is exactly what The Martian was. If this rule change happened last year, The Martian would have been going up against the big dogs in the drama category, and the cast & crew probably would have left without an award.

And just to add an extra level of protection, once a film has been selected to appear in a certain category, HFPA members will be able to vote by written ballot whether or not the film should truly be accepted in the category that was chosen. It will take a 2/3 vote of the membership to officially change the submission to a different category.

Sounds like a great move to us. In addition to the announcement of the rule change, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association also set a date for next year’s ceremony. The 74th annual Golden Globes Awards will air on NBC January 8, 2017.

Barack Obama And Michelle Obama Reveal Their Favorite Films Of 2015

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Barack Obama might be the worst person in the world according to your 85-year-old Grandfather from South Florida. I’m not here to change your mind on Obama’s record as president; however, I will defend his wonderful taste in the arts.

Not only does Obama listen to some great music, but we know from last year that he also enjoys watching fantastic movies. If you remember our post from December 2014, Obama revealed his favorite film of the year was Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age story, Boyhood. It was also my favorite film of 2014, which means the Prez and I would obviously make great best friends.

Sadly, we didn’t match this year. Obama’s favorite film of 2015 was The Martian, which was an incredible movie, but I don’t believe it was the best. At least this pick proves Obama’s tastes are varied, because Boyhood and The Martian are two completely different movies.

What did Michelle Obama pick as her favorite film? Pixar’s Inside Out. It scored a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it’s currently the favorite to take home the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature. The Obama family should start a movie review site after this whole president thing is over.

Source: People

‘Mad Max: Fury Road” Is Named The Best Movie Of 2015 By National Board Of Review

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Back in September, we told you that Mad Max: Fury Road was already taking home awards. The International Federation of Film Critics named it the best film of 2015, beating out The Assassin, Taxi and Son of Saul.

Now just a few months later, we can officially add another grand award. The National Board of Review has named George Miller‘s masterpiece the best film of 2015. The organization, founded back in 1909, has always been one of the first major film critic groups to announce their annual award-winners.

Unfortunately, the Academy Award voters don’t usually agree with their choices. The last five movies to get that special Best Film title by the National Board of review have been: A Most Violent Year, Her, Zero Dark Thirty, Hugo, and The Social Network. They all failed to take home the Best Picture Oscar.

There were other awards handed out by the organization. Ridley Scott won Best Director for his work on The Martian, and Matt Damon won Best Actor for his performance in the film.

MovieSmackTalk favorite Brie Larson took home the Best Actress award for her brilliant performance in Room, and Sylvester Stallone won Best Supporting Actor for his work in Creed.

I saw Creed last week and I was surprised by Stallone’s performance. His name definitely deserves to be on the list when the Oscars come around.

Check out the full list by clicking this link.

‘The Martian’ VFX Before & After Photos Are Super Interesting, Check Them Out Inside!

The Martian has clearly been a huge success. I watched it last weekend and absolutely loved it. Our movie expert reviewed it and almost gave it a perfect score, and most importantly it opened with a $55 million total at the box office, coming extremely close to becoming the highest-grossing October debut in history.

After watching the movie with some friends, they all came out of the movie believing every scene filmed on “Mars” was filmed against greenscreen. And while there were a lot of scenes featuring that (mainly inside Watney’s base), there were actually some scenes filmed in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan.

The one issue filmmakers had with the location? Getting the correct color of Mars. After tinkering with the images, and comparing them with the images NASA has produced, they finally discovered a nice balance.

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But as mentioned above, the greenscreen stage did play a big role in this film. Most every scene featuring his base on Mars was shot at the soundstages in Korda Studios in Budapest.

This before & after shot is truly incredible…

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If you like these photos, you’ll probably want to click here to view them all and hear the experts talk about how they created them. It’s fascinating stuff. I’m not sure how much of it I understand, but that doesn’t take away from the experience.

We’ll leave you with one more…

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Movie Review: The Martian (2015) – A Sharp, Clever Movie That Is Free From Sappy Sentimentality

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The Martian, featuring Matt Damon, is crushing it at the box offices and pleasing critics alike. So what is it about this space based flick that has so many people rushing to the theaters, while calling it Scot Ridley’s best movie since Blackhawk Down? Let’s find out.

The premise is a bit of Cast Away, without the crippling depression and soccer ball friends. Matt Damon plays Matt Watney, an astronaut who went on a mission to Mars, only to get left behind after his crew gives him up for dead following a storm. The movie is surprisingly simple, with Watney trying to find a way to get home, while the people back at NASA try to get him back. There’s also a lot of film time that features the crew that left him behind. Despite three different storylines and scenes going on, they manage to match it all together pretty seamlessly.

Matt Damon is pretty impressive in this movie, playing the affable and sarcastic Watney with cocky vulnerability. He plays his part with enough humor to keep this from turning into a heart pounding Gravity copy, and instead, making it a bit lighter and fun.

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What I loved about this movie was the complete absence of clichés. The only thing working against Matt was time. There are no evil politicians plotting against him, no crazy space aliens or weirdly nefarious rivals bent on his demise. Instead it’s a space movie that focuses on the science of space, rather than the fantastic.

That allowed Matt’s character to create his own urgency, rather than driving it with a cliché like a wife pining away for him at home, or a precocious kid begging the president of NASA to save his daddy. Instead they made Matt likeable enough in his own right to make people root for him.

Both Jessica Chastain and Jeff Daniels play leaders in their own right, with Chastain running the return crew and Daniel’s running the home base in NASA. Both leaders are compassionate and competent, devoutly devoted to bringing Mark home, even as time works against them.

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The movie is contained entirely within NASA. There’s no clichéd outside pressure or unnecessary characters. Instead, it plays out much in the same way I’d imagine a real space disaster would play out. The movie allows us to focus on that, without dragging us away into too many superfluous side stories.

For such a serious premise, the movie is surprisingly funny, with more than a few laugh out loud moments. The laughs come from a genuine place and fit in seamlessly, thanks to the excellent writing and surprisingly bare bones premise. It’s a sharp, clever movie that is free from sappy sentimentality.

It’s not just worth the watch. This is a must watch. For anyone who has ever doubted Matt Damon’s acting talent, this movie will make you look at him in a new way. This is a clever, refreshing intelligent movie that doesn’t try to be to high minded. It simply works that way because it was intelligently written.
WE GIVE IT: 4.5 STARS!

four and a half stars

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Top 5 Trailers Of 2015 For Films That Haven’t Been Released Yet

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Why did I limit myself to just five trailers? Because I love to abuse myself. It’s just like when I walk down the ice cream aisle at the grocery store. I know I’m not going to buy anything, but for some reason I just can’t skip the frozen section completely. I have to remind myself of all the deliciousness I am missing. It’s a sick game.

There have been so many incredible trailers this year. The recent “For Prim” trailer for Mockingjay Part 2 was pretty special. The Comic-Con trailer for Suicide Squad is fantastic, and even the simple trailer for The Revenant left me wanting more.

But those trailers (and several others) just missed out on my top five…

 

 

No. 5 – The Jungle Book

Release Date: April 15, 2016

Director: Jon Favreau

Why It Made The List: You could say this trailer has the advantage of being fresh in my mind since it was just released this week, but I don’t think that’s the case. This trailer could have been released back in January, and I’d still remember it. Before this trailer, when people would say, “It was so beautiful it made me cry,” I didn’t understand what they meant. But then I watched this trailer, and I almost really did cry because it was so beautiful. And then you add in Scarlett Johansson’s haunting voice? You got me.

 

No. 4 – The Martian

Release Date: October 2, 2015

Director: Ridley Scott

Why It Made The List: This trailer shows you a little bit of everything. Humor, action, drama…the images look magnificent. And plus it has the line, “I’m gonna have to science the sh-t out of this.” That makes it worth the ticket right there. But just in case you’re still on the fence about the film, you should know real astronaut Rick Mastracchio saw an early screening of the movie and said, “it was fantastic. Highly recommend checking it out when it hits the theaters.

 

No. 3 – Creed

Release Date: November 25, 2015

Director: Ryan Coogler

Why It Made The List: The first trailer for Creed was good, but the latest trailer you see above was great. It showed us why we should actually care about this story. But mainly, it made the list because of one brilliant acting moment between Stallone and Michael B. Jordan. The moment comes in at around the 1:40 — 1:50 mark. It gave me chills.

 

No. 2 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Release Date: December 18, 2015

Director: J.J. Abrams

Why It Made The List: I’ll be honest, I don’t know a lot about Star Wars; however, this trailer has made me excited to go watch the film. And if it made me (a person who doesn’t really care about the franchise) excited, then I can only imagine what this trailer did to the hardcore fans out there. They probably still haven’t recovered.

 

No. 1 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Comic-Con Trailer

Release Date: March 25, 2016

Director: Zack Snyder

Why It Made The List: Do I even need to explain? I don’t care about Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. You can have all the holidays. I just want it to be March again. The trailer continues to deliver the darker and more serious approach DC is taking now, which is something I truly enjoy. And the best part about this trailer? It finally convinced people that Ben Affleck will be a great Batman. The number of haters continue to dwindle. I know trailers can be deceiving, but it’s hard to see how this film will be anything less than amazing.

Brand New Trailer For ‘The Martian’ Has Been Released, Check It Out Inside!

There will be some great films coming to a theater near you this fall/winter, and one of the films I am most excited to see is Ridley Scott’s, The Martian. The first trailer was released back in June. I told you at the time that “you will not want to miss this one,” and I believe that even more now after watching the second trailer.

Some of the scenes have been recycled from the first trailer, but there are some new scenes featured in this trailer. In addition to the new scenes, they’ve also included some pretty funky music.

As most of you know, the film is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Andy Weir. The brilliant Ridley Scott is the director behind this project. Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels star.

The Martian doesn’t hit theaters until October 2, so you still have more than a month to prepare yourself for the greatness. You can check out the official synopsis and the second trailer below…

“During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and is left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission.”

 

Matt Damon Fights For His Life On Mars In First Trailer For ‘The Martian’

Legendary director Ridley Scott appears to have another hit with the upcoming science-fiction film, The Martian. Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) is the writer behind the project, which stars an impressive list of actors, including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara and Jeff Daniels.

The Martian is based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, and those who have read the book describe it as Apollo 13 meets Cast Away. That probably got your attention, right?

The first trailer for the movie shows Matt Damon as NASA astronaut Mark Watney, a botanist and mechanical engineer, who gets stranded on Mars after his crew is forced to leave the planet due to a dust storm with dangerously high winds.

Damon’s character notes in the trailer that it would take “four years for another manned mission to reach me, so in the face of overwhelming odds I’m left with only one option: I’m gonna have to science the sh-t out of this.”

You can check out the official synopsis and trailer below. The film hits theaters October 2, 2015. You will not want to miss this one.

“During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and is left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission.”