‘Struck by Lightning’ is a good first script from its star

Chris Colfer in 'Struck by Lightning'
Chris Colfer in ‘Struck by Lightning’

[rating=3]Starring:  Chris Colfer, Rebel Wilson, Allison Janney, Dermot Mulrooney, Polly Bergen
Director(s):  Brian Dannelly
Writer(s):  Chris Colfer

Struck by Lighting is one of the most accurately titled films to come along in quite a while.  That’s because the main character, “Carson Phillips” (Colfer), is actually struck by a bolt of lightning and killed within the first 90 seconds of the movie.  Now that the high school senior is dead, he narrates the story of his life in flashback.  It’s a fairly interesting tale.

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And the snubs are…

Omari Hardwick (left) and Emayatzy Corinealdi are lovers separated by bars in 'Middle of Nowhere'
Omari Hardwick (left) and Emayatzy Corinealdi in ‘Middle of Nowhere’ completely snubbed by the Academy

Now that the nominees have been announced for the 85th annual Academy Awards, the subject always becomes who was ‘snubbed’?  It’s a long list this year, even though there are as many as ten slots for Best Picture now, rather than five as it was up until a few years ago.

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And the (full list of) nominees are…

Navy SEALS raid Osama bin Laden's compound in 'Zero Dark Thirty'
Navy SEALS raid Osama bin Laden’s compound in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Steven Spielberg’s  Lincoln leads the Oscar nomination race with 12 followed closely by the visually amazing Life of Pi with 11.  The Best Actress in a lead role features the oldest and youngest nominees in that category’s history.  So the race is on, as studios campaign to garner awards for their films.    It all culminates on February 24th when presenters will say “the nominees are” in the following categories:

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Important films from 1988

Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise in a scene from 'Rain Man'
Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise in a scene from ‘Rain Man’

This year one of our goals at Tail Slate is to look at the films of the past in addition to reviewing the films of the present, and informing you about the films of the future. Towards that we will be publishing articles that look back at significant films celebrating a major anniversary during 2013. As such, we will focus on films from 1963, 1973, 1983, 1988 and 1993.

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