And the Academy Award nominees are…

Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey are amazing in 'Dallas Buyers Club'
Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey were both nominated in acting categories for their work in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Once again, Hollywood was up early to listen to the Academy Award nominations for 2013 films.  Between now and March 2nd, the campaigning, debate, discussion and wagering on who will receive Oscar gold will dominate the motion picture industry.  Ellen DeGeneres will reprise her role as host of the Oscar telecast.  Here is a list of the nominees in the major categories:

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Tune in to ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’

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Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner and Will Ferrell are once again a news team in ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’

[rating=3]Writer(s):  Will Ferrell and Adam McKay
Director(s):  Adam McKay

Picking up where Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy left off, this raw comedy opens with “Ron Burgundy” (Ferrell) and “Veronica Corningstone-Burgundy” now married and working as co-anchors for a newscast originating in New York City.  Then the managing editor/chief anchor (Harrison Ford in a cameo) announces he will be retiring.  Rather than being promoted into his place as he expects, Ron Burgundy is fired for consistently screwing up on-air.  Veronica gets the job and it causes Ron to leave her.

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You should invest in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Wolf of Wall Street'
Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it” – the real Jordan Belfort

The movie The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort, a man whose story had already inspired one movie, Boiler Room.  Martin Scorsese’s film is a much better movie, and offers more insight into a man for whom there was never enough.  Never enough money.  Never enough sex.  Never enough drugs.  Jordan Belfort should be made the poster boy for the era of conspicuous consumption that went on in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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‘47 Ronin’ is a bit disappointing, but it isn’t awful

Keanu Reeves is "Kai" in '47 Ronin'
Keanu Reeves is “Kai” in ’47 Ronin’

[rating=2]Starring:  Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Min Tanaka, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rinko Kikuchi and Jin Akanishi
Writer(s):  Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini
Director(s):  Carl Erik Rinsch

There is no American equivalent to the story of the 47 Ronin.  It is a story so famed and honored in Japan that it has its own word in the language, Chushingara.  It has been made into plays, an opera and before this film, six different movies.  The basic events in the story actually took place in Japan at the beginning of the 18th Century.

Read more‘47 Ronin’ is a bit disappointing, but it isn’t awful