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Why The Academy Hates Leonardo DiCaprio

Oscar nominations came out and I am not surprised that Leonardo DiCaprio is not mentioned… once again. For some reason, the Academy HATES our boy Leo. Arguably one of the best actors of our time, Leo does not pick a movie that isn’t going to be stellar. Throughout his career he has been nominated 3 times, once for supporting actor (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) and twice for best actor (The Aviator and Blood Diamond). I don’t know about you, but I think it’s about time he gets one of those statutes. Here’s why:

Need I say more? This was only the biggest film EVER that he totally carried. But no… don’t nominate him… it’s fine.

Believe it or not, some movies aren’t based off a book, previous movie, true story, video game, etc. Some movies are still original screenplays and Leo nailed this role.

Catch Me If You Can
To stand out alongside Tom Hanks says something about you (see my love affair with Tom here).

The Departed
All star cast with a bunch of different people to root for  but you still hoped that Leo came out on top. Should have been recognized here.

J. Edgar
The movie was not stellar. BUT the acting was.

The Great Gatsby
I think this is our chance. Leo as Jay Gatsby is really exciting and I think this may be the one that brings him home the statute. We won’t know for another year or so but my fingers are crossed.

Is there a lifetime achievement award we can give him?! Or do you think I’m crazy? Share thoughts below!

Movie Review: Django Unchained

This week I saw Quentin Tarantino‘s new movie, Django Unchained. I didn’t know much about the film other than Leonardo DiCaprio was in it (which means it is likely going to be amazing) so I decided to give it a chance. Overall, I wasn’t disappointed. Like any true Tarantino movie, it was bloody, it made you uncomfortable, and there was an interesting story. Spoilers below so STOP READING if you want to see this movie!

The movie is set pre-Civil War America. Essentially, Christoph Waltz is a bounty hunter and he buys Django, a slave played by Jamie Foxx, to help him find a couple criminals. Turns out Waltz’s character is a good guy and after working with Foxx for a while, agrees to help him save his slave wife.

There was a lot of controversy around the film for using the N-word and being really racist. And it was. However, the movie is set in a time where slavery was legal so obviously it is going to be a little racist. Similar to Inglorious Basterds, the oppressed come out on top so really there should be no complaints.

The movie was very bloody and gory. When Tarantino kills off a character, he likes to show you every ounce of blood in their body. You also got to see some pretty gross whipping and even a man being eaten alive by wild dogs. I can’t say that was my favorite part…

I will say that the acting was great. Such an all star cast. It was also nice for Tarantino to give Waltz a chance to be the good guy rather than being a big old Nazi. I hope that Leo gets the same saving grace in the next film since he played a really terrible slaver.

The story was a little disjointed. We had to learn about the characters a little bit before we got to the real plot so I will admit that I was confused as to where the movie was going. However, once we got to the real point of saving Django’s wife, it all started to come together.

All in all I recommend going to see this movie. I was on the edge of my seat for almost the whole film and even though I felt a bit queasy at times I really loved the ending!

Are you planning on seeing Django Unchained? Let me know what you think below!

Epic Movie Quotes: Titanic

Can you believe she let go?! Not sure if this clip is epic because it is so romantic or because it is such a LIE. Fourth grade Cara will never forgive Kate Winslet for letting go of the most handsome man in the world, Leonardo DiCaprio. I don’t care if he was dead. You do not let go of that hand!!! Couldn’t get a super clean clip but this Titanic montage features the epic quote:

I’ll never let go, Jack!

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Trailer: The Great Gatsby Starring Leonardo DiCaprio

Woohoo! It is finally here! The trailer for Leonardo DiCaprio‘s The Great Gatsby. I’m not going to lie and say that this was my favorite book of all time. In fact, I didn’t really like it at all. I read the book via Sparknotes in high school and then tried to read it again more recently. Still didn’t really like it! While I may have thought the book was boring, this movie is not. Or at least it doesn’t seem that way from the trailer. Check it out yourself!

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Top 10 Movies I Can’t Wait To See

Last year, the amount of buzzworthy movies was pretty slim (I know this because of all the terrible choices nominated for Oscars). This year however, I think we will have better luck in the movie department. Already there are a slew of movies I cannot wait to see. Here are the top ten movies (in order) that I am dying to see!

10. The Amazing Spiderman. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone remake the Spiderman franchise.
9. Brave. Pixar unleashes its newest soon-to-be classic.
8. Mirror Mirror. Julia Roberts is the evil queen and Armie Hammer is Prince Charming in this comedic Snow White tale.
7. 21 Jump Street. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go to high school as undercover cops and it’s sure to be hilarious. 
6. Snow White and the Huntsman. Another Snow White flick but with a dark and adventurous twist.
5. Rock of Ages. Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, and 80’s music. Enough said.
4. The Dark Knight Rises. The final installation of the epic Batman series.
3. The Avengers. It has been years in the making and we finally have all the pieces to see it all come together.
2. The Hunger Games. Obvious reasons.
1. The Great Gatsby. Anything Leonardo DiCaprio is in turns to gold.
What am I missing? Let me know below!
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Movie Review: 50/50 Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt

First things first- You should know there is a happy ending. Anyone who had hesitations about seeing this movie because it might be depressing now has no excuse! I’m also not really ruining anything for you because the movie was inspired by the life of the guy who wrote the movie… and he’s still around so that has to tell you something! Overall, I recommend seeing this movie. Here are some reasons why:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
It was love at first site in 10 Things I Hate About You but since then he has turned into a really great actor. He was amazing in 500 Days of Summer and Inception. In my opinion, anyone who can go toe to toe with Leonardo DiCaprio MUST be a good actor. In this movie he was adorable, funny, and extremely touching. He goes through so many emotions in this film that any acting professor would be proud. He is reason enough to see this film.

The Rest Of The Cast
JGL was the star but Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick were also pretty good. I was even pleasantly surprised to see Hilly from The Help (Bryce Dallas Howard) in the movie too! They were all really talented and believable but they were all second fiddle to JGL.

Roller Coaster Ride
I am normally at cry at movies but this time I did not. Nevertheless, it was still a roller coaster of emotions. You were sad, happy, laughing, etc. Rogen was such a good comic relief and Howard was a great villain  Kendrick is also really good at being awkward but she was so believable. I can imagine how nerve racking it is for a first time (of third) therapist. A lot is riding on your actions!!!

If you have the time, I would recommend seeing this movie. It is an all star cast tackling a taboo topic and making it funny!

Have you see 50/50 yet? Are you going to go see it now?! Let me know what you think.

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