The Silver Bullet ~ “Alex Cross” Trailer

Synopsis: After Washington DC detective Alex Cross is told that a family member has been murdered, he vows to track down the killer. He soon discovers that she was not his first victim and that things are not what they seem.

Release Date:  October 19, 2012

Thoughts: Based on one of the 18 (and counting!) novels in a popular series by James Patterson, Alex Cross sees Tyler Perry stepping into the role created by Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider.  Nothing against Perry, who is a fine actor when he wants to be, but taking over for Freeman is no small task.  As a fan of the Alex Cross novels (though I admittedly haven’t read one since #10) I always considered this a series better suited for television than the big screen.  It doesn’t help that the films continue to be made out of order which means the Cross character will forever be scattered amongst movies.  The trailer doesn’t do a lot for me, looking to be more of a by-the-numbers police mystery.  Also, is Matthew Fox sick or something?  Rather than looking super ripped in his villain role he looks malnourished which maybe just adds to his creep factor.  In any event, I’m a proven sucker for a thriller so all gripes aside there’s no doubt I’ll be catching this one in October.

Oscar Winners – 2012

So how did I do???

(*) are next to the categories I predicted correctly and for the ones I missed, the winner is included in {}

*Best Picture: “The Artist”

*Directing Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist”

Actor in a Leading Role George Clooney in “The Descendants” {Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”}

*Actress in a Leading Role Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”

*Actor in a Supporting Role  Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”

*Actress in a Supporting Role Octavia Spencer in “The Help”

*Writing (Adapted Screenplay) “The Descendants” Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

Writing (Original Screenplay) “Bridesmaids” Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig  (***I know this won’t win but I wanted to vote for it anyway) {“Midnight in Paris” Written by Woody Allen}

*Foreign Language Film  “A Separation” Iran

*Animated Feature Film “Rango” Gore Verbinski

*Art Direction  “Hugo” Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo

Cinematography  “The Tree of Life” Emmanuel Lubezki {“Hugo” Robert Richardson }

*Costume Design “The Artist” Mark Bridges

Film Editing “The Artist” Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius {“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall}

Documentary (Feature)  “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs {“Undefeated” TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas}

Makeup  “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng {“The Iron Lady” Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland}

*Music (Original Score)  “The Artist” Ludovic Bource

*Music (Original Song) “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

*Sound Mixing “Hugo” Tom Fleischman and John Midgley

Sound Editing  “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Ren Klyce {“Hugo” Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty }

Visual Effects  “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett {“Hugo” Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning}

Documentary (Short Subject)  “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen {“Saving Face” Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy}

*Short Film (Animated)  “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

*Short Film (Live Action)  “The Shore” Terry George and Oorlagh George

That makes a grand total of 15 out of 24…not my best but I was actually happy I was wrong about a few of them!

Overall it was a good telecast with Crystal reminding us why he is such a damn fine host.  It didn’t feel overlong and the show was reservedly flashy without being over the top or dull.  The witty banter was kept to a minimum and no one went too crazy.  Good speeches and good looks capped off a night that was very “Old Hollywood”.

Is it wrong that I’m already looking forward to next year?

What did you think?  Feel free to comment away!

Oh…and don’t forget to vote in my poll!