Month: December 2011

Choose your 10 favorite films of 2011, after the cut.
dragonttat11

Men Who Hate Women. That’s what Stieg Larsson called his book, which then became The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. To know this story is to know Larsson. If you forget about him, the key to this story is lost. ...

Nothing like kicking off the new year with Oscar befuddlement. (THR) Most Academy members have now received their Oscar nominations ballots, which were mailed out on Tuesday, and THR is beginning to hear from some of them who are profoundly ...

Sasha referenced this ripples of this great piece by Thelma Adams earlier today.  Well worth a read. Meryl Streep has been raking in awards and nominations for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. But accolades for best ...
actresses

  Three of the year’s strongest female performances threaten convention, the one that says females are usually cast as supporting, loving, noble characters who give of themselves in the service of the male lead.  It’s not always the case, especially ...

Bernice Bejo and Jean DuJardin speak here about their characters in the Artist. This clip gives you an idea of what it’s like to interview them, lovely people that they are.

The Help is enjoying the success most dramas this year haven’t quite reached: 100-million dollar baby status.  Actually, The Help grossed $160 million, unheard of for a movie that only stars women and isn’t necessarily about sex and a city, ...

Rooney Mara has got me by the balls. She’s tasered me, straddled my face, and inked her embodiment of Lisbeth Salander into my head.  Unlike the scumbag recipient of her vengeance in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I’m honored ...
pga-awards

Fixed: The contest form now allows you to choose more than one option on the doc and animated categories. Since we got our new form to generate contests, making them is going to be a lot easier. Therefore, for the ...

(thanks Craig Z!) Top 10 Films 1. Hugo 2. Drive 3. Take Shelter 4. Midnight in Paris 5. Attack the Block 6. The Artist 7. Martha Marcy May Marlene 8. I Saw the Devil 9. 13 Assassins 10. Melancholia Best ...

Thanks to Movieline for the heads up. Meryl’s friends give her a loving tribute.
directors

“I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t ...
marilyn

It’s that time of year again. Our 13 annual Golden Globes prediction contest is open for business. We will announce the grand prize as we get closer to the date. But if you think you know how it’s going to ...

HBO Leads Nominations with Programs in All Three Categories Nominees in the one-hour Episodic Television Series/Pilot Category are: David Franco for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (“To the Lost”) Jonathan Freeman, ASC for Boardwalk Empire (“21”) David Katznelson, DFF, BSC for PBS’ ...
84AA-poster

Thanks to Anthony for the heads up. What do all of those images have in a common? They all take place in a time far, far away. A different time, as in period piece.  We really really like looking back. ...

Being a great filmmaker doesn’t land you in the Oscar race necessarily.  But it’s important nonetheless to always remember the great ones, regardless if lots of people in the industry “like” him or her.  David Lynch, we will never forget. ...

(Via Alex Carlson at Film Misery) Best Picture “Drive” Best Director Nicolas Winding Refn, “Drive” Best Actor Ryan Gosling, “Drive” Best Actress Jessica Chastain, “The Tree of Life”

War Horse started out as the sight unseen frontrunner this year.  That meant it had nowhere to go but down.  Then The Artist took over the frontrunner’s spot and many still believe it will win. In a tiny way this ...

TOP TEN FILMS OF 2011 (in alphabetical order) “The Artist” “The Descendants” “Drive” “The Help” “Hugo” “Midnight in Paris” “Moneyball” “My Week With Marilyn” “Super 8” “The Tree of Life”

  “You gotta trust me on this one thing.  You need a lot of drinks.” “To break the ice?” “To kill the bug that’s crawled up your ass.”  — Terms of Endearment, one of the best Best Pictures. The day ...

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