Month: December 2012

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Anne Thompson reports that the AMPAS have agreed to extend the ballot deadline by one day so instead of those ballots getting in by January 3rd, they are now going to have to be in by January 4th. “By extending ...

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Oscar voters have today to mail their ballots.  Tomorrow is a holiday. Then they have the 2nd and the 3rd and that was all she wrote. It feels crushingly early, way too early, way too soon to shove so many ...

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Did you hear the one about the guy who won his second term as president with a bad economy? If you were online this past election season you no doubt felt the pulse of people power as shot through Twitter, ...

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On Thursday, January 3rd, the Producers Guild, Art Directors Guild and Writers Guild all announce their nominees. It is he same day as Oscar ballots are due.  The Writers Guild is a fairly good indicator of Best Picture at the ...

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In 1993, Steven Spielberg directed Schindler’s List, marking the first collaboration between Spielberg and Director of Photography Janusz Kaminski. Kaminski has worked on every Spielberg film since, and they both won Oscars for their work on Schindler’s List and Saving ...

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(by Matt Shapiro via @zachheltzel)

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Just hit the you tubes (this is what War Horse did to me, btw): Reminds me of this scene:

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“She, over a decade, kind of went down the rabbit hole, getting lost in her work, until finally at the end of the movie, [the pilot] says ‘Where do you want to go?’ She has no idea where she goes ...

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In alphabetical order, these are the moments in film in 2012 that moved me greatly. Here are a few words about them. There are SPOILERS — fair warning.   Amour I can’t really remember a more powerful or memorable moment ...

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Steve Pond talked exclusively to Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow about the issue of whether Zero Dark Thirty advocates torture, as in, torture was used and torture worked.  But in so doing, he kind of denies that the film makes ...

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For the first time in probably their entire history, the DGA will announce their five nominees after the Oscar ballots have been turned in. That means that they can’t be counted to on as a “true north” this time.  Some ...

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The Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, if you’ve ever had any dealings with them, are a well oiled machine. I have never, in fact, dealt with a more cleanly run, professionally managed company. Never, in my life.  When ...

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“I once received a letter from an old lady in California who informed me that when the tired reader comes home at night, he wishes to read something that will lift up his heart. And it seems her heart had ...

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BEST FILM Lincoln The Master Zero Dark Thirty BEST ACTOR Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln John Hawkes, The Sessions Joaquin Phoenix, The Master BEST ACTRESS Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook BEST SUPPORTING ...

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Guest Essay by Zade Constantine Film provides a vast canon to explore, retroactively, trends and ideologies. The distinct relationship between society and film is suited for scholars of history and those who understand the dense social, political and economic landscapes ...

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Written by Craig Kennedy What do you do when you have, what I and many think, is the best American movie of the year and it also turns out to be the most controversial movie of the year? That’s Kathryn ...

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Tom Brooks’ Top Ten Films of 2012 – watch the video here.

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Earlier this month, I sustained a hairline fracture of my left hip… That’s the bad news. The worse news is that medications have impaired my ability to write. Because there is curiosity about my list, I present this very abbreviated ...

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With Erik Anderson, Craig Kennedy and Ryan Adams, we talk about Zero Dark Thirty’s Oscar chances, ruminate on Tarantino and Django Unchained and a bit on Best Actress.

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