The State of the Race: “Oscar Potential”

It isn’t just the Oscar race where everyone is an expert. We talk about movies now like we’re beat reporters at old-school Variety. Or assistants to producers having coffee and casually talking about the potential failure or success of a film. Or publicists, who talk shop about...
Posted On 05 Nov 2013

Forest Whitaker Retrospective and Tribute at the Cinematheque

Just announced – Forest Whitaker will be honored by the American Cinematheque for his career achievements and performance in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, this Friday, November 8 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Whitaker will be on hand for a q&a after the clips,...
Posted On 05 Nov 2013

The Channing Tatum, I mean, People’s Choice Award Nominees

Should be renamed “The White People’s Choice” Nominees. The Butler does get in for “Best Dramatic Movie.” You can vote for your favorite [insert embarrassing category header here] by going to People’s website. FAVORITE MOVIE Despicable Me 2...
Posted On 05 Nov 2013

19 Animated Features Submitted for 86th Oscars

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” “The Croods” “Despicable Me 2” “Epic” “Ernest and Celestine” “The Fake” “Free Birds“ “Frozen” “Khumba” “The Legend of Sarila” “A Letter to Momo” “Monsters University” “O Apóstolo” “Planes” “Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellio...
Posted On 05 Nov 2013

Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac is very NSFW

I guess you don’t call a movie Nymphomaniac and have it not be about sex. It’s funny, as mainstream Hollywood goes more PG-13 (and the Oscar race, it’s worth noting) the Europeans are once again showing us up in the sex department. Here in America we prefer our...
Posted On 05 Nov 2013

Cate Blanchett – Outstanding Performer of the Year at SBIFF

Cate Blanchett will be the first of the big Oscar contenders honored during the Santra Barbara Film Fest, it was just announced. Blanchett will be celebrated for her work in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, one of the year’s best performances by man or woman....
Posted On 05 Nov 2013

Listen to the Inside Llewyn Davis Soundtrack for Free

The gift of T-Bone Burnett and the Coen brothers is one for the ages. Listen to full Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack on NPR. Don’t forget to listen to Please Mr. Kennedy, a true showstopper. The Coens dip their toe in magical realism this time around with a deceptively...
Posted On 05 Nov 2013