Captain Phillips Tops Kenneth Turan’s Best of List

From the LA Times (he’s not including foreign language films and lists the other films in his top ten in alphabetical order): “Captain Phillips.” Intricate cat-and-mouse doings on a pirate-captured freighter mixing action, character and social conscience....
Posted On 19 Dec 2013

The State of the Race Part One: Stories of Great and Flawed Men Endure

“Produce great men, the rest follows.” Walt Whitman The year’s most powerful film tells the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man stolen into slavery where he suffered under unimaginable conditions before finally finding a way to free himself again. He lost 12...
Posted On 18 Dec 2013

12 Years a Slave wins with Florida Film Critics

Picture: 12 Years a Slave Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, The Dallas Buyers Club Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’O, 12 Years a Slave Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave Adapted Screenplay:...
Posted On 18 Dec 2013

Oscars by the Numbers

Steve Pond over at The Wrap has done a handy cheat sheet to figure out how many votes per branch in the Academy a film needs to reach the “magic number.” In total, a film only needs about 300 number one votes to be nominated for Best Picture.  Read Pond’s piece,...
Posted On 17 Dec 2013

The Big Bad Wolf of Wall Street – Review

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves,...
Posted On 17 Dec 2013

Robert Redford to Receive Prestigious Riviera Award

Robert Redford will be feted at the Santa Barbara Film Fest on February 7 with the American Riviera Award.   Redford delivered one of the best performances of the year in All is Lost, JC Chandor’s meditation on human existence.   Somehow, the SAG voters overlooked...
Posted On 17 Dec 2013

12 Years a Slave Sweeps Southeastern Film Critics

Top 10 posted Collider by Matt Goldberg. These were one of the few groups last year to go for Argo early. 1. 12 Years a Slave 2. Gravity 3. American Hustle 4. Her 5. Inside Llewyn Davis 6. Nebraska 7. Dallas Buyers Club 8. Philomena 9. Captain Phillips 10. The Wolf of Wall Street...
Posted On 17 Dec 2013

Film Comment’s Top Ten and Full Rankings

Film Comment’s Top 10 Films Released in 2013  1. Joel & Ethan Coen’s INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS 2. Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE 3. Richard Linklater’s BEFORE MIDNIGHT 4. Joshua Oppenheimer’s THE ACT OF KILLING 5. Jia Zhang-ke’s A TOUCH OF SIN 6. Lucien Castaing-Taylor &am...
Posted On 16 Dec 2013

The New Black List revealed

From Anne Thompson: Best Picture Oscar winners “Argo,” “The King’s Speech” and “Slumdog Millionaire” were all featured on previous Black Lists. Meanwhile, seven of the last twelve screenwriting Oscars were featured on previous Black Lists (“Juno,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “T...
Posted On 16 Dec 2013