The State of the Race: A Wolf Crashes the Party

The early morning streets of Los Angeles were virtually empty as I drove down Wilshire towards the Academy theater. Nothing the Academy does is ever, to borrow a term my mother often uses, “half-assed.” Parking was easy. Getting into the theater, easy. A lavish breakfast spread...
Posted On 16 Jan 2014

SAG Nominations Preview, and Contest

The SAG nominations are coming early Wednesday morning. The Screen Actors Guild have become a fairly decent harbinger of the Oscars simply because once a consensus builds it is very difficult to shake it up. But the SAG nominations, like the New York Film Critics, the National...
Posted On 09 Dec 2013

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR

12 YEARS A SLAVE AMERICAN HUSTLE CAPTAIN PHILLIPS FRUITVALE STATION GRAVITY HER INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS NEBRASKA SAVING MR. BANKS THE WOLF OF WALL STREET AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR THE AMERICANS BREAKING BAD GAME OF THRONES THE GOOD WIFE HOUSE OF CARDS MAD MEN MASTERS OF SEX ORANGE...
Posted On 09 Dec 2013

The St. Louis Film Critics Nominations

The 2013 St. Louis Film Critics’ Award nominees are: Best Film 12 Years a Slave American Hustle Gravity Her Nebraska Best Director Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) Spike Jonze (Her) Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) Alexander Payne (Nebraska) David O. Russell (American Hustle)
Posted On 09 Dec 2013

Key Upcoming Awards Dates

We’ll be putting these into our calendar, but FYI: Dec 11- SAG Nominations Dec 11- Black Reel Award Nominations Dec 12- Golden Globe Nominations Dec 12- Satellite Awards Dec 13 -Chicago Film Critics Nominations Dec 16- Southeastern Film Critics Dec 16 -Chicago Film Critics...
Posted On 09 Dec 2013

Ballots in the mail for SAG Awards nominations – Predictions and For Your Consideration

The SAG ballots are being sent in the mail today. Press release after the cut. The nominating committee is a much smaller group than the 100,000 who vote for the SAGs. Around 2,200 SAG members are chosen to do the nominating, otherwise studios would have the insurmountable burden...
Posted On 20 Nov 2013

Cuaron’s Masterpiece: The Welcome Pull of Gravity

“The body, she says, is subject to the force of gravity. But the soul is ruled by levity, pure.” – Saul Bellow Gravity is a film worthy of being in the same room as Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 in that the visual effects are as groundbreaking as the message is deep. In truth, so...
Posted On 01 Sep 2013

Why The Butler, Why Now

Now that The Butler has taken the box office for the second week in a row, on fewer screens than its competition, the speculative conversation is upon us. In a private email chat with Kris Tapley and Anne Thompson, they said they were certain that Oprah single-handedly opened the...
Posted On 25 Aug 2013

Why Ellen Hosting the Oscars is a Great Idea

When Twitter isn’t busy being funny ha-ha, it kills time being funny strange. Soon after Ellen DeGeneres announced that she was hosting the Oscars for the second time, the disgruntled murmurings began. Most of these groans, it’s worth noting, came from people who are...
Posted On 03 Aug 2013

Cannes review: A Man of Constant Sorrow – Inside Llewyn Davis

Those of us who know Bob Dylan’s story well can point to his profound influence on the folk music scene in Greenwich Village in the early sixties. What is remarkable is how Dylan had shaped his own unique style from an amalgam of folk singers of the time, borrowing what he needed...
Posted On 18 May 2013