The State of the Race: The Big Split?

I was answering a comment by one of the readers and I realized I stumbled onto something. It seems to me that there are two types of Oscar winning Best Pictures. Those that are entertaining and those that are groundbreaking. In the past several years, groundbreaking cinema (by...
Posted On 02 Nov 2010

EW: 127 Hours, the “delirium of enlightenment”

Of 127 Hours, Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman says, “the darker it gets, the more enthralling it becomes.” 127 Hours is as gripping a tale of stranded ingenuity as Cast Away, as Aron works to save himself by adjusting to his new reality… And he...
Posted On 30 Oct 2010

Todd McCarthy on the Year’s Best Films, Social Network and Carlos

Todd McCarthy has delved into two of what he considers the year’s best films. He goes deeply into Carlos and The Social Network and then tosses in the others he thinks fit the bill, which should give us a loose idea of what top ten lists might start shaping up to look like:...
Posted On 29 Oct 2010

127 Hours: It’s Alright, Ma. I’m Only Bleeding (Review)

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who like survival stories and those who don’t. You won’t have to be one or the other to appreciate the stunning exclamation point Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours leaves in the paragraph that is your life. There is no...
Posted On 21 Oct 2010

Mark Zuckerberg Tries to Understand Why Hollywood Misunderstood Him

Nice try, Zuck, but no cigar. Mark Zuckerberg explains the thematic thing the Social Network “got wrong” about him in the video clip below. Basically it says that Hollywood doesn’t understand that in Silicon Valley they like building things because they like...
Posted On 19 Oct 2010

NYFF: Another Year

New York Film Festival impressions by Brian Whisenant Attending fim festivals, at dinner parties, in bars, or wherever I might be hanging out with fellow cinephiles, the question “What is your favorite movie” inevitably enters the conversation. I always begin the...

NYFF: The Social Network

New York Film Festival impressions by Brian Whisenant Before seeing “The Social Network” I avoided early reviews like the plague. And there were plenty! I saw it on Friday, the day of the world premiere at the New York Film Festival and had still somehow managed to...
Posted On 26 Sep 2010

More scenes from The Social Network

At the risk of supplying so many scenes that we can each edit together our own episodic cut of The Social Network, here we present 6 more clips. For me, teases like this only increase my hunger to see the whole thing, but be forewarned that anything this specific might qualify as...
Posted On 25 Sep 2010

Manohla Dargis – NY Times Social Network Rave

Watching the reviews come in for The Social Network is like watching Secretariat run that last race. How good will they get? Another 100 scorer. Manohla Dargis closes her review this way: Mr. Fincher pointedly abandons his smudged browns for a gauzily lighted sequence of the...
Posted On 23 Sep 2010

Correspondent Brian Whisenant: Notes from the NYFF

“All Roads lead to ‘The Social Network’” by Brian Whisenant Hello again Awards Daily! I am quite happy to be back with you after a great ride covering Tribeca Film Festival. This time around, there is a new beast to conquer, and its name is New York Film...
Posted On 22 Sep 2010