Famous Directors on this Year’s Oscar Contenders

This Variety spread is pretty great, I must say. In addiction to Ben Affleck on Nicole Holofcener. Here is a sampling: Peter Bogdanovich on Alexander Payne: “You’ll probably think I’m old-fashioned,” John Ford said to me, “but black-and-white is real photography.” On...
Posted On 13 Nov 2013

Saving Mr. Banks, Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks Launch into the Oscar race

Robert Sherman, Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Bradley Whitford, photo by Richard Segal Saving Mr. Banks is a force to be reckoned with at this year’s Oscars, make no mistake about it. Sure to touch the heart of many, voters and moviegoers alike, it is exactly the kind of film...
Posted On 08 Nov 2013

Sunny Hollywood Afternoon, Where All Was Not Lost

Oscar season means Oscar parties. Usually you need a star or two in attendance to bring out the journalists because there are only a few who will turn up for the free food and drink alone, and even fewer who do it for their jobs. I myself tend to feel awkward at such gatherings,...
Posted On 03 Nov 2013

The State of the Race: Best Director – Scorsese Clears the Room

Watch the spankin’ new trailer here. It’s unlikely that 2013, despite the slate of exceptionally good films, will equal last year’s collective box office take. Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained and Les Miserables were all...
Posted On 29 Oct 2013

David Fincher’s Gone Girl gets a Release Date and Set Pics Emerge

David Fincher is filming Gone Girl as we speak, with a release date now set for October 3, 2014. That only means a whole year to wait. It will zoom by.  Set pictures have surfaced of Fincher and Ben Affleck, the film’s star, along with The Bar (if you read the book, you...
Posted On 16 Oct 2013

Best Director: McQueen, Daniels Edge towards Making History

In 86 years of Oscar history only two African-American directors have ever been nominated for an Oscar — John Singleton and Lee Daniels.  It isn’t that the Academy leans towards white American filmmakers to be exclusionary. It’s more a function of the fact that...
Posted On 09 Sep 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

12 years a Slave: Ain’t got time to die

Steve McQueen’s unflinching, almost surreal look at the evils of slavery inevitably pulls us flush up against today. You can change a lot of things about yourself if you’re a black man. You can be a well-dressed educated family man. You can even be a millionaire or a film...
Posted On 31 Aug 2013