State of the Race
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State of the Race
Kathryn Bigelow calls Ava DuVernay's Selma "Masterful"
Best Director: the DGA and Oscar Disconnect
December 17th, 2014
The Oscar race has never been as divisive as it is in 2014, with factions splitting from the whole to create new worlds where film represents different things for...
Directors Roundtable at the Hollywood Reporter
December 13th, 2014
Also titled, a room full of men stare adoringly at Angelina Jolie. Just kidding. Pretty great discussion overall. Worth a listen and a watch. ...
Angelina Jolie Gets Chicken Pox, Which Takes her off the Press Tour
December 12th, 2014
Rather than leave her absence to what would be, no doubt, wild speculation, Angelina Jolie has decided to release a video which clearly shows the chicken pox on her...
Golden Satellites Nominations - Birdman leads with 10
December 1st, 2014
The Golden Satellites usually look like fantasy football to me. But their Best Picture nominations in the last few years have 6 or 7 that match Oscar. Make of that what...
Unbroken Screens as the Last Gasp of Awards Season Awaits Major Critics
November 30th, 2014
Nothing has won anything major yet. The Imitation Game won the top People’s Choice award in Toronto, which is a good thing. Way too many people were predicting...
Sunday Box Office - Imitation Game Huge - Gone Girl Finally Drops out of Top Five in its 9th Week
November 30th, 2014
The Imitation Game had a huge opening with $482K in just four theaters, making it the year's second best debut. This isn't that surprising considering the very motivated...
The Spirit Awards Look a Lot Like Oscar
November 25th, 2014
There is much ado these days about how the Spirit Awards aren't honoring independence anymore but are really another step in the Oscar race. I don't know if that's true...
Predicting AFI's Top Ten of the Year
November 23rd, 2014
One of the early announcements, along with the Los Angeles, New York Film Critics and National Board of Review, will be the AFI top ten films of 2014. Through December,...
Powerful New Selma Clip - David Oyelowo, One of the Best Performances of the Year
November 21st, 2014
Thanks to Ryan at Indiewire for the link. "What happens when a man stands up and says enough is enough?" All things happen at once: the good, the bad and the...
Unbroken TV Spot Shows Triumph of Spirit
November 20th, 2014
Here is one of the first looks at Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, the film about WWII survivor Louie Zamperini who could not be broken. ...
Women Take Center in this Year's Oscar Race
November 19th, 2014
In addition to Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, which is being screened and will be reviewed soon, many women already have taken center stage in the Oscar race. Instead of...
A Movie Star Crashes the Best Director Race
November 18th, 2014
A funny thing is happening in the Oscar race. A film that most people haven't seen, that hasn't been reviewed by critics - major or otherwise - is being touted as this...
Unbroken Screens but Embargoed until December 2, 2014
November 17th, 2014
Unbroken will be seen in various places before getting to critics and bloggers over here, mainly due to scheduling around the film's director, Angelina Jolie, who...
The State of the Race: Ten Things We Know About the Oscar Race Already
November 16th, 2014
The Hollywood Film Awards launched the awards race for the muggles - that is, it seems like it might be the beginning of awards season. But really, it was the last gasp...
Tallying up the Numbers so Far - the People vs. The Critics
November 15th, 2014
I feel like I'm probably trying to make fetch happen with Gone Girl and Best Picture. It should come as no surprise to you readers that I loved the movie. It's my...
Roundtable Talk on Indie Filmmaking with Kristen Stewart, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marion Cotillard and More
November 14th, 2014
Scott Feinberg hosted a roundtable with actors and filmmakers for Oscars 2014 - but honestly? Tilda Swinton's hair for the win. Each of the eight panelists were...
American Sniper - Hero Cut Down
November 13th, 2014
Clint Eastwood’s best war film is Letters from Iwo Jima. Its partner film, Flags of our Fathers is also very good though more sentimental, less precise, and less...
Selma: The Content of Character, the Belief in a Dream
November 12th, 2014
“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so...
The State of the Race: Of Gone Girls, Lost Boys, and Galaxies Far, Far Away
November 11th, 2014
The lost boys that crowd Oscars 2015 have no real qualities to be leaders or heroes. They are fumbling around trying to avoid failure at all costs. That failure...
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