Will the Indie Spirits Ever Be About the Indie Spirit Again? Was it ever?

There really is no difference between awards shows now. When I first started, the Indie Spirits really were about celebrating independent film. I’ve actually been doing this long enough to remember when there wasn’t really such a thing as independent films...
Posted On 24 Feb 2013

The State of the Race: Fumbling Towards Enlightenment

The Oscars can be a kaleidoscope view of our world — spectacular and surreal. Or they can be a microscope, honing in with sharp perspective on matters we’re obliged to observe with crystal clarity. The themes that course through this year’s Oscar race for Best Picture...
Posted On 13 Nov 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild Makes it to Round Two for Gotham Audience Award

Benh Zeitlin’s remarkable Beasts of the Southern Wild was the only non-documentary that went on to the final round for IFP’s Gotham Independent Film Audience Award contest. The other nominees: Artifcat (Jared Leto doc) Invisible War (rape in the military) Burn (about...
Posted On 05 Nov 2012

The State of the Oscar Race – And of These, Hope

With two weeks before the US Presidential election, nerves are frayed. The horses are kicking in their stalls. Cumulonimbus clouds on the horizon and a country sharply divided. Oscar season had no choice but to start early this year. With ballots being turned in very early in...
Posted On 22 Oct 2012

The Actors of Beasts of the Southern Wild Shafted by SAG Rules

Over at The Hollywood Reporter busy bee Scott Feinberg breaks the news that the actors from Beasts of the Southern Wild are ineligible for Screen Actors Guild awards either in the lead, supporting or ensemble categories. That means there will be no precedent set in case Beasts...
Posted On 01 Oct 2012

Denby on the State of Film and What it Means to be a Critic

David Denby talks about the dying breed of originality in art — I assume he’s talking about mainstream Hollywood films, which lose their local flavor because they have to be generic enough to appeal to an international audience. I don’t know that I agree with...
Posted On 30 Sep 2012