Trailer for Saving Mr. Banks, Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson plays P.L. Travers, the woman who penned what would ultimately become Disney’s Mary Poppins. Read the New Yorker article about her here.
Posted On 11 Jul 2013

The Best Oscar Performances of All Time

On our podcast over the weekend, we were discussing some of the best performances … ever. In 1982 Dustin Hoffman did Tootsie, Paul Newman did The Verdict, Ben Kingsley did Gandhi and Meryl Streep did Sophie’s Choice. While Streep’s stratospheric rise happened...
Posted On 10 Jul 2013

Ethan Hawke’s Evolution

This year, Ethan Hawke has quietly delivered two of the best performances of his career. The first was in the box office smash The Purge.  Torn apart by critics, but made for just $3 million, The Purge deserves, I think, reconsideration by those who lay down film history for all...
Posted On 06 Jul 2013

Jaws on the 4th and Other Beautiful Things

Over at the Film Experience, Nat has written up an appreciation of George Lucas’ American Graffiti.  That’s his 4th of July pick.  Ours is the other history-making blockbuster. There isn’t a better day in America to enjoy Jaws than the 4th of July.   As the...
Posted On 04 Jul 2013

No Oscar slot for Blue is the Warmest Color?

Deadline is reporting that Palme d’Or winner Blue is the the Warmest Color will miss the window of opportunity to be eligible as France’s Oscar submission. The Oscar rep selection committee at French film body the CNC requires that a film go out nationally in France...
Posted On 01 Jul 2013

First Half of the Year Best Picture Contenders

It seems that articles wanting to suss out the Best Picture race thus far are starting to sprout up. This because often the first half of the year does produce formidable films that could make it all the way to the end — but the key is, as always, advocacy. Those of us who...
Posted On 26 Jun 2013

Oscar Flashback: Why is Leonardo DiCaprio’s Work Ignored by the Academy?

Leonardo DiCaprio is heading into his fifth collaboration with Martin Scorsese with The Wolf of Wall Street this November. He is Scorsese’s Jimmy Stewart — a laced-up-to-the-collar everyman put in extraordinary circumstances. He anchors Scorsese’s camera by...
Posted On 18 Jun 2013

Steven Spielberg Predicts ‘Implosion’ of Film Industry

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas describe dire developments at the unveiling of USC’s School Of Cinematic Arts (SCA) Complex (photo via Zimbio) No need for me to editorialize. Whether I agree or disagree, these ominous remarks deserve more than an offhand reaction. I will...
Posted On 12 Jun 2013

Oscarwatch: The Directors

Argo — Telluride, early September, 2012 The Artist — Cannes, May, 2011 The King’s Speech — Toronto, September, 2010 The Hurt Locker — the previous year, Toronto Film Fest Slumdog Millionaire — Telluride, Toronto, September 2008 No Country for Old Men...
Posted On 10 Jun 2013

Early Prospects for Best Actress

The race for Best Actress has not yet gotten started but looking over the year’s slate, finding five nominees should be easier than it’s been in a while. It already looks like a competitive season, with most of the big performances yet to be seen.  Already, Rooney...
Posted On 03 Jun 2013