UA-17272164-1 October 2011 - AwardsCircuit.com - By Clayton Davis
  • News
    British Independent Film Nominations!

    Here is the full list of nominations: BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM SENNA SHAME TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY TYRANNOSAUR WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN BEST DIRECTOR Ben Wheatley – KILL LIST Steve McQueen – SHAME Tomas Alfredson – TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Paddy Considine – TYRANNOSAUR Lynne Ramsay – WE NEED TO...

  • Editor
    Happy Halloween from the Awards Circuit!

    What’s your favorite scary movie?

  • Article
    “Torture Porn” – Is it True?

    A lot of people like to throw around the phrase “torture porn” to describe particularly violent horror flicks.  In fact, my recent piece on the greatest horror films of all time features more than a few movies that certain people would categorize as such.  They do this often without knowing where the...

  • Article
    Simplicity of Mel

    Recovering addict and one time Hollywood bad boy Robert Downey Jr. recently spoke at an awards function and asked the audience about forgiving Mel Gibson. This coming from an actor who knows a thing or two about being banished from the industry and having to work very hard to get back in,...

  • Editor
    Massive Oscar Tracker Update!

    With the recent announcements of Keira Knightley from David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method being campaigned in the Lead Actress category and every actor from Roman Polanski’s Carnage being campaigned in the Supporting categories by Sony Pictures Classics, the Awards Circuit’s Oscar Tracker has been updated. What do these announcement’s mean awards-wise?  Knightley...

  • Film Reviews
    Norman (**)

    Shot on a shoestring budget in Spokane, Washington, “Norman” is a film which overcomes some of the traditional trappings of an independent drama, dusts itself off and begins to matter, until devolving into an unrealistic and hackneyed conclusion. Never in love with the film, I stayed with it and began to warm...

  • Film Reviews
    In Time (*½)

    The idea is a grand one. In a dystopian world, time is the coveted object which defines every waking moment and every waking decision human beings make. If you have it, you are wealthy, if you do not, you are desperate to acquire it and likely live in a ghetto-state where despair...

  • News
    Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ Gets Picked Up!

    The Warlock is back. According to Deadline: Charlie Sheen’s new sitcom Anger Management has landed at FX with an initial order for 10 episodes for a summer 2012 launch. If successful, that will be followed by a 90-episode order by FX as well as broadcast syndication launch by distributor Debmar-Mercury in fall...

  • Film Reviews
    Like Crazy (***½)

    Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin give nomination worthy performances in ‘Like Crazy’, the raw and real romantic drama from Drake Doremus.  A hit at the Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Audience Award, the movie packs quite an emotional wallop.  Doremus and co-writer Ben York Jones have created the framework for...

  • General
    Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 10/30)

    Last week saw reviews of Melancholia, Margin Call, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, The Double, The Three Musketeers, The Rum Diary, The Skin I Live In and Puss in Boots. Joey Magidson geared up for Halloween by listing his favorite horror films of all time. Which, looking back, was an amusing contrast...

  • Film Reviews
    Puss In Boots (**)

    Lifted from the insanely successful “Shrek” franchise, “Puss In Boots” puts one of the most beloved animated supporting characters of recent memory front and center on the big screen. Memorably debuting in “Shrek 2″, with his snarky wit, swashbuckler’s persona, and those eyes…Puss In Boots stole the show, voiced with priceless energy...

  • News
    Rampart gets an Oscar-qualifying run on November 23!

    I very much enjoyed ‘Rampart’ at an early screening back last month, and while it never had a firm release date, it always seemed to be headed for a 2011 run at nods for Woody Harrelson and the film itself.  Well, according to The Playlist, it’s hitting theaters in November.  Here’s the...

  • Film Reviews
    The Skin I Live In (***)

    Pedro Almodovar goes in a very interesting and different direction with his latest film ‘The Skin I Live In’.  I’ve always seem him more as a melodramatic filmmaker, making feature length soap operas almost than someone capable of what he does here.  Essentially, he’s tackling body horror, something I’d more associate with...

  • Film Reviews
    The Rum Diary (**½)

    Sporadically entertaining but wildly uneven, ‘The Rum Diary’ doesn’t live up to the hype by never being nearly as out there as it seems to want to be.  I know that Johnny Depp (who literally got the novel published and has spent about a decade getting this thing made) and writer/director Bruce...

  • Film Reviews
    The Three Musketeers (**)

    Easily the weakest version of this well liked story to date, ‘The Three Musketeers’ continues to confirm that filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson is incapable of making a movie that makes any sense at all.  I have no issue that he pretty much takes what he likes from the classic tale and leaves...

  • Weekend Openings
    Weekend Openings (October 28-30)

    DreamWorks Animation continues to replicate the formula for successful animated films this weekend.  Its competition being relatively weak doesn’t hurt either.  And, oh yes, the “Shakespeare didn’t write his own plays!” movie also opens.  Let’s take a look: Though the Shrek series has supposedly ended, its spin-offs are only getting started.  Puss...

  • Television
    TV Ratings (Oct 17-23)

    These are the Neilsen Television Ratings in millions for the week of October 17th-23rd. TOP 20 Viewers Last Week 1. NCIS CBS Tuesday 8pm 19.4 1 2. Dancing with the Stars ABC Monday 8pm 17.8 3 3. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS Tuesday 9pm 15.4 6 4. World Series Game 4 FOX Sunday 8:02pm 15.2...

  • Editor
    Oscar Circuit: “There’s always room for more”

    We are at the point in the season which Sasha Stone cleverly calls, the calm before the storm.  Films are opening in theaters, critics are getting to see what’s in serious contention, and voting groups are getting their screeners by the dozens soon enough. As I updated the Oscar Predictions this time...

  • Article
    Top Ten Films Inspired By Shakespeare

    So, Roland Emmerich.  Word is that he has a new film coming out about Shakespeare and how he was a fraud.  Personally, I find the revelation that critics are not overwhelmingly calling his newest a steaming pile far more groundbreaking than a crackpot theory that has not only been roundly debunked, but reeks of...

  • Film Reviews
    The Double (**)

    The new spy thriller The Double from writer/director Michael Brandt starring Golden Globe Winner Richard Gere and Topher Grace,  shows massive potential before ultimately failing to excite the audience as its predictable twists and turns create a flat line of a thrills and spills. Richard Gere plays “Paul Shepherdson,” a decorated CIA veteran who is...

  • Film Reviews
    Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (***)

    An unambitious indie documentary with a sunny disposition and charm to spare, ‘Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey’ is likely the lightest doc you’ll see in 2011, but it might also be the most pleasurable one you’ll see as well.  Documentarians Constance Marks and Philip Shane obviously have a lot of love for...

  • Film Reviews
    Margin Call (***)

    The rare film of this particular subject matter without an overt political axe to grind, ‘Margin Call’ is able to dive right into the financial collapse of 2008 without stopping to bash any one group.  The result of that is a rather smart drama, interested in details instead of politics.  In many...

  • Article
    Thoughts on “Shame” And That NC-17…

    Steve McQueen’s “Shame”, quickly becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the fall, received its expected NC-17 rating from the Ratings Board this week.  This was expected, championed even by Fox Searchlight, and the marketing team has its marching orders – get this film seen and make this the second...

  • Trailer/Clips
    Trailer #2: Hugo

    Behold the latest trailer for Martin Scorsese’s new film Hugo!

  • News
    MPAA Ratings Bulletin: No. 2195 (10/26/11)

    As a continuing feature here at Awards Circuit, here are the latest ratings provided by the MPAA Ratings Board – The Classification and Ratings Administration (CARA). In this edition, dated 10/26/11, the long-expected NC-17 arrives for Oscar hopeful “Shame”,  we learn whether Meryl Streep’s Margaret Thatcher biopic will play to a wider...