• News
    Sundance Film Festival unveils its 2012 Competition Lineup!

    I always eagerly wait the announcement of the slate of films to play at Sundance, as it usually contains the next indie darling of next year.  Each year at least one or two flicks from the festival have me fall in love with them, and I expect next year to be no...

  • Trailer/Clips
    Trailer: Shame (Red Band)

    This definitely gives a sense of the harder nature of the film and certainly is Not Safe For Work…

  • Article
    Pitt Leaps in the Oscar Race with Earnest

    Up until the announcement of the New York Film Critics Awards, Brad Pitt had been fairly low on my radar in the Best Actor race. I thought perhaps a nomination for Moneyball might happen, maybe, a distant chance for a nod for The Tree of Life was a possibility. But a win...

  • Under the Circuit
    Under the Circuit: Ellen Barkin

    Ellen Barkin Born: April 16th, 1954 Place: New York City, New York Major Awards and Citations: Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (1997): Won Best Supporting Actress for ‘The Fan’ Chicago Film Critics Association (1990): Nominee for Best Actress for ‘Sea of Love’ and Best Supporting Actress for ‘Johnny Handsome’ Golden Globe Awards (1992): Nominee...

  • Article
    Scorsese and “Hugo” – Taking it Seriously

    Just a few weeks ago, no one was really talking Hugo (2011) or Martin Scorsese as threats in the Oscar race, but after the film’s release, and the excellent reviews it has been getting…it is now a very real part of the Oscar race, and a genuine threat to play spoiler to the...

  • Editor
    Carnage (***)

    Roman Polanski has created some of the most heart-wrenching and prolific films of the past four decades.  In his newest film, Carnage, Polanski examines two couples as they discuss an altercation between their two children all in real time.  Alan (Christoph Waltz) and Nancy (Kate Winslet), married with their son, have a...

  • Editor
    Oscar Circuit: What Happened Today?

    They bitched, they moaned, and after all this about David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo not being screened in time, the New York Film Critics ignore the film completely.  The big win of the day was Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist which landed a Picture and Director win respectively.  I felt...

  • Article
    Could “The Help” Win Best Picture?

    You bet it could. The film opened back in the summer and was very successful at the box office, along with critics and audiences, maintaining that trajectory up to this moment. Based on a bestselling novel, beautifully adapted and brought to the screen with no less than six Oscar caliber performances from...

  • Editor
    The Artist (****)

    When witnessing the evolution of film, it’s hard to grasp how it went from a seemingly simple concept of silent imagery into a loud, uproarious third dimension experience.  Michel Hazanavicius’ silent film The Artist plays homage to the origins of our cinema in a general manner while attaining a massive respect that can’t be...

  • Editor
    The Artist wins NYFCC Best Picture!!!!

    All winners are below! @NYFCC2011 Official Twitter of the 2011 New York Film Critics Circle http://www.nyfcc.com/ Best Picture – The Artist!!!! Best Cinematography – The Tree of Life!!!! Best Screenplay – Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin – Moneyball (Why isn’t Stan Chervin’s name listed? He’s just as much a part of it.)...

  • News
    Independent Spirit Award Nominations

    Best Feature: 50/50 Beginners Drive Take Shelter The Artist The Descendants Best Director category: Mike Mills (Beginners) Nicholas W Refn ( Drive) Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) Alexander Payne (The Descendants) Best Int’l Film: A Separation Melancholia Shame The Kid With a Bike Tyrranasaur

  • Article
    Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (11/29/2011)

    This week there’s a pretty big slate of movies hitting shelves for your purchasing/viewing pleasure.  It’s been a number of weeks since this many films have been recommendation worthy in my eyes.  To be fair, none of these blew me away, but there’s lots to like with this grouping, so I’m hardly...

  • News
    2011 Gotham Award Winners!

    Are we underway now?  If so, we start the 2011 Oscar season with a TIE?!?!?! Yep.  A tie.  Between two films that could not be more diametrically opposed to one another.  Mike Mills’ Beginners and Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life each get a tally mark for winning a Best Feature/Best Picture...

  • Editor
    Editor: NYFCC Predictions

    “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” The critics are about to dish out their favorite films of 2011 and what year it has been.  I spent the Thanksgiving holiday weekend catching up on a plethora of screeners, some I need to buckle down and review like Albert Nobbs, Carnage, and...

  • News
    R.I.P. Ken Russell

    Filmmaker Ken Russell passed away today, and I wanted to make sure mention was made of this on the site.  He may not be the most well known director ever, but he was important to the industry and revered in some circles for the rock opera ‘Tommy’.  Here’s an obituary from The...

  • Oscar Circuit
    New York Film Critics Circle History and Preview

    Originating in 1935, the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) have been a noteworthy player in the precursor Oscar season.  When reviewing their own website, they may seem to espouse a belief that their selections matter more than other critics’ groups, citing quotes from John Ford and John Huston indicating that awards...

  • Article
    Independent Spirit Awards Preview

    The Independent Spirt Award nominations are fast approaching and they’re one of my very favorite awards of the season.  Besides being s slightly edgier show, one of their many other charms is how unpredictable their nominee slate usually is, and I expect that to be the case again this year.  That makes...

  • Editor
    Snippet Reviews (Multiple Films)

    Martha Marcy May Marlene (***) Helmed by a powerful lead performance by Elizabeth Olsen, Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene dribbles right on the edge of thriller and suspense without coming off gimmicky.  Olsen evokes and drowns herself in her character keeping the questions right on the surface and not losing sight.  Though the...

  • General
    Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 11/27)

    Last week saw reviews of Arthur Christmas, My Week with Marilyn, Tyrannosaur, Into The Abyss and We Bought a Zoo. David Cronenberg Week spent the past few days looking back at the dangerous methods of the mad genius auteur, counting down the best films of his career, a Historical Circuit review of his masterpiece...

  • Film Reviews
    A Dangerous Method (**½)

    “Perhaps he has reached the stage where obedience is more important to him than originality.” This pointed criticism from the Russian psychoanalyst Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) is made in response to her therapist and lover Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) announcing his intellectual break from his professional mentor/rival Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and...

  • Film Reviews
    We Bought a Zoo (***½)

    There’s always been a bit of Billy Wilder in Cameron Crowe’s films, but this year with ‘We Bought a Zoo’ marks the first time he’s gone in the direction of Frank Capra.  The result is a very effective, if lightweight film that works to make you laugh and make you cry.  This...

  • News
    “The Dark Knight Rises” Prologue comes Dec. 21st

    Perhaps you’ve heard of a little film called ‘The Dark Knight’.  It came out a few years ago and did pretty well.  As such, a sequel called ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is hitting theaters next year, and will be debuting it’s opening sequence as a sort of expanded trailer, just like the...

  • Article
    Next Generation of A-Listers

    A lot has been written in the past few years about how the focus of tent pole films has moved from using big movie stars to utilizing well known and established brands.  The sequel or remake has become the new movie star.  That being said, A-list actors and actresses still exist, and...

  • News
    Another sequel to “Before Sunrise” is in the works?

    Before Sunrise is one of my favorite romantic films of all time, and somehow its sequel Before Sunset managed to be just about as good.  The chemistry between co-writers/stars Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke and with co-writer/director Richard Linklater works so well.  News has come via Vulture that another movie may be...