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 for Best Actress […]

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 films most discussed […]

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 hard time communicating […]

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 when I first […]

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 gifted women, dealing […]

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 denied.  The film […]

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.) Best Director – […]

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

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 complaining here.  For […]

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 prize. The Gotham […]

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 Coriolanus, but I’m […]

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 Hollywood Reporter that […]