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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]