• Circuit Considerations
    Circuit Consideration: Hunter McCracken for “The Tree of Life”

    For Your Consideration: Best Actor in a Leading Role Film: “The Tree of Life” Director: Terrence Malick Writer: Terrence Malick Realistic Nominations: Picture, Director, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects Oscar Scene: “Father, mother, always you wrestle inside me.” Say what you will about Terrence Malick’s “The Tree...

  • Weekend Openings
    Weekend Openings (December 30-January 1)

    New Year’s Eve weekend is a no-show for wide releases, and is even somewhat bare in quantity of limited releases (though quality is a different story).  Let’s saddle up and see what we have to work with… For Oscar-watchers, the most important new release of the year is arguably The Iron Lady, Phyllida...

  • Film Reviews
    War Horse (**½)

    At its core, War Horse is a heartfelt story about a young man and the bond he creates with a horse who reciprocates that bond.  The film is beautifully shot and looks stunning on the big screen, as Steven Spielberg reminds us just how the art of making motion pictures comes incredibly...

  • Film Reviews
    A Separation (****)

    Believe the hype, ladies and gentlemen.  Asghar Farhadi’s flawlessly-written and acted domestic drama A Separation really is as amazing as you’ve heard.  The film is a multi-faceted account of one conflict and the snowballing of harrowing consequences that happen as a result, serving as both ingenious character study and urgent social commentary...

  • Circuit Considerations
    Circuit Consideration: Lynne Ramsay for “We Need to Talk About Kevin”

    For Your Consideration: Best Achievement in Directing Film: “We Need to Talk About Kevin” Director: Lynne Ramsay Writer: Lynne Ramsay & Rory Kinnear Realistic Nominations: Best Actress (Tilda Swinton) Oscar Scene: Kevin’s bow (after the massacre). Few women find themselves in Oscar’s conversation for Best Director. Most recently we saw Kathryn Bigelow...

  • Film Reviews
    13 Assassins (***½)

    I should disclose right off the top that I am no fan of Takashi Miike.  While I know of several very intelligent, legitimate movie buffs who respect him as a director, and there is a grudging admiration I have for his defiantly individualistic style of filmmaking, I have always found his excessively cruel and gruesome...

  • Under the Circuit
    Under the Circuit: Michael Fassbender

    Michael Fassbender Born: April 2nd, 1977 Place: Heidelberg, Germany Major Awards and Citations: BAFTA Awards (2009): Nominated for the Rising Star Award British Independent Film Awards (2008): Won Best Actor for ‘Hunger’ British Independent Film Awards (2009): Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for ‘Fish Tank’ British Independent Film Awards (2011): Won Best...

  • Film Reviews
    Hugo (**)

    It’s one thing to write a negative review of a film with very little passion or originality behind it (The Adjustment Bureau) or a film intent upon making itself hateful (The Descendants).  It’s quite another to knock a movie that comes from a place of love.  I admire and respect Martin Scorsese’s...

  • Film Reviews
    Project Nim (****)

    Oscar-winning director James Marsh’s documentary Man On Wire was an exhilarating and surprisingly emotionally affecting film about one man’s insatiable desire to overcome the most unthinkable of obstacles.  In documenting tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s wirewalk between the World Trade Center towers in 1974, Marsh used archival footage and clever recreations to map...

  • Film Reviews
    Declaration Of War (***½)

    One of the more interesting films I have encountered in recent memory is France’s 2011 selection to compete for the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 2012 Academy Awards, Declaration Of War.  Declaration Of War takes a nightmarish experience and presents that story in a wholly unique and fascinating way.  For...

  • Precursors
    American Society of Cinematographers’ Television Nominees

    Via Sasha Stone @ Awards Daily HBO Leads Nominations with Programs in All Three Categories Nominees in the one-hour Episodic Television Series/Pilot Category are: David Franco for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (“To the Lost”) Jonathan Freeman, ASC for Boardwalk Empire (“21″) David Katznelson, DFF, BSC for PBS’ Downton Abbey (Pilot) John Lindley, ASC for ABC’s Pan Am (Pilot) David Stockton, ASC...

  • Film Reviews
    Sleeping Beauty (***)

    Anyone who describes Julia Leigh’s almost startlingly assured debut film as erotic either hasn’t seen the film or has some seriously deranged kinks, as sexiness is the last thing that this film invokes (In fact, there are no actual sex scenes in the entire film).  It is so precisely visually controlled and...

  • Circuit Considerations
    Circuit Consideration: Mel Gibson in The Beaver

    For Your Consideration – Best Actor – Mel Gibson Film: The Beaver Director: Jodie Foster Screenplay: Kyle Killen Realistic Nominations: None Oscar Scene: The first chat with The Beaver Absolutely no one bothered to see Mel Gibson in The Beaver.  It’s a shame really, since he gave one of the 5 best...

  • News
    Television Midseason Premiere Dates Announced!

    The new premiere dates for the midseason shows (Jan. thru May) have finally been announced to the public. I, for one, cannot wait to see what the new series’ have to offer. I am most looking forward to Alcatraz and Smash, two shows that are produced by two of the biggest names...

  • Precursors
    Phoenix Film Critics Love ‘The Artist’

    TOP TEN FILMS OF 2011 (in alphabetical order) “The Artist” “The Descendants” “Drive” “The Help” “Hugo” “Midnight in Paris” “Moneyball” “My Week With Marilyn” “Super 8″ “The Tree of Life” BEST PICTURE “The Artist” BEST DIRECTOR Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

  • News
    Academy “CELEBRATES THE MOVIES” as Poster Art Kicks Off OSCAR® Campaign!

    Read the Press Release and See the Full Poster after the jump.

  • Precursors
    Austin Film Critics Go for ‘Hugo’ and ‘Drive’

    Read the Press Release below with the full list of winners: December 28, 2011 (Austin, TX) – The Austin Film Critics Association today announced its 2011 awards, with Martin Scorsese’s ode to classic cinema, HUGO, winning Best Film. It lead a group of awards that AFCA Founder and President Cole Dabney called “a...

  • Circuit Considerations
    Circuit Consideration: Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life

    For Your Consideration – Achievement in Directing – Terrence Malick Film: The Tree of Life Director: Terrence Malick Screenplay: Terrence Malick Realistic Nominations: Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing/Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Picture To the surprise of some, Terrence Malick’s challenging, divisive and indispensable spiritual odyssey has stayed...

  • Article
    The future A-list directors?

    My recent article that went up at the site a few weeks ago on the next generation of A-list actors and actresses got me thinking…what about the directing side of things?  That, and it was requested by you the reader, so there’s that too.  Anyway, on to this subject…the future directing stars...

  • Article
    Re-Thinking ‘The Tree of Life’

    In 1992 my wife and I went out to a movie, our first since the birth of our first child Aurora. We were nervous about leaving the baby with a sitter, but knew that this had to happen at some point, so we took the plunge. Sherri had always gone to the...

  • Television
    Worst TV Shows of the Year: #1

    Here we are folks. I have listed Two and a Half Men, The Playboy Club, How to be a Gentleman and H8R as my top 4 worst shows on television this year. Many of you may disagree and suggest that others were worse but hey, this is my countdown. But here we...

  • Blu-Ray/DVD
    Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (12/27/2011)

    This week we close out the 2011 DVD column with a whimper instead of a bang.  Yes, this week is another one of those down weeks, but luckily it comes after a rather terrific one, so it’s folly to complain too much.  We always bounce back here, so no one worry!  That...

  • News
    Critics Choice Awards Promo!

    The Broadcast Film Critics are gearing up for our awards show kick off, the “Critics Choice Awards” airing LIVE on Thursday, January 12th on VH1 and on Super Channel in Canada.  Make sure you tune in!  The show will be hosted by Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel. Here’s a promo for the...

  • Circuit Considerations
    Circuit Consideration: Dan Fogelman

    For Your Consideration: Best Original Screenplay Film: “Crazy, Stupid, Love” Director: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa Screenplay: Dan Fogelman Realistic Nominations: None Oscar Scene: Cal: How about we say what we want on three? One, two, three. Emily: I want a divorce. Cal: Creme brulee. The summer film...