Coming this October…31 Days of Horror!

Darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close at hand, creatures crawl in search of blood, to terrorize y’alls neighborhood…and website! While the leaves changing colors certainly means that we are at the beginning of Oscar season, the month of October also signifies the month where we get to indulge in the macabre, […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 9/30)

And the Oscar goes to…Homeland? Wait…what?! Oh, that’s right, I meant the The Emmys — only the second-most substantial entertainment awards ceremony of the year! The Awards Circuit was on hand Sunday to talk Emmys on our first LIVE Blog since the 84th Academy Awards in February. Not only was it an eventful night to […]

Battle of the Late Contenders – Hitchcock vs. Promise

As you all know, this year, like almost every other awards season, we’ve had a few party-crashers looking to shake up the slow march to the Oscar nominations by coming out a few months early. Sometimes they hit, like “Million Dollar Baby,” “Crazy Heart,” or “Slumdog Millionaire” but plenty of the time they wind up not making […]

Marc Webb will officially return to direct ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’!

It looks as though the issues that Columbia/Sony has worked out whatever issues were potentially going to come between Marc Webb and directing their sequel to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’. Webb owes a film to Fox Searchlight, but he’s not going to be held captive, so he’s back behind the cameras to work with Andrew Garfield […]

TV Review: Last Resort (***)

Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Karl Gajdusek (Dead Like Me) bring us ABC’s ambitious new thriller, Last Resort, which had its pilot episode premiere on Thursday night. While there are the usual plot holes and weak dialogue that seems to plague network television nowadays, the pilot delivered enough tension and drama to leave me thinking […]

TV Review: Downton Abbey (***)

Despite a mild backlash from a minority of rather high-profile critics, hit period drama Downton Abbey returned to UK television earlier this month for a much anticipated third run. Since its September 2010 debut, the record-breaking show has captivated viewers with its lavish production and soap opera storylines that juxtapose the upstairs-downstairs relationships between a […]

End of Watch (****)

Every once in a while, a film sneaks up on you and absolutely knocks your socks off. It’s hardly a rare occurrence these days, especially for me, but it’s happened again with ‘End of Watch’, a cop movie that I believe will go down as filmmaker David Ayer’s masterpiece. Now, I should mention that I […]

Community Reactions: Rian Johnson’s “Looper”

Rian Johnson’s newest Looper hits theaters this weekend.  I saw it yesterday after the screening of Life of Pi and one word came to mind after walking out, overrated.  Definitely entertaining but super long-winded and not so well-executed in a concept that is surely inventive.  Time travel stuff is cool but the Joseph Gordon-Levitt as […]

New Trailer for ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’

Perhaps no film has moved farther up in the Oscar race than David O. Russell’s adaptation of ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’. What was once considered an also-ran in Harvey Weinstein’s slate of awards contenders, it’s now arguably his best bet at a third Best Picture win in a row. Despite a debut Trailer that didn’t […]

The Impossible (***½)

A film that captures real life the way J.A. Bayona captures it in his newest film The Impossible is a rare occurrence in filmmaking.  Not only does he pay respect to the countless victims that were lost in the devastating tragedy, he makes artistic choices and liberties only the most seasoned directors can take.  Starring Academy Award Nominee Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, the film […]

Life of Pi (***)

New York Film Festival: There are a lot of positive and admirable things about Ang Lee’s latest Life of Pi.  Cinematographer Claudio Miranda captures the most uproarious and glorious shots captured this year thus far.  The 3D effects are some of the best ever seen and feel absolutely necessary in a film so heavy-handed with religious […]

Around the Circuit: September 22 – 28

It’s time to visit the week that was via our Around the Circuit piece, where we look back at articles that we feel are worth your time covering the Oscar race, new releases, or really just anything film related. Link(s) of the week: Kris Tapley, Guy Lodge, and Gregory Ellwood at In Contention go from […]

‘To The Wonder’ has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures!

Well, it’s looking like we can officially take ‘To The Wonder’ off of our 2012 Oscar predictions, not that the Early Reviews didn’t already suggest that. Terrence Malick’s film has gone without a buyer for a surprisingly long time, but that’s changed today as Magnolia Pictures has stepped in to pick up the movie for […]

Stars in Shorts (***)

Stars in Shorts is a film/television special (courtesy of Shorts HD) featuring a collection of seven shorts that famous (or should be famous) stars…well, you know…star in. If I haven’t reiterated that four-letter word enough yet, I hope you’ll catch my drift by the end of the review. The good news about the inconsistent, if […]