San Diego Critics Select Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’

The San Diego Film Critics Society has named Argo the best film of 2012. Ben Affleck won the society’s Best Director award, Chris Terrio won Best Adapted Screenplay, and William Goldenberg won Best Editing for their work on the film as well. But the group’s selection for Lead Actress was the standout pick, in my opinion. Michelle […]

Trailergate: The Great Trailer Debate

There’s the infamous Watergate scandal; sports followers still get a kick out of Crygate; and Antennagate  briefly plagued Apple’s release of the iPhone 4.  Well, here’s a new one for you: Trailergate.  It’s completely made-up and involves no impeachable offenses or villainous superstar athletes, so bear with me while I set this up. DISCLAIMER: This […]

Las Vegas Film Critics Name ‘Life of Pi’ Best Picture

In the midst of the SAG and Golden Globe news that dominated the week, we missed the announcement of the Las Vegas Film Critics Society’s awards for the year. And being that they opted for something different from the early critical favorite – Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty – we felt it would be better late than […]

Weekend Openings: (12/14/2012)

The long-awaited (expected) journey back to Middle Earth finally sets off with the first installment of Peter Jackson’s imminent The Hobbit trilogy (still baffled as to how this turned into a hat-trick).  As Bilbo, Thorin, Gandalf and the rest of the Dwarves make their way to the Lonely Mountain, so too will the film soar […]

On the Road (***)

After what feels like just about an eternity, I finally saw ‘On the Road’ back in early October at one of the first screenings post Toronto. This is a film that’s been on the verge of release so long it’s almost become an annual joke between Clayton and myself about including it in predictions at […]

Sizing Up: Best Original Screenplay

We’re at the end of the line. Of course I’m speaking of none other than the making of early groupings of the hopefuls for each major Oscar category.  This is the last one for the season, and tackles the Best Original Screenplay race. I freely admit that my success rate is still to be ultimately […]