Steven Spielberg Will Preside as President over the Cannes Film Festival Jury

He wasn’t able to win his third Best Director Oscar last weekend, but Steven Spielberg has been chosen to head up the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival Competition Jury as a nice consolation prize. Spielberg competed for the Palme d’Or with his first film, The Sugarland Express, in 1974. That was the only time Spielberg competed […]

11 Flowers (***½)

A wonderful surprise from a little movie that could, Xiaoshuai Wang’s 11 Flowers is a beautiful look at the gifts Chinese cinema can provide.  A classy, poignant tale that resonates loudly and enchants the most tender parts of the human soul. The film takes place in 1975, the final year of the Cultural Revolution, telling […]

Circuit 3: Academy Changes

Now that we  have had a few days to recover from this crazy award season, let’s take a moment to reflect. This year so many unique things happened this awards season and many of them were derived from changes the Academy made. Of course like any change, there are sometimes problems along the way like the well […]

American Idol Recap: Sudden Death Round, Week 2 (The Girls)

I know last night’s episode of American Idol is going to send a lot of people running to the mad house, but to me the end result wasn’t very upsetting or surprising (with one or two exceptions). Yes, I’m certain it irritates people that the “chosen” contestants automatically get a ticket to the stools of […]

The End of Love (**½)

Mark Webber is quietly setting up a potential career as a triple threat. A known if hardly A-list actor, he’s also a writer-director and his sophomore feature ‘The End of Love’ is a showcase for his talents. Easily his best performance to date, Webber also shows some potential as a filmmaker, but honestly he’s not […]

Character Posters for Gosling, Cooper, and Mendes in ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’

Anyone else super excited about Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines? The film comes out March 29th and could potentially be the first great film (and first Oscar contender) of 2013. In the meantime, here are three French character posters for the film, which stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, and Ben Mendelsohn (a […]

An Epic Man: Hayao Miyazaki

If you know anything about animated movies, then you would know the name Hayao Miyazaki and the term Studio Ghibli. Famous for creating countless classics beloved by audiences of all ages and countries, Miyazaki is most well-known for creating the cute and spunky Totoro, a spirit of the forest that guides and take care of […]

Safe Haven (*½)

Despite it being the only thing I actually want to talk about in regard to ‘Safe Haven’, I promise not to spoil the twist that wraps up the conclusion of this latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation. Honestly, this film is just like all of the other movies made out of Sparks’ books, with the exception of […]

The Academy Awards: Best Dressed

Well this is it, the last hurrah. This year at the Academy Awards the actresses brought their A game when it came to the fashion. Making this list was difficult because a lot of the stars looked simply fantastic while few disappointed, which further proves this was a great year for Oscar. Here is my […]

In The End, Was It Always ‘Argo’?

Almost exactly a year ago, I mentioned Ben Affleck’s film Argo as a potential Best Picture winner at the 85th Academy Awards. We had just finished the prior season and with The Artist about to be crowned an Oscar winner, the staff of The Awards Circuit had turned our attention to this potential crop. I […]