Naturally compared to Ang Lee’s harrowing film The Ice Storm (1997), director Julie Dyer teamed up with sister and writer Gretchen Dyer attempt to bring an honest and emotional take on 1970′s suburbia in the morose and grim, The Playroom. Starring Academy Award Nominee John Hawkes, Molly Parker, and Olivia Harris, the story takes place in the attic where the four children of Martin (Hawkes) and Donna Cantwell (Parker) tell fantastical tales while their parents fall deeper in a drunken state downstairs with friends Clark and Nadia.
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Original Score is one of the most interesting categories year in and year out, with the list of films that were disqualified being almost as good of a list as the nominees. This year was not only a great year for film but film music, with the 5 nominees beating out many worthy adversaries to make it in the Oscar lineup.
The nominees are:
Anna Karenina – Dario Marinelli
Argo – Alexandre Desalt
Life of Pi – Mychael Danna
Lincoln – John Williams
Skyfall – Thomas Newman
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The Walt Disney Studios publicity team has issued a birthday card of sorts to honor our greatest president, while at the same time throwing in some last minute campaigning for Steven Spielberg’s film, Lincoln. Have a look at their sentiments toward our 16th President – and more notably the film – after the jump.
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Growing up, there were few things I liked to watch more than ‘The Simpsons’. It was absolute genius to me, especially those first classic seasons. Fast forward to 2012, and my favorite animated film of the year was Wreck-It-Ralph. Go figure, the director of that flick is also one of the early helmers of ‘the hit FOX show. That sure got me excited for the chance to chat with filmmaker Rich Moore when Disney presented the opportunity to me. We had a fun chat which you’ll be able to see below. We pick things up right after our introductions and chatter about my puppy Ben (no, he’s not named after Ben Affleck, though I get asked that a lot). Enjoy!
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This week we have a very diverse and high quality slate of films coming to DVD and Blu-Ray. There’s also one of 2012′s poorest features, but the good far outweighs the bad here ladies and gentlemen. Go figure, both the best and worst choices today are sequels, which doesn’t happen too often around here. There’s also one of the most beloved movies among the readers (and some staff members) of The Awards Circuit, so take note of that too. As for my top choice here, it really was a no contest. For my PICK OF THE WEEK, I opted to go with one of the most satisfying films of last year. It’s a franchise flick, but a top notch one. The flick I’m teasing? It’s: Read more on Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (2/12/12013)…