FYC Tracker (2012-2013)

This page keeps track of all awards screeners and materials that are sent throughout the awards season to Editor, Clayton Davis, who is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.  Ratings are added as films are watched with brief commentary.

*All ratings are on a four-star scale.*

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10/17/2012 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Judi Dench and Bill Nighy campaigned Lead.  Everyone else supporting (Fox Searchlight) (***)  Film is decent, merely forgettable.  Wilkinson shines.
10/20/2012 Smashed FYC – Picture, Ensemble, Actress, Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor (Sony Pictures Classics) (**½)  Too short.  Doesn’t develop enough.  Winstead carries mostly.
10/20/2012 Searching for Sugarman FYC – Best Documentary Feature; Also included (Sony Pictures Classics) (****)  One of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen about music.  EVER.
10/22/2012 Side by Side FYC – Best Documentary Feature (***)
10/23/2012 Bernie DVD Box Copy (***½)  Jack Black surprises as he puts all antics and mannerisms of himself aside.
11/02/2012 Safety Not Guaranteed FYC – All categories (**½)  Mostly drags with an interesting concept.  Mark Duplass gets most of my attention.
11/05/2012 Samsara FYC – Best Documentary Feature, Cinematography, Editing (***)  If Terrence Malick had physically had sex with
11/09/2012 Arbitrage FYC – Picture, Lead Actor from Lionsgate (***½)  Great ensemble, brilliant writing and directing.  Gere is especially good along with Nate Parker.
11/09/2012 The Sessions FYC – Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress from Fox Searchlight (***½)  Pleasant.  Hunt’s never been better.  Hawkes is feel-good.
11/09/2012 The Invisible War DVD Box Copy (***½)  Devastatingly real and very informative.
11/09/2012 Citadel TBD
11/09/2012 Beasts of the Southern Wild FYC – Best Picture, Actress, Supporting Actress, Cinematography – Fos Searchlight Pictures (***½)  Wallis is good but Henry is simply superb.  Cinematography stands out significantly.
11/09/2012 The Innkeepers Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Sound of Noise Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 V/H/S Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (**)
11/09/2012 The Magic of Belle Isle Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (**)  Freeman and Madsen wasted.  Dreary, predictable story.
11/09/2012 Nobody Walks Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 The Hunter Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Headhunters Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Deadfall Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 360 Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (*)  Rough, rough, rough.  Couldn’t even finish it.
11/09/2012 Compliance Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (**)  What Ann Dowd does right, the rest of the film does wrong.
11/09/2012 Take this Waltz Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (***)  Interesting following of a woman and her relationship(s).  Williams continues to prove her talents.
11/09/2012 God Bless America Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Queen of Versailles Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 2 Days in New York Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (***)  Chris Rock shows some true acting range while Delpy’s fumbled script does provide some warming moments and laughs.
11/09/2012 Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Beyond the Black Rainbow Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Marley Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (***)  Overlong but almost necessary to give insight into one of music’s greatest legends.
11/09/2012 The Good Doctor Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (**)  Orlando Bloom is surprisingly dark and enriched.  Film doesn’t offer any real place to go.
11/09/2012 Jack & Diane Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack (**)  Boring, unimaginative, Juno Temple wasted.
11/09/2012 I Wish Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 A Royal Affair Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Goon Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Jiro Dreams of Sushi Part of Magnolia Pictures Pack TBD
11/09/2012 Red Hook Summer FYC – Picture, Director, etc. (***½) Spike Lee creates honesty and raw intensity featuring a powerful performance by Clarke Peters.
11/09/2012 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Soundtrack and Score also sent. (**) While it looks fine, story and overdeveloped concept hurts it.
11/13/2012 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Best Animated Feature TBD
11/14/2012 The Imposter Best Documentary Feature TBD  Screener didn’t work.  Awaiting replacement.
11/14/2012 Shut Up and Play the Hits From Oscilloscope TBD
11/14/2012 Hello I Must Be Going Best Actress – Melanie Lynskey – From Oscilloscope (**)  Melanie Lynskey can’t save the film from boredom. Poorly paced.
11/14/2012 Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best From Oscilloscope TBD
11/14/2012 Tchoupitoulas From Oscilloscope TBD
11/14/2012 Only the Young From Oscilloscope TBD
11/14/2012 Wuthering Heights From Oscilloscope TBD
11/14/2012 28 Hotel Rooms From Oscilloscope TBD
11/14/2012 Booker’s Place From Tribeca Film TBD
11/15/2012 The Rabbi’s Cat GKIDS (***)  Very heavy in subject matter but witty and charming.
11/15/2012 Le Tableau GKIDS TBD
11/15/2012 Zarafa GKIDS TBD
11/15/2012 Bad 25 Documentary Feature TBD
11/15/2012 The Deep Foreign Language Film TBD
11/15/2012 Bernie (2nd Copy) See Above (***½)
11/17/2012 Amour From Sony Pictures Classics (****) Heartwrenching with two leads that were born to act together. Could be the year’s best film.
11/17/2012 West of Memphis From Sony Pictures Classics – FYC Best Documentary (****)  Superbly paced, marvelously told, and exquisitely directed by Amy Berg.
11/17/2012 This is 40 From Universal Pictures – FYC All categories (***) Judd Apatow’s most mature outing as a writer/director with Leslie Mann shining once again. Terrific original song.
11/17/2012 Snow White & the Huntsman From Universal Pictures – DVD copy (**) Might sound shallow but I only like it for its looks.
11/17/2012 Savages DVD copy TBD
11/21/2012 Frankenweenie FYC – Best Animated Feature (***) Burton back to what he does best; great animation, clever story
11/21/2012 Argo FYC – Every category (****) Ben Affleck’s most technically sound. Also, one of his best performances.
11/21/2012 The Dark Knight Rises (***½) Terrific ending to a great franchise. Nolan’s direction shines once again.
11/21/2012 ParaNorman FYC – Best Animated Feature (***)  Stunning animation with some over-the-top funny moments.
11/21/2012 Ted Blu-Ray Copy (*** So awesome in every sense of the comedic word. MacFarlane is a force to be reckoned with in the cinematic world.
11/21/2012 On the Road FYC – All categories (***) Superb writing featuring Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund at their best.
11/21/2012 Anna Karenina FYC – All categories from Focus Features (**½)  Keira Knightley and Jude Law are fine but the film ultimately loses focus and its ambition is completely loss in a dreary story and script.
11/21/2012 The Eye of the Storm From Sycamore Entertainment Group TBD
11/21/2012 Brave FYC – Animated Feature and others from Disney (***) Smooth animation, not so smooth writing or characters.
11/21/2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower FYC – From Summit Entertainment (***½)  A star is born in Logan Lerman.  Stephen Chbosky’s tender touch on the material is even more impressive.
11/21/2012 The Impossible FYC – From Summit Entertainment (***½) Heartbreaking story featuring Naomi Watts in a career best performance. Big contender.
11/21/2012 Moonrise Kingdom FYC – From Focus Features (***½) Wes Anderson does it again with a quirky story and two outstanding young leads.
11/21/2012 Cloud Atlas FYC – From Warner Bros. (***) Ambitious but OVERLY ambitious. Doona Bae slays her role in the best breakout turn of the year.
11/21/2012 Room 237 FYC – Documentary Feature from IFC Films TBD
11/21/2012 The Central Park Five FYC – Documentary Feature from Sundance Films (***½)  Exposes the ugly of our legal system while witnessing the loss of innocence and youth.  Near brilliant.
11/21/2012 Mighty Fine No information given TBD
11/21/2012 Magic Mike DVD Copy (**) While Matthew McConaughey entertains, everything around him is stale, sluggish, and unoriginal.
11/21/2012 Act of Valor DVD Copy TBD
11/21/2012 Delhi Safari FYC – Best Animated Feature TBD  Screener didn’t finish.  To be continued…
12/02/12 Rust & Bone FYC – All Categories (***) While Cotillard impresses, Schoenaerts steals the show. Problematic in places but overall good.
12/02/12 Trial By Fire: Lives of Re-Forged FYC – Documentary TBD
12/02/12 The House I Live In FYC – Best Documentary TBD
12/02/12 Bully FYC – Best Documentary TBD
12/02/12 The Intouchables FYC – Foreign Language Film TBD
12/02/12 Flight FYC – All Categories (***½) Denzel Washington, John Goodman, and Kelly Reilly impress and John Latins screenplay is impressive in places but misses on opportunities in others.
12/02/12 Quartet FYC – All Categories TBD
12/02/12 Mirror Mirror FYC – Best Costume Design TBD
12/02/12 Ginger & Rosa FYC – All Categories (**) Elle Fanning is fine but the film certainly is not.
12/02/12 Mighty Fine TBD
12/02/12 Brooklyn’s Castle TBD
12/02/12 Silver Linings Playbook FYC – All Categories (***½) Bradley Cooper does his finest work and DeNiro hasn’t been this good in years. Russell elevates his skills in some areas while shows his weaknesses in others.
12/02/12 Seven Psychopaths FYC – All Categories (***½) Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, and Woody Harrelson shine like other. McDonagh’s script is impressive but does female counterparts no favors.
12/02/12 A Late Quartet FYC – All Categories TBD
12/02/12 Halloween Party FYC – Original Song (s) TBD
12/02/12 Lincoln FYC – All Categories (In the most beautiful packaging of any FYC screener ever) TBD Uploaded (***½) Tommy Lee Jones and James Spader steal the show while Tony Kushner and Steven Spielberg produce their finest works. Historical, emotional, and surprisingly humorous.
12/02/12 Les Miserables FYC – All Categories (****) No comment (yet)
12/02/12 Wreck-It Ralph FYC – Animated Feature and Song (***) Great animation. Terrific beginning and end. Rough middle-patch. Love the Original song.

Links to Awards Sites for Studios

Walt Disney  http://disneystudiosawards.com/
Sony Pictures Classics  http://www.sonyclassics.com/awards-information/
Warner Bros.  http://warnerbros2012.warnerbros.com/screenings/main.php
The Weinstein Company  http://twcguilds.com/
Dreamworks Studios  http://www.dreamworksawards.com/
Fox Searchlight Pictures  http://www.foxsearchlight.com/awards/
Lionsgate  http://www.lionsgateawards.com/
20th Century Fox  http://www.foxscreenings.com/
Dreamworks Animation  http://www.dwaawards.com/
Focus Features  http://www.focusawards2012.com/
Paramount Pictures  http://www.paramountguilds.com/
Sony Pictures  http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/academy/guild/
Universal Pictures  http://www.universalpicturesawards.com/
Relativity Media  http://www.relativitymedia.com/awards/