The Artist and Oscar – Really?

Seldom have Kris Tapley (www.incontention.com) and I agreed so completely on a film`s merit and its chances for Oscars as we have on The Artist, the...

I’m Thankful For…

I’m a lot more grateful this Thanksgiving than in previous ones.  Though I am away from my family this year, I have never felt...

Best Movies about Thanksgiving

Is there a less filmed holiday than Thanksgiving?  Turkey Day seems to have gotten the shaft when it comes to exploiting it for cinema....

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy…Oscar?

A few days ago I was lucky enough to be invited to participate in the press junket for 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' in a...

Top Ten Martin Scorsese Films

What more can be said about the works of Martin Scorsese?  He's a master, undeniably.  To just go over his works film by film...

Olivier — Hugely Over Appreciated

Acting is supposed to be a replication of life. We know its pretend, we know its play acting but we give over our suspension of...

Spielberg – The Greatest?

In my upcoming book, Steven Spielberg: American Film Artist, I make the argument that Spielberg has evolved into not only one of the greatest...

Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (11/22/11)

This week we have one really good film coming out along with a whole host of decent fare to go with it.  Quantity wise,...

Top Ten David Cronenberg Films

Our first installment of David Cronenberg Week counts down my favorite films of his.  As I mentioned yesterday, Fast Company is the only Cronenberg...

David Cronenberg Week!

As many of you are well aware by now, A Dangerous Method is seeing its theatrical premiere this Wednesday.  And as I’m sure you...

Awards Calender

Since the Awards Season is near, I am here to make sure everybody is up to speed on when nominations will be announced and...

Demian Bichir: From Guacamole to Oscar?

Recently I was at a lunch for 'A Better Life' where the featured guests were director Chris Weitz and Oscar hopeful star Demian Bichir....

The Best of Marilyn Monroe

To begin with, let's be clear, Marilyn Monroe was a movie star who wanted to be taken seriously as an actress, but lacked the dramatic skill...

Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (11/15/2011)

This week, one of my very favorite films of the year so far comes to Blu-Ray and DVD, along with an excellent flick I...

Can Woody Land in Best Director?

Though I suspect the Best Director category will be overflowing with talent this year, and the usual group of excellent achievements left out, there...

Sizing Up the Adapted Screenplay Field

We’re coming to the end of the first part of an annual tradition for me here at The Awards Circuit, which is of course...

“The Help” competing as a Comedy at the Golden Globes?

I'm not sure how many of you caught this yesterday, but I wanted to make sure I shared it regardless.  My colleague Scott Feinberg...

Best Performances in Eastwood’s Films

Admittedly Kris Tapley over at Hit Fix beat me to this, though I have been tooling around on it for a week or so. Actors...

Oscar Hosts Possibilities

Obviously, it's no secret that there's been a lot of news in the past few days about the Oscar ceremony, when normally we're just...

EASTWOOD — AMONG THE ELITE

Had anyone in the seventies suggested to me that Clint Eastwood, at that time best known as the renegade detective in Dirty Harry (1971)...

Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (11/8/2011)

This week, well...we have a down week for me, no doubt about it.  Now, I grant you that if you're a fan of a...

Top Ten People in Need of Biopics

The imminent release of Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar reminds us that almost no form of cinematic drama is more tried-and-true than the biopic.  There is an...

CLOONEY — FULL TIME ARTIST

"I think, I hope, my work has gotten better through the years", smiled George Clooney at TIFF this year, "some of my early performances...

On Great Biopics

With J. Edgar and The Iron Lady likely to play big roles in the upcoming awards season and Oscars, I though a look at...

Sizing Up the Best Supporting Actress Race

Here we are at part 6 of my series of articles that deal with how to rank the chances of the various Oscar contenders...

Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (11/1/11)

This week, we again have a medium to large group of films hitting shelves to choose from, but again the strength of movie is...

“Torture Porn” – Is it True?

A lot of people like to throw around the phrase "torture porn" to describe particularly violent horror flicks.  In fact, my recent piece on...

Simplicity of Mel

Recovering addict and one time Hollywood bad boy Robert Downey Jr. recently spoke at an awards function and asked the audience about forgiving Mel...

Top Ten Films Inspired By Shakespeare

So, Roland Emmerich.  Word is that he has a new film coming out about Shakespeare and how he was a fraud.  Personally, I find...

Thoughts on “Shame” And That NC-17…

Steve McQueen's "Shame", quickly becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the fall, received its expected NC-17 rating from the Ratings Board...

Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (10/25/2011)

This week, we have one of the more diverse groups of films coming out in recent memory.  It literally goes from a well liked...

Sizing Up the Best Supporting Actor Race

We come now to part 5 of my series of articles that deal with how to rank the chances of the various categories of...

The Greatest Horror Films of All Time…

Perhaps the least acknowledged/respected category by the Academy and film aficionados in general, horror films are actually one of the most fertile playgrounds for...

Comedy…It’s a Funny Thing

Comedy...something the Academy Awards haven't normally warmed up to in its 83 year history.  When Oscar goes for comedy it's usually in a "dramedy"...

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