April 15, 2013
March 12, 2013
Directed By: Steve McQueen
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhané Wallis, Scoot McNairy, Garrett Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Taran Killiam, Dwight Henry, Adepero Oduye, Bryan Batt, Alfre Woodard
Synopsis: 12 Years a Slave is based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington D.C in 1841 and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before his release. Read more on Awards Profile: 12 Years A Slave…
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March 9, 2013
In the immortal words of my Twitter account post-screening: “Evil Dead HOLY SHIT…I mean HOLY MOTHER FUCKING SHIT that was a fantastic movie.” Apologies to those who are offended by such language, but you are probably not the target audience this sadistically gory horror flick is going for anyway. Instead this blood soaked film is catering to those who like their gore gross and their films shocking. Evil Dead takes many of its cues from the original film but Fede Alvarez creates something entirely his own. In short, it’s easily the bloodiest studio film I’ve ever seen and a flat out riot to watch.
March 8, 2013
Directed By: Jean-Marc Vallée
Synopsis: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug taking, women loving, homophobic man who, in 1986 was diagnosed with full blown HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live. He started taking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved AZT, the only legal drug available in the U.S, which brought him to the brink of death. To survive, he smuggled non-toxic, anti-viral medications from all over the world, but yet still illegal in the U.S. Other AIDS patients sought out his medications forgoing hospitals, doctors and AZT. With the help of his Doctor, Eve Saks and a fellow patient, Rayon, Ron unintentionally created the Dallas Buyers Club, the first of dozens which would form around the country, providing its paying members with these alternative treatments.
Author: Nicole Melkonian
March 8, 2013
We’re finally off to see the wonderful wizard down the yellow brick road in Disney’s anticipated prequel to the classic American fairytale in Oz the Great and Powerful. Sam Raimi attempts another personal genre-buster, teaming up with James Franco again for this fantastical account of the origins of Oz from the same team that brought us Alice in Wonderland (2010). To replenish the stock of undepleted generic action flicks, Dead Man Down stars Colin Farrell opposite Terrence Howard in a revenge plot reminiscent of the widely panned Max Payne (2008) film. This weekend is a bit of a foreign affair with the additions of Beyond the Hills from Romania and The Silence from Germany.
March 5, 2013
SXSW is right around the corner so I’ve decided to give you all a Tuesday Top 10 treat from Terence (oh the alliteration!). Unlike Sundance, this film festival contains way more known properties and “bigger” indie films, but more than makes up for it with interesting programming choices. You can see my full schedule at this link but here’s a list of the top 10 films I’m anticipating the most! Read more on Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of SXSW…
February 24, 2013
February 24, 2013
The day is finally here. All the predictions, prognosticating, bitching, and moaning has led to this. The Academy Awards begins at 8:00 pm Eastern time tonight with the Red Carpet beginning at 7:00 pm. However, here we have a day full of great festivities for you to enjoy.
I’d like to thank you all for a great year of movie talk and look forward to discussing more with you for the 2014 ceremony. Year-In-Advance Predictions will be up on Tuesday with new articles and series to quickly follow. So don’t go away when the Oscars are over. We are talking Oscars, movies, and television all year long! ACCA 1999, our readership awards that go back in time to fix Oscars’ mistakes, will begin in early March.
I appreciate all of you that continuing to come back to read the site daily. If you feel compelled and generous to do so, running a big operation like this can be quite costly on minimal outside remedies like advertisements which we barely get. I’d ask all of our readers to contribute anything they can via the Donation tab on top or to by clicking here. Any contribution will help us continue to make The Awards Circuit bigger and better for 2013-2014 awards season! Thank you in advanced for your generosity. Read more on Happy Oscar Day! – A Day Full of Excitement…
Author: Nicole Melkonian
February 8, 2013
The winter movie drought continues this week with a meager sprinkling of notable new releases. The new Steven Soderbergh thriller, Side Effects, joins the dwindling fray, as does the crime comedy, Identity Thief, and Australian foreign film, Lore.
February 3, 2013
Author: Mark Johnson
January 24, 2013
Argo – Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained – Wylie Stateman
Life of Pi – Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
Skyfall – Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
Zero Dark Thirty – Paul N.J. Ottosson
When it comes to the Oscars, one of the questions I hear most often is what the heck is the difference between Sound Mixing and Sound Editing? So I figured I would start with explaining their differences first, before diving into the nominees for Best Sound Editing.
Do you all remember that split screen in 500 Days of Summer where we see the main character’s expectations vs. reality? Well my screening of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints was very much like what the main character went through. In my mind, Aint Them Bodies Saints was a thrilling yet poetic film that would put Malick to shame with a lot of meat for gifted actors to chew on. However, in reality, it was a plodding, dimly lit slog of a film that was more style than substance. Read more on SUNDANCE: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (**½)…
Episode 6 is in the books! In this episode we attempt to unravel the complexities of Shane Carruth’s newest film Upstream Color, describe our feelings towards The Spectacular Now (Joey loved it), Pit Stop (I loved it) and The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (it was average). We also get a bit into the Sundance acquisitions and talk about issue with critics walking out of screenings before the movie is up. Enjoy! Read more on Park City Dispatch – Episode 6: The Spectacular American Promise of the Upstream Color Pit Stop…
Stoker is a delightfully demented film that derives its pleasures from uncomfortable situations, shocking violence and magnetic characters. Chan-wook Park bring his trademark visual style to deliver a feast for the eyes. And yet despite this and some fabulous performances from Matthew Goode and Nicole Kidman, the plot never lets you embrace the film as fully as you might want. It’s an incredible film, albeit one that keeps you a bit at arms length when it should be wrapping you up in a creepy embrace.
Stories We Tell, the sterling documentary from Sarah Polley, is a delicately assembled exploration of a family and how the stories they tell weave together a complicated tapestry. Sarah Polley starts the film nimbly enough presenting all of the subjects, her family members and close family friends. But what starts out as a simple exploration of memory quickly blossoms into an examination of secrets, memory and the human condition. It’s mesmerizing filmmaking, a combination of acted archival footage, interviews and voice recording sessions that congeal together quite well. Read more on SUNDANCE: Stories We Tell (***½)…
January 22, 2013
No, the Chilean film recently nominated for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars, is an engrossing look at the power of the quest to unseat General Pinochet from power through positive tv ads during the 1988 plebiscite. Director Pablo Larrain and star Gael Garcia Bernal shed a light on a unique period in Chile’s history through a visceral style that engages your brain and your eyes as it takes you on a journey. Read more on SUNDANCE: No (***½)…
January 22, 2013
What a difference getting a full night’s sleep can make! Joey and I have been able to get two nights of at least 7 hours a sleep, which is a miracle at Sundance. To celebrate our good fortune, we’ve decided to give you two videos in one post. *fanfare* We talk about the gifting suites we got to attend, beverages we imbibed (Don Julio’s tequila) and more of the films you want to hear about like Stoker, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Before Midnight and S-VHS. Check out the videos after jump!
January 16, 2013
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January 12, 2013
Hello readers! Have you all recovered from the Oscar nomination announcements and Critics Choice Awards? It has been a whirlwind few days for the staff but we have even more good things on the way in the coming weeks because…the Awards Circuit is heading to Sundance! The Sundance Film Festival is one of the biggest festivals for independent cinema and in recent years, been a place where you could say you saw a Best Picture Oscar contender (Precious, Winter’s Bone, and Beasts of the Southern Wild, to name a few). Joey and I will be heading out to the snowy town of Park City, Utah to bring you all the news, reviews, and interviews you’re looking for.
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December 26, 2012
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Author: Joseph Braverman
December 20, 2012
When it comes to the difficulties of buying a gift during the holidays, sometimes it’s just best to go with what you know. Nearly everyone at one point has encountered The Simpsons, so why not satisfy your love of America’s favorite dysfunctional family by checking out the newly released 15th Season on either Blu-Ray or DVD? With popular episodes like “My Mother the Carjacker,” “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife,” and “Simple Simpson,” it’s hard to argue against the overall quality of the season. “The Regina Monologues” episode even topped A.V. Club’s 2009 list of “10 Best Simpsons Episodes from the Past Five Seasons.” The season’s partial focus on The War in Iraq — which had of course commenced that year (2003) — was a hot topic of discussion amongst fans, critics and even some higher-ups in government. Tony Blair’s vocal participation in “The Regina Monologues” caused somewhat of a controversy since his country, and America, expected him to fully invest every hour of his daily life towards the war effort in Iraq. This season is also infamous for showcasing the first real “acting” chops of Simon Cowell, whose television stardom thanks to American Idol was then at an all-time high. As always, revisiting The Simpsons in these Blu-Ray/DVD box sets means re-experiencing the year of its release. Beyond staying true to its timeless formula and poignant humor, The Simpsons Season 15 is as historically significant as a 2003 time capsule.
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December 17, 2012
Still one of the best films of the year and recognized by Joseph Braverman. He has recently been quoted on its FYC Ad for Best Picture. Congratulations Joseph! See the full page after the jump.
December 16, 2012
A&E is certainly delivering the goods when it comes to promoting their new series Bates Motel and it’s firmly planted on my list of must see shows for the coming year. The cabler has released a new trailer/behind the scenes featurette, catching us up with how the tale is being done for a modern audience, as well as highlighting the great cast. Check it out after the jump!
December 11, 2012
Suffering under the weight of the previous Lord of the Rings films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey tries really hard to be its own entity while still tying into the previous franchise. Unfortunately, this film is nothing more than an adequate filmmaking exercise that strikes most of the same beats as Lord of the Rings without any of the importance, epic scope or je ne sais quoi is that a movie has to have in order to be really successful. That’s not to say this is a bad film, just one that wants you to believe that it’s great based on sheer will, 48 fps, a long running time, and closeups of the cast.