All posts tagged "American film directors"

  • General
    The Underestimation of the Lead Actor Brad Pitt in ‘Killing Them Softly’

    In 2007 no one saw the Best Actor nomination for Tommy Lee Jones in In the Valley of Elah (2007), it was one of those happy surprises that reminded us the acting branch really does watch the films and pay some attention. Way back in 1975 there was another such shock when...

  • General
    Why ‘Lincoln’ Can Still Win Picture…

    While Zero Dark Thirty, admittedly a brilliant, troubling film, has taken two of the major Best Picture and Best Director Awards, I am still a firm believer that Lincoln will take the Academy Award for Best Picture. Steven Spielberg I am less sure about, though the members of the Academy will acknowledge...

  • Editor
    McConaughey and Weisz Surprise with NYFCC, Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln take 3 awards

    The New York Film Critics have announced their winners for the best in cinema for 2012.  The East Coast group that awarded Best Picture to Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist last year chose the brilliant Zero Dark Thirty directed by Kathryn Bigelow.  The film won a total of three awards from the coveted...

  • Podcasts
    Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 29: Film Criticism, Lincoln’s Chances, Questions from Readers

    During the Awards Circuit Power Hour this week, the staff and I focus heavily on taking your questions that range from Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln to films that don’t age with grace in the cinematic world.

  • Festivals
    AFI Day 8: Silver Linings Playbook (***)

    Like other games played for the two possible outcomes of success or failure, life requires an ever-evolving collection of strategies for easier navigation.  For better or worse, these methods can’t be learned from books or theories, but best serve their purpose when picked up through practical application, as apparent in Silver Linings...

  • Television
    Lincoln Meets Louie on ‘SNL’

    Louie CK killed it on the opening monologue on last night’s “Saturday Night LIVE.”  One of the funnier sketches (and believe me, there were horrible ones), included a spoof of his own show, “Louie” in conjunction with Abraham Lincoln.  Did Steven Spielberg’s film get an endorsement from SNL? Check it out!

  • News
    Jodie Foster to Receive Cecil B. Demille Award from HFPA

    Two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster will be honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with their prestigious Cecil B. Demille Award.  Announced today by Simon Baker and Kristen Stewart,  Foster is the first woman to be awarded with the organization’s highest honor since Barbara Streisand in 2000.  Not only is she...

  • Article
    Directors Needing the Biopic Treatment

    With Hitchcock waiting release, and looking like it might nab Anthony Hopkins some Oscar attention for Best Actor, I got thinking about the history of the cinema and other great directors who deserve to have their stories told. Now, in fairness, the Hitchcock film is focusing on one aspect and one film...

  • Article
    The Chaneys and the Horror Legacy

    Born to deaf-mute parents Lon Chaney’s gifts for communicating without sound made him a natural for the silent screen. Though there were bigger stars than Chaney through the silent era, I am not sure there was a greater actor, meaning a pure actor capable of finding the truth in his character and...

  • General
    Community Reactions – Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’

    With Ben Affleck’s Argo opening up today, many of the readers will be flocking to the movie theaters to see if Affleck’s film holds water after spectacular reviews from festivals and critics alike. Watching it this morning, I agree that it’s the best film of Affleck’s directing career and possibly the best...

  • Film Reviews
    Frankenweenie (***)

    In a very minor way, filmmaker Tim Burton has recaptured some of the magic of ‘Ed Wood’ and ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ with his latest film ‘Frankenweenie’, an homage to old school horror as well as a feature length remake of his short of the same name. This black and white stop-motion...

  • General
    Oscar Question of the Day – Four-Time Oscar Winner

    Katherine Hepburn has the distinct honor of being awarded four Oscars in her lifetime, all for Best Actress in a Leading Role.  Hepburn won for Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967), The Lion in the Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond (1982). You mission, if you choose to accept...

  • Images
    New Poster and Stills for ‘The Lone Ranger’

    Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp will team up to tame the West in next year’s The Lone Ranger. We have some new images and a poster for the new film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Gore Verbinski. The trailer will debut on iTunes on Wednesday at 7 AM PST. Have a look at...

  • Editor
    Frankenweenie (***)

    Tim Burton returns to his roots of classic and clever animation with his newest, Frankenweenie.  Showcasing some beautiful 3-D animation and encompassing a cute, clever, and homage banner to the monster genre, Burton delivers his most solid effort since Big Fish (2003). Frankenweenie tells the story of Victor, a young boy with an aptitude...

  • Article
    Frances Ha (★★★½)

    NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Noah Baumbach has really outdone himself in his newest film, Frances Ha starring...

  • Article
    TIFF and the Aftermath

    So what now? With screenings finished, TIFF closed, and New York’s Film Festival looming, how will TIFF impact the Oscar race? Believe it or not it has already begun; in fact it was happening as TIFF was playing out. You could hear the chatter in the theaters, press rooms, and hallways as...

  • Trailer/Clips
    Halle Berry shines in the new trailer for “Cloud Atlas”

    A new and shorter trailer has premiered for the upcoming Cloud Atlas with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.  The film is directed by The Wachowski Siblings (The Matrix, 1999) and Tom Tykwer (Perfume: The Story of a Murder, 2006). The new trailer showcases a possible strong turn from Oscar winner Berry, who’s...

  • News
    “Stand Up Guys” with Pacino, Walken, and Arkin Get Qualifying Oscar Run

    Another potential Oscar player added to the books ladies and gentleman.  Stand Up Guys starring Academy Award Winners Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin are getting an Oscar qualifying run in December as the film is set to open wide January 11.  The film is directed by Fisher Stevens and produced by...

  • News
    Box Office Report (8.20.2012)

    Falling short of its precursor, but still strong enough to win a very competitive box office weekend, The Expendables 2 outshot the competition, scoring $28.6 million in its opening weekend.   Although again a co-author on the screenplay, Expendables mastermind Sylvester Stallone gave the director’s chair over to Simon West and critics, including...

  • Images
    First Official Image of Forest Whitaker in ‘The Butler’

    With The Paperboy set to hit cineplexes soon, Lee Daniels is hard at work on his next feature film, The Butler. Based on the Wil Haygood’s report “A Butler Well Served by This Election,” the film will tell the story Allen, who worked for eight presidents, starting with Harry Truman in 1952...

  • Article
    Oscar Tracking and Golden Globe Peaks

    Just as important as the Oscar Predictions of the Awards Circuit is the Oscar Tracker which I’ve neglected as of late.  I’ve made appropriate changes and additions as I see fit.  Official and Staff Oscar Predictions will be updated early this week in case you’re wondering.  I’ve also taken the liberty of updating the...

  • Article
    TIFF Golden Moments Part 4

    A star was born at TIFF in 2003. Part of one of the cinema’s most famous families, the Coppola’s, she had been brutalized by the critics for her performance in The Godfather Part III (1990), which in my world simply does not exist. Frankly she was not even the major problem with the film, thus I found...

  • Article
    Thoughts on TIFF’s Additions

    Well we don’t have Lincoln, but we do have The Master, as hoped, along with new films from Spike Lee, Brian De Palma, Lee Daniels, and Walter Salles.

  • Article
    TIFF Golden Moments Part 3

    As described in the superb nd telling book, The Men Who Would Be King the excellent story of Dreamworks and the inner power struggles, the studio brought American Beauty (1999) to the festival with little or no hope for the film. It seemed destined for a straight to DVD release, despite the...