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 that his brilliant […]

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 group including Cinematography […]

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 Playbook.  In his […]

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!

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 being rewarded in […]

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 in the directors […]

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 bringing that to […]

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 of the year. […]

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 animation feature is […]

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 it, is to […]

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 the images after […]

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 for science, who’s […]

Frances Ha

Frances Ha (★★★½)

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Noah Baumbach has really outdone himself in his newest film, Frances Ha starring Greta Gerwig, who also co-writes.  The film not only stands as one of the great films of 2012, it’s the best of Baumbach’s career.  The film is full of charm, spunk, and a massive amount of heart. Baumbach […]