All posts tagged "Films"

  • Article
    A Remake-able Idea?

    I’m very much against Americans remaking foreign films because of the horrible results that come about; major...

  • News
    Bryan Cranston Reportedly Cast as Lex Luthor in ‘Man of Steel’ Sequel?

    I don’t think Bryan Cranston will drum up the same reaction that Ben Affleck did last week...

  • Article
    Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Preview

    Tomorrow morning, the Critics Choice Awards will bestow their nominees for the world to see.  While it might sound biased, I very much respect the organization’s choices more times than not.  While their known for predicting the outcome of the Academy Awards, they do reward powerful and eclectic cinema when everyone else seems to...

  • Film Reviews
    Lore (***½)

    Unlike the one-sided views of the tormented Holocaust victims and their suffering during Hitler’s terrifying reign, ‘Lore’ brings the audiences into the lives of a German family after the removal of Hitler from power. Winner of countless film festivals and an official selection for the 2013 Academy Awards in the category of Best...

  • Editor
    Oscar Question of the Day – Comedy is No Laughing Matter

    On the Awards Circuit Power Hour this week, one of our esteemed readers asked why David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook was not being considered the one to beat in the Oscar race?  Was it the comedy genre factor or the likes of Argo, Lincoln, and Les Miserables trumping its parade?  It...

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    Oscar Question of the Day – The Movie Musical

    With Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables about to seen by the first set of eyes this coming Friday, many pundits predict this could be the first musical nominated for Best Picture since Rob Marshall’s Chicago (2002). The question I pose to our readership today is which movie musical would you have nominated for...

  • Article
    Box Office (11.18.12)

    What an extravagant change in the charts! For most of the week, Skyfall (Sony) placed #1 daily and over all in American box offices, grossing over $117 million. Wreck-It Ralph (BV) managed to hold onto #2, followed by Flight (Par.) and then Argo (WB). Staying at #5, Taken 2 (Fox) is followed...

  • Editor
    This is 40 (***)

    Something has happened to Judd Apatow since he busted onto the scene with The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005).  Apatow has never had a real problem with entertaining and his writing has always been at the very least average to say the least if at times juvenile or unfocused.  In his newest...

  • Article
    Two Lead Contenders on Lionsgate Awards Plate

    When the Lionsgate Awards site went LIVE today and listed their slate of contenders involving Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Fisher Stevens’ Stand Up Guys, Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games, Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage, and J.A. Bayona’s The Impossible, I started to analyze how this year could pan out for...

  • Film Reviews
    Samsara (***½)

    A cinematographically brilliant documentary film meant to be a guided meditation filled with breathtaking landscapes and beautiful performances over the span of 58 countries, Samsara (2012) defines the world by its very meaning, impermanence. Referring to the life cycles in the ever-changing world we live in, Samsara contains a series of comparisons...

  • News
    New Look and Looking Forward To ‘Iron Man 3′

    A great poster for a story that needs no introduction. Well designed, giving nothing away, this poster is clear and to the point, without anything frivolous to distract the eyes, which are all on Tony Stark, as he looks on at his creations looking back at him. Like his suits of armor,...

  • News
    Andy Serkis to Make Directorial Debut in Animal Farm Adaptation

    Having mastered the ground-breaking art of motion capture acting in iconic character roles, Andy Serkis now turns his focus to directing.  The actor, whose memorable performances as the gargantuan King Kong, the intelligent Caesar from The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and of course, the legendary Gollum, plans to use...

  • Film Reviews
    The Four (****)

    Action packed, thrilling, and very beautifully shot, “The Four” takes the audience into the corrupt world of those who seek power attempting to overthrow those in power. Like an old story unfolding on the screen, the audience gets the lay of the land during the opening credits. Much like the beginning sequence...

  • Article
    Women in Horror: Janet Leigh

    Psycho is by far one of the best horror films ever made. Scream queen of the week, Janet Leigh, is one of the most memorable scream queens in the horror genre. Earning herself an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, Leigh was given the difficult task of aiding Alfred Hitchcock in...

  • Film Reviews
    The Flat (Multiple Reviews)

    Joseph Braverman (***) Director Arnon Goldfinger’s intensely personal documentary, The Flat, is recognizably manipulative in parts yet successfully rides on a wave of tension constructed around a moment in time that, when seen in shades of grey, could completely alter your take on history.  Centered on Goldfinger’s feverish unraveling of a dark...

  • Article
    31 Days of Horror: Terrible Tuesday Way to Die (Final Destination Franchise)

    It seems that the franchise route is the one that’s most popular for this weekly part of 31 Days of Horror, so far be it from me to deviate from a well liked plan. This time around at The Awards Circuit I’m going with the ‘Final Destination’ franchise, or the ‘Final Destination’...

  • 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...

  • Film Reviews
    Argo (****)

    In the mid-2000’s Ben Affleck was the last person I would have thought would change the course of his career and become one of the finest new directors in American cinema. Success came very quickly to Affleck, winning an Oscar for co-writing the screenplay to Good Will Hunting (1997) with his best...

  • Article
    31 Days of Horror: Quote of the Week

    From the 10th best film of all time The Strangers: Kristen: Why are you doing this to us?  Dollface: Because you were home. 

  • General
    Oscar Question of the Day – Can you reward the voice?

    With Seth MacFarlane recently awarded the prestigious gig of hosting the Oscars in February 2013, he becomes one of, if not, the first person to host the Oscars that got his start primarily in voice-over work.  MacFarlane voices Brian, Stewie, Quagmire, and Peter Griffin on FOX’s hit-show “Family Guy,” where he’s won...

  • Article
    Top 100 Horror Films: #100-51

    What makes a good scary movie? Some might think it’s all in how many times the jump or scream during a viewing, how many times they contemplate running to the bathroom during a gory scene, or the amount of sleepless nights they have after seeing the movie. Last year, Joey took a crack...

  • Article
    The Sun Has Set in the Eastwood

    After seeing Trouble with the Curve, at best a two star movie, with the Amy Adams performance the finest in the film, I think it is safe to say that there will be no Best Actor Oscar nomination for eighty two year old Clint Eastwood this year. It is simply not a...

  • Article
    What’s Anna Watching?

    Since my article two weeks ago, I’ve been quite busy watching Dexter. So busy I’m already on season six. My husband, who is ridiculously selfish, asked me to stop watching season six so he could watch too on his down time. So I did and instead rented a few movies from my...

  • Article
    NYFF: Uneven “Passion,” Solid “Bay,” and “Roman” Documentary

    Greetings again from the New York Film Festival! Today brought a trio of very interesting films (2 Main Slate selections and a Midnight Movies sidebar), and even if they were of varying degrees of quality, they still all had something to offer an audience. The slate consisted of Brian DePalma’s “Passion,” Barry Levinson’s...

  • Film Reviews
    10 Years (***)

    Seeking a home somewhere between ‘The Big Chill’ and ‘American Reunion’ (though far superior to its most structurally similar film ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’) in terms of high school reunion flicks, ’10 Years’ manages to be a charmer that succeeds because of the chemistry of its cast. The film is sometimes a...