Awards Speculation: Female-Centric Films to Look Forward To in 2017

Every year, news outlets point to a film or media study to underscore the case that the entertainment industry is overcoming systemic practices of sexism. Last year, the female-led “Ghostbusters” reboot got people excited about the progressive steps studios were taking to end patriarchy in Hollywood. Around the same time, journalists were quick to point […]

A Remake-able Idea?

I’m very much against Americans remaking foreign films because of the horrible results that come about; major tanks that deserve mentioning include ‘The Departed’ which was inspired by ‘Infernal Affairs’ (2002) and ‘Godzilla’ (1998). That is to say, I’m not against foreign films inspiring American films. When the term ‘remake’ is used, most people think […]

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 about his casting.  Cosmic Book News is reporting the Emmy-winning star of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” has been cast as Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s upcoming sequel to Man of Steel that will feature Superman and Batman sharing a […]

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 be ignoring. Last […]

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 Foreign Language Film, […]

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 seemed unanimous that comedy […]

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 Best Picture but […]

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 by Cloud Atlas […]

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 film This is […]

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 smaller films that […]

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 between desolate images […]

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, that which keeps […]

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 his familiarity with […]

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 of credits for […]

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 changing film. Up […]

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 family secret that’s […]

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 […]

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 friend Matt Damon, […]

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 an Emmy Award […]

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 at creating a […]

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 local red box. […]

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 “The Bay,” and the […]

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 bit of a […]

TIFF: Byzantium, The Iceman, and To the Wonder

BYZANTIUM (***)…A rock solid Gothic horror film, looking for distribution Byzantium is a vampire thriller unlike any I have seen. Two women with a secret, the vicious and sexual Clara (Gemma Atherton) and Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan), a thoughtful young woman, move from town to town hunting prey realizing with a genuine terror that they too […]

Clip & Poster for the TIFF film INESCAPABLE

As the Toronto Film Festival gets ready to gear up, many films without US distribution or release date start poking their heads out. Writer/director Ruba Nadda’s new film INESCAPABLE starring Alexander Siddig (CAIRO TIME), Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson is scheduled for a showing. Check out the clip below along with the poster. The film […]

Is there “Magic” in McConaughey’s Oscar Campaign?

Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike received some of the most surprising and welcoming reviews of 2012 so far.  At first, the film emotes a trashy, boy-stripper film with no brains and the distant cousin of Paul Verhhoeven’s Showgirls (1995).  However, this sensitive and smartly written film has been one of the most profitable films of the […]

Some thoughts on the Upcoming, “Lincoln”

Remember Munich (2005)? God, in late August and early September many film critics and Oscar writers (including myself) were predicting it would win Best Picture and a third Best Director Oscar for Spielberg. In fact, if I remember right, it was as though no other films were even in contention that year. Of course come […]

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 casting of Kevin […]

Shia LaBeouf is in talks to co-star in ‘Nymphomaniac’

When it comes to Lars von Trier and his movies, it’s wise to just expect the unexpected from him. He’s constantly doing unique thing, and The Hollywood Reporter says here that one of his oddest decisions could be just around the corner. He might be casting Shia LaBeouf in his next film, the erotic drama […]

Bob Hoskins Retires due to Parkinson’s Disease

Normally I don’t report any retirements too often.  Peter O’Toole, Clint Eastwood (allegedly), all are great actors that have had their time in the sun. Bob Hoskins, the great British actor has announced that he will be retiring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  Hoskins, who was nominated for his brilliant performance in Neil Jordan’s […]