Southside with You

Community: Who are your favorite movie presidents (real or fictional)?

Film history is chock-full of movie presidents, and this weekend, we get another depiction of a sitting president. However, unlike films like “Lincoln,” “W.,” or “Lee Daniel’s The Butler” this story far predates the president’s time in the Oval office. “Southside with You” tells the story of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama on their first date in the late 1980s. […]


Circuit 3: Best of the Decade… So Far

It’s hard to believe, but we are already halfway through the decade. It seems like just yesterday I was naming The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), No Country for Old Men (2007), and There Will Be Blood (2007) my three best films of the aughts. Obviously, there is a lot to choose from. Looking […]


Any Films Left for NYFF’s Secret Screening?

For the past two years now, the New York Film Festival has unveiled a previously unseen Oscar contender towards the end of the fest in their Secret Screening slot. Two years ago it was Martin Scorsese impressing the masses with Hugo and last year it was Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln managing to live up to the […]


Rick Carter to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Art Directors Guild Awards

Academy Award-winning Production Designer, Rick Carter, has been selected by the Art Directors Guild to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 18th annual Art Directors Guild Awards on February 8. Carter has been nominated four times, winning for his outstanding work in both Avatar (2009) and Lincoln (2012).  Here is the official release from […]

Winners of the ‘Lincoln’ Blu-Ray Contest!

Sorry it took so long.  The winners of our Blu-Ray/DVD contest of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is down below.  Please send your address information to the editor’s e-mail.  Go to the “About Us” section in the menu and select CONTACT EDITOR. Winners Are: Stephen Nettles (chosen by Terence) CW (chosen by Clayton) missionstatement1224 (chosen at random)

Circuit 3: Daniel Day-Lewis

I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the finest actor working today, and that by the time his career comes to an end, could be the greatest actor to ever grace the silver screen. Born April 29, 1957 in London, England, Day-Lewis is notoriously known for being an incredibly […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 3/31)

Hello again, Awards Circuit readers! I hope you all had an enjoyable week, be it celebrating Easter, Passover, or appreciating the simple joys derived from moviegoing. As usual, there was plenty to hunt for at the site this week, though we aren’t in the business of hiding anything worth entertainment value. We began the festivities […]

Oscars 2013: Will Win/Should Win (Hamer)

I knew this day would come, and it is with a sense of both excitement and sadness.  By the end of my long deployment, I will have earned the most difficult and significant achievement of my life – Surface Warfare Officer Qualification, and finally perform the mission that my ship and I have been training […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Director

And the nominees are: Amour – Michael Haneke Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin Life of Pi – Ang Lee Lincoln – Steven Spielberg Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell Ah, the film director: the man or woman behind the curtain. The director is the person responsible for the entire production – […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Mark Johnson)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Actor

Years from now when I think back on 2012 and what it had to offer, I’m sure the cinematic landscape that was presented will surely stick out as many directors and filmmakers pushed the thematic narrative with breathtaking visuals, stupendous performances, and uniquely driven story structures.  One thing that will be near the top was […]