Film Review: Spectre (★★★)

Film Review: Spectre (★★★)

In many ways, the modern incarnation of the James Bond character has finally collided with the classic 007 in Spectre. The result isn’t nearly the success that Casino Royale or Skyfall was, though this Bond flick is not without its charms (and much better than Quantum of Solace). Daniel Craig is more at ease with […]

Film Review: Southpaw (★★★)

Film Review: Southpaw (★★★)

The right casting can often make all the difference when it comes to a slightly generic film. In the case of Southpaw, while you can tell that this was initially designed as a starring vehicle for rapper Eminem (who contributes to the soundtrack instead), having Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead boosts this in a rather […]

AFI Fest: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (★★)

AFI Fest: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (★★)

I know, I know. I’m shocked too. The last thing I’d ever want to do is slam a film dedicated to the heroic liberator of South Africa, the beyond incredible Nelson Mandela. But unfortunately director Justin Chadwick has created a thoroughly average, lethargically paced, overly repetitive biopic that feels so much longer than its 146 […]

‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ to Screen for President Obama at the White House

‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ to Screen for President Obama at the White House

President Barack Obama will screen the Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, at the White House this Thursday, according to representatives from The Weinstein Company. Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, who play Nelson and Winnie Mandela, repectively, will be in attendance. Our next President, Hillary Clinton will host another screening of the film […]

TORONTO : ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ Puts Idris Elba in the Oscar Hunt!

TORONTO : ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ Puts Idris Elba in the Oscar Hunt!

One of the big question marks of the awards season is Justin Chadwick’s “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” in which the very underrated Idris Elba portrays South African former President, Nelson Mandela.  Listed on every pundits “in contention” lists for the year, no one really knew how good or bad the film could be.  Being […]

Oscar Circuit – Supporting Players Riding the Wave

Oscar Circuit – Supporting Players Riding the Wave

It’s happened nearly every year since I’ve followed the Academy Awards race this closely.  A performance is touted as THE performance of the year with no way they could lose when the envelope is opened.  Often times, the kick off happens at the Cannes Film Festivals, other times during Toronto.  Regardless, the Lead performer often […]

Awards Season Shuffle – Where Will Actors Be Campaigned?

Awards Season Shuffle – Where Will Actors Be Campaigned?

Moving in on these later summer days, the season is gearing  up for a loud and hopefully entertaining start with Telluride, Toronto, and New York Film Festival all coming in at just over a month’s time.  The staff and I weighed in our predictions, and I’ll probably do one more little tweak just before the […]

First Trailer for ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ Drops on Mandela’s 95th Birthday

First Trailer for ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ Drops on Mandela’s 95th Birthday

The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Distant Horizon have released the first trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba in the titular role. The date is no coincidence, as July 18 marks the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela (otherwise known as Nelson Mandela International Day). TWC has shown footage of the film to the United Nations […]

First Poster for ‘Mandela’ Showcases Idris Elba Front and Center!

The Weinstein Company looks to have another impressive slate of films hitting the stateside this upcoming awards season.  Naturally, AMPAS voters, as well as Oscar prognosticators, will be looking to them for strong acting contenders.  For the past several years, the Weinstein Company has produced at least one acting winner every year dating back to […]

Awards Profile: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Directed By: Justin Chadwick Written By: William Nicholson Cast: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, and Mark Elderkin Synopsis: There is no official synopsis released for this film yet, but it is based on the book “Long Walk to Freedom” by South African President Nelson Mandela.

Weinstein Company Acquires the Rights to the Nelson Mandela Biopic, ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’

Anytime TWC gets behind a biopic, its worth taking notice (just ask Meryl Streep). Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba will be playing the iconic figure, and Skyfall’s Naomie Harris will be playing his wife. After the jump you can have a look at the official press release for more information on the upcoming film,  Mandela: Long […]

Skyfall (***½)

After stumbling somewhat with ‘Quantum of Solace’, the Daniel Craig era of James Bond films has recovered spectacularly with ‘Skyfall’. Better even than ‘Casino Royale’, I’d actually wager that this could very well be the best Bond film ever. A phenomenally effective mix of old and new, this is exactly what I wanted out of […]

Skyfall (***½)

Since Daniel Craig took on the iconic role of the world’s most famous spy back in 2006 there have been some notable ups and downs. Casino Royale, to my mind at least, is one of the best Bond films of all time. Just as with Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye, it introduced us to a completely […]