Top 10: Best Documentaries of the Millennium

This weekend, Disneynature will release it’s latest wilderness adventure documentary, “Born in China,” as a way to celebrate Earth Day. The doc, narrated by John Krasinski of “The Office,” follows three animal families on an epic adventure through the wilds of China. Capturing the profoundly intimate moments and glorious landscapes we’ve grown accustomed to in […]

Writers Guild of America Award Predictions – ‘Hustle’ vs. ‘Her’

The Writers Guild of America will bestow their honors this weekend.  Naturally, we have some Oscar overlay but we’ll be looking to the guild for one answer and one answer alone: how strong is David O. Russell‘s American Hustle?  The exact Oscar nominees for Best Original Screenplay are nominated by the Writers Guild.  We are […]

‘All is Lost’ Positioned for Oscar Race, ’12 Years a Slave’ Debuts Strong

This weekend the Oscar juggernauts that are J.C. Chandor‘s “All is Lost” and Steve McQueen‘s “12 Years a Slave” opened in limited release.  Though they had no chance against the money-making “Gravity” – the two have received the lion’s share of critical endorsement and support. Chandor’s film, which screened a few weeks ago at NYFF […]

Your Guide to the Female Directors of 2013

Ah, the critic who cried woman…Anytime there’s discourse about female directors in film, there’s the frustratingly inevitable bombardment of outcry about the gross discrepancy between the number of male-directed films and those of their female counterparts.  Studies are conducted by reputable institutions, statistics are brandished like badges of injustice, and the hearth of discontent is […]

The Next Great Actors-Turned-Directors

I believe Ben Affleck is slowly becoming the next Clint Eastwood, as I’ve written about many times before. He’s on a path to be better known as a filmmaker than as an actor, which I’m sure almost no one could have anticipated earlier on in his career. I’ve long admired Affleck’s work behind the camera, […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 5/12)

Another week has passed, Awards Circuit devotees, and we have not one but two (!!!) brand new Power Hour episodes for your listening pleasure! In the first show, you’ll discover the winners of ACCA 1999 and in the second we round-table critique the hot mess that is Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Go ahead, press […]

Film Review: Stories We Tell (***½)

MONTCLAIR FILM FESTIVAL: Sarah Polley continues to become one of the most innovative and inventive directors working today and its proved by what she spills out on the silver screen in her newest endeavor Stories We Tell. A compelling and personal documentary about her own life, Stories We Tell blends and fuses the magic of […]

Top 10 Anticipated Films from 2013 Montclair Film Festival!

Today kicks off the second annual Montclair Film Festival in Montclair, New Jersey.  Located about twenty miles outside of Manhattan, this quiet yet very compelling festival has quite a few highlights that will be showcased at this year’s festivities.  In its second year, the impressive slate will have lots of films getting some extra press […]

First Quarter Round-Up – Are There Any Oscar Contenders?

As April has completely come out of nowhere and become fully present, I’ve updated the new Oscar Tracker to keep in mind everything that has already been released this year so far or have screened at major festivals like Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca. There’s no super-duper “out there” contender that looks like it can go […]

Trailer and Poster for Sarah Polley’s ‘Stories We Tell’

Sarah Polley’s new documentary, Stories We Tell, explores her family’s history, unveiling secrets as she interrogates her colorful family members while she tries to discover the truth behind who her biological father is. The film received raves at the Toronto and Sundance film festivals, and will be released in New York on May 10th, and go […]

SUNDANCE: Stories We Tell (***½)

Stories We Tell, the sterling documentary from Sarah Polley, is a delicately assembled exploration of a family and how the stories they tell weave together a complicated tapestry. Sarah Polley starts the film nimbly enough presenting  all of the subjects, her family members and close family friends. But what starts out as a simple exploration […]

TIFF: Haneke Speaks Volumes, Polley’s Third is a Home Run

Toronto Film Festival: Something extraordinary happened while screening Amour, the new film from Michael Haneke, something that has never happened to me before in a theater. Partway through this deeply emotional film, by far the most gut wrenching of the directors career, I could my eyes filling with tears. Memory merged with the images I […]