Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 2/24)

Well it happened, ladies and gents! Ben Affleck’s mega-popular Argo “Crash“-ed its way to “Best Picture” victory. Just like Paul Haggis’ come-from-behind champion in 2006, Argo took home the very same wins in the very same categories (Picture, Screenplay, and Editing), in addition to being announced the winner by Jack Nicholson yet again. The Crash […]

Oscar Speeches – Who Would You Thank?

Whether it’s the veteran finally getting up on stage or an ingenue looking to make an impression, Oscar speeches are just as much a part of an actor’s legacy as their wins for their work. Have you ever thought about what you would say if you won? Luckily, Thank the Academy is here to help […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections(Terence)

(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 […]

Academy unveils 84 Olly Moss posters celebrating Best Picture winners

We are ramping up to the Oscars and the Academy has released some new poster art to celebrate the occasion. Olly Moss, the talented designer, was commissioned to create a poster inspired by past Best Picture winners and came up with the wonderful creation you see on the right. The poster was made in conjunctions […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 2/10)

We are now officially two weeks away from Oscar Sunday, which only means The Awards Circuit is working double-time to bring you the latest and greatest in awards news. We started off our charitable offerings with some fun yet informative banter on Power Hour, each of us sharing our thoughts on the state of the […]

Oscar Circuit: Supporting Actress

Supporting Actress has proven to be one of the best categories recently for the Academy Awards. For every year there was a clear front runner (Spencer, Monique, Hudson), there was another year when we had no idea who was winning (Leo, Swinton, Weisz, Cruz). Although after a few award shows, it’s clear that this year’s […]

‘Revenge’ star Emily Van Camp to join ‘Captain America: The WInter Soldier’

Well this certainly came out of left field, but what a welcome surprise! Deadline has broken the news that Emily VanCamp, the lead of ABC’s fantastic show Revenge, is currently in talks to star alongside Chris Evans in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. VanCamp is rumored to be playing Sharon Carter, a former SHIELD agent […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Production Design

New name. Same Category. The Academy Award for Best Production Design celebrates the best in art direction and set design. Production designers have an incredibly difficult role in the making of film. Whether it’s a fantasy film set in far off world or a recreation of a historical building, production designers create the physical building […]

Warm Bodies (***)

You’d be hard pressed to find a person who was more unsure of Warm Bodies than me when the trailer dropped. In this age of reboots and re-imaginings and remixes, this just seemed like another in the assembly line of ideas. Luckily the writers took care to develop a dynamite script that earns every laugh […]

Park City Dispatch – Episode 9: The Best of the Fest!

Sundance Film Festival may be over, but we’ve still got fun stuff to share! In addition to the final reviews and analysis, Joey and I sat down before leaving Park City to record one final video where we share our thoughts about the festival and dole out some awards. So without further ado, here’s the […]

SUNDANCE: kink (***½)

Raucously entertaining and yet incredibly earnest, Christina Voros’ documentary kink is a fascinating film about the inner workings of the porn studio Certainly not for the faint of heart or prude of mind, Voros spares us nothing in her examination of BDSM porn by way of the most profitable studio of the genre. It’s […]

Sundance: Pit Stop (***)

Sometimes movies are incredibly clear in their intentions from the outset. Other films take their time, sneaking up on you and subtly creeping into your consciousness. and there are those films that sneak up on you, creeping into your consciousness. Pit Stop, an eloquent look at gay men living in Texas and the crossroads they […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 1/27)

As the talk of 2012 slowly comes to an end, The Awards Circuit moves forward by embracing the new film year. Joey Magidson and Terence Johnson spent a full nine days in Park City, Utah getting to know the films and filmmakers that could make a huge impact in 2013. Check out their interviews, reviews […]

SUNDANCE: Fruitvale (***)

Every so often as a critic you get the opportunity to witness a film that’s so ingrained in your experience that it becomes difficult to even comprehend how you feel about the film. On one hand, Fruitvale is a rich, if slightly problematic, retelling of the day in the life of Oscar Grant, the Oakland […]

SUNDANCE: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (**½)

Do you all remember that split screen in 500 Days of Summer where we see the main character’s expectations vs. reality? Well my screening of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints was very much like what the main character went through. In my mind, Aint Them Bodies Saints was a thrilling yet poetic film that would put […]

SUNDANCE: Stoker (***)

Stoker is a delightfully demented film that derives its pleasures from uncomfortable situations, shocking violence and magnetic characters. Chan-wook Park bring his trademark visual style to deliver a feast for the eyes. And yet despite this and some fabulous performances from Matthew Goode and Nicole Kidman, the plot never lets you embrace the film as […]

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 […]

SUNDANCE: Interview with ‘No’ Director Pablo Larrain

When I sat down with director Pablo Larrain, he was in great spirits. Who wouldn’t be after having their film nominated for an Academy Award and having it play at Sundance Film Festival to good reviews? Through the course of the interview Pablo talked about how thrilling it was to film using U-matic tape, the […]

SUNDANCE: No (***½)

No, the Chilean film recently nominated for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars, is an engrossing look at the power of the quest to unseat General Pinochet from power through positive tv ads during the 1988 plebiscite. Director Pablo Larrain and star Gael Garcia Bernal shed a light on a unique period in Chile’s […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 1/20)

Immediately following the Golden Globes telecast and LIVE Blog, The Awards Circuit diverted its attention to the premiere film film festival of every year: Sundance. Thanks to Terence and Joey as our eyes and ears on the ground, readers were given in-depth reports on both the films showcased and the festival experience itself.

SUNDANCE: Crystal Fairy (**)

Ever wonder what the sexual looseness of Y Tu Mama Tambien and the tropes of American films about kids getting drugs would be? Well if you did, you’d certainly be the type of audience member that a film like Crystal Fairy craves. However, if you are any kind of discerning filmgoer or stone cold sober, […]

SUNDANCE: Kill Your Darlings (***½)

Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition entry Kill Your Darlings is a perfect example of how one can tell a familiar story in a unique, fascinating way. Many are familiar with the Beats generation, but the way debut director Johnathan Krokidas and co-writer Austin Bunn see it you haven’t seen the definitive version of the tale till […]

Park City Dispatch: Interview with ‘In A World’ star Fred Melamed

We’re kicking off our Park City Dispatch by bringing you an interview with Fred Melamed, one of the stars in Lake Bell’s U.S. Dramatic Competition entry In a World. The film, written and directed by Bell, is about an underachieving vocal coach that is motivated by her father (Melamed), the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her […]