Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 2/3)

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  • Just when The Awards Circuit thought Argo would put the brakes on its steamrolling of the competition, it shocks us again with key victories at SAG and DGA. It’s now abundantly clear that Ben Affleck’s third directorial outing is the frontrunner heading into the Oscar ceremony.
  • SAG Sunday was made even more special by the added bonus of a LIVE blog and the announcement of the winners from our first annual Circuit Awards, as relayed via the staff on Power Hour. Also not to be missed was Anna Young’s brutally honest SAG Best and Worst Dressed list.
  • What flick claimed top honors in Joey Magidson’s DVD Pick-of-the-Week series? This week, best-in-show went to Martin McDonagh’s deliciously entertaining Seven Psychopaths, a film that brings out the best in its cast while also making commentary on the stereotypes and clichés present in most male-centric Hollywood screenplays. For his vintage selection in honor of The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, Joey went with another sequel that extends the first entry’s title (even if only by one letter)…James Cameron’s masterful Aliens.
  • Staff writer Tiff Chai writes about the changing climate in International Cinema and how our always-evolving Western culture continually impacts this foreign body of the arts, for better or worse.
  • Finally, it was our extreme pleasure to unveil our Top 10 Films of the Year. We humbly thank you all for your readership and are honored to share with you our own personal choices for the best in film 2012. Let’s hear it for another great year in cinema, and here’s to hoping 2013 will measure up in equal greatness! Have a glorious Superbowl Sunday, everyone!