Around the Circuit: March 16th – March 22nd



Link(s) of the week:

With the disastrous looking Olympus Has Fallen hitting theaters this weekend (Joey’s ** review here), Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon wonders what the best political action thrillers of all time are. Thinking along the same lines, Andrew Dyce at Screen Rant lists their 10 favorite fictional Presidents.

Nathan Adams at Film School Rejects looks at the race between Warner Brothers and Fox to get their Moses films to theaters. Warner Brothers is going after Ang Lee to replace Steven Spielberg for their production –  titled Gods and Kings – while Fox has Ridley Scott lined up for their version – titled Exodus. Fox is trying to get Christian Bale to star as Moses. I love biblical epics, but do we really need two versions of the same story?

Nathaniel Rogers at The Film Experience vents a little about a pet peeve that I’m sure we all share (no pun intended).

Ryan Gilbey at The Guardian talks to director Craig Zobel (Compliance) and wonders if you would strip-search a colleague if the police ordered you to. Now that you mention it…

Oliver Lyttelton at The Playlist gives us 10 Screenwriters to watch in 2013, though I’m not exactly sure how Chris Terrio (you know, the one who recently won an Oscar for his screenplay for Argo) makes a list like this.

Bill Desowitz at Thompson on Hollywood gets an exclusive early look at Epic, one of the films that could become an early front-runner in the race for the Best Animated Feature Oscar.

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Written by Mark Johnson

Lover of all things film and Oscar. Fantasy sports’ equivalent of George Steinbrenner. Your very own Han Solo, making friends all over the movie-loving galaxy in spite of himself. When he’s not ranking just about everything or dominating boardgames, Mark is breaking down the Oscar race 24/7 with Rain Man-like stats and knowledge. In his downtime, you can find him commiserating with other Northeast Ohio sports fans because a hero isn’t complete without a little heartbreak. If Game of Thrones, Lost, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Survivor are your style, then congratulations, you have something in common with this inglourious basterd.


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