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Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 4/15)

  • Can you believe another week has passed here at The Awards Circuit?! Time goes by fast, especially when you’re entranced at the movies! Myself and fellow staff writers, Joey Magidson and Michael Ward, all had our fair share of movie-going this past week, and delivered some reviews that will hopefully steer you toward or away from certain films. From yours truly, I implore all who live in major cities such as Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Phildelphia, etc. to go check out a 2011 Sundance film that almost failed to get picked up, the undeniably moving Restless City that releases April 27th, 2012. Michael Ward wasn’t a fan of the flicks he saw this week, as Four Lovers, We Have a Pope, and American Reunion failed to get positive reactions from my fellow West Coast critic. Speaking of films about pies being abused (or were we?), Joey Magidson actually enjoyed the supposed final entry in the American Pie franchise, but thought the last slice wasn’t quite as delicious as the three that came before. Joey also provided reviews for Marley and The Cabin in the Woods, the latter of which received Mr. Magidson’s first perfect review of the new year.
  • What a week it was for ACCA 2002! I hope everyone voted, as voting for the best in 2002 film will be closed by the time you read this, and the winners will be announced on this Sunday’s Awards Circuit Power Hour Podcast episode! Editor-in-Chief Clayton Davis also announced his Davis Film Award Nominations for 2002, adding two films to the “Best Pic” roster that weren’t included in the actual Oscar nominations. All I can say is that one documentary filmmaker will be a very, very happy man. Stayed tuned for Staff Top 10 Picks for 2002.
  • Our string of Awards Profiles for 2012 Oscar contenders continued this week. Joey began with Nicholas Winding Refn’s highly anticipated Only God Forgives. It’s a good thing only God Almighty forgives, because I sure can’t forgive Drive’s “Best Pic” snub earlier this year. With Ryan Gosling back in tow, I’m hoping the Academy will get a second shot to redeem themselves for their recent shortsightedness. Following Joey, I dived right into a potential Oscar contender, Tolstoy’s infamous Anna Karenina. After thirteen screen adaptations, is it too much to ask for a few damn Oscar nominations this time around? Atonement director Joe Wright can hopefully break the Oscar snub curse that has befallen all the film adaptations that came before it. Robert Hamer as well gave us a sneak peek at one of the more controversial films of the year, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Like Robert, I remain skeptical of its Oscar chances due to the strong relationship Hollywood has with Scientology, but don’t ever discount the directing genius that is Paul Thomas Anderson.
  • Reality Television gave Anna and I a serious case of whiplash this week! Anna Belickis, like everyone else watching, thought this week’s DWTS elimination would come down to either Gladys Knight or Gavin DeGraw, but instead we saw Sherri and Roshon at the bottom of the votes, with Sherri getting a surprise boot! On my side of things on American Idol, there were too many shocks to handle. First off, no one heeded my song suggestion advice for the first time in three weeks! How dare they! Secondly, we had America represent themselves as teenage girls ruling the world, as frontrunner Jessica Sanchez found herself singing for the judges’ all important save after receiving the lowest number of votes. If last year’s country finale wasn’t bad enough, this year may come down to the Battle of the Teen Heartthrobs (I feel a retch coming).  NBC’s The Voice continued its downward spiral in quality as Team Adam was schooled by Team Cee Lo this week. This season can only save itself if Team Cee Lo’s Jamar Rogers is crowned the winner, but I reckon Tony Lucca’s 500,000+ Twitter followers aren’t going to let their former Mouseketeer go down so easily.
  • It may not have been the best week for DVD, but Joey Magidson picked out a fine selection for his DVD Pick-of-the-Week: Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss, one of the most critically acclaimed documentaries of last year. For his vintage choices, Joey selected some of his favorite horror flicks in preparation for The Cabin in the Wood’s upcoming release. I have to say, I love Joey’s top horror flicks, although I am partial to Ridley Scott’s Alien. Has there ever been a film that incites horror by atmosphere alone to such a chilling degree? Revisiting that film only leaves me hungrier for Scott’s upcoming Prometheus (which better get an “R” rating).
  • More Oscar Predictions hit The Awards Circuit, as you can see on the left side bar. It’s our job to be your crystal ball looking ahead towards Oscars 2013, but feel free to list your own predictions while you’re imbibing ours!
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  • Finally, we are honored to announce  that our upcoming Awards Circuit 4th Year Anniversary will feature a new site revamp! We ask you to help celebrate this landmark anniversary by donating $1 towards the restructuring of the site. All the money will go directly toward making The Awards Circuit the sleeker, more polished and refined site that we’ve always intended it to be. Don’t forget, each donator will be entered to win select prizes, including your choice of any five films from last year’s Oscar lineup for “Best Picture!” Winners will be announced on the official anniversary day. Again, this site would never have had such continued success, from the once Oscar Igloo to the new The Awards Circuit, without your constant readership, and we remain forever grateful to your loyalty!

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Written by Joseph Braverman

My name is Joseph Braverman. I am 31 years old and a graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Digital Media. I love watching and analyzing films and television shows. I live in Los Angeles, CA, enmeshing myself in the movie industry scene in any way possible. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @JBAwardsCircuit.

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