Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 6/9)


  • Hello again, Awards Circuit devotees! Another week has passed by and it ended on a GRREEAAATTT note…ain’t that right, Tony? Yes, my pun has a purpose: After predicting which nominees would walk away with Broadway’s most esteemed trophies, staff writer and Broadway connoisseur Terence Johnson unveiled the winners of the 2013 Tony Awards. After positive reviews following his hosting gig for the Tonys, could resident awards show emcee Neil Patrick Harris make his way to the Dolby Theatre next year?
  • A bombshell dropped on the television community this week. The Writers Guild of America released their list of “The Best Written TV Series of All-Time,” and all I have to say is…BADA BING! For anybody who doesn’t know, David Chase’s The Sopranos — the show placed on the list’s top spot of excellence — is by far my favorite television show of all-time, not to mention the best crime saga ever created. Yes, I cop to the fact that Season 6 Part 1 was a nightmarish mess of sorts, but every season besides that particular crapfest was searingly powerful. I’d be curious to see what a WGA list of “Best Written TV Episodes of All-Time” would look like (episodes from Deep Space Nine, Alias, Lost, and — duh — The Sopranos come to mind instantaneously).
  • New film reviews for the week included Violet and Daisy and Hey Bartender. As for trailers, the new ones are as follows: The Family, Breaking Bad, Runner Runner, and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. We also had a controversially fantastic Historical Circuit piece from new writer Kristen Lopez; she held nothing back when specifying some of the problems in Gone with the Wind, a film that somehow sneaks right past criticism more often than we think.
  • Don’t forget to listen to the latest Power Hour if you haven’t already! We talk Cannes 2013, Critics Choice Nominations for Television, and the third (and possibly final) entry in Richard Linklater’s Before series, Before Midnight.
  • Before bringing us some valuable inside scoop from The East press junket, staff writer Joey Magidson made sure to help us pick wisely when venturing out to rent/buy the latest “new release.” I can’t blame Joey for choosing Jonathan Levine’s sweet yet low-key Warm Bodies as his DVD Pick-of-the-Week. Like Joey, I consider Levine’s 50/50 to be one of the best examples of comedy with a beating heart. 50/50 moved me in a way few comedies, or supposedly “feel-good” films dealing with heavy subject matter, ever have. Levine’s Warm Bodies isn’t necessarily a let-down, but it’s on the lower spectrum of films I’ve recommended this year, mostly because we know this writer-director is capable of so much more. Nevertheless, Levine’s signature earnestness can still be found in abundance.
  • Nicole Melkonian, Kristen Lopez, and I brought you all some new opinion pieces to soak into. Before prepping for a grand adventure in Las Vegas, Nicole shares with us her pre-trip feelings as well as listing some beloved films set in the city that never does anything but play, play, play. Following the nearly-confirmed casting announcement of Carey Mulligan as Hillary Clinton for an upcoming biopic, Kristen Lopez takes justified issue with Hollywood’s pageant-like process of selecting a particular “type” of actress to fit a major female role. Finally, I put on my best Howard Beale face and reveal my frustrations with the new outlook on cinema. I take particular issue with the fact that a film’s “entertainment value” is seen as secondary, or inferior to other components of a movie.
  • Finally, be sure to peek in on Editor-in-Chief Clayton Davis’ Oscar Predictions for Best Supporting Actor. Having read 12 Years a Slave myself, so long as Bruce Dern isn’t campaigned in the “supporting actor” category, Michael Fassbender should have a great ride to the finish line if everything goes accordingly to plan. Hah, that never happens! Thank you all, once again, for your loyalty and continued readership. Starting later this week, Tiff Chai, Nicole Melkonian, and I will be bringing you coverage from the Los Angeles Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday June 13th!


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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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