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    Interview: Ira Sachs Reflects on Working With Isabelle Huppert and Filming in Portugal for “Frankie”

    Everybody loves taking a vacation. For director, Ira Sachs, Portugal provides a lush, new setting for his textured family drama. In “Frankie,” Isabelle Huppert plays a dying woman who takes her family on a vacation to Sintra, Portugal. However, Frankie’s real motivation turns out to be playing Cupid. She hopes to fix up her son, Paul (Jérémie […] More

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    Six Spot: Best Actor in a Leading Role (2014)

    Welcome back to Six Spot!  Click the link if you want to read back issues of Six Spot, but if you’re new, the concept is easy: Who just missed an Oscar nomination?  Who was #6?  Who has the dubious position of being the Six Spot?  In case you missed last week’s article about the 2015 […] More

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    Oscar Circuit: Independent Spirit Awards Preview

    The Independent Spirit Awards will weigh in on the year of independent cinema, Tuesday, November 25.  Since Film Independent never releases an official list of the submitted films, we can only guess based on speculation, budget, and awards prospects. There are some that seem like shoo-ins like Richard Linklater‘s “Boyhood” but the voting group can […] More

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    Oscars: Screeners Underway, Watch Something Outside the Box

    Oscar season is fully underway.  We are just under three weeks away from the kick off of Phase 1, where all the major studios launch their “For Your Consideration” (or FYC) campaigns, and try to get their best films and performances cited by the right awards bodies.  This week on our weekly podcast, with guest […] More

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    Gotham Independent Film Awards Nominations Announced!

    And so it begins.  The very first (and very early) awards season nominations.  The Gotham are always quite interesting.  This year’s crop of nominees seems to cater more towards the buzzed-about films, which isn’t a slight on the Gothams.  Interesting to note as well that Gotham (much like SAG’s TV awards and Cannes) combine Lead […] More

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    CONFIRMED! John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are Co-Leads for ‘Love is Strange’

    The race for the awards has officially begun.  Today, we launched our “FYC Tracker” to keep an eye on all screeners and promotional material received during the next few months.  With that, the first official screeners for members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association were received.  Sony Pictures Classics got the ball rolling with Woody […] More

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    Are There Legitimate Musical/Comedy Contenders for the Golden Globes?

    The 2014 Musical/Comedy races at the Golden Globes look bleak. After one of the best Musical/Comedy fields in memory in 2014, it looks like we’re back to a crop of questionable inclusions and non-Oscar contenders. Below, I analyze Musical/Comedy contenders and pretenders for the Best Picture – Musical/Comedy, along with Best Actor and Best Actress […] More

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    Love is Strange (★★★½)

    Alfred Molina and John Lithgow, two of the most under recognized actors to grace my cinematic screen for decades, have finally teamed together in one gem of a film.  To hear that the two of them would be starring together in a love story, co-starring Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei to boot, my heart sang. […] More

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    Oscars 2014: New Faces, Few Spaces

    OSCAR CIRCUIT: A few changes have occurred in the 2014 Oscar Predictions.  Rumors of Saul Dibb‘s Suite Francaise, Todd Haynes’ Carol, and Justin Kurzel‘s MacBeth moving to 2015 have floated around so I jumped the gun and removed them from the predictions.  Sadly on the surface, with those three big films moving, I’m beginning to […] More

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