Tag "oscars"

Destroy All Monsters: Meanwhile, In Asian America

It was an odd weekend at the movies, and perhaps telling in that none of the oddness took place in a traditional movie theatre, unless the Kodak Theatre counts, which I don't think it does. While Chris Rock and Sacha... More »
By Matt Brown   

Destroy All Monsters: Us, Them, And The Oscars

Hollywood's annual pageant of nice dresses and the complex madness of John Travolta went off pretty much as expected - a few less for American Sniper than perhaps I cynically expected, and a few more for Birdman, which ain't Boyhood,... More »
By Matt Brown   

Destroy All Monsters: Good Enough For The Golden Globes

The Golden Globes are the silliest and most trivial of the trivial Hollywood accolades, a fact widely known among film fans and hopelessly lost to the masses beyond, the same masses who awarded Taken 3 a heaping $40M this past... More »
By Matt Brown   

Get Way Behind The Scenes Of Toa Fraser's Maori Language Action Film THE DEAD LANDS

New Zealand's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film race at the Oscars, Toa Fraser's Maori language action film The Dead Lands is freshly on screens in New Zealand and the release comes with something of a treat for... More »
By Todd Brown   

Destroy All Monsters: Pageantry's Responsibility To Morality At The Oscars

There are no two forces more fundamentally incompatible than lightweight moral outrage and Hollywood. In a way, we're already very well aware of this, eager to jump on Jared Leto for daring to besmirch his lion-tressed, doe-eyed acceptance speech with... More »
By Matt Brown   

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks OSCARS 2014!

Lots of Oscar talk for 2014, with several live hits recording during the ceremony, including my predictions about eventual winners (not too shabby) and a summation of the night's entertainment.2013 was a hell of a year, and as I say... More »
By Jason Gorber   

Oscars 2014: List Of Winners, Including 12 YEARS A SLAVE And GRAVITY

Another year, another Academy Awards, and this time there were almost no surprises regarding the winners. As expected, Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave won the biggest prize of the night, Best Picture, but overall it was Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity... More »

Twitch Picks the 2014 Oscars

Love them -- for honoring the ostensible best-made movies -- or hate them -- for reducing an art form to an insufferably smug horse race -- the Academy Awards can inspire and provoke discussion about movies like nothing else. And... More »
By Peter Martin   

Oscars 2014: The Complete List Of Nominees, With AMERICAN HUSTLE And GRAVITY Leading

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced this morning the nominees for the upcoming 86th Academy Awards. David O. Russell's American Hustle and Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity top the nominations, with ten each, while Steve McQueen's 12 Years A... More »

Sitges Designated An Oscar Qualifier For Short Films

Big news from the Sitges Film Festival and genre oriented film makers with aspirations for their short films with word that Sitges has now been designated an official qualifier for the American Academy Awards. This means that the winners of... More »
By Todd Brown   

Euro Beat: Get To Know The European Oscar Contenders

Yesterday was the deadline for each country around the world to choose a film to submit for Oscar consideration. While only a few of them will make the cut come January 16 when the final nominations are announced, this moment... More »
By Brian Clark   

Cannes 2013: Weinsteins Trot Out Lineup, Slightly Less Exciting Than Last Year

Harvey Weinstein said it himself at this year's Weinstein Company Cannes showcase, "2012 was a year as good as any year we had at Miramax." The three films highlighted at last year's event (Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook, and... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   


It came as no surprise in retrospect that The Gatekeepers is a film celebrated by Errol Morris. Having missed the film when it played TIFF last September, I had assumed, incorrectly, that it'd be a dry piece, merely talking... More »
By Jason Gorber   


In this final stretch of examining the nine Academy Award nominees for Best Picture (don't miss parts one and two), the focus switches from the large, patriotically minded spectacles to more personal endeavors. Typically, such efforts tend to be... More »
By Jim Tudor   

AMOUR Wins Nearly Every Major Award at French Version of Oscars, The Césars

On the eve of the Academy Awards, Michael Haneke's meditation on death, Amour, swept the César Awards in France, taking home best film, best director, best actor and actress and best original screenplay. That means that the film with the... More »
By Brian Clark   


Previously in this column, I took a comparing/contrasting look at three of this year's Best Picture Oscar nominees, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, and Lincoln. Now it's time to continue the process of asking whether or not the nine Best... More »
By Jim Tudor   

Twitchvision: Talking PARKER, HANSEL & GRETEL, JJ and ARGO

In this week's episode of Twitchvision, I chatted with Scott Laurie about the abysmal Parker, the only slightly less abysmal Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, the "nerdgasm" felt by some when J.J. was announced as director of Episode 7, and... More »
By Jason Gorber   

For Your Consideration: BATTLESHIP for Best Picture of 2012

We live in a time when winking, snarky, sardonic Cinema has become the norm, when things like subtext and subterfuge gloss over what are more often than not simply action movies gone wrong. We've seen pixels fighting pixels, groups... More »
By Jason Gorber