Slum-DGA Millionaire

Well, that about settles it. Danny Boyle has taken the last major guild award for Slumdog Millionaire. It’s a critical favorite, an audience favorite and a guild favorite. In the last 19 years, a film has lost the Oscar only 3 times after winning the PGA and DGA awards. Combined with its surprising SAG cast (read…)

The 2008 Muriels

Bursting through on February 6

Panda performs 5-point palm exploding WALL-E technique

Skidoosh! I don’t care how much you liked Kung Fu Panda (I liked it a lot more than I expected to), you didn’t see this coming: Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda won all 15 Annie Awards it was nominated for last night (including a couple of videogame awards) leaving Pixar’s WALL-E and Disney’s Bolt to go (read…)

More Two-Bit LiC Oscar Analysis

They’re handing out the DGA awards tomorrow. Everyone’s favorite Slumdog Millionaire has already won the PGA award and it also picked up the SAG cast award. For a movie that isn’t exactly driven by the acting, the latter is especially interesting – particularly when you consider the biggest single chunk of the Academy is made (read…)

Production Notes: 1/30/09

Combing the trades so you don’t have to, we present your weekly look at some of the production news coming out of Hollywood: And another Thing… For those of you who lose sleep at night wondering just what the hell happened to the Norwegians at the Antarctic research base before Kurt Russell showed up, you’ll (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 1/29/09

Medicine for Melancholy – LiC’s Pick of the Week…if you live in New York It’s another brutal weekend in the new release department. If you live in New York, check out Medicine for Melancholy. If you live in Los Angeles, check out Secret of the Grain or The Class. If you live somewhere in between, (read…)

Trailer: Sugar

From Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the writing and directing team behind Half Nelson, here’s one you might want to keep an eye out for. Sugar is a Dominican with a mean curve ball that just might be his ticket from poverty at home to riches and fame in the United States. He quickly finds (read…)

Coming Soon: The 2008 Muriel Awards

She’s more than just a guinea pig. She’s a movie award. The 2008 Muriel Awards honoring the year’s best in cinema. Beginning February 6, 2009.

LiC Readers Top 10 Update

I’m extending the deadline for the LiC Readers Top 10 for at least another week. The new deadline for now is February 7, 2009. Be sure to send me your picks for the Top 10 movies of 2008 to craig [at] Thanks!

Trailer: Mary and Max

Here’s the trailer for the fairly well reviewed Sundance opening night film Mary & Max. I know, the awards were announced Saturday and I promised more review links but…

The Watercooler: 1/26/09

Oh hey look, it’s another Monday Watercooler. (sound of crickets chirping) Turns out I’ve been taking an unplanned vacation from movies in the month of January. Forgive me if I couldn’t work up the energy for Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. How about those SAG awards though, huh? Anyone else surprised Slumdog took the cast (read…)

SAG Predictions/Winners

Just for my own amusement, here are tonight’s SAG Award movie nominees with my picks marked. The fun begins at 5 pm ET/8 pm PT on TNT and TBS. (winners in green) Actor: Richard Jenkins, The Visitor Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon Sean Penn, Milk** Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler (read…)

700 Miles from Sundance: Part 3

Between the inauguration and the Oscars, I pretty much let the Sundance coverage slip so I’m just getting caught up as the festival draws to a close. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 or read on for Part 3. The festival will wrap up tonight with the handing out of awards, but I’ll hopefully (read…)

Movies You May Have Missed: 1/24/09

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired Though you may have indeed missed it, Vicky Cristina Barcelona doesn’t quite qualify for this column which is designed to shine a light on movies that might have skipped your neighborhood multiplex or that came and went so fast you didn’t have a chance to catch them. Nevertheless, I can’t (read…)

Production Notes: 1/24/09

Ok, these are a day late, but hopefully not a dollar short. Here’s the last week’s worth of production tidbits. End of World Moved Back Four Months. I have no interest in Roland Emmerich’s 2012 hence I have no interest in the fact Sony has moved it from July 10 to the November 13, but (read…)

Trailer: Che Part 2

Just in case you needed any more encouragement to go see this thing.

Name Those Nominees: Contest Results

Ok, this contest thing didn’t go as smoothly as I’d planned. In order to avoid confusion over multiple performances, the fine print of the original contest rules states that nominations for individuals have to specify a film. A number of entries came in that broke that rule. With no time to get everyone who did (read…)

You’ve had your Oscar fun. Now the only question is…

Send up the signal. Muriel’s back.

And the nominees are…

So, I’m less surprised that The Dark Knight didn’t make it for motion picture or director than I am that The Reader did. The Reader is a good movie. I liked it a lot, but I didn’t see it getting nominated for the big ones. I didn’t predict Michael Shannon for supporting actor, but Oscar (read…)

The LiC Reader Consensus

With the actual nominees just a half an hour away, here are the consensus predictions of those who entered the Living in Cinema 2nd Annual ‘Name Those Nominees’ Contest: Picture Slumdog Millionaire Milk The Dark Knight The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Frost/Nixon Director Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire Gus Van Sant – Milk Christopher (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 1/22/09

It’s another good weekend to catch up on all the Oscar nominees you may have missed because the new release pickings are slim for the third outing in row. I don’t even have the energy to find a picture to go with this post. Inkheart. Cornelia Funke’s (Any relation to Tobias?) children’s novel about storybook characters (read…)

LiC’s Oscar Nomination Predictions

By way of reminding you to enter Living in Cinema’s 2nd Annual Name Those Nominees Contest and as proof I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is, here are my Oscar nominee predictions for tomorrow morning. Remember, for a chance to win a Muze movie quote t-shirt, send your picks in to me (read…)

Cinema Eye Nominations

Oh hey look! The awards world kept on spinning today while the rest of us took time out to celebrate the president. Here are the 2009 nominees for the Cinema Eye Honors awarded to the finest in nonfiction filmmaking. Set up last year as an alternative to the deeply flawed Oscar Best Documentary category, Cinema (read…)

Name Those Nominees – Win That T-Shirt!

The Oscar nominations are finally upon us…or they will be on Thursday the 22nd at whatever ungodly hour of the morning they decide to announce them. Among other things, that means it’s time for the Living in Cinema 2nd Annual ‘Name Those Nominees’ Contest. A year ago Nick Plowman was the smartest guy in town (read…)

Inauguration Day

I was looking for a clever movie clip that would somehow enhance or play off this exciting day in American history, but there aren’t any movies better than this. I’m just going to sit back quietly and watch.

Visual Effects Society Nominations

Here are the Motion Picture nominees from the Visual Effects Society. Besides noting that Iron Man got the most nominations with five (followed by Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and The Dark Knight which received four each) Variety points out that three films from last week’s Oscar visual effects list were (read…)

The Watercooler: 1/19/09

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to another edition of the LiC Watercooler, sort of an open thread to discuss what you’ve been watching lately. As always, I’ll kick things off. Courtesy of Film Independent, the last couple of weeks I’ve been trying to catch up with a few of the Spirit Award nominees that I (read…)

700 Miles From Sundance: Part 2

David Strathairn and Paul Giamatti in Cold Souls You know the drill so I’ll omit the customary pleasantries and get right down to it. Brooklyn’s Finest. Antoine Fuqua returns to Training Day territory with this tale of three different New York cops – un undercover narcotics officer who wants out, a detective tempted by corruption (read…)

700 Miles From Sundance: Part 1

Sam Rockwell in Moon The 25th Annual Sundance Film Festival officially kicked off on Thursday night with the world premiere of Mary and Max, an Australian claymation animated feature about the 20-year pen-pal correspondence between an 8-year-old from Melbourne and a 44-year-old New Yorker with Asperger’s syndrome. Sundance is of course ground zero for much (read…)

Production Notes: 1/16/09

“We don’t put Wallace Beery in some fruity movie about suffering. I thought we were together on that.” – Jack Lipnick, Head of Capitol Pictures Ok, I’ve been slacking on some of the daily production items that appear in the trades for the last couple of months. The truth is they’re a pain in the (read…)

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