The long and the short of the Oscar shorts

The fine folks at Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures are once again rolling out the Oscar nominated shorts this year beginning on February 11 including to “highly commended” bonus animated shorts. You can also download them from iTunes or watch them On Demand beginning February 15. This is the first year that the short documentaries (read…)

John Barry, Composer: 1933 – 2011

There are more famous James Bond openings (especially the James Bond Theme arranged – and some would argue more – by John Barry), but this is my favorite and I can’t think of a better way to send off Barry who has died of a heart attack at age 77. Barry wrote 11 Bond scores (read…)

The Watercooler: Yeah, but can the King pull a gun out of his afro?

Let’s open up the Watercooler with the SAG awards because they just ended as I was writing this: Ensemble: The King’s Speech Actor: Colin Firth Actress: Natalie Portman Actor, Supporting: Christian Bale Actress, Supporting: Melissa Leo Stunt Ensemble: Inception For those of you keeping score at home, The King’s Speech has taken the top prize (read…)

I said: DGA picks The King’s Speech. Did I stutter?

Tom Hooper is surprised to learn that the DGA Award is actually Kathryn Bigelow. The winners of the 2010 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement are: Feature Film: Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech Documentary: Charles Ferguson, The Inside Job Well, after about a month where many assumed The Social Network was going to win everything, (read…)

700 Miles From Sundance, The Awards

2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners: The Grand Jury Prize, Documentary: How to Die in Oregon, Peter D. Richardson The Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic: Like Crazy, directed by Drake Doremus The World Cinema Jury Prize, Documentary: Hell and Back Again, directed by Danfung Dennis The World Cinema Jury Prize, Dramatic: Happy, Happy (Sykt Lykkelig), directed (read…)

700 Miles From Sundance, Part 6: Louder than Bombs

The last installment of 700 Miles From Sundance had a lot of great stuff. The second half of the festival saw a couple of apparent bombs. I’ve also noticed a marked deflation in the quality of the reviews I’m reading. The trades are still mostly sharp (they’ve got multiple writers working the circuit), but the (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Catch up with some Oscar nominees

Not everything is Biutiful in its own way Movie January goes out with a ZZzzZZZzz this weekend, but The Housemaid (*** 1/2) opens in Los Angeles and a number of recent Oscar nominees are expanding or re-expanding to take advantage of the new buzz they’ve received. The King’s Speech (*** 1/2) adds almost 900 screens (read…)

Trailer: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent in Mike Mills’ ‘Beginners’

Apple has the trailer for Mike (Thumbsucker) Mills’ semi-autobiographical Beginners starring Ewan McGregor as a man who learns his elderly father (Christopher Plummer) is both gay and has terminal cancer. Melanie Laurent plays McGregor’s girlfriend. My first instinct is to recoil at the charm offensive the trailer is dishing out, but then I have to (read…)

700 Miles from Sundance, Part 5: Azazel Jacobs’ Terri, Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter, Kevin Spacey in Margin Call and more

Here’s the biggest and (for my money) best Sundance survey I’ve put together so far this year. In addition to the latest films from Azazel Jacobs (Momma’s Man) and Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories), Miguel Arteta (Chuck and Buck, Youth in Revolt) lightens things up with Ed Helms in Cedar Rapids and Kevin Spacey makes a (read…)

New to Netflix Instant: Dogtooth and Enter the Void will blow your tiny little minds

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve rolled this column out, but there hasn’t been a ton to get worked up over until today. There are 7 (including a couple from previous weeks) buzz-worthy films from 2010 on the list, 6 of which I’ve seen myself. Dogtooth (*** 1/2). Chalk it up to months (read…)

700 Miles From Sundance, Part 4: Kevin Smith is a bigger story than his movie, spotlight on Roger Corman

Note: Among the deal making around films I’ve already outlined here at LiC, the rights to Knuckle have been purchased by HBO for a possible series and the promising Martha Marcy May Marlene was picked up Monday afternoon by Fox Searchlight. Somewhat surprising since they mostly seem to go for high profile softballs like Little Miss (read…)

King’s Speech leads all Oscar nominees with 12

Rather than bitch about the nominations I don’t think are deserving, I’m just going to shout out the 10 things I’m particularly happy about, especially if they weren’t completely expected. True Grit: 10 noms including best director for Joel and Ethan Coen 127 Hours was seen by the Academy and it and James Franco were (read…)

700 Miles From Sundance, Part 3: High profile titles My Idiot Brother and Like Crazy sell like… crazy

After a slow sales start, Saturday Sundance news was dominated by the large sums coughed up by The Weinstein Company and Paramount for a couple of the more anticipated films playing at the festival. My Idiot Brother (USA) Directed by Jesse Peretz. Written by Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall. Starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey (read…)

700 Miles From Sundance, Part 2: Swanberg, July, McCarthy, Giamatti, Hawkes and a ‘Hobo with a Shotgun’

Uncle Kent (USA) Directed by Joe Swanberg. Written by Joe Swanberg and Kent Osborne. Starring Kent Osborne. Spotlight. It’s actually surprising microbudget DIY filmmaker Joe Swanberg hasn’t had a film play Sundance until now, but this tale of a pot-smoking 40-something cartoonist looking for love on the internet is his first to hit Park City. (read…)

The Mostly BYO Watercooler

I don’t have much again this week. There’s bupkes to talk about box office-wise and I’ve literally spent my entire blogging day trying to get caught up with Sundance and it’s getting away from me. I’ll have another Sundance post later tonight, but I wanted to get the Watercooler up before I eat dinner. The (read…)

Yesterday’s awards news today: King’s Speech in a PGA stunner

So, the Producers Guild of America awards were announced last night and they added a much needed jolt of unpredictability into a calcified Oscar race: Best Picture: The King’s Speech Documentary: Waiting for “Superman” Animated Feature: Toy Story 3 I’m glad to have a surprise at the top, but I have to say these are (read…)

700 Miles From Sundance: 2011 Edition, Part 1

We’re into the last third of January so that means it’s time for an annual LiC tradition, 700 Miles From Sundance, wherein I survey the best and worst of what’s going on at the most important film festival in the United States. I’ve been taking it easy blogwise the last month or so, but I (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Finding The Way Back with The Housemaid

Is the cinematic landscape finally showing some faint vital signs? Yes it is. The Way Back (****). A great cast including Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Saoirse Ronan and Colin Farrell liven up this surprisingly low-key treatment of a grueling overland escape from a Russian gulag during World War II. It’s the stuff of high drama (read…)

Costume Designers Guild nominations

As Awards Daily notes, The Social Network and Black Swan continue their unbroken streaks of guild love. Here are the rest of the nominees from the Costume Designers Guild. Contemporary Film Black Swan –  Amy Westcott Burlesque –  Michael Kaplan Inception –  Jeffrey Kurland The Social Network –  Jacqueline West Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (read…)

Oscar Foreign Short List

The 66 submitted films for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar have been narrowed down to 9 by the Phase I committee. The list is made up of the group’s top 6 choices plus 3 more specially selected by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee (coughcoughDogtoothcough). This list in turn will be narrowed (read…)

Cinema Eye Exits Through the Gift Shop

You want your documentary awards? I got your documentary awards right here, pal. The 4th Annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking were handed out tonight and these are the winners: Outstanding Achievement In Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking: Exit Through the Gift Shop – Directed by Banksy, Produced by Jaimie D’Cruz Outstanding Achievement In Direction: Laura (read…)

2010 BAFTA Nominations

Here are your 2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominations. Not surprisingly, The King’s Speech is well represented, but so is 127 Hours and American favorite The Social Network showed up in all the expected places. Interestingly, they put Hailee Steinfeld in the correct category (actress) and they left out Melissa Leo in (read…)

About those Golden Globes

Everyone acknowledges that the Golden Globes are essentially meaningless, yet you wouldn’t know it from how much ink has been spilled talking about them leading up to, during and in the aftermath of the awards themselves. Personally I thought the show was a little boring and that’s too bad because whatever you think of the HFPA, (read…)

Watercooler: ZzzzZzZzZZzZzzzz

[Note: Weird. I wrote this super-abbreviated Watercooler last night during the Globes, but I didn’t realize until this morning that it didn’t post] I was going to wait until the Golden Globes were over before doing this week’s Watercooler, but it’s liable to put me right to sleep. For every movie award given out there (read…)

BFCA Critics Choose ‘Social Network’

I lifted these from the Broadcast Film Critics Association website in case you weren’t glued to your TV last night… Were these actually on? Anyway. These are pretty reliable indicators which way the Oscar breezes are blowing at least in the major categories, but then we’ve already seen the extended forecast, haven’t we? BEST PICTURE (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Barney’s Version

Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman in Barney’s Version This week’s most intriguing prospect is Barney’s Version which isn’t perfect but is much better than many of the reviews it’s been getting. Also of note: The King’s Speech is landing on more than 1500 screens this weekend (finally) while Blue Valentine is expanding to 230, Rabbit (read…)

ACE Eddie Nominations

Here are the 2010 nomination for the American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards in the feature film categories. For TV nominations, check out Awards Daily. What have we learned from the assorted guilds? Well, it’s wort noting that The Social Network has received recognition from all of them including ASC, DGA, ACE, PGA, SAG, WGA and (read…)

Trailer: Werner Herzog’s 3D doc ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’

Update: Here’s a better version of the trailer If you don’t know the story, director Werner Herzog was granted access to the paintings inside the Chavaut Cave in Southern France where the oldest known artistic renderings were found in 1994 dated anywhere from 10,000 – 30,000 years ago. Because of the limited access to the (read…)

Trailer: The Housemaid

You’ve seen the poster, now here’s the trailer for Im Sang-soo’s The Housemaid. New York: January 21 VOD: January26 LA: January 28

Yesterday’s awards news, today! ASC chimes in.

The American Society of Cinematographers nominate their own for 2010. I don’t have a complaint about any of these. How about you? Matthew Libatique, Black Swan Wally Pfister, Inception Danny Cohen, The King’s Speech Jeff Cronenweth, The Social Network Roger Deakins, True Grit via: Awards Daily

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