Alfie (1966)

Alfie (1966) Directed by Lewis Gilbert Michael Caine as Alfie and Millicent Martin as Siddie Alfie: Here. Suck this sweet, Siddie, so he don’t smell the gin. Siddie: I don’t care if he does smell it. Alfie: Now, be human. You and me are havin’ a good time. Why should we hurt him? He’s done (read…)

The Golden Globe Nominations

HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION 2013 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2012 1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA a. ARGO Warner Bros. Pictures, GK Films, Smokehouse Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures b. DJANGO UNCHAINED The Weinstein Company, Columbia Pictures; The Weinstein Company/Sony Pictures Releasing c. LIFE OF PI Fox 2000 Pictures; Twentieth Century (read…)

The Muppet Movie (1979)

The Muppet Movie (1979) Directed by James Frawley Fozzie Bear voiced by Frank Oz and Kermit the Frog voiced by Jim Henson Kermit: Too bad the dancing girls are on vacation. The crowd is getting ugly. Fozzie: Ha. Ha. You think this crowd’s ugly, you should see the dancing girls.

SAG should rename their award the Ughs

19th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® NOMINATIONs THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role BRADLEY COOPER / Pat – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company) DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Abraham Lincoln – “LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures) JOHN HAWKES / Mark – “THE SESSIONS” (Fox Searchlight) HUGH JACKMAN / Jean Valjean – (read…)

North by Northwest (1959)

North by Northwest (1959) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Cary Grant as Roger Thornhill and George Atterbury as Man at Prairie Crossing Man: That’s funny. Thornhill: What? Man: That plane’s dustin’ crops where there ain’t no crops.

Lincoln nabs record 13 Critics Choice nominations

BEST PICTURE Argo Beasts of the Southern Wild Django Unchained Les Misérables Life of Pi Lincoln The Master Moonrise Kingdom Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty   BEST ACTOR Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook” Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln” John Hawkes – “The Sessions” Hugh Jackman – “Les Misérables” Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master” Denzel (read…)

Bottle Rocket (1996)

Bottle Rocket (1996) Written by Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson. Directed by Wes Anderson. Luke Wilson as Anthony Adams and Shea Fowler as Grace Adams Anthony: You told your friend Bernice I’m some kind of a jet pilot? Grace: What was I supposed to say? They stuck you in an insane asylum? Anthony: It wasn’t (read…)

Oscar Podcast Episode 11: Electric Critics’ Awards Boogaloo + Globes Predictions

This week’s Oscar Podcast features 100% less blowjob action than last time. You can decide for yourself whether that’s a good thing or bad. The focus this week is mainly looking for meaning in the slew of critics’ awards that have come down the chute in the last week with an eye toward the upcoming (read…)

AFI 2012 Top 10


No Way Out (1987)

No Way Out (1987) Directed by Roger Donaldson Sean Young as Susan Atwell Susan (as she’s wanded by security): Lucky it’s not a bullshit detector or else none of us would get in.

Beasts of the Southern Watercooler

In honor of its selection as Best Score from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association today, your Watercooler Musical Interlude this week is a selection from the soundtrack of Beasts of the Southern Wild. Tried to get caught up on some of the animated films I missed earlier this year but which are making some (read…)

LA loves “Amour,” Boston, NY Online go “Zero Dark Thirty”

Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Picture: Amour (Runner Up: The Master) Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master (Runner Up: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty) Actress (tie): Emmanuelle Riva, Amour and Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master) (Runner Up: Denis Lavant, Holy Motors) Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, The Master (Runner Up: Anne (read…)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Planet of the Apes (1968) Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner Charlton Heston as George Taylor and Robert Gunner as Landon Taylor: I’m a seeker too. But my dreams aren’t like yours. I can’t help thinking somewhere in the universe there has to be something better than man. Has to be.

IDA Awards find “Sugar Man”

Here are the 2012 International Documentary Association awards. Check out the interview I did with the director of the Pare Lorentz Award-winning Island President here. Also check out Jackson’s interviews with Sugar Man subject Rodriguez here and director here. 2012 IDA Documentary Awards: CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ARNOLD SHAPIRO JACQUELINE DONNET EMERGING DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER AWARD DAVID (read…)

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

A Fish Called Wanda (1988) Directed by Charles Chrichton Jamie Lee Curtis as Wanda and Kevin Klein as Otto Otto: What is this “Hump a Limey Week” suddenly? Otto doesn’t approve. Otto might get jealous.

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

. The Thin Blue Line (1988) Directed by Errol Morris Appellate Attorney Melvyn Carson Bruder as Himself Bruder: Prosecutors in Dallas have said for years, any prosecutor can convict a guilty man. It takes a great prosecutor to convict an innocent man.

A chat with “Les Miserables” co-star Eddie Redmayne

Landing on Christmas Day, one of the most anticipated films of the year is Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the beloved and enduringly popular stage musical Les Miserables based of course on the Victor Hugo novel. Told completely in song, the story follows a group of characters against the backdrop of revolutionary upheaval in early 19th-Century (read…)

Three Days of the Condor (1975)

Three Days of the Condor (1975) Directed by Sydney Pollack Robert Redford as Joseph Turner and Frank Savino as Jimmy Joe: Jimmy? (hands Jimmy the lunch order) Jimmy: Hey, Shakespeare. How’s it going? Joe: Terrific. I’m building up a great collection of rejection slips. Jimmy: Yeah, I know the feeling. I always wanted to be (read…)

Me, alone in a room with Ms. Marion Cotillard

There is no shortage of beautiful people on movie screens, but often when you see them in real life, they’re not quite as pretty as you imagine they would be. Not so Marion Cotillard. It doesn’t seem possible, but she’s actually even more stunning in person. She was in Los Angeles recently to promote her (read…)

NBR picks Zero Dark Thirty for the win

NAMED 2012 BEST FILM OF THE YEAR BY THE NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW *** 2012 Gala to be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 hosted by Meredith Vieira   New York, NY – (December 5, 2012) – The National Board of Review has named ZERO DARK THIRTY the 2012 Best Film of the Year. Below is a full list of the (read…)

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) Directed by Brad Furman David Castro as Harold Casey and Matthew McConaughey as Mick Haller Mick: Harold, you shouldn’t be running from your lawyer. It’s bad form. Now, you know what I want to talk about. In a minute, Judge Powell’s gonna call us down. He’s gonna want to know if (read…)

Breakfast with “Flight” Screenwriter John Gatins

One of the nicer surprises of the fall movie season has turned out to be Robert Zemeckis’ Flight starring Denzel Washington as an airline pilot who heroically rescues 150 passengers from certain death only to have it discovered he was loaded on booze and cocaine at the time. What follows is a genre-defying entertainment that (read…)

The Deep Blue Sea (2011)

The Deep Blue Sea (2011) Adapted by Terence Davies from the play by Terence Rattigan Rachel Weisz as Hester Collyer, Simon Russell Beale as Sir William Collyer and Barbara Jefford as Collyer’s Mother Hester: I’ve always thought of sport as one of the more pointless of human activities. Mother: That was almost offensive. William: I’m (read…)

Get your Oscar doc shortlist here

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards®. One hundred twenty-six pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with (read…)

NYFCC: Zero Dark Thirty

I love these picks top to bottom. Sure, I can think of other choices down the line that are deserving, but I’m really excited about all of these. For those of you keeping score at home, I was right about film, director, actor, foreign and screenplay. I didn’t pick cinematography or animated. I missed actress, (read…)

Annie Award Nominations

Brave, Wreck-It Ralph and Rise of the Guardians receive 10 nominations each. This year’s GKIDS entry is The Rabbi’s Cat. Best Animated Feature Brave – Pixar Animation Studios Frankenweenie – The Walt Disney Studios Hotel Transylvania – Sony Pictures Animation ParaNorman – Focus Features Rise of the Guardians – DreamWorks Animation The Pirates! Band of (read…)

Mission: Impossible (1996)

Mission: Impossible (1996) Directed by Brian De Palma Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt and Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell (not pictured) Luther: Look, uh, I just can’t hack my way inside. See, there’s no modem access to the mainframe. It’s in what we call the stand-alone… which means I’d have to be physically at the (read…)

Osar Podcast 10: Unleash the Awards Hounds! NYFCC, NBR, LAFCA

Navy SEALS track Oscar and prepare to shoot it in the face Up until now, it’s all been so much echoing in the chamber that is Oscar, but starting tomorrow (at what’ll seem like Zero Dark Thirty for those of us on the West Coast), news will start trickling in about about how the New (read…)


Rewatching Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game for a recent Movie Quote of the Day put me in the mind of Boy George on account of the singer’s cover of the Dave Berry song which gave the film its title. Boy George in turn set me off on a whole nostalgic early-to-mid-eighties MTV music jag which (read…)

Suspicion (1941)

Suspicion (1941) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Cary Grant as Johnnie Aysgarth and Joan Fontaine as Lina McLaidlaw Lina: I must be quite a novelty by contrast with the women that you’re photographed with. Johnnie: What do you think of me by, uh, contrast to your horse? Lina: I think if I ever got the bit (read…)

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