Hugo (2011)

Hugo (2011) Directed by Martin Scorsese Asa Butterfield as Hugo and Chloe Grace Moretz as Isabelle Hugo: Isabelle, do you want to have an adventure? Isabelle: We could get into trouble. Hugo: That’s how you know it’s an adventure.

Cinema Eye Honors “5 Broken Cameras”

Oscar botches the documentary category more often than not, but you can usually count on Cinema Eye Honors to get it right. Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking “5 Broken Cameras” Outstanding Achievement in Direction Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, “Detropia” Outstanding Achievement in Production “The Imposter” Outsdanding Achievement in Cinematography “Chasing Ice” Outstanding Achievement in (read…)

2013 Oscar Nominations: Lincoln grabs 12, Pi 11

Lincoln got the most nominations this morning with 12 including Best Picture, Director, Editing, Actor, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. It’s one of only three films to receive nominations in Best Picture plus the key categories of Directing and Editing. The other two are Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook. I think you can (read…)

Funny Face (1957)

Funny Face (1957) Directed by Stanley Donen. Audrey Hepburn as Jo Stockton Jo: This is my second and last encounter with you lunatics. You just keep your hands off me – all of you! I’m here to make a simple delivery and I find myself pillaged and plundered! Well, I’ll have no more of it! (read…)

LiC’s 2013 Oscar Predictions

So, the Oscar nominations are going down tomorrow at the crack of dawn on the West Coast and these are my predictions. The only picks that are sort of out in left field are the #9 spot in Best Picture for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and even more so the #5 spot in Supporting (read…)

BAFTA nominations: Lincoln grabs 10

BAFTA, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has spoken. BEST FILM ARGO Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney LES MISÉRABLES Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh LIFE OF PI Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark LINCOLN Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy ZERO DARK THIRTY Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison OUTSTANDING BRITISH (read…)

American Society of Cinematographers nominations

Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC Les Miserables, Danny Cohen, BSC Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda, ASC Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski Skyfall, Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC Good for Claudio Miranda. That’s all I got.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) Directed by Brad Bird. Jeremy Renner as William Brandt, Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, Paula Patton as Jane Carter and Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn. Hunt: Brandt, use your head now. The mission’s not the codes. The mission is Hendricks. Brandt: Then just let it play out. Give him (read…)

Cinema Audio Society nomiations

Cinema Audio Society Sound Mixing Noms Live Action Sound Mixing: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Les Misérables Lincoln Skyfall Zero Dark Thirty   Animated Sound Mixing: Brave Frankenweenie The Lorax Rise Of The Guardians Wreck-It Ralph

DGA Nominations

Ben Affleck, Argo Steven Spielberg, Lincoln Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty Ang Lee, Life of Pi Tom Hooper, Les Miserables No big surprises here. As I said last night, that last slot was up for grabs in my opinion by several different directors and previous winner Hooper was one of the most likely. Not my (read…)

James and the Giant Peach (1996)

James and the Giant Peach (1996) Directed by Henry Selick Susan Sarandon as the voice of Spider and Richard Dreyfuss as the voice of Centipede Spider: We’re in the middle of a – how do you say? – a big puddle. Centipede: Biggest puddle of them all, angel fangs! The Atlantic Ocean!

DGA Predictions

In previous years, the Directors Guild Nominations would come down before Oscar ballots were due so one assumed they might have an impact on the race. This year, the Oscar ballots are already turned in so at best tomorrow’s nominations might help us gauge industry sentiment from the POV of one particular guild. Unlike the (read…)

Online Film Critics Society: Argo

Press Release The Online Film Critics Society has announced the winners of its 16th annual movie awards. Ben Affleck’s film Argo, about the fake film shoot that was used as a cover to extract six Americans from Iran during the Iran Hostage Crisis, was named by the organization as the Best Picture of the 2012. (read…)

Billy Jack (1971)

Billy Jack (1971) Directed and co-written by Tom Laughlin (as T.C. Frank and Frank Christina). Julie Webb as Barbara and Ken Tobey as Deputy Mike Barbara: I’m pregnant. Mike: You’re what? Barbara: Pregnant! Mike: I’ve been expecting this. How long? Barbara: Maybe six weeks. Mike: Alright, where’s the father? Barbara: Where’s the father? That’s funny. (read…)


This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is the theme from Howard Hawks’ El Dorado by The Nelson Riddle Orchestra. Though Hawks denied it, El Dorado is basically the first of two remakes of Hawks’ own Rio Bravo, which itself was a response to Fred Zinnemann’s High Noon. That’s it from me this week. What about you? (read…)

The Warriors (1979)

The Warriors (1979) Directed and co-written by Walter Hill James Remar as Ajax Ajax: I’ll shove that bat up your ass and turn you into a Popsicle.

National Society of Film Critics: Amour, Haneke, Riva

Best Picture: Amour Best Director: Michael Haneke Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike and Bernie Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, The Master Best Cinematography: Mihai Malaimare, Jr., The Master Best Nonfiction Film: The Gatekeepers Best Experimental Film: This Is Not a Film Film Heritage Prizes: Laurence Kardish; Milestone Film and (read…)

Deliverance (1972)

Deliverance (1972) Directed by John Boorman Burt Reynolds as Lewis and Ned Beatty as Bobby (not pictured) Bobby: We beat it, didn’t we? Didn’t we beat that? Lewis: You don’t beat it. You don’t beat this river.

Writers Guild Nominations

The only one I got wrong was picking Cloud Atlas instead of Perks of Being a Wallflower for Adapted. I kind of knew Cloud Atlas was screwed, but I never would’ve predicted that Wallflower would get it. ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Flight, Written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures Looper, Written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures The Master, (read…)

James and the Giant Peach

Kind of hating the movie version of James and the Giant Peach last night (which I was watching for the first time), I pulled out my own copy of Roald Dahl’s story. On the inside cover of the book (long missing its dust jacket), I was startled to see my mother’s handwriting which reads simply: (read…)

Southern Comfort (1981)

Southern Comfort (1981) Directed by Walter Hill Keith Carradine as Spencer and Powers Boothe as Hardin Spencer: Reece is under the impression most of the time that he’s in a dime novel. Stuckey, he isn’t smart enough to read a dime novel. The Coach, well… Hardin: I think I know the type. Spencer: Look, these (read…)

Art Directors Guild Nominations

Screw the ADG for leaving Moonrise Kingdom out of the Period category. I predicted that instead of Argo, but got the other ones right. Fantasy I had Avengers and Hunger Games instead of The Dark Knight Rises and Prometheus.  Contemporary I had Silver Linings Playbook and Magic Mike instead of Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and (read…)

Shallow Hal (2001)

Shallow Hal (2001) Written and directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly Tony Robbins as Himself and Jack Black as Hal Hal: See, the problem is I’m kinda picky. Tony Robbins: What do you mean, picky? Hal: Well, for instance… I like ’em real young. Like, uh, did you ever see Paulina in her first (read…)

PGA Nominations

Fairly predictable set of choices. I predicted 9 of 10 correctly with only my guess that Flight would get in instead of Beasts of the Southern Wild being wrong. “Argo” (Warner Bros.) Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn “Django (read…)

Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

Dangerous Liaisons (1987) Directed by Stephen Frears. Glenn Close as Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil and John Malkovich as Vicomte Sebastien de Valmont Valmont: To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, for religious fervor and the happiness of her marriage, what could possibly be more prestigious? Isabelle: I think there’s something degrading about having a (read…)

The Deep (1977)

The Deep (1977) Directed by Peter Yates Nick Nolte as David Sanders and Robert Shaw as Romer Treece Treece: You know what they say about these waters. If the Jamaican pirates don’t get you, it’ll be the cold embrace of the sea… and that’s no lover’s kiss.

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