Cat wonders why the world is white.
The unlikely rise of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, Hollywood’s majorly hated, hugely successful kings of the modern-day spoof
Here are a few predictions for tonight’s awards ceremony. By the second Saturday of the fest, there are competition standouts that make a fest-goer 65 - 70% sure of the major category winners. This year, I feel about 20% sure. Which is good! A majority of the movies I saw at this year’s festival were somewhere on the good-to-great scale. And movies that one person adored, another loathed — that’s a good thing. I personally don’t want a movie I love to be universally accepted. I’ll explain that feeling another time. Anyway, without a frontrunner in any category, here are a few blind picks for tonight’s awards (made because it’s a silly guessing game — had to leave out a lot of films I loved off this list). Thoughts?
U. S. Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic: Dear White People
U. S. Grand Jury Prize, Documentary: The Overnighters
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic: 52 Tuesdays
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Documentary: The Green Prince
Audience Award, U. S. Dramatic: Whiplash
Audience Award, U.S. Documentary: No No: A Dockumentary
Audience Award, World Cinema Dramatic: God Help the Girl
Audience Award, World Cinema, Documentary: The Green Prince
Audience Award, Best of NEXT: Land Ho!
Directing Award, U. S. Dramatic: Fishing Without Nets
Directing Award, U. S. Documentary: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Directing Award, World Cinema Dramatic: Blind
Directing Award, World Cinema Documentary: 20,000 Days On Earth
Cinematography Award, U. S. Dramatic: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Cinematography Award, U. S. Documentary: All the Beautiful Things
Cinematography Award, World Cinema Dramatic: White Shadow
Cinematography Award, World Cinema Documentary: We Come as Friends
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic: Infinitely Polar Bear
Screenwriting Award: World Cinema Dramatic: To Kill a Man
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize: I Origins (inevitable and already announced!)
And if any of the special awards from last year carry over….
U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting: Bill Hader & Kristen Wiig, The Skeleton Twins
U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Sound Design: Whiplash
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: Wetlands
Editing Award, U. S. Documentary: CAPTIVATED The Trials of Pamela Smart
Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary: The Notorious Mr. Bout
The first music from The Raid 2. Read about how it was made and more on the state of modern film scoring at my composers roundtable at The Hollywood Reporter.
Until the Oscars get it together and honor stunts, I talk to the people behind the five best ones of 2013.
A Sundance Recap!
Kristen Stewart Sheds Her Skin in Sundance Entry Camp X-Ray (plus Whiplash, Dinosaur 13, and Locke)
Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens Becomes an Action Star in Sundance Entry The Guest (plus Frank, God’s Pocket, and Fishing Without Nets)
Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, and Jenny Slate Move On From S.N.L. in Style at Sundance (incl. Skeleton Twins, Obvious Child, Young Ones, Obvious and I Origins)
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a Masterful Return to His Slacker Roots (plus Dear White People, Low Down and Love is Strange)
Plus thoughts on Whiplash, Locke (starring Tom Hardy), Dinosaur 13 and more from Sundance.
"Though it dabbles in the speed-ramped, pectoral worship of Zack Snyder’s sword and sandals softcore “300,” it would be wrong to call director Renny Harlin’s ‘Legend of Hercules’ a crass imitator. A cash in, sure. But in an effort to strip the Greek myth of any ‘silliness’ —displays of uber-strength and the man-on-monster beatdowns one might expect from the mythical guy who bested Eurystheus’ Twelve Labours — writers Sean Hood and Daniel Giat turn ol’ Herc into Beefcake Jesus (actor Kellan Lutz), a savior of the people challenged by his own godliness. “Legend of Hercules” is a companion piece to ‘The Bible’ mini-series in both tone and scope; sporadic action breaks up endless amounts of epic speak gobbledygook, the whole thing packaged with CG surroundings that wouldn’t pass as Lord of the Rings animatics. When Hercules finally embraces his heritage, finally Hulks out with a lightning sword, the welcome absurdity is too little too late. ‘I, Claudius’ has bigger thrills then this would-be tentpole.”
- Check out my review of The Legend of Hercules
Read my case study on Rain Man, and how it went on to become the highest grossing movie of 1988 (beating out Die Hard and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)
All of Wes Anderson's slow-motion shots, because why not.
Kristen Stewart as a Guantanamo Bay prison guard?