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Friday
Feb 21 2014

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Huffington Posta live-blogged review of critical punching bag Pompeii
Pajibaon Lupita Nyong'o on Ellen.We already knew Ellen was a perfect talk show host but Lupita is a natural at talk show guesting as well
Gurus of Goldtop threes in each category from the Gurus.Looks like I'm way off consensus on Adaped Screenplay and Editing
SlateTurns out "Chivo",cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki,has an instagram feed and Slate is crazy besotted with it
Pop & HissP!nk added to performers list at the Oscars.亚博主页We're guessing aerial acrobatics but they already had thosereallyrecently at an Oscars ceremony...亚博主页like I think just two years ago,right?

NY TimesManohla Dargis delivers an impassioned ode to Jennifer Lawrence's huge career...and thinks she's going to win Sunday night
/Filmreports on the Live Read of Quentin Tarantino'sPulp Fictionin LA.Lizzy Caplan did the Uma/Amanda parts and Joseph Gordon-Levitt did Vincent Vega and,yes,they got up and danced
NY Timeshonestly I take issue with this report that Oscar nominations didn't do much for the box office of the nominees.While I agree that the expanded Best Picture field has seriously diluted the marketing pull of "Best Picture!"a lot of these movies would not have done even half of what they did without Oscar buzz.I'm talking ALL of the non-star driven ones
Culture Monsterwas 2013 really a great year at the movies or does social media just exaggerate all the love?
Playbilloh dear.Lea Michele hasn't given up on starring on Funny Girl on Broadway just yet.Her #1 accomplice Ryan Murphy aims to help her
Keyframehave you seen the video essays on who deserves the Oscars.亚博主页I thought Best Actress was fairly interesting
In Contentiontalks to the sound team onAll is Lost
Awards Dailytalks to Steven Price aboutGravity

Finally,in case you haven't heardThe LEGO Moviewill be getting a sequel 1190 days from now on May 26th,2017.Everything will probably notstillbe awesome -- I loved the movie but it seems like the perfect one-off rather than anything sustainable --  but franchise culture,Lord Business,and the grosses demand it.

Saturday
Jan 11 2014

"All is Lost"For Oscar Noms?

One of the biggest question marks this season is what became ofAll is Lost's Oscar heat?

Was it the box office (okay but unnoteworthy)?The relatively laidback Robert Redford campaign when hard sells are the norm?Or was it merely that the movie is a quiet contemplative type fellow in a sea of noisy exuberant life-of-the-party types?Or was it that other quiet contemplative loner with which critics are far more enamored (That other guy goes,oddly enough,byHer)?

There is still a chance thatAll is Lostcould pull a few nominations out of its hat this Thursday morning but with none of the recent guilds going its way,and very little in the way of critics awards,all might be truly lost.Which seems strange given the early heat it had forBest Actorand the nominations it probably deserves like the sound categories.I know it's not an original notion to compare it toGravityin terms of theme and plot but the similarities don't end there.In both cases,the sound is inarguably crucial to the movie's success. Here's a veritable FYC ad for its Sound Mixing and Sound Editing...

Do you think the film will come up empty-handed on Nomination Morning or surprise with Redford and other stray nod?

Sunday
Nov 24 2013

Katniss Sets Box Office Ablaze

Amir here with the weekend's box office report.To the surprise of no one,The Hunger Games:Catching Firecame out on top,edging out not just this week's meagre competition,but also the originalHunger Games.Back then,it was surprising that the YA adaptation could open to more than $150m,but with the book series now even more universally recognized and a leading lady who is threatening to become Hollywood's biggest star,these numbers aren't shocking.Still,to put things in perspective,Catching Firenow has one of the top five best opening weekends of all time,neck and neck withThe Dark Knight Risesfor the best 2D-only opening.

Batman franchise level openings for Hunger Games

Staggering numbers.The question at this point is whether the film has enough fuel in its tank to beatIron Man 3to the year's top spot.

BOX OFFICE
01THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE$161.1 *new*
02THOR: THE DARK WORLD$14.1(cum.$167.8)Review
03THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY$12.5(cum.$50.3)Discussion
04DELIVERY MAN$8.2 *new*
05FREE BIRDS$5.3(cum.$48.5)
06LAST VEGAS$4.4(cum.$53.9)
07JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA$3.4(cum.$95.4)
08GRAVITY$3.3(cum.$245.5)Many Previous Posts
0912 YEARS A SLAVE$2.8(cum.$29.3)Slavery in Cinema&Previous Discussions
10DALLAS BUYERS CLUB$2.7(cum.$6.4)Podcast&Review

The weekend's other debut is the critically dismissed Vince Vaughn joint,Delivery Man,about a man whose countless sperm donations in youth have led to countless children.I haven't seen it but I foundStarbuck,the original Quebecois film this is based on,genuinely funny and engaging a couple of years ago at TIFF,where it was the runner up for the People's Choice Award.

Beyond that,the main talking points are the buzzy Oscar contenders,all present in the top twenty at this point,unless you countPhilomenaa top contender.Dallas Buyers Clubentered the top ten,12 Years a Slavecontinues to hold well - am I the only one surprised by this film's success?Nebraskais also doing well (though Alexander Payne's approval ratings with critics continues tobaffle me).But I think the real story is thatAll Is Losthas now reached almost $5 million,pleasantly strong for a film with virtually no marketing hooks.I wasn't a big fan of the film,but I can't begrudge J.C.Chandor his success.He's an exciting talent.

Aside fromNebraska,I caught up withTerms and Conditions May Apply,which is on Oscar's documentary longlist and is actually really captivating,rewatched the superb Brazilian Oscar submissionNeighboring Sounds,and caught up with an Iranian film calledWhen Everybody Was Asleep,which is quite possibly the message-iest of all message-y movies.What did you all see?

Saturday
Nov 09 2013

Oscar's Songwriters Have a Difficult Task in 2013

Glennhere and it's the weekend,which means there is no better time to discuss Oscar's original song category (er,right?).Much like that other much-maligned category,animated feature,The Academy's songwriting branch somehow need to come up with five nominees even if there aren't enough worthy contenders.Last year's introduction of a guaranteed five nominees produced "Academy Award NomineeTed!",although it did allow for the beautiful song fromChasing Ice(performed by ScarJo!) to come to our attention so maybe it's not such a bad thing after all?I strongly believe that this is their penance for not nominating "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me"fromBurlesquea few years back.Diane Warren's music branch voodoo doll works in mysterious ways,folks.

At least one song we can all be pretty confident about is "Let It Go"from Disney'sFrozen.Apparently the studio will only be submitting this one song from the film despite a wide roster of contenders.They're going for the win it would seem and,at least at this stage,unless reception to the film isn't particularly positive it's probably the best bet for the win based purely on history.The video below isn't the best,but it's all we've got at the moment that isn't a Demi Lovato pop version.

The Butler,The Great Gatsby,Belgian bluegrass and Tom Cruiseafter the jump!

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Thursday
Nov 07 2013

Updated Oscar Charts - All Categories!

TheOscar Chartsare all updated - some new text,ranking shifts,etcetera - so let's discuss!

PICTURE
Who says we have no frontrunner?A million+ articles have clogged the net proclaiming the mysteriousness of this Oscar race but you can tell that something's leading when the knives come out.And the knives do seem to be out for12 Years a Slave,Steve McQueen's brilliant slavery drama about Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) a freeborn black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery where he stayed for a tortuous 12 years.A couple of weeks ago David Polandperformed a scathing vivisectionof a recent Los Angeles times piece on12 Years a Slavewithout anesthesia.The purpose of the article seemed to be taking the film down.Mark Harrisrecently conveyed some of his problems (respectfully) with the film,but noted that it remains the epicenter of conversation.

Meanwhile over at Gurus of Gold,the period drama maintains a solid though not comfortable lead overGravity.Merely glancing at the Gurus chart shows how crowded and confusing the Best Picture race is at the moment.There is only true(ish) agreement on five pictures (12 Years,Captain Phillips,Gravity,American Hustle,Saving Mr Banks) so perhaps that would be our nominees under the now departed but long running system which gave us only 5 pictures.But beyond that,the rest of the blissfully expansive field looks fairly evenly matched in a heated race for the other 0-5 possible slots.Curiously I am the ONLY pundit not predictingInside Llewyn Daviswhich is somehow in sixth place with the Gurus.Either I'm very prescient or...(don't finish that sentence,I'm warning you!)

Forest Whitaker and David Oyelowo in "Lee Daniels' The Butler"

One final note on this category,in the latest update I droppedLee Daniel's The Butler-- at first accidentally when I movedNebraskaup (a film that I think stands out neatly from the pack both in temperament,goal,and actual look) -- but then the difficulty of gauging The Weinstein '13 Model was staring me back in the face.The previous and always formidable Oscar champs know how to play the game and they have four major hopefuls inFruitvale Station,Philomena,August: Osage County,andLee Daniels' The Butler.But here's the catch: don't all four seem evenly matched at this point in terms of probability?I keep shuffling them around and every ranking looks right.Which movie are theyreallygoing to get behind and which will the precursors rally 'round making that choice easier for them (and Oscar voters)?

DIRECTOR
Curiously,however the Oscar Best Picture cards fall I do think that Alfonso Cuarón is going to walk away with the Best Director trophy.It's less rare than it used to be to see a split.The Academy loves to see you sweat and not just in the acting categories.They like the directors who are obviously working with large scale complicated tasks and the 'long-time-in-the-making-this-was-so-hard-to-achieve' stories will be crack for some voters.That plus Cuaron is a "warmer"filmmaker than his nearest rival Steve McQueen,who doesn't care if he rocks the boat in conversation.In short,the smart,ballsy,art-world born McQueen is not exactly the shaking hands / kissing babies type.Which is not to say that he's not friendly (he is) but still...

I seem to be one of the only pundits who is bullish about J.C.Chandor getting 1/2 the credit forAll is Lost's success.I'll admit it's a risky call that might not pay off at all since that movie appears to be "All Redford!All The Time!"and as such it's helping...

ACTOR
"Bob"Redford become the frontrunner for this statue,albeit not an unbeatable one.It's simplistic to suggest that 'Career Honors' votes will be split with Bruce Dern,dooming them both,because that implies that they're fighting for the same votes and honestly,why would they be?The films...and the stars...are very different creatures with probably very different fanbases.

On a potentially more divisive note,I'm starting to worry for Chiwetel Ejiofor.That might sound crazy,since he stars in the frontrunning film,but hear me out: Best Actor is very full with big stars / storied actors (McConaughey,Redford,Hanks,Dern) doing what many are calling career best work,while three big stars remain outside that presumptive lineup ready to shake things up if enough people love the films (Bale,DiCaprio,Phoenix) and one former winner could surprise if the film is more popular than we're thinking (Whitaker) which leaves two men only as "newbies"to the competition: Chiwetel and Michael B Jordan the latter of whom clearly has one particular advantage in that "breakthrough"style awards will keep him in the conversation for the whole season,even if that coveted shortlist spot might still be out of reach.This is all a long way of saying that the race is way too crowded (the year's most competitive field,I'd wager) to "lock"anyone up.And what's more this is hardly the first Steve McQueen movie with an Oscar worthy leading man (that'd be all of them,all being Fassbender x 2) but in the end his movies are always viewed as auteur pieces first and foremost.What's more,Oscar's acting branch doesn't have a great history of understanding the special skills of actors who can turn themselves into a vessel for a film's thematic concerns.Ejiofor's role is meaty,sure,but it's also kind of purposefully emptied out -- for much of the film he's silent about himself for survival -- and Oscar likes detailed intricacies of character in their leading actors and actresses.They like a particular kind of achievement and this is another kind.I'm probably worrying for nothing but12 Years a Slave,however great it is,seems like the kind of masterpiece that could spark weird continued weird backlashes and tiny pockets of "no thank you"s which could cost it key nominations here and there despite how accomplished it is across the board.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS&SUPPORTING ACTOR
...these categories!I think they're still wildly up in the air and pundits are only in semi-agreement because there are so many ways it could go.I hope the awards strategists and publicists behind really great stuff are noticing the window of opportunity (SHORT) here before things start locking up and they might in notoriously lazy unsatisfying ways.My supporting actor list is still making me nervous.For as much as Brühl won great reviews and is a lead masquerading as supporting (which often helps for non-huge stars) is anyone talking about the film?And as much as Leto won great reviews and has a really showy part,will he appeal to the AMPAS acting branch since he's such a "part timer"as actors go...and too familiar for "DISCOVERY!"excitement?With the ladies I'm testing out what it looks like to predict Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave) and June Squibb (Nebraska) -- mostly because I could see either happening.What'cha think?

Other Charts...Updated But We'll Dive In Further Soon
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