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Aug 04 2015

Curio: Bad Dads in New York

Alexahere.Each year for the past 5 years,San Francisco-based Spoke Art has held a Wes Anderson-themed art show titled Bad Dads.I would be remiss not to mention that this year marks the first time the show will be held in New York.The gallery described the move as a natural one:

Although Anderson's films take us everywhere from a fictional pre-war Europe to the far reaches of India and even out to sea,New York City is home to one of Anderson's first real successes,The Royal Tenenbaums.His palpable connection to New York is only made stronger by the fact that he resides there as well,and as the exhibition enters its sixth consecutive year,it only makes sense to host it in such an exciting and diverse city.

More info on getting tickets and a preview of some of the work that will be on displayafter the jump

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Mar 29 2015

Film Bitch Awards ~The Medals Ceremony

Can we take a moment to appreciate that I finished the awards this year?!?A momentous recovery given that this most popular feature has slid in follow-thru without true wrap-ups the past two years.Self sabotage is a wicked trait.It shouldn't come as a surprise thatBirdmanandUnder the Skinled the nominations with 15 and 11 respectively since they were my two favorites of the year.The biggest surprises are surelyGone Girl's 11 nominations and the piddly nomination counts for two oftop ten films(Love is StrangeandMommy- how did I do so wrong by them?)but these things don't always work out as expected when you concentrate on individual elements within collective achievements.Some movies are just greater than the sum of any one part and other movies have a hundred excellent parts but not quite a genius whole.

On to the ceremony.Please to imagine the title themes from the corresponding films blaring as their medalists take their places.The tunes you'll hear most often are:

Overall - films with the biggest trophy hauls
Under the Skin(5 gold medals,2 silver,2 bronze)
Birdman(4 gold medals,5 silvers,1 bronze)
The Grand Budapest Hotel(4 gold medals,2 silver)

...which is a funny coincidence because they happen to be the exact three medalists from theOriginal Score category,if not in quite that order!

Gone Girljust misses the final podium with 3 gold medals,2 silver,and 2 bronze...quite a showing for a filmthat only made it to #17 in my favorites of the year.I've been wondering ever since I publishedthe top ten listif I should've had that Fincher/Flynn collaboration on it. I put on the DVD in the other day to check on one detail and ended up watching the whole thing.Again.So now it's also the movie I've seen the most times from 2014.MeanwhileBoyhood,my bronze medalist in Best Picture,didn't have a huge trophy haul in the end,just 4 medals: 1 gold,1 silver,and 2 bronze.Two films that did well in medals despite low nomination counts wereBegin AgainandThe Boxtrolls.See all the medals (indicated by gold,silver,and bronze star icons) on the Film Bitch Awards charts

-Oscar Correlatives
All Four Acting Categories
Sound and Music (and Oscar Correspondent Stats)

- Extra Fun Categories

Special Acting-Related Categories
Character Awards (Heroes,Divas,etcetera)
Best Individual Scenes (and Overall Stats)

And with that we close out the 2014 Film Year!Finally.Whew.What an exhilarating ride it was.This is when we shout "AGAIN!"like a giddy child and line up to do it all over again albeit with a different set of films.

Feb 24 2015

Curio: Oscar Snacks 2015

Alexahere.I knew early on that my annual Oscar pig-out this year would feature the pastry at the center of Wes Anderson's latest.Not only because it was probably my favorite film this year,but because Wes kindly supplieddetailed instructionsfor making the Courtesanau Chocolat.A literal invitation to create my own Wes Anderson diorama!I had to try.

It was all fun and games until the assembly,when the mini towers toppled like dominoes.Damn you,Wes!

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Feb 18 2015

Let's Talk Costume Design

Manuelhere to talk costume design,one of my favorite Oscar categories.Today's detour into this category comes courtesy ofthis very cool "Oscar by the numbers"infographic MTV came up withwhich makes the bold statement that "Zero"is "the number of oscar nominations for women behind the scenes."I'm sure they were hoping to point out the absence of women like Gillian Flynn (in Adapted Screenplay) and Ava Duvernay (in Directing) but isn't it horribly misleading?You don't have to go far to see Oprah Winfrey & Dede Gardner (Selma),Cathleen Sutherland (Boyhood) and Helen Estabrook (Whiplash) nominated in the Best Picture category,but you're mostly also ignoring the women nominated in Production Design,Make up and Hairstyling and,of course,Costume Design.Aren't these women working "behind the scenes"?This last category is to my mathematically challenged mind (and I'd have to double check the shorts categories to be sure),the only one outside of the actress nominations where we see an overabundance of female nominees.

And so,I wanted to highlight the work of the five costume designers nominated this year.If there's one thing to be said about the increasingly PR-driven world of Oscar campaigning is the careful attention to the crafts categories as showcases for those working "below the line"as one would say.And so here are sketches (with accompanying links of where to read more about these designers and their work)from the five nominated films...

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Feb 17 2015

Podcast Pt 1: Joe,Nick and Nathaniel's Oscar Predictions

Nick,Nathaniel and Joe get together -- no Katey this week,sorry kids -- to make our final predictions and let our conversations wander (as we do).Joe reveals a very messy ballot,Nick brings upThe Judgegoddamn it (!),and Nathaniel watches Matthew McConaughey commercials.

Pt 1 Oscar Prediction Finale
41 minutes
00:01 Scores.Do they realizes that Alexandre Desplat hasn't won?
05:14 Song.A disagreement about "Lost Stars"and which version will Adam Levine perform?
11:53 Sound Mixing & Sound Editing.Drums (Whiplash / Birdman) vs.Bullets (American Sniper / Unbroken) and some "what is this doing here?"theories
18:00 Documentary.IsCitizen Fourlocked up or could we see a surprise?
20:00 Animated Feature.More disagreements!
23:35 Visual Effects.How to we even predict this category?Film love?Technological Breakthroughs?The one that stands out?
28:00 Makeup & Old Age makeup done right for a change
30:33 Foreign Film:Idatrumps
36:00 Film Editing: we discuss Structure / Rhthyms / Agendas

Supplemental Material for this Podcast:
Tomm Moore interview onSong of the Sea
An interview with Hans Zimmer
Oscar Charts & Final Predictions
Nathaniel's Tilda-Specific Makeup & Hair Ballot

Please to enjoy and continue the golden conversation in the comments. You can listen at the bottom of the post ordownload from iTunes starting tomorrow.

Oscar Prediction Finale Pt.1

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