KNIGHT OF CUPS Trailer

Taking a quick break from the deluge of awards news to bring you what will probably be one of my top films of next year. Malick will always have a weakness for pretty people taking long slow walks in fields or beaches or wherever, but it looks like he’s adding a nice little dose of…

BIRDMAN, or THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE Review – ****

To what degree can a few seconds impact an entire film? In his review of Thelma and Louise, Roger Ebert argues that the climactic shot ends a few seconds too soon, and as such robs the film as a whole of just enough power that it doesn’t get **** from him. And in the case of Birdman, there are a…

Oscar Wrap-Up

Well, let’s look and see what went down, shall we? Best Picture – 12 Years a Slave Absolutely spot-on. The best of the nominees, basically the best film of the year, an important milestone in Academy history…there was some speculation that Gravity might take this at the last minute, and reports of Academy members who found…

Some last-minute Oscar thoughts:

Best Picture: American Hustle: Not a bad movie–a pretty good one, to be honest–but it’s “edgy” and “wacky” only by the most white-bread metrics. This winning might be worse than Argo winning, and that was a ridiculous choice. Captain Phillips: A fine thriller. Would’ve actually been a decent contender had they given Greengrass the nomination. But I’m…

Longlists to Nominees: Cinematography

It’s time to look at some pretty pictures. All is Lost Computer Chess 47 Ronin The Great Beauty Her Inside Llewyn Davis Prisoners The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Spring Breakers To the Wonder A Touch of Sin 12 Years a Slave Upstream Color