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Ever since Iñárritu's Birdman won Best Picture (and a bunch of other Oscars) a week ago, the film has received plenty of criticism and negativity. I, however, will defend the film as I think it's an exciting and original look at the struggles of artistry, told through the opening of a stage performance. One of my other favorite films in recent year was another Oscar winner, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, and it is very similar to Birdman in many ways. Thanks to a tip from Film School Rejects, an editor named Miguel Branco has cut together a video showing side-by-side visual comparisons between Birdman and Black Swan. It's rather mesmerizing to watch set to Alexandre Desplat's lovely "Wong Chia Chi's Theme" from Lust, Caution.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? It's about distraction. It's about focus. Now in theaters is the latest movie starring Will Smith, titled Focus, co-starring Margot Robbie of The Wolf of Wall Street. Smith plays Nicky, a con man in the midst of his latest scheme who is thrown for a loop when an accomplished femme fatale from his past shows up. Focus comes from the directors of Crazy Stupid Love and I Love You Phillip Morris, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and the cast also includes Adrian Martinez, Gerald McRaney, Rodrigo Santoro and BD Wong. So how is it? Worth your time or not? Is the heist even a good one? Once you've seen it, if you see it, post a comment with your thoughts on Focus.
Even though Sony Pictures has a lot to be happy about following their new deal to share Spider-Man, with Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige producing a new franchise for the webslinger, the studio is still recovering from a rough end to 2014. Sony Pictures was the victim of a major cyber attack that saw many embarrassing and revealing things revealed in private company documents and e-mails. Once the dust settled on the debacle, which included the threatened release of The Interview, the studio's longtime co-chair Amy Pascal stepped down from her position. And now a replacement has been found, but it doesn't sound good.
The 87th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and discover the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre with the always-entertaining Neil Patrick Harris as our host this year. With a line-up of eight Best Picture nominees, everyone is anxious to find out if Boyhood will beat Birdman, and if Selma will get any love, or if American Sniper or The Grand Budapest Hotel or even The Imitation Game will sneak in for the win. It's finally time to find out who is taking home an Oscar, and who isn't, at the Academy Awards this year. The full list below will be updated with winners marked as they're announced live tonight - refresh for updates.
Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2015 nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!
This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.
Here we go… The big rumor on Oscar weekend, with all of Hollywood in town, is that Steven Spielberg is apparently quite interested in directing the new Indiana Jones movie. If you recall, in January we posted another rumor that Chris Pratt – star of Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy – is Disney's top pick to star as the new version of Indiana Jones. Ever since Disney got their hands on Lucasfilm a few years ago, they've been figuring out how to bring more franchises back. Aside from Star Wars it sounds like Indy is next, and word from Deadline around Hollywood is that "assuming a script comes in to his satisfaction, Spielberg hopes to direct that film." That film being the new Indiana Jones perhaps starring Chris Pratt.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Manners maketh man. Do you know what that means? Then let me teach you a lesson." Yes! It's here! In theaters everywhere is Kingsman: The Secret Service, the new movie from action director Matthew Vaughn, introducing us to a brand new super spy organization. Colin Firth stars as Harry Hart, who recruits youngster "Eggsy", played by Taron Egerton, off the street to be a Kingsman. Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Sam Jackson, Mark Hamill, Jack Davenport and Sofia Boutella also star. So how is it? As awesome as everyone is saying? Or a waste of time? If you've seen it, leave a comment below with your thoughts on Matthew Vaughn's movie Kingsman: The Secret Service.
After the news broke that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios had finally come to an arrangement on the Spider-Man franchise, Alex wrote an editorial about how he wasn't excited. I can't help but disagree. First of all, let's take a moment to soak in how utterly exciting it is that Spider-Man is back home – in a sense – with Marvel. It happened. It finally happened. After years of fans wanting it, two lackluster Spider-Man movies (that fans didn't want) and a studio leak that all but got fans' hopes up with discussions of a talk between Sony and Marvel – the studio behind The Avengers will finally be helping shape the cinematic future of Spider-Man. I can't help but spin this as great news for for Marvel, Sony and Spidey's fans alike.
This is definitely going to be the unpopular, you're-totally-crazy opinion but I should be totally honest - this Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe news doesn't excite me at all. In fact, at this point I think I'm over Spider-Man. I didn't grow up reading the character in comic books, so I don't really have that kind of deep connection to Spidey the character. But I did "grow up" watching the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies, then later followed the newest iteration lead by Marc Webb after helping him breakout with 500 Days of Summer (originally a Sundance film). Maybe I'm also just a bit tired of Marvel these days, too. This is where Spidey belongs, in the Marvel Universe, I'll certainly agree to that, but I'm having trouble feigning any excitement.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "It can be difficult for people from underdeveloped worlds to hear that their planet is not the only inhabited planet." The new Wachowskis movie is here. In theaters everywhere is Jupiter Ascending, the spectacular new sci-fi space opera creation from Lana & Andy Wachowski (of The Matrix trilogy, Bound, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas) starring Channing Tatum as wolf-hybrid Caine and Mila Kunis as Jupiter. Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth & Gugu Mbatha-Raw are in here, too. Is it any good? Or is it a mess? Are the Wachowskis doing well or in trouble? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending.
"It's not where you take things from—it's where you take them to." (-Jean-Luc Godard) There is a moment in Xavier Dolan's film Mommy, officially my #1 film of 2014, that took my breath away. It's the kind of moment all cinema enthusiasts live for, the kind of visceral surprise that leaves you in such awe that you end up holding your breath until that moment – the scene – ends. The more I think about it, the more it grows in my mind, and upon further reflection I believe it is one of the defining moments in cinema in 2014. That no one is talking about… yet. I can't get it out of my mind, and out of everything I saw in 2014, it's one of the most brilliant cinematic decisions any filmmaker made. Xavier Dolan showing the rest how it's done.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "To you this is just a game, the virtual world!" Director Michael Mann is back with his latest action-thriller Blackhat (once known as Cyber), starring Chris Hemsworth as a blackhat hacker named Nicholas Hathaway, recruited by the government to help them solve an attack on a nuclear power plant in China. The cast includes Leehom Wang and Wei Tang as his Chinese cohorts, along with Viola Davis and Holt McCallany representing the US side. The hacker movie was produced by Legendary Pictures, and is now in theaters. So is it any good? Is it even worth seeing? Is it another hit for Mann or not? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Mann's Blackhat.
The complete list of nominees for the 87th Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (via oscar.go.com). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees this morning live via online/television broadcast. The selection seemed to be quite diverse, with some snubs, but lots of acclaim as well focusing on the excellent films from 2014. There's no need to spend any more time introducing this, so let's get right down to it! This year, The Academy selected a total of eight Best Picture nominee films, including: Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Selma (!), Whiplash and American Sniper. So without further ado, here is the full list of 2015 nominees from 2014…
The winners of the HFPA's 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, the precursor to the Academy Awards, have been announced tonight at a ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton hotel, hosted by the incredibly talented Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, back for three years in a row as some of the best hosts they've had. Our list below will be updated with all film-related winners as they're revealed during the ceremony's live broadcast. The nominees were odd as usual, and we're not sure who will win with so many great films in the running, so let's find out what the HFPA likes this time. Find out which films took home Globes! List below.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "But if you're Doc, it may all start to get a little peculiar after that…" Now in theaters is the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix as PI "Doc" Sportello. This stoner comedy/drama/mystery begins when Doc looks into the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend named Shasta, played by the effervescent Katherine Waterston. PTA's cast includes a bunch of other goofy characters: Josh Brolin as Bigfoot, Joanna Newsom as Sortilège, Benicio Del Toro as Smilax, even Owen Wilson, Jena Malone and Martin Short.. So how is it? One of PTA's best or did PTA get too high on his own supply? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on PTA's Inherent Vice.