Thursday, November 27, 2014

Trailer Break: Pan


So, I've been wanting to discuss this but haven't had the time, and so now I have a few minutes so let's talk.  I've been anticipating something visual here for a while, since this is probably my most anticipated film of 2015, I'm not going to lie.  Peter Pan is probably my favorite faitytale and one of my favorite books ever and Joseph Wright is one of my favorite new voices in cinema, and so his hands all over this tale made my eyes water with absolute excitement.

Yes, tears of joy were had.

So, after all the casting rumors and trash talk (multicultural means porcelain skin and different hair colors apparently), I was still really, really chomping at the bit for something to sink my eyes into and now we have it, the first trailer for Wright's Pan, due out next summer.

What do we think?

I'm kind of spellbound.  This looks like Hugo meets Oliver Twist meets Hook, and while some of it does have that cartoony feel I was hoping would be avoided (and Jackman looks a little, silly), there are some seriously gorgeous moments in that trailer, like the whole first half, and the visuals are remarkable (that floating ship, like MY GOD).  But most of all, I'm so excited to see another great child performance.  Levi Miller looks like pitch perfect casting, full of charm and charisma and undeniable talent.  He holds his own throughout that entire trailer, and while that is obviously just a snippet of a whole performance, he already has my attention.  The music choices, flash cuts and storybook aura of the trailer are really promising.  

I can't wait for this.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Independent Spirit Award Nominations...


So, I picked up a second job a few weeks ago, which is only supposed to take up 3 days out of my schedule, but between training and the upcoming holiday and the fact that everyone else decided to take vacation at the same time...I've been swamped and working like a dog.  I have no time to sit at the computer anymore and so my blog is sorely lacking.

I mean, I didn't even get to post these when they went live...I didn't even KNOW they went live until last night.

Like, WHAT THE HELL!?!?!

Anyways, before I'm off to work...AGAIN, I'm going to post these for discussion.  Please don't feel I'm neglecting your comments.  I just don't have the time, ATM, to respond in a manner that I feel is appropriate.  This grind will be over next week, so hopefully Tuesday things will simmer down some.

So...here are the noms.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Twice a Best Actress Bloggers Roundtable: Meryl Streep


It's Friday, which means it's Twice a Best Actress Day!  Now, I know that a lot of times we cover actresses and performances that you may not be entirely familiar with, but this is Meryl Streep week, and I know you've seen these performances...so expect a lot of comments this week!

I have to say, this wasn't fun.  Rewatching these movies was...hard.  One isn't awful, but it's finale slays me, and the other is...well, we're about to review it so I'll leave it at that.

First, our esteemed panel:

Andrew from The Films the Thing
Drew from A Fistful of Films
Sati from Cinematic Corner

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Legendary Nichols has left us...


We've broached the awfulness of waking up to bad news before.  This has happened many times in the past two years.  Such cinematic legends have been taken from us, some tragically too soon, but even when that individual has been with us for decades, as with the case of Nichols, it is still heartbreaking.  Mike Nichols, at the ripe old age of 83, has left us.  His legacy is a strong one, maybe not necessarily from the quality of film (which is debatable, as is all art), but his talent as an actors director was undeniable.  What he was able to pull out of his actors was just remarkable.  It's no surprise that he managed to direct his actors to 18 total Oscar nominations (ironically, this is the same number of feature films he directed).  Sure, the iconic nature of some of these remarkable performances are often attributed to the actors or actresses who portrayed them on the screen, but without the guiding hand of a deft director, they would never have been able to reach the heights they did.  So, to celebrate Nichols' legacy, I've put together a Top Ten Performances He Directed.  This is strictly film (mostly because I haven't seen Angels in America), but his film work is truly vibrant and full of varied performances, so it's worth singling out.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blind Spot Series 2014: Stray Dog

I think I'm down to the wire with this one (was it due yesterday or tomorrow?), but my Blind Spot entry is here, finally (you can catch the rest of them here).  I have had such an awfully busy month that it took me like three attempts to actually watch this, and of course each time I felt the need to start from the beginning so I think I saw the first thirty minutes of this three times this past week.

I'm talking about Stray Dog by Akira Kurosawa.

I'm a big fan or Kurosawa's work, so I was really excited about this one.  I only wish that this had lived up to my lofty expectations...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fisti Awards updates and news...


Well, the 1998 Fisti Awards are finished and posted here on the 90's Fisti Awards Page.  All the techs are up, with a few films making multiple showings.  There were some really beautiful films, from so many different eras and so spreading the wealth was fun, with only one repeat winner in the entirety of the techs.

So speak your mind and let me know what you think of these wins and nominees!

And I have some other Fisti Awards news.  So, I've been unhappy with my Awards Pages for some time.  I just feel like they are so cluttered, but when I started this blog I didn't really know how to work the site and so I created these pages unaware of how full they would feel once I started wrapping up the years.  So, I've decided to delete the pages and republish all of the awards as individual posts that will be linked on a singular page, that way you can just click on the year and see my awards for it.  I think it'll make reading them so much easier and will streamline the comments and the focus as well.

So, 1998 will be the last awards posted for a while while we wade through Oscar season and then, once the madness as settled, we'll start reposting (with some commentary on how I feel about these awards already doled) the already published awards as well as any that have become finalized in the time between (1982 and 1961 are really close).

Until then...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Carell stakes a claim in the Best Actor race...



Back at the beginning of the year, I was really confident that Steve Carell was going to be an Oscar nominee for Foxcatcher.  In fact, for quite a few months I was predicting that he'd win the actual Oscar.  In recent months though, this category has started to fill out and raves have been dolled out and frontrunners have become clear and the fact that his performance and film, while well received, are notably cold and off-putting have caused me to doubt his place in this race.  In fact, I have him outside my Top Five for the first time all year.  

Well, this year he's receiving the Santa Barbara 'Outstanding Performer of the Year' Award, and so he's suddenly shooting back on my radar.

I'm not sure that this will mean much (although previous winners include Oscar winners Firth, Lawrence, Cruz, Mirren, Ledger and Winslet), but it's something, and with a field filled to the brim with young-bloods in baity biopics, maybe goodwill for a veteran (of sorts) actor with his first brush with Oscar could mean something.