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Chicago – It’s that time of year to figure it out, as 2014 leaks away, and the film year follows suit. Whittling down a list to ten films, after hours of entertainment and provoking of thought, is a fool’s challenge at best. Then who better to do it than Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com.
Best to change it up to first person voice, since I’m writing the actual article. So, I, Patrick McDonald, will attempt to break down the film year into the 10 Best, and my colleagues on HollywoodChicago.com will follow suit in the next several days.
The most difficult slot of any list like this is the 10th position, for it leaves out so many brilliant possibilities for 11th place and onward. At that position are the international films “Bright Days Ahead,” “Force Majeure” and “The Raid 2”; the horror/comic genius of “Dead Snow 2: Red vs. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The Southeastern Film Critics Association have added to the year-end discussion, becoming the second group to hand top honors to Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel." The film won the Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Ensemble prizes. Ava DuVernay's "Selma," meanwhile, won the Gene Wyatt Award, given to a film that best evokes the spirit of the South (while a personal favorite, "Cold in July," came in second place there). Check out the full list of winners below and remember to follow along at The Circuit. Best Picture "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Best Director Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" (Runner-up: Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel") Best Actor Michael Keaton, "Birdman" (Runner-up: Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything") Best Actress Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" (Runner-up: Reese Witherspoon, "Wild") Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash" (Runner-up: Edward Norton, "Birdman") Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood" (Runner-up: Tilda Swinton, "Snowpiercer") Best »
- Kristopher Tapley
Oscar analysts largely believe that the current Academy Awards race boils down to a two-headed competition between Richard Linklater.s Boyhood and Alejandro Inarritu.s Birdman. That could change if and when more Academy members start to see Selma, but the point is that Birdman should contend for multiple Oscar next year. except this one. Deadline reports that an appeal filed on behalf of Antonio Sanchez.s percussion-heavy score for Birdman was denied by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. appeals board, meaning it will not be eligible for Oscar consideration. The trade site notes that even though Sanchez.s drumming makes up the bulk of the music in the eclectic score, "at question was the use of classical music cues for other points in the film." The rules of eligibility for this Oscar category specifically state that "scores diluted by use of tracked themes or other pre-existing »
Last year, all nine Best Picture nominees were on Sefca’s list. Thanks Paddy: Best Film 1. The Grand Budapest Hotel 2. Boyhood 3. Birdman 4. Whiplash 5. The Imitation Game 6. Gone Girl 7. Snowpiercer 8. Nightcrawler »
- Sasha Stone
How did we get to the stage where trailer launches seem like bigger events than the movies they're promoting? Hype and buzz rule all, but that said we'll admit we still get a giddy thrill out of seeing a good trailer. The 2-minute promo has become an art form in itself, and in 2014 Hollywood went to town when it came to selling the biggest and best films.
Digital Spy looks at 10 of the best trailers of the year below...
10. Gone Girl
David Fincher knows how to put a trailer together, and the tease for his adaptation of Gone Girl used Richard Butler's rendition of 'She' to gloriously unsettling effect. On first glance this looks like a fairly routine disappearance thriller, but in keeping Rosamund Pike's Amy Dunne in the background there's a sense that maybe Fincher and author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn are holding something back.
"A thief. »
On the face of it, 2014 has been a rather strange year for film, a step down from an annum of classics and simultaneously a slalom into the realms of adventure and discord. It is rather significant that now, more than halfway through December, most talk has turned to trailers and announced releases for next year, the long-term planning of industry giants and the hunt for the next super-franchise. It is simply continuing the trend; of the twenty highest grossing films of 2014 (so far), an eye-watering seventeen are sequels, adaptations (of source material or franchise brand), reworks, reboots or otherwise unoriginal content. Of the three left over, two were unheralded comedies. 2015 promises more of the same, with the arrival of Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys (sic), Mad Max: Fury Road as well as Avengers 2, The Hunger Games 4, Fast and Furious 7, Taken 3 and a Fantastic Four reboot. Oh yeah, and Fifty Shades of Sh Grey… »
- Scott Patterson
2014 was a remarkable year for movies big and small, and in spirit, here are top 10 lists from Thompson on Hollywood staffers and contributors. Anne Thompson: 1. "Birdman" Alejandro González Iñárritu took on the most audacious cinematic feat of the year —and corralled a posse of actors with balls, lead by Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone, to nail his dissection of Hollywood and the fragile balance between ego and id—shot in exhilarating long takes. 2. "Boyhood" Richard Linklater dreamed up the story of a boy growing over 12 years, from six to 18, and cast Ellar Coltrane as the kid and Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as his parents. No one else could have conceived, written and directed this daredevil feat. 3. "Mr. Turner" Mike Leigh took his genius method and applied it to his passion project about the great English painter Jmw Turner, channeled to perfection by Cannes Best Actor winner Timothy. »
I guess the Florida Film Critics Circle really wanted their picks represented in the awards coverage space, seeing as I was pinged twice about it on Twitter today. I hardly see what the rush is, though, as it's more of the same. Kudos to them for picking the best film of the year and all, but as usual, we're getting to the point where these regional critics groups need to stop smelling each other's farts a bit and branch out if possible. At least this crowd got a bit adventurous in the foreign film category. Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and all the rest at The Circuit. Best Picture "Birdman" (Runner-up: "Boyhood") Best Director Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" (Runner-up: Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman") Best Actor Michael Keaton, "Birdman" (Runner-up: Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler") Best Actress Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl" (Runner-up: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice") Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Robert Duvall will be honored with the Icon Award and Alejandro G. Inarritu with the Director of the Year award at the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala on January 3.
Regarding Inarritu, who is receiving the award for the second time, Matzner said, “By creating the illusion that the film was shot in one take and directing award-worthy performances by Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and a star-studded cast, Inarritu has created a brilliant and original dark comedy in ‘Birdman.'”
Held at the Palm Springs convention center, the gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon and the cast of “The Imitation Game.” The festival runs January 2-12.
- Pat Saperstein
Palm Springs, CA (December 19, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival(Psiff) will present Academy Award-winning actor Robert Duvall with the Icon Award and Academy Award-nominated director Alejandro G. Iñárritu with the Director of the Year Award for Birdman at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon and the cast of The Imitation Game. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
.Robert Duvall gives an outstanding and amazingly realistic performance as Judge Joseph Palmer in The Judge,. said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. .This is sure to be remembered in his long listof iconic character roles, including Tom Hagen in The Godfather films, Gus McCrae in Lonesome Dove, Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies, »
Nearly a month after Sight & Sound posted the bare-bones results of its poll of 112 international film critics, we can now browse the individual ballots, many of which come with a paragraph or two of commentary on the selections or, in some cases, the state of things in general. This is one sleek interactive machine of an infographic—have fun! Otherwise, today's crop of year-end lists brings quite a variety of #1's: Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, Lav Diaz's Norte, the End of History, Ava DuVernay’s Selma, Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan, Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner, Tate Taylor's Get On Up, Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida and, of course, Richard Linklater's Boyhood. » - David Hudson »
The scandal over those star-bashing emails at Sony film studio could actually end up benefiting Angelina Jolie and her new film "Unbroken" at the Oscars, Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair) says in our webcam/podcast chat. "Angelina had a very tough week with SAGs and Globes, but that was before these emails came out with Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal. Very shabby. Whatever the truth is about all of that stuff, Angelina came off as a real class act and I have a feeling that will build some sympathy for her." Like most of Gold Derby's experts, Hogan has "Boyhood" out front for Best Picture, Director (Richard Linklater) and Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), but he sides with me picking Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") over Michael Keaton ("Birdman"), who now has a slight edge in the Best Actor race. See latest rankings. -Break- "Eddie has a much more inspirational role »
We’re almost at the point where it’s time for weekly Oscar prediction updates folks. It’s not quite that time, but before long it’ll be bi-weekly at least, with some precursor winner predictions thrown in for good measure. Anyway, since it’s the middle of the month, it’s time for new Academy Award predictions. With the precursors in full swing, there’s no shortage of things to consider, so expect a bit of a change in how a number of my categories look. There’s only a matter of weeks left to nail down who the nominees will wind up being, so the final time to play games is now. Once we hit January, things are far more serious. There’s no way to get things 100% accurate, but I certainly aim to come as close as I can. What you’ll mainly see here in this »
- Joey Magidson
The best-of-2014 lists and year-end awards keep tumbling out into the world and it's getting a little difficult to keep track of them all. So we've put together an index, easy on the eye but loaded with linkage. Richard Linklater's Boyhood is the clear critical favorite so far, but might the Academy lean more toward the actorly showmanship of Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman? We'll be updating the index all the way through Oscar Night, February 22, 2015. » - David Hudson »
Actor Robert Duvall and director Alejandro G. Inarritu are the latest additions to the 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival’s lineup of honorees, Psiff organizers announced on Friday.
Duvall, who was recently nominated for Golden Globe, SAG and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards for his supporting performance in “The Judge,” will receive the Icon Award at the festival’s annual Awards Gala, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 3 in the desert resort town east of Los Angeles.
See photos: 22 Biggest Snubs and Surprises: 2015 SAG Awards Nominations (Photos)
Inarritu will receive the Director of the Year Award at the same event for his film “Birdman, »
- Steve Pond
Actor and writer discusses career (and Sony hack) at BAFTA retrospective.
Ethan Hawke has said that he is “grateful” for the dialogue roused by the cancellation of The Interview’s release, commenting that censorship “makes writing important”.
In a retrospective of his career at a BAFTA, the Training Day and Before Sunset star said: “Two things are to blame for that censorship: the weakness of Sony and the scumbags who are threatening people. It creates an interesting dialogue for us, so in a way I’m grateful to it.
“The second they censored that movie and the second these terrorists say they’re going to kill somebody: wow, you’ve just made that piece of art important. There’s something awesome about that. Now everybody in the world wants to see that movie, and they will.”
Hawke spoke at length about his body of work with director Richard Linklater. “My career and Rick’s are forever entwined »
- Laurence.Bartleet@city.ac.uk (Larry Bartleet)
Richard Linklater's Boyhood tops the best-of-2014 lists at the Av Club and the Dissolve, both of which run to 20 films; critics at RogerEbert.com go for Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin. Today's lists also include those from Variety critics Justin Chang (#1: Boyhood), Peter Debruge (John Michael McDonagh's Calvary) and Scott Foundas (Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au langage); the New Yorker's David Denby (Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida); HitFix's Gregory Ellwood (Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel); plus best scenes, documentaries, performances and on and on. » - David Hudson »
The Las Vegas Film Critics Society is the latest regional critics group to unveil award winners for 2014. It was "Birdman" that came away the biggest hit with seven awards, including Best Picture. And for the second time today, a critics group has totally shut Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" out. I'm beginning to wonder if that's a reaction to widespread acclaim, but maybe not; after all, it's #2 on the Las Vegas critics' top 10 list. Just an interesting note. Check out the full list of winners below and, you know, The Circuit. Best Picture "Birdman" Best Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" Best Actor Michael Keaton, "Birdman" Best Actress Reese Witherspoon, "Wild" Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash" Best Supporting Actress Tilda Swinton. "Snowpiercer" Best Screenplay "Birdman" Best Art Direction "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Best Cinematography "Birdman" Best Costume Design "Guardians of the Galaxy" Best Editing "Edge of Tomorrow" Best Score "Birdman" Best »
- Kristopher Tapley
A top 10 list is a such a subjective quandary. It should speak to the consensus of cinematic quality to a degree, but it also needs to reflect the films that moved you personally. A great piece of cinema can entertain and it can inform, but as art you need to feel something from it. It needs to haunt you. It needs to stick with you. Therefore, in theory, the list should be the films that immediately come to mind when you ponder the last 12 months. As a critic, it's a reflection of your taste at the time. There is no justification; it's an opinion. Simple as that. Keeping that in mind, 2014 was a very good year at the movies, just not a great one. There were some incredibly strong films and performances, but was there truly a masterpiece among them? (And, yes, feel free to question if that's how we »
- Gregory Ellwood
Director Richard Linklater is having a pretty great year. He’s making his next movie just as his last one, Boyhood, is on its way to a possible Oscar or two. But despite a resume of absolutely amazing films (Before Sunset, Dazed and Confused, Waking Life) his most successful sometimes get forgotten. That’s the 2003 film […]
- Germain Lussier
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