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Receiving a mixture of raves, polite applause, and a handful of outright naysayers, Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest concoction Inherent Vice comes to Blu-ray for critical reconsideration. Snagging two Academy Award nominations (Best Adapted Screenplay; Costume Design) and a Golden Globe nod for Joaquin Phoenix, it was an uncustomarily muted awards season for Anderson, while the box office take didn’t really pick up the slack. Still, its bizarre loopiness and distinction as the first cinematic adaptation of Thomas Pynchon should instill a healthy shelf life.
For his seventh film, we receive a queasy mix of gonzo comic neo-noir basted in the seedy nostalgic twinge of sleazy 70s era Los Angeles teased with a numbing carnival of multifaceted tangential characters diluting the film’s potency to the reductive force equal to a generous clusterfuck of all things strange. Fluctuating styles and clashing tones further enhance the film’s resounding detachment from a core ‘mystery, »
- Nicholas Bell
Then there is Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Reese Witherspoon, Maya Rudolph, and Benicio Del Toro, plus a bevy of other game thespians. This adaptation has a contrary effect. It makes you want to hightail it to the incinerator with every Pynchon paperback you might own. Farewell, V. Sayonara, Gravity's Rainbow.
But before I get too critical, let me just note that this apparently was a project of love for Anderson. Anyone who would tackle Pynchon's verbiage and hope to get a slightly comprehensible screenplay out of it would only do so out of an illimitable devotion for the author. Anderson's chance of success, of course, »
- Brandon Judell
And the Independent Spirit Awards have revealed the winners and it's looking a lot like the Academy Awards! "Birdman" beat "Boyhood" for the Best Feature trophy but Richard Linklater took away the Best Director award from Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu.
Is this a sign of what's going to happen at the Oscars tonight?
2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Winners (Highlighted) And Nominees
(Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)
Winner: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Winner: Richard Linklater
Ahead of tonight’s Academy Awards, the 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced last night in Santa Barbara, California.
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman claimed the most awards, taking home three gongs including Best Feature, although Iñárritu lost out in the Best Director category to Richard Linklater for Boyhood.
In the acting categories, Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Michael Keaton (Birdman) claimed Best Actress and Best Actor, while Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (b) were honoured in the supporting categories.
Here’s a full list of the nominations, with the winners highlighted in red…
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
David Zellner, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Dan Gilroy, »
- Gary Collinson
Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, handed out top honors to Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, Whiplash and Nightcrawler at Saturday’s 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Still Alice, Dear White People, Ida, Land Ho! and Citizenfour also received awards at the ceremony, which was held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
This year’s major category winners were Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); which won Best Feature, Best Male Lead and Best Cinematography, Boyhood; which won Best Director and Best Supporting Female, Nightcrawler; which won Best First Feature and Best Screenplay and Whiplash; which won Best Supporting Male and Best Editing; Still Alice, which won Best Female Lead; Dear White People, which won Best First Screenplay; Land Ho!, which won the John Cassavetes Award; Ida, which won Best International Film and Citizenfour, »
- Michelle McCue
The 2015 Spirit Awards were handed out today and it was Birdman taking Best Feature and Best Actor (Michael Keaton) while Boyhood went home a double winner taking Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette). However, while that's the result for the two big guns that will be going head-to-head at tomorrow night's Oscars, Nightcrawler was also a double winner taking Best Screenplay and Best First Feature, both awarded to writer/director Dan Gilroy. Otherwise, no big surprises with Julianne Moore (Still Alice) taking Best Actress and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) taking Supporting Actor, Citizenfour took Best Documentary and Birdman scored a third win for Emmanuel Lubezki for Best Cinematography. Justin Simien (Dear White People) took home Best First Screenplay and, whoa!, Look!, Whiplash was also a double winner, with Tom Cross winning for Best Editing (well deserved!) and anticipated Oscar winner in the same category, Ida won Best Foreign Language Film. »
- Brad Brevet
“Birdman” won the Spirit Award for best feature, and Michael Keaton nabbed the statue for actor for Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s whimsical comedy-drama that dominated the 30th edition of the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
The film thus triumphed in two of the categories that have been most difficult to predict this awards season. The feature trophy went to producers Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole.
Richard Linklater was named top director for “Boyhood.” The split between the helmer/pic prizes could be a foreshadowing of Sunday’s Oscars, since the top races are hard to call. And Oscar could throw a few other curve balls into the mix, since “American Sniper,” and “The Theory of Everything” are ineligible for Spirits (since, respectively, the budget exceeded $20 million and the production was British).
- Dave McNary
The 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have officially begun. Stay tuned for updated winners throughout the show. Hosted by Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell, the ceremony will be broadcast live on IFC at 2:00 p.m. Pt.
Updated List of Winners:
Feature (Award given to the producer)
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
- Variety Staff
The 30th Independent Spirit Awards was held in Santa Monica Saturday afternoon, and "Birdman" and "Boyhood" were the ceremony's big winners. Hosted by Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen, the more casual Oscar precursor honored the best in independent filmmaking from the past year. Only three films -- "12 Years a Slave," "Platoon," and "The Artist" -- have won best feature at the Spirits and gone on to nab the Best Picture Oscar. Time will tell if this year's Spirit winner will follow in their footsteps. Get a complete list of the nominees with the winners in bold, below:
"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" - Winner
David Zellner, "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter"
- Alana Altmann
9 items from 2015
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