18 items from 2014
The New York Film Critics Circle voted today for their picks for the 2014 awards at the Film Society at Lincoln Center.
Boyhood was awarded Best Picture and Richard Linklater was named Best Director. Marion Cotillard was selected as Best Actress for her roles in both The Immigrant and Two Days, One Night and Timothy Spall was chosen as Best Actor for Mr. Turner. A Special Award was given to Adrienne Mancia, who, as a curator at MoMA for more than 30 years, helped shape the moviegoing tastes of New Yorkers by bringing the work of filmmakers like Bernardo Bertolucci, Manoel De Oliveira, and Marco Bellocchio to the United States.
In celebration of the Critics 80th year, the awards will be handed out during their annual ceremony on Monday, January 5th at Tao Downtown.
Full list of winners below
Best Picture: Boyhood
- Michelle McCue
The New York Film Critics Circle will again kick off awards announcements by unveiling their choices Dec 1. The org’s awards dinner will be Monday, Jan. 5, at the Tao Downtown.
The National Board of Review, which for years made the first announcement, will unveil its choices Dec. 2. In 2011, Nyfcc moved up its announcement by two weeks, to be first out of the gate. They ended up delaying the vote by one day, to Nov. 29, to accommodate “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” but voted without seeing “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” The early announcements are always a factor since some filmmakers have not finished their late-year entries by that point.
The Nyfcc and Nbr announcements will be followed by a flurry of awards, »
- Tim Gray
The Weinstein Co. launched the Outback adventure starring Wasikowska as .camel girl. Robyn Davidson last Friday after postponing the debut from the originally dated May 23.
In the first three days it grossed $US21,544 at four cinemas for a per-screen average of $5,386, which the Hollywood Reporter described as lacklustre.
According to Box Office Mojo, the film has raked in less than $US4.4 million internationally. In Us dollars the top market is Australia with $2.1 million followed by the UK.s $825,000, Germany.s $772,000, the Netherlands. $455,000 and Italy.s $311,000. The Los Angeles Times. Betsy Sharkey enthused, .The desert trek in Tracks is as brutal as it is beautiful; the performance by Mia Wasikowska as raw as the reality. And the camels? If they don't steal your heart it must be stone-hinged. »
- Don Groves
Just a bunch of random thoughts this week, gang…
As I mentioned two weeks ago, Martha Thomases and I go waaaay back to the days when she was DC’s go-to woman for marketing and promotions and I was a naive, newbie freelance writer for the company who always stuck my head in her doorway (“hey, Martha”) whenever I was in the office. We have always been kindred spirits in political thought and our taste in literature, television, and moves have always coincided more than they have diverged, and now Martha’s latest column extends that coincidence to some critics.
Martha, you have more patience than I do; I couldn’t even finish the piece because I got so annoyed. So, yeah, I’m not an A.O. Scott fan, either, although I do think he writes beautifully. In my not-so-humble opinion, Mr. Scott is a bit of a snob and »
- Mindy Newell
Bart: It was Charlie Rose who remarked this week that the death of a Robin Williams or Joan Rivers — people who made us laugh — evokes an especially emotional response from the public (this observation in itself is amusing coming from Charlie, who looks like he’s in pain when he smiles). His point is correct for two reasons: We admire comedians because they can get away with saying anything while the rest of us are suffocated by the rules of political correctness. We both envy and appreciate that freedom.. Secondly, the act of standing in front of an audience to make people laugh is death-defying. We admire comic courage.
Fleming: I never met Rivers and I can see that »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Modern technology has made it unnecessary to leave the house (or even the couch for that matter) to order up your choice of cinematic fare. But there was a beauty in the VHS tape. And artist Chris MacGibbon has given some modern faves the VHS treatment.
If you're old enough to remember those trips to the video store, you certainly recall some of the more memorable VHS box artwork.
The unforgettable cover to the Maniac box comes immediately to mind, as does The Texas Chain Saw Massacre with Rex Reed's quote "The most horrifying motion picture I have ever seen" boldly emblazoned on the cover, which featured an image of Leatherface laid over a backdrop of Marilyn Burns' terrified eyes.
A fan of the style himself, MacGibbon decided to give some more recent standout horror films a bit of the ol' VHS magic.
Dig in below and see what MacGibbon came up with. »
- Scott Hallam
Actor-writer-director-Instagrammer James Franco has drawn some criticism (and a few eye rolls) in recent months—both for his penchant for churning out literary adaptations as well as for antics like his recent nude selfie. Franco knows this, and he has a solution to propose: “If it’s true Franco fatigue, then just don’t bother with me.”
The A.V. Club talked to Franco about his directing debut Child of God, and the conversation turned to a recent unfavorable review. “What did we do to deserve James Franco?” the New York Observer’s Rex Reed wrote. “A good actor who sees himself as director, »
- Ariana Bacle
Tammy Girl: Falcone’s Debut a Tepid Turkey
Rex Reed might have been better served to save his wayward disparagements about the cinematic talents of Melissa McCarthy for her turn in Tammy, even though his cacomorphobia and repellant misogyny would still have been best left for a conversation amongst a likeminded coterie. After box office hits with Identity Thief and The Heat in 2013, McCarthy’s star power has afforded her the chance to get her own vehicles off the ground. Pity then that her first major venture, co-written and directed by husband Ben Falcone, is so miserably underwhelming. Reminiscent of how Chris Farley’s comedic talents were often squandered on sub-par projects in the 90’s, McCarthy seems intent to repeat the trashy lass formula that’s served her so well, but her eponymous protagonist grates rather than skates above the mediocrity of the material.
Recently fired from her job in a fast food joint, »
- Nicholas Bell
What can’t the great Melissa McCarthy do? The 43-year-old actress—whose style of go-for-broke physical comedy is at once wild and grounded, brash and vulnerable—opens movies. She gets awards love. She stars in her own material: the road-trip comedy Tammy (in theaters July 2), which she co-wrote with her husband, first-time director Ben Falcone. She can do everything…except escape stupid.
The message boards on McCarthy’s IMDb page are flooded with it. “How much does she weigh???” is the subject of one quality discussion, alongside such threads as “Token fat girl, just a Big part of the ‘It »
- Karen Valby
Swashbuckling screen icon Errol Flynn, who made his way from Australia to Hollywood in the 1930s, comes to life in "The Last of Robin Hood," a snapshot of the 1950s winter of his career -- when he infamously pursued teenager Bevery Aadland. It stars Kevin Kline, Dakota Fanning and Susan Sarandon. Watch the glamorously saucy trailer below. This latest behind-the-scenes Hollywood flick (See "Hitchcock," "My Week with Marilyn") from writers/directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland ("Quinceanera") bowed at Toronto last Fall. While critics were not in love with the film -- with Variety citing that it "defangs" the "wild and crazy" source material" -- other critics, such as Rex Reed per the trailer, admire Kline's "king-size" performance as the illusive screen icon. Samuel Goldwyn brings the film to Us theaters on August 29. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2014
Price: DVD $26.95
Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) stars in the drama as Fred, an attorney leaves his wife of 24 years then turns up on the doorstep of his former mistress, Velvet (Alice Eve, Men in Black 3), four years after they’ve broken up. While Fred is happy they can finally be together, Velvet isn’t so sure she wants that — or ever wanted that.
As Fred attempts to rekindle their romance, his persistence becomes obsession.
Rated R, the 2013 movie got mixed reviews from critics and moviegoers, with some loving it (like Arizona Republic critic Bill Goodykoontz who said it’s “well worth watching and arguing over”) and others hating it (including the New York Observer‘s Rex Reed, who described it as “a sad example »
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- Brad Brevet
The guys at Destroy the Brain pick a new flick once a year to show at their monthly Late Night Grindhouse midnight series, which usually showcases classic horror and sleaze from the ‘70s and ‘80s. Hobo With A Shotgun and Beyond The Black Rainbow are a couple of the St. Louis premieres they’ve shown in the past. This weekend they’re screening something new called Cheap Thrills which Andy chose after seeing it at a horror film festival. Good enough for me. I’ve purposely not read up on this film because I’d like to be surprised, but it’s getting praise (and condemnation) from all the right places (Rex Reed says it “lowers the standards of nausea and disgust to new levels”).
Cheap Thrills screens midnights at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave, St. Louis) this Friday and Saturday nights (April 11th and 12th)
- Tom Stockman
The name director Ted Kotcheff may not be as instantly recognisable as some of his filmmaker contemporaries, but a fertile creative period during the 70s and 80s saw him craft a number of well-received films across a variety of genres – The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (which launched the career of a young, pre-Jaws Richard Dreyfuss), the original Fun with Dick and Jane, North Dallas Forty, Switching Channels and Weekend at Bernie’s.
Arguably, he’s best known for bringing the iconic character of John Rambo into the world with the 1982 ‘Nam-scarred survivalist classic First Blood, but another underappreciated film from his CV is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. 1971’s Wake in Fright was an early addition to the Australian New Wave cinema movement, and remains a vivid and disturbing depiction of the country’s hard-drinking, fiercely masculine subculture of that era. We talked to Kotcheff earlier this month »
- Adam Lowes
No offense to entertainment journalists and film critics, but Kate Winslet doesn’t read what they write about her. It’s nothing personal. And it’s not as if she’s inaccessible. In fact, she’s one of the more engaging interviewees one is likely to encounter: sharp, unguarded, down-to-earth, hilarious in a salty-tongued way. This willful indifference to the media is more an act of preservation than anything else.
“It’s the only way I’ve been able to stay sane in these last 20 years,” says the oft-decorated actress, who’s being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 17.
The sentiment is not a recent affectation. Back in 2007, when she was being honored with a Britannia award from BAFTA/La and had just garnered her fifth Oscar nomination, the message was the same. “It’s sort of a survival instinct on some level,” she told Variety at the time. »
- Steve Chagollan
The parallels between Tennessee Williams’ Blanche DuBois and Woody Allen’s title character in “Blue Jasmine” have been well-documented. But the complexity of Cate Blanchett’s performance puts Jasmine in a class of literary predecessors that includes Jay Gatsby and Tom Ripley, dissemblers who will stop at nothing to convince themselves and others they are to the manor born — not by birthright but by deceit and more than a little self-delusion.
Of course, financial fraudster Bernie Madoff’s spouse, Ruth, factors in as a real-life model for Allen’s Upper East Side trophy wife — disgraced by her husband’s transgressions and stripped of her leisure-class comforts — but it’s Blanchett who does something astounding with the role, straddling that delicate line between loathsome materialist and tragic dreamer. “I’m not particularly interested in playing for sympathy with an audience,” says Blanchett, who’s being honored Feb. 1 at the Santa Barbara »
- Steve Chagollan
Scoring her second great role of the new year, Rebel Wilson will play the sharp-tongued roommate of Amanda Seyfried’s character in the Jake Szymanski-directed He’s F-ing Perfect, based on the script by Lauryn Kahn that will be produced by Gary Sanchez. Seyfried will play a social media-savvy girl who is pessimistic about love and vets her friends’ dates to find flaws. When that process leads her to uncover the perfect guy, she decides to use her Internet research skills to turn herself into his perfect match. Wilson landed a part that a lot of actresses chased, and it comes after Wilson landed a showy role as the night guard at a London museum that is the setting for the Shawl Levy-directed Night At The Museum 3. It is nice to see Wilson flourish by being herself after winning turns in the films Bachelorette and especially the sleeper hit Pitch Perfect. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Another year has come to an end, which means it's time for the Dread Central staff to weigh in with their picks of the best and worst of 2013's horror offerings. We're giving you a full dozen lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers.
We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers. We averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:
Worst: Texas Chainsaw 3D
Runners-up: The Purge, The Last Exorcism Part II
Check out the Dread Central staff's Best of and Worst of lists for 2013 by following the links below!
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18 items from 2014
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