9 items from 2016
Demolition, directed by Dallas Buyers Club and Wild's Jean-Marc Vallée, was supposed to be the movie that got Jake Gyllenhaal over the Oscar hump — until Fox Searchlight decided to release it in April instead of this fall. But the film was still the opening-night selection at last year's Toronto International Film Festival. The indie drama stars Gyllenhaal as an investment banker picking up the pieces (literally) after the death of his wife. As it turns out, the film looks much sunnier than Southpaw, the other movie where Jake Gyllenhaal loses his wife in a tragic accident. As Oscar Wilde once said, to lose one of Jake Gyllenhaal's onscreen wives is a tragedy; to lose two of Jake Gyllenhaal's onscreen wives looks likes carelessness. We see a little more of Naomi Watts, the customer service agent who helps pull Gyllenhaal out of a slump in the newest trailer »
- Nate Jones,Jackson McHenry
The Irish are coming, the Irish are coming! The 11th annual Oscar Wilde Awards, which honor the artistic contributions of Irish-blooded talents in Hollywood and beyond, hit Santa Monica Feb. 25. Rounding out this year’s honorees are Oscar-nominated “Room” director Lenny Abrahamson, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breakout Daisy Ridley, “Penny Dreadful” star Sarah Greene, “The Late Late Show” host James Corden, and Grammy-nominated rockers Snow Patrol. They’ll all take center stage three days before the Oscars at J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot California headquarters, where Abrams will also serve as emcee. It’s been quite the year for Abrahamson in particular. The Dublin-born filmmaker, 49, has been recognized in Irish film circles since his 2004 feature debut “Adam & Paul,” but it wasn’t until 2014’s Michael Fassbender starrer “Frank” that audiences and critics took notice stateside. This year’s critical darling, “Room,” is the story of Ma (Brie Larson) and her spritely son, »
Todd Haynes’ “Carol,” which missed out on key nominations for best picture and best director from the Academy last week, swept the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association’s top categories, the org announced Monday. The film won top honors for film of the year and received gongs for director Haynes, lead actress Cate Blanchett and screenplay.
Haynes also took the Wilde Artist of the Year Award (named for the group’s “patron saint,” Oscar Wilde), while the film was named Lgbtq Film of the Year as well. Leonardo DiCaprio won the lead actor prize for his performance in “The Revenant.”
On the television side, “Fargo” and “Orange is the New Black” tied for the drama series award, while “Transparent” won a trio, for best comedy series, comedy actor (Jeffrey Tambor) and Lgbtq show of the year.
Full list of winners below.
Film of the Year
Director of the Year
Todd Haynes, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Chicago-based distributor Music Box Films has acquired North American rights to Luc Jacquet’s documentary Ice And The Sky and set a second quarter theatrical release. The film centres on glaciologist Claude Lorius, who pioneered the study of ice cores in Antarctica to understand the impact of global warming. Music Box Films president William Schopf brokered the deal with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch.
Spotlight star Michael Keaton was named Officer Of The Order Of Arts And Letters by France’s Minister Of Culture And Communication, Fleur Pellerin, at a ceremony in Paris on Monday. Spotlight earned six Oscar nominations last week and opens in France on January 27.Sarah Greene will be honoured along with James Corden and Snow Patrol for the Us-Ireland Alliance’s Oscar Wilde Awards on February 25 in Santa Monica. Greene can currently be seen in the TV series »
When The Inbetweeners first aired on British screens in 2008, it quickly cast off its humble budget to become one of the nation’s most beloved cult series. The story of four horribly average but deeply endearing teenage boys stuck in smalltown suburbia told a story that television had never really touched: that of those kids who are neither cool nor dorky, neither pretty nor pug ugly, neither intelligent enough to join the high achievers nor stupid enough to flip burgers. In short, it was a beautiful, riotous, foul-mouthed celebration of the unapologetically average, of the kids who fall between the cracks.
Its four protagonists each become cult icons in their own right. Will, a privately educated eccentric rarely seen without a briefcase, who for all his uptightness possesses a wit to rival Oscar Wilde; Simon, a deeply insecure romantic with “a pimply face and hair the Empire State building”; Neil, »
- Jarleth Coelan
The Ripper Street series 4 opening two-parter is ambitious, confident, and very much back in business...
This review contains spoilers.
4.1 The Stranger's Home
In Ripper Street’s finale last series, we were left with our heroes scattered and in quite an array of situations. For Matthew Macfadyen’s Edmund Reid, it was something of a happy one, recovered from his near fatal gunshot wounds and reunited with his daughter to carve out a life together by the sea. Drake (Jerome Flynn) was left in charge of H Division with Jackson (Adam Rothenberg) still in his employ. Susan (MyAnna Buring) languished in Newgate Prison, awaiting her death sentence, due to be carried out after the birth and nursing of her son.
It’s now 1897, a big year for both the history of Great Britain and culturally speaking too. It’s the year of Dracula, Oscar Wilde’s release from prison and, »
Richard Ayoade takes his desert-dry snark to France, staying at l’Hotel, the opulent site of Oscar Wilde’s death. Leaving that shrine to Left Bank literary chic, he heads for the Montparnasse tower to look at the Eiffel tower, before going on a scooter tour, eating calf’s head casserole, drinking absinthe and learning about cordon bleu cookery, fine art and bespoke perfume. Trying not to simply stand there helpless with laughter as Ayoade relentlessly undermines his own enterprise is this week’s companion, Mel Giedroyc. Jack Seale
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- Jack Seale, Ali Catterall, Julia Raeside, Jonathan Wright, Andrew Mueller, David Stubbs, Hannah Verdier, Paul Howlett
Most filmmakers spend the duration of a career emphasizing one walk of life over the infinite others, but occasionally there is an artist who seeks the truth through universality: the common thread that unifies a Mexican intersection, a Moroccan village, or an American theatre into a snapshot of what it truly means to be alive. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu is one such artist, pursuing the crevices of the human soul for nearly twenty years, and doggedly striving to capture fear, hope, and mortality on the silver screen. Some label it pessimistic cinema, but in the words of Iñárritu idol Oscar Wilde, “A pessimist is nothing but a well informed optimist.”
Starting his own production company in the 1990s, the Mexico City native would spend much of the decade churning out advertisements and short films – many of which, including Detras del Dinero (1995) and El Timbre (1996), provided glimpses of the director’s penchant for humanized drama. »
- Danilo Castro
Director Clio Barnard’s 2013 film is an unflinching look at the hard scrabble lives of two teenage misfits growing up in a poverty-stricken area of post-Thatcher England. The two boys, who earn their money collecting and selling scrap metal, fall in with a Fagin-like dealer whose shady ways lead to inevitable tragedy. The film was very loosely based on a children’s parable written by Oscar Wilde and though Wilde’s story takes place far from the destitute foothills of Bradford, England, the melancholy allegory proves both moving and authentic.
- TFH Team
9 items from 2016
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