7 items from 2017
By: Carson Blackwelder
Martin Scorsese has been a force at the Oscars for decades now with nine films earning some sort of recognition by the Academy but his latest showing, Silence, is looking to be completely glanced over. There much evidence pointing to this happening — lack of precursor nominations, opening weekend box office numbers, domestic box office performance thus far, and critical evaluations. Let’s take a deep dive into these aspects and see if there’s any saving grace for Silence this awards season.
At this point, with the Academy currently voting for the Oscar nominations, signs are pointing to Silence getting completely get shut out. The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg list the film as a frontrunner in any category — including the categories Scorsese’s films have been nominated in before. Those are best picture, »
- Carson Blackwelder
“About three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani (which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’)”—Matthew 27:46Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield), a Jesuit priest ministering in a 17th century Japan hostile to Christians, craves the sound of this voice, pining for a confirmation of his convictions: something—anything—to demonstrate that God, too, has not forsaken him. Accompanied by Garrpe (Adam Driver), a fellow priest, he enters Japan looking for his former mentor, Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson), who according to rumor apostatized at the hands of the Japanese authorities. Because the Japanese closed off their borders to “Christian” nations like England, Portugal and Spain, Garrpe and Rodrigues travel illegally from Macao to Japan, led by an enigmatic drunkard, Kichijiro (Yôsuke Kubozuka). Shortly after their arrival, the priests bear witness to excruciating acts of torture perpetrated against the local Japanese Christians. »
Do portrayals of celebrity culture and fan worship get more lacerating and acute than 1983’s masterpiece The King of Comedy? Martin Scorsese’s follow-up to Raging Bull is quite brilliantly perceptive, taking the hatchet to narcissistic wannabes in the form of Robert De Niro’s seminal Rupert Pupkin whilst also taking us behind the curtain and depicting the loneliness that comes with those who’ve made a success of themselves. The latter is personified by Jerry Lewis’ alienated comic star Jerry Langford, one who can barely leave his New York apartment without vitriolic ‘fans’ wishing he gets cancer. In Scorsese’s utterly damning depiction of fame, there are no winners: neither aspiring stars nor established A-listers come out of this one clean.
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- Sean Wilson
It's been 23 years since Winona Ryder won a Golden Globe, but it was as if no time had passed when she hit the awards show's red carpet on Sunday.
The 45-year-old actress stepped out in a strapless black gown alongside her longtime partner, Scott Mackinlay Hahn. She paired her dress with simple accessories and a black clutch.
Photos: Stranger Things Kids Walk the 2017 Golden Globes Red Carpet, and We Can't Handle the Cuteness!
Ryder is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Drama Series for her role as Joyce Byers in Netflix's Stranger Things, making this the third time she's been up for a Golden Globe.
In 1990, she was nominated for her role in Mermaids, and in 1994, Ryder won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for her portrayal of May Welland in The Age of Innocence.
In addition to Ryder's nomination, Stranger Things is also »
Claire Foy won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama. The win is her first and the first of the night for “The Crown.” Shortly after, “The Crown” won Best TV Drama, making it a two-time winner on the night.
Foy earned rave reviews for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s ambitious (and expensive) period drama. Many predicted it would be a strong awards contender for both Foy and the series as a whole. Watch her speech below:
Round of applause for Claire Foy, #GoldenGlobes winner for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama! pic.twitter.com/cle39dIncU
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 9, 2017
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- Ben Travers
When it comes to predicting the Golden Globes, the only sure thing is to expect the unexpected. Hollywood Foreign Press voters are known for making bold choices (“Mozart in the Jungle,” “The Affair,” “Girls,” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” have all won top series prizes in recent years), and shining the spotlight on newcomers (“Transparent,” “Mr. Robot,” and “Homeland” all triumphed at the Globes first before going on to Emmy glory). With that in mind we’ve parsed the tea leaves on this year’s impressive line-up of TV nominees to gauge who’s out front heading into Sunday.
Television Series – Drama
For the second year in a row, HBO’s epic “Game of Thrones” is the only returning nominee in this category. But the ratings powerhouse and Emmy champ has never won. Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. voters have an affinity for flashy new entries, and this year they’ve got an embarrassment of riches to choose from. Netflix »
- Geoff Berkshire
It’s easy to bemoan the majority of trailers for giving away too much or, upon seeing the film, ending up with something far different than what was marketed. However, a few times a year, a trailer works on its own terms; as an impressive piece of editing in its own right and/or as the ideal tease for an highly-anticipated film. We’ve selected our 20 favorites from the last year, ranging from some of 2017’s biggest films to the best in arthouse and foreign films to a handful of surprises.
Check them out below and let us know which trailers you were most impressed with in 2016.
A late contender to the list, this brief preview for The Lost of City of Z was perfect tease for James Gray‘s period epic. Giving us our first glimpse at Darius Khondji‘s stunning, shot-on-35mm visuals, »
- The Film Stage
7 items from 2017
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