9 items from 2013
For the buildup to this year's Oscar race we thought it would be fun to revive StinkyLulu's Supporting Actress Smackdown and so far it's gone just beautifully. This month we're hitting the 2003 lineup for its 10th anniversary. Unfortunately I have to announce a small delay: The Smackdown will now air on Thursday, December 5th at Noon Est instead of, well, right now.
But in its place our new Smackdown tradition which we keep meaning to turn into a regular non-Smackdown series. "Introducing..." in which we remember our first glimpse of key movie characters. You've met this month's panel but these events now include an extra panelist: You (the collective you) so feel free to send in your ballots (by tomorrow at the latest) if you'd like your vote to be counted. Here's how you do that.
Without further ado...
Introducing... (in the order of how soon they appear in their »
- NATHANIEL R
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Elysium: Neill Blomkamp cements his science-fiction credentials as a filmmaker with a genre vision the likes of which we haven’t seen since the socially conscious Sf of the 1970s; this is smart popcorn cinema with something to say [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to streaming
Red Obsession: sly and sometimes funny, this is a microcosm of the economic state of the world — the West faltering and China ascending — seen through the prism of France’s boutique wine industry [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
post-turkey Thanksgiving treats
Addams Family Values: featuring Wednesday’s subversive Pilgrims vs. Indians pageant [at Amazon Instant Video] The Ice Storm: one 1970s turkey day turns tragic; the great cast includes Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Christina Ricci, and Elijah Wood [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Pieces of April: »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 58 Mins.
The real-life love story of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Gloría Pires) is gorgeously shot against the lush postcard backdrops of ’50s and ’60s South America —but its emotional landscape is a little more arid. If Blue Is the Warmest Color is the gloriously messy supernova of this year’s lesbian dramas, this is the J. Peterman catalog version: elegant, tasteful, and two-dimensional. B —Leah Greenblatt
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 24 Mins.
Dysfunctional-family Thanksgivings have been served up by »
- EW staff
Who are these amnesiac boys, rising up each month from a rusting elevator into the middle of a grassy glade?
What is this massive stone maze surrounding them, and why does it change shape each day? How long will some unseen intelligence keep testing them as they try desperately to escape?
- Anthony Breznican
How To Survive A Plague may not have walked away with an Academy Award on Sunday, but the story could have a longer life yet. Thursday, ABC Studios announced that they had optioned the rights to the David France documentary about a group of HIV-positive activists fighting for their lives and the lives of their friends, who managed to get the pharmaceutical industry to focus on testing and identifying new treatments for AIDS. While the film was a documentary mainly drawing from interviews and news footage, the miniseries will be scripted. France confirmed the news to EW.
“It’s still very early. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Emergency: We're less than two weeks from the Oscars, and I still have an entire Academy history to lament. Let's give props to the ten actors who've deserved an Academy Award most, yet have found themselves empty-handed. I've ranked them according to how much I've wept rethinking each slight.
10. Alec Baldwin
Yes, I'm trying to fix the gaping hole in my heart where 30 Rock once lived, but I also bring up the name of Jack Donaghy's maker for a pertinent reason -- he is a dynamite screen presence. If his chilling "Always be closing" monologue in Glengarry Glen Ross weren't scary and bad-ass enough, he's proved himself capable And cuddly in Working Girl, The Aviator, The Departed, and The Cooler, where he notched his first and only Oscar nomination. Surely the man who racked up six straight Emmy nominations for lovingly patronizing Liz Lemon should win one damn Oscar for bringing the heat onscreen. »
The term “crowd-pleaser” should probably be retired from the movie universe. When a serviceable January horror flick like Mama can make $20 million its opening weekend (and that’s demonstrably in the off season), you can bet that virtually every film that opens week in and week out at number one is, in ticket sales and essence, a crowd-pleaser. So it seems unnecessary, or maybe just redundant, to single out any one film for fulfilling that definition. It would sort of be like referring to Twizzlers or popcorn as “popular movie junk food.”
At the Sundance Film Festival, however, the term »
- Owen Gleiberman
While the 2013 Sundance Film Festival is in full swing this weekend, we thought it would be fun to look back a decade and remember the best films of the 2003 event. The award winners that year include American Splendor, Capturing the Friedmans, All the Real Girls, My Flesh and Blood, The Station Agent, Stevie, Thirteen, A Certain Death and Whale Rider. And other major movies premiering at the fest include The Cooler, The Shape of Things, Tupac: Resurrection, Pieces of April, The Weather Underground, Northfork and the Bob Dylan disaster Masked and Anonymous. The U.S. also got its first look at 28 Days Later, In America, Bus 174, Bend It Like Beckham, Laurel Canyon, The Secret Lives of Dentists and Irreversible. To commemorate such a great Sundance (which spotlighted some filmmakers returning this year, like David Gordon Green and Michael Polish), we’re spotlighting some of our favorite scenes from some of the movies listed above. Not »
- Christopher Campbell
By Joey Magidson
Greetings from Park City, everyone! As I’m writing this piece, I’m in Utah attending the Sundance Film Festival. So far, it has been pretty cool (if a bit overwhelming at times), especially for a first-timer like myself. Being here inspired me to try and tie in the festival to the Oscars, as I’m prone to do with just about everything that I can. I’ve found that I’m on the lookout for what could move from this year’s festival lineup to the next awards season.
When I wrote about which film festivals influence the Oscar race a few weeks ago (found here), I mentioned how Sundance wasn’t the prime destination for awards hopefuls but still functioned as an essential launching pad. That was certainly true this year, and it will remain the case going forward.
It takes a certain »
- Joey Magidson
9 items from 2013
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