3 items from 2015
Everyone agrees that Julianne Moore is an Oscar shoe-in for her work as a woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the sad if predictable Still Alice. Moore is a respected and dependable actress and it’s her fifth nomination so this is her year – but she’s lucky that Still Alice wasn’t released a year earlier. Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, and Sandra Bullock all starred in much stronger films in 2013 and any of them would likely have beat Moore, whose excellent performance is the only thing that elevates the mediocre Still Alice one step above its disease-of-the-week made-for-tv trappings.
At the age of fifty, Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is enjoying a busy but fulfilling life. She is an acclaimed linguistics professor and a distinguished researcher happily married to a doctor (Alec Baldwin) and the mother of three grown children – Anna (Kate Bosworth), Tom (Hunter Parrish), and Lydia (Kristen Stewart »
- Tom Stockman
By Anjelica Oswald
After narrowing the Oscar documentary feature shortlist to five at the 87th Academy Award nominations Jan. 15, a number of notable exclusions were featured, particularly Al Hicks‘ Keep on Keepin’ On, which documents the mentorship and friendship of a jazz legend and a blind piano prodigy, and Steve James‘ Life Itself, about the life and career of famed film critic Roger Ebert. (James is no stranger to snubs and the exclusion of his 1994 film Hoop Dreams led to rule reform within the documentary category.) Both films hold 97 percent positive ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.
Some films surprised when they didn’t even land a spot on the shortlist, such as Red Army, which examines the rise and fall of the Soviet Union’s hockey team from the perspective of its coach. That film holds a 100 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In light of these best documentary feature snubs, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Red Queen’s Lost Her Head: Westmoreland & Glatzer’s Poetic Elegy of Familial Tragedy
It’s been a busy year for Julianne Moore, in between tent pole studio fare like the last Hunger Games installment and a Liam Neeson action flick she managed to snag Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her perversely satisfying role in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars. While that role is unlikely to generate the same amount of buzz from the Academy, it’s her moving performance in Still Alice that’s likely to garner her considerable awards attention and rightly so. The third film from Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, it’s a return to quiet, and subtle examinations of human interactions that so generously marked their breakout debut with 2004’s Quinceanera.
A Columbia University Linguistics Professor, Alice Howland (Moore) has just turned fifty. Happily married to her husband, Dr. John »
- Nicholas Bell
3 items from 2015
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