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Chicago – Hot on the heels of the wondrous 10 Most Overlooked Films of 2012 and the illustrious first look at The 10 Best Films of 2012 comes “The 10 Best Films of 2012, Part Two,” as rendered by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com.
The best films of 2012 are a mixed bag, but there was incredible experiences in all of them, brought forth from a mix of old veterans, new voices and even debut filmmakers. There is less of the end-of-the-world theme of 2011 as if the end is near, let’s have a celebration. It continues to amaze me, now in my fifth year as a professional film critic, that the creative landscape continues to astound the senses and deliver the goods.
Of course there are several films that could have occupied the 10th spot on the list. They include the 2011 stragglers – “We Have a Pope” and “Footnote.” The notable documentaries – “The Central Park Five,” “Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry” and “Samsara. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The Oscars are a little over two months away, and with so many fantastic films released throughout this year, the anticipation surrounding the announcement of the nominations next month is running on high.
So far, we’ve had the shortlists for the Best Animated Feature, the Best Visual Effects, and the Best Documentary categories.
Now the Academy has announced the list of 104 films that are eligible in the Best Original Score category, and it’s going to be very interesting to see what makes the final cut come nominations time next month.
I think Hans Zimmer’s score for The Dark Knight Rises is, hopefully, a lock, because it is amazing. I also loved James Horner’s score for The Amazing Spider-Man, but can’t decide whether or not I think it will earn a nomination.
- Kenji Lloyd
Indian composer A.R. Rahman is in the Oscar race once again for the original score at the 85thAcademy Awards. His composition for the film “”People Like Us” has found place in the long list of 104 composers vying for the nominations.
Rahman won two Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009 for “Slumdog Millionaire”.
104 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category.
The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 10, 2013.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on February 24, 2013. The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:
One hundred four scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 85th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. As noted by various online Oscar pundits, most noticeably missing is Moonrise Kingdom. A Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Score category will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the Music Branch, who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award. Click Here for the complete rules.
The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below »
- Michelle McCue
As far as I'm concerned, the two most memorable scores of the year belong to Cloud Atlas and Beasts of the Southern Wild. That said, I made an egregious and unforgivable mistake when filling out my Critics' Choice nominations and forgot to include not one of them, but Both of them! Shame. I feel it. Now I have to hope my fellow Bfca members came through where I failed. However, we will discuss Critics' Choice nominations more on the upcoming episodes of the RopeofSilicon podcast, for now we're talking Oscar as the Academy has released a complete list of all 104 original scores competing for Best Original Score at the 2013 Oscars. I have not yet posted my predictions for Best Original Score and while I am making a fuss above concerning Cloud Atlas and Beasts of the Southern Wild, I think both of those stand a very strong chance at a nomination this year. »
- Brad Brevet
TV: Some Girls
This bawdy if sweet-natured teen comedy concludes on Tuesday. It's trundled along quietly, picking up encouraging reviews while struggling a little in the ratings. No word yet on whether Some Girls is due a recommission, but all of series one is available on iPlayer if you want to give it your support.
TV: The Big Match Revisited
Mud, mutton chops and maybe the best sporting theme tune of them all: The Big Match Revisited is an invaluable dispatch for football nostalgists, but is usually only on during working or sleeping hours. Good job, then, that recently aired episodes - which include the 1979 Fa Cup semi between Manchester United and Liverpool and a less glamorous but equally entertaining meeting between Leyton Orient and Brighton - are on ITV Player until the end of the month. »
- Gwilym Mumford
Having composed moody and effervescent scores for "Another Earth," "Lola Versus," Ry Russo-Young's "You Won't Miss Me" and "Nobody Walks," and Keanu Reeves' upcoming indie "Generation Um…" Brooklyn-based electronic band Fall On Your Sword are quickly becoming the go-to outfit for indie film composing. Led by Will Bates and Philip Mossman -- Mossman being a founding member of LCD Soundsystem who played the Msg final show extravaganza -- LCD frontman James Murphy has said, "Fall On Your Sword are quite possibly the coolest thing on the planet at the moment." And their latest work is in the can: the score for Oscilloscope's upcoming indie drama "28 Hotel Rooms." And we've got an exclusive listen of the entire soundtrack album courtesy of Milan Records, which you can hear below in full. Due in stores and digitally November 6th, the album also includes the closing credit song »
- Edward Davis
Fox Home Entertainment has provided us with an exclusive featurette for Ruby Sparks, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD October 30. Paul Dano stars as a Los Angeles writer who wakes up one day to find that the character he has been writing, Ruby Sparks, (Zoe Kazan) has come to life. Take a look at this video where the stars, along with directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, discuss the importance of shooting in L.A.
Ruby Sparks - Exclusive La-The Other Character Featurette
From the directors of Little Miss Sunshine comes a "charming and delightful" (Marshall Fine, Huffingtonpost.com) romantic comedy starring Paul Dano and writer-actress Zoe Kazan. Struggling with writer's block and a lackluster love life, once-famous novelist Calvin (Dano) creates a beautiful fictitious character named Ruby (Kazan) who inspires him. But not only does this bring his work to life- it also brings Ruby to life- literally! Face-to-face with »
Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "Prometheus" What's It About? Ridley Scott returns to the world of "Alien" with an epic prequel about mankind's first contact with a mysterious alien race who may or may not be our makers, and may or may not have sinister purposes. See It Because: "Prometheus" pulled off a rare feat, adding a new layer of intrigue to the rich mythology of the "Alien" series. Not since "Inception" has a summer blockbuster come along with such audacious head-scratching concepts. And despite being filled with plot holes, it was still fun to argue about the film's big questions. Also, the always brilliant Michael Fassbender was terrific as David, an android servant with T.E. Lawrence-sized dreams of exploration. Watch Noomi Rapace's Screen Test for "Prometheus" - (Also Available on Amazon Instant Video | Netflix) Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" What's It About? »
- Eric Larnick
By Allen Gardner
Prometheus (20th Century Fox) Ridley Scott’s quasi-prequel to his 1979 classic “Alien” has an intergalactic exploratory team (Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba) arriving on a uncharted planet, where they discover what appears to be a dormant alien spacecraft and what might be the first discovery of intelligent life outside of Earth. Of course, everything goes straight to hell before you can scream “Don’t touch that egg!” Sumptuous visuals and strong performances from the cast (not to mention a nearly-perfect first half) can’t compensate for gaping plot and logic holes that nearly sink the proceedings in the film’s protracted second half. It feels as though some very crucial footage wound up on the cutting room floor. Perhaps, as with “Alien” and “Aliens” we’ll see a “Director’s Cut” of “Prometheus” arriving on DVD within the next year. In the meantime, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Dano plays a struggling writer trying to find an idea for his next book. He somehow stumbles into a weird situation when a character he creates comes to life. It’s a situation that has come to life before in various films, but Ruby Sparks tackles the dilemma with complexity and realism it’s almost creepy in moments.
It’s an incredibly charming and sincere film that scratches just the right areas. Dano and Kazan’s performances drive the film into becoming something special, but it’s also the story’s handling of the entire situation that makes Ruby Sparks something of a rarity.
Our very own Jonathan Lack wasn’t as pleased with the film as I. He had this to »
- Jeremy Lebens
Take everything that's clichéd, dull and wrong-headed about American independent film, over boil it in a pot of tepid tap water, and you've got a pretty good bead on Lola Versus. But this food/film analogy wouldn't be complete without one final step: Fail to serve. Despite its numerous other faults, Lola Versus will be remembered by a certain segment of critics and filmgoers for not only failing to materialize on the big screen on the initial date promised, but for having its theatrical release date pushed back at least six times - honestly, I lost count - before finally letting go and giving up. At least that's the case for my Midwestern American market. Six times. So, now that the film is finally turning up »
Lola Versus is a movie that’s been made countless times, and a story that has been told as often as any other, but we’ve rarely run into it so solidly constructed. Unlike most films, this is a story that doesn’t want its end, and has no use for it, except that at some point we have to stop talking. This is a story that is actually about the telling of it, and that’s something so rare, that most people haven’t had a real idea how to approach this story as a film.
The follow-up to Daryl Wein’s Breaking Upwards is yet another spin on generational angst, and the trials of dealing with love, friendship, loss, and generally the fact that other people exist, which ultimately gets in the way mostly… and is messy.
Greta Gerwig stars as Lola, a young woman trying to find »
- Marc Eastman
Although love stories always have been and probably always will be a popular trope in storytelling around the world, there’s a strong current within modern independent film to view romance with a less rosy lens. It’s given rise to films like Lola Versus, a story that begins just as love breaks and subsequently explores the pieces leftover as the titular disillusioned heroine (Greta Gerwig) tries to figure out how to put it all (namely herself) back together. Anyone who’s ever been on the receiving end of a sudden break-up can sympathize with Lola’s plight; it’s just unfortunate then that besides a few chuckles, Writer and Director Daryl Wein’s Lola Versus has nothing particularly insightful or new to say about the whole experience.
- Lex Walker
Chicago – From “(500) Days of Summer” to “Ruby Sparks,” Fox Searchlight has been distributing some of the most refreshingly honest films about twentysomething romance in recent memory. The unapologetically flawed titular heroine in “Lola Versus” may have appeared more groundbreaking had she not debuted the same year as HBO’s “Girls,” which has the market cornered on such heroines.
Like her former roommate, “Girls” creator Lena Dunham, Greta Gerwig got her start in microbudget indies. She created a transfixing screen persona that was as disarmingly deadpan as it was heartbreakingly vulnerable. By the time she turned up in Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg,” Gerwig sported an effortless comic charisma reminiscent of vintage Diane Keaton. She seemed poised for stardom, and though 2012 has given her a variety of showcases, none of them have lived up to their potential.
Blu-ray Rating: 2.5/5.0
“Lola Versus” is perhaps her most disappointing star vehicle to date since it »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Lola Versus is a film that tries to be funny, quirky, and meaningful, but it ends up failing in all three areas. Situations such as these can be funny and quirky, but not when the film attempts to force it on the audience. As for having meaning, due to a major lack of originality, there’s not really much you can take away from a film like this. What we end up with is just another film about a woman trying to find the right path for herself while making multiple bad decisions along the way.
The woman is Lola (Greta Gerwig), who has been recently proposed to by her boyfriend, Luke (Joel Kinnaman). They spend months planning out a wedding until one day, Luke suddenly gets nervous and calls it off, which, as you can probably expect, devastates Lola. This starts her on her journey of self-discovery, which just »
- Jeff Beck
Although it already hit stores as of yesterday, this week's biggest home video title is easily the long-awaited release of James Cameron's Titanic on Blu-ray (complete with the 3D conversion, if that's what -- ahem -- floats your boat). The highly successful fantasy re-imagining Snow White and the Huntsman is also out this week, along with the not so successful rom-com What to Expect When You're Expecting. Noteworthy indie releases include Panos Cosmatos' creepy sci-fi thriller Beyond the Black Rainbow, Australian high school prom revenge flick The Loved Ones and Lola Versus starring Greta Gerwig. If that's not enough, we've also got new seasons of 30 Rock, Up All Night and Spartacus: Vengeance, and last but not least, the Blu-ray debuts of the cult classics Killer Klowns from Outer Space and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. What will you be buying or renting this week? Check out the full »
Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "Snow White and the Huntsman" What's It About? In a mini-twist on the classic "Snow White" fairy tale, the fairest of them all is pursued by the evil Queen, who's possessed by jealousy over the young woman's beauty. See It Because: Besides the beautiful cinematography (which it's worth seeing for alone), it was a treat to watch Kristen Stewart in a non-"Twilight" role. Also, Charlize Theron kills it as the diabolical queen, who's set on conquering Snow White. Watch a Special Look at the Evil Queen From "Snow White and the Huntsman" - (Also Available on Amazon Instant Video | Netflix) Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "Titanic 3D" What's It About? Rose. Jack. Big ship. Iceberg. Never let go. See It Because: Home entertainment systems are rapidly giving the theatrical experience a run for their money with bigger screens, hi-def sound and now a digital 3D experience. »
- Eric Larnick
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! Lots of new releases hitting shelves today, but only two of them are worth buying! Which ones are they? Keep reading to find out along with the skinny on sixteen other titles including Andy Garcia’s epic For Greater Glory, Fox’s Terra Nova series, Greta Geriwg’s Lola Versus, the unfinished horrors of Munger Road and more. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Loved Ones Months after a teenager (Xavier Samuel) loses his father in a car accident his efforts to put the past behind him are interrupted by madness. It seems Lola (Robin McLeavy), a quiet and unassuming classmate, has developed a crush on him and she won’t take no for an answer. What follows is a brutal, suspenseful and unpredictable thriller as he’s forced to find a strength he didn’t know he possessed if »
- Rob Hunter
I know, I said Titanic was coming out last week, but I messed up. It actually hit shelves yesterday, so I am reprinting what I wrote last week below along with this week's new releases. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. In fact, I only did it because this is a rather ugly week for new releases and we needed some kind of quality on top. Titanic (Blu-ray) You can buy it on 3D Blu-ray, regular Blu-ray or the massive "king of the world" collection you see in the picture as Paramount brings James Cameron's mega-hit home in HD. I already own Titanic on DVD and would like to have a copy of the Blu-ray for myself (if only to have the entire film on one disc), but I'm just not sure I'd return to it often enough to justify the cost ($22.99) and »
- Brad Brevet
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