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I intended to write a couple of entries of my own "FYCs" this year for our team project but realized that's essentially what my annual FiLM BiTCH Awards double as. I'm almost ready to go ahead with those, which range from the traditional awards categories through to dozens of fun "extras". I'm fully aware that the last two years of Tfe's own prizes have been a bit shaky in terms of speed and completion, but this year I shan't drag my feet since my circumstances here have changed. I need your help, though, with the "extra categories" and the music categories (I am always lost with Best Score) so don't let me forget any perfect gems. What should I consider in the fields of: Best Cameo, Line Reading, Action Sequence, Kiss, Sex Scene, Credit Sequence, Opening Scene, Ending, Musical Moment?
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- NATHANIEL R
In the Fyc series, we're spotlighting our favorite fringe contenders. Here's abstew on Blue Jasmine's threads.
When it comes to the Oscar for Best Costume Design, the Academy's aesthetic seems rather limited. They go one of two ways: Period Piece or Fantasy. Having a tendency to confuse 'Best' with 'Most' the eventual winner is often whichever is that year's most elaborate or over-the-top design (Alice in Wonderland, really?!). Contemporary set films with well-thought-out clothes that define the character tend to get overlooked in the Season End Gold Rush. Breakfast at Tiffany's, Pretty Woman, and Clueless are all victims of this crime against fashion. So, hopefully when the nominations are announced on January 16th, Cate Blanchett's inevitable Best Actress nomination for Blue Jasmine will be joined by a nomination for Suzy Benzinger's meticulously designed costumes for the Woody Allen film.
As a Park Avenue socialite, Jasmine French's life is defined by labels. »
Screen Junkies have posted their latest 'honest trailer' - a four minute or so piece of film criticism using the 'In a world...' voiceover style - and this time they're letting last year's Lord of the Rings film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, feel their Wraith...that pun doesn't really work.
In their deconstruction of the Hobbit trilogy's first third, they address...
-The three hour long prologue.
-How to pronounce that dragon thingy's name.
-And Even! More! Walking! ...and singing.
The next installment of the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, is set for release on December 13th with a cast that includes Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel), Lee Pace (Thranduil), Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug / The Necromancer), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Christopher Lee (Saruman the White), Ian Holm (Old Bilbo), Elijah Wood (Frodo) Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown), Ken Stott (Balin), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), Aidan Turner (Kili)), Dean O'Gorman »
- Oliver Davis
This Fyc series brings together all Film Experience contributors to highlight our favorite fringe Oscar contenders. Here's Glenn Dunks on the sound mixing of Spring Breakers.
The neon-infused opening credits to Spring Breakers are accompanied by the peaceful echoes of a beachside before the hordes of teenagers arrive for Spring Break. Director Harmony Korine barely gives audiences a minute to relax before he throws the kitchen sink at the screen and turns the Skrillex up to 11. The images of drunken, sexually open teenagers cavorting about the ocean could hardly come with a better, more abrasively confronting soundtrack. If you were lucky to see this violently satirical black comedy on the big screen then you’ll know the propulsive impact this soundtrack choice had blasting out of the speakers to a crowd of (mostly) unsuspecting victims. Korine wasn’t mincing words: so long to any chance for a nice time at the movies. »
- Glenn Dunks
We're looking at our favorite fringe awards contenders just to widen the conversation. Here's Tim Brayton on the year's biggest horror hit.
Since as far back as the thudding echo of footsteps that stalked Jane Randolph in 1942's Cat People, savvy horror directors have understood that one of the surest ways to wring the audience into a terrified frenzy isn't to wage a frontal assault on our sense of taste with gallons of stage blood and pig organs, but to instead mount a side attack on our ears. Some of the scariest movies of all time have gotten that way above all because of their skillful use of sound effects, and the sound editing in director James Wan's terrific The Conjuring - led by supervisor Joe Dzuban - is so hugely important that it was even foregrounded in the film's outstanding teaser trailer. Anybody can show a ghost jump »
- Tim Brayton
It is no secret that, while the Academy rarely misses an opportunity to reward a young actress’ breakout, it likes to keep the boys running a while longer – in fact, over the past twelve years, female acting nominees have been on average a full eight years younger than their male counterparts. Little Tye Sheridan, then, has virtually no chance of catching voters’ eyes, especially in a field as crowded as this year’s Best Actor category, and with a film that peaked in buzz back in May.
But boy, does he deserve a chance. Previously only seen as The Tree of Life’s youngest, quietest sibling, the seventeen year old gives in Mud a performance of the highest class, one played with evident maturity that nevertheless remains candid and childlike »
- GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
I am loving the just announced awards from the National Board of Review for 2013, naming Spike Jonze's Her the best film as this year's award race is clearly not shaping up to be as obvious as many predicted it would be. How soc Well, supposed frontrunners 12 Years a Slave and Gravity were shut out of the major awards until both were named in the subsequent list of top ten films of the year (naturally) and Gravity was given the award for Creative Innovation in Filmmaking (seems appropriate). I will say, however, as much as I love Her, giving Jonze the award for Best Director is a bit surprising while the Coen brothers won Best Original Screenplay. I would have been less surprised had those two been flipped, though I definitely love the attention shown Inside Llewyn Davis and a script certainly worthy of attention. Something of a surprise, though »
- Brad Brevet
Spike Jonze's "Her" is the National Board of Review's big winner this year. The organization unveiled its 2013 award recipients today, and the Joaquin Phoenix starrer took top honors with Best Film, as well as a Best Director nod for Jonze.
"Fruitvale Station" also impressed, earning a Best Breakthrough Performance award for its star, Michael B. Jordan, Best Directorial Debut for director Ryan Coogler, and Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer.
Read on for the full list of winners:
Best Film: "Her"
- Laura Larson
In this series Team Experience sounds off (individually) on their favorite fringe Oscar contenders. Here's Tim Brayton asking you to consider "In a World..." The Spirit Awards did, nominating it in this very category...
What’s a talented comic actress with no good parts coming her way supposed to do, anyway? If you answered, “write herself a damn starring role, already”, then you’re on the same page as Lake Bell, the immensely likable and talented star of the TV series Childrens Hospital, making her feature debut as writer, producer, and director with In a World… Though for all her hypens, it’s as screenwriter that Bell most impresses with this project, a hugely ambitious affair all around despite how utterly low-key and normal it all feels.
There are three things happening here all at once, and the script pays equal attention to all of them. First, In a World… »
- Tim Brayton
The 2014 Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced this morning and it was a big day for 12 Years a Slave leading the way with seven nominations followed by Alexander Payne's Nebraska with six and All is Lost with four. Those three films were joined by Fruitvale Station and Frances Ha in the Best Feature category as I felt the nominations were nicely spread around with very worthy titles getting attention. I didn't notice too many surprises and Short Term 12 certainly had a nice showing with three nominations including noms for both Brie Larson and Keith Stanfield. I love seeing the nomination for Melonie Diaz for Fruitvale Station as it seems Octavia Spencer is going to get most of the Oscar attention for that film despite the fact Diaz is the more deserving of the two. I guess if you did want to say there was a surprise I would »
- Brad Brevet
Pegg will star alongside the multi-talented Bell in Man Up, a romantic comedy that centres on Bell who is mistaken for a stranger's blind date en route to her parents' anniversary, leading to her finally finding the perfect boyfriend (Pegg).
The script, written by Tess Morris, made the 2011 Brit List - the British version of the Black List. Nira Park, producer of Shaun of the Dead and Attack the Block is to produce with The Inbetweeners director Ben Palmer attached to helm. »
- Gary Collinson
Today, you can pick up The World's End on Blu-Ray and DVD as star Simon Pegg has another project in the works. Deadline has word that the actor will star in the romantic comedy Man Up, but the film will focus on In a World... star Lake Bell as the lead. The script from Tess Morris (which made the UK's version of The Black List) follows Bell as a woman who is mistaken for a stranger's blind date while on the way to her parents' anniversary celebration. But the mistaken identity might have her finding the perfect boyfriend. And for all you fans of UK TV, "The Inbetweeners" director Ben Palmer will be at the helm. In addtion, Nina Park will produce for Big Talk, the company behind Pegg's breakthrough Shaun of the Dead and the sci-fi sensation Attack the Block. Bell is quickly rising to the top after her praised turn as writer, »
- Ethan Anderton
Bell plays a single girl who is mistaken for a stranger’s blind date en route to her parents’ anniversary, leading to her finally finding the perfect boyfriend. [Source: Deadline]
Burying the Ex
Anton Yelchin ("Star Trek"), Ashley Greene ("The Twilight Saga"), Alexandra Daddario ("Percy Jackson") and Oliver Cooper ("Project X") have joined the cast of Joe Dante's horror comedy "Burying the Ex" for Voltage Pictures. Filming begins Monday in Los Angeles.
Yelchin and Greene play a couple whose relationship takes a nose dive once they move in together. When she dies in a freak accident, he prepares to move on with a new girl (Daddario), only for the old flame to rise from the grave. [Source: The Wrap]
Ron Livingston has scored »
- Garth Franklin
Actress Lake Bell, who made a mark this year with the indie In a World... , which she wrote, directed and starred in, has signed on to star opposite Simon Pegg in the indie romantic comedy Man Up with plans to start filming in January 2014. Best known for her recurring role on the Cartoon Network's "Children's Hospital" (a couple episodes which she also directed) and dozens of movies, both big and small, Bell will portay a single woman who is mistaken for someone's blind date, leading to her finding the perfect boyfriend... in Simon Pegg, apparently. Ben Palmer of the popular British teen comedy "The Inbetweeners" will be directing from a script by Tess Morris with Pegg's Big Talk Productions co-producing with Studio Canal. Pegg is producing the film with »
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a morally confused interpretation of a superhero?
None of the above. It's Screen Junkies latest 'honest trailer' - a four minute or so piece of film criticism using the 'In a world...' voiceover style - and this time they're tackling Man of Steel (Henry Cavill, Amy Adams). In it, they point out...
-uncomfortable amounts of product placement!
-a worrying disregard for human life!
-and the destructive power of dub-step!
Man of Steel is available on Blu-Ray and DVD in the Us now, and the UK from Monday 2nd December.
- Oliver Davis
Screen Junkies have posted their latest 'honest trailer' - a four minute or so piece of film criticism using the 'In a world...' voiceover style - and this time they're thundering down upon the first Thor (Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Natalie Portman) movie.
Read our ★★★★ review of the sequel, Thor: The Dark World, over here, by the way.
In their deconstruction of Thor's Obligatory Movie, they tackle...
-why the movie got made *cough* Avengers advert *cough*
-Asgard's pointy hat dress code.
-Thor's hammer: where all the vowels be at?
-And the Bifrost Bridge/Rainbow Road level from Mario Kart.
Thor: The Dark World is out in UK cinemas now, and the Us from Friday 8th November. »
- Oliver Davis
Sneak Peek writer/director/actress Lake Bell, star of the new film "In A World...", posing nude for the 2013 "Fall Fashion" issue of "New York Magazine", covered in tattoos designed by Scott Campbell:
"...in 'In A World...', 'Sam Soto' is the king of voice-overs, he has published an autobiography and is about to receive a lifetime achievement award.
"His daughter, 'Carol Solomon' (Bell) is a struggling vocal coach who has always been overshadowed by her father.
"When Sam kicks Carol out of the house so that he can live with his 30-year-old girlfriend 'Jamie', Carol goes to live with her sister 'Dani'.
"When the film series 'The Amazon Games' plans to bring back the famous line "In a world..." and the trailer voice-over is highly sought after, Sam bows out so that his friend and heir-apparent, 'Gustav Warner', can assume the role.
"Gustav fails to show due to laryngitis, »
- Michael Stevens
Screen Junkies have posted their latest 'honest trailer' - a four minute or so piece of film criticism using the 'In a world...' voiceover style - and this time they're pummeling their giant mechanical robot fists into Pacific Rim's face...
...but not as hard as you might think. While Screen Junkies are usually remorseless in their critiques, they can't seem to find it in their black, evil hearts to fully condemn Guillermo del Toro's ("Latino Peter Jackson") Summer blockbuster.
They do, however, point out...
-Pacific Rim's borrowing from Tranformers, Godzilla, Power Rangers, every anime ever made...etc.
-the inconsistent 'neural bridge.'
-Charlie Hunnam's 'American' accent.
-And Big Dumb Robots Hitting Big Dumb Monsters.
- Oliver Davis
Screen Junkies have posted their latest 'honest trailer' - a four minute or so piece of film criticism using the 'In a world...' voiceover style - and this time they've set their dystopian sights on M. Night Shyamalanalan's science-fiction, Smith-family-day-out masterpiece, After Earth.
You know, the one Buzz Aldrin thought had serious problems.
"There was a lot of noise. In space, you don't get that much noise." - Buzz Aldrin.
Oh, yeah, and that.Screen Junkies manage to find great flaws in even very enjoyable movies, so imagine the vitriol they attack After Earth with. It includes...
- Will Smith's annoying son.
- Will Smith's charisma-free character.
- Will Smith's charisma-free character's name, Cypher Rage.
- Will Smith's "take a knee" catchphrase.
Wow. That might've been the meanest they've done so far. »
- Oliver Davis
The story centers on an American family living in Southeast Asia who get caught in the middle of a violent military uprising. Lake Bell is playing Annie Dwyer, a beloved woman who appears to have the perfect family life, although she questions her own happiness, at times.
John Erick Dowdle (Devil, Quarantine) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with his brother, Drew Dowdle. Michel Litvak and David Lancaster are producing for Bold Films, which is providing financing. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales, with production scheduled to begin in Thailand October 31.
Lake Bell made her directorial debut this summer with In a World..., which she also wrote, produced and starred in. She recently wrapped production on Million Dollar Arm, and also stars in the Adult Swim series Childrens' Hospital. »
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