Saturday, December 31, 2011
I am very excited to announce that for the first time, Michael's Telluride Film Blog/The Film Awards Clearinghouse will have a presence at the Sundance Film Festival. Not me (though I wish it was) but former student and active cinephile, Gant Lee of Cinema Bebop will be attending the back half of Sundance and has kindly agreed to allow this blog to share his experiences, impressions, reports and reviews...I am uber-pumped and not a little jealous. Sundance is set to run from Jan. 19-29. I believe Gant will be on the ground in Park City and vicinity from Jan. 24 or so until they close the place down. I'm looking forward to seeing Gant's dispatches.
Also, if there's a Sundance title you have an interest in hearing about, drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or tweet (twitter.com/@Gort2) and let me know. No guarantees, but we'll see what we can do.
The Sundance website is here:
The other dozen are almost all films that at one point or another were on my Telluride 2012 radar. Feinberg tells us what the status is for each of the films. Here's the link to the article:
The other list comes from my Telluride buddy, Leonard Maltin and is comprised of 11 films that he suggests are really good, but have been fling under the radar. Included on his list are Telluride players "Of Gods and Men"and "Incendies" from TFF #37. the complete list is here:
Another year, and another new Oscar Best Picture procedure. After the two year "Ten Nominees" experiment, the Academy has instituted a new voting procedure designed to give us anywhere from 5 to 10 Best Picture nominees. After such a drastic change just two years ago, this new wrinkle has apparently created some confusion among Academy voters. This according to Scott Feinberg/The Hollywood Reporter as you can see here:
I'd probably be confused too.
Incidentally, as we move into serious Oscar gear in the month of January, I am going to try to pick the brains of the few "insiders" I've come to know over the last few years and see what, if any, insight I might be able to glean from their wisdom.
A lot of heat continues for Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation" as reflected by continued and increasing media coverage. Here is some of that:
From The Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/a-separation-oscars-iran-asghar-farhadi-277083
Thompson on Hollywood: http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/farhadi-talks-iranian-oscar-entry-a-separation-divorce-drama-questions-irans-future
The Guardian has a nearly five minute interview with the creators of the silent black and white Oscar favorite here:
This website has posted its Best Of list for 2011 and i includes no less than six TFF #38 films. Take a look here:
That's a wrap for the first post of 2012...Again, Happy New Year and catch a new post on Thursday! (should have some guild news to talk about).
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
OSCAR POSTER 2012
Oscar has a new poster and here it is:
Various outlets continue to collate and crunch the year's critical response to the films that were released in 2011. Three more of those were published this past week...The Tree of Life continues to do well with the critics and I still think that translates into Best Picture and (perhaps) Best Director nominations for the film that refer to as the only unofficial film of Telluride #37 (2010). as you may recall, it was screened privately in Telluride for (reportedly) Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures Classics. Fox Searchlight picked it up.
Here are the three new critic's compilations:
From Movie City News (where the top five are Tree of Life, Descendants, Artist, Drive and A Separation):
From Metacritic (top five: Tree of Life, A Separation, Descendants, Melancholia, Drive):
From Movie Review Intelligence (top five: Artist, Potter, Poetry, We Were Here, City of Life and Death):
New Oscar prediction update from Oscar guru Scott Feinberg at The Hollywood Reporter:
Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon shares his latest Oscar ruminations:
Oscar nominating ballots were sent out Dec. 27. Nominations will be announced the morning of Jan. 24.
ONLINE FILM CRITICS
Nominations from the Online Film Critics announced late last week. Here's the link (from Awards Daily):
and the Best picture nominees were:
The Tree of Life
Happy New Year. Next post in 2012!
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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Sasha Stone at Awards Daily passes along this link that is fantastic to anyone that is obsessive about this Film awards stuff. It's incredibly comprehensive. Thanks to David Hanks at davidhanks.com for the hard work. Take a look, you'll be amazed:
ROPE OF SILICON PREDICTIONS
The latest Oscar predictions from Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon reflecting some of the moves that he thinks have an effect or act as a precursor:
Several articles and/or posts regarding Steve McQueen's "Shame" as Fox Searchlight seeks to maximize its Oscar possibilities.
From Fox Searchlight:
FOREIGN FILMS AT TFF #38
As is always the case, a number of the foreign films that played at this year's fest are making news in the foreign language Oscar race. Here are some updates concerning those films and the FLF Oscar race in general...
An Overview from Scott Feinberg at The Hollywood Reporter:
A Separation (from Movie City News):
In Darkness from Thompson on Hollywood:
Le Havre from The Hollywood Reporter:
The Descendants From Fox Searchlight:
A Dangerous Method from The Chicago Sun Times:
and The New York Times:
Next blogpost will be Thursday, Dec. 29
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
5) The Help
9) The Tree of Life
10) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
THE CRITICS AND 2011
A couple of cumulative crtitcs polls were published this week. They're interesting reading, if you care about what critics think about this year's crop of film.
IndieWire compiled lists from nearly 200 critics and they provided several categories in addition to Best Film. Their cumulative top twenty is (numbers to the right are total points and judges votes):
|1||The Tree of Life||439||63|
|4||Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives||328||53|
|7||Mysteries of Lisbon||270||37|
|15||Martha Marcy May Marlene||190||37|
|16||A Dangerous Method||155||29|
|17||Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy||153||27|
|18||We Need to Talk About Kevin||144||25|
You can find the entire set of lists here: http://www.indiewire.com/survey/
Telluride films in this Top Twnety were: at #3 A Separation, at #11 Shame, #12 The Descendants, #13 The Artist, # 16 A Dangerous Method, and #18 We Need to Talk About Kevin.
Meanwhile The Village Voice has done the same thing with 95 critics and you can find all of their results here: http://mubi.com/notebook/posts/village-voice-poll-2011-yep-its-the-tree-of-life-but%E2%80%A6
Their Top Twenty is:
1) The Tree of Life
2) A Separation
4) Certified Copy
5) Mysteries of Lisbon
6) Uncle Boonmee
8) Meek's Cutoff
10) Take Shelter
12) A Dangerous Method
13) Martha Marcy Mae Marlene
14) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
15) The Descendants
17) The Artist
20) Film Socialisme
Telluride films on this Top Twenty: at #2 A Separation, #12 A Dangerous Method, #15 The Descendants, #17 The Artist and #19 Shame. Honorable mention to Poetry at #18 which was TFF #37.
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More next Monday!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
So after all of the above, here are some links to the folks who are supposed to know what's happening as we come out of this last week into the Holiday period which will see a slowdown in this pre-Oscar stuff. that will pick up strongly again the first week of the new year with the announcement of nominees for the producers and writers guild awards.
Gurus of Gold: http://moviecitynews.com/2011/12/gurus-o-gold-golden-globes-nominations/
Gold Derby: http://www.goldderby.com/predictions/experts/19/4/#
Scott Feiberg's Forecast from The Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/feinberg-forecast-bfca-sag-hfpa-274964
Anne Thompson and Kris Tapley's Oscar Talk podcast: http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/oscar-talk-where-are-we-now-the-artist-descendants-dragon-tattoo-extremely-loud-war-horse
Awards Circuit: http://www.awardscircuit.com/2011/12/17/oscar-circuit-nice-guys-or-gals-finish-last/
Anne Thompson: http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/oscar_predicts_chart
See you Thursday