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What I’m Watching – November 2013

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry.

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (Dir: Wes Anderson, 2004) ****

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Dir: Lee Daniels, 2013) ****

Parkland (Dir: Peter Landesman, 2013) **

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Dir: Francis Lawrence, 2013) *****

The Counsellor (Dir: Ridley Scott, 2013) ***

Blackfish (Dir: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, 2013) ****

Gravity (Dir: Alfonso Cuaron, 2013) ****

Nebraska (Dir: Alexander Payne, 2013) ****

Cuban Fury (Dir: James Griffiths, 2014)

The Switch (Dir: Josh Gordon, Will Speck, 2010) **

Wild Bill (Dir: Dexter Fletcher, 2011) ****

Who Is Dayani Cristal? (Dir: Marc Silver, 2013)

Philomena (Dir: Stephen Frears, 2013) *****

Ender’s Game (Dir: Gavin Hood, 2013) ****

Turbo (Dir: David Soren, 2013) ***

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (Dir: Justin Chadwick, 2013) ****

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The 64th Writers Guild Of America Awards – Winners

Well this is interesting. The main point here is that under the WGA’s rules, The Artist was not eligible to be nominated, resulting in far less competition for the Best Original Screenplay win. But come Sunday – and with the lack of love for Midnight In Paris in regards to the Best Picture race – it’s hard not to see the Academy getting swept up in the magic of Hazanavicius’ film and award it over Allen (who should win). The Best Adapted winner, The Descendants, is hardly worth mentioning as I don’t see Hugo or Moneyball taking its crown, and as for the winner of Best Documentary Screenplay, the WGA chose Better This World, a film not even nominated by the Academy. Oh, and did I mention that the DGA and PGA also awarded documentaries that Oscar didn’t care to nominate? Check out the WGA winners below: Continue reading

What I’m Watching – February 2012

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

Wuthering Heights (Dir: Andrea Arnold, 2011) ****

Archipelago (Dir: Joanna Hogg, 2010) ***

Snowtown (Dir: Justin Kurzel, 2011) ****

A Better Life (Dir: Chris Weitz, 2011) ****

Animal Kingdom (Dir: David Michod, 2010) ****

Albatross (Dir: Niall MacCormick, 2011) ****

The Lincoln Lawyer (Brad Furman, 2011) ****

Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father (Dir: Kurt Kuenne, 2008) ****

Casablanca (Dir: Michael Curtiz, 1942) ****

Welcome To The Rileys (Dir: Jake Scott, 2010) ***

Happy Gilmore (Dir: Dennis Dugan, 1996) ***

Like Crazy (Dir: Drake Doremus, 2011) ****

The Descendants (Dir: Alexander Payne, 2011) ****

Chronicle (Dir: Josh Trank, 2012) ****

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (Dir: Terry Gilliam, 1998) ****

The 84th Academy Award Nominations

They’re finally here – the 2012 Oscar Nominations. See below for the full list of nominees: Continue reading

2011 London Film Critics’ Circle Award Nominations

I really like these nominations. Possibly more than any other batch so far, simply because the LFCC have been willing to think OUTSIDE THE BOX. It’s not a hard thing to do, but The Golden Globes (whose nominations I haven’t even posted) could seriously learn a thing or two here. Drive and Tinker Tailor lead the way and more recognition has been given to Margaret and A Separation. The best category has got to be Breakthrough British Filmmaker Of The Year – how would you even start to judge that?! Check out the full list of nominations below: Continue reading

2011 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Nominations

The BFCA have done two things that make me very happy. They’ve given a hell of a lot of love to Drive (eight nods, in fact) and they’ve nominated Nick Nolte for his absolutely heartbreaking performance in Warrior, a film that will be showcased when I eventually write up my Top Ten of 2011. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has been left out entirely which is more than a shock and it’s interesting to see Andy Serkis get yet another nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Check out the full list of nominees below: Continue reading

2011 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award Nominations

Next, it’s St. Louis’ turn to have their moment in the limelight. Notice the additions of My Week With Marilyn as a Best Film contender, David Fincher for Best Director and love for Rooney Mara and Saoirse Ronan. The Best Supporting Actor nominees are the most varied we’ve seen so far and I’m loving the Troll Hunter inclusion. Check out the full list of nominees below: Continue reading