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What I’m Watching – January 2013

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry. Embargoed films get their respective star ratings when allowed!!

Hidden (Caché) (Dir: Michael Haneke, 2005) ****

Funny Games (Dir: Michael Haneke, 1997) *****

Love Is All You Need (Den Skaldede Frisør)

Welcome To The Punch

Broken City

Wreck-It Ralph (Dir: Rich Moore, 2012) ****

Bernie

Zero Dark Thirty (Dir: Kathryn Bigelow, 2012) ****

Maniac

Song For Marion (Dir: Paul Andrew Williams, 2012) ***

I Give It A Year (Dir: Dan Mazer, 2013) **

Django Unchained (Dir: Quentin Tarantino, 2012) ****

The Sessions (Dir: Ben Lewin, 2012) ****

Flight (Dir: Robert Zemeckis, 2012) ****

Hitchcock (Dir: Sacha Gervasi, 2012) ***

Lincoln (Dir: Steven Spielberg, 2012) *****

Tiny Furniture (Dir: Lena Dunham, 2010) ****

Jack Reacher (Dir: Christopher McQuarrie, 2012) ****

Quartet (Dir: Dustin Hoffman, 2012) ***

The Impossible (Dir: J.A. Bayona, 2012) ****

Rise Of The Guardians (Dir: Peter Ramsey, 2012) ***

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2012 Satellite Award Nominations

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Well this is a bit more fun.

Yes, all the familiar faces are here, but the Satellite nominations are peppered with some rather more exciting choices in the form of Emilie Dequenne, Samantha Barks and Eddie Redmayne. Whether this is set to be one of a small selection of nominations for the actors is yet to be seen, as is whether The International Press Academy will favour their more obscure choices over the current frontrunners. Either way, it makes an interesting read and it’s exciting to see Les Mis leading the way when there’s only just over a month to wait for us UK folk, now.

The winners will be announced on December 16th, so check out the full list of nominations below, minus all the TV stuff: Continue reading

Sundance 2012 Film Festival Awards

Ahhh, Sundance. The Festival I wish I knew more about to make me sound cooler. This was the first year I’ve watched the Awards and it definitely gives you a real sense of the incredible humility and appreciation every single recipient had for the opportunity to even be considered as an applicant – something that a lot of other ceremonies could learn a lot from. Speeches were requested to remain short so that everyone could meet in the bar afterwards and amongst them came the gem, “thank you and have a lot of sex”, from one of the screenwriters of Young & Wild. Priceless.

The unfortunate illness Parker Posey was struck down with led to a rather off the cuff, spontaneous show thanks to John Cooper (who could be Ed Helms’ flamboyant brother) and Katie Aselton, but the 2012 Awards weren’t all sweetness and light due to a very moving tribute to the late Bingham Ray that opened the ceremony. Cooper struggled to keep it together, proving what an incredibly supportive family Sundance is and how they look after their own, Ray’s ‘poker partners’ providing anecdotes for the tribute.

Some very interesting projects and impressive talents were brought to the forefront during this year’s Festival and I pray we get to see a lot of them achieve distribution. Oh, and lastly, Malik Bendjelloul may be my new favourite person.

Check out the winners below (I’ve put all the Grand Jury winners at the end), as I’m sure it’s not the last we’ve heard from a lot of them: Continue reading