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Casting Society Of America Awards

And just when we thought we’d never have to write Michel Hazanavicius’ name again…

Fashionably late but boringly predictable, the Casting Society of America have released the nominations for their October Awards ceremony. Sticking very much to the films lauded by different circles in the run-up to the Oscars, having their nominations now allows some leeway for 2012 films, but exposes a glaring omission in the shape of Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris.

The full list of nominees for a category that many feel the Oscars should bring in can be seen below: Continue reading

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2012 Jameson Empire Film Awards – Nominations

Well, the people have spoken (the readers of Empire, that is) and chosen who they think worthy of making the shortlist for the 2012 Jameson Empire Awards. I have to be honest and say I’m more than a little surprised at the inclusion of Sam Claflin (after he was so fabulous in Any Human Heart) and Bonnie Wright (is she technically a newcomer after eight Potter movies?!), as well as Troll Hunter being considered a horror, but the lines have to blur somewhere I guess.

What the Empire Awards have the ability to do is nominate a massive mixture of films, allowing far more mainstream flicks the opportunity to walk away with the prizes. This is also clearly evident when noticing how The Artist and The Descendants are nowhere to be seen (because they were ineligible due to UK release dates, to be fair!), but Harry Potter, Attack The Block and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes are the clear frontrunners.

The full list of nominees are below and all you need to do is click here to vote: Continue reading

Review: Like Crazy (2011)

DIRECTOR: Drake Doremus.

CAST: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, Alex Kingston, Oliver Muirhead, Finola Hughes.

SYNOPSIS: After falling head over heels for each other at University in Los Angeles, British Anna (Jones) and American Jacob (Yelchin) try to forget any thoughts of what may happen after graduation. After violating her student visa by spending an extra summer in the States, Anna is deported and a battle with immigration begins, all the while trying to maintain their long-distance relationship.

Like Blue Valentine before it, Like Crazy is no airy-fairy romance. Instead it plays against convention with Doremus delivering a film far more about the heartache and pining than the usual overblown gestures and Hollywood romance that is so often seen on our screens – and it is so refreshing because of it. 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) ****

2011 Detroit Film Critics Society Award Nominations

Best Director nods for both Drive and Take Shelter? This is my kind of Society!! It’s all pretty straight forward, but Detroit obviously love Gosling as they’ve given him recognition in the Best Supporting category for Crazy, Stupid, Love, bizarrely. It’s also interesting how it’s Felicity Jones and not Elizabeth Olsen who is included in both Best Breakthrough and Best Actress, but I’m expecting the love for Olsen to grow come January. As always, check below for the full list of nominations:

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2011 National Board Of Review Winners

The National Board Of Review has just announced its 2011 winners that are to be honoured in a ceremony on January 10th.

Take note, doubters – they picked Hugo as their Film Of The Year. I don’t think this Race is set in stone just yet.

Annie Schulhof, NBR President, on Hugo: “It is a tribute to the early years of cinema that uses today’s cutting edge technology to bring the audience into a completely unique and magical world.  It is visually stunning and emotionally engaging.”

Anyway, here are the award winners in full: Continue reading