The Informer (1935) - ***1/2
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
|Octave, André, and Christine.|
Directed by Jean Renoir
Produced by Jean Renoir
Written by Jean Renoir and Carl Koch
Starring Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Roland Toutain, Mila Parely, Gaston Modot, Julien Carette, Paulette Dubost, and Jean Renoir
Monday, February 25, 2013
|Argo won 3 awards, including Best Picture.|
Another Oscar season has come and gone, with the frontrunner Argo taking Best Picture. Though the ceremony had its ups and downs (and ran over), I think it went quite smoothly overall. But I don't foresee Seth MacFarlane as next year's host. At least he made Tommy Lee Jones laugh.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
|Lincoln has 12 noms, but would I give it any wins?|
This year I've managed to see most Oscar-nominated films, except for 2 feature documentaries, 4 foreign language films, and the documentary short nominees. Since the ceremony is just hours away, I thought I'd share my rankings of each category (the films I haven't seen notwithstanding). These are my personal preferences, but my final predictions can be found here.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
|Could my November prediction come true?|
Well, the time is finally here. Back in November, I predicted Argo would win 4 Oscars, including Best Picture. It's possible the film will accomplish that after all. Here are my final predictions.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
A few months ago, I revealed my picks for the top 10 Best Picture winners and the top 10 worst ones. But what about the films that fall in between? Check out where they land below. (If Argo manages to lose Sunday, I'll edit the list accordingly.)
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
|Charlie Chaplin accepting his second Honorary Oscar in 1972.|
Almost every year, the Academy presents one or more film contributors with Honorary Oscars, which means there are a number of artists who've received Oscars over the years without winning competitive ones. Here are 25 oversights the Academy righted.
Monday, February 18, 2013
|In June 2012, I predicted 7 Oscar nods for The Master.|
For the past few years, I've predicted the Oscar nominations several months before the nominees are announced. I didn't publish these June 2012 predictions in a post, but, thankfully, I found them in my page drafts. So, here's how I did predicting the 85th Academy Award nominees (original predictions included) seven months ahead of time.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Since the fifth Die Hard film was released today, I thought it would be fitting to examine the series, which has been around for 25 years.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
|Dr. Banks (Law) and Emily (Mara) address her depression.|
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Produced by Scott Z. Burns, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and Gregory Jacobs
Written by Scott Z. Burns
Starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum, Vinessa Shaw, and Ann Dowd
Friday, February 8, 2013
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Picnic - **
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
|The Seventh Seal (1957)|
I love lists. I love making lists, and I love discovering new films that force me to update those lists. It's interesting how one's favorites change over time, and I recently came across some of my old top 10 films of all time lists. Spanning over 3 years, here are five slowly evolving versions of my top 10.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Sunday, February 3, 2013
|Robert Ryan in The Set-Up (1949).|
1. The Set-Up - ****
2. After Hours - ****
3. Gun Crazy - ****
4. Separate Tables (x2) - ****
6. Murder, My Sweet - ****
7. Brighton Rock (1947) - ****
8. The Asphalt Jungle - ****
9. Brief Encounter - ****
10. A Woman Under the Influence - ****
More after the cut.