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‘Black Mirror,’ Lady Gaga, ‘Shape Of Water’ Among 2018 Art Director’s...

The Art Directors Guild announced the nominations for the 2018 awards and even with three different film categories there were some notable omissions.  Potential Oscar nominees “Call Me By Your Name,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Greatest Showman” and “Mother!” were all snubbed while surprise contenders “Murder on the Orient Express,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and […]

Denis Villeneuve’s Top 8 Films Of 2017

Given the amount of work that was required to get “Blade Runner 2049” over the finish line, not to mention the extensive press rounds, it’s hard to believe Denis Villeneuve had time to watch anything. However, he got enough under his belt to put together a top 8 list for Indiewire. Xavier Dolan’s Top 8 […]

The Force Is With ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ This Christmas...

This weekend, some folks are busy doing their last minute holiday shopping and others, who are far more organized, have time to squeeze in a movie. And the force was with one movie in particular this weekend…. Predictably, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” cruised into the top slot with $68.4 million, but it’s worth taking […]

Christoph Waltz Doesn’t Want To Hear About ‘Method’ Acting [Podcast]

If you think Christoph Waltz is a pretty strange interview you’re absolutely right.  The two-time Oscar winner isn’t interested in idle chit chat.  He wants to keep things lively.  He wants to make it…interesting.  When we spoke a few months ago about his role in Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” our conversation quickly veered to his dislike, […]

13 Movies To Watch In December

Just like that, it’s December, end of year lists are being curated (if not already posted) and the Sundance Film Festival has released their lineup for the upcoming fest which will subsequently, technically, begin chatter for the 2018 Oscars. There’s a lot going on at the end of the year and that’s not even when we account the […]

‘Downsizing’ Trailer: Matt Damon Gets Small & Starts Over

Earning rave reviews in Venice, followed by a much more modest reception at TIFF, it remains to be seen how Alexander Payne‘s “Downsizing” will land in the awards season. Paramount is certainly trying to revive interest in the high concept dramedy, with a new trailer that swings right for mainstream audiences, by highlighting its unique, […]

There Are No Frontrunners Yet, So Here’s Some Unsolicited Oscar Advice...

Venice? Check. Telluride? Check. TIFF? Pretty much, check. The three major film festivals that traditionally mark the start of Oscar season are officially over (TIFF runs until the weekend, but all the major premieres are in the bag). And, for the first time in recent history, there is no real Best Picture frontrunner yet (let […]

‘Downsizing’ Trailer: A Big World Is Waiting

There are so many exciting, long-awaited festival films about to hit theaters for us normal, non-festival-going film folk (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” “The Square,” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” to name but a few that I’ve personally been shivering with anticipation over), but none promise so much sheer […]

Fantastic Fest Adds ‘Downsizing,’ ‘Wheelman,’ ‘World Of Tomorrow Episode Two,’ More

Greg is back home from Telluride, Jessica is still pounding the pavement in Venice, and I’m getting my bags packed for Toronto, but you better believe there is much more to come from the fall festival season. And the folks at Fantastic Fest have served up their final wave of programming and it’s impressive stuff. […]

Fox Searchlight Dominates Telluride As ‘Shape Of Water’ And ‘Battle Of...

It was probably inevitable, but at this point it’s a smart bet that the 2018 Best Picture winner didn’t screen at the 44th Telluride Film Festival. I mean, sure, it’s still possible, and without question the annual Labor Day cinephile extravaganza featured at least two Best Picture nominees: “The Shape of Water” and “Darkest Hour.” […]

Telluride Film Festival: 10 Most Anticipated Films

The Telluride Film Festival has earned its reputation as one of the best-curated film events in the world and this year’s lineup is no exception. Contrary to popular opinion, the programmers don’t make their selections in regards to a film’s Oscar chances as much as whether they think it will challenge or captivate the faithful […]

2017 Telluride Film Festival Lineup Includes ‘Hostiles,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘The Shape...

The 44th Telluride Film Festival announced its main program Thursday morning and it includes a number of highly anticipated premieres as well as the always sought after second screenings of a few Venice Film Festival showcases. This year’s lineup includes: ARTHUR MILLER: WRITER (d. Rebecca Miller, U.S., 2017) BATTLE OF THE SEXES (d. Valerie Faris, […]

2017 BFI London Film Festival Lines Up ‘You Were Never Really...

While we have our eyeballs full with Venice, TIFF, NYFF, and Telluride (which kicks off this weekend), The BFI London Film Festival is no slouch at bringing the business. While they’re less concerned with World Premieres as their counterparts, each year their lineup represents the cream of the festival crop, and 2017 is no different. […]

Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ With Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig & Christoph Waltz...

Can there be any clearer signal of reality warping as we hurtle toward imminent apocalypse than the fact that Alexander Payne has made a life-affirming film? Venice opener “Downsizing” takes the long road getting there, and it’s a journey full of witty, skittish, scenic detours leading to the occasional dead end. But the ride is not […]

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