I'd be sort of sad if I had to start my annual year-end film detrius thread here.

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I'm just sayin'.

Eric Henderson (Eric H.), Sunday, 26 November 2006 21:34 (fifteen years ago) link

JAEMS BONG RULZ DAINEL CRAFGS FOR PRESIDETN

Marmot (marmotwolof), Sunday, 26 November 2006 22:33 (fifteen years ago) link

http://i.imdb.com/Photos/Ss/0381061/PK0400.jpg

You could squeeze Tropicana from those melons.

Eric Henderson (Eric H.), Sunday, 26 November 2006 23:49 (fifteen years ago) link

I hear that the VV poll will still continue, but it's up in the air whether it will be housed at L.A. Weekly or indieWire ... or both.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 27 November 2006 17:58 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm still sayin Inland Empire, bro. Who's gonna beat even a divisive Lynch whatzit this year?

Dr M, Monday, 27 November 2006 20:31 (fifteen years ago) link

JAEMS BONG

Marmot (marmotwolof), Monday, 27 November 2006 20:44 (fifteen years ago) link

Who's gonna beat even a divisive Lynch whatzit this year?

A not-at-all-divisive Scorsese bonbon?

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 27 November 2006 21:04 (fifteen years ago) link

NOT divisive? assuming Armond isn't voting? isn't there a strong "good but insubstantial" bloc on that one?

also, re History of Violence and back to Safe as Film of the '90s, fuck a VV poll.

Dr M, Monday, 27 November 2006 21:21 (fifteen years ago) link

there's also a bloc out there claiming 'the black dahlia' is some kind of moving, deep masterwork and not a manifestation of brian de palma's worst hack tendencies. i hope it doesn't place in the top 100.

deep space nine (deep space nine), Tuesday, 28 November 2006 00:52 (fifteen years ago) link

also, re History of Violence and back to Safe as Film of the '90s, fuck a VV poll.

You do know this is basically sports to me, not aesthetics.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Tuesday, 28 November 2006 02:03 (fifteen years ago) link

In any case, the overwhelming majority of reviews on the Lynch aren't just bad, they're terrible. Now I grant most of the people giving the movie "masterpiece" reviews (all two or three of them) are on the VV-Not-VV Poll roster. That likely means it'll tie with Black Dahlia somewhere in the 30s or 40s.

You're arguing that this is the sort of weak year an Inland Empire could manage to sneak up to the #1 slot. It's also the same year a movie with a "good but insubstantial" bloc could translate to said film showing up on a whole lot of lists.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Tuesday, 28 November 2006 02:07 (fifteen years ago) link

departed was a good watch but kind of stupid

lf (lfam), Tuesday, 28 November 2006 03:50 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, I know it's sport, EH. Much more a publishing-house softball kegger than the Oscars.

I haven't seen a whole lot of IE reviews, but surely there'll be a whole lot more when it starts its big-city theater runs (next week?). The Times (I think Dargis) was rhapsodic over it.

Jump on Chereau's Gabrielle when it hits DVD shortly.

Dr M, Tuesday, 28 November 2006 14:21 (fifteen years ago) link

Detrius ahoy!!!

Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Feature: American Gun, The Dead Girl, Half Nelson, Little Miss Sunshine, Pan's Labyrinth

First Feature: Day Night Day Night, Man Push Cart, The Motel, Sweet Land, Wristcutters: A Love Story

John Cassavates Award - Feature (Under $500,000): Chalk, Four Eyed Monsters, Old Joy, Quinceanera, Twelve and Holding

Director: Robert Altman - A Prairie Home Companion, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris - Little Miss Sunshine, Ryan Fleck - Half Nelson, Karen Moncrieff - The Dead Girl, Steven Soderbergh - Bubble

Actor: Aaron Eckhart - Thank You for Smoking, Ryan Golsing - Half Nelson, Edward Norton - The Painted Veil, Ahmad Razvi - Man Push Cart, Forest Whitaker - American Gun

Actress: Shareeka Epps - Half Nelson, Catharine O'Hara - For Your Consideration, Elisabeth Reaser - Sweet Land, Michelle Williams - Land of Plenty, Robin Wright Penn - Sorry, Haters

Screenplay: The Illusionist, Friends with Money, The Painted Veil, Thank You for Smoking, Sorry Haters

Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin - Little Miss Sunshine, Raymond J. Barry - Steel City, Daniel Craig - Infamous, Paul Dano - Little Miss Sunshine, Channing Tatum - A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

Supporting Actress: Melonie Diaz - Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Marcia Gay Harden - American Gun, Mary Beth Hurt - The Dead Girl, Frances McDormand - Friends with Money, Amber Tamblyn - Stephanie Daley

First Screenplay: Little Miss Sunshine, Half Nelson, Wristcutters: A Love Story, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Conversations with Other Women

Cinematography: Four Eyed Monsters, Brothers of the Head, Pan's Labyrinth, Wild Tigers I Have Known, Man Push Cart

Foreign Film: 12:08 East of Bucharest, The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, Chronicle of an Escape, Days of Glory, The Lives of Others

Documentary: A Lion in the House, My Country My Country, The Road to Guantanamo, The Trials of Daryl Hunt, You're Gonna Miss Me

Eric H. (Eric H.), Tuesday, 28 November 2006 17:34 (fifteen years ago) link

I am semi-psyched to see Pan's Labyrinth
.

Wild Tigers I Have Known is dreary.

Will they be taking ads out for Catherine O'Hara?

Bill Weber (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 November 2006 17:45 (fifteen years ago) link

Lim and Foundas poll news, sports fans:

http://www.thereeler.com/the_blog/critics_poll_revived_but_not_at_voice.php

Bill Weber (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 16:00 (fifteen years ago) link

Both with a pool of 100 voters? They may out-middlebrow FC's poll yet.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 18:09 (fifteen years ago) link

Oops. I see last year's poll had over 100.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 18:10 (fifteen years ago) link

Allison Benedict is taking over at the VV? She's like a third-string film critic at the Chicago Tribune.

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 18:13 (fifteen years ago) link

They specifically asked for no expertise.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 19:14 (fifteen years ago) link

(I suppose that means I should've applied ...)

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 19:14 (fifteen years ago) link

aside fr Hoberman & Nathan Lee, VV film now staffed by replicants.

Mr. Coy, if you don't email me where you are writing you are never getting that Airport 1975 tie-in book.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 20:08 (fifteen years ago) link

lol @ armond white re: 'bobby'--

"when movie stars play common, working-class people, they ennoble and humanize average American life."

deep space nine (deep space nine), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 21:20 (fifteen years ago) link

he's right about 'repo man' though.

deep space nine (deep space nine), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 21:21 (fifteen years ago) link

J Rosenabaum has already declared Bobby superior to Nashville.

(DSN, I don't disagree with that AW statement at all, when the perfs are good)

Bill Weber (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 21:38 (fifteen years ago) link

seems a little condescending.

deep space nine (deep space nine), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 21:44 (fifteen years ago) link

I assume he's harkening back to Grapes of Wrath rather than Monster.

Anyway, I'm sympathetic to Bobby (unseen) given the similarity of sneers given to Kramer /Lumet /Ritt lib-dramas of the past, by folx who marvel over the kinetic emptiness of Kill Bill etc.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 22:06 (fifteen years ago) link

I'd already wanted to see Bobby, but Rosenbaum's rave made me even more curious.

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 22:08 (fifteen years ago) link

i don't want to see 'bobby' because i'm already behind in my film viewing but i can foresee a night wherein i would procure a pizza and stop at the video store, subsequently picking it up along with a dvd of 'the shield' or something.

deep space nine (deep space nine), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 22:09 (fifteen years ago) link

see 'bobby' now*

deep space nine (deep space nine), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 22:09 (fifteen years ago) link

given the similarity of sneers given to Kramer /Lumet /Ritt lib-dramas of the past

People don't still sneer at that stuff today?

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 30 November 2006 04:36 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm more apt to trust a Peter Travers rave than Rosenbaum these days.

The Independent Spirit Awards appear to define all that is wrong with what passes for 'indie' now. Little Miss Sunshine? Really?

milo (milo), Thursday, 30 November 2006 06:12 (fifteen years ago) link

On the bright side, this year it doesn't appear they're just trying to handicap the Oscars.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 30 November 2006 06:18 (fifteen years ago) link

(Sunshine aside.)

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 30 November 2006 06:18 (fifteen years ago) link

People don't still sneer at that stuff today?

I meant that they still do, yeah (esp those who read Ms. 45 as the apotheosis of feminist filmmaking).

The NY Observer ran a story that "insiders" proclaim Dreamgirls is the Oscar frontrunner. Geez, the second-worst outcome to awarding Paul Haggis -- reverting to the big-screen Tonys.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 30 November 2006 14:26 (fifteen years ago) link

SNAKES ON A PLANE = GREATEST FILM EVER

Don't argue with it.

[electric sound of] esteban buttez (Estie Buttez), Thursday, 30 November 2006 14:27 (fifteen years ago) link

Detrius begins. Artforum lists. No new thread. It's not important.


John Waters
1. UNITED 93 (Paul Greengrass)
2. JACKASS NUMBER TWO (Jeff Tramaine)
3. THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND (Kevin Macdonald)
4. SHORTBUS (John Cameron Mitchell)
5. THE DEPARTED (Martin Scorsese)
6. SHERRYBABY (Laurie Collyer)
7. INSIDE MAN (Spike Lee)
8. SLEEPING DOGS LIE (Bobcat Goldthwait)
9. HAMILTON (Matthew Porterfield)
10. MARIE ANTOINETTE (Sofia Coppola)


Amy Taubin
1. ARMY OF SHADOWS (Jean-Pierre Melville)
2. SOUTHLAND TALES (Richard Kelly)
3. INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch)
4. WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS (Spike Lee)
5. SHOOT THE MESSENGER (Ngozi Onwurah)
6. OLD JOY (Kelly Reichardt)
7. THE HOST (Bong Joon-ho)
8. IDEAS OF ORDER IN CINQUE TERRE (Ken Kobland; 2005) and LIBERTE ET
PATRIE (Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Mieville; 2002)
9. MUTUAL RECOGNITION [sic] (Andrew Bujalski)
10. FAST FOOD NATION (Richard Linklater)


James Quandt
1. COLOSSAL YOUTH (Pedro Costa)
2. SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
3. STILL LIFE (Jia Zhang-ke)
4. KODAK (Tacita Dean)
5. ARMY OF SHADOWS (Jean-Pierre Melville; 1968)
6. BAMAKO (Abderrahmane Sissako)
7. MAGIC MIRROR (Manoel de Oliveira)
8. I DON'T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE (Tsai Ming-liang)
9. WOMAN ON THE BEACH (Hong Sang-soo)
10. KRISTALL (Matthias Muller and Christoph Girardet)


Barbara London
1. TEKKON KINKREET (Michael Arias)
2. THE ROAD TO MOUNT WEATHER (Cliff Evans)
3. DIGITAL VIDEO EFFECT: "EDITIONS" (Seth Price)
4. 8 BIT (Marcin Ramocki and Justin Strawhand) [Shameless promotion:
This is receiving its second US screening at the Wexner Center on
Jan. 17 as part of a program I curated]
5. NO SNOW ON THE BROKEN BRIDGE (Yang Fudong)
7. STILL LIFE (Jia Zhang-ke)
8. THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP (Michel Gondry)
9. SHAN PIPE BAND LEARNS THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER (Bani Abidi)
10. REMEMBERING ARTHUR (Martin Lavut)


Jonathan Romney
1. CLIMATES (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
2. LES SIGNES (Eugene Green)
3. THE FAMILY FRIEND (Paolo Sorrentino)
4. SEHNSUCHT (Valeska Grisebach)
5. THE DEPARTED (Martin Scorsese)
6. MARIE ANTOINETTE (Sofia Coppola)
7. PAN'S LABYRINTH (Guillermo del Toro)
8. IT'S WINTER (Rafi Pitts)
9. GARDENS IN AUTUMN (Otar Iosseliani)
10. COLOSSAL YOUTH (Pedro Costa)

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 30 November 2006 15:09 (fifteen years ago) link

I meant that they still do, yeah (esp those who read Ms. 45 as the apotheosis of feminist filmmaking).

Close, but not quite. I called it an antithesis to feminist filmmaking.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 30 November 2006 15:21 (fifteen years ago) link

meh, here a 'thesis, there a 'theosis...

I didn't care for Climates at all, tho it was kinda crazy.

Waters' #1 and 2 would make a felicitous doublebill. His list is the only one made up entirely of films that were commercially exhibited (at least in NY) in '06.

Bill Weber (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 30 November 2006 16:05 (fifteen years ago) link

I always find it a bit ridiculous to put re-releases or 'found' films in a year-end list. "Army of Shadows" is 36 years old - just 'cuz Americans didn't see it, doesn't mean it didn't exist.

It's kind of like listing a bunch of [insert director here, probably someone with a Criterion box set] because (the editorial) you saw them for the first time this year.

milo (milo), Thursday, 30 November 2006 16:37 (fifteen years ago) link

It has some validity if there was no way (aside from hunting down an imported video or somethin') you could see it before this year in yr home country. But I generally make a separate category myself.

It also helps that it looks like the worst year ever (again) for medium-to-widely released new films.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 30 November 2006 16:43 (fifteen years ago) link

as in, an indie Afterschool Special wins an armful of Gotham Awards, whatever they are...

http://carpetbagger.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/11/30/full-court-press-for-half-nelson/

At the Gothams, there are just six, count ‘em, six, competitive awards. And by the time the evening had finally wound down, “Half Nelson” won half of them, including Best Feature, Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor...

Shareeka Epps, one of the young actors in “Half Nelson,” won the actor award, an honor she shared with Rinko Kikuchi for her role as a deaf Japanese teenager in “Babel.”

Ms. Kikuchi gave her own speech — through tears and in English. It included shout-outs to everyone connected to the production and of course, Mom and Dad. “It has been an incredible journey,” she said. “With this award I am very encouraged and ready for more.”


Bill Weber (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 30 November 2006 17:25 (fifteen years ago) link

I love it. In the John Waters sense.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 30 November 2006 19:41 (fifteen years ago) link

From the high (-brow) to the low (shameless). Oscar season begins officially with some shit called the Golden Satellites.

motion picture, drama
half nelson
the departed
flags of our fathers
the queen
the last king of scotland
babel
little children

motion picture, comedy or musical
little miss sunshine
thank you for smoking
the devil wears prada
stranger than fiction
venus
dreamgirls

motion picture, foreign language film
the lives of others
volver
changing times
water
syrian bride
apocalypto

actress in a motion picture, drama
penelope cruz, volver
helen mirren, the queen
judy dench, notes on a scandal
gretchen mol, the notorious bettie page
maggie gyllenhaal, sherrybaby

actor in a motion picture, drama
derek luke, catch a fire
joshua jackson, aurora borealis
forrest whitaker, the last king of scotland
ryan gosling, half nelson
patrick wilson, little children
leonardo dicaprio, blood diamond

actress in a motion picture, comedy or musical
julie walters, driving lessons
annette bening, running with scissors
meryl streep, the devil wears prada
toni collette, little miss sunshine
jodie whitaker, venus
beyoncé knowles, dreamgirls

actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical
joseph cross, running with scissors
aaron eckhart, thank you for smoking
sasha baron cohen, borat
peter o’toole, venus
will Ferrell, stranger than fiction

actress in a supporting role
abigail breslin, little miss sunshine
lily tomlin, prairie home companion
blythe danner, the last kiss
rinko kikuchi, babel
cate blanchett, notes on a scandal
jennifer hudson, dreamgirls

actor in a supporting role
donald sutherland, aurora borealis
adam beach, flags of our fathers
leonardo dicaprio, the departed
alan arkin, little miss sunshine
brad pitt, babel
jack Nicholson, the departed

motion picture, animated or mixed media
cars
ice age 2: the meltdown
happy feet
flushed away
pan’s labyrinth

motion picture, documentary
deliver us from evil
jonestown: the life & death of peoples temple
an inconvenient truth
the us vs. john lennon
leonard cohen: i’m your man
the war tapes

director
martin scorsese, the departed
clint eastwood, flags of our fathers
pedro almodovar, volver
stephen frears, the queen
alejandro gonzález iñárritu, babel
bill condon, dreamgirls

screenplay, original
andré téchiné, laurent guyot, pascal bonitzer, changing times
elena soarez, luiz carlos barreto, andrucha waddington, house of sand
guillermo arriaga, alejandro gonzález iñárritu, babel
pedro almodovar, volver
peter morgan, the queen
paul Laverty, the wind that shakes the barley

screenplay, adapted
william broyles, jr.; paul haggis, flags of our fathers
jason reitman, thank you for smoking
william monahan, siu fai mak, felix chong, the departed
todd field, tom perrotta, little children
garrison keillor, a prairie home companion
bill condon, dreamgirls

original score
gabriel yared, the lives of others
clint eastwood, flags of our fathers
philip glass, notes on a scandal
nathan Johnson, brick
hans zimmer, da vinci code
gustavo santolalla, babel

original song
“upside down”, curious george
"you know my name”, casino royale
“never let go”, the guardian
“till the end of time”, little miss sunshine
“love you i do”, dreamgirls
“listen”, dreamgirls

cinematography
house of sand
flags of our fathers
the black dahlia
a good year
x-men: the last stand
the fountain
curse of the golden flower


visual effects
flags of our fathers
pirates of the caribbean: dead man’s chest
x-men: the last stand
v for vendetta
the fountain
pan’s labyrinth
the da vinci code

film editing
x-men: the last stand
flags of our fathers
babel
miami vice
dreamgirls

sound (editing & mixing)
x-men: the last stand
flags of our fathers
babel
dreamgirls
the da vinci code

art direction & production design
marie antoinette
flags of our fathers
dreamgirls
pan’s labyrinth
v for vendetta

costume design
marie antoinette
the black dahlia
of the golden flower
dreamgirls
the devil wears prada

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 1 December 2006 18:38 (fifteen years ago) link

You think the Devil Wears Prada will have so many nominations or are you just pulling my leg here? I thought it was mildly entertaining but even Meryl Streep coudln't save that flick...

nathalie (stevienixed), Friday, 1 December 2006 18:41 (fifteen years ago) link

I think these are the actual nominations for the Golden Satellites, which nobody cares about.

This means that National Board of Review will be announced in a couple of days, right?

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 1 December 2006 18:52 (fifteen years ago) link

dicaprio's is a supporting role?

deep space nine (deep space nine), Friday, 1 December 2006 18:54 (fifteen years ago) link

Eric, I think u hafta at least tell us who picks the Golden Satellites.

the DiCaprio supporting thing is the usu guy-starring-in-2-movies strategy, cept here he's not nom'd for Blood Pudding

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 2 December 2006 20:14 (fifteen years ago) link

Eric, I think u hafta at least tell us who picks the Golden Satellites.

I wish I knew. Not literally, but I wish I knew. I guess people whose credentials didn't stack up to the standards of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Saturday, 2 December 2006 23:47 (fifteen years ago) link

so no 'buzz' at all on the Soderbergh-Clooney Good German?

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 4 December 2006 14:20 (fifteen years ago) link

Based on the trailer, I expect the cinematography to be a disaster - DV with a crappy black and white conversion. Ugliest movie since Sin City.

milo (milo), Monday, 4 December 2006 18:57 (fifteen years ago) link

http://reporter.blogs.com/risky/2006/11/dga_nyc_the_dud.html

On the other hand, Peter Travers likes it.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 4 December 2006 19:02 (fifteen years ago) link

DV with a crappy black and white conversion

Wait a sec, maybe that was just the trailer you saw? Isn't the hype on this one that S.S. used 1940s vintage equipment to shoot it?

Bill Weber (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 5 December 2006 14:12 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, I thought it was like Far From Heaven meets Elephant (the White Stripes album, not the Van Sant film).

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 5 December 2006 14:18 (fifteen years ago) link

I got a severe eau du Borzage from the trailer - maybe he bought Frank's camera.

David RER (Frank Fiore), Tuesday, 5 December 2006 14:59 (fifteen years ago) link

I don't think the 'vintage' angle extends to celluloid - just lighting, editing and sound. I'm pretty sure this is related to his HD deal with Mark Cuban.

milo (milo), Tuesday, 5 December 2006 15:21 (fifteen years ago) link

http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/thegoodgerman/hd/ - trailer I'm watching. There's no depth to the B&W (compare to Clooney's movie last year, which was shot on color film and converted giving it the widest possible tonal range). This just has the look of a digital image converted later on.

milo (milo), Tuesday, 5 December 2006 15:26 (fifteen years ago) link

http://www.thereeler.com/features/the_voice_in_the_wilderness.php

interesting.

sad comment from any taubin.

nathan lee is a really good writer, personally prefer him to atkinson.

but foundas... ech.

temporary enrique (temporary enrique), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 10:35 (fifteen years ago) link

That is a very interesting article, but I question its credentials as "detrius."

The National Board of Review winners, however, are what this thread was created for:

Top 10 Films (winner in bold)
Babel
Blood Diamond
The Departed
The Devil Wears Prada
Flags of Our Fathers
The History Boys
Letters from Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
Notes on a Scandal
The Painted Veil

Best Foreign Film
Curse of the Golden Flower
Days of Glory
Pan's Labyrinth
Volver
Water

Best Actor
Forest Whitaker, The Last King Of Scotland

Best Actress
Helen Mirren, The Queen

Best Supporting Actor
Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond

Best Supporting Actress
Catherine O'hara, For Your Consideration

Best Acting By An Ensemble
The Departed

Breakthrough Performance - Male
Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson

Breakthrough Performance - Female
Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi, Babel

Best Director
Martin Scorsese, The Departed

Best Directorial Debut
Jason Reitman, Thank You For Smoking

Best Adapted Screenplay
Ron Nyswaner, The Painted Veil

Best Original Screenplay
Zach Helm, Stranger Than Fiction

Best Documentary
51 Birch Street
An Inconvenient Truth
Iraq in Fragments
Shut Up & Sing
Wordplay

Top 10 Independent Films
Akeelah and the Bee
Bobby
Catch a Fire
Copying Beethoven
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
Half Nelson
The Illusionist
Lonesome Jim
Sherrybaby
10 Items or Less
Thank You for Smoking

Best Animated Feature
Cars

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 21:33 (fifteen years ago) link

isn't blood diamond supposed to be incredibly awful?

deep space nine (deep space nine), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 21:38 (fifteen years ago) link

God, the NBR blows. Idiotic that they have a separate list for independent films. (And what, Little Miss Sunshine isn't independent because it appeared in their overall top 10?) Also, Stranger Than Fiction was not that great of a screenplay.

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 21:40 (fifteen years ago) link

Between the Top 10 overall and the Top 10 indies, I feel safe in declaring this to be the worst year ever for American cinema. Jesus.

milo (milo), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 21:41 (fifteen years ago) link

"independent" as someone observed long ago is a marketing term.

has Letters from Iwo Jima even been released in LA?

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 21:42 (fifteen years ago) link

Letters from Iwo Jima has been everywhere for at least a month.

milo (milo), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 21:43 (fifteen years ago) link

Everywhere but my house.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 21:44 (fifteen years ago) link

nowhere in New York.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 21:44 (fifteen years ago) link

Anyway, I'm sort of relieved that it wasn't Dreamgirls. The NBR was that flick's best chance until the West Oklahoma Critics Circle announces their winners.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 21:45 (fifteen years ago) link

I love that everytime I open this thread, Daniel Craig's boobies stare back at me.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 21:45 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, I thought Letters from Iwo Jima wasn't supposed to open until next year.

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 21:46 (fifteen years ago) link

It got pushed up when Flags underperformed.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 21:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Flags has vanished from NY, but no Iwo.

is that the Oklahoma! Critics Circle?

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 21:50 (fifteen years ago) link

How nuts is it that Flags nearly got an entire row of perfect ***** ratings in the most recent Film Comment critics' chart?!

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 21:55 (fifteen years ago) link

I dunno. Sometimes I don't even know half those chart guys are. I'm not even sure I saw anything **** new this year. Yet I generally like Eastwood when he's not ripping off Rocky IV.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 22:03 (fifteen years ago) link

That John Waters list is better with his comments, of course:

1 United 93 (Paul Greengrass) The best movie in the last five years. No cheap shots in this one! I have friends who would watch a snuff film, yet they refuse to see this great action picture—I don’t get why.

2 Jackass Number Two (Jeff Tremaine) Playing on more than three thousand screens, Jackass 2 was the number-one-grossing movie in America on its opening weekend—and the male stars eat shit and drink horse semen for real. They’re nude a lot, too. If this isn’t cultural terrorism, I don’t know what is.

3 The Last King of Scotland (Kevin Macdonald) Forest Whitaker tops the performance of Joseph Olita in 1981’s Rise and Fall of Idi Amin, one of my all-time favorite trash masterpieces.

4 Shortbus (John Cameron Mitchell) When was the last time the star of a film rimmed someone, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and walked away with his dignity? A touching, lovely movie that I hope gets turned into a Broadway musical.

5 The Departed (Martin Scorsese) The best-acted film of the year from America’s coolest director. The final shot is beyond perfection.

6 Sherrybaby (Laurie Collyer) Maggie Gyllenhaal plays an ex-convict drug addict (the kind I see in Baltimore every day), and the film is so depressing and great that I wish I could see it with an all-female prison audience.

7 Inside Man (Spike Lee) Handsome bank-robbing outfits—so chic, so scary, so fashionably conformist.

8 Sleeping Dogs Lie (Bobcat Goldthwait) A feminist tale of a girl who once blew her dog and mistakenly tells her boyfriend. Now there’s a high-concept romantic comedy.

9 Hamilton (Matthew Porterfield) A tiny, minimalist art film from Baltimore that made it to New York and is astonishing in its simple beauty, amazing performances, and hypnotic pace. The real thing.

10 Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola) Sofia Coppola is Karen Kilimnik!

Marmot (marmotwolof), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 22:17 (fifteen years ago) link

he oft has bad taste when watching films, too (tho I've only seen Shortbus and Ditztoinette).

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 22:22 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah but I'm intrigued by Bobcat Goldthwait Feminist Dog Blowing Movie now that I know what it is.

Marmot (marmotwolof), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 22:26 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, that one's been totally Netflixed.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 22:54 (fifteen years ago) link

many x-posts I was thinking Letters from Iwo Jima was the title of the American part.

milo (milo), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 23:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Between the Top 10 overall and the Top 10 indies, I feel safe in declaring this to be the worst year ever for American cinema. Jesus.

No shit. Jesus is that list depressing.

C0L1N B... (C0L1N B...), Thursday, 7 December 2006 05:04 (fifteen years ago) link

I'd at least wait until the formerly-Village Voice polls come out before declaring that.

In any case, it's the worst year ever for me going to cinema from America or anywhere else.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 7 December 2006 05:48 (fifteen years ago) link

uh holmes, the word is 'detritus'. jus' sayin!

temporary enrique (temporary enrique), Thursday, 7 December 2006 09:18 (fifteen years ago) link

but anyway it must have been a bad year for films, i only paid to see three.

temporary enrique (temporary enrique), Thursday, 7 December 2006 09:20 (fifteen years ago) link

The only movie I went to see this year was Casino Royale.

Marmot (marmotwolof), Thursday, 7 December 2006 09:27 (fifteen years ago) link

Enrique, it's kind of a tradition.

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 7 December 2006 17:17 (fifteen years ago) link

I can't figure out why I liked Volver as much as I did despite it being completely Almodovar-By-Numbers

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Thursday, 7 December 2006 17:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, I've been having trouble figuring that out, too. Mostly it was just an entertaining, well-made film.

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 7 December 2006 17:38 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm a fan of detrius, even if I'm not a fan of most of the movies detrius celebrates.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 7 December 2006 18:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Was The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada released this year or last year?

milo (milo), Thursday, 7 December 2006 21:36 (fifteen years ago) link

take your pick. it was on last year's list for critics, but most theaters didn't get it til this year I think.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 8 December 2006 06:25 (fifteen years ago) link

re Volver, it's the singer not the song

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Friday, 8 December 2006 14:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Regardless of how mediocre or bad 2006 was for American films, I saw one critic point out that it would seem to be even more shockingly terrible for foreign titles released in the U.S. this year. Volver will probably win every "not from here" prize in existence, and almost everyone is saying it's not up to his last three. Beyond that, it's Lazarescu, L'Enfant and ... that would seem to be it for heavy hitters with widespread support. Duck Season and Three Times and Gabrielle would push the list over five, but I defy you to try and stretch that list to the 15 or 20 necessary to match years past.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 8 December 2006 18:37 (fifteen years ago) link

On the other hand, I just saw that the NY Times suggested that NYFCC might pick Army of Shadows for Best Picture this year.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 8 December 2006 18:45 (fifteen years ago) link

(not that any of their critics should know that, as I think they're not involved in the awards.)

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 8 December 2006 18:45 (fifteen years ago) link

even more shockingly terrible for foreign titles released in the U.S. this year.

I don't think it's all that shocking when US distributors seem to be taking fewer and fewer chances (or ones that do are folding). Tsai ming-Liang has completed two since Goodbye Dragon Inn that haven't been distrib'd.

Foreign detrius films are crowd-pleasers; even if I liked Volver OK, I'd likely put Kekexili (Mountain Patrol), Battle in Heaven, 4, Fratricide plus maybe Changing Times ahead of it.

Doesn't The Science of Sleep count as foreign?

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 9 December 2006 05:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Maybe it does. Maybe it does.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Saturday, 9 December 2006 08:47 (fifteen years ago) link

I saw Gabrielle at NYFF '05, but it'd be my only serious challenger thus far to Inland Empire at #1.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 10 December 2006 08:24 (fifteen years ago) link

A ton of critics awards came out today. I don't keep track of what shows up when, but I can't remember the last time so many happened simultaneously. The only two that really matter ...

L.A. FILM CRITICS
Picture: "Letters From Iwo Jima"
Runner-up: "The Queen"

Director: Paul Greengrass, "United 93"
Runner-up: Clint Eastwood, "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima"

Actor: Sacha Baron Cohen, "Borat" and Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland" (tie) (no runner-up)

Actress: Helen Mirren, "The Queen"
Runner-up: Penelope Cruz, "Volver"

Supporting actor: Michael Sheen, "The Queen"
Runner-up: Sergi Lopez, "Pan's Labyrinth"

Supporting actress: Luminita Gheorghiu, "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu"
Runner-up: Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls"

Screenplay: Peter Morgan, "The Queen"
Runner-up: Michael Arndt, "Little Miss Sunshine"

Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, "Children of Men"
Runner-up: Tom Stern, "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima"

Production design: Eugenio Caballero, "Pan's Labyrinth"
Runner-up: Jim Clay and Geoffrey Kirkland, "Children of Men"

Music: Alexandre Desplat, "The Queen" and "The Painted Veil"
Runner-up: Thomas Newman, "The Good German" and "Little Children"

Foreign-language film: "The Lives of Others"
Runner-up: "Volver"

Documentary/non-fiction film: "An Inconvenient Truth"
Runner-up: "Darwin's Nightmare"

Animation: "Happy Feet"
Runner-up: "Cars"

Douglas Edwards experimental/independent film/video award: "Old Joy" (Kelly Reichardt) and "In Between Days" (So Yong Kim)

New generation award: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris (directors) and Michael Arndt (screenwriter), "Little Miss Sunshine"

Career achievement award (previously announced): Robert Mulligan

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BOSTON FILM CRITICS
Best Picture: The Departed (ru: United 93)
Best Director: Martin Scorsese (ru: Paul Greengrass)
Best Actor: Forest Whitaker (ru: Ryan Gosling)
Best Actress: Helen Mirren (ru: Judi Dench)
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Wahlberg (ru: Michael Sheen, Alec Baldwin)
Best Supporting Actress: Shareeka Epps (ru: Meryl Streep)
Best Ensemble Cast: United 93 (ru: The Departed)
Best Screenplay: The Departed (ru: The Queen)
Best Foreign Film: Pan's Labyrinth (ru: Volver)
Best Documentary: Deliver Us from Evil, Shut Up & Sing (ru: 51 Birch Street)
Best New Filmaker: Ryan Fleck (ru: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)
Best Cinematography: Pan's Labyrinth (ru: The Painted Veil, Curse of the Golden Flower)

Eric H. (Eric H.), Sunday, 10 December 2006 23:37 (fifteen years ago) link

"matter" (Boston critics not too parochial on that Bos-mick mob thing, huh).

Idi Amin and Borat tying in LA is about the level of 'seriousness' present in the whole exercise.

Douglas Edwards experimental/independent film/video award: "Old Joy" (Kelly Reichardt) and "In Between Days" (So Yong Kim)

^the Ghettoizing Actual Art award?^

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 14:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Sick. Jackie Earl Haley just won an NYFCC award.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 16:03 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh, following this in realtime, are you? c'mon, Child Molester is a gimme.

http://www.nyfcc.com/awards.php

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 16:36 (fifteen years ago) link

and why has your inner dreamgirl already prejudged that one? cuz it figures to be a Bill Condon vision, ie harmless mediocrity?

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 16:37 (fifteen years ago) link

They misspelled Jackie Earle Haley's name.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 11 December 2006 16:42 (fifteen years ago) link

wow, his last film credit before this year was Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 16:44 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm thinking this'll be another dullish Departed crowning, unless Volver upsets

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 16:54 (fifteen years ago) link

Are you kidding? I'm no Bill Condon fan. I'm not even a musical fan. I am a fan of black women, so there's that.

The only reason I'm prejudiced against Haley winning is because it's a mediocre performance in a baity role in a worthless movie.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:12 (fifteen years ago) link

United 93 for the win.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:15 (fifteen years ago) link

Best Actor: Whitaker againnnnnnzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:17 (fifteen years ago) link

How sad that Gosling and Cohen split the runner up. The bluehair demographic is insurmountable this year what with the NYT critics (and, it looks, Nathan Lee) out of the picture.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Rex Reed's hair is periwinkle, I'll have you know.

Condon > Haggis (yeah, I meant you wdn't be expecting much from him)

btw here is the shortlist of 15 Oscar Documentary Features:

“Blindsight”
“Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?”
“Deliver Us from Evil”
“The Ground Truth”
“An Inconvenient Truth”
“Iraq in Fragments”
“Jesus Camp”
“Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple”
“My Country, My Country”
“Shut Up & Sing”
“Sisters in Law”
“Storm of Emotions”
“The Trials of Darryl Hunt”
“An Unreasonable Man”
“The War Tapes”


and the 56 for Best Song (I guess Keillor's "Bad Jokes" is not original to the movie, and this will be Borat's sole nom, maybe):

“Believe It” from “The Heart of the Game”
“The Best” from “Everyone’s Hero”
“The Book I Write” from “Stranger than Fiction”
“Broken Bridges” from “Broken Bridges”
“Chan Chan” from “Water”
“Circle in the Sand” from “Friends with Money”
“Coming Back to You” from “Deja Vu”
“Definition of Love” from “Akeelah and the Bee”
“Dreamz with a Z” from “American Dreamz”
“Encarnacion” from “Nacho Libre”
“Every Word” from “Wordplay”
“Family of Me” from “Over the Hedge”
“A Father’s Way” from “The Pursuit of Happyness”
“The Girl in Byakkoya - White Tiger Field” from “Paprika”
“Heist” from “Over the Hedge”
“Hillbilly Holla” from “Barnyard”
“Hollywood Familia” from “Hollywood Familia”
“I Belong” from “Open Season”
“I Need to Wake Up” from “An Inconvenient Truth”
“In Rosa Vernat Lilium” from “The Nativity Story”
“It’s a Fight” from “Rocky Balboa”
“Ju Hua Tai” from “Curse of the Golden Flower”
“Keep Holding On” from “Eragon”
“Khalbali” from “Rang de Basanti”
“Kingdom of Love” from “One Night with the King”
“Listen” from “Dreamgirls”
“A Lonely Man” from “Don’t Come Knocking”
“Love You I Do” from “Dreamgirls”
“Luka Chuppi” from “Rang de Basanti”
“The Motion” from “3 Needles”
“My Little Girl” from “Flicka”
“Never Gonna Break My Faith” from “Bobby”
“Never Let Go” from “The Guardian”
“O Kazakhstan” from “Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”
“Open Your Heart” from “Saving Shiloh”
“Ordinary Miracle” from “Charlotte’s Web”
“Our Town” from “Cars”
“Patience” from “Dreamgirls”
“Philosophy” from “Step Up”
“PJ & Rooster” from “Idlewild”
“Quest for Love” from “Arthur and the Invisibles”
“Real Gone” from “Cars”
“Really Nice Day” from “The Wild”
“Shine on ‘Em” from “Blood Diamond”
“The Song of the Heart” from “Happy Feet”
“Star Mile” from “The Last Kiss”
“Still” from “Over the Hedge”
“Suenos” from “Hollywood Familia”
“Sweet Music” from “Glory Road”
“Til the End of Time” from “Little Miss Sunshine”
“Tonight” from “Night at the Museum”
“Try Not to Remember” from “Home of the Brave”
“Upside Down” from “Curious George”
“When You Taught Me How to Dance” from “Miss Potter”
“Won’t Let You Fall” from “Poseidon”
“You Know My Name” from “Casino Royale”

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:24 (fifteen years ago) link

Why are the NYT critics out of the picture?

Why is "PJ & Rooster" the only potential nominee from Idlewild?

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh, yeah. I don't think Condon is ruinous, but I don't think he's really capable of anything other than middlebrow white elephants (I feel bad for saying so, for the record).

(x-post) I can never figure that out. There are some weird bylaws (from the NYT, not the NYFCC) that prevent them from participating, but some years they do anyway.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:26 (fifteen years ago) link

Speaking of periwinkle...

Best Actress: Helen Mirren, THE QUEEN

Runners-up:

Judi Dench, NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Meryl Streep, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Is NYFCC the first Army of Shadows win for foreign film?

jaymc, that is an Academy-winnowed song list, not one of all eligibles.

NYT writers don't vote for sports awards, either.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:32 (fifteen years ago) link

xpost

haha, I was just gonna say Reed & Edelstein must be having a Mirren-Dench hairpull to settle that one.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:33 (fifteen years ago) link

2006 was a great year for shitty movies.

Dragons (per the previous FAQ answer) (nklshs), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:36 (fifteen years ago) link

I assume, Oscarwise, United 93 is considered, ummm, "too New York."

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:39 (fifteen years ago) link

DO NOT GET DRAGGED TO SEE 'THE HOLIDAY' UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. I WANTED TO POKE MY EYES OUT WITH A JU JU BEE. CAN JACK BLACK MAKE ONE MOVIE WHERE HE DOESN'T SING A STUPID SONG.

thebingo (thebingo), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:52 (fifteen years ago) link

Eric, where are you getting Actor and Actress and runner-ups from? I'm refreshing the NYFCC site, and it's still stuck on Picture.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:56 (fifteen years ago) link

Best Actor: Whitaker againnnnnnzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

So did anyone hear actually see Amin!?

I'm eagerly anticipating this one, about Pinochet's rise to power:

The Coup

Directed by: Costas-Gavras
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Benicio del Toro

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:56 (fifteen years ago) link

Eric is actually one of the critics; he's smuggling out the results via laptop and smoke signals.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:57 (fifteen years ago) link

Amin! the musical?

Oscar's all about the royal skirt and scary black mass murderer this year.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Films about Amin need more panache than you're gonna get by casting the director of Waiting to Exhale and Mr. Tumnus the Faun.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:06 (fifteen years ago) link

One of the critics (I won't say who) leaked the winners and runners-up to the Nerve blog Screengrab.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:14 (fifteen years ago) link

NYT writers don't vote for sports awards, either.

According to someone else:

"The NYT critics were forced to resign in 2002 (I think) because of a
new company policy banning Times staff from voting on awards that
could produce financial benefits for people whom they cover in the
paper. This was primarily aimed at the sports department (since
honors like the Heisman Trophy or a spot in the MLB Hall of Fame,
both voted on by sportswriters, are worth millions in potential
income to their recipients) and business reporters, but it applied to
the NYFCC insofar as a win there could increase somebody's chance of
an Oscar nomination, which in turn could be used by the winner's
agent as a reason for their client to get paid more in the future."

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:16 (fifteen years ago) link

It's out:

2006 Awards

Best Picture
United 93
Best Actor
Forest Whitaker
The Last King of Scotland
Best Actress
Helen Mirren
The Queen
Best Director
Martin Scorsese
The Departed
Best Foreign Film
Army of Shadows
Best Screenplay
Peter Morgan
The Queen
Best Supporting Actor
Jackie Earle Haley
Little Children
Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Hudson
Dreamgirls
Best Cinematographer
Guillermo Navarro
Pan's Labyrinth
Best Non-Fiction Film
Deliver Us From Evil
Best First Film
Ryan Fleck
Half Nelson
Best Animated Film
Happy Feet

1:00pm EST: Voting is finished.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:16 (fifteen years ago) link

Best First Film: Ryan Fleck, Half Nelson

Classic example of a make-up award. "Gosling and Epps wuz robbed, let's sneak the film in here."

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:19 (fifteen years ago) link

So Gosling got the raves for a role Forest Whitaker himself would have played in 1989 (oops, sorry, it was Morgan Freeman)?

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:20 (fifteen years ago) link

Forest Whitaker would've played a white schoolteacher?

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:24 (fifteen years ago) link

no, in '89 it would've been Kevin Bacon, if indie-grainy had hit by then.

I have a pinch of guilt in avoiding Last King of Scotland, as I'd go only cuz I find James McAvoy totally fucking hot.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:24 (fifteen years ago) link

ACADEMY AWARDZ TIME

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Morbs liked McAvoy's hoofs in Narnia.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:26 (fifteen years ago) link

What it is with gays and goat legs?

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:29 (fifteen years ago) link

No, a hot guy is not enough to make me watch that kinda nerd shit. McAvoy is tasty in that Brit series Shameless.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:30 (fifteen years ago) link

We think they make you a better dancer.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:30 (fifteen years ago) link

What it is with gays and goat legs?

I thought Chris Kattan wasn't actually gay.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:32 (fifteen years ago) link

Jake Gyllenhaal has hairy legs. Does that make him a goat?

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:33 (fifteen years ago) link

i hope departed wins best pic or at least best director in the oscar race (i foresee some musical winning best pic and director going to MS) because i'd hate to see the dude go out like altman with some late-in-the-game honorary award.

deep space nine (deep space nine), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:36 (fifteen years ago) link

(x-post) Helen Mirren has hairy legs. Does that make her hot to gays?

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:37 (fifteen years ago) link

i'd hate to see the dude go out like altman with some late-in-the-game honorary award.

Unlike Altman, I think Scorsese actually cares about the Oscars. A vestigial thing from his youth.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:43 (fifteen years ago) link

A vestigial thing from his everyone's youth.

Fixed.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:46 (fifteen years ago) link

I think you're projecting!

Didn't Crash fix your obsession?

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Don't pretend that you, like every film buff, didn't at least give the Oscars some minor credence in your formative years. Not to the extent that you thought they ever made the right choice, maybe, but that they at least might have nominated "the right film" occasionally (e.g. me in 1994 when they nominated Pulp Fiction).

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:50 (fifteen years ago) link

Not to the extent that you thought they ever made the right choice

I'm not pretending at all -- they gave Annie Hall Best Pic in my formative years (but since Woody didn't show, I already knew they were for suckers). But it's been all downhill since the early '90s, worse than I could've imagined. I really plan to skip it this year barring some miraculous Laura Dern nomination.

Bill Weber (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:54 (fifteen years ago) link

I skipped it the year Lord of the Rings was set to win everything in sight.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:56 (fifteen years ago) link

that was great because everyone in the audience was so annoyed : D

deep space nine (deep space nine), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:56 (fifteen years ago) link

xpost

which definitively showed that it's more about Ka-Ching than it used to be. (lib self-congrats only in a year w/out an awardable big grosser)

annoyed? weren't they the ones who voted for it?

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:59 (fifteen years ago) link

there was a definite sense of 'wtf' in the place

deep space nine (deep space nine), Monday, 11 December 2006 19:01 (fifteen years ago) link

it wasn't even the best one of the trilogy.

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 11 December 2006 19:03 (fifteen years ago) link

(I haven't watched the Oscars in years, altho I did tune in for Michael Moore's acceptance speech, which was awesome)

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 11 December 2006 19:03 (fifteen years ago) link

Of the 22 critics who were physically present (proxy votes having dropped out after ballot #2), 12 went for United 93, giving it the squeakiest victory since Daniel Day-Lewis beat out Jack Nicholson in '02. Lisa Schwarzbaum suggested that since even this 12-10 vote was a virtual tie, we really ought to award Best Picture to both films. Nobody really agreed (but no vote was taken).

A brief silence. Then, the voice of Rex Reed.

"So that's it."

Pause.

"The best film of 2006."

Pause.

"According to the New York Film Critics Circle."

Pause.

"Is United 93."

Long, uncomfortable pause, plus some tittering.

"A film that no one in America wanted to see."

At which point People critic Leah Rozen said, "And how did you vote, Rex?"

http://www.nerve.com/nerveblog/screengrabblog.aspx?id=107e7985#7985

Bill Weber (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:13 (fifteen years ago) link

That Sarris on the toilet story is great. I wonder why they didn't ask him if he only had to tinkle or if he also pinched a loaf.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:17 (fifteen years ago) link

Leah Rozen is a New York Film Critic?

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:19 (fifteen years ago) link

cuz People is based in NY?

xpost

I bet Linklater would've paid for the laxative.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:22 (fifteen years ago) link

Rex Reed and Thelma Adams are also NYFCC members? Doesn't that rock your world?

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:23 (fifteen years ago) link

Is John Simon still a member?

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:25 (fifteen years ago) link

No, he got kicked out for excessive bathroom breaks.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:31 (fifteen years ago) link

Steven Spielberg is developing two new scripts for the Fox network. First is a drama “set in the world of high fashion and follow[ing] five twentysomething friends who work behind the scenes of the industry,” to be written by Edward Burns and his wife Christy Turlington.

deep space nine (deep space nine), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:32 (fifteen years ago) link

She's a published author, dude - don't front.

David RER (Frank Fiore), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:33 (fifteen years ago) link


http://www.nyfcc.com/members.php


hey, Klawans is working on a Preston Sturges project.

That isn't detrius, DS9.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:33 (fifteen years ago) link

i'm just super excited about it, is all

deep space nine (deep space nine), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:35 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm just posting this here because it's not really appropriate anywhere else, but Happy Feet was actually a really excellent movie.

Dragons (per the previous FAQ answer) (nklshs), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:39 (fifteen years ago) link

The next big adult animated film is a documentary on the Chicago 7 trial (Sundance).

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:45 (fifteen years ago) link

No, he got kicked out for excessive bathroom breaks.

The shit was coming out of his mouth, it seems.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:53 (fifteen years ago) link

Not that John Simon wasn't frequently infuriating and dense in his dotage, but a friend of mine says his '70s writing was among the first he was ever interested in. He's represented in that US film critics anthology.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 12 December 2006 14:18 (fifteen years ago) link

A new collection of his 1981-2001 criticism was published a few months ago; his hilarious eviscerations of actress' physical flaws wax and wane over the years.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 12 December 2006 14:28 (fifteen years ago) link

San Francisco critics (Eric, avert yr eyes):

Best Picture – Little Children
Best Director – Paul Greengrass, United 93
Best Actor – Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat
Best Actress – Helen Mirren, The Queen
Best Supporting Actor – Jackie Earle Haley, Little Childen
Best Supporting Actress – Adriana Barraza, Babel
Best Screenplay – Little Children
Best Foreign Film – Pan’s Labyrinth

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 12 December 2006 19:39 (fifteen years ago) link

Jackie Earle Haley suddenly emerging as this year's Shoreh Agdashloo (i.e. rarely singled out in reviews when sexier and classier leads were the focus).

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 12 December 2006 19:41 (fifteen years ago) link

YEAH KELLY LEAK

David RER (Frank Fiore), Tuesday, 12 December 2006 19:44 (fifteen years ago) link

wouldn't this year's Shoreh Agdashloo(s) be the maid and deaf teenager from Babel? Haley is more like, I dunno, Dean Stockwell.

we really need more artfilm content on this thread instead of all the middlebrow horseshit, but I guess that'll be when the post-Voice polls come out.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 12 December 2006 19:52 (fifteen years ago) link

No one in Sand and Fog was sexier than Shoreh.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:20 (fifteen years ago) link

Meh. I've had a crush on Ron Eldard since True Love.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 13 December 2006 00:46 (fifteen years ago) link


zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION
2007 Golden Globe Awards
For the year ended December 31, 2006

Nominations Press Release

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

BABEL
Anonymous Content Production/Una Producción De Zeta Film/Central Film Production; Paramount Pictures/Paramount Vantage

BOBBY
Bold Films; The Weinstein Company

THE DEPARTED
Warner Bros. Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures

LITTLE CHILDREN
New Line Cinema; New Line Cinema

THE QUEEN
A Granada Production; Miramax Films



BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

PENÉLOPE CRUZ VOLVER

JUDI DENCH NOTES ON A SCANDAL

MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL SHERRYBABY

HELEN MIRREN THE QUEEN

KATE WINSLET LITTLE CHILDREN

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA


LEONARDO DICAPRIO BLOOD DIAMOND

LEONARDO DICAPRIO THE DEPARTED

PETER O’TOOLE VENUS

WILL SMITH THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS

FOREST WHITAKER THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND



BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL


BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN
One America; Twentieth Century Fox

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Twentieth Century Fox; Twentieth Century Fox

DREAMGIRLS
DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount Pictures; DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount Pictures

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Big Beach/Bonafide Productions; Fox Searchlight Pictures

THANK YOU FOR SMOKING
Room 9 Entertainment/David O. Sacks Production/Content Film; Fox Searchlight Pictures



BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

ANNETTE BENING RUNNING WITH SCISSORS

TONI COLLETTE LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

BEYONCÉ KNOWLES DREAMGIRLS

MERYL STREEP THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

RENEE ZELLWEGER MISS POTTER


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

SACHA BARON COHEN BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN

JOHNNY DEPP PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST

AARON ECKHART THANK YOU FOR SMOKING

CHIWETEL EJIOFOR KINKY BOOTS

WILL FERRELL STRANGER THAN FICTION



BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

CARS
Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studio; Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

HAPPY FEET
Kingdom Pictures, LLC; Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures

MONSTER HOUSE
Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

APOCALYPTO (USA)
Touchstone Pictures/Icon Productions; Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA (USA/JAPAN)
Warner Bros. Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures

THE LIVES OF OTHERS (GERMANY)
Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion; Sony Pictures Classics

PAN’S LABYRINTH (MEXICO)
Estudios Picasso/Tequila Gang/Esperanto; Picturehouse

http://www.hfpa.org/news/id/42



VOLVER (SPAIN)
El Deseo; Sony Pictures Classics

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

ADRIANA BARRAZA BABEL

CATE BLANCHETT NOTES ON A SCANDAL

EMILY BLUNT THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

JENNIFER HUDSON DREAMGIRLS

RINKO KIKUCHI BABEL



BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

BEN AFFLECK HOLLYWOODLAND

EDDIE MURPHY DREAMGIRLS

JACK NICHOLSON THE DEPARTED

BRAD PITT BABEL

MARK WAHLBERG THE DEPARTED



BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

CLINT EASTWOOD FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS

CLINT EASTWOOD LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA

STEPHEN FREARS THE QUEEN

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ
IÑÁRRITU BABEL

MARTIN SCORSESE THE DEPARTED



BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE

GUILLERMO ARRIAGA BABEL

TODD FIELD &
TOM PERROTTA LITTLE CHILDREN

PATRICK MARBER NOTES ON A SCANDAL

WILLIAM MONAHAN THE DEPARTED

PETER MORGAN THE QUEEN



BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE

ALEXANDRE DESPLAT THE PAINTED VEIL

CLINT MANSELL THE FOUNTAIN

GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA BABEL

CARLO SILIOTTO NOMAD

HANS ZIMMER THE DA VINCI CODE



BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE

“A FATHER’S WAY” — THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
Music by: Seal and Christopher Bruce
Lyrics by: Seal

“LISTEN” — DREAMGIRLS
Music & Lyrics by: Henry Krieger, Anne Preven, Scott Cutler and Beyoncé Knowles

“NEVER GONNA BREAK MY FAITH” — BOBBY
Music & Lyrics by: Bryan Adams, Eliot Kennedy and Andrea Remanda

“THE SONG OF THE HEART” — HAPPY FEET
Music & Lyrics by: Prince Rogers Nelson

“TRY NOT TO REMEMBER” — HOME OF THE BRAVE
Music & Lyrics by: Sheryl Crow

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 December 2006 14:24 (fifteen years ago) link

Well, I'm glad Emily Blunt and Wahlberg were noticed. I guess DiCaprio is the new Barry Fitzgerald.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 December 2006 14:50 (fifteen years ago) link

Have any of you guys seen Venus yet? The trailer looks awful.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 December 2006 14:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Helen Mirren has three-count'em-three nominations.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 December 2006 14:52 (fifteen years ago) link

Prince wrote a song for Happy Feet?

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 14 December 2006 15:02 (fifteen years ago) link

Wow, that song nomination was enough to push Bobby past either Eastwood film or United 93 for a BP nod.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 14 December 2006 15:05 (fifteen years ago) link

In the "He's still alive?" category:
PETER O’TOOLE VENUS

Nu-Edward III (edward iii), Thursday, 14 December 2006 15:11 (fifteen years ago) link

Not only alive, but only Forest Whitaker stands btwn him and a win, maybe.

Leo wd have to be nom'd in 2 different categories for the SAME perf to be Barry Fitzgerald.

So does Borat Cohen get the 5th Best Actor nomination at the Oscars? Who does?

DiCaprio
O'Toole
Big Willie Style
Whitaker

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 December 2006 15:29 (fifteen years ago) link

I guess I should finally see Babel, huh?

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 14 December 2006 16:00 (fifteen years ago) link

oh for God's sakes, why? "populism"?

I usually take multiple GG/Oscar noms for something that looks awful as a reason to vow I'll never see it. (hence I will die ignorant of Forrest Gump, Braveheart etc)

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 December 2006 16:07 (fifteen years ago) link

I have no interest in Braveheart because I don't like historical epics or war movies. But I liked Amores Perros and, to a lesser extent, 21 Grams, and my dad liked Babel, and I trust him enough to go by his recommendations most of the time, and the fact that a consensus is developing around it means that it might actually be good, especially since I also liked The Queen and The Departed and Little Children, because (newsflash) I'm more into "middlebrow" "Oscar bait" than you are, but also, to be honest, "populism" isn't totally far off, because one of the main functions of art for me is as a springboard for conversation, and if lots of people I know are watching a movie and developing opinions about it, then that makes me much more likely to see it, just so I can join in (unless it's something that looks to put me to sleep within 15 minutes, like Lord of the Rings).

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 14 December 2006 16:18 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm still saying Gosling has a much better shot than Borat, though Watanabe may have a better shot than both.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 14 December 2006 16:19 (fifteen years ago) link

ah yeah. Gosling may still be too "criticky."

Honorary Oscar -- Ennio Morricone (cringe at headline):

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6179167.stm

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 December 2006 16:24 (fifteen years ago) link

Whatever happened to all the buzz around The Good German and The Good Shepherd? I thought these were both poised to be major Oscar/Globe contenders.

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 14 December 2006 16:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Reception for both has been middling to bad, across the board. TGS has Matt Damon in one Skull & Bones mud wrestling scene, I can wit for DVD for that.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 December 2006 16:32 (fifteen years ago) link

TGS has Matt Damon in one Skull & Bones mud wrestling scene, I can wit for DVD for that.

Well, I can't.

21 Grams was such a terribly executed film of a terrible idea to begin with that I doubt Brad Pitt's 256th shot of proving he's got "real" acting chops is enough to entice me.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 December 2006 16:42 (fifteen years ago) link

dude, you can't use freezeframe at the multiplex.

I didn't mind 21 Grams all that much, but I've had quite enough of Innaritu's template.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 December 2006 17:00 (fifteen years ago) link

I love how Peter O'Toole didn't get jack for mentions until now, but somehow the GG have validated him to the point that he's considered a viable frontrunner to Whitaker, simply by virtue of he is one of the only actors unfashionable enough to actually admit to wanting an Oscar.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 14 December 2006 17:09 (fifteen years ago) link

Losing seven nominations and being his generation's (purportedly) het version of Ian McKellen doesn't hurt either.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 December 2006 17:18 (fifteen years ago) link

If Oscar-nominated, I have a feeling the category will go down Bacall-Binoche-'96-style.

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 14 December 2006 17:21 (fifteen years ago) link

ie, Pretty Leo will win?

O'Toole is 74 I think, so it depends how many interviews and lunches he feels like doing in LA.

(oh pls don't compare that one-note ham McKellen to PO'T)

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 December 2006 17:24 (fifteen years ago) link

If Oscar-nominated, I have a feeling the category will go down Bacall-Binoche-'96-style

I thought about that too. Expect O'Toole to fake graciousness a lot better than Betty Bacall (and he'll probably drink Leo or Forest under the table in the post-ceremony gropefest).

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 December 2006 17:27 (fifteen years ago) link

Gah, my last post makes it sound like *I* expect to be nominated.

ie, Pretty Leo will win?

No, Penelope Cruz will. :-)

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 14 December 2006 17:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Well, you are a queen, jaymc ;)

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 December 2006 17:42 (fifteen years ago) link

the category will go down Bacall-Binoche-'96-style.

Actually that works much better for Cruz-Mirren (ever since Binoche, the Oscar geezers have been voting frequently for babes).

I've read some good stories involving "Bacall" and "go down."

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 December 2006 17:54 (fifteen years ago) link

Results 1 - 1 of about 2 for "Lauren Bacall blew"

milo (milo), Thursday, 14 December 2006 19:39 (fifteen years ago) link

awesome, mark wahlberg : D

bohren un der club of gear (bohren un der club of gear), Thursday, 14 December 2006 19:45 (fifteen years ago) link

he was hoovered by Bacall?

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 December 2006 19:47 (fifteen years ago) link

she was the fluffer on boogie nights. joke's on her, it was a prosthetic cock.

bohren un der club of gear (bohren un der club of gear), Thursday, 14 December 2006 19:53 (fifteen years ago) link

The Departed is Travers' #1 film. Dreamgirls is number two.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Saturday, 16 December 2006 07:42 (fifteen years ago) link

Stephen King's ten:

http://www.ew.com/ew/article/commentary/0,6115,1569937_1472578_0_,00.html


Oscar shortlist, visual effects (3 nominees):

"Casino Royale," "Eragon," "Night at the Museum," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Poseidon," "Superman Returns" and "X-Men: The Last Stand."


Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 18 December 2006 16:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Thomson sez Eastwood's two films are his best ever:

http://film.guardian.co.uk/features/featurepages/0,,1972299,00.html

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 18 December 2006 21:32 (fifteen years ago) link

And here he is making two films at a time, filled with a profound uncertainty over the nature of war such as might have astonished the Man With No Name, that instant icon he fashioned for Sergio Leone.

'i've never seen so many men wasted so badly.'

bohren un der club of gear (bohren un der club of gear), Monday, 18 December 2006 21:50 (fifteen years ago) link

Is that from GoodBadUgly?

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 18 December 2006 21:54 (fifteen years ago) link

yes indeed

bohren un der club of gear (bohren un der club of gear), Monday, 18 December 2006 21:57 (fifteen years ago) link

jaymc, is your film critic friend a member of the Chicago Critics group?

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 20 December 2006 04:09 (fifteen years ago) link

The apex and embodiment of this thread:

Rex Reed's best and worst:

The 10 Best Films of 2006

1. Babel
2. Notes on a Scandal
3. The History Boys
4. The Painted Veil
5. The Queen
6. Flags of Our Fathers/Letters from Iwo Jima
7. The Illusionist
8. Infamous
9. Dreamgirls
10. Volver

Honorable Mentions: Water, Scoop, Find Me Guilty, Deliver Us from Evil, The Last King of Scotland, Kinky Boots, Our Daily Bread

THE 10 WORST FILMS OF 2006

1. Borat
2. The Fountain
3. Apocalypto
4. Lucky Number Slevin
5. The Black Dahlia
6 All the King’s Men
7. Lady in the Water
8. Brick
9. Inland Empire
10. Fur

Extra hisses and boos to: The Da Vinci Code, A Prairie Home Companion, Déjà Vu, The Prestige, Rumor Has It, Freedomland, For Your Consideration, Perfume

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 20 December 2006 19:15 (fifteen years ago) link

jaymc, is your film critic friend a member of the Chicago Critics group?

Yup. He sez:

I am SO happy with these nominees. I don't agree with all of them, I can't imagine anybody does, that's the nature of democracy, but I think we made some great choices, ignoring several recent disturbing trends like Dreamgirls for pic and Blood Diamond for anything. Babel had a much stronger showing than I thought it would and that makes me happy too. Seeing Brick, Children of Men, and The Fountain score their nominations is great too - they've been underepresented in critics awards so far. They deserve each and every one of them. I love the tech nods for The Fountain. A few categories, including our great choices for breakthrough performer, score, and cinematography include five of my ten (in the first round we voted ten in each category). That's cool.

And here are the Chicago Film Critics nominees (winners to be announced on Dec. 28):

BEST PICTURE
Babel
The Departed
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen
United 93


BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Apocalypto
Letters From Iwo Jima
Pan's Labyrinth
Tsotsi
Volver


BEST DIRECTOR
Clint Eastwood: Letters From Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears: The Queen
Paul Greengrass: United 93
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu: Babel
Martin Scorsese: The Departed


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Babel: Guillermo Arriaga
Letters From Iwo Jima: Iris Yamashita
Little Miss Sunshine: Michael Arndt
The Queen: Peter Morgan
United 93: Paul Greengrass


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Departed: William Monahan
Little Children: Todd Field & Tom Perrotta
Notes On A Scandal: Patrick Marber
A Prairie Home Companion: Garrison Keillor
Thank You For Smoking: Jason Reitman


BEST ACTOR
Leonardo DiCaprio-The Departed
Ryan Gosling-Half-Nelson
Peter O'Toole-Venus
Will Smith-The Pursuit of Happyness
Forest Whitaker-The Last King of Scotland


BEST ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz-Volver
Judi Dench-Notes on a Scandal
Maggie Gyllenhaal-Sherrybaby
Helen Mirren-The Queen
Meryl Streep-The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet-Little Children


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ben Affleck-Hollywoodland
Jackie Earle Haley-Little Children
Eddie Murphy-Dreamgirls
Jack Nicholson-The Departed
Brad Pitt-Babel
Michael Sheen-The Queen


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Adriana Barraza-Babel
Cate Blanchett-Notes On A Scandal
Abigail Breslin-Little Miss Sunshine
Toni Collette-Little Miss Sunshine
Jennifer Hudson-Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi-Babel


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Babel: Gustavo Santaolalla
The Fountain: Clint Mansell
Letters From Iwo Jima: Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens
Notes On A Scandal: Philip Glass
The Queen: Alexandre Desplat


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Babel: Rodrigo Prieto
Children of Men: Emmanuel Lubezki
The Departed: Michael Ballhaus
The Fountain: Matthew Libatique
Letters From Iwo Jima: Tom Stern


BEST DOCUMENTARY
Deliver Us From Evil
An Inconvenient Truth
Jesus Camp
Shut Up and Sing
Wordplay


MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
Ivana Baquero-Pan's Labyrinth
Sacha Baron Cohen-Borat & Talladega Nights
Shareeka Epps-Half-Nelson
Rinko Kikuchi-Babel
Keke Palmer-Akeelah and the Bee


MOST PROMISING DIRECTOR
Rian Johnson-Brick
Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris-Little Miss Sunshine
Gil Kenan-Monster House
Jason Reitman-Thank You For Smoking
James McTeigue-V For Vendetta

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 20 December 2006 19:19 (fifteen years ago) link

xpost re Rexy

Gee, maybe All the King’s Men is worth a look after all.

The Painted Veil and Children of Men are getting more praise than I would've expected, but given Curran and Lubezki (resp) I guess I'm seeing both.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 20 December 2006 19:22 (fifteen years ago) link

Children of Men edged into the Film Comment critics' poll's Top 20, just sneaking past Casino Royale (?!)

http://filmlinc.com/fcm/poll/2006pollcritics.html

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 20 December 2006 21:23 (fifteen years ago) link

well, I guess you're right about Scorsese vs Lynch in polls to come.

That top 10 isn't THAT much more middbrow than Rex Reed's! Half Nelsom, The Queen andeven Borat -- this is the magazine in which Schrader's canon was too safe for the room?

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 20 December 2006 21:29 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm hoping that with Regular Lovers, Children of Men, Painted Veil, Letters from Iwo Jima, Pan's Labyrinth all opening in NYC in the next 2 weeks, it just might be a Happy Old Year after all.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 20 December 2006 21:33 (fifteen years ago) link

Well, Film Comment's poll has always been at least three big steps towards the center from VV's, hence the Sideways/Before Sunset split in 2004. But, yeah, Half Nelson higher than Hou Hsiao-hsien is sort of a wtf.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 20 December 2006 21:34 (fifteen years ago) link

i don't get FC's 'unreleased films' list -- some of those are going to be released soon, so it's not like they're being kept from the punters.

temporary enrique (temporary enrique), Thursday, 21 December 2006 09:46 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm really baffled by the absence of Children of Men from most of these lists. It was the best movie I saw this year, I think - dinky in a way but on the whole very, very compelling. Certainly more so than something like The Departed! Is it because it's not opened wide in the US yet?

sean gramophone (sean gramophone), Thursday, 21 December 2006 10:42 (fifteen years ago) link

i don't get FC's 'unreleased films' list -- some of those are going to be released soon

And some won't. I don't have a handle on the state of foreign-film distrib in the UK, but many of their choices on that list in past years have still never, ever been released in the US. So they most certainly are being kept from the ever more miniscule number of punters who are interested in world cinema that doesn't have an easy genre hook.

Philippe Garrel's Regular Lovers (two years old) is opening in NYC next week -- he's been making features since the '60s, and I'm pretty sure this is his first commercial release in America.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 21 December 2006 14:35 (fifteen years ago) link

that makes sense only

14. Southland Tales (Richard Kelly, Germany/U.S.)* 53

UH

i mean that so has a distribution deal right?

temporary enrique (temporary enrique), Thursday, 21 December 2006 14:37 (fifteen years ago) link

Does it? When its Cannes screening was a 'disaster'? Kelly himself has said he doesn't think the version he showed will be distributed.

Also, directors of cult movies starring Jake Gyllenhaal are much higher on the arthouse foodchain than, say, Raul Ruiz or Tsai ming-Liang.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 21 December 2006 14:41 (fifteen years ago) link

that's because of that crazy thing called capitalism.

kelly's film will see the light of day in 1x form or another -- trimmed maybe but that's not unusual. cannes is like a test audience of rich media folk.

temporary enrique (temporary enrique), Thursday, 21 December 2006 14:43 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm really baffled by the absence of Children of Men from most of these lists.

Bounces back from being "only" nineteenth on the FC poll to slam into ninth-place on the IndieWire nee VV poll.

http://indiewire.com/critics2006/

Neither Departed nor Inland Empire at #1 (though the latter feel within a 10-point margin of the former, good enough for #3 and #4 respectively). The blue ribbon goes to Lazarescu ... presuming that the voting body is more or less the same as it was in the VV poll days, that has to count as the most surprising winner in the poll's history, in my opinion.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 21 December 2006 15:09 (fifteen years ago) link

there's no solid art-house tradition to get with now (ie since the 70s) -- so these random films (that turkish one the other year, or that russian one the same year) somehow get to the top of the pile and stay there.

temporary enrique (temporary enrique), Thursday, 21 December 2006 15:11 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh, and Children of Men cleaned up in the cinematography category, which I expected (and is the main reason I'm excited to see it ... the promise of good cinematography, I mean, not that it won the category).

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 21 December 2006 15:14 (fifteen years ago) link

I guess Lubezki is the new Chris Doyle.

I didn't think charges of obscurity/annoyance vs Lynch would disturb the VV poll's core given their past love for the likes of Safe.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 21 December 2006 15:31 (fifteen years ago) link

Haha... I presume by virtue of a new venue, Armond is forced to reveal his hand.

http://ballot.indiewire.com/ballots/display_ballot/127

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 21 December 2006 15:33 (fifteen years ago) link

My charge wasn't that the new Lynch was either obscure that people were tired of Lynch but that a significant proportion of his usual VV-allied demo actively disliked Inland Empire. Didn't turn out to be entirely the case, and it ended up on only a couple less ballots than the I thought widely liked The Departed.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 21 December 2006 15:35 (fifteen years ago) link

Well, I think you read a wider spectrum of people than I do; didn't catch all that much of the active dislike.

Wish I had caught up with Broken Sky, I feel in my gut the DVD may not appear til summer.

I'm pleased with the high finish of Nolte in Supporting Perf, who would be my runaway choice at the moment.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 21 December 2006 15:39 (fifteen years ago) link

Rosenbaum's year-end; he like cow "liberation" scene in FFN (as did I as metaphor for the narcotized US public) and Bobby:

http://www.chicagoreader.com/features/stories/criticspicks06/movies/


I've never been a big Melville fan, but I don't remotely get the Army of Shadows mania. I recall maybe two scenes from it.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Friday, 22 December 2006 15:22 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm more than pleased with all the Nolte and Wahlberg mentions.

Eric or Morbs -- seen The Painted Veil yet? It hasn't opened here yet. At present I'm deciding whether to catch The History Boys or re-screen Withnail & I; doesn't Richard Griffiths give the same perf?

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 22 December 2006 15:40 (fifteen years ago) link

not yet. Will likely see TPV and THB in next 2 weeks.

enrique might want to glance at all 200 of these:

http://ballot.indiewire.com/ballots/scores#best_undist

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Friday, 22 December 2006 15:45 (fifteen years ago) link

I like Rosenbaum's excuse for a Vin Diesel legal comedy tanking - HOLLYWOOD HATES LIBERALS.

milo (milo), Friday, 22 December 2006 16:25 (fifteen years ago) link

He says the film has a "leftist slant," and you should know that is different from liberal by the way ILX libs shout "NADER 2008" at me all the time.

(ie libs are exulting that the Dems are now the party in Congress who will do nothing about Iraq)

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Friday, 22 December 2006 16:32 (fifteen years ago) link

Is Regular Lovers only opening in NY or did it get a real distribution deal?

C0L1N B... (C0L1N B...), Friday, 22 December 2006 16:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh man, that J.R. Jones list...

C0L1N B... (C0L1N B...), Friday, 22 December 2006 16:58 (fifteen years ago) link

xpost

I can't seem to find out; also the NY opening has been bumped to Jan 19.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Friday, 22 December 2006 17:09 (fifteen years ago) link

I don't give Rosenbaum enough credit to assume any subtle distinction between liberal and leftist on his part. (and it is Lumet)

milo (milo), Friday, 22 December 2006 17:12 (fifteen years ago) link

but he also calls it Lumet's best film. Strange things can happen to those vet auteurs when they pass 80. I will see it and evaluate.

(also, a '50s lib is a radical in today's environment, just sayin)

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Friday, 22 December 2006 17:22 (fifteen years ago) link

also ppl tend not to use "leftist" at all if they don't make the distinction. Clinton-loving "liberals" are what JR is fingering I think.

The Good Shepherd does have its supporters (Cheshire, Armond):

http://daily.greencine.com/archives/002935.html

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Friday, 22 December 2006 17:32 (fifteen years ago) link

AN ALL-AMERICAN SACRIFICE
De Niro creates a patriotic masterpiece
By Armond White

bohren un der club of gear (bohren un der club of gear), Friday, 22 December 2006 17:48 (fifteen years ago) link

I am neither a leftist nor a liberal, because otherwise I couldn't look at J.R. Jones list and call him a retard and laugh with a clear conscience.

Also, the world should remain centrist or skewed to the right if it means Chris Marker will continue to make bemusedly outraged movies.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 22 December 2006 17:55 (fifteen years ago) link

Did the Chicago Reader hire an editor or just sell a lot more ads lately, cause Rosenbaum's piece is approximately five percent as long as it usually is.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 22 December 2006 17:56 (fifteen years ago) link

You could be a lefty or lib of taste and still laugh.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Friday, 22 December 2006 18:02 (fifteen years ago) link

The website doesn't always put up the entirety of the current week's issue right away. When I go out to lunch, I'll pick up a copy to see if there's a longer thinkpiece attached to that top 10.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 22 December 2006 18:03 (fifteen years ago) link

(x-post) knock it off, you closet conservative

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 22 December 2006 18:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, looks like that's all we get of Rosenbaum this year. I guess I have noticed a trend lately of wanting to play up the other critics for the paper -- not just JR Jones but the music and theatre critics, too. Rosenbaum used to have a front-page story all to himself for his year-end list, now it's called Critics' Picks 2006.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 22 December 2006 20:09 (fifteen years ago) link

does New Times own the Reader?

(btw, Eric, I like the first 80 minutes of All That Jazz)

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Friday, 22 December 2006 20:18 (fifteen years ago) link

Nope, the Reader is one of the last independent alt-weeklies in the country.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 22 December 2006 20:20 (fifteen years ago) link

Just saw The History Boys: a homo Dead Poets' Society, with Richard Griffiths reprising his obese lech from Withnail; he delivers a moving aria on Hardy's "Drummer Hodge". Not at all bad, although the boy everyone's lusting after looks like the drummer in Culture Club.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 22 December 2006 21:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Rosenbaum's inept political fumblings have written him into a corner.

milo (milo), Saturday, 23 December 2006 02:23 (fifteen years ago) link

(btw, Eric, I like the first 80 minutes of All That Jazz)

That's great to hear, but I sort of think the last 10 are what pushes it into insane, embarrassing greatness.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Saturday, 23 December 2006 02:31 (fifteen years ago) link

well, the first 10 is where I find the greatness.

Why is Nicholson taking a beating for "showboating" in The Departed when that's more diverting than Damon's vanilla corruption or everything embarrassing about the Vera Farmiga scenes? This William Monahan guy is great at the local color and alpha-swearing, characters not so much.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 23 December 2006 23:52 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, Infernal Affairs wins on the script and the opaqueness of the characters' allegiances, but The Departed wins on nearly every other count.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Sunday, 24 December 2006 01:20 (fifteen years ago) link

uhhuh ola

cozeny (cozeny), Sunday, 24 December 2006 01:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Vera Farmina is fine; she does battiness better than Cate Blanchett used to. Those last two scenes however with her and Damon are unplayable. As usual I found myself wishing the director had dispensed with the facile moral dilemmas of his hero and concentrated on the peripheries (which, to his credit, Scorsese mostly does in this movie).

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 24 December 2006 02:16 (fifteen years ago) link

I just noticed that the new Marker placed higher on indiewire's rundown of the year's best docs than the Al Gore movie. Him for presidetn!

Eric H. (Eric H.), Sunday, 24 December 2006 18:46 (fifteen years ago) link

But the new Marker is really 5 shorts, ja?

I don't have a problem w/ Farmiga (still haven't seen Down to the Bone), but the whole damn part is unplayable. The shrink in IF wasn't sleeping with both of them, was she? And if Marty fought for the ending, that includes the crowd-pleaser (relatively speaking) of offing Damon?

Think of this film with Wahlberg and Ryan Gosling in the leads. Not all the problems solved, but most.

The atrophying of DiCaprio's talents is one of the tragedies of the last decade in American film (or maybe he just wasn't versatile to begin with). One of the great teenage actors ever, but since turning 21 he's seemed lost in the school play save for Catch Me If You Can. Think of what young Kirk Douglas could do with a line like "The only thing more fulla shit than a cop is a cop on TV." When Leo says it you can hear the keys clacking.

Message to Mark Wahlberg in winning polls/awards for this rather than I Heart Huckabees: BE MORE ONE-NOTE. (After the splendid verbal soul-rape of Leo, it was push Repeat.)

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 25 December 2006 14:25 (fifteen years ago) link

I would be happy if Wahlberg and Alec Baldwin were cast as tag team cops for the duration of their careers.

Leo was never versatile. Even as a young actor his talent was for acting feral (...Gilbert Grape excepted), and he's gotten better at it at the cost of several yards of charisma. What does Scorsese see in him -- how my generation copped all its cockiness from watching De Niro's mirror scene in Taxi Driver without living first?

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 December 2006 14:44 (fifteen years ago) link

what Scorsese sees in him = $$$

(Alfred, is yr family sleeping late too?) Yes, Baldwin never better (not sure how much that's sayin).

Merry detrius Christmas

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 25 December 2006 14:46 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, I'm waiting for them to have their coffee first before driving over. Since it's 83 degrees already you can understand my hesitation.

I'm debating whether to finish playing Miles' "He Loved Him Madly" or to watch Melinda Dillon doing her show-mommy-how-the-piggies-eat scene in A Christmas Story.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 December 2006 15:11 (fifteen years ago) link

or Advise & Consent, an unexpected present from a friend. (Don Murray as convincingly gay as Charles Laughton was convincingly straight; still, my favorite Preminger after Anatomy of a Murder).

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 December 2006 15:15 (fifteen years ago) link

'the departed' is so much better than 'infernal affairs'. IA is good but pretty horribly directed, i don't know what was going on with the camera in that first wong/leung rooftop scene (which was completely copped from a similar scene also featuring leung in 'hard-boiled').

bohren un der club of gear (bohren un der club of gear), Monday, 25 December 2006 18:56 (fifteen years ago) link

a lot of reviews comment on how monahan combined 2 characters to get the shrink, but he actually combined 3. leung ran into this old GF at an inexplicable moment and met her daughter, he said "it's been over six years, huh" and she introduced her daughter as five years old, and after he left the daughter said, "but mommy i'm 6!" because it was actually his kid, lol. which i think comes into play via 'the departed' when farmiga gets knocked up because it's probably leo's kid on account of damon's cock not actually working overtime.

bohren un der club of gear (bohren un der club of gear), Monday, 25 December 2006 19:02 (fifteen years ago) link

Message to Mark Wahlberg in winning polls/awards for this rather than I Heart Huckabees

He did win the VV poll for I Hart Huckabees, tho.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 25 December 2006 22:44 (fifteen years ago) link

Well, I'll be damned; you remember detrius from year to year? Like Ted Baxter with the Tedi Awards?

'the departed' is so much better than 'infernal affairs'.

I presume you don't think DiCaprio and Damon flat-out suck, then?

IA's form fits its content, while Scorsese pouring 150 minutes of his operatic naturalism on a blatantly dreamworld plot, hinged on the depth of two actors who can only get deep through lightness (as in Catch Me If You Can and Stuck on You), inevitably leads to ludicrousness. The jarring rat joke at the end suggests that the whole thing should've been done as a black comedy a la (the truly great) Prizzi's Honor.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 26 December 2006 15:15 (fifteen years ago) link

they don't flat-out suck (damon as cocky boston sociopath frat bro type is perfect casting, dicaprio is really good especially when he's pistol-whipping damon) and i guess i'd rather have misplaced skillful naturalism and over appropriate shittiness/horrible sentiment/corny musical interludes (pre-emptive: i don't think sentiment is a dirty word). and it was at least half-black comedy, from my POV.

bohren un der club of gear (bohren un der club of gear), Tuesday, 26 December 2006 16:22 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, half-black-comedy, which is why when folx say Jack is "in a different movie," yeah: it's the one I'd rather be watching. (Still IA wisely killed the boss halfway rather than at 3/4.)

The Dropkick Murphys count as a corny musical interlude.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 26 December 2006 16:32 (fifteen years ago) link

man, better the dropkick murphys than sappy cantopop. and i'm almost positive eric tsang lasted 'til the 3/4 mark.

bohren un der club of gear (bohren un der club of gear), Tuesday, 26 December 2006 16:35 (fifteen years ago) link

cocky boston sociopath frat bro type

they quote Freud to get laid?

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 14:38 (fifteen years ago) link

National Film Registry additions 2006

1) Applause (1929)
2) The Big Trail (1930)
3) Blazing Saddles (1974)
4) The Curse of Quon Gwon (1916-17)
5) Daughter of Shanghai (1937)
6) Drums of Winter (1988)
7) Early Abstractions #1-5,7,10 (1939-56)
8) Fargo (1996)
9) Flesh and the Devil (1927)
10) Groundhog Day (1993)
11) Halloween (1978)
12) In the Street (1948/52)
13) The Last Command (1928)
14) Notorious (1946)
15) Red Dust (1932)
16) Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1971-72)
17) Rocky (1976)
18) Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989)
19) Siege (1940)
20) St. Louis Blues (1929)
21) The T.A.M.I. Show (1964)
22) Tess of the Storm Country (1914)
23) Think of Me First as a Person (1960-75)
24) A Time Out of War (1954)
25) Traffic in Souls (1913)

Does anyone have a running list of movies they've outrageously neglected to induct yet?

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 19:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Anaconda (1997)

latebloomer (clonefeed), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 19:55 (fifteen years ago) link

Next year. It has to be 10 years old first.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 20:00 (fifteen years ago) link

what's the purpose of it?

colin0Hara (colin_o_hara), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 20:09 (fifteen years ago) link

I really don't pay attention to the NFR. Has being named to it saved any films from extinction?

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 20:33 (fifteen years ago) link

http://www.loc.gov/film/filmabou.html

I'm sure Fargo is relieved that it will no longer languish in obscurity and neglect.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 20:48 (fifteen years ago) link

otoh, The T.A.M.I. Show needs to be made available.

Owen Gleiberman's #1: 007.

http://www.ew.com/ew/report/0,6115,1572278_1_0_,00.html

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 20:53 (fifteen years ago) link

For what it's worth, some of the VVM dudes put out their top 10s last week:

Robert Wilonsky

http://www.houstonpress.com/Issues/2006-12-21/film/film.html

Jim Ridley

http://www.houstonpress.com/Issues/2006-12-21/film/film2.html

Outcast Lemon Mode (sandglocks), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 21:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Not even Ridley's recommendation can get me interested in Casino Royale.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 21:43 (fifteen years ago) link

Zancherek also put it in her top 10.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 21:48 (fifteen years ago) link

As little as I miss most of the old Voice critics, can't say that Wilonsky is a real improvement.

milo (milo), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 21:55 (fifteen years ago) link

SZ is really here and there in terms of aligning with my (lack of) taste. Ridley and I land on the same page as often as anyone I can think of offhand.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 22:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Can rockists get you interested in Neil Young: Heart of Gold? (I will watch Chappelle's Block Party in exchange.)

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 22:08 (fifteen years ago) link

Luckily, as it is a film, I'm far more likely to watch it than I am to listen to a Neil Young album.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 22:15 (fifteen years ago) link

The Neil Young doc was warmer and more compelling than its parent album; it'll likely make my top ten.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 22:34 (fifteen years ago) link

oh yeah, I watched Neil's last 2 movies more than listened to the albums.

hehe, I don't remember The Reeler doing this last year -- The Top 10 of Top 10 Lists (Part 2 tomorrow):

with their scepter-swinging nominations of the same 20-25 titles to the year's hyperbole canon, Top 10 lists reward a backloaded release calendar that all but buries dozens of worthy films that preceded their selections earlier in the year (many of which, it should be added, the most influential list-fetishists have not even seen). That it all amounts to so much hogcalling makes it even worse: Choose an authentically singular classic like Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! and you're a contrarian; rub one out in the brimming gallon jug marked L'Enfant and maybe that first freelance gig will arrive before April next year.

http://www.thereeler.com/features/top_10_of_top_10_lists_2006_part_i.php


(I don't mind the Slant pair's rhapsodies over IE, cept for the distressing Bjork mention.)

Since Armond voted for Chris Evans for Best Actor for London, and Ed Gonzalez declared CE a hot piece of ass in his review (Cellular indicated so), I need to get my hands on him...it. Who were the most arousing men of the year? I'm currently sticking with terminally ill Melvil Poupaud in Time to Leave.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 28 December 2006 18:45 (fifteen years ago) link

london! jeez

bohren un der club of gear (bohren un der club of gear), Thursday, 28 December 2006 18:50 (fifteen years ago) link

seen, gear? (it's a girl's name, apparently)

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 28 December 2006 18:53 (fifteen years ago) link

i'm friends a dude who works at the company which had a hand in its production. i found myself at the wrap party for the shoot for some reason (first and possibly last such event in my life) and subsequently was given a dvd screener. unwatchable.

jessica biel is the title character. jason statham is also in it. there's lots of cocaine use in place of a plot.

bohren un der club of gear (bohren un der club of gear), Thursday, 28 December 2006 18:58 (fifteen years ago) link

I rented that - I figured drugs, Jessica Biel and Isla Fisher were an unbeatable combination. Oh, how wrong I was.

milo (milo), Thursday, 28 December 2006 19:48 (fifteen years ago) link

I saw the trailer for London on another DVD. I wanted to shoot my TV, Elvis-style.

Outcast Lemon Mode (sandglocks), Thursday, 28 December 2006 19:50 (fifteen years ago) link

But CHRIS EVANS.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 28 December 2006 20:16 (fifteen years ago) link

Who the fuck is Chris Evans?

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 December 2006 20:39 (fifteen years ago) link


http://towleroad.typepad.com/towleroad/2006/02/chris_evans_lon.html

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 28 December 2006 20:53 (fifteen years ago) link

He looks more like Kevin Federline than Ethan Hawke.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 December 2006 21:02 (fifteen years ago) link

Who were the most arousing men of the year?

i sorta fancied walid afkir (majid's son in cache) (which otherwise didn't hold up very well at all the second time i saw it).

jo ga11ucci electrix (joseph), Friday, 29 December 2006 20:17 (fifteen years ago) link

why did i click on that link

shakey mo jopotatoes (bundgee), Friday, 29 December 2006 20:36 (fifteen years ago) link

...cuz you were hoping to see chris evans' cock?

jo ga11ucci electrix (joseph), Friday, 29 December 2006 20:46 (fifteen years ago) link

majid's son in cache

ew.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Saturday, 30 December 2006 04:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh, wait. For some reason I thought you were talking about the white, underage boy belonging to Auteil/Binoche.

Or I'm a racist.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Saturday, 30 December 2006 04:05 (fifteen years ago) link

haha, i made a point of NOT saying "that guy's son" for precisely that reason

jo ga11ucci electrix (joseph), Saturday, 30 December 2006 04:44 (fifteen years ago) link

Peter Travers eclipsed by who?

http://www.thereeler.com/features/the_top_10_of_top_10_lists_2006_part_ii.php

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 30 December 2006 18:44 (fifteen years ago) link

Producers Guild nominees; sub United 93 for Little Ms Sunshine for the Oscar list?

http://www.producersguild.org/pg/awards_a/

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 4 January 2007 14:37 (fifteen years ago) link

I was going to finally start the detrius thread on NuILX and comment on the SAG nominations, but never mind.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 4 January 2007 17:25 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
I'm assuming ppl who think Letters from Iwo Jima says anything remotely original about war (or anything unoriginal in a superior way)are the ones who hadn't seen any tearjerking boxing melodramas before Million Dollar Baby.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 12 February 2007 14:39 (fifteen years ago) link

Babel for the win!

(Actually, it might be my second-favorite of the BP nominees, but I haven't seen Eastwood's to know if Ed G. is going off on a mad Eastwood-lovefest again.)

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 12 February 2007 18:58 (fifteen years ago) link

does this have cachet just cuz Ebert was a Crash loon last year?

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 12 February 2007 19:03 (fifteen years ago) link

Maybe, but I don't buy that Babel is any more in debt to Crash than Little Miss Sunshine.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 12 February 2007 19:10 (fifteen years ago) link

Yesterday's BAFTAs results (winner in bold obv)

FILM

BABEL - Alejandro González Iñárritu/Jon Kilik/Steve Golin
THE DEPARTED - Brad Pitt/Brad Grey/Graham King
THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND - Andrea Calderwood/Lisa Bryer/Charles Steel
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE - Albert Berger/David T Friendly/Ron Yerxa
THE QUEEN - Andy Harries/Christine Langan/Tracey Seaward

Outstanding British Film of the Year

CASINO ROYALE - Michael G Wilson/Barbara Broccoli/Martin Campbell/Neal Purvis/Robert Wade/Paul Haggis
THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND - Andrea Calderwood/Lisa Bryer/Charles Steel/Kevin Macdonald/Peter Morgan/Jeremy Brock
NOTES ON A SCANDAL - Scott Rudin/Robert Fox/Richard Eyre/Patrick Marber
THE QUEEN - Andy Harries/Christine Langan/Tracey Seaward/Stephen Frears/Peter Morgan
UNITED 93 - Tim Bevan/Lloyd Levin/Paul Greengrass


THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in their First Feature Film

ANDREA ARNOLD (Director) - Red Road
JULIAN GILBEY (Director) - Rollin' with the Nines
CHRISTINE LANGAN (Producer) - Pierrepoint
GARY TARN (Director) - Black Sun
PAUL ANDREW WILLIAMS (Director) - London to Brighton

THE DAVID LEAN AWARD for Achievement in Direction

BABEL - Alejandro González Iñárritu
THE DEPARTED - Martin Scorsese
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE - Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris
THE QUEEN - Stephen Frears
UNITED 93 - Paul Greengrass

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

BABEL - Guillermo Arriaga
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE - Michael Arndt
PAN'S LABYRINTH - Guillermo del Toro
THE QUEEN - Peter Morgan
UNITED 93 - Paul Greengrass

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

CASINO ROYALE - Neal Purvis/Robert Wade/Paul Haggis
THE DEPARTED - William Monahan
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA - Aline Brosh McKenna
THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND - Peter Morgan/Jeremy Brock
NOTES ON A SCANDAL - Patrick Marber

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

APOCALYPTO - Mel Gibson/Bruce Davey
BLACK BOOK (ZWARTBOEK) - Teun Hilte/San Fu Maltha/Jens Meurer/Paul Verhoeven
PAN'S LABYRINTH - Alfonso Cuarón/Alvaro Augustin/Guillermo del Toro
RANG DE BASANTI (PAINT IT YELLOW) - Ronnie Screwvala/Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
VOLVER - Agustín Almodóvar/Pedro Almodóvar

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

CARS - John Lasseter
FLUSHED AWAY - David Bowers/Sam Fell
HAPPY FEET - George Miller


ACTOR in a LEADING ROLE

DANIEL CRAIG - Casino Royale
LEONARDO DICAPRIO - The Departed
RICHARD GRIFFITHS - The History Boys
PETER O'TOOLE - Venus
FOREST WHITAKER - The Last King of Scotland

ACTRESS in a LEADING ROLE

PENÉLOPE CRUZ - Volver
JUDI DENCH - Notes on a Scandal
HELEN MIRREN - The Queen
MERYL STREEP - The Devil Wears Prada
KATE WINSLET - Little Children

ACTOR in a SUPPORTING ROLE

ALAN ARKIN - Little Miss Sunshine
JAMES MCAVOY - The Last King of Scotland
JACK NICHOLSON - The Departed
LESLIE PHILLIPS - Venus
MICHAEL SHEEN - The Queen

ACTRESS in a SUPPORTING ROLE

EMILY BLUNT - The Devil Wears Prada
ABIGAIL BRESLIN - Little Miss Sunshine
TONI COLLETTE - Little Miss Sunshine
FRANCES DE LA TOUR - The History Boys
JENNIFER HUDSON - Dreamgirls

THE ANTHONY ASQUITH AWARD for Achievement in Film Music

BABEL - Gustavo Santaolalla
CASINO ROYALE - David Arnold
DREAMGIRLS - Henry Krieger
HAPPY FEET - John Powell
THE QUEEN - Alexandre Desplat

CINEMATOGRAPHY

BABEL - Rodrigo Prieto
CASINO ROYALE - Phil Meheux
CHILDREN OF MEN - Emmanuel Lubezki
PAN'S LABYRINTH - Guillermo Navarro
UNITED 93 - Barry Ackroyd

EDITING

BABEL - Stephen Mirrione/Douglas Crise
CASINO ROYALE - Stuart Baird
THE DEPARTED - Thelma Schoonmaker
THE QUEEN - Lucia Zucchetti
UNITED 93 - Clare Douglas/Christopher Rouse/Richard Pearson

PRODUCTION DESIGN

CASINO ROYALE - Peter Lamont/Lee Sandales/Simon Wakefield
CHILDREN OF MEN - Jim Clay/Geoffrey Kirkland/Jennifer Williams
MARIE ANTOINETTE - K K Barrett/Véronique Melery
PAN'S LABYRINTH - Eugenio Caballero/Pilar Revuelta
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST - Rick Heinrichs/Cheryl A Carasik

COSTUME DESIGN

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA - Patricia Field
MARIE ANTOINETTE - Milena Canonero
PAN'S LABYRINTH - Lala Huete
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST - Penny Rose
THE QUEEN - Consolata Boyle

SOUND

BABEL - José García/Jon Taylor/Chris Minkler/Martín Hernández
CASINO ROYALE - Chris Munro/Eddy Joseph/Mike Prestwood Smith/Martin Cantwell/Mark Taylor
PAN'S LABYRINTH - Martín Hernández/Jamie Bashkt/Miguel Polo
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST - Christopher Boyes/George Watters II/ Paul Massey/Lee Orloff
UNITED 93 - Chris Munro/Mike Prestwood Smith/Douglas Cooper/Oliver Tarney/Eddy Joseph

ACHIEVEMENT IN SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

CASINO ROYALE - Steve Begg/Chris Corbould/John Paul Docherty/Ditch Doy
CHILDREN OF MEN - Frazer Churchill/Tim Webber/Michael Eames/Paul Corbould
PAN'S LABYRINTH - Edward Irastorza/Everett Burrell/David Marti/Montse Ribe
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST - John Knoll/Hal Hickel/Charles Gibson/Allen Hall
SUPERMAN RETURNS - Mark Stetson/Neil Corbould/Richard Hoover/Jon Thum


MAKE UP & HAIR

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA - Nicki Ledermann/Angel De Angelis
MARIE ANTOINETTE - Jean-Luc Russier/Desideria Corridoni
PAN'S LABYRINTH - José Quetglas/Blanca Sànchez
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST - Ve Neill/Martin Samuel
THE QUEEN - Daniel Phillips

SHORT ANIMATION FILM

DREAMS AND DESIRES - FAMILY TIES - Les Mills/Joanna Quinn
GUY 101 - Ian Gouldstone (to view, click here)
PETER AND THE WOLF - Hugh Welchman/Alan Dewhurst/Suzie Templeton

SHORT FILM

CARE - Rachel Bailey/Tracy Bass/Corinna Faith (to view, click here)
CUBS - Lisa Williams/Tom Harper (to view, click here)
DO NOT ERASE - Asitha Ameresekere
HIKIKOMORI - Karley Duffy/Paul Wright
KISSING, TICKLING AND BEING BORED - David Smith/Jim McRoberts

THE ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD

EMILY BLUNT
EVA GREEN
NAOMIE HARRIS
CILLIAN MURPHY
BEN WHISHAW

(Emily Blunt woz robbed)

DavidM (DavidM), Monday, 12 February 2007 19:22 (fifteen years ago) link

Paul Greengrass should be convicted, not awarded.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 12 February 2007 20:10 (fifteen years ago) link

WGA: LMS & Departed

http://www.wga.org/subpage_newsevents.aspx?id=2310

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 12 February 2007 20:46 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm not sure I even remember Wahlberg giving the middle finger in The Departed! Musta been more monumental if you don't give and receive it on a daily basis.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 14 February 2007 14:48 (fifteen years ago) link

and I'd never subject myself to this, but hey:

http://www.amctheatres.com/promos/showcase/

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 14 February 2007 20:18 (fifteen years ago) link

The key to Oscar forecasting:

http://www.cinematical.com/2007/02/20/oscar-predictions-what-would-ernest-borgnine-do/

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 21 February 2007 15:15 (fifteen years ago) link


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