Emerging filmmakers who demonstrate unique talent are generally rewarded with a good deal of enthusiasm among film fans. But talk around Jonathan Levine has been pretty limited. Since his little-seen 2006 debut, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, he has made two more noteworthy movies (The Wackness and 50/50), but you’d hardly know it. Unlike a new release from Rian Johnson or Ti West, Levine’s work generally doesn’t generate the same amount of Internet chatter — which is a real shame, since we’d argue that he’s Hollywood’s best chronicler of adolescence (and what follows) since John Hughes. … Read More
We’ve told you before how much we loved Jonathan Levine’s under appreciated Sundance gem The Wackness. (And don’t even get us started on the early ’90s hip-hop soundtrack. Ah-may-zing.) So when we read this post over on /film about Levine’s next flick, which also name checked two movies that we actually own, we were the happiest kids at the birthday party. … Read More
The biggest Oscar snubs are old news by now — WHERE’S WALL-E? We’re never letting that one go… — which is why today we’re having fun with the less talked-about omissions. Although we agree with what a wise friend told us on the morning of the announcements, “I learned long ago never to let Oscar break my heart,” that doesn’t mean we can’t show some love for some of the most underrated of this year’s films and performances.
After the jump, we round up the long-shots that critics and fans would have wanted to see nominated (Why not Tropic Thunder?), and pick some of our own (If you haven’t seen The Wackness, you really should). … Read More