We took a handful of the biggest film and TV nominees and turned them into tasty and/or jokey drinks to enhance your Golden Globes experience (and by “jokey” we mean a few of these might not sound fantastic, but they’re all drinkable, we promise). So, feel free to chug one of these suckers whenever its respective production wins an award, or just sip on your favorite throughout the evening — whatever floats your Life of Pi… Read More
Zero Dark Thirty
Fracking is bad. This is not a unanimously held view; like so much of environmental policy in this country, the greasy sway of dirty money has turned what should be a health issue into a political one, and as a result, the issue of hydraulic fracturing has become one of predominately liberal interest, taken up by progressive organizations and left-leaning docs like GasLand. And now it is the subject of Promised Land, a message movie from director Gus Van Sant and writer/actors Matt Damon and John Krasinski that plays less like drama and more like a 106-minute forgone conclusion — and as a warning of the potential pitfalls of narrative political cinema. … Read More
In perusing this year’s biggest movie controversies, we found ourselves discussing matters a good deal less trivial than last year. Make no mistake, there are some tempest-in-teapot situations here: ratings woes, questions of reappropriation and hagiography, and (god help us all) frame rates. But we also grappled with issues of artistic responsibility and racial representation, and with the ongoing question of the very health of the form itself. Join us after the jump for a stroll through the year’s memorable movie controversies, won’t you? … Read More
As the first half of the television season begins to wrap up, and some series with shorter seasons hurtle towards their finales, shows have started their usual ramp up in narrative pace. The stakes get increasingly a little higher, as audience adrenaline runs a little faster. This season of Homeland has filled my Sunday evening Twitter stream with variations on, “OMG HOMELAND!!!” — until two weeks ago, when it was all “WTF HOMELAND!?!” and then this past Sunday, where it was more: “Hmmm. Homeland?” This is not what we were expecting.
But the season isn’t over yet, and Homeland still has time to pull a fast one on us, then leave us hanging until next season. It’s been a shaky and oftentimes bizarre last few episodes, and viewers are starting to get nervous – spinning their own conspiracy theories about how the whole thing might play out. “The show has to be smarter than this,” is what they seem to say. As much as any TV fan is devoted to their shows of choice, the kind of devotion witnessed with Homeland viewers is its own special case. Since winning all the laurels of Best New Television Ever, the show has kept its cohort of intelligent viewers through its much lauded script, acting, and cleverly networked plotlines. Homeland can’t just end! It has to end with emotional and narrative realism, with political integrity. But when the pacing of Season 2 has been so sloppy, and even its use of technology so unrealistic, could that possibly be where it will end up? … Read More
It’s an exciting day for those of us who trust film critics over the Academy: The New York Film Critics Circle has spent the past several hours announcing the winners of its annual awards in the most excruciating way possible — one by one, on Twitter. This year’s biggest honors went to Zero Dark Thirty, which scooped up Best Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematographer. Lincoln also made out well, with two acting awards (Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis and Best Supporting Actress Sally Field) and a Best Screenplay win for Tony Kushner. Considering that both of these movies are likely to get several Oscar nominations, this first major awards announcement of the year may well anticipate what we can come to expect this season. Click through to see the full list of winners. … Read More
The upcoming Zero Dark Thirty from Kathryn Bigelow, which opens in theaters December 19, will be the first film from the Oscar-winning director since 2008′s The Hurt Locker. Slash Film had the trailer for the action-thriller, and like Hurt Locker, it appears to skillfully balance the story’s real-life element with intense, gritty drama. The film chronicles the decade-long hunt and killing of Osama bin Laden — focused on an elite team of intelligence and military operatives secretly organizing the mission across the globe. Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, and Jason Clarke star. We just found out last night, thanks to EW, that James Gandolfini will appear as Leon Panetta, the current Secretary of Defense. He was head of the CIA when Bin Laden was captured. After the few obscure teasers, it’s nice to finally see how Bigelow captured the tense mission and has highlighted Tree of Life star Chastain as a CIA Operative. Click through to take a closer look at the first official trailer. … Read More