Last night ended the Oscar season in perhaps the best way possible. After months of hype, backlash, and then the modest waves of backlash to the backlash, the ceremonies concluded with mostly good choices, which is always (pleasantly) surprising.
Sunday night brings the Oscars, which means we're finally almost done with this whole Oscar race thing. So let's have fun and prediction who will win. Why not, right?
Every year there are films that are nominated for Oscars that got there because of campaigning, and sometimes a dearth of other possible candidates. These are films that were nominated for things because of possibly contractually obligated Oscar pushes, or because it was assumed they were better than they were. Here are a list of ten films from the last ten years that have either been...
Every year at the Oscars, there are surprises. Think Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained, or perhaps the surprise surge for Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady. This year has some variables, though not as many as one might hope.
We're still a couple of weeks away from the Oscar ceremonies, we won't see the results until March 2, and not much is going to change between now and then as with twenty days left, voting is mostly done (though voters have until February 25 to submit). Whatever curve balls are to be left (like the Woody Allen situation) have to hit now.
There are some new things to report in the Oscar race, some good, some not so hot. Old wounds have been reopened in the last couple weeks, and a very public family battle that may have sunk an Oscar favorite's chances.
Frank is a comedy about music, talent, and insanity based loosely on the real life English comedian and musician Chris Sievey who wore a fake head and performed as Frank Sidebottom. Good laughs, pretty good music, and interesting characters shepherded by the enigmatic Frank. Not for everyone, but a very enjoyable weird ride.
With Sundance Film Festival 2014 coming to an end, our reviews our up, the awards are out and now our ScreenCrave reviewers have come together to each pick their favorite films of this years amazing festival...
So now we have the nominations for 2014 Oscar ceremony, but let's face it, some people have better chances than others. Let us face that Christian Bale, as talented as he is, doesn't stand a snowball's chance it heck at winning the best Actor Oscar, even though he's nominated. So, let's eliminate the unlikies, and break it down to who stands the best chance of winning.
Tomorrow will offer the announcements for the Oscars, which means that part of the journey is almost over. We're at the midway point of season, and we're about to see things get really interesting. Especially when you have incidents like David O. Russell comparing Jennifer Lawrence's Hunger Games contract to slavery.
Though the box office hasn't been stellar, the late birth of Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street may have given it more energy than some of the other limited release Oscar contenders. At least it seems that way going by the DGA announcements.
With 2013 about to end, it's worth looking ahead to what's coming, and what looks freaking awesome. But as we delve into the future, it's worth noting that we can only go on the talent involved and what could be. On paper a lot of films sound awesome (like The Lone Ranger). On paper. That said, here's what we can't wait to watch in 2014.
Like any year, 2013 had a number of big stinkers. Films that could have been contenders, but left us slightly wanting -- and sometimes offended that the film got made. It seems the biggest offenders are often the over-hyped summer movies (though sometimes it was would-be Oscar pictures as well) that promise so much and deliver so little. So here's our list of the worst and most disappointing...
What is there to make of 2013's cinematic year? Like most years it started slow and small, got big and interesting, then wore out its welcome for a while until Fall came with some great pictures... but also more junk. At this point it's getting pointless to begrudge sequels as they are the way of the world, but this was also the year that comic book movies figured out how to be a part of the...
2013 began with Texas Chainsaw 3D, and is closing with a smattering of films that could get some awards love, with The Wolf of Wall Street the strongest, and with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty a question mark. Have we learned anything? Probably not.
Holiday films bring to mind very specific scenes from classics. It's a Wonderful life brings to mind "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings." But the Millennial generation tends to reference recent pop culture, and are more likely to say "You sit on a throne of lies!" Here is a list of millennial holiday movies that have become...
Wonder what characters from the films of 2013 would be on the naughty or nice list? Here's a speculation of who would make Santa's lists and what they would or should get for Christmas.
This past week has seen The Golden Globes and SAG announce their nominees. Has everyone seen all the films in contention at this point? Maybe. But it's just as likely that The Wolf of Wall Street wasn't screened for everyone, though that didn't stop the Globes from nominating the film and Leonardo DiCaprio. Such is awards season.
Though critics and the academy act independently of each other, there's a sense that one informs the other, or at least helps narrow the playing field. This week saw the release of Out of the Furnace, which was obviously intended to be in the Oscar conversation. And no matter how many screeners get sent out, with poor box office and no critical support, it's going to...
This week saw the two first awards ceremonies of the season, which mostly split the good between films, with the Gotham awards giving a prize to the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, while the New York Film Critics Circle went heavy on David O. Russell's American Hustle.