What a night! Leave it to a telecast celebrating the films of 2016 to have a shocking surprise in store at the end. Last year, the modest Spotlight bested the bombastic The Revenant in the Best Picture race, even after Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won Best Director. This wasn’t a total shocker, because The Revenant was […]Read More We Won Best Picture.
Los Angeles is a city paradoxically known for two things: its sun and its stars. Most of La La Land‘s musical moments revolve around one or the other. For months now, the follow-up from the writer/director of Whiplash has been positioned as the front-runner for Best Picture, with plenty of precedent — 2002’s Chicago was […]Read More Ehh ‘La La’: Damien Chazelle’s Sun-Soaked Ode To A City of Stars
Annabelle. Gone Girl. Ouija. It’s no accident that such films are released in October. That’s when audiences are most in the mood to be thrilled and chilled, perhaps even killed, at the movies. Most Octobers come and go without adding a truly classic villain to the repertoire — a Jason, a Ghost Face, a Freddy […]Read More Tempo Tantrum: J.K. Simmons Drums Up A Terrifying Case Of ‘Whiplash’
Here’s the sad fact: the more $200 million blockbusters make their money back, the less we see studios willing to spend $20 million, or $10 million, or even a lousy $1 million on a smarter movie that’s aimed at a smaller audience. Thus, the independent’s revenge. If smaller, smarter movies want to be made, they […]Read More The Best Revenge: ‘Blue Ruin,’ ‘Grand Piano,’ & ‘Neighbors’