12/04/2013 20:00:32 PM
Glenn, Team Film Experience's resident Australian, here. In all the hubbub surrounding the big wins for American Hustle
12/04/2013 13:26:43 PM
12/04/2013 11:14:37 AM
Al Pacino won his Oscar on his eighth nomination. He deserved it more the other seven times!Amir here, back with another monthly team poll. Back in May, we had a look at the Best Actress Oscars and picked what we thought were the greatest losers in h
12/03/2013 23:23:48 PM
In this FYC series
12/03/2013 21:14:33 PM
Redford's nearest rivals, Chiwetel Ejiofor & Oscar Isaac, were tied at a distant second at the NYFCCUnlike some Oscar-obsessed blogs, I don't really see much of value in sharing "runners up" from various critics orgs (running up is not winning and yo
12/03/2013 18:07:19 PM
We will be taking a closer look at each of the 15 contenders for Best Documentary soon, but for now let's look at the films that Oscar's doc branch decided to shortlist from that gargantuan list of 151 contenders. All of the titles are rather high pr
12/03/2013 17:27:00 PM
The New York Film Critics Circle,
12/03/2013 15:00:56 PM
Alexa here. I did my part today to keep the USPS in business by sending out an armload of holiday cards. So for those who also take the time to send a greeting through the mail, and who aren't making personal greeting card appearances
12/03/2013 08:30:50 AM
It was a mix of oft rewarded icons (The Coens) and breakthrough leading movie roles from former awesome TV ensemble players (Jordan & Larson) for the Gotham Awards last night in NYC. 12 Years a Slave, which led nominations (not that that means much a
12/03/2013 07:01:00 AM
In this series TFE contributors sound off on their favorite fringe contenders. Here's Anne Marie on Mark Orton and the Tin Horns.
Alexander Payne's latest film Nebraska is getting much-deserved acting kudos. Bruce Dern has undoubtedly given a career
12/02/2013 18:00:36 PM
Julie Delpy speaking in West Hollywood in NovemberStargazing sometimes leads us to believe that we really know the faces who act out our human dramas onscreen. Or that we know the characters they portray as if they were neighbors. It’s a false
12/02/2013 14:42:43 PM
Tim here, with a quick bit of news: the International Animated Film Society has announced the nominees for the 41st Annie Awards. Unsurprisingly, it's heavily tilted towards big studio fare, with Despicable Me 2 dominating the list with eleven nomina
12/02/2013 12:01:06 PM
1 Day until...
12/02/2013 09:00:24 AM
In this series Film Experience contributors sound off (individually) on their favorite fringe awards contenders. Here's Matthew Eng on Keith Stanfield
12/01/2013 21:00:37 PM
In this week's episode,
12/01/2013 18:55:19 PM
Amir here, bringing you Thanksgiving weekend’s box office report.
It’s a testament to the popularity and success of The Hunger Games series that Frozen, in its own right a breaker of multiple records this weekend, could not displace it as
12/01/2013 12:44:18 PM
Television Blend Baz Luhrmann may direct Napoleon as a miniseries for televisionHouse Next Door on the Oscar prospects of August: Osage County. Yet another critic who thinks Julia is the MVP. I'm mystified but congrats, Julia!In Contention wonders if
12/01/2013 09:00:34 AM
In this series Team Experience sounds off (individually) on their favorite fringe awards contenders. Here's Amir Soltani on Neighboring Sounds.
Since the Academy wisely overhauled its nominating process for the foreign language film award and Dogto
11/30/2013 18:59:13 PM
In Case You Missed Them... here are a dozen highlights from the month that was as we round the corner into the last leg of 2013 and sprint towards Oscar nominations.
My imaginary Actress Roundtable for THR. They need to mix it up a little for freshne
11/30/2013 15:02:57 PM
If you’ve read The Film Experience for any significant length of time, it won’t surprise you to hear that if there’s one type of actor that melts my heart every time, it’s a singing actor. While Hollywood doesn’t nurture
11/30/2013 12:00:32 PM
For the buildup to this
11/30/2013 10:00:51 AM
Wright's Feature Filmography: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and The World's EndIn this series Team Experience sounds off (individually) on their favorite fringe awards contenders. Here's
11/29/2013 20:01:40 PM
Not all actors are adept at every platform. Movies, tv and stage can require require different charismas and subtle changes in scale. In the case of bonafide television superstars like Julia Louis-Dreyfus (16 Emmy acting nominations and 4 wins from 3
11/29/2013 16:00:29 PM
Hello, lovelies. Beau here, finally coming up for air from my last few weeks of undergrad to comment on Alexander Payne's fantastic new feature, Nebraska, and note some uncanny resemblances it has with another particular favorite of mine.
11/29/2013 14:00:59 PM
11/29/2013 11:00:57 AM
Did you save any pie?
11/29/2013 09:00:15 AM
In this series Team Experience sounds off (individually) on their favorite fringe Oscar contenders. Here's Tim Brayton
11/28/2013 20:12:52 PM
One of my favorite Oscar traditions is the New York Times short films celebrating Oscar contenders, locked contenders and longshots alike. And by short films I mean very very short. Like one minute. You might remember that previous year's editions ha
11/28/2013 11:00:47 AM
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Today I am thankful for... actresses.
In other words it's a Thursday. Well, listen, I'm always thankful for actresses but now I finally have a tiny bit of time to say so. Can you believe I've held out until now to watch The Holly
11/28/2013 09:00:28 AM
[Editor's Note: The FYC series brings together all Film Experience contributors to highlight our favorite fringe Oscar contenders. Here's Glenn Dunks on Xavier Dolan's latest]
Anybody who knows me knows I have been trumpeting Xavier Dolan’s tr
11/27/2013 21:30:49 PM
Tim here, to talk about the last big animated release of 2013, and easily the best to come from a big studio all year: Frozen, the 53rd
11/27/2013 19:00:16 PM
Dancin' Dan here, ready to play our favorite trailer game with a bit of a twist. Those of you who saw Catching Fire this past weekend were treated to what is surely one of the weirdest and worst trailers in recent memory... although you might not hav
11/27/2013 16:33:35 PM
In the reader spotlight series we celebrate YOU, the reason The Film Experience keeps chugging along. Today we're talking to Michael Bina who just produced a well received short film! Let's meet him.
11/27/2013 14:00:34 PM
abstew here. Dame Judi Dench returned to theaters this weekend with the Oscar-buzzing Philomena. (She gets Oscar buzz for nearly everything she's in. She even makes it happen with James Bond films!)
I had a teacher that used to say
Ask me my th
11/27/2013 09:00:49 AM
[Editor's Note: In this series Film Experience contributors are individually highlighting their favorite fringe Oscar contenders. Here's
11/26/2013 22:59:12 PM
Greetings, Dear Readers. Michael C. here. Since Nathaniel is on record as being emphatically NOT a fan of Chan-wook Park's original Cannes prize winner, I thought it fitting I, an enthusiastic Oldboy lover, would step in to review Spike Lee's hotly a
11/26/2013 21:41:39 PM
I am normally loathe to share soundbyte interviews from TV
11/26/2013 16:00:00 PM
Glenn here, asking you to consider, if you will, a fantasy movie about two young women in a magical faraway kingdom, one of whom was born with a severe affliction. When her “powers” go wrong, everybody in their homeland believes she&rsquo
11/26/2013 14:03:21 PM
Oscar Best Picture hopefuls 12 Years a Slave and Nebraska ruled the Spirit Award nominations this afternoon with seven and six nominations respectively. All is Lost was a distant third place with 4 nominations. A bunch of other critical darlings mana
11/26/2013 10:00:32 AM
Alexa here. With Thanksgiving arriving on the heels of Katniss this year, that cornucopia centerpiece suddenly seems an ominous symbol of turkey slaughter rather than a bountiful symbol of the harvest. So, why not embrace the convergence and have a H
11/26/2013 06:01:09 AM
[Editor's Note: The FYC series brings together all Film Experience contributors to highlight our favorite fringe Oscar contenders. Jose Solis
11/25/2013 20:00:11 PM
I've mentioned this topic in the comments but enough people are interested that I should sound off in a more official capacity. Recently, given that most people know that Jessica Lange plans to depart after Season 4, Ryan Murphy has started dropping
11/25/2013 16:00:34 PM
When I read over at
11/25/2013 13:45:04 PM
Self Styled Siren has ten rental suggestions for your friends who are haven't yet become true movie fans - 10 classics anyone will loveThe Cut Scarlett Johansson's runway looks for her 29th birthdayVanity Fair Jason Statham on 'poncy actors' and stun
11/25/2013 10:30:55 AM
This review originally appeared in my column at Towleroad
Their clothes ignite but does the movie?
The Hunger Games is not without its charms. Which is a very strange thing to say about a beloved bloody genre franchise about children murdering each
11/25/2013 08:01:24 AM
[Editor's Note: With the critics' awards just around the corner and awards campaigning already in full swing, Team Experience decided it was the right time to begin a series championing some of our favorite contenders lurking on the fringes of the
11/24/2013 21:00:59 PM
Happy Holiday Podcast!
In this week's episode, Nathaniel, Katey and Nick prepare for the impending Thanksgiving dinners by sharing our favorite turkeys (movies) and succulent hams (actors). We answer reader-submitted questions on topics ranging from
11/24/2013 17:06:00 PM
Amir here with the weekend's box office report. To the surprise of no one, The Hunger Games:
11/24/2013 09:10:19 AM
It's that time of year when we have to start taking stock of the year and prepping all that delicious Year in Review nonsense that goes on forever (aka 2 months at least). I can't help myself with the listing from December through January (and someti
11/24/2013 00:41:13 AM
I have been remiss in my Von Trier worshipping duties. He was once basically vying for Nathaniel's Favorite Working Director since I loved everything he made from 1996 through 2004. But in roughly those same years Almod
11/23/2013 14:46:08 PM
Got any questions you'd like answered on this weekend's special holiday edition Podcast? If so, let us know.
11/23/2013 11:00:42 AM
One of the most confounding things about following the non-marquee categories at the Oscars is that not every category operates by the same rules. For example they released the super long eligibility list for Best Documentary Feature but not the supe
11/23/2013 08:58:28 AM
11/22/2013 19:28:46 PM
How am I ever going to decide on my own awards ballots this year? When the Film Bitch Awards begin in late December / early January - hell even before then when I vote at the annual BFCA "Critic's Choice" Awards --
11/22/2013 17:42:50 PM
Even when harassed by annoying paparazzi, she is friendly and playful. That
11/22/2013 11:00:43 AM
Good things come to those who wait. For Judi Dench that good thing would be movie stardom. She's been acting on stage since 1957 (as Ophelia in Hamlet at the age of 23), on tv since 1959 (the title role in Hilda Lessways), and on the silver screen si
11/22/2013 09:00:19 AM
Let's sing a big raucous happy birthday to 98 years young Oscar winner Oswald Morris who is still with us! That's a lot of candles. And a lot of great movies.
The British born Morris only ever received Oscar nominations for big screen musicals (Oliv
11/22/2013 08:09:23 AM
Wedding bells. Congratulations to Chen Chang
11/21/2013 22:58:34 PM
Tim, our resident animation guy, sounds off on the eligible films vying for Animated Feature
Between now and the announcement of the Academy Award nominees on January 16, I’ll be taking a look at some of the films submitted for the Best Animat
11/21/2013 21:14:47 PM
What's on your cinematic mind?
11/21/2013 18:00:00 PM
Glenn here to discuss a true one of a kind film. That it's directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) should make that statement come as little surprise, but surprised I was. The film has the unwieldy, and yet simple and effect
11/21/2013 10:11:41 AM
Balder & Dash Dan Callahan on Alfre Woodard's contribution to 12 Years A SlavePixar Times on
11/21/2013 09:00:13 AM
She definitely doesn't look it, but Goldie Hawn is turning 68 today! She has many roles worth celebrating - The First Wives Club, Death Becomes Her, Private Benjamin, this jazzy Beatles cover - but today I'd like to shine a light on that zany show wh
11/20/2013 21:59:52 PM
Today marks the annual commemoration event honoring those who've been killed in anti-trans crimes. You can find a list of events taking place from now through the weekend here if you're so inclined. Not all of the events are today some waiting for th
11/20/2013 19:00:49 PM
Tim here. All of the online chatter around the honorary Oscars handed out over the weekend has focused, not unreasonably, on the actors who received awards: Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Angelina Jolie.
11/20/2013 16:30:00 PM
Glenn here with news that Screen Actor's Guild voting forms have been shipped out in the post. As my tongue-twister of a title suggests, a select number (2,200 to be exact) of SAG members will be given the arduous task of deciding whether This is the
11/20/2013 13:51:53 PM
Glenn here. I get the sense that I am not meant to have much of an opinion on The Best Man Holiday. I suspect that even to the filmmakers it was meant to do little more than make audiences feel good (as well as a little sad – oh gawd, the tears
11/19/2013 23:29:24 PM
If you spend time in the comments section of The Film Experience you might have noticed Paul Outlaw before. He's today's Reader Spotlight. I recently had the privilege of seeing him on stage at the Bootleg in L.A.
11/19/2013 21:21:00 PM
Coming out of Her, Spike Jonze futuristic (but very "now") drama about human connection and intuitive Operating Systems I felt a little of the mood hangover that accompanied Lost in Translation. You know
11/19/2013 11:54:57 AM
JA from MNPP here - I know it's 2003 Month here at The Film Experience but Vulture has been doing a 15 year anniversary retrospective of all things 1998 this week, which has me reminiscing about that year too. I was in college working at the local ar
11/19/2013 09:00:59 AM
In Contention talks to Saoirse Ronan about Grand Budapest Hotel, How I Live Now and acting for Ryan GoslingDP/30 Chiwetel Ejiofor from 12 Years a SlaveInstagram James Franco's 'all the kids are doing it' selfie. (I love seeing celebrity mirror shots
11/19/2013 02:00:32 AM
11/18/2013 20:37:39 PM
Tim here. Today, the short film Steamboat Willie celebrates the 85th
11/18/2013 10:30:55 AM
Updated to add voting options!
Yesterday out of nowhere I suddenly felt a shiver go down my spine. I realized that if I didn't pull some advocacy action, my fellow Broadcast Film Critics might just give Chloe Grace Moretz TWO nominations for Best Yo
11/18/2013 09:01:52 AM
Amuse us by adding dialogue or caption to this image of Cameron Diaz (from the set of Annie). I'll reveal the winner tomorrow!
11/17/2013 21:00:05 PM
After a week break in which the team was on separate coasts, Nathaniel reunites with Nick, Katey and Joe to discuss Matthew McConaughey & Jared Leto's Oscar-seeking duet in Dallas Buyers Club.
That's the focus but we also make time for talking about
11/17/2013 16:34:34 PM
Congratulations to Angela Lansbury! Mrs Iselin is finally clutching her own deserved Oscar gold! You can see her acceptance speech if you haven't yet after the jump...
11/17/2013 14:58:53 PM
Between "Frozen" and "The Best Man Holiday" it's going to be a good year at the Diggs/Menzel householdI live in Harlem where bootleg copies of Tyler Perry movies are priced $2 higher than all other bootlegs. I only tell you this because I was hoping
11/16/2013 19:08:03 PM
If you want to know why I have had such a hard time sharing my adventures in Los Angeles in real time from the AFI festival which wrapped on Thursday, blame Emma Thompson. She killed me!
Emma the night I met her / Mary Poppins party decor
11/16/2013 09:15:29 AM
June SquibbHaving recently seen Nebraska a second time (full review coming), I'm more confident that Alexander Payne favorite June Squibb (who played Jack Nicholson's wife in About Schmidt) can ride her scene-stealing laughs in the new film to a nomi
11/15/2013 19:29:51 PM
Inside Movies Andrew Lincoln looks back at "to me you are perfect" from Love ActuallyMNPP wants to watch Only God Forgives again. Are you also experiencing these deviant feelings?Ultra Culture anatomy of most Blue is the Warmest Color "reviews"
11/15/2013 14:00:32 PM
Anne Marie concludes her AFI adventures. Nathaniel picks up the baton tomorrow. He's running behind as per usual!
At the midway point of AFI Fest, I experienced what I’m sure many film festival-goers experience at some point: fatigue. The films
11/15/2013 11:00:40 AM
The 2003 Supporting Actress Smackdown is just 15 days away! If you're like "um... it's 2013" you should know that each month we look back at a particular Oscar race and debate it.
This month we're having a tenth anniversary party. For context befo
11/15/2013 08:00:54 AM
I would like to personally thank Anne Marie for being an awesome L.A. tour guide, personal GPS, and screening companion during my week long trip. Here's her first of two roundups from the festival that just wrapped. I'll have more to say myself over
11/14/2013 22:59:47 PM
You should play this song while reading this post.
We haven't seen Uma Thu --- no seriously. People. Click play on that song while reading this post.
Ready? okay good. Hum along while you gaze at the pretty pictures of Uma Thurman. Sure you're list
11/14/2013 20:45:29 PM
It’s Tim, with a little bit of animation history for y’all. Not that you’d be able to tell from the details dribbled out so far (estranged sisters, talking snowmen, reindeer acting like dogs), but the impending Disney film Frozen be
11/14/2013 13:30:50 PM
Ten years ago Errol Morris won the Best Documentary Oscar for his investigation of former Secretary of Defence, Robert S. McNamara. It’s telling that even Morris was surprised, noting in his speech that “I thought it would never happen.&r
11/14/2013 11:14:25 AM
JA from MNPP here, taking a look at the first trailer for Darren Aronofsky's bible-epic Noah, giving us the titular tale of one man, one god, two of every animal, and a whole bunch of water. There have been whispers of a battle between the studio
11/13/2013 19:52:11 PM
We'll save the Yes No Maybe So-ing for a full trailer, but Disney is now teasing Maleficent, their Spring 2014 blockbuster hopeful, with a Pfeifferesque Pfirst Poster and a new teaser which gives us our first taste of...
Well, if not the movie itsel
11/13/2013 11:00:41 AM
abstew here with a look back at 2003 with Scarlett Johansson as the Girl With A Pearl Earring and the actual Vermeer painting that inspired the film.
11/13/2013 08:00:31 AM
Emma Thompson was nominated for Best Actress in 1993 for Remains of the Day
11/12/2013 22:00:00 PM
It’s Amir here, reporting on a couple of films I saw at the David Cronenberg exhibition currently held at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. As the biggest Canadian director working in cinema today, the master of body horror is held in high esteem
11/12/2013 17:33:55 PM
IndieWire wonders if VOD is the future of independent filmThe Atlantic Wire Joe Reid looks back on the career of Holly HunterTwitter yes, it's true. Stevie Nicks, the white witch herself, to guest star on American Horror Story: Coven -- and yes, I'm
11/12/2013 16:44:04 PM
Alexa here. While Thor hammered the box office into submission this past weekend, 25 years ago another brawny blonde was dominating the box office.
11/12/2013 14:59:07 PM
Glenn here. Tell me I am not the only one who looked at this poster for Maleficent
11/12/2013 13:00:00 PM
It’s Amir here.
11/12/2013 08:01:32 AM
Amir here. For no other reason than to celebrate one of the year’s funniest films -- consider it a Golden Globe FYC -- here’s a top ten list of Melissa McCarthy’s line readings in The Heat.
Rewatching the film, you notice that the
11/11/2013 22:30:00 PM
Glenn here. Rarely discussed by Oscar commentators for reasons unknown to me are the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Held annually on the Gold Coast in Australia, these awards recognise, well, cinema from Asian and Pacific regions. This year's batch of c
11/11/2013 20:30:00 PM
11/11/2013 16:00:10 PM
Andrew Stanton with the first of his Animated Feature OscarsTim here. This November, we’ve been reflecting on the films of 2003, in preparation for the newest edition of the Supporting Actress Smackdown, and I’d like to use this as the op