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  1. A couple of awards-season news items;

    New York Film Critics Awards:

    Best Picture: Zero Dark Thirty
    Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
    Best Actress: Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
    Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
    Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner, Lincoln
    Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike and Bernie
    Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln
    Best Animated Film: Frankenweenie
    Best Cinematographer: Greig Fraser, Zero Dark Thirty
    Best First Film: How to Survive a Plague
    Best Foreign Film: Amour
    Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary): The Central Park Five

    15 Finalists for Best Documentary Feature Oscar:

    Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
    Bully, The Bully Project
    Chasing Ice
    Detropia
    Ethel
    5 Broken Cameras
    The Gatekeepers
    The House I Live In
    How to Survive a Plague
    The Imposter
    The Invisible War
    Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
    Searching for Sugar Man, Red Box Films
    This Is Not a Film, Wide Management
    The Waiting Room

  2. National Board of Review winners:

    Best Film: ZERO DARK THIRTY
    Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY
    Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
    Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, ZERO DARK THIRTY
    Best Supporting Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, DJANGO UNCHAINED
    Best Supporting Actress: Ann Dowd, COMPLIANCE
    Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, LOOPER
    Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
    Best Animated Feature: WRECK-IT RALPH
    Special Achievement in Filmmaking: Ben Affleck, ARGO
    Breakthrough Actor: Tom Holland, THE IMPOSSIBLE
    Breakthrough Actress: Quvenzhané Wallis, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
    Best Directorial Debut: Benh Zeitlin, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
    Best Foreign Language Film: AMOUR
    Best Documentary: SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN
    William K. Everson Film History Award: 50 YEARS OF BOND FILMS
    Best Ensemble: LES MISÉRABLES
    Spotlight Award: John Goodman (ARGO, FLIGHT, PARANORMAN, TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE)
    NBR Freedom of Expression Award: CENTRAL PARK FIVE
    NBR Freedom of Expression Award: PROMISED LAND

    Top Films (in alphabetical order)
    ARGO
    BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
    DJANGO UNCHAINED
    LES MISÉRABLES
    LINCOLN
    LOOPER
    THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
    PROMISED LAND
    SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

    Top 5 Foreign Language Films (In Alphabetical Order)
    BARBARA
    THE INTOUCHABLES
    THE KID WITH A BIKE
    NO
    WAR WITCH

    Top 5 Documentaries (In Alphabetical Order)
    AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY
    DETROPIA
    THE GATEKEEPERS
    THE INVISIBLE WAR
    ONLY THE YOUNG

    Top 10 Independent Films (In Alphabetical Order)
    ARBITRAGE
    BERNIE
    COMPLIANCE
    END OF WATCH
    HELLO I MUST BE GOING
    LITTLE BIRDS
    MOONRISE KINGDOM
    ON THE ROAD
    QUARTET
    SLEEPWALK WITH ME

  3. hahaha. It is a depressing seeming affair. One more entry and he can finally retire the character, as he’ll have fulfilled his stated (seemingly random) “six turns as McClaine” goal.

  4. Holy hell, do not see THE HOBBIT in 48fps. I mean, do so we can talk about it, but don’t if you want to try and enjoy the movie.

    (Which you won’t anyway because it isn’t good.)

  5. I’ve curious, as reviews of the technology have been so devastating, but there’s no way in hell I’m seeing another Lord of the Rings film.

  6. Yeah, this makes me want to see the 48 frames per second now, but I can’t sit through a Hobbit film to do it.
    The film is tanking on HSX. Methinks many think it’s not going to meet expectations.

  7. Not that I’m saying HSX is some industry standard of performance, but it’s a pretty damn good bellwether of what to expect.

  8. My very first impression was of unparalleled clarity, but it was almost immediately replaced with “I didn’t realize this was a BBC TV production filmed entirely on sound stages.” The night scenes look marginally better, but the day ones are so utterly distracting. And close-up action scenes seem sped up and out of place.

    On the bright side(?) the 3D does look okay.

  9. Re: close-up action scenes.
    Strange this, because everything I’ve been reading says it will make filmmakers like Paul Greengrass and Michael Mann’s camerawork much smoother and more palatable.
    Now I really want to see it.

  10. LA Film Critics:

    Film: Amour. Runner-up: The Master.

    Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master. Runner-up: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty.

    Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master. Runner-up: Denis Lavant, Holy Motors.

    Actress: (Tie) Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook, Emmanuelle Riva, Amour.

    Supporting actress: Amy Adams, The Master. Runner-up: Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises, Les Miserables.

    Supporting actor: Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild. Runner-up: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained.

    Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo. Runner-up: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook.

    Animation: Frankenweenie. Runner-up, It’s Such a Beautiful Day.

    Documentary: The Gatekeepers. Runner-up: Searching for Sugar Man.

    Foreign-language film: Holy Motors. Runner-up: Footnote.

    Cinematography: Roger Deakins, Skyfall. Runner-up: Mihai Malaimare Jr., The Master.

    Film Editing: Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg, Zero Dark Thirty. Runner-up: William Goldenberg, Argo.

    Score: Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild. Runner-up: Johnny Greenwood, The Master.

    Production design: David Crank, Jack Fisk, The Master. Runner-up: Adam Stockhausen, Moonrise Kingdom.

    Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award: Leviathan.

    New Generation Award: Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild.

  11. Skyfall was okay, but still a bit of a disappointment. Felt like a film wanting to have it both ways, but not really getting either.

    Considering it’s success I’m guessing it’ll be a while before we see Bond battling ninjas in volcanoes.

  12. So one subject that was briefly touched on during the GE meet-up yesterday was exploring a new template for the site (after six years on MistyLook).

    Maybe we end up staying with what we have, but it can’t hurt to play around with some of the more modern offerings from WordPress. What does everyone think?

  13. Fine by me. I looked at templates about a year ago and didn’t find anything that really appealed to me, but I’m perfectly happy to take others’ suggestions. It’s not a huge deal to me one way or the other, unless we end up with something really hard to read.

  14. DeNiro’sn performance in Analyze This is one of his most underrated performances and his best comedic performance besides Midnight Run (which is one of his best performances ever).
    I really am pleasantly surprised at how much the ‘old DeNiro’, the DeNiro of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull shows through in the performance.

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