The best award set of the season is usually the Independent Spirit Awards — that’s the ceremony where filmmakers cut loose, and it’s the set of awards that is most likely to highlight actual achievement, rather than doling out statues to whoever campaigned the hardest for their Oscar.
Today the nominations of for the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards were announced, and they spread recognition out to a wide array of films. 12 Years a Slave scored the most nominations, but this year’s crop of films is diverse and excellent; if you spent the rest of 2013 catching up with everything you’ve yet to see on this list, it would be a great end-of-year movie run. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, August 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
Along with dropping temperatures and changing leaves, one hallmark of the summer-to-fall transition is the gradual replacement of action-movie tentpoles with awards season hopefuls at the multiplex. With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, the first posters have dropped for two Oscar contenders coming to theaters in the cooler months.
The first poster, for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, features director/star Ben Stiller literally walking on air, while the one for J.C. Chandor‘s survival drama All Is Lost drags Robert Redford down into the water. Check them out after the jump.
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We don’t see a lot of actors doing solo pieces on film. It takes guts to be the only person projected on a screen for 90 minutes. But in All Is Lost, Robert Redford plays a sailor whose boat collides with an abandoned shipping container, wounding his ship and setting him up for a very difficult time at sea. Redford is the only person in the film, so no one can hear him when he screams the one line in the trailer: “help!”
The film comes from J.C. Chandor, who made Margin Call, and this first trailer makes it out to be very effective, if quietly so. All the splashy review comments from the film’s Cannes debut certainly insist that we watch this. After looking at the trailer a couple times I’m inclined to agree. Read More »
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Briefly: There is some diversity of opinion out there about Margin Call, this year’s feature debut from J.C. Chandor. But he’s landing on some critics list as ‘best debut director,’ and now he’s set up another film. The new project is called All is Lost, and it is a sort of wilderness adventure film — “a man vs. nature drama that takes place on the water.”
Deadline reports that one of the comparisons the script is drawing is to the 1972 film Jeremiah Johnson, which starred Robert Redford as a guy trying to live a lone frontier life. Perhaps that’s because Chandor wrote the movie with Redford in mind, and the actor is now in talks to star in the one man show. (The title makes me think of a sort of adventure companion to Margin Call — an after the collapse sort of survival tale.) Sadly we don’t have any more plot details, and searching through interviews with Chandor over the past year I haven’t yet come up with any quotes to offer insight into the film. But if things go well it will shoot in May, perhaps partially in the studio/tank where Titanic and Pearl Harbor were shot.