Independent Spirit Awards 2015

The Independent Spirit Awards were handed out in Santa Monica this afternoon, and the crop of winners includes two accolades for Nightcrawler, two for Boyhood, and three for Birdman, including Best Feature. Whiplash also did well, and in general the Indie Spirit awards this year lined up very strongly with the Oscar predictions we and many other people have made. Check out all the winners for the Independent Spirit Awards 2015 below. Read More »

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2015 Oscar Snubs

We expect the annual announcement of Academy Awards nominations to come with a healthy set of surprises, and usually a few snubs for films that arguably deserve to be in the final round of contention for one of the biggest arts awards in the world. This year’s set of snubs was more pronounced than most, with a set of nominations that ignores the diversity of great filmmakers and films that hit theaters in 2014. We know the Academy is made up of old (less than 14% under 50), white (94%) men (77%),  but even with that understood, this year’s crop of nominees is sadly, even pathetically homogenous.

Granted, there are some pleasant surprises, too, if not nearly as many as there are snubs. Here’s a list of twelve major 2015 Oscar snubs and surprises.

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At this point in the awards race each year, support has already crystallized around some of the frontrunners. This year, that group includes Boyhood, Birdman, The Theory of Everything, and The Imitation Game, and the Producers Guild followed the rest of their industry in nominating those titles for this year’s PGA Awards.

It’s more interesting, however, to see which dark horses did and didn’t make the cut. American Sniper and Nightcrawler emerged as two of the more surprising inclusions, while Unbroken and Selma got left out in the cold.

Meanwhile on the TV side, the PGA is all about Fargo, True Detective, and Orange Is the New Black, while shows like Parks & Recreation and Homeland went overlooked. Hit the jump for the full list of the 2015 Producers Guild nominations.  Read More »

anatomy of a scene series

As it has done in the past, the New York Times offered a great collection of conversations with directors this year, as the Anatomy of a Scene series gave the directors of many films a chance to dissect their approaches to major scenes in films such as Birdman, A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightInterstellar, Foxcatcher, Wild, and others. (My only complaint is that directors such as Ava DuVernay and Jennifer Kent are MIA.) Below, you can watch the Anatomy of a Scene series from late 2014. Read More »

Jake Gyllenhaal plays an unscrupulous news cameraman in the thriller Nightcrawler

The Oscar nominations aren’t out yet, but we’re getting to the point where technical guilds will be announcing their nominations for the best achievements of 2014. The latest set to be released comes from the American Cinema Editors, which this morning revealed nominations for their 65th annual ACE Eddie Awards. The ACE Awards recognize achievements in editing in a variety of film (narrative, comedy/musical, and documentary) and TV categories. On the feature side, the big nominations went to American Sniper, Boyhood, Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler and Whiplash. Get the full editing awards nominations for 2015 below. Read More »

Russ Fischer’s Top Ten Films of 2014

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Focus, simplicity and control. As I look back over the films of 2014, the ones that most stay with me are not the sprawling epics or the movies that tried to cram a surplus of ideas or technique into one story. (Sorry, Birdman and Interstellar.) They’re the movies, not even necessarily the “small” ones, that exhibit something specific in filmmaking technique, or unusually refined in their approach to story. 2014 was packed with movies I loved, and this list could easily be three times as long as it is. Below, you’ll find the ten films that have stuck with me most intensely, along with a page of extra picks that all offer something special, too. Read More »

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Germain’s Top Ten Films of 2014

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Time and time again, you’ve heard that 2014 was a great year for movies. And it was. But as I looked back at the about 150 films I saw released in 2014, I saw a pattern. There were, in fact, lots of great movies in 2014, and in the next few pages you’ll read about a bunch of them. But I honestly feel like when I picked my favorites, the films I felt were the best released this year, they all were on an even playing field. In a way, I could’ve just given you the ten best movies I’ve seen this year in alphabetical order and called it a day. But where’s the fun in that? The fun part is sitting down and making the hard decisions about what is truly the best. So, below, read my top ten movies of 2014.

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/Filmcast Ep. 300 – The Top 10 Films of 2014

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David, Devindra, and Jeff count down their top 10 films of 2014. Thanks for a great year, everyone! We’ll see you in 2015.

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Angie’s Top 10 Films of 2014

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In box office terms, 2014 wasn’t a huge year for film. But in creative terms, it’s hard to fault this year’s crop. It contained at least one once-in-a-lifetime masterpiece, not to mention one of the greatest horror movies in years, several big-budget franchise-builders that soared way past expectations, and some completely out-of-nowhere gems.

As the year winds to a close, I’ve taken a moment to look back at some highlights. As usual, this shouldn’t be considered an objective list of the year’s best film, but an entirely subjective list of favorites. Run down my top 10 films of 2014 with me after the jump.

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