Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
With just days to go until Oscar nominations are announced, the Writers Guild of America has unveiled its list of nominees for their top screenplay awards. As expected, many of these are films that have picked up plenty of accolades already. It’ll surprise no one to see that Zero Dark Thirty, Moonrise Kingdom, and Lincoln are among the contenders. But they’ve made room for some more offbeat choices as well, including Looper, Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Master. (Jason Reitman should be pleased.) Hit the jump to see the list.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
When a particularly brutal crime makes headlines, the understandable public demand is for the pepetrators to be found, tried, and punished as soon as possible — partially out of concern for public safety, and partially out of a desire to see the monsters get their due. But in cases when even the cops and experts cave to mob mentality, prioritizing speediness over fairness or accuracy, the results can be devastating for innocents who get caught in the crossfire.
The Central Park Five, a new documentary by Ken Burns, Davd McMahon, and Sarah Burns, explores one such incident. In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were apprehended and convicted for the vicious sexual assault of a 29-year-old jogger in Central Park. They were then freed years later after a serial rapist stepped up to confess he’d committed the crime alone, raising the question of how the justice system could have failed these youths so badly. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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