Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week, let’s rank The Best Movie Trailers of 2018.
Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2019 by Chris Evangelista
The films of 2018 featured lovely, strange, and sometimes downright terrifying music. Just what it is that makes a good soundtrack? Is it something that stands out, intruding on scenes? Or is it something that hangs back, to the point where you don’t even notice it? Or perhaps it’s something in between. Or maybe the best film scores are the ones that trigger a specific emotion somewhere within your mind; a memory, a regret, a loving embrace. Music that cuts right through to your very soul. Music that you won’t soon forget. These are the best soundtracks of 2018.
2018 felt more like a warped decade than a normal 365 day span, but at least the movies that came out last year were pretty damn great. Over the next few days, Team /Film will be counting down our favorite films of the last twelve months. The fact that films like Free Solo, Destroyer, Paddington 2, Lizzie, and Black Panther ended up in my honorable mentions when they could form a respectable top 5 on their own speaks to the overall quality of the year at the movies. But enough preamble: let’s get to my top 10 films of 2018. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 27th, 2018 by Chris Evangelista
The 2018 Online Film Critics Society nominations are in, and The Favourite, Roma and If Beale Street Could Talk are at the top of the list. Other honorees include the criminally underrated Annihilation, Roma breakout star Yalitza Aparicio, You Were Never Really Here director Lynne Ramsay, and of course, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. See the full list of 2018 OFCS nominations below.
‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Director Barry Jenkins on Collaboration, the Film’s Centerpiece Moment, and More [Interview]
Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2018 by Ben Pearson
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins is back with another knockout drama: If Beale Street Could Talk, an adaptation of author James Baldwin’s celebrated novel. The film tells the story of Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James), a young black couple who are deeply in love and trying to make it in New York City in the 1970s. But when Fonny is falsely accused of rape, Tish is left to fight to clear his name – and fighting against systemic racism is never easy. (I encourage you to read our review from TIFF here.)
Last month, I sat down with Jenkins to talk about life post-Moonlight, how spontaneity and collaboration resulted in some of Beale Street’s most memorable moments, the challenge of adapting such a beloved novel, his work in television (including Dear White People and his upcoming adaptation of The Underground Railroad), and more. Read our full Barry Jenkins interview below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2018 by Chris Evangelista
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins returns with If Beale Street Could Talk, an adaptation of the novel by James Baldwin. Romantic and tragic, Beale Street is gorgeous and emotionally stirring – the type of movie that only comes along every so often.
Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 by Slashfilmcast
David gets feedback from last week’s episode with Joseph Kahn, director of Bodied, and Jeff resumes his Limerick ways. The cast plus Britt talk about the power of Roma by Alfonso Cuarón, and cover the outfits and rabbits of The Favourite by Yorgos Lanthimos. Check out Britt Hayes’ piece on the fact and fiction of The Favourite.
Posted on Monday, December 10th, 2018 by Ethan Anderton
The long march through awards season continues today with the announcement of the 24th Critics Choice Awards nominations. It might seem predictable that a period film like The Favourite came out on top of the pack with 14 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and nominations for the three stars, Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, you might be surprised that the Marvel Studios blockbuster Black Panther wasn’t far behind with 12 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Get the full roster of the 2019 Critics Choice Awards nominations below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 7th, 2018 by Ethan Anderton
It’s only been a few days since the members of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society released the nominees for their annual awards, and the winners have already been determined. However, don’t expect this to be an indication of how any of the major awards are going to go down later this season. Our editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is counted among this group, and the wide array of film critics from various backgrounds makes the results skew much further from the norm than you might expect at the Golden Globes or Oscars.
However, that actually makes the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society awards winners a little more interesting than the usual awards fare – they have awarded the adaptation of The Hate U Give Best Picture. How did the rest of the awards shake out ? Check out the full list below. Read More »
AFI Honors ‘Black Panther’, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, ‘A Quiet Place’, and More as Its Best Movies of 2018
Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 by Ben Pearson
The American Film Institute, the film school and film history organization famous for alumni like Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, Terrence Malick, and David Lynch, has announced the honorees of this year’s AFI Awards. The organization voted on ten movies and ten television series that are “artistically significant” and represent “the year’s most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image”, and the winners include movies like If Beale Street Could Talk, BlacKkKlansman, Eighth Grade, and shows like Atlanta and Barry. But they also honored a couple of surprises in each category, too. Read More »