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.

Check out David’s other podcast Write Along with writer C. Robert Cargill and Devindra’s new podcast Know More Tech, answering your question on the latest gadgets.

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The Favourite Review

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 »

Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society awards winners

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 awards 2018

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 »

Movies Coming to Netflix In December 2018

The year is winding down. The holidays are upon us. And it’s time for new movies to hit Netflix! Next month will see yet another increase in Netflix originals, but you’ll also have some familiar films at your disposal as well. The biggest is probably Avengers: Infinity War, but the best is Roma, the latest masterpiece from Alfonso Cuarón. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the best new TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in December 2018.

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netflix oscar race

Netflix wants in on the Oscar action, and some members of the Academy aren’t happy. According to a new report, Academy members are split down the middle regarding Netflix’s attempt to join the Oscar race by releasing several of their films in limited theatrical runs. One faction of Academy voters thinks the idea is intriguing, while another thinks Netflix is running a scam. More on the Netflix Oscar race below.

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I could not help but snicker, seated at a screening of the new Netflix film Outlaw King, as one of the studio logos appeared on screen. The studio name is Anonymous Content; in and of itself, it’s not a funny name, but over the last few years, if there’s anything truly consistent about Netflix Original Movies, it’s that they feel like…well, anonymous content. It’s hard for a week to go by without Netflix just dropping a new movie on its service, seemingly at random: here’s a new romantic comedy! Here’s a new David Wain film! How about a dystopian sci-fi pet project from Duncan Jones? And hey, we’re going to just release the new Cloverfield movie on Super Bowl Sunday, too, just to keep you on your toes.

Netflix’s choice to disrupt how movies are released and made is all well and good, but for a long time, their only pattern was randomly throwing tons of things at the wall (rather, the cloud) and hoping something stuck. But things may be changing. Somewhat.

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Roma Trailer

One of the biggest awards contenders this year is likely to be Roma, the latest film from Gravity and Children of Men director Alfonso Cuarón, but it’s nothing like either of those two films. Instead, the filmmaker has crafted a family drama that many critics are calling a masterpiece. You’ll see why in the new Roma trailer that was just released by Netflix. Read More »

Alamo Drafthouse Not Playing Roma

Netflix is changing up their distribution game a bit by giving some of their original movies from prestige filmmakers a theatrical release. One of the key awards season releases from Netflix slated to hit theaters is Alfonso Cuaron‘s acclaimed drama Roma, but it sounds like at least one signature movie theater chain won’t be playing it.

The Alamo Drafthouse is a favorite theater chain among cinephiles, but moviegoers won’t be able to see Roma at any Drafthouse theaters, because the chain won’t agree to the strict specifications Netflix wants in place in order for the movie to be shown. Read More »

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Roma Theatrical Release

Alfonso Cuaron‘s acclaimed drama Roma is doing more than shaking up the Oscar race, it’s potentially shaking up Netflix’s entire approach to exclusive theatrical releases. After making a hard stance on day-and-date releases, Netflix finally conceded this year by granting its Oscar darling Roma a three-week theatrical release ahead of its streaming debut, alongside two other Oscar contenders, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Bird Box.

But the question remained: Would this be a one-time thing to help Netflix score a much-coveted Oscar? Or could Roma‘s potential success change the business model for Netflix theatrical releases as we know it? The latter is entirely possible, as behind-the-scenes at Netflix, filmmakers are already reportedly jostling for “the Cuaron treatment.”

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