2020 Independent Spirit Awards Winners - The Farewell

The 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards were handed out last night, honoring achievements in independent cinema in a celebration of artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. The ceremony honored two movies that were overlooked by the Oscars in a big way, with The Farewell winning Best Feature and Adam Sandler taking home Best Male Lead for Uncut Gems. And those weren’t the only awards those two films walked away with either. Get the full list of 2020 Independent Spirit Awards nominations. Read More »

uncut gems coming back to theaters

Uncut Gems may not be winning any Oscars, but this is how we (as a collective society) win: with a theatrical re-release that features a special post-screening Q&A filmed without star Adam Sandler‘s knowledge. Uncut Gems is coming back to theaters, courtesy of A24 and directors Josh and Benny Safdie, who are tacking on another surprise gift for those seeing their crime thriller again. That gift comes in the form of a special post-screening Q&A with Sandler, which was filmed without Sandler’s knowledge.

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Conan O'Brien Roasts Adam Sandler

First of all, yes, we’re as surprised as you are to learn that the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has an annual awards ceremony called the Movies for Grown Ups Awards. Quite literally, this is your father’s awards show. It’s also your grandfather’s awards show, not to mention your grandmother and your mother.

But don’t like the label fool you. The AARP had the wherewithal to award Adam Sandler the title of Best Actor. No, it’s not just because he starred in a movie called Grown Ups, but instead for his work in Uncut Gems, something the Academy Awards failed to even recognize with a nomination. This sparked a candid moment when Conan O’Brien took a moment to roast Adam Sandler as the actor tried to come up to accept the award too early. It’s a moment that will probably be better than anything we see at the Academy Awards this year. Watch as Conan O’Brien roasts Adam Sandler below. Read More »

Uncut Gems Scene Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Uncut Gems directors Josh & Benny Safdie break down an intense scene from the movie starring Adam Sandler. Plus, The Hollywood Reporter hosts another one of their roundtable discussions, this time with  award worthy actors like Adam Driver, Shia LaBeouf, Robert De Niro and more. Finally, The Turning stars Finn Wolfhard and Mackenzie Davis teach you Canadian slang. Read More »

Hoai-Tran Bui’s Top 10 Movies of 2019

hoai-tran bui's top 10 movies of 2019

I don’t remember a year where I struggled more to narrow down my favorite movies. It’s almost ridiculous how jam-packed 2019 was with excellent films: from stunning debut features to contemplative epics by masters of their craft, to character dramas that plunged into unimagined depths, to cozy family fables that unexpectedly cut like a knife, to the embarrassment of riches floating in from abroad. Movies had so much to say, and they said it brilliantly.

These are just a few of my favorite things, but even at the last minute I was shuffling this list around. So in honor of those movies that almost made the cut, here are my honorable mentions:  The Irishman, The Lighthouse, Us, Ad Astra, Marriage Story, Varda by Agnes, John Wick Chapter 3, Transit, Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

With that, here are my top 10 movies of 2019.

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Lakeith Stanfield Interview

In the roughly six or seven years since he made his remarkable feature film debut in Short Term 12 as the troubled teen Marcus, Lakeith Stanfield has been one of the hardest-working actors in show business, collaborating with a remarkable string of both well-known filmmakers and relative newcomers in both high-profile films and smaller, indie gems. Often he pops in for a choice supporting part and takes the movie away from the leads just enough to become unforgettable (just watch him in Jordan Peele’s Get Out as an example).

Since Short Term 12, Stanfield has shown up in The Purge: Anarchy, Selma, Dope, Straight Outta Compton, Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead, Oliver Stone’s Snowden, and one of the finest films of 2018, Sorry to Bother You, as well as one finest in 2019, writer/director Rian Johnson’s Knives Out.  But many know Stanfield best from his role as the hilarious stoner-savant Darius in creator Donald Glover’s FX series Atlanta, which will begin shooting its third and fourth seasons back to back in the spring of 2020. He also has a new film coming out on Valentine’s Day 2020, the romantic-drama The Photograph, co-starring Issa Rae and Kelvin Harrison Jr. 

/Film spoke with Stanfield recently to discuss his other entry in the Best Films of 2019 category, Uncut Gems, from directors Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie, in which Stanfield plays a jewelry hustler named Demany, who works closely with jeweler Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) by bringing in cash-flush celebrities (like Boston Celtic Kevin Garnett) into Ratner’s store to spend spend spend. As the film moves forward on its relentless course to self-destruction, Demany reveals layers to his personality and abilities that few actors beside Stanfield could handle as honestly and believably. Stanfield is a master of finding the right tone for his characters (which we talk about in our interview0, as can be witnessed by comparing the role he plays in Uncut Gems with the wildly different, more laid-back Lieutenant Elliott in Knives Out. Uncut Gems is currently in theaters nationwide.

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2020 THR Directors Roundtable

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch The Hollywood Reporter’s 2020 directors roundtable with Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips, Greta Gerwig, and more. Plus, listen as the writers and directors of Uncut Gems deliver a script breakdown of one of the movie’s most tense scenes, and hear Ed Helms answer questions from Reddit’s “Too Afraid to Ask” community. Read More »

uncut gems trailer final

Uncut Gems is already playing everywhere, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be blessed with one more trailer. This final Uncut Gems trailer features a killer needle-drop in the form of Billy Joel’s “The Stranger.” It also features Adam Sandler running around, shouting, and making everyone around him extra anxious. This is how he wins. Watch the final Uncut Gems trailer below.

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Green Band Trailer

Movie 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 2019.

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Uncut Gems F-word

Uncut Gems, the movie that opens by zooming out of Adam Sandler’s butthole, is a big hit. Not only is it a critical darling, but it’s also one of the biggest successes in the history of A24 films. And here’s another achievement to boast about: it ranks in seventh place on a list of films with the most F-words. It joins the company of not one but two Martin Scorsese movies, Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam, two different documentaries about cursing, and more.

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