10/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:12 am · October 29th, 2009

• John Horn dutifully writes up the pre-release buzz of “2012.” [Los Angeles Times] • Pete Hammond on how legends Orson Welles and Tennessee Williams could figure into this year’s Oscar race. [Notes on a Season] • Years that could have used 10 Best Picture nominees. [Variety]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Visual Effects — Volume II

Posted by · 12:17 pm · October 22nd, 2009

As more films have been unleashed, the race for the visual effects Oscar now appears clearer than it did three months ago.  I’m starting to feel the race for the final three will really be down to a handful of films. As I explained in August, a shortlist of seven films will be announced in […]

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Adam Lambert’s ‘Time For Miracles’ from ‘2012’

Posted by · 6:55 am · October 20th, 2009

So this is the song that Brian May was praising to the high heavens. Okie dokie. If this were the mid-1990s, we might be looking at a nomination. But, as it is…nah. (Courtesy: Vulture)

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Sound Editing — Volume II

Posted by · 3:27 pm · October 8th, 2009

Back in July, I took an initial stab at the “zaps,” “booms,” “clinks” and “bams” of the sound editing category.  Since then, several titles have been seen, moved on to 2010 or popped up as new comers.  Let’s take a look… With “Green Zone” and “The Wolf Man” delayed until next year, the category’s potential […]

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10 most anticipated films of the season

Posted by · 8:13 am · September 1st, 2009

No fanfare.  A legitimate installment of The Lists on another topic will drop from Chad later today, but here’s what has me stoked: 1. “Up in the Air” (Paramount Pictures) 2. “Avatar” (20th Century Fox) 3. “The Tree of Life” (Apparition) 4. “Where the Wild Things Are” (Warner Bros. Pictures) 5. “A Christmas Carol” (Walt […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Sound Mixing — Volume I

Posted by · 9:45 am · August 27th, 2009

A few weeks ago I analyzed the Best Sound Editing category, which awards the creation and integration of artificially created sound effects.  Today, we look at sound mixing – the overall composition of all the elements of a movie’s soundscape into a singular soundtrack. The re-recording mixers, who do this work during post-production, are rewarded […]

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New tune contenders from ‘2012,’ ‘Wild Things’ — what else?

Posted by · 11:10 am · August 24th, 2009

Boy, the “Where the Wild Things Are” items are coming fast and furious this morning.  I didn’t plan it this way, I swear. Anyway, generally around late August I begin to start compiling a list of the original song contenders.  It’s generally the last category that begins to fall into place after all, so it’s […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Visual Effects — Volume I

Posted by · 11:51 am · August 6th, 2009

“How did they do that?”  Movie-goers often ask this in response to spectacular visual effects, one of few elements of a film, apart from acting, directing or story, that a studio might choose to sell a film directly on. Not surprisingly, the Academy’s award for Best Visual Effects is definitely the most mainstream-friendly of all […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Sound Editing — Volume I

Posted by · 7:55 am · July 23rd, 2009

Zoom. Smash. Bang. Grunt. Zap. Splash. Screech. A single sound effect can capture a character, emotion or setting. And creating such sounds is no easy task, requiring creativity, ingenuity and constant communication with the other filmmakers to best capture the feel of a film. The manifestation of these aural components — as well as their […]

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6/23 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:44 am · June 23rd, 2009

• How Sacha Baron Cohen ensnares his victims. [Daily Telegraph] • 26 titles announced for this year’s Toronto fest. [indieWIRE] • Anna Pickard breaks down the recent “2012” trailer. [The Guardian] • Gina Piccalo talks to Shohreh Aghdashloo, star of “The Stoning of Soraya M.” [Los Angles Times] • Noah Forrest joins the “Year One” […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Enemies’ surfaces, Edinburgh launches

Posted by · 6:11 pm · June 19th, 2009

• Michael Mann’s much-awaited “Public Enemies” finally peeked out from behind the covers, generating much early discussion, if no permitted reviews. • A rumor circulated that Christopher Nolan might leave the Batman franchise, prompting heated speculation over a potential replacement. • Across the pond, we kicked off our coverage of the Edinburgh Film Festival, with […]

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What does that say on the ‘2012’ logo in the new trailer?

Posted by · 9:38 pm · June 18th, 2009

UPDATE: Commenter IOc is on it.  Turns out the phrase is likely a Bible quote from Revelations 16:16: “And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon (here Apocalypse).” Ominous. EARLIER: Earlier today we posted the new trailer for Roland Emmerich’s “2012.”  Clearly anticipation is divided on the matter, but […]

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Comment of the day

Posted by · 12:39 pm · June 18th, 2009

I’m in but if John Cusack figures out a way to stop the natural end of the world, I am going to punch someone in the face. Chad over in the “2012” thread.

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New ‘2012’ trailer melts my face off

Posted by · 11:39 am · June 18th, 2009

Alright, I’ll say at the top here that I’m full on in the tank for Roland Emmerich’s brand of blow-stuff-up-good apocalyptic cinema.  Even when the science is dubious (coughthedayaftertomorrowcough), I’m glad there’s someone out there who at least knows how to make this stuff engaging.  Sue me.  And this new trailer for “2012” (a subject […]

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Put this in your pipe and smoke it

Posted by · 4:01 pm · April 10th, 2009

I love watching the end of the world unfold on screen.  It’s just something I enjoy.  And sue me if I was a little bummed at a certain caution on the part of Hollywood to offer up the apocalyptic imagery it had serviced to the masses in the action-packed summers of the 1990s following 9/11. […]

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My top 10 most anticipated films of 2009

Posted by · 6:18 am · January 1st, 2009

No explanations, just my annual unfiltered, edge-of-my-seat anticipations.  My tastes tend to skew entertainment from afar; I don’t look forward to the Oscar stuff until later in the year, when the pieces of that crazy puzzle are slowly revealed. Here’s what I’m looking forward to: 1. “Watchmen” (Zack Snyder, Warner Bros. Pictures, March 6) 2. […]

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12.21.2012

Posted by · 12:00 pm · July 8th, 2008

I have my own fascinations with the year 2012, by now making leaps and bounds in the pop culture stratosphere some 20 years since Jose Arguelles first began scaring the shit out of everyone back in 1987. I’ve read the books.  I’ve always got one toe in the cosmos, so I’m certainly interested in the […]

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