OSCAR COUNTDOWN: Best Picture and Director

Here we are. The big one and the not-quite-as-big one. We've dawdled enough. Let's break this sucker down. [caption id="attachment_23626" align="aligncenter" width="624"] "THEY DO THE HARLEM SHAKE! BWOO-BWOO-BWOOP BWOOP"[/caption] Best Director David O. Russell, American…

2014 Oscar Predictions After Telluride

OSCAR TRACKER: 5 Things Telluride Told Us

It might be appropriate to change the name of the Telluride Film Festival to the "Thunder Stealing Film Festival," because that's what it seems to be doing lately. Interrupting the Venice Film Festival and snagging…

REVIEW: ‘The Descendants’ (2011)

Grade: B+ The journey from self-absorption to self-awareness is one often taken by protagonists in Alexander Payne’s films. The dour leading men depicted in his previous films Election, About Schmidt and Sideways have to stop…

QUICK TAKES – 11.27.11

Sideways (2004) Grade: A | 5th+ Viewing I re-watched this film after seeing The Descendants and I still believe that it is Alexander Payne’s masterpiece. It is more of an ensemble film than any of…

POLL: What is your favorite Alexander Payne movie?

More than a few critics have called Alexander Payne's latest film The Descendants the best movie of the prolific director's career. That is high praise considering that seven years ago his film Sideways was on…

FMP Ep. 031 – ‘The Descendants’ / ‘Page…

With stomachs full of Thanksgiving feast, Alex and Phil sit down to talk about another type of family gathering - the type assembled in Alexander Payne's film The Descendants. We also discuss last week's poll…

INTERVIEW: ‘The Descendants’ Producer Jim Burke

The Descendants re-unites director Alexander Payne with producer Jim Burke for the first time since Payne's 1999 film Election. Burke and Payne along with Jim Taylor together formed a production company called Ad Hominem Enterprises…

Of the Day – 11.16.11

Read of the Day: Check out the full list of 45 Animated Shorts that are eligible for the Academy Award. [The Film Experience] News of the Day: Apparently The Dark Knight Rises production was not…

MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS: November 2011

Sure, October saw the release of several heavy-hitters, but this is the month where the serious Oscar contenders really start to come out of the woodwork. As the holiday season creeps up as well, a…