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TRACKING THE OSCARS: Sounding Off on the Nominees

One of my observations from the weekend’s Critics Choice and Golden Globe nominations is that Nine no longer stands a chance in many of the major Oscar categories, but what about the tech categories? Musicals have long been an Academy favorite for their cinematography and art direction. However, one category has been unfairly skewed in […]

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Shocking: ‘Avatar’ Leads VES Nominations

There are a lot of Oscar categories that seem to be set in stone at this point, but none more so than Avatar‘s Best Visual Effects win. The technical achievement in Avatar is the reason that they have a Visual Effects category and if it manages to lose somehow, it will be a downright travesty. […]

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TRACKING THE OSCARS: Best Picture

The Oscar prediction game is getting easier. The innumerable amount of precursors have been putting perspective on the race each year with the same films winning the critics awards and the guild awards each year. Even with the Best Picture category expanded to 10 nominees, there is still only one position that is essentially for […]

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Art Directors Guild Announces 2010 Nominees

When it comes to predicting the Oscars for Art Direction, the Art Directors Guild is of little help. They break down their awards into three categories, five nominations each, based on the type of film. This makes it quite difficult to find a crossover between an Art Directors Guild nomination and an Oscar nomination. Traditionally, […]

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Satellite Awards Announce 2009 Nominations

The Satellite Awards are given out by the International Press Academy, and unlike most precursors who desperately want to mimic the Oscars, these guys try their darndest to look like the Golden Globes. They were formerly known as the “Golden Satellites” and they seek to award the best that film has to offer while separating […]

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The Basterds Beat Up the Box Office

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds has had an impressive opening at the Box Office – further showing that this August has been a particularly good one for new movie releases. Basterds does about the same as last week’s top debut District 9 did, bringing in $37.6 million. The latter film added $18.9 million to its total […]

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NEW IN THEATRES: The First of the 9s

Apparently the studios saved all the good movies for the end of the summer. The great indies are getting wider releases and the new movies are actually something to recommend. As we approach the end of the summer and into the Award season my hopes increase that this fall will improve on the lakluster year […]

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REVIEW: ‘District 9’

Grade: B I was starting to think that the Sci-Fi genre was headed on a downhill slide, and that intelligent, character driven drama and social commentary had been replaced by mindless explosions and unnecessary CGI. However, my faith about the direction of the genre has been restored with Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, a smart alien […]

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The Trades Love ‘District 9’

One of the biggest things coming out of this past weekend’s Comic-Con was the new film District 9 from newcomer Neil Blomkamp and produced by Peter Jackson. All through the weekend there were an endless number of tweets that all said things that were along the lines of “this movie is f***ing sweet!” Now some […]

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New ‘District 9’ Trailer

So maybe the aliens really are bad guys. The newest trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 reveals a lot more about what to expect from the film. Most importantly, it looks like it’s not a movie about human exploitation of an alien species. Or at least, the aliens are not completely helpless. The new trailer […]

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