BLIND SPOT: ‘Coriolanus’ (2011)

I recall an interview Ralph Fiennes gave once, on The Daily Show, where he talked about the tiny transition period he goes through when he starts watching Shakespeare.  The Bard’s word choice and manner of…

OSCAR COUNTDOWN: Best Director

Throughout Oscar season, Film Misery will be offering almost daily breakdowns of the categories in the Oscar race. Today we continue with the Best Actress category.  The Nominees:Michael Haneke, Amour Steven Spielberg, Lincoln Ang Lee,…

Defeating Cynicism in Oscar’s Ending Daze

Since when has awards season become anything but a polite recognition of talent amongst peers? It's an honest question that hasn't been answered too honestly as of late. This is one of the few awards…

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Oscar Poll 2013

2012 IN REVIEW: Justin’s Top Ten

Until I finally settled on ten picks for my 2012 in Review submission, I actually was not so sure it was a great year for movies. Particularly in comparison to 2011, a year where movies…

2012 Golden Globe Awards Predictions

Just a few days after the Oscar nominations land, we're already thrust back into a radical contrast with the Golden Globe awards approaching fast. For once, however, they don't seem so entirely superfluous, in spite…

Quick Takes - Zero Dark Featured

Quick Takes – 01.07.13

Zero Dark Thirty Grade: C+ | 1st viewing Would United 93 still be a great movie if 9/11 had never happened? Does the film gain importance merely because it is the guttural dramatization of true…

Emanuelle Riva, Amour, 2013 Oscar Predictions, Best Actress

New York Film Critics Online Jump on the…

View the Updated Precursor Charts The third precursor award on Sunday came from the New York Film Critics Online who offered a batch of winners that looks very similar to the few other groups that…

Female Directors - Larisa Shepitko

MOVIE LIST: 5 Overlooked Female Directors

I once began an essay on Larisa Shepiko (who—SPOILER ALERT!—will figure into this list eventually) thusly: Very often I encounter articles penned by some well-meaning cineaste or journalist ruing the state of female-driven cinema. Such…

Quick Takes – 10.23.11

American Movie (1999) Grade: B | 1st Viewing I’m sure I’m not the only one who was very skeptical about the reality of this documentary during a first viewing. After some research, I will now…

Of the Day – 05.25.11

Read of the Day: The curse and inevitability of internet spoilers. [A Life in Equinox] News of the Day: Columbia Pictures will distribute Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden assassination picture, which had been in pre-production…