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,…

POLL: Which Unlikely Oscar Upset Would You Most…

There are very few certainties about this years Academy Awards, but there are a many scenarios that are almost guaranteed not to happen. Beasts of the Southern Wild was a surprise nominee for Best Director,…

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…

70th Golden Globe Awards a Woozy Emotional Affair

Given delirious emotional life the telecast usually takes on, I'm still surprised Silver Linings Playbook didn't win more prizes at last night's Golden Globe awards. The messy emotional atmosphere the night took on reminded me…

Quick Takes - Amour

Quick Takes – 12.20.12

AMOUR (2012) Grade: A- ‖ 1st Viewing One of my favorite scenes in all of cinema occurs in Bob Fosse’s Lenny. Lenny Bruce (played by Dustin Hoffman in one of cinema’s all-time great performances) walks…

NYFF REVIEW: ‘Amour’ (2012)

Grade: B+ There are several words fitting to describe Michael Haneke's films, between shocking, disturbing, cynical, demented, prying, trying, and the occasional statement of beautiful. But of all the thing Haneke is, it would be…

'Amour' (2012) Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Finalists, Shortlist, Michael Haneke, Austria

Cannes Film Festival 2012 Award Winners: Palme d’Or,…

[caption id="attachment_13151" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Image from Michael Haneke's 'Amour,' winner of the Palme d'Or"][/caption] While most Americans are spending the long Memorial Day weekend enjoying the Spring weather, movie nerds like myself are glued to…

Official Cannes 2012 Line-Up Features a Few Potential…

[caption id="attachment_12676" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Image from Jacques Audiard's 'Rust and Bone'"][/caption] Once again the Cannes Film Festival has announced a line-up that could make any film buff salivate. Several of today's most revered auteurs are…