FMP Ep. 033 – ‘Melancholia’ / Oscar Talk…

Alex and Phil try to avoid bumming one another out as they discuss the apocalyptic themes in Lars Von Trier's Melancholia. Then we hear some excellent responses to last week's question about nostalgic movies from…

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…

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…

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…

51 Movies to See Before the 2012 Oscar…

Launch the Full List of Movies to See If you are keeping track, there are currently 116 days until the 84th Academy Awards, which will debut on Sunday, February 26, 2012. That gives you plenty…