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For Your Consideration: The Artist Is More Than Just A Simple Crowdpleaser
While The Artist is set in Hollywood's Golden Age and certainly revels in allusions to some of the era's masterworks, it hardly paints a glossy picture of its setting. Instead, Hollywood is portrayed as a fickle community that will celebrate its stars one moment and leave them in the gutter the next
Oscar Rant Kristy Puchko 2012-02-20
For Your Consideration: The Tree Of Life Is Too Messy For Best Picture
Maybe there really is nothing to get. Maybe all the critics who have so vehemently backed The Tree Of Life are simply assigning value to weirdness and deeper meaning to idiotic, pretentious ramblings. Maybe the careful and well-constructed core of this Best Picture nominee is not actually buoyed by its elongated natural backdrops but instead coated in layer after layer of supernova-scented shit
Oscar Rant Mack Rawden 2012-02-19
For Your Consideration: As A True Love Letter To Cinema, Hugo Should Be King
While James Cameron may be the most prominent name when it comes to 3D filmmaking today, with Hugo it was Martin Scorsese who truly explored the potential of the new technology, but more importantly used it to make a statement about the art. By filming The Artist in the classic non-widescreen ratio and without color, Hazanavicius made homage to what things used to be like and itís a nice gimmick, but, conversely, Scorsese actually used 3D...
Oscar Rant Eric Eisenberg 2012-02-17
For Your Consideration: Why Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Deserves Best Picture
The emotions earned by EL&IC are so honest, so genuine, that nitpicking them seems inconsequential. It was never about the key that Oskar found in his fatherís closet. It was about closure, and Bullockís mother found it in her troubled son
Oscar Rant Sean O'Connell 2012-02-16
For Your Consideration: The Help Is Heritage Not Defined By Hate
"It's heritage, not hate." That argument doesn't really apply to The Help, which few can argue as actual hate speech, but I come back to it again in the movie's defense, trying to explain how you can be nostalgic for a period of history that's ugly and unflattering, how the intersection of white and black lives can be both fraught and sometimes terrible, but also more complicated than is easy to remember
Oscar Rant Katey Rich 2012-02-14
At The Oscars, Winter's Bone Is A Model For Real Indie Success
Very few indie movies are going to be as good as Winter's Bone next year, but dammit, they're all going to try, and in no small part thanks to the fact that the Academy-- lover of all things baity, big, important and star-powered-- opened its arms to the badass Ozarks drama that could.
Oscar Rant Katey Rich 2011-02-25
Black Swan's Greatest Trick Was Convincing Oscar That It Isn't Horror
Thereís a formula you can follow to work your way in contention for the top prize at the Academy Awards. Heavy drama plus a few well placed laughs and two or three scenes that leave the audience choked with tears and youíll have no problem landing among the elite ten being scrutinized for the Oscarís best picture. But what if youíre a brilliant film that blurs the line between thriller and horror...
Oscar Rant Will LeBlanc 2011-02-23
Oscar Take Note: The Social Network Is Both Annie Hall And Star Wars
Whereas the Star Wars and Annie Hall debate is still wrestled with today, one technically better, one more entertaining, The Social Network far surpasses all other Best Picture nominees on both measures. Itís the ideal combination of greatness and entertainment value
Oscar Rant Mack Rawden 2011-02-22
The King's Speech Is Only A Frontrunner Because It's Manufactured Oscar Bait
Last year the Academy Awards expanded its Best Picture category to have ten nominees instead of five, something not done since 1943. This move made it possible for films with more populist appeal to get nominated in the biggest category without degrading the standards of the ceremony. But why was the move necessary?
Oscar Rant Eric Eisenberg 2011-02-21
True Grit's Oscar Nomination Is A Surrender To Creative Bankruptcy
True Grit has been called ďthe western you should see if you only see one western every three yearsĒ. Itís been hailed as Ēenormously entertainingĒ. Critics and audiences alike fell in love with it, almost from the moment it was released. In his review of the film Roger Ebert describes the audience at a sneak preview he attended as...
Oscar Rant Josh Tyler 2011-02-20
127 Hours Is Not A Best Picture Also-Ran; It's The Year's Most Deeply Felt Film
For a long time nobody was even certain that 127 Hours would be a Best Picture nominee. Distributor Fox Searchlight was putting a lot of focus on their other film Black Swan, which was a bigger critical and box office success, and 127 Hours seemed to be
Oscar Rant Katey Rich 2011-02-18
Inception May Be Oscar's Last Chance To Award Originality
I cover nearly 200 movie news stories a month here on Cinema Blend. In addition to giving me an excuse to thinking about movies from the time I wake up till the time I go to bed, it also gives me a pretty good sense of whatís going on in the film industry and what kind of projects are moving into development. You want to know the biggest thing Iíve learned after writing more than 1,700 articles for this site?
Oscar Rant Eric Eisenberg 2011-02-14
Kids Are All Right's Oscar Nom Is The Result Of Indie Film Bias, And That's Not All Right
Hereís the problem with most independent movies: they amble around without any real direction before choosing a seemingly arbitrary point
Oscar Rant Mack Rawden 2011-02-08
Up Deserves To Be An Oscar Afterthought
Up is the last horse in the field. Itís the marathon runner with one leg. Itís the South American dreaming of curling gold. Itís the slutty, kinda stupid best friend running away from the killer
Oscar Rant Mack Rawden 2010-03-04
Cameron Doesn't Care About Avatar And Neither Should Oscar
If you discount Piranha 2: The Spawning (and most do anyway), then James Cameron has built one of the most incredible and impressive filmographies in the history of cinema
Oscar Rant Eric Eisenberg 2010-03-01
The Blind Side Isn't An Oscar Movie, It's Call And Response
The ups and downs of having ten Best Picture nominees are obvious. By doubling the number of films in contention for the grand honor, more mainstream movies have the opportunity to be recognized
Oscar Rant Perri Nemiroff 2010-02-27
Hey, Oscar: Inglourious Basterds Is More Movie Than Any Other Movie This Year
Inglourious Basterds is the Best Picture in the broadest sense, the movie that contains the most movie of any among the 10. For all its quirks and inconsistencies, it contains all the things movies do best
Oscar Rant Katey Rich 2010-02-25
It's Sci-Fi's Turn: Why District 9 Is Too Real For Oscar To Ignore
Historically, science fiction has been treated like a red-headed step child by Oscar. In 1977, Star Wars broke into the Best Picture category, but its universally-accepted-as-better sequel The Empire Strikes Back got the cold shoulder
Oscar Rant Will LeBlanc 2010-02-25
Why Precious Isn't Worth Your Time, Or Oscar's
Precious is like the world's least enjoyable horror movie. Only in this horror movie there's no payoff. It's a series of sweaty, horrifying attacks with no real goal. It's a sadistic assault on its audience, an attack on your time, which it's wasting
Oscar Rant Josh Tyler 2010-02-18
Red Band Rant: See Crazy Heart Once Every Five Years
Letís say you have this friend. Weíll call him Jeff. Jeff is a total badass. Heís got a wicked sense of humor, a house with secret passageways and a big ass flat screen TV. Yes, his television is equipped with AT&T Uverse
Oscar Rant Mack Rawden 2010-02-09
Rant: Why Up In The Air Is The Only Real Oscar Choice
Letís be honest here. If 2009 were a normal year, I wouldnít be writing this article. People wouldnít be tripping all over themselves to criticize Up In The Air
Oscar Rant Mack Rawden 2010-01-19
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