Awards Watch Archive for December, 2014

Critics Top Ten List 2014: Gerald Peary

Fuse 1. Leviathan 2. Nightcrawler 3. Two Days, One Night (Belgium) 4. Boyhood 5. The Skeleton Twins 6. Foxcatcher 7. Whiplash 8. Zero Motivation 9. Mommy 10. Ida

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Peter Keough

Peter Keough 1. Manakamana 2. Under the Skin 3. The Grand Budapest Hotel 4. American Sniper 5. Boyhood 6. Only Lovers Left Alive 7. Norte, or the End of History 8 Winter Sleep 9. The Overnighters 10. National Gallery

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Stephanie Zacharek

VOICE 1. Under the Skin 2. Boyhood 3. Only Lovers Left Alive 4. Mr. Turner 5. The Immigrant 6. Revenge of the Mekons, Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets, and 20,000 Days on Earth 7. Love Is Strange 8. The Missing Picture 9. John Wick 10. Top Five

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Nick Schager

AV Club 1. Mr. Turner 2. National Gallery 3. Winter Sleep 4. Gone Girl 5. A Field In England 6. Two Days, One Night 7. Under The Skin 8. Only Lovers Left Alive 9. Force Majeure 10. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Jesse Hassenger

AV Club 1. The Grand Budapest Hotel 2. God Help The Girl 3. Muppets Most Wanted 4. We Are The Best! 5. Under The Skin 6. Boyhood 7. Whiplash 8. Edge Of Tomorrow 9. Interstellar 10. Joe

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20 Weeks To Oscar: History Is Written By…

I don’t care whether Selma is a work of precise historical accuracy. I do care how it makes me and other audiences feel, how it makes us think, what it has to say. This is just as true of The Interview and American Sniper and Foxcatcher and The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything and Unbroken and Big Eyes and The Penguins of Madagascar.

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

AV Club 1. The Immigrant 2. Listen Up Philip 3. The Grand Budapest Hotel 4. Whiplash 5. Beloved Sisters 6. Starred Up 7. Goodbye To Language 8. Stranger By The Lake 9. Gone Girl 10. Boyhood

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Ben Kenigsberg

AV Club Ben Kenigsberg 1. Inherent Vice 2. Boyhood 3. Two Days, One Night 4. Gone Girl 5. The Strange Little Cat 6. Goodbye To Language 7. The Last Of The Unjust 8. Whiplash 9. The Immigrant 10. Interstellar

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: A. A. Dowd

AV Club 1. Boyhood 2. Whiplash 3. The Strange Little Cat 4. Two Days, One Night 5. Stray Dogs 6. Under The Skin 7. Force Majeure 8. Blue Ruin 9. Gone Girl 10. The Missing Picture

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Richard Lawson

Vanity Fair 1. Love Is Strange 2. Mommy 3. Force Majeure 4. Citizenfour 5. Boyhood 6. Selma 7. Snowpiercer 8. Mr. Turner 9. Pride 10. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: David Edelstein

New York Magazine 1. Boyhood 2. Selma 3. The Babadook 4. Whiplash 5. Tales of the Grim Sleeper 6. Only Lovers Left Alive 7. Citizenfour 8. Mr. Turner 9. Two Days, One Night 10. The Immigrant

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Critics Top Ten 2014: Jeremy Kirk

First Showing 1. Snowpiercer 2. Inherent Vice 3. Only Lovers Left Alive 4. Foxcatcher 5. The LEGO Movie 6. Jodorowsky’s Dune 7. The Babadook 8. Whiplash 9. Why Don’t You Play in Hell? 10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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The Top Ten Lists: And Boyhood Stands Alone

Two Days, One Night and Only Lovers Left Alive move into the Top 20, displacing Interstellar and The Lego Movie. And Boyhood stays alone at the top.

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Critics Top Ten 2014: David Sexton

Any film released in a UK cinema this year is eligible, which means that 2014 Oscar winners 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club are under consideration alongside future Oscar hopefuls The Imitation Game and Boyhood.

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Critics Top Ten 2014: Anne Thompson

2014 was a remarkable year for movies big and small.

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Critics Top Ten 2014: Marc Rivers

Combing through this year’s crop of films to find those that affected me most felt particularly futile when I took my eyes off the movie screen to view the world around me. What I saw convinced me that the most powerful and resonant film of the moment came out 25 years ago

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Critics Top Ten 2014: Trey Taylor

Anyone who says 2014 wasn’t a good year for cinema deserves a duct-taped mouth, stat. Even the sequel and comic-book fare has stepped up its game this year. Who didn’t like Guardians of the Galaxy or 22 Jump Street? Stick all of this year’s films released in the UK* – both blockbuster and backroom indie – in a sieve, and what comes out are the films that have shaped the past 12 months

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Critics Top Ten 2014: Drew McWeeny

It feels like the films that are important to me this year are movies that celebrate or capture or dissect the wonderful, wild contradictions that drive us all, that make us human, that push us together or pull us apart.

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Critics Top Ten 2014 Marshall Fine

H’wd & Fine (alphabetical) Bad Words Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Edge of Tomorrow The Equalizer Foxcatcher The Homesman John Wick The Lunchbox Obvious Child The Raid 2 Whiplash

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Critics Top Ten 2014 David Denby

The New Yorker 1. Ida (alphabetical) “American Sniper” “A Most Violent Year” “Birdman” “Boyhood” “Get On Up” “Mr. Turner” “National Gallery” “Selma” “Snowpiercer”

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon