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Oscar Challenge 2015: Boyhood, Still Alice & Two Days One Night

February 20, 2015

Boyhood Best Picture Best Director Best Actor in a Supporting Role Best Actress in a Supporting Role Best Writing (Original Screenplay) Best Film Editing Still Alice Best Actress in a Leading RoleTwo Days One Night Best Actress in a Leading Role

It’s just an arbitrary grouping, but it’s nevertheless fascinating that Boyhood, Still Alice and Two Days One Night all deal with stories of women running out of ...

Oscar Challenge 2015: The Grand Budapest Hotel & Foxcatcher

February 17, 2015

The Grand Budapest Hotel Best Picture Best Director Best Writing (Original Screenplay) Best Cinematography Best Film Editing Best Costume Design Best Makeup & Hairstyling Best Music (Original Score) Best Production Design Foxcatcher Best Director Best Actor in a Leading Role Best Actor in a Supporting Role Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) Best Makeup & Hairstyling

The eponymous setting for this film sets the tone for what is a sprawling look at a ...

Oscar Challenge 2015: The Judge & Inherent Vice

February 8, 2015

The Judge Best Actor in a Supporting Role Inherent Vice Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) Best Costume Design

Beware, I have very little to say on both these titles. I’ll be happy if I never see either of these films again even if the former is bound to live in cable syndication (it’s basically aping so many courtroom drama tropes TV ...

Oscar Challenge 2015: The Imitation Game & The Theory of Everything

February 2, 2015

The Imitation Game Best Picture Best Director Best Actor in a Leading Role Best Actress in a Supporting Role Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) Best Music (Original Score) Best Film Editing Best Production Design The Theory of Everything Best Picture Best Actor in a Leading Role Best Actress in a Leading Role Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) Best Music (Original Score)

Brandishing a humanistic call for empathy and love, this biopic of ...

Oscar Challenge 2015: Into the Woods & Whiplash

January 27, 2015

Into the Woods Best Actress in a Supporting Role Best Production Design Best Costume Design Whiplash Best Picture Best Actor in a Supporting Role Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) Best Film Editing Best Sound Mixing

“A demanding older figure makes unconscionable demands in this wall-to-wall musically scored parable about parenting.”

If you were to make this as a straight man, you might end up with Whiplash, an ...

Oscar Challenge 2015: Nightcrawler & Wild

January 25, 2015

Wild Best Actress in a Leading Role Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Nightcrawler Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

An individual on the brink of a near-meltdown, with no prospects (professional or otherwise) embarks on a lonely journey where they find their true calling amidst an increasingly dangerous and threatening world.

Set in the sun-dappled California wilderness, Jean-Marc ...

Oscar Challenge 2015: Gone Girl & Birdman

January 22, 2015

 

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Best Picture Best Director Best Actor in a Leading Role Best Actor in a Supporting Role Best Actress in a Supporting Role Best Writing (Original Screenplay) Best Cinematography Best Sound Editing Best Sound Mixing Gone Girl Best Actress in a Leading Role

To kick off my Oscar Challenge 2015, I figured I could do worse than pit these two auteur takes on ...

Oscar Challenge 2015

January 20, 2015

For the third year in a row, I’ll be watching and reviewing all the films nominated in the Top 8 categories (Picture, Director, Editing, Acting & Screenplay races). Fortunately for the industry (though unfortunately for me), the number of films represented across these categories is 17 (compare that to merely 12 last year and 14 the ...

2014: The Best in Film

January 5, 2015

Back when I started blogging in 2007 (A Blog Next Door dot blogspot dot com, if you’re curious), I felt I should include myself in the end of year awards conversation I so cherished and obsessively followed. That’s how the Dorys (Door-ees, get it?) were born. Sadly soon after, graduate school overpowered my blogging passion ...

Gay Men on Screen: A Place for Us

December 3, 2014

2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for LGBT representation. I may not call it the New Queer Television, for reasons I outlined just a few weeks ago, but it’s still worth pausing on the number of shows and films that feature LGBT characters and storylines. From the seductive allegory of Stranger by the ...

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