Throughout the day today, the Los Angeles Film Critic Circle is announcing their year end winners on their Twitter account (Dwight Henry for Best Supporting Actor for Beasts of the Southern Wild was the right call, so they're 1 for 1 so far), as are the Boston Society of Film Critics on their Twitter account. The New York Film Critics Online are announcing on their Twitter as well.
The NYFFC has already announced theirs, and other lists like Time, WaPo, the IDA, and the National Board of Review have as well. The Florida Film Critics Circle should come shortly before Christmas, but I'm not sure when (not a member).
Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln are doing very well so far, and I think that's something we should get used to hearing.
2012 was actually a great year for film, unlike last year's parade of dull. With still about 20 must see titles I've missed or that aren't out yet, I've got 39 films rated 4 stars or higher so far this year (including documentaries). I had 28 rated that highly for all of last year (also including documentaries).
It was also a great year for the animated short film, but more on that later.
I'm a bit in between things, trying to write wrap up pieces for the end of year issue of the paper, as well as trying to cram for the 2013 forecast piece which I've inherited from our Dear Departed Leader, Justin, who left us for LA. It's still a fuzzy outlook, and the summer doesn't look to match 2012, but 2013 looks to have some potential with a few big names, like the Coen Brothers, Nicole Holofcener and Guillermo Del Toro, coming back after brief breaks.
News, links, etc:
-Kim Ki-duk's Pieta picked up its second major prize, winning the Blue Dragon Award for Best Picture this week. It's the second time Kim was won the award, the other time being in 2003 for the sublime Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (which also won the Grand Bell Award for Best Picture, though the same picture very rarely wins both). (Han Cinema)
-A profile of Yorgos Lanthimos, director of Dog Tooth and Alps, who has migrated from his Athens home to London. Alps is out on Netflix. (The Guardian)
-The first look at Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff (and a new look at Esa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin) in Ender's Game. (EW)
-Quentin Tarantino on Stern is well worth listening to. (It's five parts, so you have to keep clicking through.) (YouTube)
-On Fran Walsh's importance to the Lord of the Rings films. (NY Times)
-The 20 best film posters of the year? (Cinema Enthusiast)
-Remember when Kevin Smith said he wouldn't be making any more movies after Hit Me? Yeah, he's making Clerks III, but that's totally going to be the last one. (AV Club)
-What does Netflix's deal with Disney mean for Starz? If we lose Starz it won't be a big loss honestly. Also, some Disney titles are already available on Netflix, like Dumbo for one. (THR)
-Matthew McConaughey on awards, and Magic Mike II. (Movieline)
-A 10 year old girl asks Love Actually director Richard Curtis why love hurt. (The Guardian)
-A tale of two Steve Jobs films. (IndieWire)
-A Q&A with Francis Ford Coppola, about his career, and what big budget movie he's making next. Is Megalopolis finally getting made? (EW)
-Franklin the Ladies Cat, by Bard Edlund. (Cartoon Brew)
-13 short films from the NY Times Magazine Hollywood Issue, featuring Quvenzhane Wallis, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt, Amy Adams, Elle Fanning, Kerry Washington, Emmanuel Riva, Keira Knightley, Naomi Watts, Rebel Wilson, Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotilliard and Shirley McClaine. (NY Times)
Trailers, posters, etc:
-Upstream Color, director Shane Carruth's long-stewing follow up to Primer looks to be worth the wait. (Apple)
-Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman in Oblivion. A bit like a big-budget mashup of Wall-E, Moon and and Demolition Man. Looks good. (Apple)
-The Japanese trailer for Iron Man 3. (Twitch)
-A new trailer for Dave Grohl's doc about the famous recording studio, Sound City, where the likes of Nevermind and Damn the Torpedoes were recorded. (First Showing)
-It's a good time for skate documentaries, between Spike Jonze's Pretty Cool, Stacy Peralta's Bones Brigade and now this documentary about the crazy fucking amazingly awesome nutjob Danny Way, called Waiting for Lightning. (Apple)
-Jet Li in The Sorcerer and the White Snake. There is an obvious band to do the soundtrack guys. (Apple)