IFFBoston 2015 Selection Incoming!

IFFBoston 2015 Selection Incoming!

We’ve been patiently awaiting this years list of selections for the Independent Film Festival of Boston! Late Friday, the festivals newsletter with some exciting details dropped.

The festival opens April 22nd with Director James Ponsoldt’s THE END OF THE TOUR. James Ponsoldt will be in attendance. The festival runs through the 29th, closing with AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Author/screenwriter Jesse Andrews will be in attendance.

Other notable films are CALL ME LUCKY, from festival favorite Bobcat Goldthwait, who will also be in attendance.

Badges are set to go on sale next week, with tickets to follow a week later.

 

2015 Academy Awards Predictions

2015 Academy Awards Predictions

Tonight is the night, and I’m going to give you a quick run down of my predictions for the major categories!

Best Actor
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

I believe this race to be really close, personally, I was blown away by Michael Keaton’s performance in Birdman – but seeing how much Redmayne has walked away with during the awards season, it’s quite likely to go to him for “The Theory of Everything.”

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Julianne Moore has been cleaning up all season. Enough said.

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

J.K. Simmons was mind blowingly good in “Whiplash,” for a long time I’ve thought of him only as JJ Jameson from Spiderman, but, no longer.

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Everything is skewing toward Arquette, I’d be surprised if she doesn’t get this.

Directing
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

For years Directing and Best Picture went hand in hand, but ever since the Academy shifted to the 10 best picture nominees, this category has been very skewed. “Birdman,” which I believe will take many of the technical categories was such a tight film, if Iñárritu doesn’t win this, I’ll be really surprised.

Best Picture
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Outside of things shifting back like they used to be, “Boyhood” has the best shot of bringing home the gold.

We’ll find out in a few hours!

Film Review: Human Capital

Film Review: Human Capital

Human Capital opens in Boston exclusively at the Kendall Square Cinema on February 13th.

I remember in high school, being instructed by one of my teachers that a strong thesis statement should close out my introduction. The teacher expounded on the need for this succinct and clear thesis statement that is introduced to the reader before a discussion of any of the salient points begins to take place. [Read more…]

Video of the Week: Stop The Presses

Video of the Week: Stop The Presses

The Levinson Brothers and Rob Kutner are at it again with their latest release off their epic music/comedy album 2776! Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Colton Dunn (Key & Peele), Zach Sherwin (Epic Rap Battles) and Brandon Johnson (Monsters University) mourn the death of newspapers. Check out the video below!

 

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2015 Academy Award Nominations

2015 Academy Award Nominations

Awards season is in full swing as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the Academy Awards this morning.  The standouts certainly are “Birdman,” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which tied for 9 nominations. With 8 nominations, “The Theory of Everything,” follows in a close second, and “American Sniper,” with a surprising 7 nominations.

The Academy Awards ceremony will be held on February 22nd 2015, and will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Animated Feature Film
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Documentary Feature
Citizenfour
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga

Documentary Short Subject
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth

Film Editing
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
“Glory” from Selma
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars” from Begin Again

Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Animated Short Film
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Live Action Short Film
Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
Parvaneh
The Phone Call

Sound Editing
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken

Sound Mixing
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash

Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Actor
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Robert Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, Ida
Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins, Unbroken

Costume Design
Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mark Bridges, Inherent Vice
Colleen Atwood, Into the Woods
Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive, Maleficent
Jacqueline Durran, Mr. Turner

Directing
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Foreign Language Film
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines (Estonia)
Timbuktu (Mauritania)
Wild Tales (Argentina)

Makeup and Hairstyling
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard, Foxcatcher
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White, Guardians of the Galaxy

Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner
Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory of Everything

Adapted Screenplay
Jason Hall, American Sniper
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice
Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash

Original Screenplay
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler

Best Picture
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Film Review: Into the Woods

Film Review: Into the Woods

Into the Woods opens in wide release on Christmas Day, December 25th. Check your local listings for showtimes.

Adapting stage musicals to the big screen is hard. While the screen may loom over the audience like some all-encompassing monolith, it still never feels big enough to capture the spectacle of live theater. Compounding the problem is the runtime limitations that your average cinema tacitly dictates. [Read more…]

Video of the Week:  The Birth Of A Tool

Video of the Week: The Birth Of A Tool

This short mesmerizing documentary from John Neeman Tools shows the creation of a Damascus Steel Knife. Enjoy as the sparks fly!

The Birth Of A Tool. Part III. Damascus steel knife making (by John Neeman Tools) from John Neeman Tools on Vimeo.

Trailer: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Trailer: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

J.J. Abrams knows how to make teasers. If you weren’t excited for the new Star Wars before, you will be now. Let us know what you think in the comments!

New Arnie Still from Terminator: Genisys

New Arnie Still from Terminator: Genisys

To say I’m skeptical of this new Terminator film would be an understatement.  [Read more…]

Film Review: Interstellar

Film Review: Interstellar

I always look forward to Christopher Nolan’s films; his big-budget spectacles are thought-provoking, result in thorough discussion and analysis by viewers, such as the end of “Inception” and the tightly-woven web he created in “The Prestige.” From a review perspective, his films are also difficult to discuss without spoilers, but I’m always up for a challenge, so here is the spoiler-free review of “Interstellar.”

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