Best Cinematography of 2014

     December 29, 2014

The unsung heroes of the filmmaking world are the cinematographers.  While the director sets the tone and certainly executes a very specific vision for a film, it’s the cinematographer who makes the visuals a reality.  Just as there are very …

MR. TURNER Review

     February 10, 2015

[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  Mr. Turner opens today in limited release.] Painter J.M.W. Turner, the eponymous subject of Mike Leigh’s new biopic Mr. Turner, was renowned for painting shipwrecks. A …

Oscar Beat: The Best Director Race at a Glance

     December 3, 2014

As we head out of the Thanksgiving holiday, studios have been scrambling to get screeners out to critics and voters before early December deadlines, and some of the year’s later releases are finally starting to be seen, which means the …

Oscar Beat: The Best Actor Race at a Glance

     November 3, 2014

Every year in the awards race, it seems like the Best Actor field is the most crowded category.  That is certainly the case with this current crop of contenders, as there is no shortage of formidable talents vying for one …

MR. TURNER Review | TIFF 2014

     February 10, 2015

Painter J.M.W. Turner, the eponymous subject of Mike Leigh’s new biopic Mr. Turner, was renowned for painting shipwrecks.  A lazier film would condense Turner’s life around that simulacrum.  Instead, Leigh chooses to look at the whole picture, and not just …