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Feb 23
// Nick Valdez
With the 2015 Academy Awards come and gone, it's time to focus on the negative stuff...or at least the stuff that's popular to hate rather than actual bad movies. We've got expected "winners" like Michael Bay and lots of hate for Saving Christmas. I've never seen it myself, but was it bad enough to sweep these things?  Full list of winners below.

Matt's Top 15 Movies of 2014

Jan 22 // Matthew Razak
Selma I'm not going to talk about the Academy's snubbing here because it's been done to death. Just know that this is probably the best film of the year. While I'd give my vote for an award to Boyhood simply because of the achievement there for sheer emotional power, direction and acting it is definitely Selma. As I said in my review, it isn't just that the movie is fantastic it's that it came out at just the right time. It's message is so spot on and so powerful during year where racial issues have come to the forefront that it's hard to imagine another movie coming out with better timing. If you see one film from last year it should be Selma.  Read our Selma review here.  Guardians of the Galaxy I was shocked and appalled that both Nick and Alec left Guardians of the Galaxy off their best of list. James Gunn made a science-fiction masterpiece that not only grabbed an audience, propelled an actor to stardom and re-invigorated Marvel's look on film, but also was just too much damn fun to walk away from. It also proved that Marvel's got some serious balls. Taking an completely untested, back burner comic book and blowing it up onto the big screen is a massive risk and it worked. Not just because it had Marvel before it, but because it was damn good. For big movie spectacle you couldn't do any better than Guardians this year and big movie spectacle isn't actually that easy to pull off. This was a great film in a year where many blockbusters failed to meet their potential at all. Transformers, I'm looking at you.  Read our Guardians of the Galaxy review here. Boyhood What's left to be said of Boyhood? Should we ramble on about how it's stunningly and perfect captures growing up over the past two decades? Maybe we should just sit in awe of Richard Linklater's audacity to actually film and put this movie together. I'm not sure there's an American male on earth who wouldn't be pulled into this film. If you still think Boyhood's main concept is just a gimmick you need to sit down and watch this film. It is magic on (digital) celluloid.  Read our Boyhood review here.  The Babadook I've already gushed about why The Babadook is one of the more important films this year in terms of the film industry, but here's why it deserves to be on every top list there is: it's the best horror film to land this year. Actually scary, edge of your seat, care about the characters horror. That's not just rare in a given year, it's rare in the genre itself. It must also be said that Essie Davis' portrayal of a mother cracking under stress would be instantly nominated if this had been in any other genre. It is a flawless performance only ignored because the film it took place in wasn't the right "caliber" of movie to be considered for awards. It is beyond annoying that horror still sits in the corner when so many masterpieces exist in the genre.  Read our The Babadook review here.  Whiplash Whiplash would be on this list even if the film was just two hours of J.K. Simmons staring at the camera, yelling and throwing things. A masterful performance of scary, yet motivating rage is going to net him an Oscar easily. It isn't just that, however. As Nick pointed out the film is a musical triumph, but what really stand out is just how well it delves into its themes of motivation, influence, inspiration and passion. The film is often said to be very dark, but it's underlying themes deal with what makes us great. I had not expectations for the movie going it and walked out realizing I had seen one of the best films of the year.  Read our Whiplash review here.   Birdman I am still upset that his is not a Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law movie, but putting my disappointment aside it is very clear that Birdman is a great film despite that. Let's move past the stellar performances and the single shot direction. I'm just going to say one thing: the score. Jazz drumming had quite a year with Whiplash and this score. Antonio Sanchez's score is all drums, and it is possibly one of the most original and perfectly done scores in years. The Academy disqualified it from contention because they're idiots, but you can literally close your eyes and enjoy this film for that drum score alone.  Read our review of Birdman here. Inherent Vice You will either love Inherent Vice, hate Inherent Vice or turn Inherent Vice off halfway through. If you're me then you loved it. I'm a sucker for film noirs and Paul Thomas Anderson getting his hands on the genre and then turning it on his head is basically the best thing that has happened since The Big Lebowski. The film itself is a convoluted, over-plotted, hilarious cluster-fuck, but that just makes it all the more brilliant. Of all the movies released this year I will probably rewatch this one more than any other. It is so dense and there is so much to pick up that you just have to.  The Raid 2 Dat final fight scene. If there is a better action director out there than Gareth Evans then the world is near an end because it literally can't get more exciting without everything blowing up. The Raid 2 proves that Edwards can handle anything. Taking the kung fu action of the original and extending it out into an action packed drama that concludes in the greatest fight I've ever seen. This isn't just a must see for fight movie fans it's a must see for everyone ever. In the future we'll look back and ask ourselves why no one could top this film.  Read our The Raid 2 review here. Edge of Tomorrow If Edge of Tomorrow is a surprise to you on this list it really shouldn't be. Despite not being the biggest summer blockbuster it is easily the most creative and has basically appeared on everyone's top lists under the "Why the hell didn't you see this?" category. Seriously, why the hell didn't you see this? If it's because you're tired of Tom Cruise it shouldn't be. This is Cruise back on his A game. If it's because it keeps changing its name? OK, valid argument, but I'm telling you no matter what it's called it is still some of the best sci-fi you'll see in a while. A rose by any other name, right? Read our Edge of Tomorrow review here. The Grand Budapest Hotel I actually try to dislike Wes Anderson films. The hipster aesthetics and adherence to his unique visual style just screams to be hated. I can't though and Grand Budapest may be his best film yet. Hearkening back to The Royal Tenenbaums, Grand Budapest is both visually compelling and emotionally stunning. It's definitely Anderson's most adult film. While I could talk endlessly about his framing and direction (he's one of the few auteurs in mainstream cinema) what really stands out about the film is its darker undertones. There's an actual punch to this one and he handles it... well, exactly like you'd expect Wes Anderson too.   The LEGO Movie I'm not even sure if The LEGO Movie was my favorite animated film of the year (both How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Big Hero 6 were on par), but the complete and total ignoring of it by the academy has my indignation at an all time high. Much like most of the population who hadn't played any of the LEGO videogames, and thus didn't know the writing was sharp and clever, the Academy clearly assumed that because it was a branded film it sucked. If they weren't so busy being racists this would be the clear and final nail that everyone was yelling about. I loved this movie, but my righteous indignation is the reason it makes this list over the two others mentioned.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes How the hell are we not talking about this movie more during awards season? When it came out it was all the buzz, but that was near the beginning of the year and Hollywood has such a short memory. What they should be remembering is that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes wasn't just a technically fantastic movie it was a emotionally powerful one too. Hitting on complex subjects such as inequality, racism, power  and fear the movie does what all great sci-fi does and made us look inward. Unlike the first film of this rebooted timeline, which was all that bad, Dawn is an emotional and directorial masterpiece. It turns talking monkeys into social metaphors, and Andy Serkis once again shows us that CGI performance can often be more powerful than anything else we see on screen.  22 Jump Street With a year pretty devoid of truly legendary comedies I find it hard to believe everyone forgot about 22 Jump Street. Maybe if The Interview hadn't become an international political issue we'd still be talking about it. Not only was 22 Jump Street hilarious it was a needless sequel that actually worked. Bringing back Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, who have some of the most surprising comedic chemistry together ever, the movie was basically the funniest thing all year. I challenge you to find a moment you laughed harder then when Tatum finds out Hill slept with Ice T's daughter. The movie basically took what made the original so great and turned it up to 22.  Read our review for 22 Jump Street here.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier When talking about Guardians of the Galaxy above I may have mentioned that Marvel's style was getting stale so it's a testament that even stale Marvel is in my top 15 for the year. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was everything that is so great and so generic about Marvel all at once. A massive film with repercussions that shook the MCU (unlike Iron Man's latest outing) it was action packed, and full of charm. While it lacked a truly special feeling like the action films on this list I still can't deny it was easily some of the most fun I had in the theater all year. Sure it felt kind of the same, but when it comes to Marvel then they can keep on copy pasting all they want.  Read our Captain America: The Winter Solider review here.  Veronica Mars Oh look, one of my favorite films is one I Kickstarted. So what? It's my damn list. Fine, Veronica Mars wasn't the best film of the year, but it was definitely one of my favorites. Almost perfectly bringing back the same feel and tone of the TV is actually quite a feat for a movie and this one nailed it. Not to mention it BROUGHT BACK VERONICA MARS! If anything this should be on more top lists simply because of the revolutionary way it came about. I understand why it was forgotten by plenty when discussing the year in film, but its release was actually pretty damn important.  Read our review of Veronica Mars here. 
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Here are your 2015 Razzie nominations

Jan 15 // Nick Valdez
Worst PictureKirk Cameron’s Saving ChristmasLeft BehindThe Legend of HerculesTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTransformers: Age of Extinction Worst ActorKirk Cameron, Kirk Cameron’s Saving ChristmasNicholas Cage, Left BehindKellan Lutz, The Legend of HerculesSeth MacFarlane, A Million Ways to Die in the WestAdam Sandler, Blended Worst Supporting ActorMel Gibson, Expendables 3Kelsey Grammer, Expendables 3, Legends of Oz, Think Like a Man Too, Transformers: Age of ExtinctionShaquille O’Neal, BlendedArnold Schwarzenegger, Expendables 3Kiefer Sutherland, Pompeii Worst Actress Drew Barrymore, BlendedCameron Diaz, The Other Woman and Sex TapeMelissa McCarthy, TammyCharlize Theron, A Million Ways to Die in the WestGaia Weiss, The Legend of Hercules Worst Supporting ActressCameron Diaz, AnnieMegan Fox, Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesNicola Peltz, Transformers: Age of ExtinctionSusan Sarandon, TammyBrigitte Ridenour (née Cameron), Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas Worst DirectorMichael Bay, Transformers: Age of ExtinctionDarren Doane, Kirk Cameron’s Saving ChristmasRenny Harlin, The Legend of HerculesJonathan Liebesman, Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesSeth MacFarlane, A Million Ways to Die in the West Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or SequelAnnieAtlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?The Legend of HerculesTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTransformers: Age of Extinction Worst Screen ComboAny Two Robots, Actors (Robotic Actors), Transformers: Age of ExtinctionKirk Cameron & His Ego, Kirk Cameron’s Saving ChristmasCameron Diaz & Jason Segel, Sex TapeKellan Lutz & Either His Abs, His Pecs or His Glutes, The Legend of HerculesSeth MacFarlane & Charlize Theron, A Million Ways to Die in the West Worst ScreenplayKirk Cameron’s Saving ChristmasLeft BehindSex TapeTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTransformers: Age of Extinction Redeemer AwardBen Affleck, from Gigli to Argo and Gone GirlJennifer Aniston, from four-time Razzie nominee to CakeMike Myers, from The Love Guru to directing SupermenschKeanu Reeves, from six-time Razzie nominee to John WickKristen Stewart, from six-time Razzie winner for Twilight to Camp X-Ray
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To completely offset the Academy Awards nominations from earlier this morning, here we have the opposite end of the spectrum. As usual, the 2015 Razzie noms (narrowed down from the shortlist a bit ago) are really just based o...


Here are your 2015 Oscar nominees

Jan 15 // Matthew Razak
Best Picture“Birdman”“Boyhood”“Selma”“The Theory of Everything”“The Imitation Game”“The Grand Budapest Hotel”“American Sniper”“Whiplash” Actress in a Leading RoleJulianne Moore, “Still Alice”Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”Marion Cotillard, “Two Days One Night” Actor in a Leading RoleMichael Keaton, “Birdman”Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper” DirectingAlejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman”Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher” Actress in a Supporting RolePatricia Arquette, “Boyhood”Emma Stone, “Birdman”Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”Laura Dern, “Wild” Actor in a Supporting RoleJ.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”Edward Norton, “Birdman”Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”Robert Duvall, “The Judge” Foreign Language Film“Ida”“Leviathan”“Tangerines”“Wild Tales”“Timbuktu” Writing – Adapted ScreenplayGraham Moore, “The Imitation Game”Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”Jason Hall, “American Sniper”Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice” Writing – Original ScreenplayRichard Linklater, “Boyhood”Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, “Foxcatcher” CinematographyEmmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”Robert D. Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lynzewski, “Ida” Music – Original Song“Glory” by Common and John Legend, “Selma”“Lost Stars” by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood, “Begin Again”“Everything Is Awesome” by Shawn Patterson, “The LEGO Movie”“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” by Glen Campbell, “Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me”“Grateful,” “Beyond the lights” Visual Effects“Interstellar”“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”“Guardians of the Galaxy”“Captain America: Winter Soldier”“X-Men: Days of Future Past” Documentary Short Subject“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”“Joanna”“Our Curse”“White Earth”“The Reaper” Documentary Feature“Citizenfour”“Last Days in Vietnam”“Virunga”“The Salt of the Earth”“Finding Vivian Maier” Film EditingSandra Adair, “Boyhood”Tom Cross, “Whiplash”William Goldenberg, “The Imitation Game”Joel Cox and Gary Roach, “American Sniper”Barney Pilling, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Sound Editing“Interstellar”“Whiplash”“Unbroken”“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”“American Sniper”“Birdman” Sound MixingMark Weingarten, “Interstellar”Thomas Curley, ”Whiplash”“Unbroken”“American Sniper”“Birdman” Production Design“Into the Woods”“The Grand Budapest Hotel”“Interstellar”“The Imitation Game”“Mr. Turner” Short Film – Live Action“Boogaloo and Graham”“Aya”“Butterlamp”“Parvenah”“The Phone Call” Short Film – Animated“Feast”“The Bigger Picture”“A Single Life”“The Dam Keeper”“Me and My Moulton” Animated Feature Film“Big Hero 6”“How to Train Your Dragon 2”“The Boxtrolls”“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”“Song of the Sea”
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And we have them! The nominations are in with Birdman and Grand Budapest pulling in the lead with nomination count. A few snubs and a few surprises. How about Whiplash sneaking in for a Best Picture nominations? It...

Your 2015 Golden Globe Winners

Jan 12 // Matthew Razak
Best motion picture -- drama "Boyhood" (* WINNER)"Foxcatcher""The Imitation Game""Selma""The Theory of Everything" Best motion picture -- musical or comedy "Birdman""The Grand Budapest Hotel" (* WINNER)"Into the Woods""Pride" "St. Vincent" Best actress in a motion picture -- drama Jennifer Aniston, "Cake"Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything"Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" (* WINNER)Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"Reese Witherspoon, "Wild" Best actor in a motion picture -- drama Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"David Oyelowo, "Selma" Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" (* WINNER)Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" Best actor in a motion picture -- musical or comedy Ralph Fiennes, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"Michael Keaton, "Birdman" (* WINNER)Bill Murray, "St. Vincent"Joaquin Phoenix, "Inherent Vice"Christoph Waltz, "Big Eyes" Best actress in a motion picture -- musical or comedy Amy Adams, "Big Eyes" (* WINNER)Emily Blunt, "Into the Woods" Helen Mirren, "The Hundred-Foot Journey" Julianne Moore, "Maps to the Stars" Quvenzhane Wallis, "Annie" Best supporting actor in a motion picture Robert Duvall, "The Judge"Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood"Edward Norton, "Birdman"Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher"J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash" (*WINNER) Best supporting actress in a motion picture Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood" (* WINNER)Jessica Chastain, "A Most Violent Year"Emma Stone, "Birdman" Meryl Streep, "Into the Woods" Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game" Best animated feature film "Big Hero 6""The Book of Life""The Boxtrolls""How to Train Your Dragon 2" (* WINNER)"The Lego Movie" Best director Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Ava DuVernay, "Selma" David Fincher, "Gone Girl"Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Birdman"Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" (* WINNER) Best screenplay Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"Gillian Flynn, "Gone Girl" Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Birdman" (* WINNER)Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"Graham Moore, "The Imitation Game" Best original score Alexandre Desplat, "The Imitation Game"Johann Johannsson, "The Theory of Everything" (*WINNER)Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, "Gone Girl"Antonio Sanchez, "Birdman"Hans Zimmer, "Interstellar" Best original song "Big Eyes," from "Big Eyes""Glory," from "Selma" (*WINNER)"Mercy Is," from "Noah""Opportunity," from "Annie""Yellow Flicker Beat," from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part I" Best foreign language film "Force Majeure Turist" (Sweden)"Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett" (Israel)"Ida" (Poland/Denmark)"Leviathan" (Russia) (* WINNER)"Tangerines Mandariinid" (Estonia)  
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Looks like a pretty predictable awards season
And here we have it. Well, not really "it." "It" is reserved for the Oscars, but here we have the secondary it: the Golden Globes. More fun, better hosts and more drinking than the Oscars so really a better show. Below you'll...

Here's a 2015 Razzie nominations shortlist

Jan 07 // Nick Valdez
WORST PICTURE Kirk Cameron’s Saving ChristmasTranscendenceA Million Ways to Die in the WestAtlas Shrugged: Part IIIThe Legend of HerculesSex TapeA Haunted House 2Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesLeft BehindThe InterviewTransformers: Age of ExtinctionI, Frankenstein WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL NoahThe Legend of HerculesLegends of Oz: Dorothy’s ReturnA Haunted House 2The Expendables 3Atlas Shrugged: Part IIIAnnie (RAZZable Remake of a 1981 Worst Picture Nominee)Exodus: Gods and KingsEndless Love (Yet Another RAZZable Remake of a 1981 Worst Picture Nominee)PompeiiTransformers: Age of ExtinctionI, FrankensteinTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles WORST SCREENPLAY Transformers: Age of ExtinctionA Haunted House 2PompeiiThe Legend of HerculesSex TapeEndless LoveLeft BehindThe Expendables 3Winter’s TaleKirk Cameron’s Saving ChristmasAtlas Shrugged: Part IIIA Million Ways to Die in the WestNoahTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTranscendenceI, Frankenstein  WORST ON SCREEN COMBO Any Two Robots, Actors (or Robotic Actors) Transformers: Age of ExtinctionJames Franco & EITHER Seth Rogen or Randall Park (Kim Jong Un) / The InterviewKellan Lutz and EITHER His Abs, His Pecs or His Glutes / LEGEND of HERCULESThe Entire Cast of The Expendables 3The Entire Cast of Atlas Shrugged: Part IIISeth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron / A Million Ways to Die in the WestThe “Rock Monsters” / NoahJohnny Depp and His “Virtual Doppelganger” / TranscendenceAlex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde / Endless LoveKirk Cameron and His Ego / Kirk Cameron’s Saving ChristmasCameron Diaz & Jason Segel / Sex Tape WORST DIRECTOR James Manera / Atlas Shrugged: Part IIIJake Kasdan / Sex TapeDarren Aronofsky / NoahSeth MacFarlane / A Million Ways to Die in the WestJonathan Liebesman / Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesRenny Harlin / The Legend of HerculesMichael Tiddes / A Haunted House 2Michael Bay / Transformers: Age of ExtinctionWally Pfister / TranscendenceDarren Doane / Kirk Cameron’s Saving ChristmasVic Armstrong / Left Behind WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR Shaquille O’Neal / BlendedJohnathon Schaech / The Legend of HerculesKelsey Grammer / The Expendables 3 and Transformers: Age of ExtinctionArnold Schwarzenegger / The Expendables 3Morgan Freeman / TranscendenceJack Black / Sex TapeLiam Neeson / A Million Ways to Die in the WestRussell Crowe / Winter’s TaleMel Gibson / The Expendables 3Kiefer Sutherland / PompeiiT.J. Miller / Transformers: Age of Extinction WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Sophia Myles / Transformers: Age of ExtinctionJaime Pressly / A Haunted House 2Susan Sarandon / TammyBridgette Cameron / Kirk Cameron’s Saving ChristmasCarrie-Anne Moss / PompeiiAmanda Seyfried / A Million Ways to Die in the WestCameron Diaz / AnnieMegan Fox / Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesJane Fonda / This Is Where I Leave YouEmily Browning / PompeiiNicola Peltz (The Newest Michael Bay “Discovery”) Transformers: Age of Extinction WORST ACTRESS Charlize Theron / A Million Ways to Die in the WestElizabeth Banks / Walk of ShameJennifer Aniston / Horrible Bosses 2Cameron Diaz / The Other Woman and Sex TapeGabriella Wilde / Endless LoveNicole Kidman / Before I Go to SleepMelissa McCarthy / TammyDrew Barrymore / BlendedGaia Weiss / The Legend of HerculesLea Michele (Voice Only) Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return WORST ACTOR Seth MacFarlane / A Million Ways to Die in the WestJohnny Depp / TranscendenceAdam Sandler / BlendedSeth Rogen / The InterviewKellan Lutz / The Legend of HerculesMarlon Wayans / A Haunted House 2Arnold Schwarzenegger / SabotageAaron Eckhart / I, FrankensteinAlex Pettyfer / Endless LoveKirk Cameron /Kirk Cameron’s Saving ChristmasJames Franco / The InterviewNicolas Cage / Left Behind  
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As awards shows increasingly become more irrelevant, the Razzies are fading away even more so. As negativity is spread so much through social media, most people don't feel like listening to that stuff anymore. Take this short...

Here are your 2014 Golden Globe nominees

Dec 11 // Nick Valdez
Best Motion Picture, Drama Boyhood Foxcatcher The Imitation Game Selma The Theory of Everything Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy Birdman The Grand Budapest Hotel Into the Woods Pride St. Vincent Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama Jennifer Aniston - Cake Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything Julianne Moore - Still Alice Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl  Reese Witherspoon - Wild Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama Steve Carell - Foxcatcher Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler David Oyelowo - Selma Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy Amy Adams - Big Eyes Emily Blunt - Into the Woods Helen Mirren - The Hundred Foot Journey Julianne Moore - Maps to the Stars Quvenzhane Wallis - Annie Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel Michael Keaton - Birdman Bill Murray - St. Vincent Joaquin Phoenix - Inherent Vice Christoph Waltz - Big Eyes Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Patricia Arquette - Boyhood Jessica Chastain - A Most Violent Year Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game Emma Stone - Birdman Meryl Streep - Into the Woods Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Robert Duvall - The Judge Ethan Hawke - Boyhood Edward Norton - Birdman Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher J.K. Simmons - Whiplash Best Director – Motion Picture Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel Ava Duvernay - Selma David Fincher - Gone Girl Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman Richard Linklater - Boyhood Best Screenplay – Motion Picture Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo - Birdman Richard Linklater - Boyhood Graham Moore - The Imitation Game Best Foreign Language Film Force Majeure Turist Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett Ida Leviathan Tangerines Mandariinid  Best Animated Feature film Big Hero 6 The Book of Life The Boxtrolls How to Train Your Dragon 2 The Lego Movie
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Praise be to the silver medal
Here we go. Awards season has officially begun. The Golden Globes may not seem like a big awards ceremony anymore, but their set of nominees and winners set the stage for the rest of the season. Big winners and nominees here ...

Washington Area Film Critics Association announces award winners

Dec 08 // Matthew Razak
THE 2014 WAFCA AWARD WINNERS: Best Film:BoyhoodBest Director:Richard Linklater (Boyhood)Best Actor:Michael Keaton (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))Best Actress:Julianne Moore (Still Alice)Best Supporting Actor:J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)Best Supporting Actress:Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)Best Acting Ensemble:Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)Best Youth Performance:Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood)Best Adapted Screenplay:Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)Best Original Screenplay:Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))Best Animated Feature:The LEGO MovieBest Documentary:Life ItselfBest Foreign Language Film:Force MajeureBest Art Direction:Production Designer: Adam Stockhausen, Set Decorator: Anna Pinnock (The Grand Budapest Hotel)Best Cinematography:Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))Best Editing:Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione, ACE (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance))Best Original Score:Mica Levi (Under the Skin)The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC:Captain America: The Winter Soldier  
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For the first time I almost fully agree
The Washington Area Film Critics Association, of which I am a card carrying member, has delivered it's award winners once again this year. I voted of course and I think this year is one of the first where I've overwhelming ag...

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15 documentaries advance for Academy Awards


You probably haven't seen any
Dec 02
// Matthew Razak
Documentary film is awesome, but most people don't rush out to watch it or even have the ability to do that if they wanted. You usually get sucked into a documentary by accident and then you remember how great they can be. So...
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20 animated films submitted for Oscar consideration


Pretty much everything you'd epect
Nov 05
// Matthew Razak
The Oscars are coming and that means we'll need to start talking about nominees, but before that we have to discuss the submitted films to be nominated. At least for animated films we need to. There have been 20 submitted, 8 ...
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Neil Patrick Harris to host the 87th Annual Academy Awards


Oct 16
// Nick Valdez
The Academy Awards are a tough sell every year. Each year their relevance continues to fade as more and more folks rely on word of mouth from social media rather than purchasing their movie ticket or DVD based on how many awa...
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Here are your 2014 Razzie winners and losers


Yup, because these matter too.
Mar 04
// Nick Valdez
The Academy Awards have come and gone, and while they were full of pleasant moments (the super selfie, the pizza, Lupita Nyong'o and Matthew McConaughey's speeches), the Razzies also happened but were full of not so pleasant ...

Here are you 2014 Oscar winners

Mar 03 // Matthew Razak
Best Picture American HustleCaptain PhillipsDallas Buyers ClubGravityHerNebraskaPhilomenaWINNER: 12 Years a SlaveThe Wolf of Wall Street Best Director WINNER: Alfonso Cuarón, GravitySteve McQueen, 12 Years a SlaveAlexander Payne, NebraskaDavid O. Russell, American HustleMartin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street Best Actor Christian Bale, American HustleBruce Dern, NebraskaLeonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall StreetChiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a SlaveWINNER: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Best Actress, Drama Amy Adams, American HustleWINNER: Cate Blanchett, Blue JasmineSandra Bullock, GravityJudi Dench, PhilomenaMeryl Streep, August: Osage County Best Supporting Actor Barkhad Abdi, Captain PhillipsBradley Cooper, American HustleMichael Fassbender, 12 Years a SlaveJonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall StreetWINNER: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club Best Supporting Actress Sally Hawkins, Blue JasmineJennifer Lawrence, American HustleWINNER: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a SlaveJulia Roberts, August: Osage CountyJune Squibb, Nebraska Best Adapted Screenplay Philomena, Steve Coogan and Jeff PopeBefore Midnight, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie DelpyCaptain Phillips, Billy RayWINNER: 12 Years a Slave, John RidleyThe Wolf of Wall Street, Terence Winter Best Original Screenplay American Hustle, David O. Russell and Eric SingerBlue Jasmine, Woody AllenDallas Buyers Club, Craig Borten and Melissa WallackWINNER: Her, Spike JonzeNebraska, Bob Nelson Best Cinematography The Grandmaster, Philippe Le SourdWINNER: Gravity, Emmanuel LubezkiInside Llewyn Davis, Bruno DelbonnelNebraska, Phedon PapamichaelPrisoners, Roger Deakins Best Costume Design American Hustle, Michael WilkinsonThe Grandmaster, William Chang Suk PingWINNER: The Great Gatsby, Catherine MartinThe Invisible Woman, Michael O'Connor12 Years a Slave, Patricia Norris Best Film Editing American Hustle, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, and Alan Baumgarten Captain Phillips, Christopher RouseDallas Buyers Club, John Mac McMurphy and Martin PensaWINNER: Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger12 Years a Slave, Joe Walker Best Makeup and Hairstyling WINNER: Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee and Robin MathewsJackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Stephen ProutyThe Lone Ranger, Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny Best Original Score The Book Thief, John WilliamsWINNER: Gravity, Stephen PriceHer, William Butler and Owen PallettPhilomena, Alexandre DesplatSaving Mr. Banks, Thomas Newman Best Original Song "Happy” from Despicable Me 2, Pharrell WilliamsWINNER: "Let It Go" from Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez"The Moon Song" from Her, Karen Orzolek and Spike Jonze"Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, U2 Best Production Design American Hustle, Judy Becker (Production Design); Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration) Gravity, Andy Nicholson (Production Design); Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration)WINNER: The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)Her, K. K. Barrett (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration)12 Years a Slave, Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Alice Baker (Set Decoration) Best Sound Editing All Is Lost, Steve Boeddeker and Richard HymnsCaptain Phillips, Oliver TarneyWINNER: Gravity, Glenn FreemantleThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Brent BurgeLone Survivor, Wylie Stateman Best Sound Mixing Captain Phillips, Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, and Chris MunroWINNER: Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, and Chris MunroThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, and Tony JohnsonInside Llewyn Davis, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, and Peter F. KurlandLone Survivor, Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, and David Brownlow Best Visual Effects WINNER: Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, and Neil CorbouldThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, and Eric ReynoldsIron Man 3, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan SudickThe Lone Ranger, Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, and John FrazierStar Trek into Darkness, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, and Burt Dalton Best Animated Feature The Croods, Kirk DeMicco, Chris Sanders, and Kristine BelsonDespicable Me 2, Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, and Chris MeledandriErnest & Celestine, Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner WINNER: Frozen, Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, and Peter Del VechoThe Wind Rises, Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki Best Documentary Feature The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge SørensenCutie and the Boxer, Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean PilcherDirty Wars, Richard Rowley and Jeremy ScahillThe Square, Jehane Noujaim and Karim AmerWINNER: 20 Feet from Stardom, Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen, and Caitrin Rogers Best Foreign Language Film The Broken Circle Breakdown, Felix Van GroeningenWINNER: The Great Beauty, Paolo SorrentinoThe Hunt, Thomas VinterbergThe Missing Picture, Rithy Panh Omar, Hany Abu-Assad Best Animated Short "Feral," Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden"Get a Horse!" Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim WINNER: "Mr. Hublot," Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares"Possessions," Shuhei Morita"Room on the Broom," Max Lang and Jan Lachauer Best Live-Action Short "Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)," Esteban Crespo"Avant Que de Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)," Xavier Legrand and Alexandre GavrasWINNER: "Helium," Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson"Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)," Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari"The Voorman Problem," Mark Gill and Baldwin Li Best Documentary Short "CaveDigger," Jeffrey Karoff "Facing Fear," Jason Cohen"Karama Has No Walls," Sara IshaqWINNER: "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life," Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed"Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall," Edgar Barens  
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The best damn Oscar predictions around: 2014 edition

Mar 01 // Matthew Razak
Best Picture What's Going to Win: 12 Years a Salve  It's a tighter race than most this year, but 12 Years a Slave should eek it out. While American Hustle and Gravity both have stellar casts neither is a historical drama or making a cultural statement and the Academy eats both of those things up. The factor is that it's an insanely good movie so it makes sense that it is going to win. It's hard to argue that a movie as striking and powerful as 12 Years a Slave shouldn't win. What Should Win: Gravity And yet we will. Gravity is probably one of the most important films of this generation from both a technical and artistic stand point. While it may not ever reach the full emotional power that 12 Years a Slave does, it far outstrips it everywhere else and ushers in a new generation of film making. The Oscars are for awarding great achievements in film making and nothing achieved more than Gravity this year.  Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: American Hustle wins it. It's unclear why the Academy has such a hard on for this film, but it is far from the best on this list. While a great film full of great performances the gushing over it is too much. Best Director Who Will Win: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) Since they're most likely not going to give Gravity the Best Picture award they'll give Alfonso Cuarón the Best Director one to make up for it. It's really tough seeing anyone take this from him. While the other directors all did a fantastic job none of them pushed the boundaries of cinema like he did. A combination of guilt for not giving Gravity the Best Picture statue and sheer awe at Gravity will net Alfonso Cuarón an Oscar. Who Should Win: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) Alfonso Cuarón made a movie that redefined what we should expect not only from our science fiction, but from our personal dramas and, possibly most amazingly, from 3D. It takes a great director to tell a great story, but it takes a truly legendary one to tell it in a way that requires completely rethinking how you shoot a movie. Cuarón not only made a great film, he changed film making. More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: Someone else than Cuarón wins and doesn't immediately get on stage and hand the Oscar off to Cuarón in a gesture of contrition because they know that their direction was great, but not as groundbreaking or as important. Best Actor Who Will Win: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) This one really seems like a lock. Matthew McConaughey's performance in Dallas Buyers Club was spectacular, and it's the kind of serious period piece that the Academy goes nuts over. Plus, he messed his body up hardcore for the part, and that as much as anything else makes for a noteworthy performance that people take notice of. (That's not necessarily a sign that someone will win, but it worked for Christian Bale for The Fighter.) Who Should Win: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) The thing about Matthew McConaughey in 2013 is not that he was amazing in Dallas Buyers Club; it's that he was amazing in everything. The man had a completely incredible year, with awesome performances in Mud and Wolf of Wall Street to boot. (Plus, True Detective was shot last year, so we may as well count that as a 2013 performance, even if it is technically a 2014 show). Since Oscars are periodically given for a body of work, there are arguments to be made that Leonardo DiCaprio should finally have his moment, but in the body of work for 2013, nobody can touch McConaughey. Not even close. More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: Members of the Academy don't give it to Tom Hanks in a surprise upset. Seriously, have you seen Captain Phillips? Those last five minutes feature some of the most mind-blowing acting in the history of acting. How the hell could the Academy not even nominate him? And what about Joaquin Phoenix? The category this year is total bullshit. For real.  Best Actress Who Will Win: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) Unlike the best actor category where there is a bit of doubt who will win, Cate Blanchett, basically has this in the bag. You could run this vote 1 million times and she'd win it 1 million times. Her performance in Blue Jasmine is transcendent; a thing of acting beauty. If you haven't seen it rent it and prepare to be blown away. In other years the other nominees would be dubbed good performances, but Blanchett's makes all of them look like high school drama dropouts.  Who Should Win: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) Didn't you hear us gushing above? Give Blancett all the Oscars ever. She can keep them in whatever room she keeps her massive acting ability in. More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: Anyone but Cate Blanchett wins, especially Meryl Streep who is just getting Oscar nods for being in movies now. If that happens it will finally drive the last nail into the aging Academy's coffin. The show will literally come to a screeching halt as the building collapses and Academy voters everywhere drop dead from being the most wrong people ever. Best Supporting Actress Who Will Win: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) While it's quite possible that Jennifer Lawerence steals this one away for her chameleon like performance in American Hustle the safe money is on Lupita Nyong'o. Lawerence is the closet to winning this, but she won last year and Nyong'o is in a historical film about slavery that probably won't win any other acting awards. She'll be making up for that fact and winning because her performance is amazing. Who Should Win: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) Lupita Nyong'o probably gave the most harrowing performance of the year in 12 Years a Slave. The whipping scene alone could have netted her this award, but she is powerful throughout the film. While it may be Oscar bait to play in a historical film about slavery, that doesn't mean she didn't knock it out of the park. That scene, and the rest of the movie, work because she makes us connect so well with her character. More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: Julia Roberts gets anywhere near an Oscar. We're not sure why August: Osage County netted two acting nominations, but the Streep one is at least explainable. Robert's performance in the film is out shined by so many others this year that it just seems like they threw her in here because no one had seen any other movies with supporting actresses. It's both a sad commentary on roles for women and on the Academy itself. Best Supporting Actor Who Will Win: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) First you put on a lot of makeup. Then you play an oppressed segment of the population. Then you win an Oscar. Jared Leto checked off the Oscar winning boxes and turned in a stunning performance so he stands to reason he's going to win. Jonah Hill still has the comedy stigma attached to him and no one can read Barkhad Abdi name, which is sadly a disqualification for many Academy members. Who Should Win: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) This guy was driving a taxi in the middle of the U.S. before he got this part and he went toe-to-toe with Tom Hanks. I mean come on. Even if it wasn't the best performance of the year -- it arguably was -- that has to count for something. You don't just keep up with one of our generation's greatest actors out of nowhere.  More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: Leto isn't awesome when accepting his award. Dallas Buyers Club seriously has the two most chill leading men to ever be nominated together. His speech better be as awesome as his hair-bunned one at the Golden Globes. Best Original Screenplay What Will Win: Her This is probably Her's only chance to win and the Academy will most likely recognize that, though they could also easily not recognize it and give it to American Hustle. While Her was a better scripted film, Hustle has far more cache and speed coming into the Oscars. It's really 50/50 between these two even though... What Should Win: Her Her should win this easily. It's one of the best constructed screenplays we've seen in years, perfectly building its characters and world up as the film unfolds. And it does this all with only a few actors, one of whom isn't on the screen ever. It's a clever, touching and enthralling story that actually can be called original (you know like in the award's name: BestOriginal Screenplay). For that alone it should really get this.  More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: I'm not sure where we'll find enough chairs to throw if Woody Allen wins this in some show of solidarity after all the crap that's been heaped onto his name in the past few months. Blue Jasmine doesn't deserve it in the first place and the guy doesn't even show up to awards shows. Best Adapted Screenplay What Will Win: 12 Years a Slave 12 Years a Slave is going to have a deservedly good night tomorrow night. It will be showered with awards, many of which it will deserve. But there will be one award it doesn't deserve: this one. John Ridley's script is excellent, but it was not the best of the year. It will win because, as we've said before, historical dramas pull in votes like hippos eating white marbles. What Should Win: Before Midnight This shouldn't even be a question. Richard Linklater's brilliant Before trilogy live and die by their spectacular writing and performances. Both Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy should have been nominated for their performances, and the screenplay that the three of them put together is unmatched except, perhaps, by its predecessor (and even that's questionable).  More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: The Academy continues to pretend like Before Midnight is not the second best film of the year and keep on snubbing it. Best Cinematography What Will Win: Gravity This one is all-but-guaranteed. It's a gorgeous movie and a technical marvel, with its long tracking shots and beautiful 3D visuals that stand so far above the competition that everybody else may as well not even show up. What Should Win: Not Gravity Because the majority of those spectacular visuals and 100% of the 3D effects were done on a computer in the years that followed the actual shoot. Cuarón unquestionably deserves the Director award because of what his vision pulled off, but Gravity should be winning the VFX award (which, of course, it will), not the cinematography one. More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: Gravity wins. Roger Deakins was robbed last year by the equally undeserving Life of Pi, and this year others who work in the real world and don't have the luxury of being able to create a world almost from scratch will be robbed as well. Inside Llewyn Davis should get it, if only as a token for not nominating it for everything else.  Best Animated Film What Will Win: Frozen Disney is back, bitches. That alone will pull Frozen an academy award. After years of giving this thing to Pixar there's finally no Pixar to give the thing to and Disney finally nailed it again. It is easily one of the best animated films in a long while and a spot where the Academy can actually line up with popular opinion and box office. Miracles do happen! What Should Win: The Wind Rises While flawed in ways, Hayao Miyazaki's final film is a swan song, love letter, bio-pic, social commentary and goodbye all wrapped up into one stunningly gorgeous film. If you want to see animated movies take on more than princesses and fantasy this is what you want to champion to win. It's not just touching, it's meaningful and relevant, and while Miyazaki already has an Oscar for Spirited Away one as he hits the road recognizing his contributions to animation is deserved.  More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: Anything but Frozen or The Wind Rises wins. The rest of these nominations are just filler to make it look like the Academy actually cares about animated film and isn't so antiquated that they still think it's all kids stuff. That is, of course, utter crap or they'd nominate more animated films for Best Picture and more independent animation for Best Animated. Best Original Song What's Going to Win: "Let It Go" (Frozen) And deservedly so. Idina Menzel is God's gift to man, so it's about damn time she gets her due. Even with a home video release on the horizon, Frozen remains in the top ten box office performances every week. The song itself has spawned several viral videos and interpretations, and within the span of a few minutes, manages to invoke everything we used to love about Disney Animation back in its prime. Idina Menzel. So good.  What Should Win: "The Moon Song" (Her) While Pharell's "Happy" will get its due in short time as it climbs the Billboard chart, Karen O's "The Moon Song" only has this shot in the spotlight. Bafflingly gone without a Golden Globe nomination, "The Moon Song" is quiet, methodical, and damn wonderful. It should take the Oscar win just by the very nature of its existence.  More Chairs Will Be Thrown Through Windows If: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom's"Ordinary Love" wins. Because f**k Bono. Honestly, we wish we had more of a critic worthy reason that this shouldn't win, but we're still pissed off it took the Golden Globe. It has that whole "won because we want to see Bono" vibe and uggggggggggghhhhhhh Frozenwas robbed. We're happy with any of the other nominations taking the title, but we swear to Tanktop Jesus if "Ordinary Love" wins this, we're burning this effigy of Bono Nick made yesterday.
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Community: What are your thoughts on this year's Oscars?


Feb 26
// Liz Rugg
Hello gentle readers of Flixist! Did you know that the 2014 Academy Awards is this weekend!? I sure forgot. What do you guys and girls think? Are you surprised by some of the nominees? (*cough cough* Lone Ranger *cough*) Are ...

Your 86th Academy Award nominees are here

Jan 16 // Matthew Razak
Best motion picture of the year American Hustle - Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, ProducersCaptain Phillips - Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, ProducersDallas Buyers Club - Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, ProducersGravity - Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, ProducersHer - Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, ProducersNebraska - Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, ProducersPhilomena - Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers12 Years a Slave - Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, ProducersThe Wolf of Wall Street - Nominees to be determined Performance by an actor in a leading role Christian Bale in American HustleBruce Dern in NebraskaLeonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall StreetChiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a SlaveMatthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club Performance by an actor in a supporting role Barkhad Abdi in Captain PhillipsBradley Cooper in American HustleMichael Fassbender in 12 Years a SlaveJonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall StreetJared Leto in Dallas Buyers ClubPerformance by an actress in a leading role  Amy Adams in American HustleCate Blanchett in Blue JasmineSandra Bullock in GravityJudi Dench in PhilomenaMeryl Streep in August: Osage County Performance by an actress in a supporting role  Sally Hawkins in Blue JasmineJennifer Lawrence in American HustleLupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a SlaveJulia Roberts in August: Osage CountyJune Squibb in Nebraska Best animated feature film of the year  The Croods - Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine BelsonDespicable Me 2 - Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris MeledandriErnest & Celestine - Benjamin Renner and Didier BrunnerFrozen - Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del VechoThe Wind Rises - Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio SuzukiAchievement in cinematography The Grandmaster - Philippe Le SourdGravity - Emmanuel LubezkiInside Llewyn Davis - Bruno DelbonnelNebraska - Phedon PapamichaelPrisoners - Roger A. DeakinsAchievement in costume design American Hustle - Michael WilkinsonThe Grandmaster - William Chang Suk PingThe Great Gatsby - Catherine MartinThe Invisible Woman - Michael O’Connor12 Years a Slave - Patricia NorrisAchievement in directing American Hustle- David O. RussellGravity - Alfonso CuarónNebraska - Alexander Payne12 Years a Slave - Steve McQueenThe Wolf of Wall Street - Martin ScorseseBest documentary feature The Act of Killing - Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge SørensenCutie and the Boxer - Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean PilcherDirty Wars -Richard Rowley and Jeremy ScahillThe Square - Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer20 Feet from Stardom - Nominees to be determinedBest documentary short subject CaveDigger -Jeffrey KaroffFacing Fear - Jason CohenKarama Has No Walls - Sara IshaqThe Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life - Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas ReedPrison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall - Edgar BarensAchievement in film editing American Hustle - Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan BaumgartenCaptain Phillips - Christopher RouseDallas Buyers Club - John Mac McMurphy and Martin PensaGravity - Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger12 Years a Slave - Joe WalkerBest foreign language film of the year The Broken Circle Breakdown - BelgiumThe Great Beauty - ItalyThe Hunt - DenmarkThe Missing Picture - CambodiaOmar - PalestineAchievement in makeup and hairstyling Dallas Buyers Club - Adruitha Lee and Robin MathewsJackass Presents: Bad Grandpa - Stephen ProutyThe Lone Ranger - Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-CasnyAchievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) The Book Thief - John WilliamsGravity - Steven PriceHer - William Butler and Owen PallettPhilomena - Alexandre DesplatSaving Mr. Banks - Thomas NewmanAchievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song) “Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone Yet Not AloneMusic by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel“Happy” from Despicable Me 2Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams“Let It Go” from FrozenMusic and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez“The Moon Song” from HerMusic by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze“Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomMusic by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul HewsonAchievement in production design American Hustle - Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather LoefflerGravity - Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne WoollardThe Great Gatsby - Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley DunnHer - Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena12 Years a Slave - Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker Best animated short film Feral - Daniel Sousa and Dan GoldenGet a Horse! -Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKimMr. Hublot - Laurent Witz and Alexandre EspigaresPossessions - Shuhei MoritaRoom on the Broom - Max Lang and Jan LachauerBest live action short film Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me) - Esteban CrespoAvant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything) - Xavier Legrand and Alexandre GavrasHelium - Anders Walter and Kim MagnussonPitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) - Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka SaariThe Voorman Problem - Mark Gill and Baldwin LiAchievement in sound editing All Is Lost - Steve Boeddeker and Richard HymnsCaptain Phillips - Oliver TarneyGravity - Glenn FreemantleThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Brent BurgeLone Survivor - Wylie StatemanAchievement in sound mixing Captain Phillips - Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris MunroGravity - Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris MunroThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony JohnsonInside Llewyn Davis - Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. KurlandLone Survivor - Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David BrownlowAchievement in visual effects Gravity - Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil CorbouldThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric ReynoldsIron Man 3 - Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan SudickThe Lone Ranger - Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John FrazierStar Trek Into Darkness - Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt DaltonAdapted screenplay Before Midnight - Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan HawkeCaptain Phillips - Screenplay by Billy RayPhilomena - Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope12 Years a Slave - Screenplay by John RidleyThe Wolf of Wall Street - Screenplay by Terence WinterOriginal screenplay American Hustle - Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. RussellBlue Jasmine - Written by Woody AllenDallas Buyers Club - Written by Craig Borten & Melisa WallackHer - Written by Spike JonzeNebraska - Written by Bob Nelson  
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Here are your Golden Globe Winners

Jan 12 // Matthew Razak
Best motion picture, drama 12 Years a Slave Captain Phillips Gravity Philomena Rush Best motion picture, musical or comedy American Hustle Her Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska The Wolf of Wall Street Best Actress in a motion picture, drama Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine Sandra Bullock - Gravity Judi Dench - Philomena Emma Thompson - Saving Mr. Banks Kate Winslet - Labor Day Best Actor in a motion picture, drama Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave Idris Elba - Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Tom Hanks - Captain Phillips Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club Robert Redford - All Is Lost Best Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy Amy Adams - American Hustle Julie Delpy - Before Midnight Greta Gerwig - Frances Ha Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Enough Said Meryl Streep - August: Osage County Best Actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy Christian Bale - American Hustle Bruce Dern - Nebraska Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf Of Wall Street Oscar Isaac - Inside Llewyn Davis Joaquin Phoenix - Her Best supporting Actress in a motion picture Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave Julia Roberts - August: Osage County June Squibb - Nebraska Best supporting Actor in a motion picture Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips Daniel Brühl - Rush Bradley Cooper - American Hustle Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club Best Director – motion picture Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity Paul Greengrass - Captain Phillips Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave Alexander Payne - Nebraska David O. Russell - American Hustle Best Screenplay – motion picture Spike Jonze - Her Bob Nelson - Nebraska Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan - Philomena John Ridley - 12 Years a Slave Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell - American Hustle Best Foreign Language Film Blue is the Warmest Color The Great Beauty The Hunt The Past The Wind Rises Best Animated Feature film The Croods Despicable Me 2 Frozen  
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Your 2014 Golden Globe nominations are here

Dec 12 // Matthew Razak
Best motion picture, drama 12 Years a Slave Captain Phillips Gravity Philomena Rush Best motion picture, musical or comedy American Hustle Her Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska The Wolf of Wall Street Best Actress in a motion picture, drama Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine Sandra Bullock - Gravity Judi Dench - Philomena Emma Thompson - Saving Mr. Banks Kate Winslet - Labor Day Best Actor in a motion picture, drama Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave Idris Elba - Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Tom Hanks - Captain Phillips Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club Robert Redford - All Is Lost Best Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy Amy Adams - American Hustle Julie Delpy - Before Midnight Greta Gerwig - Frances Ha Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Enough Said Meryl Streep - August: Osage County Best Actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy Christian Bale - American Hustle Bruce Dern - Nebraska Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf Of Wall Street Oscar Isaac - Inside Llewyn Davis Joaquin Phoenix - Her Best supporting Actress in a motion picture Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave Julia Roberts - August: Osage County June Squibb - Nebraska Best supporting Actor in a motion picture Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips Daniel Brühl - Rush Bradley Cooper - American Hustle Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club Best Director – motion picture Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity Paul Greengrass - Captain Phillips Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave Alexander Payne - Nebraska David O. Russell - American Hustle Best Screenplay – motion picture Spike Jonze - Her Bob Nelson - Nebraska Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan - Philomena John Ridley - 12 Years a Slave Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell - American Hustle Best Foreign Language Film Blue is the Warmest Color The Great Beauty The Hunt The Past The Wind Rises Best Animated Feature film The Croods Despicable Me 2 Frozen
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Five non-musical/comedies are nominated for Best Musical or Comedy
And the big guns are fired. The Golden Globes have announced their nominees setting us up for endless debate of what deserves to be there and what doesn't. What surprises are there? Well, how about five non-comedy/musical mov...

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Independent Spirit Awards nominations have arrived


12 Years a Slave and Nebraska all up in there
Nov 26
// Matthew Razak
It's getting to be that time of year! Awards season is coming upon us and the early nominations award nominations are in. The Independent Spirit Awards are kind of the indy Oscars, but everyone gets drunk and actually has fun...
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Oscar Season 2014

19 animated films were submitted for Oscar consideration


Some big names, and some not so big.
Nov 06
// Nick Valdez
It's that time of year again, folks. It's the time of year where the bigwig films are all vying for an Academy Award nomination. It's going to be an interesting year given the amount of spectacular films that debuted this yea...
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Audience votes Hentai Kamen as best film of NYAFF 2013


Oh the filmgoing public, you so silly...
Jul 19
// Alec Kubas-Meyer
At the beginning of every screening at the New York Asian Film Festival, the good folks at Subway Cinema handed out little slips of paper with ratings of 1-5 on them, ranging from "Worst Film Ever" to "Awesome." At the end, t...
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Pitch Perfect reunion

Pitch Perfect cast performed during the MTV Movie Awards


Apr 15
// Nick Valdez
While this isn't a big deal to most of you (since I assume Flixist readers are part of a cool motorcycle gang that terrorizes a single small town once a year), the cast of Pitch Perfect (minus Anna Kendrick and Adam Devine) ...

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Film

Mar 05 // Matthew Razak
There's something special about a movie that can create controversy, stir discussion and still be frickin awesome to watch. Django Unchained did all that and it did it really, incredibly well. From our introduction to to Christoph Walt'z Dr. King Schultz to the glorious, bloody shootout at the conclusion of the film Django is both a love letter to westerns, a pastiche of that same genre and one of the best written film of the year. But it's not really all that that made it the best movie of the year. It's the fact that Quentin Tarantino is so obviously a movie nerd in everything he does with his films. Yes, this is a great movie, but the reason we really love it is because it was made by someone who is pretty much exactly like us. Then again we love this year's other nominees as well, and we're all pretty sure that Amour was made by someone nothing like us. Still, a powerful story like that so masterfully handled on screen can't be ignored. Neither can the likes of The Master, which delivered not only the best performance of the year, but one of the most stunningly crafted character pieces ever put to film. Of course we'd be remiss if we didn't include Argo on the list, and though we found it flawed, it's thrilling story and impeccable pacing make it a movie worthy of being noted in the top lists of every film lover. Finally, we have Skyfall, which you wouldn't believe was a Bond film if I described it to you simply by its qualifications: well written, crisply directed, brilliantly acted and stunningly shot.  Truly, 2012 was a good year to watch movies. AmourThe MasterSkyfallArgo
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The best film of the year... period
We've gone through a lot of awards over the past week honoring some of the best films in pretty much every way we can, but now we come to it. No more genres or categories, simply put, what follows is the best movie of the yea...

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Best Documentary

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Documentary


It's better when it's real
Mar 02
// Matthew Razak
The much maligned documentary gets an unfair shake. You say documentary to someone and they think talking heads and boredom. However, as this year's nominees show, that's pretty much one of the most inaccurate statements ever...
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Best Actress 2012

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Actress


Who gave Flixist's favorite female performance of 2012?
Feb 27
// Liz Rugg
Much like this year's Best Actress Oscar nominations, our Flixist Award nominees ranged from girls about 9 years old to women about 90 years old. Quvenzhané Wallis from Beasts of the Southern Wild was a lot of people's...
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Flixist Awards 2012: Best Screenplay


Which wordsmith(s) won our hearts?
Feb 26
// Nathan Hardisty
As a hopeful screenwriter, Best Screenplay is the one award I pay the most attention to in every awards. Our kind isn't so often publicly recognized, no matter how handsome we all are. Screenplays are important thou...
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Worst of 2012

Flixist Awards 2012: Worst Film


When things went wrong, they went really wrong
Feb 26
// Matthew Razak
As we award the best of 2012 with shiny golden dino statues it's important to note that sometimes movies aren't good. Sometimes movies are really, really, really, really, really, ridiculously bad. And we don't mean bad simply...
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Here's your list of Razzie winners and losers


...or losers and losers, I don't get it
Feb 25
// Nick Valdez
While we were stuck in Oscar mania, another set of awards took place a few nights beforehand. The 33rd Golden Raspberry Awards handed out "awards" to "winners" in ten categories ranging from Worst Actor to Worst Remake, Rip-O...

Flixist Awards 2012: Best Director

Feb 25 // Matthew Razak
Django Unchained may have stirred up some controversy, but there's one thing no one could argue about: Quentin Tarantino put together an amazingly good movie. From nailing the cast to shooting in his fantastically unique style it stood out. From nods to classic westerns to somehow keeping a very dark film entertaining Tarantino showed us why he's a master of the medium he loves so much. Often his films can feel like he's simply referencing things he's seen, but with Django everything seems somehow fresh while still honoring what came before. Moving past Tarantino's mastery of the homage is his mastery of making violence somehow artistic. There's so much going on in Django that it seems ridiculous to focus on this, but that last shoot out is a gun fight masterpiece. The man is simply a brilliant director. Full Review. This was one of our closer contests and all five directors definitely deserve some sort of dinosaur statue even if they didn't grab a Golden Pterodactyl. Paul Thomas Anderson especially deserves a bit more attention since The Master disappeared  from the radar this awards season other than its actors. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck truly established himself as one of Hollywood's best directors with Argo and Spielberg kept his throne by giving us the powerful, though flawed, Lincoln. We're also pretty sure that Wes Anderson makes the same movie every time, which is fine with us because that movie is awesome and Moonrise Kingdom might be his best version of it. Wes Anderson - Moonrise KingdomSteven Spielberg - LincolnPaul Thomas Anderson - The MasterBen Affleck - Argo
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They have arrived and this is the first one
The 2012 Flixist Awards (known as the Golden Pterodactyls by those in the know) have arrived. Now that those far less important awards have come and gone, it's time to get down to the ones that really matter. We'll be spendin...


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