If it's Fall movie season that means a number of festival favorites from earlier in the year are finally making their way to theaters. One of those highlights is John Krokidas' "Kill Your Darlings" which received positive reviews out of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival before popping up again at Venice and Toronto over the past month.
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'Les Mis' mixer will receive Career Achievement Award at February ceremony
It's been a pretty good year for veteran re-recording mixer Andy Nelson. First, he scooped a pair of Oscar nominations for "Lincoln" and "Les Miserables." Then, he won the Oscar itself -- the second of his career -- for the latter. Springtime brought us a high-profile showcase for his work in the form of "Star Trek Into Darkness." And now his professional guild, the Cinema Audio Society, has announced that he will receive their Career Achievement Award at their awards ceremony next year.
'I entered filmmaking with the innocent naiveté of Pip.'
Another day, another nibble from an interview with Alfonso Cuarón leading up to a larger piece dealing specifically with his work on the space spectacle "Gravity." Yesterday it was a quick take on his buddy Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim." Today, given the scale and high level of difficulty of a film like "Gravity," I found myself curious about the lessons Cuarón learned on 1998's "Great Expectations" and how they might have shaped the filmmaker he's become.
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It hasn't been the best professional year for Pedro Almodóvar, with his sex comedy "I'm So Excited!" having opened to some of the chilliest reviews of his career, bypassing the festival circuit in the process. (Unsurprisingly, Spain will not be putting it forward for Oscar consideration.) But here's a silver lining: he'll receive the European Achievement in World Cinema Award at this year's European Film Awards in December. ("I'm So Excited!" is also eligible for those, though this award suggests they're not anticipating any big wins there.) “I am very thankful for this award," says the director. "From its creation, the European Film Academy has been very generous with me and my closest collaborators... I share with them the joy of this award.” Almodóvar has five previous EFA wins to his credit, most recently for "Volver" in 2006. [EFA]
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High praise from one of Guillermo Del Toro's close filmmaking friends
We're going to have a few nibbles of a recent interview with director Alfonso Cuarón leading up to a larger piece dealing specifically with his work on the space spectacle "Gravity." Today, with the summer movie season not too distant a memory just yet, I thought I'd ask Cuarón for his thoughts on "Pacific Rim."
It's not arbitrary. You might recall back in 2006 when Cuarón's "Children of Men" was in the race with Guillermo Del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" and Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Babel" that much was made of the "three amigos," this trio of Mexican filmmaker friends from way back who had accomplished their greatest feats in one year, each of them in the thick of the circuit. All three ended up with nominations, whether for writing, directing or editing. "Gravity" is Cuarón's first films since "Children of Men," though Del Toro and Iñárritu have respectively made "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" and "Biutiful" in the interim.
"I love 'Pacific Rim,'" Cuarón tells me. "I know that's Guillermo and his passion, since I first met him and was going through his film collection and seeing all these Japanese films. As a kid I was a fan, myself, of this Japanese show called 'Ultraman' and I could see all of his amazing love for that."
'It's about an immigrant trying to find a home.'
It may or may not come as a surprise to you that one of my most eagerly anticipated titles of 2014 is "Paddington," a British family film that begins shooting at the end of this month. Chances are some American readers are unfamiliar with the antics of Paddington Bear, the accident-prone hero of British author Michael Bond's best-selling series of children's books, but he was a rather significant part of my childhood.
"No one cares about this category," says Wild Bunch
Every year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race brings its share of sore points, and the sorest at this early stage is France's inability to enter Palme d'Or winner "Blue is the Warmest Color" into the race -- an eligibility issue that ultimately resulted in the country selecting lower-profile period biopic "Renoir" to represent them. It's not exactly an unusual situation -- plenty of festival hits aren't released in time to compete in that year's foreign Oscar race. ("Renoir," after all, premiered in Cannes last year.)
The independent film awards ceremony takes place on Dec. 2
I often go back and watch "Slacker" just for the unencumbered burst of independent creativity. It has a different spirit than the films that came after it, films like "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction," etc., that would define the indie film movement.
And Linklater has maintained that spirit, setting up shop in Austin, Texas long before it was the posh thing to do. Free of the Hollywood ties even if he mingled with them from time to time. So if ever there was someone fit for an independent film fete, he's the guy. And with "Before Midnight" on the circuit this season, the Independent Filmmaker Project has seized the opportunity to honor him with a Director Tribute at the 23rd Gotham Independent Film Awards.
Can the veteran make good on his Cannes win in Alexander Payne's latest?
Kris and I disagree on the merits of Alexander Payne's new dramedy "Nebraska," in which veteran Oscar-nominated actor Bruce Dern and "Saturday Night Live" alum Will Forte play a father and son mending their fractured relationship on a bittersweet road trip through the eponymous state.
Reviewing the film at Cannes, where Dern wound up winning the Best Actor award, I was left cold, saying that "Payne can't seem to decide if he's coddling these old-school Midwesterners for their rudely rustic values or sneering at the sheer narrowness of their worldview." Kris, on the other hand, really connected with it at Telluride a few weeks ago, praising it for "[ringing] a lot of genuine notes while never losing its sense of humor." One thing we both agreed on (where others don't) is that it's definitely a leading vehicle for Dern, who hasn't had a role this generous in decades.