There were many flashy films at this years Sundance Film Festival, but in the end the Grand Jury Prize, as well as the Audience Award, went to an independent adaptation called “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl.”
“Me & Earl & the Dying Girl” is an adaptation of a 2013 book of the same name by Jesse Andrews. It tells the story of a teenage filmmaker and how he befriends a classmate with cancer. It has been called funny, heart-breaking, poignant, and melancholic by critics. It currently holds a 92 on Metacritic with 7 reviews logged.
SideNote: “Southpaw’s” Oscar credibility
Wow. There are a lot of great film to look forward to next year. Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, David O. Russell, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Tom Hooper, Stephen Frears, Joel/Ethan Coen, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Gus van Sant, Terrence Malick, and Ridley Scott all have films in the mix.
The big story though is the release of a 40 year-old film written/directed by Orson Welles. So we could potentially have a strong line-up of contenders.
Again, this early on most of these predictions are guided by the talent attached to the project (both on and off camera), the potential release dates, and the distribution. Because it is so early we only have Best Picture, Directors, and the acting categories predicted. Take from these what you can to make your own predictions as well!
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Every year the summer blockbusters begin to simmer down. September comes along and studios start the long campaigning for their chosen films. Historically, the Venice Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival can jump the award season.
Last year, Oscar rivals “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” exploded out of Telluride with rave reviews. This year there are two films sharing the word “Oscar” in many tweets from Colorado. Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game” and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman.”
Other notable films that met some positive feedback were Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Wild” and Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater.”
Alright, so we’ve started the year off with a couple strong, successful films. “The Lego Movie” landed with a slew of powerful reviews along with the successful Wes Anderson film “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Meanwhile we’ve had some strong independent titles like “Under the Skin” and “Locke” hit the review circuit. Also, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has already climbed to the top of the annual box office, also presenting strong reviews.
Are any of these films going to be the best of 2014? It’s going to be rough considering the slate we have. We are going to present you with our Top 20 guesses of what could receive the most acclaim and give shout outs to some other films that could be in the mix.
Here is your complete guide to what could be the best film of 2014:
POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOLLOW
If you haven’t seen a particular film, please scroll past it. Some moments involve the films’ conclusion.
By the time January has come and past, the M10 awards will be announced and we’ll move our film direction toward 2014.
So many great films were release in 2013, but what were the best moments? After watching nearly a hundred films in 2013, we’ve compiled the top 10 scenes that are still lingering in our minds.
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There will undoubtedly be some major snubs when the Oscar nominations are announced January 16th. Major front-runners have often been pushed aside. Some say this is because voters won’t pick the obvious choice so they can help an underdog get in.
Unfortunately this helps to eliminate a lot of major front-runners. (Which is said to have happened last year to Ben Affleck for “Argo.”)
So really though, no one is completely safe. So here are list of some obvious choices that could get the booth on the morning of the 16th.
The anticipation for “Dallas Buyers Club” developed earlier this year when photos appeared online of McConaughey’s substantial weight loss. Matthew McConaughey had lost 50 pounds to play Ron Woodroof, a homophobic, drug-addict who is diagnosed with AIDS and given a mere 30 days to live.
He discovers that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved a new drug called AZT. AZT proves to cause more problems than solutions and Woodroof begins smuggling unapproved medications into the United States to deal them out, thus creating the Dallas buyers club with the help of a transgender woman named Rayon (Jared Leto) and a reluctant doctor named Eve Saks (Jennifer Garner.) (more…)
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Ava DuVernay, Selma
Angelina Jolie, Unbroken
Last night, Jonathan Teplitzky’s WWII drama “The Railway Man” screened in Toronto. Receiving a standing ovation and some positive tweets, but some not-so positive word from film critics.
“Dallas Buyers Club” screened earlier today. No critical word yet, however a slew of tweets rave about the performances of Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.
“Prisoners” continues to receive positive buzz, especially around leading actor Hugh Jackman. “12 Years a Slave” screens in Toronto matching, if not exceeding the response at Telluride.