John Ridley

Film: 2014 Editor Awards

6202014 Editor Awards

I usually like to direct the website away from personal opinion as much as possible, but here are my personal awards for the best films of 2013.

Top 10 Films of 2013

The Wolf of Wall Street
The Act of Killing
Her
Rush
Spring Breakers
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Nebraska
Trance
The World’s End

Honorable Mentions: Frances Ha, Gravity, This is the End, Captain Phillips, Upstream Color

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Awards: Golden Globe Final Predictions

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Golden Globes: Final Predictions

“American Hustle” will win big tonight. At least that’s what we’re predicting. It’s been a long time since the Golden Globes have had so many categories that could go either direction. “Gravity” vs. “12 Years a Slave” will be the biggest rivalry of the night.

Both Television and Film Nomination Predictions are listed below.

So here are our predictions and odds for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards:

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Awards: Golden Globe Nominations – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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Many would have strong arguments that state that Golden Globes matter very little to the Oscar race. I think, in some cases, they matter a lot. Even since their slates started showing up more clean (No More “The Tourist” incidents) the H.F.P.A. has been given us some solid selections in each category.

This year there were a couple notable things that occurred. A couple notable films/shows that were left out of contention, and a couple of reasonable twists, and some unreasonable. So let’s take a look at these nominations and see what was good, what was bad, and what was just ugly. (more…)

Film Review: 12 Years a Slave

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After hearing all the raves and all the Oscar echoes, I finally got to sit down and see what all the fuss was about. “12 Years a Slave,” directed by Steve McQueen is based on an autobiography of the same name, written by Solomon Northup himself. The film retells the amazing story of Northup and his abduction as a free man into the dark world of slavery.

Many have distinguished the film for its depiction of brutality and yes, there are some brutal scenes. I went into the film misguided with those notions, the film didn’t focus-in on the brutality of slavery rather the helplessness  and despondency of it. Northup has many opportunities to escape, to run off into the southern wilderness, but where would he go? The south over-encumbered with slavers and racists. (more…)

Film Trailer: 12 Years a Slave

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Film Festival Circuit: “12 Years a Slave” shown at Telluride

12-years-a-slave-480x270Film Festival Circuit: “12 Years a Slave” shown at Telluride

Steve McQueen has been an interesting public figure in the world of cinema ever since he released his second indie feature “Shame” in 2011. “Shame” was met with positive reviews, but a subject matter not fit for many. The film received an NC-17 rating for explicit sexual content, which was fitting considering it was a film about sex addiction.

Michael Fassbender was the star of “Shame” and he is a supporting player here. His performance was talked about a lot after the screening of “12 Years a Slave,” but not quite as much as the films star Chiwetel Ejiofor playing Solomon Northup.

The consensus of the reactions is that Ejiofor delivers a career best with Fassbender and Nyong’o performing great as well. Also that the film is incredibly dark and violent, embodying the true horrors of slavery. After these reactions, this would be a safe film to bet on for the Oscars.
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Film: 12 Years a Slave

12-years-a-slave-poster12 Years a Slave
(Oct. 18, 2013; Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Summary: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Oscar Prospects: Best Picture, Best DirectorBest ActorBest Supporting Actor, Best Supporting ActressBest Adapted Screenplay, Best CinematographyBest Costume DesignBest Film Editing,

Runner Up: Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing

Long Shots: Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing

IMDB

Status: After it’s screening at Telluride, it’s a safe bet that this film is in and maybe well be one of the best of 2013. Chiwetel Ejiofor specifically received raves which should make him the one to beat.

Projected MetaCritic: 86

The Players

Director: Steve McQueen
Writer: John Ridley, Solomon Northup
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Lupita Nyong’o
Cinematographer: Sean Bobbitt
Production Designer: Adam Stockhausen
Editor: Joe Walker
Original Music: Hans Zimmer