Academy Narrows Down Documentary Feature and Live-Action Short Oscar Contenders

OscarsShortlists for the Documentary Feature and Live-Action Short categories of the 2013 Oscars were announced, and our resident award season expert, Daniel, provided us with a guide to all the contenders for the latter award. Although not a fan, he predicts the one about estranged sisters by Bryce Dallas Howard has the best chance: “Until recently, it was available in full online. Unfortunately, it’s both sappy and clunky. If last year’s win for Terry Geroge‘s The Shore is any indication, however, that might actually work in its favor. Everyone in Hollywood likes Ron Howard, so this has a decent shot at winning in spite of itself.”

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Could Movie Theaters Have Bonus Features Too?

Last weekend, I attended a special sneak preview of The Guilt Trip, a road trip dramedy starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand. After the movie, audiences across the country were treated to a live Q&A with the stars via satellite and could participate by asking questions. In my report on the event, I featured amusing quotes about marijuana, Marlon Brandoand Babs’s bad driving, among other things. But I was mostly curious about this sort of event. “Could we see more of these happening, possibly to even more theaters and for a fee (or just included in the ticket price) during a film’s opening weekend? It wouldn’t be a bad idea for the movie business to give the people a little something extra. It’s like having a DVD bonus feature during your theatrical experience.”

More on movie theaters:
What Do Most Dine-In Movie Theaters Get Wrong?

 

15 Downright Brutal Attacks On Inanimate Movie Objects

This week’s list from David Christopher Bell might help you in your anger management. Just watch the clips from Goodfellas, Groundhog Day, Office Space and both Terminator 2 and Terminator 3. First, though, since it’s the season for it, he included A Christmas Story. On the destruction of the leg lamp: “Unlike almost everything else on this list, this wasn’t a crime of passion. It was premeditated, so much so to the point that she made sure there was no coming back – no means to repair what she had done. We don’t even witness it happen, but rather see only the sinister look on the woman’s face right before she passive aggressively destroys her husband’s ridiculous prize. In fact, for all we know, itwas an accident – and that’s what makes it such a delicious act of hate.”

More on A Christmas Story:
A Very Junkfood Christmas: Ralphie Gets His Gun For ‘A Black Christmas Story’

 

The Hollywood Melodrama is Back and Manlier Than Ever

In the latest Culture Warrior column, Landon noted this fall’s entries into the once-dead genres of the western, the musical and the melodrama, the last of which he focused on with a certain observation: “This Fall, Hollywood has, seemingly under our noses, reinvented the male melodramaMichael Philips of The Chicago Tribune recently celebrated the return of the mainstream film for adults, though with films like SkyfallLincoln, and Flight, this is a decidedly male return to maturity. But two of these films – Lincoln and Flight – seem indisputably melodramatic in the generic sense.”

 

Is Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Batman a Bad Idea?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Last week’s big story was the rumor that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will reprise his role from The Dark Knight Rises as a surrogate Batman in the Justice League movie. In his latest Boiling Point column, Robert spoke out against the idea: “Gordon-Levitt should not play Batman (he could play Nightwing, though they still face the idea of setting the entire DC universe in Nolan’s world) and DC/Warners should plan for the future of all the franchises, not for the continuation of one Nolan is leaving behind. Anything else will potentially bungle not only Batman, but the Justice League movie, maybe the Superman movie, and perhaps the entire DC Universe. Which would be a shame.”

More on The Dark Knight Rises and Justice League:
A Storm Is Brewing with ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Drinking Game
Rumor: Iconic DC Villain Might Be ‘Justice League’ Baddie

 

 


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