The Devil’s Advocates present the first annual Lucifer Awards, celebrating what we believe to be the best of film in 2009. Here are the results: Read the rest of this entry
Here at the Devil’s Advocates, I’ve been busy polling my fellow film critics to determine the very best of 2009. Many of them responded (one reviewer who shall remain nameless refrained out of protest over The Blind Side’s Oscar recognition), and I’ve compiled a list of the top choices for each of the eight major categories. By the end of the month, we will have voted again and decided on the winners of the first annual Lucifer Awards, or the Lucies for short. Here are the nominees: Read the rest of this entry
500 Days of Summer is a cautionary tale. The moral of the story? Don’t date cool, interesting people. They always wind up way too cool and interesting to stay with you. Actually, if anything, the film warns against building your life around a relationship, versus simply building your life. And it turns out that this is a powerful and effective message. Read the rest of this entry
Most people usually see the Golden Globes as the pre-cursors and foreshadowers of the Academy Awards, but there’s one big difference: Best Picture is divided into Drama and Musical/Comedy. This allows for a lot of variety, plus two winners in each of the biggest categories: Picture, Actor, and Actress. The Director, Screenplay, and Supporting Actor/Actress awards are lumped together, so it becomes a bit more prophetic of the Oscar race than the others (for example, the winners of Best Actor were Sean Penn (the eventual winner) and..ahem…Colin Farrell). This year’s three front-runners for Best Picture-Drama (and the coveted Best Picture Oscar) are Up in the Air (likely for Screenplay), The Hurt Locker (likely for Director, unless the “King of the World” has any say about it) and Precious (which is more actor-driven than production), with blockbusters Avatar and Inglourious Basterds weak competition. The Best Picture-Musical or Comedy section has the same variety: indie darling (see my piece on the Spirit Awards) vs. big-budget musical (the most viable candidate) vs. silly comedies (The Hangover? way to defy expectations, you snooty critics). Here’s the full list: http://www.goldenglobes.org/nominations/ Read the rest of this entry
Well, awards season is upon us again. Moviefone has been doing a non-stop onslaught of “The Race So Far” and “Oscar Buzz Goes To…”, and now the nominees for the Oscars of independent film have been announced: the Independent Spirit Awards. I greatly enjoy these awards, and this year is no exception. There are a ton of surprise choices on the ballot (Adventureland for Best Screenplay? Jemaine from “Flight of the Conchords” for Best Supporting Male? Paranormal Activity for Best First Feature???), but few of them stand to the juggernauts of this year’s festivals. (For the full list of nominees, check here: http://spiritawards.com/nominees) Read the rest of this entry
The Oscars are upon us already! Just yesterday they announced the hosts, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. To get prepared for the upcoming season, I asked each member of the staff (if they could find the time, which is difficult these days) to make a list of their 5 favorite films so far and two picks each for the other major categories (although they didn’t have to use all the spots). Here are the full lists for those who were able to participate: Read the rest of this entry
Yes, I am cheating again. Soon people will wonder why we even have the Devil’s Advocate stipulations for reviewing movies if we’re not going to follow them. Well, I reviewed multiple films this week so I’m giving myself a pass.
500 Days of Summer is a cautionary tale. The moral of the story? Don’t date cool, interesting people. They always wind up way too cool and interesting to stay with you. Actually, if anything, the film warns against building your life around a relationship, versus simply building your life. And it turns out that this is a powerful and effective message.
I know it’s tough when there are so many blockbusters to be had in the summertime. And I’m going to say this and be met with some resistance, but really, the blockbusters haven’t been all that great. With the exception of Star Trek it’s been a pretty tepid summer. So, here are the anti-blockbusters that you can see once you are tired of the mediocrity that has been left on our doorsteps this summer: