They have Rex Reed?!?
Oh Armond White, where art thou?
Movies recently reviewed by RRA:
Star Trek (2009)
Pain & Gain (2013)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
The New RRA: Less Spam, still 100% ruining AD.
Miss 0 or 100 Rex Reed!
FYC Oscar consideration, Miss Sally Field, as Mary Todd Lincoln
I thought the NYFCC is the more "Highbrow" of the two, that's why people were so shocked in 2003 when The Return of the King won Best Film from that Group. Many were predicting either Lost in Translation or even In America at the time.
Rachel Weisz won best actress today. The performance of the year won. So unless LAFC also awards it, I have a hard time seeing how they can rival the decision in that category.
This must be a dream. Rachel winning and Wallis missing (and with Wallis the whole Beasts).
I'm afraid DDL will steamroll all season again (Denzel is definitely dead as far as winning chances go, NY was his chance and he missed it, and it wasn't even close).
As for actresses, I guess Weisz will be one of those rare cases in which the NY winner goes nowhere, sadly. But maybe she can sneak in Globe Drama? And BAFTA if she's eligible (Deep Blue sea is a 2011 film, not sure when it opened in the UK).
For me, cinema is all about visuals. Hence why, in my eyes, Ben Affleck will never be a great director (whereas Spielberg is one, because he has an eye for great shots), and why John Ford will always be the greatest.
Last edited by Semp; 12-04-2012 at 03:46 AM.
Last edited by Semp; 12-04-2012 at 04:21 AM.
I know it eventually doesn't have too mean much but this Weisz win is giving me life! Finally I have someone to root for - I've loved her performance and as much as I did her previous work and wouldn't it be funny if she factors in the race after all? Imagine she would be the one from the actress roundtable that gets in before half of the other participants! Let's hope this will not be a fluke as the Tilda-tragedy last year and she gets some more mentions
Last edited by tnb; 12-04-2012 at 04:46 AM.
There's something wrong with this signature.
Can you find that ONE mistake?
http://weblogs.variety.com/thevote/2...iserables.htmlAnd I still don't see an unadulterated favorite.
We have a crowdpleaser that however is perceived as too light (Argo). We have a big "important" movie that however doesn't feel emotional or thrilling enough to generate passion (its "gravitas" is all you guys are saying it has). We have an apparently great, emotional and populist film that however will have some naysayers (Les Mis). And we have ZDT which reviews indicate could be too much of just a critics thing (brainy like, say, The Social Network).
I think nothing’s decided yet, but I think there are signs of weaknesses in all of them all around, and I think it’s foolish to discount how little support Lincoln and Spielberg just got in Best Picture and Best Director at NYFCC. If it had been in favour of Holy Motors or even The Master I would dismiss it, but it was in favour of two other BP frontrunners, so I don’t see how this doesn’t reveal a certain weakness (the same it reveals for Les Miz, but we already counted on that as far as critics go).
Last edited by McTeague; 12-04-2012 at 05:05 AM.
I can't understand how film wins 2 acting and screenplay awards and hasn't passion behind it.
Edit: NYFCC still thinks Spielberg's movies direct themselves. (taken from AD commnets.)
Last edited by Eternal; 12-04-2012 at 05:13 AM.
Spielberg vs. the Industry. Who Will Win In The End?
Nobody was expecting Lincoln to actually win the top prizes at NYFCC, were they? This is a group that is notoriously cold on Spielberg. The two times his films have won (Schindler and Ryan), they snubbed him and gave Directing to Jane Campion and Terrence Malick. Day-Lewis and Field are only the 2nd and 3rd actors to ever win for a Spielberg film (the 1st was Ralph Fiennes for Schindler), and Lincoln is the first Spielberg to win Screenplay.
The fact that it won those three prizes speaks volumes. Honestly, I feel like this is as far as a critics group such as NYFCC can be willing to go with him. Yeah, Lincoln didn't win Best Film, but it's not like their pick was something that didn't win anything else; Zero Dark Thirty was also clearly beloved in a number of categories. Both Lincoln and ZDT won three.
This has no negative bearing on Lincoln's shot at winning Best Picture. Not in the slightest.
It turns out it wasn't even a Top 3 choice.
It doesn't hurt its chances regarding Oscars. It simply shows I wasn't crazy in saying there doesn't seem to be "passion" for it. You vote for it in separate items, but on the whole, THREE (not one or two) movies were more beloved. It shows I haven't invented the weakness I'm perceiving. Which doesn't mean it won't win the Oscar, it just means it's not a clear-cut favorite, but I already knew that.
ETA: And a Metacritic survey shows many of the 100s Lincoln has come from New York. It seems I wasn't wrong saying those 100s didn't sound too convincing...
Last edited by McTeague; 12-04-2012 at 05:26 AM.
I'm sorry, McTeague, but your whole argument about Lincoln not having enough passion is, well, kinda crazy. You're ignoring the clear signs and making up something that isn't there.
The only thing I agree with you on is that Lincoln isn't the clear-cut favorite... it's one of them. We need to see the actual critical reception to Les Mis, as well as how much money both it and ZDT make before the race can be called. But it's insane to suggest that Lincoln isn't looking very good right now.