Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Winners


 


Winners announced December 16, 2014.
"Birdman" soars above the flock with 7 awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Ensemble. Congratulations to all nominees and winners. 

BEST PICTURE
"Birdman"

TOP TEN FILMS OF 2014 (in alphabetical order)
"A Most Violent Year"
"Birdman"
"Boyhood"
"Gone Girl"
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"Guardians of the Galaxy"
"The Imitation Game"
"The Lego Movie"
"The Theory of Everything"
"Whiplash"

BEST DIRECTOR
Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Michael Keaton, "Birdman"

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
J. K. Simmons, "Whiplash"

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game"

BEST ENSEMBLE ACTING
"Birdman"

BEST SCREENPLAY WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR THE SCREEN
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"

BEST SCREENPLAY ADAPTED FROM MATERIAL IN ANOTHER MEDIUM
"Gone Girl"

BEST LIVE ACTION FAMILY FILM (Rated G or PG)
"Into the Woods"

THE OVERLOOKED FILM OF THE YEAR
"Edge of Tomorrow"
                       
BEST ANIMATED FILM
"The Lego Movie"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM 
"Ida"

BEST DOCUMENTARY
"Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me"

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Everything is Awesome", "The Lego Movie"

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
"Birdman"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 
"Birdman"

BEST FILM EDITING 
"Birdman"

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
"Intersellar"

BEST STUNTS
"Edge of Tomorrow"

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE ON CAMERA
Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE BEHIND THE CAMERA
Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH IN A LEAD OR SUPPORTING ROLE – MALE
Jaeden Lieberer, "St. Vincent"

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH IN A LEAD OR SUPPORTING ROLE – FEMALE
Lilla Crawford, "Into the Woods"

 The Phoenix Film Critics Society (PFCS) is an organization of  professional film reviewers from Arizona-based outlets and have been giving awards annually since 2000 to celebrate the best in cinematic achievement.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Phoenix Film Critics Society 2014 Award Nominations







BEST PICTURE/ TOP TEN FILMS OF 2014
A Most Violent Year
Birdman
Boyhood
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Imitation Game
The Lego Movie
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Inarritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Brendon Gleeson, Calvary
Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Hilary Swank, The Homesman
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Logan Lerman, Fury
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J. K. Simmons, Whiplash

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Carrie Coon, Gone Girl
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman

BEST ENSMEBLE ACTING
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods

BEST SCREENPLY WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR THE SCREEN
A Most Violent Year
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Whiplash

BEST SCREENPLY ADAPTED FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM
American Sniper
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Wild

BEST LIVE ACTION FAMILY FILM
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Muppets Most Wanted

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
The Lego Movie
How to Train Your Dragon 2

OVERLOOKED FILM OF THE YEAR
Calvary
Edge of the Tomorrow
Obvious Child
The Skeleton Twins
Snowpiercer

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Force Majeure
IDA
Mood Indigo
The Raid 2

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Citizen Four
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Life Itself
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Everything is Awesome, The Lego Movie
Immortals, Big Hero 6
Lost Stars, Begin Again
Miracles, Unbroken

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Birdman
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
The Theory of Everything

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
A Most Violent Year
Birdman
Interstellar
Into the Woods
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken

BEST FILM EDITING
Birdman
boyhood
Gone Girl
Interstellar
Into the Woods

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Snowpiercer

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
The Theory of Everything

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar

BEST STUNTS
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
John Wick
Need for Speed
The Raid 2

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE ON CAMERA
Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Jenny Slate, Obvious Child

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE BEHIND THE CAMERA
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child
Jon Stewart, Rosewater

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH – MALE
Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood
Daniel Huttlestone, Into the Woods
Jaeden Lieberber, St. Vincent
Ed Oxenbould, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Tony Revolori, The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH – FEMALE
Lilla Crawford, Into the Woods
Mackenzie Foy, Interstellar
Sterling Jerins, And So It Goes
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Monday, February 25, 2008

ROAD TO VICTORY Comments

As a film festival judge, I have screened many independent movies. Recently, I watched "Road To Victory" - the story of an ex-football player who is unable to perform sexually.
It was powerful, thought-provoking and held my interest right up to the end. The subject matter does make it a tough sell with limited audience appeal, but this should open some Hollywood doors to writer/director/star Mike Reilly and his lovely co-star Julia Anderson.

Friday, January 4, 2008

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN-AT WORLD’S END DVD REVIEW

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END
ROG’S VIEWPOINT - 4 CAMS

RATED PG-13

Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Capt. Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) set sail to rescue Pirate Lord Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from Davy Jones’ Locker. All of the Pirate Lords, including the treacherous Capt. Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat), must meet and unite to regain control of the high seas from Lord Beckett (Tom Hollander) and Davy Jones (Bill Nighy). Beckett, holding Jones’ heart hostage, is in control of the Flying Dutchman. “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End” is a long (almost 3 hours), but ultimately satisfying conclusion to the swashbuckling series. The loose ends are tied up and the characters’ fates are resolved with a hint of new adventures - if you stay through the end of the lengthy credits. At times, confusion reigns as the intricate plot sorts out the multiple character situations. Capt. Sparrow’s afterlife in the Locker, filled with rock crabs and a crew of Jacks, goes on way too long. But the extended spectacular final sea battle, elaborate sets, costumes and adventures add up to a visually stunning ride that captures the spirit of the popular park attraction. Director Gore Verbinski brings back the entire cast with an added treat. Keith Richards, doing a great Jack Sparrow impression, is on board briefly as Lord Capt. Teague. With a minimum of makeup, he manages to gather a little moss. The digital version was screened for the press. The presentation was flawless - bright, sharp and no film artifacts or breakage. This cinematic wave of the future is truly impressive. With a few surprises along the way, “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End” is a seaworthy effort that won’t sink the franchise.
DVD Extras: A treasure trove of featurettes, deleted scenes, bloopers and more.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

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