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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Friday, May 16, 2008

CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR DVD Review

CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR
ROG’S VIEWPOINT - 3 CAMS

RATED R

The true story of how Texas congressman Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) secretly helped to bring about the end of the Cold War. With the assistance of disgruntled CIA agent Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and wealthy Houston socialite Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts), Wilson secured the funding to arm the Afghanistan rebels in their fight against the Russians in the 1980s. “Charlie Wilson’s War” is a mildly entertaining and interesting look at events that ultimately changed history. Based on the book by George Crile, this wry political commentary is at its best when Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman share screen time. Extremely well-acted, but it is another fine Hanks performance that is eclipsed by Hoffman - who easily grabbed a supporting actor nomination. When the two stars aren’t together on screen, the movie slows down considerably. The supporting players add little to the landscape. While it’s great to have Julia Roberts back, her radiant moments amount to nothing more than an extended cameo. The enchanting Amy Adams also gets too small a role as personal assistant to the boozing womanizer Wilson, who was surrounded by beautiful women in and out of the office (earning the film its “R” rating). Director Mike Nichols gets the most out of Aaron Sorkin’s witty screenplay, which is reminiscent of “The West Wing” (created by Sorkin). But this is not quite "Graduate" work for Nichols.
DVD Extras: A "making of" featurette and a profile on the real Charlie Wilson.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

NATIONAL TREASURE 2: BOOK OF SECRETS DVD Review

NATIONAL TREASURE 2: BOOK OF SECRETS
ROG’S VIEWPOINT - 3 CAMS

RATED PG

To prove that an ancestor was not a conspirator in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) follows a trail that leads from John Wilkes Booth’s diary to a Presidential Book of Secrets. Along for the ride with Ben from Paris to London to Washington D.C. and Mount Rushmore are sidekick Riley Poole (Justin Bartha), ex-girlfriend Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger), father Patrick (Jon Voight) and mother Emily (Helen Mirren). Also in pursuit: bad guy Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris), who wants to leave his mark on the world, and FBI Agent Sadusky (Harvey Keitel). “National Treasure 2: Book Of Secrets” is almost a carbon copy of the first entry in the series and just as exciting. It is a touch of history disguised as pure popcorn entertainment. While not as inventive as “National Treasure”, the stellar cast looks like they’re having fun - and so does the audience. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub deliver the goods on the screen with around-the-world locales, massive sets and non-stop action. Maybe some of the facts are stretched or changed (a lost city of gold in America?), but this is just the type of guilty pleasure that could have inquisitive minds researching the past. A little education while entertaining is not a bad thing. Now that’s a treasure for us all.
DVD Extras: Deleted scenes, bloopers, audio commentary by director Jon Turteltaub and actor Jon Voight, featurettes, Easter Eggs and much more.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

ENCHANTED DVD Review

ENCHANTED
ROG’S VIEWPOINT - 4 CAMS

RATED PG

Cartoon fairytale Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) is pushed down a well by evil Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) and ends up as a human in New York City. Prince Edward (James Marsden) and a chipmunk named Pip jump to the rescue while Giselle falls under the spell of single dad Robert Philip (Patrick Dempsey) and his daughter Morgan( Rachel Covey). The Queen is not far behind. “Enchanted” is one of the most original and inventive movies to come out of the Disney Studio in years. Thoroughly delightful and entertaining, this is exactly the type of movie Walt Disney would make if he were alive today. Director Kevin Lima (“Tarzan”), along with cast and crew, should be applauded. Practically all of the Disney animated classics are gently skewered with comic reverence. The trash talking Pip is a howl. It is refreshing to see old-style animation for a change. Memorable new songs and music by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz complete the perfect picture. Amy Adams is at the top of my list for Best Actress. Creating a real-life cartoon character is difficult at best (remember Robin Williams as Popeye?). Amy makes it look easy. James Marsden is equally amazing. He could be on the short list for Best Supporting Actor. Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew in “Harry Potter”) adds a touch of hilarity as the Queen’s pudgy attendant Nathaniel. This is a family event at its finest - even with a scary dragon. “Enchanted” is captivating and enchanting!
DVD Extras: Featurettes, bloopers, deleted scenes and a brand new cartoon short "Pip's Predicament: A Pop-Up Adventure".