Thursday, January 31, 2013

Transamerica



2005 American Feature

Cast: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Graham Greene, Fionnula Flanagan, Burt Young, Carrie Preston and Elizabeth Peña
Writer/Director: Duncan Tucker

Synopsis:
Prior to her final gender reassignment surgery, Bree, a male-to-female transsexual, must meet the son she never knew she fathered. He turns out to be a troubled gay hustler, and they set out on a cross-country road trip filled with confrontation and surprising revelations.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 76% / Audience: 77%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 66% / Audience: 7.8%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

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  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Award nominations for Best Actress (Huffman) and Original Song ("Travelin' Thru").
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations for Best Actress (Huffman) and Original Song ("Travelin' Thru").
  • Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Costume Design for Film - Contemporary.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Drama (Huffman); also nominated for Original Song ("Travelin' Thru").
  • Grammy Award nomination for Best Song Written for Motion Picture ("Travelin' Thru").
  • Independent Spirit Awards for Best Actress (Huffman) and First Screenplay; also nominated for Best First Feature.
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Actress (Huffman).
  • San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Actress (Huffman).
  • Tribeca Film Festival Award for Best Actress - Drama (Huffman).
  • Verzaubert - International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Award for Best Feature Film.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Felicity Huffman's husband, actor William H. Macy, was an executive producer on the film. 
  • Calpernia Addams and Andrea James, actresses and transgender rights activists, coached Felicity Huffman and also have cameo appearances in the film.
  • When Duncan Tucker asked Dolly Parton for the use of one of her existing songs for the film, she ended up writing and recording a brand new one, the gospel-influenced "Travelin' Thru".

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Single Man



2009 American Feature

Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Goode, Jon Kortajarena, Paulette Lamori, Ryan Simpkins, Ginnfer Goodwin and Lee Pace
Director: Tom Ford
Writers: Tom Ford and David Scearce, based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood

Synopsis:
College professor George Falconer, still reeling from the death of his partner, plans to end his own life. His final day is filled with preparations, doubt, and unexpected hope.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 85% / Audience: 78%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 77% / Audience: 8.2%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Actor (Firth).
  • AFI Award for Movies of the Year.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Actor (Firth); also nominated for Best Costume Design.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations for Best Actor (Firth), Supporting Actress (Moore), Adapted Screenplay and Art Direction.
  • Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association Dorian Awards for Film of the Year, LGBT-Themed Film of the Year and Film Performances of the Year (Firth).
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor (Firth), Supporting Actress (Moore) and Original Score.
  • Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best First Feature, Male Lead (Firth) and First Screenplay.
  • International Cinephile Society Awards for Best Actor (Firth) and Original Score.
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for British Actor of the Year (Firth).
  • Movie Dearest Award for Movie of the Year.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor (Firth).
  • Venice Film Festival Queer Lion Award and Best Actor (Firth).
  • World Soundtrack Awards for Discovery of the Year (Composer Abel Korzeniowski) and Public Choice.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Fashion designer Tom Ford's directorial debut. Ford financed the film himself.
  • Casting Call: Jamie Bell.
  • Artist Don Bachardy, the long-time partner of Christopher Isherwood, makes a cameo appearance in the English Department staff room scene. A piece of Bachardy's artwork can also be seen in the film.
  • Fashion journalist Richard Buckley, Tom Ford's partner, also has a cameo appearance, in the waiting room scene at the college.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Shelter



2007 American Feature

Cast: Trevor Wright, Brad Rowe, Tina Holmes, Jackson Wurth, Katie Walder, Matt Bushell, Ross Thomas, Albert Reed and Joy Gohring
Writer/Director: Jonah Markowitz

Synopsis:
When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, aspiring artist Zach finds an escape in surfing with his best friend's brother Shaun. Their unexpected romance causes problems between Zach and his family.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 58% / Audience: 85%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 66% / Audience: 8.9%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Awards:
  • Dallas Out Takes Awards for Best Feature and Actor (Wright).
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • L.A. Outfest Audience Award for First Dramatic Feature.
  • Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Special Award for First Time Director.
  • Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Awards for Favorite Feature Film and Best New Director.
  • Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Audience Awards for Favorite Feature Film, Best Actor (Wright), Supporting Actress (Holmes) and Cinematography.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Directorial debut of Jonah Markowitz.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

The Rocky Horror Picture Show



1975 British/American Feature

Cast: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Meat Loaf and Charles Gray
Director: Jim Sharman
Writers: Jim Sharman and Richard O'Brien, based on the stage musical The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O'Brien
Songs: Richard O'Brien

Synopsis:
When their car breaks down, engaged couple Brad Majors and Janet Weiss seek refuge in a nearby castle inhabited by the enigmatic Dr. Frank N. Furter, a self-described "sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania" who draws them into his bizarre, decadent world.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 77% / Audience: 83%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 55% / Audience: 7.3%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Books: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Hall of Fame Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Based on the stage musical The Rocky Horror Show, which premiered in London in 1973 and ran for over 2,000 performances. A short-lived Broadway run in 1975 was followed by a popular, Tony Award nominated revival in 2000, which starred Tom Hewitt, Raúl Esparza and Lea DeLaria.
  • Tim Curry, Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn and Nell Campbell (a.k.a. Little Nell) recreated the roles they originated in the original London production, which was also directed by Jim Sharman. Curry and O'Brien also starred in the original Broadway production, along with Meat Loaf as both Eddie and Dr. Scott.
  • Tim Curry's film debut.
  • Casting Call: Mick Jagger, Steve Martin and Vincent Price.
  • A box office flop upon its initial release, The Rocky Horror Picture Show found an enthusiastic audience once it started screening at midnight showings. Enhanced by elaborate "stage shows" performed by enthusiastic local fans, complete with costumes, props and audience participation, RHPS is still in limited release and, as the longest-running theatrical release in film history, is commonly considered the king of "cult movies".
  • Ranked #2 on Entertainment Weekly's 2003 list of "The Top 50 Cult Movies".
  • Shock Treatment, a pseudo-sequel which also starred Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell and Charles Gray in different roles, followed in 1981.
  • Rocky Horror fandom was the subject of the 2000 documentary A Regular Frankie Fan.
  • In 2005, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was inducted into the National Film Registry.
  • In 2008, MTV planned a television version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but the project was ultimately cancelled.
  • In a 2010 second season episode of Glee, titled "The Rocky Horror Glee Show", the New Directions Glee Club performed their own version of the stage musical. Some of the song lyrics were changed ostensibly due to the show's high school setting; for example, "I'm a sweet transvestite from transexual Transylvania" became "I'm a sweet transvestite from sensational Transylvania". RHPS cast members Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf made cameo appearances in the episode. A seven track soundtrack of the episode was released on CD.
  • Adult film company Wicked Pictures released the multiple-AVN Award winner Rocki Whore Picture Show: A Hardcore Parody in 2011. However, they changed the sex of the monster created by their "Franks N. Beans" to a woman and named her "Roki Whore".
  • The Fox Network has announced a "Rocky Horror Picture Show Event" that will be directed and choreographed by Kenny Ortega of High School Musical fame.
  • To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the BBC aired Rocky Horror Show Live, a filmed performance at London’s Playhouse Theatre. David Bedella starred as Frank N. Furter and Richard O'Brien appeared as one of a rotating string of "guest narrators" that also included Stephen Fry, Anthony Head (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame) and Emma Bunton (a.k.a. Ginger Spice of the Spice Girls).

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Rent



2005 American Feature

Cast: Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson, Jesse L. Martin, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Idina Menzel, Tracie Thoms and Taye Diggs
Director: Chris Columbus
Writer: Stephen Chbosky, based on the stage musical by Jonathan Larson
Songs: Jonathan Larson

Synopsis:
The lives and loves of a group of young bohemian artists living in the slums of New York City's East Village in the age of AIDS.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 46% / Audience: 81%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 53% / Audience: 7.4%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations for Best Acting Ensemble, Soundtrack and Song ("Seasons of Love").
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Based on the long-running stage musical Rent, which was inspired by Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème. The original 1996 Broadway production won the Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for ten Tony Awards and won four, for Best Musical, Book, Score and Featured Actor for Wilson Jermaine Heredia. 
  • Rent creator Jonathan Larson died suddenly the night before the 1996 Off-Broadway premiere of the show.
  • Potential Directors: Spike Lee, Baz Luhrmann, Rob Marshall, Sam Mendes and Martin Scorsese.
  • Casting Call: Frenchie Davis and Jennifer Hudson.
  • Six of the eight main cast members — Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Jesse L. Martin, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs — recreated their roles from the original stage production for the film.
  • Although the film is set in 1989, Angel references the 1991 movie Thelma & Louise in the song "Today 4 U".
  • Director Chris Columbus has a cameo appearance in the film as the annoyed driver getting his windshield washed.
  • Tracie Thoms went on to play Joanne on Broadway through the show's final performance, which was filmed for Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway, released theatrically in 2008.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Querelle



1982 West German/French Feature

Cast: Brad Davis, Franco Nero, Jeanne Moreau and Frank Ripploh
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Writers: Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Burkhard Driest, from the novel Querelle of Brest by Jean Genet

Synopsis:
Handsome Belgian sailor Georges Querelle lands in Brest, France and finds himself embroiled in a seedy world of drugs, murder and his own unexplored passions.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 56% / Audience: 69 %
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Book: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's final film.
  • Potential Directors: Sam Peckinpah, John Schlesinger and Werner Schroeter.
  • The film is dedicated to El Hedi ben Salem, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's ex-lover who committed suicide while in a French prison for stabbing three people.
  • The 1982 documentary The Wizard of Babylon documents the making of Querelle. It features an interview with Rainer Werner Fassbinder that was filmed only ten hours before his death.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Philadelphia



1993 American Feature

Cast: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Antonio Banderas, Joanne Woodward, Chandra Wilson, Bradley Whitford and Ron Vawter
Director: Jonathan Demme
Writer: Ron Nyswaner

Synopsis:
When Andrew Beckett, a lawyer with AIDS, is fired by a conservative law firm because of his condition, he must hire a homophobic small-time attorney to represent him in his wrongful termination suit.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 77% / Audience: 86%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 66% / Audience: 8.0%
  • OMG rating: 5/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Actor (Hanks) and Original Song ("Streets of Philadelphia"); also nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Original Song ("Philadelphia") and Makeup.
  • BAFTA Award nomination for Original Screenplay.
  • Berlin International Film Festival Silver Berlin Bear Award for Best Actor (Hanks).
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film.
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor - Drama (Hanks) and Original Song ("Streets of Philadelphia"); also nominated for Original Screenplay.
  • Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television ("Streets of Philadelphia").
  • Writers Guild of America nomination for Original Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Credited as the first studio theatrical feature to deal with the subject of HIV/AIDS. 
  • Philadelphia was inspired in part by the life of Geoffrey Bowers, a lawyer who sued his former employer, the law firm Baker & McKenzie, for wrongful dismissal in one of the first AIDS discrimination cases.
  • The film's workings title included People Like Us, At Risk and Probable Cause.
  • Casting Call: Daniel Day-Lewis, Andy Garcia, Michael Keaton, John Leguizamo, Bill Murray, Robin Williams and James Woods.
  • Director Jonathan Demme had to convince TriStar Pictures to hire actor Ron Vawter to play Bob Seidman. TriStar wanted Demme to hire someone else because Vawter was HIV-positive and the insurance company covering the film refused to extend coverage to him. Demme managed to convince TriStar to allow the hiring of Vawter anyway, because refusing to hire an actor because of his HIV-positive status would have been particularly ironic in the context of a movie about the injustice of a lawyer being fired because he is HIV-positive.
  • Quentin Crisp makes a cameo appearance in the party scene.
  • In 2003, Andrew Beckett ranked #49 on the "Heroes" list in the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains" list.
  • In 2004, "Streets of Philadelphia" ranked #68 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Songs" list.
  • In 2007, Philadelphia was ranked #20 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Cheers" list.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Personal Best



1982 American Feature

Cast: Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Patrice Donnelly, Kenny Moore, Jim Moody, Kari Gosswiller and Jodi Anderson
Writer/Director: Robert Towne

Synopsis:
Chris Cahill, a young runner competing for a spot on the US Olympic team, meets the more experienced track and field athlete Tory Skinner, and their friendship evolves into a complicated romantic relationship.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 77% / Audience: 56%
  • OMG rating: 4/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Academy Award winning screenwriter Robert Towne's first film as a director and as a producer.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Outrage



2009 American Feature

Cast: Tammy Baldwin, Elizabeth Birch, Barney Frank, Neil Giuliano, Larry Kramer, Tony Kushner, James McGreevey, Michelangelo Signorile and Andrew Sullivan
Writer/Director: Kirby Dick

Synopsis:
An in-depth exposé of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who promote anti-gay legislation in the United States.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 78% / Audience: 71%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 64% / Audience: 8.0%
  • OMG rating: 9/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association Dorian Award nomination for LGBT-Themed Film of the Year.
  • Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Jury Award for Best Documentary. 
  • Movie Dearest Award for Documentary of the Year.
  • News & Documentary Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Investigative Journalism - Long Form.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Some media coverage of the film, such as reports from The Washington Post, CNN and NPR, refused to mention by name those politicians "outed" in the film. 
  • Outrage was notoriously snubbed by the GLAAD Media Awards. GLAAD responded to criticism by arguing that Outrage "doesn't promote awareness, understanding and respect for LGBT lives and thus does not fit the criteria for the GLAAD Media Awards".

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom



2008 Canadian/American Feature

Cast: Darryl Stephens, Christian Vincent, Doug Spearman, Rodney Chester, Jensen Atwood, Gary LeRoi Gray, Jonathan Julian, Gregory Kieth and Trevor Josiah Thomas
Director: Patrik-Ian Polk
Writers: Patrik-Ian Polk, John R. Gordon and Q. Allan Brocka

Synopsis:
Four couples gather at Martha's Vineyard for the upcoming nuptials of Noah and Wade, where bachelor parties, unexpected guests and last-minute jitters threaten to cause all their relationships to unravel.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 44% / Audience: 72%

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Limited Release

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Milk



2008 American Feature

Cast: Sean Penn, James Franco, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, Denis O'Hare, Stephen Spinella and Lucas Grabeel
Director: Gus Van Sant
Writer: Dustin Lance Black

Synopsis:
The life and death of gay rights icon Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in the United States.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 94% / Audience: 88%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 84% / Audience: 7.6%
  • OMG rating: 9/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Actor (Penn) and Original Screenplay; also nominated for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Brolin), Costume Design, Original Score and Film Editing.
  • AFI Award, Movies of the Year.
  • BAFTA Award nominations for Best Film, Actor (Penn), Original Screenplay and Makeup & Hair.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actor (Penn) and Acting Ensemble; also nominated for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Brolin and Franco), Writer and Composer.
  • Casting Society of America Award for Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Feature, Studio or Independent Drama/Comedy.
  • Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor (Penn).
  • Grammy Award nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album.
  • Independent Spirit Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Franco) and First Screenplay; also nominated for Male Lead (Penn) and Cinematography.
  • International Cinephile Society Awards for Best Director, Editing and Original Score.
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor (Penn).
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor (Brolin).
  • Movie Dearest Award for Movie of the Year.
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor (Penn).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Film, Actor (Penn) and Best Supporting Actor (Brolin).
  • Producers Guild of America Stanley Kramer Award to producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen; also nominated for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor (Penn); also nominated for Supporting Actor (Brolin) and Cast.
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • An earlier, unproduced Harvey Milk biopic was based on Randy Shilts' biography The Mayor of Castro Street. Oliver Stone wrote a script, Gus Van Sant and later Bryan Singer were attached to direct, and Daniel Day-Lewis, Richard Gere, Al Pacino, Robin Williams and James Woods were under consideration to play Milk.
  • Casting Call: Bradley Cooper, Matt Damon and Chris Evans.
  • A number of Harvey Milk's associates appear in the film, including Tom Ammiano, Allan Baird, Frank M. Robinson (who play themselves), Cleve Jones, Anne KronenbergDaniel Nicoletta and Carol Ruth Silver.
  • Several scenes were filmed in the actual historical locations, such as Milk's apartment and his camera shop.
  • After his first kissing scene with James Franco, Sean Penn texted his ex-wife Madonna saying, "I just broke my cherry kissing a guy." Her response: "Congratulations."
  • Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has a cameo in the film as a "Castro clone".

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Midnight Cowboy



1969 American Feature

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver, Brenda Vaccaro, Barnard Hughes, Ruth White, Jennifer Salt and Bob Balaban
Director: John Schlesinger
Writer: Waldo Salt, based on the novel by James Leo Herlihy

Synopsis:
Joe Buck, a young Texan, goes to New York City to be a hustler, and finds friendship in the unlikely Enrico Rizzo, a crippled con-man. Together, they struggle to survive on the streets.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 88% / Audience: 86%
  • OMG rating: 9 /10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay; also nominated for Best Actor (Hoffman and Voight), Supporting Actress (Miles) and Film Editing.
  • BAFTA Awards for Best Film, Actor (Hoffman), Director, Screenplay, Film Editing and Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles (Voight).
  • Berlin International Film Festival OCIC Award.
  • David di Donatello Awards for Best Foreign Director and Best Foreign Actor (Hoffman).
  • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Male (Voight); also nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Director, Actor - Drama (Hoffman and Voight), Supporting Actress (Vaccaro) and Screenplay.
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor (Voight).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (Voight).
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The film was rated "X" upon its original release in 1969, and thus is the only X-rated movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Reportedly the MPAA announced that it would give Midnight Cowboy the less restrictive R rating if a gay sex scene was cut; director John Schlesinger refused. It was later re-rated "R" in 1971, when United Artists successfully reissued it on a double bill with the similarly controversial Women in Love.
  • Casting Call: Warren Beatty, Robert Blake, Charles Durning, Ruth Gordon, Lee Majors, Elvis Presley and Michael Sarrazin.
  • Director John Schlesinger said that Andy Warhol's My Hustler influenced the visual style of Midnight Cowby. Conversely, Warhol renamed his next film Lonesome Cowboys and quickly made and released the hustler-themed movie Flesh to capitalize on the pre-release buzz of Midnight Cowboy.
  • Actor Bob Balaban's film debut.
  • Cameos in the film's party scene include actor/singer Paul Jabara and Warhol stars Taylor Mead, Paul Morrissey, International Velvet, Ultra Violet and Viva (playing a character inspired by Andy Warhol himself).
  • Reportedly when the movie was first previewed, the audience started to leave in droves during the movie theater scene featuring Joe Buck's gay encounter.
  • In 1994, Midnight Cowboy was inducted into the National Film Registry.
  • In 1998, Midnight Cowboy was ranked #36 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies" list.
  • In 2004, "Everybody's Talking" ranked #22 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Songs" list.
  • In 2005, "I'm walkin' here!" was ranked #27 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes" list.
  • In 2007, Midnight Cowboy was ranked #43 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition" list.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Little Ashes



2008 Spanish/British Feature

Cast: Javier Beltrán, Robert Pattinson, Matthew McNulty, Marina Gatell, Bruno Oro, Esther Nubiola, Marc Pujol and Arly Jover
Director: Paul Morrison
Writer: Philippa Goslett

Synopsis:
Set against the backdrop of Spain during the 1920s, three of the era's most creative young talents — artist Salvador Dalí, poet Federico García Lorca and film director Luis Buñuel — meet at university and set off on a course to change their world.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 24% / Audience: 47%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 41% / Audience: 8.1%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Awards:

Notes/Trivia:
  • The film's title is taken from Salvador Dalí's painting Cenicitas (Little Ashes).
  • Some consider this film fictionalized (at least in part), for while it is widely acknowledged that Federico García Lorca was infatuated with Dalí, Dalí himself denied ever having entered into a romantic relationship with him.
  • Robert Pattinson has said that he "pleasured himself to completion in a scene", as faking it "just doesn’t work". He added, "My orgasm face is recorded for eternity". He also stated that the production was the "worst" as working around other naked male actors was "mortifying".
  • Federico García Lorca is also the subject of the 1996 biopic Death in Granada starring Andy Garcia.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

The Kids Are All Right



2010 American Feature

Cast: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Yaya Dacosta, Kunal Sharma, Eddie Hassell and Zosia Mamet
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Writers : Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg

Synopsis:
Jules and Nic are a loving couple whose lives are disrupted upon the arrival of the sperm donor who fathered their now teenaged children.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 93% / Audience: 72 %
  • Metacritic - Critics: 86% / Audience: 7.3%
  • OMG rating: 6 /10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B-

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Actress (Bening), Supporting Actor (Ruffalo) and Original Screenplay.
  • AFI Award, Movies of the Year.
  • BAFTA Award nominations for Best Actress (Bening and Moore), Supporting Actor (Ruffalo) and Original Screenplay.
  • Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award for Best Feature Film.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations for Best Actress (Bening), Supporting Actor (Ruffalo), Acting Ensemble and Original Screenplay.
  • Casting Society of America Award for Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Feature, Studio or Independent Comedy.
  • Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association Dorian Award for Film Performance of the Year (Bening); also nominated for Film of the Year and LGBT-Themed Film of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical and Actress - Comedy or Musical (Bening); also nominated for Actress - Comedy or Musical (Moore) and Screenplay.
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay; also nominated for Best Feature, Director, Female Lead (Bening) and Supporting Male (Ruffalo).
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for Best Actress (Bening).
  • Movie Dearest Award for Women of the Year: Annette Bening & Julianne Moore; Honorable Mention for Movie of the Year and New Star of the Year (Wasikowska).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress (Bening), Supporting Actor (Ruffalo) and Screenplay.
  • Producers Guild of American Award nomination for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actress (Bening), Supporting Actor (Ruffalo) and Cast.
  • Writers Guild of America nomination for Original Screenplay. 

Notes/Trivia:
  • Based upon co-writer and director Lisa Cholodenko's relationship with her partner Wendy, both of whom had children via a sperm donor.
  • The film's title is based on the song "The Kids Are Alright" by The Who.
  • Casting Call: Ewan McGregor and Robin Wright.
  • Cholodenko is reportedly in the process of creating a The Kids Are All Right television series for HBO.

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