Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contenders from Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan were among the winners at this weekend's Golden Horse Awards -- effectively the Oscars of the Chinese-speaking film industry. And while there were some heavy-hitting auteurs in the running for top honors (Wong Kar-wai, Jia Zhang-ke, Johnnie To and Tsai Ming-liang among them), it was ultimately a modest debut feature that won out, as young Singaporean director Anthony Chen's gentle family drama "Ilo Ilo" took four awards, including Best Picture.
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For all the many Whovians who have spent the weekend dissecting "The Day of the Doctor," here's a clip to lighten up matters. Will Ferrell, as his Ron Burgundy "Anchorman" character, tries to sort out why no one has will tell him the Doctor's name, a play on the old "Who's on First" Abbot and Costello bit.
Finally, we have a return date set for "Orphan Black"!
So far, "Dallas Buyers Club" has had a fairly smooth ride, but it was inevitable that its social and sexual politics would at some point find vocal dissenters. R. Kurt Osenlund certainly does his best to trigger a debate, calling it "one of the year's worst films," and likening it to Macklemore's hit single "Same Love" as a work of "warped queer advocacy." "I sure as hell don't want to see the first major movie about AIDS in 20 years to be about a goddamned queer-hating hick," he fumes. "I want more from my art, I want better advocates, and more than anything, I want more people, and colleagues, to acknowledge the problem." He then goes on to suggest director Jean-Marc Vallée's heterosexuality might "in a way" be problematic. I can't say I agree with him one iota, but there's a longer discussion to be had here. [House Next Door]
Hey, remember that screaming argument Apollo and Kenya had during the reunion last season? The one about who texted who, and who wanted to have sex with who? Hope you took notes, because it's back again!
After weeks of audience testing, editors Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers futzing with the various tones director David O. Russell captures take-to-take during production, "American Hustle" finally came out to play Sunday as Sony Pictures unveiled the film to a swath of press and SAG nominating committee members, among others.
The reveal was a highly anticipated one, given Russell's recent track record on the circuit: both "The Fighter" and "Silver Linings Playbook" landed a slew of Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. It also brought the 2013 film awards season one step closer to a complete picture, leaving just Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" to be seen. That, by the way, will happen within the week; by the time December arrives, the whole playing field will thankfully have been revealed.
For now, though, what's the verdict on "American Hustle?" Is it a player or a pretender? Is this powerhouse ensemble that brings with it 17 Oscar nominations and four wins a formidable force?