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SHORT STUFF: THE 2015 OSCAR-NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS
by Jay Seaver
"Of the three short film awards presented at the annual Oscars ceremony, the animation category is where most people are likely to feel some sort of routing interest because there's generally one entry that played before a feature, and this got seen, and thus made the viewer feel some sense of ownership. That one tends to win a lot, and often has a good argument, because it's got not just visibility, but the budget and technical resources of a major studio behind it, compared to the independent or student productions it's competing with." (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: "NOW WHAT ARE YOU, AND WHO ARE YOU DOIN' HERE?"
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "The Pack" and "Southbound" and a look at three new Blu-Ray releases, including a Best Picture nominee and two classics—one acknowledged and one of sorts." (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: IT MUST BE JANUARY
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "The 5th Wave," "Martyrs," "Mojave," "Monster Hunt" and "A Perfect Day."" (more)
INTERVIEW: CHARLIE KAUFMAN AND DUKE JOHNSON ON "ANOMALISA"
by Peter Sobczynski
"The co-directors of the Academy Award-nominated stop-motion animation film discuss the challenges of the craft, outline the difficulties of shooting a convincing love scene involving puppets and debate the eternal question of Cyndi Lauper vs. Celine Dion" (more)
CRITICWATCH - THE 2015 QUOTE WHORES OF THE YEAR
by Erik Childress
"Here we come to the end of another year. Of the roughly 143 wide releases in 2015, 75 of them ended up in the negative at Rotten Tomatoes. Just a little more than half. Criticwatch remained rather silent throughout 2015 as we watched from the sidelines that many of the same ol' junket quote whores were still doing their thing. But aside from the rise of a few new wannabes it was not a particularly strong year for the blurbists. Which makes us very happy. In fact like this year's college Bowl season we almost had trouble filling out the ranks. Almost. Until we can reduce this to a list of zero, our job will not be done. If we can just get Warner Bros. to stop using these people in bulk we could almost wipe out junketeering overnight. Those poor folks had a really bad year though financially, so who can blame them for wanting us to believe that someone liked their movies. But we know they can do better in 2016 and beyond with some real critics. The list below does not consist of such people and that is why they are the quote whores of the year." (more)
CRITICWATCH PRESENTS: PETER TRAVERS (THE 2015 RETROSPECTIVE)
by Erik Childress
"Back in July of this year it was reported that longtime Rolling Stone film critic and champion Criticwatch quote whore, Peter Travers, may have been getting demoted at the magazine. Though certainly no fan of what would have been referred to in olden times as Hyperbolus Maximus, Travers may have had a right to be "yelling and screaming" at co-founder Jann Wenner. After all, Travers had certainly done the bidding of his bosses to get the Rolling Stone name out there more by giving studios precisely what they wanted even if the reviews rarely matched the repetitious praise. It could easily be argued that the magazine is now more associated with film blurbs than anything related to music for the past 15 years." (more)
CRITICWATCH PRESENTS: PETE HAMMOND (THE 2015 RETROSPECTIVE)
by Erik Childress
"The more things stay the same, the more things stay the same. Clearly that is not the original saying, but wrongheaded and often idiotic repetition are staples of former Maxim Magazine "film critic" and current Deadline contributor, Pete Hammond. You want a plug for your wannabe Oscar film that has no chance of being a player? Pete will give you a quote. You want a complete absence of perspective for film history in favor of easily digestible hyperbole? Hammond's your guy. That is why he was seen quoted on 30 film ads in 2015 while more knowledgeable and respected critics from Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and anywhere else were barely noticed or acknowledged." (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: SISTER ACTS.
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "Flowers," "Sisters" and the Blu-Ray of "Ant-Man"" (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW "FAIR IS FOUL AND FOUL IS FAIR"
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "The Danish Girl," "The Keeping Room," "Macbeth" and "Youth"" (more)
THE OSCAR EYE (2015 AWARDS TALLY W/PREDICTIONS) (UPDATING 1/13)
by Erik Childress
"e Oscar Eye is brings you the latest award tallies for each of the film. Who is winning? Who is being nominated? Who isn't getting any love? Will it all lead to Oscar gold or will some great films be the perpetual bridesmaid to the soft-lovin' Academy? (NOTE: "Other Awards" are those signified by organizations that limit their awards to a very specific subsection of the year's qualifiers.)" (more)

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