The Year of the Fighter: The Top 10 Feminist Films of 2014

Added on by Erick Grau.

Broadway diva Elaine Stritch breaks the fourth wall and shares the script of her life. Brash and bawdy, Stritch brought her special brand of humor to every situation on and offscreen, a technique often applied to mask deep insecurities about her own talent. As Stritch prepares for her swan song performance at the Cafe Carlyle, Shoot Me audiences have a front-row seat to observe master thespian—and one helluva woman—at work.

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2014 San Diego Film Critics Award Nominations

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BEST FILM
BOYHOOD
GONE GIRL
NIGHTCRAWLER
SELMA
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

BEST DIRECTOR
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, BIRDMAN
Dan Gilroy, NIGHTCRAWLER
David Fincher, GONE GIRL
Richard Linklater, BOYHOOD
Wes Anderson, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

BEST ACTOR
Brendan Gleeson, CALVARY
Eddie Redmayne, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Jake Gyllenhaal, NIGHTCRAWLER
Michael Keaton, BIRDMAN
Ralph Fiennes, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Tom Hardy, LOCKE

BEST ACTRESS
Felicity Jones, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Hilary Swank, THE HOMESMAN
Marion Cotillard, TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
Mia Wasikowska, TRACKS
Rosamund Pike, GONE GIRL

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Edward Norton, BIRDMAN
Ethan Hawke, BOYHOOD
J.K. Simmons, WHIPLASH
Mark Ruffalo, FOXCATCHER
Riz Ahmed, NIGHTCRAWLER

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Carrie Coon, GONE GIRL
Emma Stone, BIRDMAN
Keira Knightly, THE IMITATION GAME
Patricia Arquette, BOYHOOD
Rene Russo, NIGHTCRAWLER

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacabone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, BIRDMAN
Dan Gilroy, NIGHTCRAWLER
Richard Linklater, BOYHOOD
Steven Knight, LOCKE
Wes Anderson, Hugo Guiness, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

BEST ADAPATED SCREENPLAY
Anthony McCarten, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Gillian Flynn, GONE GIRL
Joel Coen, William Nicolson, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, UNBROKEN
Nick Hornby, WILD
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

FOREIGN LANGUAGE
FORCE MAJEURE
HELI
IDA
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
VENUS IN FUR

DOCUMENTARY
CITIZENFOUR
ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME
GLEN CAMPBELL: I’LL BE ME
LIFE ITSELF
THE LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

ANIMATED 
BIG HERO 6
BOXTROLLS
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
THE LEGO MOVIE
THE NUT JOB

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Fredrik Wenzel, FORCE MAJEURE
Hoyte Van Hoytema INTERSTELLAR
Jeff Cronenweth, GONE GIRL
Robert Elswit, NIGHTCRAWLER
Roger Deakins, UNBROKEN

EDITING
Barney Pilling, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
James Herbert, Laura Jennings, EDGE OF TOMORROW
John Gilroy, NIGHTCRAWLER
Kirk Baxter, GONE GIRL
Sandra Adair, BOYHOOD

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pincock, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Dennis Gassner & Anna Pinnock, INTO THE WOODS
John Paul Kelly, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Maria Djurkovic, THE IMITATION GAME
Nathan Crawley, INTERSTELLAR

BEST SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Alexandre Desplat, THE IMITATION GAME
James Newton Howard, NIGHTCRAWLER
Antonio Sanchez, BIRDMAN
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, GONE GIRL

BEST ENSEMBLE
BIRDMAN
BOYHOOD
SELMA
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
THE IMITATION GAME

Source: http://www.sdfcs.org/2014-san-diego-film-c...

INDIEWIRE: The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far

Added on by Erick Grau.

Truth, the maxim goes, is stranger than fiction. And almost every week there's a feature documentary hitting theaters or VOD telling a story just as compelling, if not more, than anything that can be found in mainstream multiplexes and $200 million dollar tentpoles.

Unfortunately, it's relatively rare for these films to cross over to mainstream audiences: the biggest grossing-documentary of the year so far, depressingly, is Dinesh D'Souza's borderline-incompetent right-wing propaganda piece "America" (our review, and its attendant 470+ mostly batshit comments, is here). But that's not accurately reflective, as it has been a very strong year for non-fiction filmmaking so far, and to prove it, we've rounded up an easily D'Souza-free list of the best 20 documentaries of the year so far.

Some have hit theaters already, some are favorites from the festival circuit that should make their way towards your eyeballs before the end of 2014. But from histories of colonial Africa to visionary filmmaker what-ifs, from intimate portraits of world-famous rock stars to glimpses of the small-town version of the American dream, from star-driven baseball docs to a biography of the most famous film critic in the world, there should be something here for everyone. Take a look at the list below, and let us know your own favorites of 2014 so far in the comments section.

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“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”
The inimitable brassy Broadway legend Elaine Stritch passed away last week, leaving a tall, stylish, foul-mouthed, completely one-of-a-kind hole in our hearts. Fortunately, we have Chiemi Karasawa’s documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” as a testament to Elaine’s unforgettable style and spirit. The film sensitively and intimately portrays the duality of Elaine’s personality: she is at once a fierce, ferocious broad, a seasoned performer who is never without a snappy comeback. But she’s also a sensitive Midwestern gal who still gets stage fright, and speaks with remarkable candor about her nervousness and fears, aging gracefully (it’s not for sissies), alcoholism, the tragedies in her own life and the realities of death. Despite all of the heavy subjects, the film is laugh-out-loud funny, thanks to Elaine’s quick wit and unfiltered personality, and is a fitting tribute to her nearly 70-year career. Ultimately, the truths that she speaks are universal ones in which anyone can find inspiration and solace. If you haven’t already, get to know Elaine Stritch, post-haste.  [Full Review]







Source: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/the...