Monthly Archives: December 2011

Movie Quote of the Day – Christmas Vacation, 1989 (dir. Jeremiah S. Chechik)

Clark Griswold: Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving. Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse.

Movie Quote of the Day – Dumb & Dumber, 1994 (dir. Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly)

Lloyd: The first time I set eyes on Mary Swanson, I just got that old-fashioned romantic feeling. . .where I’d do anything to bone her.
Harry: That’s a special feeling, Lloyd.

Movie Quote of the Day – What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, 1993 (dir. Lasse Hallström)

Momma: You’re my knight in shimmering armor. Did you know that?
Gilbert: I think you mean shining.
Momma: No shimmering. You shimmer, and you glow.

Utah Film Critics Like “Drive,” “The Artist”

Best Picture
Drive (runner-up: The Artist)

Best Director
Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist (runner-up: Nicholas Winding Refn, Drive)

Best Actor
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: 50/50 (runner-up: Jean Dujardin, The Artist)

Best Actress
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn (runner-up: Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, Drive (runner-up: Christopher Plummer, Beginners)

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Ryan, Win Win (runner-up: Vanessa Redgrave, Coriolanus)

Best Original Screenplay
Will Reiser, 50/50 (runner-up: Mike Mills, Beginners)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants (runner-up: Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller, The Muppets)

Best Cinematography
Newton Thomas Sigel, Drive (runner-up: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life)

Best Documentary Feature
Senna (runner-up: Project Nim)

Best Non-English Language Feature
A Separation (runner-up: 13 Assassins)

Best Animated Feature
Rango (runners-up: The Adventures of Tintin and Kung Fu Panda 2)

Movie Quote of the Day – Pirate Radio, 2009 (dir. Richard Curtis)

Quentin: So. . .expelled?
‘Young’ Carl: That’s right.
Quentin: What for?
‘Young’ Carl: I suppose smoking was the clincher.
Quentin: Drugs or cigarettes?
‘Young’ Carl: Well, both.
Quentin: Well done! Proud of you. So your mum sent you here in the hope that a little bracing sea air would sort you out?
‘Young’ Carl: Something like that.
Quentin: Spectacular mistake.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Trial, 1962 (dir. Orson Welles)

Inspector A: None of this is going to show up very well in the record, Mr. K. My men say you even tried to stop them from putting this down [points to notebook].
Josef K.: Well, I tried to stop one of them from making a fool of himself. [pointing] Yes, yes: ovular.
Inspector A:  What’s that?
Josef K.: Ov-u-lar.
Inspector A:  There’s no such word.

State of the Race: Updated Precursors Chart, Crunching The Numbers

Below I’ve got an updated look at the precursors chart. I think most, if not all, of the critics groups that give awards have given their awards. After the chart I’ve got the top frontrunners in a handful of categories.

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“The Artist” Named Best Picture, Director, Rooney Mara Best Actress By St. Louis Film Critics

Best Film
The Artist
runner-up: The Descendants

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
runner-up: Terrence Malick (Tree of Life)

Best Actor
George Clooney (The Descendants)
runner-up: Ryan Gosling (Drive)

Best Actress
Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
runners-up – tied: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks (Drive)
runner-up: Alan Rickman (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2)

Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo (The Artist)
runners-up – tied: Octavia Spencer (The Help) and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)

Best Original Screenplay
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
runner-up: Will Reiser (50/50)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash and Kaui Hart Hemmings (novel) for The Descendants
runner-up: Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin and Michael Lewis (book) for Moneyball

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki (Tree Of Life)
runners-up – tied: Jeff Cronenweth (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
and Janusz Kaminski (War Horse)

Best Visual Effects
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2
runner-up: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

Best Music
The Artist
runner-up: Drive

Best Foreign-Language Film
13 Assassins
runner-up: Winter in Wartime

Best Documentary
Being Elmo
runner-up: Tabloid

Best Comedy
runner-up: Midnight In Paris

Best Animated Film
The Adventures of Tintin
runner-up: Rango

Best Art-House or Festival Film
– for artistic excellence in quality art-house cinema, limited to films that played at film festivals or film series here or those that had a limited-release here, playing one or two cinemas.
We Need To Talk About Kevin
runner-up: Win Win

Best Scene
– favorite movie scene or sequence
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: the opening credits
runner-up: The Artist: the dance scene finale

Southeastern Film Critics Association Name “The Descendants” Best Picture, Scorsese Best Director

Top Ten Films
The Descendants
The Artist
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
Win Win
War Horse
The Help

Best Actor
Winner – George Clooney (The Descendants)
Runner-up – Michael Fassbender (Shame)

Best Actress
Winner – Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Runner-up – Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Supporting Actor
Winner – Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Runner-up – Albert Brooks, Drive

Best Supporting Actress
Winner – Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Runner-up – Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Best Ensemble
Winner – The Help
Runner-up – The Descendants

Best Director
Winner – Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Runner-up – Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Best Original Screenplay
Winner – Midnight in Paris
Runner-up – The Artist

Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner – The Descendants
Runner-up – Moneyball

Best Documentary
Winner – Project Nim
Runner-up – Tabloid

Best Foreign Language Film
Winner – A Separation
Runner-up – The Skin I Live In

Best Animated Film
Winner – Rango
Runner-up – The Adventures of Tintin

Best Cinematography
Winner – The Tree of Life
Runner-up – Hugo

The Gene Wyatt Award
Winner – The Help
Runner-up – Undefeated

Chicago Film Critics Laud “The Tree of Life”, Michael Shannon

Best Picture – The Tree of Life
Best Director – Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Best Actor – Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
Best Actress – Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Best Supporting Actor – Albert Brooks, Drive
Best Supporting Actress – Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life
Best Original Screenplay – Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Adapted Screenplay – Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball
Best Cinematography – The Tree of Life, Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Original Score – Drive, Cliff Martinez
Best Foreign Film – A Separation
Best Animated Film – Rango
Best Documentary – The Interrupters
Most Promising Performer – Elizabeth Olsen–Martha Marcy May Marlene
Mos Promising Filmmaker – Sean Durkin–Martha Marcy May Marlene
Commitment to the Craft Award – Shirley MacLaine
Oscar Micheaux Award – James Earl Jones
Commedia Extraordaire Award – Jason Segel
Commitment to Chicago – Dennis Farina
Big Shoulders Award – Second City