"The Artist" and "Hugo" continued their domination of the early awards season, each racking up 11 Critics' Choice nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, perhaps the only critics group that presages the Academy Award nominations with any accuracy.
The advance buzz around Drive, the movie about a Hollywood stunt driver played by Ryan Gosling, got me to thinking: We have lots of movies featuring cars, from Bullitt to The Fast and Furious, but where are the movies about car companies?
There are always films being released, even in the relatively dead first few months of the year. Granted, many of the studio films released before May will come and go quicker than the cable guy when you've just stepped out for a quart of milk, but, every once in a while, a gem comes along. "The Matrix" was released in March, for example, but generally it's "Just Go With It" or "Legion."
Zac Efron has until Jan. 27 to get back on his feet – that's the night he's set to step onstage as a presenter at the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, the event's organizers have announced.
Do not be alarmed if you throw up your hands at some point during "Lars and the Real Girl" and blurt out, "These people are bonkers, and enablers, too!" The reaction is normal and doesn't signify hardheartedness, even if this wee indie drama is being sold as a charming, oddball story of communal compassion.
"Does it bother you that I call you 'Willy'?" Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) inquires of prosecuting attorney Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling). "Very well then: Willy ..." Hopkins teases out every ounce of absurdity he can find in the name. A boy's name, surely, not a name for a high-powered attorney?
In the world of the dance movie, life is stripped down to the honesty of bodies in motion and a rhythm-dictated intimacy that can't be denied. There's usually a class factor, a competitive element, a disapproving authority figure, or perhaps all three.