New York Film Critics Online 2012 Awards Results

by Ethan Alter December 10, 2012 7:00 am
New York Film Critics Online 2012 Awards Results

It's not even in theaters yet, but Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to The Hurt Locker, is raking in the same kind of awards love bestowed on her earlier film. Several critics' groups have named the film 2012's Best Picture, including the New York Critics Online, of which Television Without Pity's Moviefile is a voting member. Other winners at the 2012 NYFCO awards meeting, which was held on Sunday, December 9, included Bigelow and ZDT's Mark Boal for Director and Screenplay respectively, as well as Michael Haneke's Amour for Foreign Language Film. In the acting categories, Amour's female star, Emmanuelle Riva, won Actress, while Daniel Day-Lewis triumphed in the Actor category for Lincoln -- the same award he's likely to win come Oscar night. A full list of NYFCO's 2012 awards are below.

Oscars 2012: The Winners

by Rachel Stein February 26, 2012 8:30 pm
Oscars 2012: The Winners

The Artist and Hugo won just about everything, Meryl Streep finally took home a statue and Community's Dean Pelton was recognized by the Academy. See the complete list of winners and losers below, and be sure to check out our liveblog.

Oscar Shorts 2012: Get Your Shorts On

by Ethan Alter February 10, 2012 6:00 am
Oscar Shorts 2012: Get Your Shorts On

It used to be next to impossible to see the various films nominated every year in the Oscar's three short film categories (animated, live action and documentary) a.k.a. that point in the telecast when you go to the bathroom/grab another beer/channel surf to check out what else is on. In recent years though, the distribution companies Magnolia and ShortsHD have banded together to ensure that these movies get a wider release, both in theaters and through new avenues like video on demand. Screenings of the 2012 nominees start in select cities Friday and will continue to open around the country (and overseas) over the next month. And beginning February 21st -- five days before Oscar night -- the films will also be available for purchase on iTunes. (Visit the official website to find more information on when and where the shorts may be playing near you.) Here's our take on all of the nominated short films, as well as the ones we think should and will win.

2012 Isn’t John Cusack’s First Cinematic Disaster

by Angel Cohn November 11, 2009 1:39 pm
<I>2012</I> Isn’t John Cusack’s First Cinematic Disaster

The new disaster movie to end all disaster movies known as 2012 enters theaters this weekend with John Cusack in the hero role. This film involves crashing aircraft carriers, tidal waves and the destruction of New York, California and the White House. It looks relentless and John Cusack looks like he's going to do his best to stop whatever is causing this worldwide annihilation... or at least avoid getting killed in the process. But while this is Cusack's first proper disaster flick, there are other movies he's made that turned out to be massive disasters of a different sort. Some might have even been considered career suicide. He's lucky he survived.

2012 Foretells Apocalypse It’s Destined To Bring About

by Kasey McDonald June 26, 2008 2:43 pm
<i>2012</i> Foretells Apocalypse It’s Destined To Bring About

Some of you may be familiar with the old trivia that the Mayan calendar ends in the year 2012 (on December 12th, to be exact) and that many predict the world's end will come with it. It's not a new theory -- scientists have been studying it since the beginning of the last century -- so it 's a bit of a surprise that it's taken this long for someone to make an apocalyptic movie based on the premise. Roland Emmerich, the director behind the tragically bad 10,000 BC is in preproduction on, wait for it... 2012.

Red Dawn: Why the Remake is So 2009

by Ethan Alter November 21, 2012 6:00 am
<i>Red Dawn</i>: Why the Remake is <i>So</i> 2009

If there was ever a good reason to remake the '80s chestnut Red Dawn, it would be to bring John Milius's teenage action movie kicking and screaming into the 21st century in a version that didn't resemble such a Cold War relic. And that seems to have been the motivating idea behind this new, updated Dawn that's finally opening in theaters a full three years after it wrapped production in 2009. (The movie fell victim to the bankruptcy of its original studio MGM -- the same plight that delayed the release of Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods, which was made around the same time and received a belated theatrical release last April.) Funnily enough, in the relatively short amount of time, the new Red Dawn already seems as dated as its 1984 predecessor. Her are four ways that this largely pointless remake feels so 2009:

Five Reasons Not to Dread Dredd

by Ethan Alter September 21, 2012 6:02 am
Five Reasons Not to Dread <i>Dredd</i>

It's understandable if your reaction to the news that a new Judge Dredd movie was coming out would be "Why?" followed by "Wait... who?" After all, it's not like most stateside audiences have been readily exposed the titular futuristic lawman/executioner, who has been a star on the British comics scene since his introduction in 1977. And practically nobody remembers Hollywood's first attempt to turn the comic into a cross-platform property, the 1995 flop Judge Dredd, which paired a scowling Sylvester Stallone with a hyperactive Rob Schneider. With all that apathy working against it, this franchise reboot -- simply titled Dredd -- seems doomed from the get-go, a movie that a majority of moviegoers neither demanded nor needed.

Safe: It Ain’t Kid Stuff

by Ethan Alter April 27, 2012 5:59 am
<i>Safe</i>: It Ain’t Kid Stuff

There comes a point in the life cycle of every muscle-bound male action hero when he feels compelled to make a movie where he plays protector to one or more young kids. Harrison Ford did it in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Chuck Norris did it in Missing in Action III, Arnold Schwarzenegger did it in Terminator 2 (and, to a lesser extent, in Kindergarten Cop) and Jean-Claude Van Damme did it in Nowhere to Run. Heck, even Jason Statham did it once before in The Transporter 2 and that went over so well, now he's back for a second round.

The Three Stooges: Don’t Be a Wise Guy

by Rachel Stein April 13, 2012 6:00 am
<I>The Three Stooges</i>: Don’t Be a Wise Guy

There are so many questions we can ask about the very existence of a Three Stooges reboot in 2012. But rather than wax philosophical and for the umpteenth time make fun of the pointlessness of this film or analyze its quality in the context of the decades it took the Farrelly Brothers to make it, let's get right to it: It's not that bad. It's certainly not worth going out of your way for, unless, of course, you truly love the Stooges, know someone who has a deep affinity for them or have a curious child who is just dying to see it. And if you do find yourself with a hankering to see Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos), Larry (Sean Hayes) and Curly (Will Sasso) on a '90s kids-movie style adventure (complete with evil villains and a fight with a lion!), here are three solid reasons to indulge:

TWoP Goes to Sundance: 72 Hours in Park City, Part 3

by Ethan Alter January 25, 2012 1:14 pm
TWoP Goes to Sundance: 72 Hours in Park City, Part 3

In which The Chronicles of Sundance comes to an end.

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