If you're only going to see one film about the Battle of Stalingrad â€” and there are many â€” Stalingrad would be the wrong choice. Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk's treatment of the World War II turning point is shallow and contrived, if sometimes impressively staged. The movie wins points, however, for sheer wackiness.
Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 3:53 pm
Was screenwriter John Ridley a bit nervous the night before this year's Academy Award nominations were announced? Absolutely.
How could he not be, when everywhere he went people approached him to say that he deserved an Oscar nod for his work on the film 12 Years a Slave. But those nerves were not evident when he sat down before a live audience at NPR Headquarters just hours before he did indeed get that Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
More than the roar of the MGM lion, more than the 20th Century Fox fanfare, the iconic sound of moviemaking is the sharp clap of a slate â€” although film folks have a language of their own to describe it.
"Miki's hitting the sticks on this one," says assistant cameraman Larry Nielsen, pointing to his assistant.
At this Sundayâ€™s Academy Awards, â€ś12 Years a Slaveâ€ť and â€śGravityâ€ť are expected to win in the Best Picture and Best Director categories. Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett and Jared Leto are all front runners in their acting categories.
But Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr says there are many other nominated films and performances that might not win, but are still worth checking out if you havenâ€™t already.
He introduces Here & Nowâ€™s Meghna Chakrabarti to some of his favorites.
Comedy actor, writer and director Harold Ramis is best known for the 1984 film Ghostbusters, which he co-wrote and starred in along with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. Ramis had co-written and planned to star in the long-awaited Ghostbusters III â€” but did not get the chance. Ramis died Monday in Chicago from an autoimmune disorder. He was 69 years old.
Ramis co-wrote Animal House, Meatballs and Stripes. He co-wrote and directedCaddyshack and directed Murray in Groundhog Day.
At 36 years old, CineFestival is the longest-running Latino film festival in the country. Beginning last Sunday, the celebration lasts until Saturday, March 1, and provides and important venue for minority filmmakers.
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center hosts filmmakers and actors from across the country, showing their work each night this week with accompanying panel discussions.
CineFestival is based out of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and began last week, running through Saturday.
"Itâ€™s been going for 36 years, so itâ€™s the longest and original Latino film festival" said CineFestival Director Jim Mendiola. "First, itâ€™s the only place in town youâ€™ll see the latest and best independent Latino films and narratives and documentaries in one place. And itâ€™s actually a place where you can actually meet the filmmakers because pretty much every major film that we show we bring the filmmakers in, so thereâ€™s a Q&A session afterwards."