Through the years I’ve admired your open-mindedness to the ever-changing cinematic landscape, your vast knowledge of film history, and the unflinching manner in which you could defend your opinion
May the best CineSnob win…
BEST PICTURE Amour Argo Beasts of the Southern Wild Django Unchained Les Misérables Life of Pi Lincoln Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty CODY: We got 9 out of a possible 10 nominees this year. I had a little bit more faith in THE MASTER than you, and it turns out that the Academy was [...]
KIKO MARTINEZ – Editor-in-Chief 10. Killing Them Softly Criminals feel the effects of the 2008 financial crisis in this cynical and dialogue-heavy film by the director Andrew Dominik. Sure, it’s a bit heavy-handed, but also viciously funny. 9. The Imposter and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (tie) With much respect for musician Sixto Rodríguez in “Searching for Sugar Man,” the most [...]
While it hasn’t necessarily been a stellar year in film (watching Adam Sandler, Martin Lawrence, and Tyler Perry in drag was enough to sideline the most intrepid moviegoer), there have been some diamonds in the rough. Enough, at least, to make slogging through 185 movies feel worth it. From a fuzzy red Muppet to the dissecting of baseball stats, here are the best films Hollywood (and Iran,France, and the U.K.) had to offer.
Sunday provided no breaks in the festival action. In the morning I prepared questions and conducted my first interview with Jeremiah Jones and Marianna Palka from the film “Restive,” which I will get into later on. From there, a friend and I drove just out of town to get some lunch, and it was back to Austin to go see the buzzed-about relationship drama “Like Crazy.”
It’s pretty much impossible to see everything you want to see at a the Austin Film Festival (AFF), even if you block out the entire week for movies. I’ve found out that there’s always going to be two movies that you’d really like to see playing at the same time, so you have to pick your battles. Fortunately, I was able to get a screener of the film “Sironia” and watched it a few days before the festival. As soon as it ended, I sent off an e-mail to try to schedule an interview with the director and lead actor.
Austin Film Festival officially began for me on Saturday afternoon. After missing the first couple of days of the festival, I was eager to get started and pack as much as I could into every day. After getting checked in and taking care of some paperwork, a friend and I decided to go eat in the restaurant at the hotel, since we were too late to catch the Duplass brothers panel. There in the restaurant, I had my first celebrity sighting of the weekend: David Boreanaz from the TV show “Bones.”
Congratulations to all the winner of the “Transformer: Dark of the Moon” drawing contest. CineSnob received a inbox full of entries and 40 contestants with the best drawings were awarded with a ticket for two to the special screening of the film this week. Thanks to everyone who participated. Below are my top 10 favorite drawings that were entered. Here they are in no particular order…
It’s never fun to make Oscar predictions without challenging some of your friends. This year, I once again challenge my buddy Steven Ybarra and newcomer Cody Villafana. May the best film buff win.
“From the creators of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” everybody’s favorite talking Chihuahuas are back in a comedy that’s a pack of outrageous fun for the whole family. Puppy mayhem turns the lives of newlywed Chihuahua parents, Papi and Chloe, upside down when their playful puppies present one challenge after another. But, when their human owners find themselves in trouble, the tiny pups will stop at nothing to save them—because in good times and hard times, the family always sticks together. Papi, Chloe and the puppies embark on a heroic adventure, proving once again that big heroes come in small packages.”
Best Picture THE SOCIAL NETWORK THE KING’S SPEECH BLACK SWAN INCEPTION TOY STORY 3 TRUE GRIT THE FIGHTER THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT WINTER’S BONE 127 HOURS 10 for 10 Perfection. I thought The Town might’ve snuck in there at the last minute, but I stuck to my gut and 127 Hours prevailed in that [...]