Posts Tagged ‘film industry news’

Ezra’s 2020 Oscar Predictions

Posted 07 Feb 2020 — by Ezra Stead
Category Essay

By Ezra Stead 

There are several nominated films I have not yet seen, including Best Picture nominee Ford v Ferrari, but I will do my best to predict all 24 categories anyway, with a little help from the oddsmakers in Las Vegas. First, the snubs, as I see them. First and foremost is Uncut Gems, which is shockingly missing from any and all categories. The most obvious snub is Adam Sandler for Best Actor, but I think it should have a Best Picture nomination as well. There are a couple others missing from that category that I love even more (Avengers: Endgame, Midsommar), but Gems is the only one I am actually surprised to see missing.

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Ezra’s Top Ten Favorite Movies Of 2013

Posted 01 Mar 2014 — by Ezra Stead
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Didn't Get, Movies I Got

By Ezra Stead

Behind the Candelabra is a delightfully decadent look at the life of Liberace, brilliantly played by Michael Douglas in one of his very best performances. Every year, I struggle with the relatively arbitrary process of ranking movies, so this year I’ve decided to do something a little different. Instead of a traditional Top Ten list, I’m grouping two thematically connected films together for each place on the list, resulting in a hopefully more interesting Top 20 list. I’ve also included a more traditional Top Ten below that, for all you “too long, didn’t read” folks. One final note before we get to the list: it should tell you a lot about my credibility as a film critic that I liked Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa more than most of the Academy Award Best Picture nominees for 2013.

10. THE WICKER MAN: FINAL CUT / JURASSIC PARK 3-D – BEST RE-RELEASES. Obviously, this category doesn’t really count, as both of these films were originally released decades ago, but I can’t deny that each of them provided one of the most enjoyable experiences I had in a movie theater in 2013. This new cut of the original 1973 classic The Wicker Man adds some nuance and more musical numbers to an already great film. Most crucially, it opens with a scene of Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) praying in church, emphasizing his piousness from the very start, which enriches the events to follow. Jurassic Park, on the other hand, is quite simply my favorite movie (it has the most dinosaurs in it – I rest my case), and seeing it on a big screen again, in 3-D no less, made me fall in love with it all over again.  Read More

Potter Preview Now Online!

Posted 29 Jun 2011 — by contributor
Category Essay, Film Industry News

By Rachel Menendez

Potter Preview available onlineThe moment that die hard Harry Potter fans have been awaiting is just about here. The final installment of the Harry Potter movies is upon us with its worldwide release scheduled for next month.

In the meantime, you can whet your appetite for all things Potteresque by checking out the preview of The Deathly Hallows Part II online. The exciting preview gives you a taste of what is to come when the movie is released on July 15.

Fans have been growing up with Harry since he first burst onto the screens as a cherub faced kid back in 2001. Ten years on, we are preparing to see the final movie released – The Deathly Hallows Part II.

The actors, director and producers of Part II are ensuring that the franchise goes out with a bang bigger than a potions session with Professor Snape could produce. Much of Part II is devoted to the Battle of Hogwarts with Voldemort in his final push for supremacy pitted against Harry and the Order of the Phoenix. Read More

Kings County Cinema Society Unveils New Short Films

Posted 03 Jun 2011 — by Ezra Stead
Category Film Industry News, Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Ezra Stead

Jesus Comes To Town was the opening film of the Kings County Cinema Society's latest screening.

Last Friday I attended a strange and exciting event within walking distance of my apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn; Kings County Cinema Society presented a showcase of short films made by filmmakers from Brooklyn and beyond, including several New York and Brooklyn premieres, at Littlefield NYC, a performance and art space with a well-stocked bar and a good-sized screening room. As is to be expected in a sort of punk rock/hipster gallery, seating for the show was folding chairs, which made the viewing experience a bit less than comfortable after a while, but the films were mostly quite good, and in addition to the usual popcorn and peanuts, there were delicious peanut butter chocolate chip cookies on hand at the bar, free of charge. I helped myself to one of these and a bottle of beer and settled in for an evening of mostly comedic shorts from the borough that is now my second home (Minneapolis will always be my first).  Read More


Posted 24 May 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Fred Ibarra Saturday Night Live alums Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph teamed up in last weekend’s No. 1 box office hit, “The Bridesmaids.”

Bridesmaids, USA, 2011

Directed by Paul Feig

Saturday Night Live alums Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph teamed up in last weekend’s number one box office hit, Bridesmaids. The comedy, according to 37-year-old Wiig, who co-wrote it with Annie Mumolo, was supposed to penetrate the subject of the comedic events that exist in pre-wedding planning; but some of Wiig’s personal sorrows of being a thirty-something with no direction were sprinkled into the plot, making it a huge success as her first starring role in a motion picture. Read More

VIZ Media Delivers Exciting Sports Action With Prince of Tennis Anime

Posted 16 May 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Anime, Essay, Film Industry News

By Rachel Menendez “The Prince of Tennis” is available from May 18 on Amazon Instant Video.

Viz Media seems to be on fire lately, with a number of great releases coming out of their headquarters. Next up out of the blocks is “The Prince of Tennis”, which is available from May 18 on Amazon Instant Video.

Season one of the sports anime hit, including episodes 1-13 is available for purchase at 1.99 each. The Prince of Tennis series is based on the smash hit manga (graphic novel) series created by Takeshi Konomi that has sold more than 30 million copies in Japan, and is also published exclusively in North America by VIZ Media (Rated ‘A’ for All Ages).

The dubbed series follows the on and off court adventures of Ryoma Echizen, the 12-year-old son of a famous tennis player and a prodigy in his own right. Looking to make a mark, he joins his junior high school tennis team, known as one of the most competitive in Japan. Read More

Hamtaro Game Now Available for iPhone, iPod and iPad

Posted 16 May 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Animation, Essay, Film Industry News

By Rachel Menendez Now kiddy and big kid favorite Hamtaro: Little Hamsters, Big Adventures is available on your iPhone, iPad and iPod through Viz Media.

Are you secretly a Hamtaro fan? You don’t have to be ashamed, plenty of us are. Now kiddy and big kid favorite Hamtaro: Little Hamsters, Big Adventures is available on your iPhone, iPad and iPod through Viz Media.

Through Viz Media you can get the Hamtaro game as an app for just $1.99 by visiting

The app features three colorful and original game environments and dozens of levels. The game is Facebook enabled and offers an interactive Game Center for posting personal and worldwide high scores. You can also unlock 9 exclusive Hamtaro wallpapers to further customize your iPhone. Read More