2015 Independent Spirit Awards

It’s awards season yet again. And again we’re all sitting in the third row with baited breath to see what films, stars and storytellers will be given the opportunity to bring home a congratulatory gold-plated statue (or embarrassing figurine if you happen to take home a Razzie). While The Academy Awards (Oscars) tend to get all the glory and pizzazz, the award show that is held in fairly high esteem around here is The Spirit Awards ceremony:

Along with being a fantastic party, the Spirit Awards ceremony also brings together top talent from Hollywood and throughout independent film. Awards are presented for the year’s best achievements in independent film, with statues given for Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best Feature Made for Under $500,000 (the John Cassavetes Award) and many more.

In keeping with its Los Angeles roots, the Spirit Awards takes place each year in and around a beachfront tent in beautiful Santa Monica. Currently in its 30th year, the show remains as original as the films and filmmakers it honors.

Winners are chosen by those in the know: Film Independent Members and Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) members. Voting members receive select DVD screeners and are invited to attend free screenings of all nominated films before choosing the Spirit Award winners.

Film Independent is a non-profit arts organization. Its voting members include filmmakers, film industry leaders and film lovers. Anyone passionate about the art of film can join as a Member and vote for the winners of the Spirit Awards.

Since starting in 1984, The Spirits have had a lot of fun times at their ceremony. As part of this “rich” history, the main site has put together a list of highlights from each year over the past 29 years (including Sarah Silverman’s vagina).

This year’s show will play on February 21st, 2015 (the night before the Oscars). So blah-di-blah-di-blah, here are the nominees for this years ceremony (which in my opinion is mostly correct ;).

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Love is Strange

Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Ava DuVernay, Selma
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
David Zellner Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, Big Eyes
J.C. Chandor, A Most Violent Year
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Jim Jarmusch, Only Lovers Left Alive
Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, Love is Strange

Marion Cotillard – The Immigrant
Rinko Kikuchi – Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Jenny Slate – Obvious Child
Tilda Swinton – Only Lovers Left Alive

André Benjamin – Jimi: All Is By My Side
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
John Lithgow – Love is Strange
David Oyelowo – Selma

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Carmen Ejogo – Selma
Andrea Suarez Paz – Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
Emma Stone – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Riz Ahmed – Nightcrawler
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Alfred Molina – Love is Strange
Edward Norton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
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The Perfect Christmas Gift for Me Your Movie Fan Loved Ones

Remember the Absolut book for coffee tables? It was a great gift for the alcoholic in your life. But let’s be real, if you’re perusing this site, you probably know about 10% more people who are movie lovers than alcoholics. So Criterion has done gone and finished your holiday gift shopping for you with a gorgeous new coffee table book: The Criterion Designs.

The most exciting names in design and illustration today apply their talents to some of the most important and influential films of all time. This volume gathers highlights from designs commissioned by the Criterion Collection, featuring covers, supplemental art, and never-before-seen sketches and concept art plus a gallery of every Criterion cover since the collection’s first laserdisc in 1984. From avant-garde experiments to big-budget blockbusters, cult favorites to the towering classics of world cinema, the depth and breadth of what film can be is on display in these striking images. Whether painstakingly faithful re-creations or bold re-imaginings, the stunningly diverse designs collected here offer new ways for cinephiles and design aficionados alike to engage with the world’s greatest filmmakers.

Check out a small sample of what’s in store for you in this 306 page extravagawesome…

The price is a bit steep at nearly eighty bucks; but like I said, small price to pay for having all of your shopping done. Now.

Complete list of featured artists:
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Check out these links:
15 Clever Movie Details
1950s Hong Kong Captured In Street Photography By Fan Ho
Cool 2015 wall calendar
Experimental Videogame Consoles That Let You Make One Move a Day
9 Easter Eggs From the Bookshelf in Interstellar
Cumming or Drumming (!NSFW!)
12 weirdest accomplishments at Guinness World Records Day 2014
What NYC skyline will look like in three years
A Clockwork Orange (bts photos)
Amazing shadow art

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Mondays Suck Less in the Third Row

Check out these links:
Internet Arcade (Amazing if you’re a kid of the 1980s!)
A Cinematic History of People Crying in Space
One letter removed from movie titles (illustrated!)
Christopher Nolan’s top ten Criterion Films
Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves (we’re simply intrigued that this might actually get made with a release)
Pitch Black miniatures
Create your own Star Wars opening title

Surrealist 80’s sitcom fantasia: “Too Many Cooks”

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A First Look at Neil Blomkamp’s “CHAPPiE” [trailer]

In the past couple of years, the “friendly robot” genre has gotten somewhat of a boost. From Robot and Frank to Reel Steel to the upcoming Big Hero 6. Neil Blomkamp (and Hugh Jackman again) is jumping into the game with CHAPPiE (I insist on getting the capitalization right), also starring Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel and Sharlto Copley as CHAPPiE.

Now I’m not sure how old you are, but if you’re a child of the 80s, you might remember the great Short Circuit. Well two years later a sequel was released, but without the charm, charisma, hilarity and star power of Steve Guttenberg, the film barely made half the money its predecessor did. Enter Neil Blomkamp hopefully making up for that public travesty. Yes, from learning to read and paint while living in a warehouse, to comedy bits with urban gangsters; right down to some of the lines of dialogue, this movie looks to be practically a duplicate of the 1988 sequel to Short Circuit. The question is, will CHAPPiE become an Australian citizen and get his picture on Time magazine at the end of the movie? We’ll have to wait and see.

In short, the chances that you’ll balling over a hunk of metal by the end of this movie are pretty good.

As a side note, it appears a remake of Short Circuit is actually underway. This might be an awkward year for Hollywood’s artificial intelligence beings. Back to the matter at hand however, take a look at the trailer for CHAPPiE below. The films hits wide release on March 6th of next year.

Fast and Furious 7 [trailer]

We know everyone is excited for the sequel to Return of the Jedi next year. Some of us are stoked for Mad Max on Fury Road and others want to see the Hunger Games conclusion. But for me, the family is back together on April 3rd.

It’s like Jack Burton told his last wife, “Honey I never drive faster than I can see besides that it’s all in the reflexes.”

Cinecast Episode 371 – Zach Galifianasskissisms

Normally there’s a whole rig-a-ma-roll to these things. But this week we heard Martin Scorsezeeze might be looking for his next big thing; so we’re keeping it simple and relying on our gut instincts and raw talent. Positivity is always something to keep going; so we roll with it. From main releases to Watch List. If you gauge this show based on the amount of quality within the projects discussed, then this is most likely the most perfect Cinecast ever created. Daughters, critics, dead dogs and suicidal tendencies aside, we’re seizing the moment.

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!



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