Oscar Nominees Class of 2016 Luncheon Group Photo

Thought this would be just something fun to post; and it is. But then I really starting looking at this photo. First of all, it’s weird how many people in here I have no idea who they are. It’s literally a row of unrecognizable faces and then… Steven Spielberg! Then fifteen more unknowns and then, Leonardo DiCaprio! The movie industry is weird put into this context.

Secondly, besides the giant gold guy, how many people in this photo are not white? Maybe three or four? Hollywood has no diversity problem though right?

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Third, here’s a fun game: let’s play “Where’s Waldo: Hollywood Oscar Edition”

Can you spot?:
  A) Bryan Cranston
  B) Rachel McAdams
  C) Ridley Scott
  D) Rooney Mara
  E) Steven Spielberg
  F) Cate Blanchett
  G) The guy with the crazy hair
  H) Charlotte Rampling
  I) Charlie Kauffman
  J) The couple holding hands
  K) Matt Damon (still swollen from shooting Bourne 5)
  L) The guy with his eyes closed
  M) Roger Deakins (he’s the guy who doesn’t have an Oscar yet)

That should keep you busy for a while.

Hey Man, Nice Shot 2015

[post brought to you courtesy of Ryan McNeil from The Matinee.ca]

Film can do so much with one incredible scene, and often just as much with one amazing line. For my money though, film is often at its most powerful when it unleashes everything into one great shot.

It’s with that in mind that we return to an annual tradition at this site for the fifth year.

After a year dedicated to the abstract, this year the iconic imagery seemed to come back to the characters and the actors who portrayed them. Some of the best shots took us so far away a person was dwarfed by their surroundings; others brought us right up into their grill. A lot of pain and sorrow, but some profound joy dropped in for good measure.

Each photo can be identified by hovering your cursor, and clicking any of them will take you to a bigger version of the shot.

First Look: Mad Max Fury Road

madmax-magcover[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #a9a883;”] O [/dropcap]ut side of some kids’ films, the great George Miller hasn’t been behind a camera for nearly 20 years. What he has done has been slightly better than mediocre but I don’t think I’m alone in saying I’m ecstatic that he’s going back to his post-apocalyptic roots with more Mad Max in Mad Max: Fury Road ! Tom Hardy will be in the titular role and along for the sure-to-be high-octane ride is Charlize Theron (apparently with some sort of robotic, prosthetic arm), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nicholas Hoult and Zoë Kravitz.

The closest we have come to visiting the Mad Max world on any kind of a budget was in 2007s (awesome) Doomsday from Neil Marshall. And if these pictures released in the July 4th issue of “Entertainment Weekly” are any indication, this going to be awesome; plain, simple and pure.

Take a look and tell me you’re not excited (so that I can ban you from the third row 😉 )

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Hey Man, Nice Shot (2013)


Today, we begin wrapping up 2013 by returning to an annual tradition originally posted over at The Matinee. It occurred to me some time ago that when you think back on a film, sometimes you think about one solitary image. When you bring those images together, it turns into a neat little tapestry of the year on the whole.

The idea started back in 2010, and continued through 2011 and 2012.

Decide amongst yourselves what it means that I have been choosing more and more images as the years have gone on.

Would you like to know more…?

Hey Man, Nice Shot (2012)

Thanks to Ryan McNeil and The Matinee for putting these images together and letting us just sit back in the third row and enjoy.

Sometimes, I think much of what a film wants to say can be embodied in a single image. Other times, I think random individual shots stick in our brain for reasons all our own.

Both of these ideas got me starting a little tradition here on The Matinee: a tradition of a post dedicated to my favorite shots of the year. The idea started back in 2010, and continued at the end of 2011.

While there were a few more that I just couldn’t source, below are some of the ones that stuck with me in 2012.




Would you like to know more…?

New Stills from Ang Lee’s

Seems like only yesterday we got our first glimpse at the shiny trailer for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi; but in actuality it was almost four months ago. How time flies. Anyway, despite this looking a bit more like a Zhang Yimou film than an Ang Lee film, we’re pretty big Lee fans in this row of the cinema.

So as if to try and reinforce the influence, the studio has gotten us a whole bunch of new still to gawk at.

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Yet Another Bond Infographic [this one is worth it]

The James Bond infographic has gone crazy over the past couple of weeks to coincide with the release of Skyfall. While most of them have been pretty good to great, I think this is the best one I’ve seen so far… at least in terms of creativity and UI with the help of HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.

It’s a look at all of the Bond cars over the past 50 years. Many of them not the standard Bondmobiles that you might be expecting (the Citroën 2CV ? really?).

Anyway, click on the link below. It’s a quick look and a pretty neat design.


Bond and the Sweet Moneypenny

Normally I’m not much into the dollars and cents game when it comes to art (i.e. movies), but in this case we’ve got a pretty wll laid-out infographic that gives us a few interesting details about each actor’s stint as the James Bond character; including cars, women and yes, gross dollars amount. Looks like Daniel Craig will very likely overtake Brosnan as the most lucrative Bond character once Skyfall makes the final rounds.

But I gotta say, I like Dalton’s Aston Martin V8 over them all.


Dollars and Bonds

Special thanks to top10bestonline-casinos for their help in creating this infographic.

First Look: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abe Lincoln

We don’t always post single first look photographs here in the third row, but when we do, it’s Daniel Day-Lewis knocking our socks off with some sort of transformation And here, courtesy of EW, we have our official first look of DDL in full makeup and costume as President Lincoln.

According to the article, Lincoln will focus on “the last four months of the president’s life and the political strategizing he undertook at the close of the Civil War to ensure that slavery would be forever outlawed.” Steven Spielberg said of it:

“Our movie is really about a working leader who must make tough decisions and get things done in the face of overwhelming opposition … [The film begins with] Lincoln’s realization that the Emancipation Proclamation, the thing he is most known for, was simply a war powers act that would easily be struck down by any number of lawyers after the cessation of hostilities after the Civil War. He needed to abolish slavery by constitutional measure — and that’s where we start.”

Spielberg also said that while he did refer to DDL as “Mr. President” on set (along with referring to all actors by their character names), a lot of the hooplah about DDL’s immersion into his roles is “more about gossip than it is about [his] technique” and DDL was “always conscious of his contemporary surroundings.” So, sorry for those of you imagining him giving brilliant speeches to cast and crew off-camera as well as on.

Lincoln opens on November 16, 2012 with a monster supporting cast that includes Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, James Spader, John Hawkes, Bruce McGill, Walton Goggins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tim Blake Nelson, Gulliver McGrath, David Oyelowo, and Hal Holbrook. I’m sure most of us will be there opening day.