BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/19/2014

hobbit2THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

“[J]ust read THE HOBBIT instead of waiting for the movies, for Christ’s sake.” – Andy Crump, Movie Mezzanine

“…it comes across like a very impressive video game, one in which you’re watching Peter Jackson doing the playing. It’s hard to get worked up about any of it.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“…the problem here, as before, is that pitched battles quickly become tiresome.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“Due to its length and the fact that we pretty much know what’s going to happen, these types of movies turn out to be nothing more than a chore to watch.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“…Eru help us all if Peter Jackson ever decides to adapt WAR AND PEACE.” – Kristofer Jenson, Dig Boston

“Not even Bilbo (Martin Freeman, a supporting player here) or Billy Connolly, who pops up all too briefly, or Benedict Cumberbatch, can save THE BATTLE FOR MY SANITY.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

 

annie-2014-movie-trailerANNIE

“…ANNIE is the second most embarrassing thing Sony did this week.” – Sean Burns, Movie Mezzanine

“There’s a special place in hell for the perpetrators of ANNIE, not so much for the unconventional casting as for the shamelessly misleading advertising campaign trying to convince people they’re going to be seeing a film version of the beloved Broadway musical.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“There’s a good amount of energy while they’re introducing you to the world of ANNIE, but unfortunately, it doesn’t hold up to that level as well as it should have.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“Olivia Pope herself couldn’t have devised a more cynical political campaign than the one at the center of the new ANNIE…” – Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

 

1406498856002-4NIGHT-MUSEUM-3-MOV-JY-1304--66046672NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3: SECRET OF THE TOMB

“This final edition of NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM is not only a fitting end to the series. It is a sheer delight.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“The undeniable sense of déjà vu one gets sitting through the film wouldn’t be so painful if the cast at least looked like they were having fun (or trying to) with the material, but they all act as bored as you feel watching the movie.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB is simply a piece of entertainment that will stand up well for audiences of all ages.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 12/17/2014

The Village Voice Film Poll featured picks from Sean Burns, Monica Castillo and Inkoo Kang

Spoilerpiece Theatre talks TOP FIVE, EXODUS and gives their top five rappers

Megan Kearns on ageism and AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN

Inkoo Kang joins the Linoleum Knife Podcast to talk EXODUS, TOP FIVE and THE BABADOOK

Bob Chipman says goodbye to THE COLBERT REPORT

Andy Crump checks in on BROOKLINE NINE-NINE

Derek Deskins looks at Black List Scripts and Mallick’s KNIGHT OF CUPS trailer

BOFCA REVIEW ROUND-UP: 12/12/2014

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EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS

“If the faithful regard EXODUS with skepticism, it will be unsurprising given how the movie itself wavers and waffles.” – Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston

“Scott is no hack but in attempting to turn the story into another version of his big hit GLADIATOR he’s only shown he has no real idea what the story is about or what point he’s trying to make.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, The Jewish Advocate

 

THE IMITATION GAMETHE IMITATION GAME

“Cumberbatch…presents a character whose many psychological and emotional folds and layers are more complex than origami, and yet Cumberbatch makes Turing seem organic in his tics, and authentic in his mix of mathematical genius and social disconnect.” – Kilian Melloy, Kal’s Movie Blog

“THE IMITATION GAME spends so much time setting up complex puzzles that it oversimplifies the life of its central enigma…” – Brett Michel, Improper Bostonian

 

Top-Five-Movie (2)TOP FIVE

“Among Chris Rock’s films, this is more than in the top five. It is number one.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, North Shore Movies

“Rock lets his humor play broadly, but he fills out the space between gags with smart writing and pointed social insights.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

“TOP FIVE hits on everything that it takes a swing at.” – Jaskee Hickman, The Movie Picture Show

“TOP FIVE is best when it lives in the world for which he’s most famous, stand-up comedy.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“TOP FIVE has a weird rhythm, vacillating as it does between long, gorgeously written conversations and abruptly filthy, flutter-cut interludes with an emphasis on the scatological.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

wldWILD

“… there’s Oscar bait and then there’s Oscar bait, and for all of its awards-season intentions, WILD happens to be genuine, not to mention good.” – Andy Crump, Paste Magazine

 

 

Zero_Motivation_web_1ZERO MOTIVATION

“…a comedy of bureaucratic drudgery with a bunch of gals stuck in the middle of nowhere trying not to drive each other crazy while running the clock down on their mandatory service.” – Sean Burns, Spliced Personality

 

 

 

 

BOFCA MID-WEEK ROUNDUP 12/11/14

Hello BOFCA fans and followers!

Apologies for not having one of these up last week – busy times, still no excuse. In any case, here’s what we’ve been up to (and did you see our awesome awards that had the whole film community buzzing??)

Derek Deskins looked over the Golden Globes Nominees and THE BAREFOOT ARTIST

Andy Crump editorialized on SELMA and Ferguson for Badass Digest, talked to THE BABADOOK’s Jennifer Kent and looks at the trailer for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Monica Castillo interviews Laura Poitras about directing her documentary CITIZENFOUR.

Bob Chipman talked about the reality of censorship… twice

Spoilerpiece Theater dug into THE HOMESMAN and HORRIBLE BOSSES 2

Norm Schrager reviews WE ARE THE BEST!

Deirdre Crimmins on ROME OPEN CITY

Press for 2014 BOFCA Awards

Here’s what press are saying about the 2014 BOFCA Awards winners:

“The regional critics groups have begun dishing out kudos, starting today with the Boston Online Film Critics Association. And happily, we’re kicking things off with an outside-the-box choice that hopefully sets the stage for this wide open season. Note to critics groups: it’s OK to be this adventurous.” — Kristopher Tapley, HitFix

“The Boston Online Film Critics Association went rogue today with a decidedly outside-the-box list of 2014 awards winners.” – Ryan Lattanzio, Thompson on Hollywood, Indiewire

“Meanwhile, the Boston online writers went further afield, anointing the postapocalyptic noir ‘Snowpiercer’ best picture, Alejandro G. Iñárritu best director for ‘Birdman,’ Brendan Gleeson best actor for his work in ‘Calvary‘ and [Marion] Cotillard best actress [for 'Two Days, One Night'].” – Cara Buckley, The New York Times

Good Idiosyncratic Picks: “Hollywood Elsewhere loves spirited eccentricity in handing out year-end awards, and BOFCA has certainly offered a taste of that.” — Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere

“…Bong Joon-ho’s sci-fi piece Snowpiercer, which surprisingly won best film from the Boston Online Film Critics Association.” — Ben Child, The Guardian

“The Boston Online Film Critics Assn. favored dark-horse indies on Saturday, naming ‘Snowpiercer‘ the year’s top film. … The Boston Online Critics clearly favored arthouse fare rather than the major-studio films that are also in the Oscar race.” — Tim Gray, Variety

“Not to be outdone in eclectic choices, on Saturday the Boston Online Film Critics Association selected an unconventional winner for best of 2014: Bong Joon-ho’s dystopian action film, “Snowpiercer,” for which Tilda Swinton was also named Best Supporting Actress.” – David Morgan, CBS News

“The Boston Online Film Critics Association has selected an unconventional choice for the best picture of 2014.” — Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter

“Both the Boston Society of Film Critics and Boston Online Film Critics Association (two groups that I like to imagine engaging in jazz-rumbles on the streets of Boston while bickering about Tati) publicized their choices over the weekend, neatly illustrating the gap between studio-favoring awards programs and bodies dedicated to recognizing indie excellence.” – Charles Bramesco, The Dissolve

“The film tastes and opinions of BOFCA may vary, sometimes widely; but this professional group of individuals and comrades have turned out a stellar list of the best in film this year.” – Tim Estiloz, Examiner.com