- Birdman — Emmanuel Lubezki
- The Grand Budapest Hotel — Robert D. Yeoman
- Mr. Turner — Dick Pope
- Unbroken — Roger Deakins
- Ida — Lukasz Zal, Ryszard Lenczewki
What We Do in the Shadows is a horror comedy mockumentary coming from New Zealanders Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Concords) and Taika Waititi (Eagle vs. Shark), who both star in the film as well. It is a hilarious take on the vampire genre. Essentially, a camera crew is following around four flatmates who just happen to be immortal vampires as they try to get into clubs, clash with a similarly underwhelming pack of werewolves, and attempt to contain a newly anointed vampire who doesn’t know how to be discrete.
I have been trying to roll out my predictions for ALL of the 2015 Academy Award categories. I busted through a good portion of them today (Thursday, Feb. 4, although they are dated Jan. 27). Most of the major categories are up on the website already. But I probably won’t finish all of the categories until Saturday or Sunday. When I get them all done, I will create a post that links to every category. So…if you’ve been looking at my posts and want some more help for your Oscar pool ballot, I will be doing the other categories very soon. Thanks for your patience, and, more importantly, thanks for reading.
–Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)
Inherent Vice is the latest from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon. Pynchon’s work is often characterized by its density and difficulty. As such, some said Vice could not be successfully adapted for the screen.
Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? is a film by Michel Gondry (writer, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) in which he interviews famed linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky. During the interview, hand drawn animations created by Gondry depict Chomsky’s answers. Every so often, a small frame, inset in the animation, will show Chomsky as he is speaking. Their conversation delves into various alleyways, namely his philosophy on language and how we understand the concepts of the world through words and symbols.
January is over, which means the new year of film can finally begin to ramp up. The first month of the year is historically a bad time for new releases. The box office is usually dominated by carry-over from the holiday season, leaving January releases as duds the majority of the time. January 2015 was a surprising change of pace with American Sniper’s dominance at the box office (although its release was technically in December). But beyond Clint Eastwood’s war piece, there wasn’t much to be said about January. Now that it’s behind us, we can look ahead to the month in movies.
The Super Bowl is always a huge date for advertising campaigns. The movie trailer business is no exception. Plenty of major Spring and Summer releases put out 30 second or one minute spots this year. These are my reactions to some of the big movie trailers of the night.