Damn the Man, we’ve got another new episode. This week, John and El’Ahrai deliver reviews of “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” and “Audition”. But wait, there’s more! We also have an interview with “The Amityville Murders” writer/director Daniel Farrands! I’m not sleeping in my car again. It smells like Hot Pockets…
Hello dear listeners! Last weekend the Chicago Independent Film Critic Circle had their third annual award ceremony and we were there!
Not only were we there, but we helped present awards! Check it out, here’s John with the Best Visual Effects and Best Costume and Make Up awards!
And me with the Best Cinematography award!
You can find the full ceremony over on the CIFCC youtube channel!
On this nice episode, El’Ahrai and John review “The Kid Who Would Be King” and “The Amityville Murders”! But wait, there’s more! We also have an interview with “Under the Eiffel Tower” writer/director Archie Borders! I only work in black and sometimes very, very dark grey.
The Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle has announced their nominees for the third annual CIFCC Awards. The voting members completed ballots to compile five nominees for 21 categories. CIFCC critics will commence a final round of voting ending on February 1, 2019. The 2018 CIFCC Award winners will be announced on the evening of February 2, 2019. A celebratory invitation-only private event will be held at the Cards Against Humanity Theater in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago.
Fans and followers can watch the awards event live-streaming on the CIFCC’s YouTube channel.
Leading all films with an impressive eleven nominations is the acclaimed comic book blockbuster Black Panther from director Ryan Coogler. The 32-year-old Oakland-born filmmaker is himself nominated for four different CIFCC Awards this year. Alfonso Cuarón’s highly regarded foreign language film Roma and the scathing Yorgos Lanthimos dark comedy The Favourite carry nine nominations each. Five of Roma’s nine nominations match work by the prolific Cuarón. Following closely is the tautly introspective historical drama First Man from Damien Chazelle, a previous CIFCC Award winner for La La Land, earned eight nominations. In all, there are 37 different nominated films included across the 21 total categories of the 2018 CIFCC Awards.
Two awards of special recognition and interest are the annual Trailblazer and Impact Awards. The CIFCC’s Trailblazer Award honors the work of an artist who truly pushed the boundaries of the medium in terms of form and content. Nominated this year are filmmakers Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), Alfonso Cuarón (Roma), Bing Liu (Minding the Gap), Adam McKay (Vice), and Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You). The Impact Award celebrates a person whose work during the past year made positive impact on society. The nominees include Brian Andreotti of Chicago’s Music Box Theatre and filmmakers Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade), Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), and Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman).
Founded in 2016, the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC) is a creative and engaging non-for-profit organization composed of unique, dedicated, and diversified film critics. Its members are wide-ranging in experiences, backgrounds, tastes, diversities, and target audiences across both print and online platforms and publications. The CIFCC organized to share their personal assessments, commentaries, passions, and creativity in the vigilant effort to highlight the greatness and diversity found in both independent and mainstream films. While they originate in the Chicagoland area, the efforts of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle are to share, celebrate, and promote the rich artistic medium of film to audiences, fans, and eager minds across the nation and world as an exemplary and upstanding pillar of intelligent print and broadcast journalism.
An angle? You want an angle?! I’ll give you an angle. This week, John and El’Ahrai review “Serenity” and “Stan and Ollie”. But wait, there’s more! We also have an interview with filmmakers Brent Kinetz and Terence Mickey of “1 Billion Orgasms”! With all that, how can you not listen? Everybody’s taking something or they’d never make it till morning.
So you’re looking for movie reviews. Well, that’s convenient, because we happen to have some right here! This week, El’Ahrai and John discuss “Glass” and “The Mule”! Plus all the other usual highlights you’ve come to expect. They don’t want me to have the title because I’m not a puppet like that fool up there.
Takeshi Kitano fans can rejoice! The last film in his Yakuza trilogy will be available for streaming this friday, just in time for the director’s birthday!
The service carrying the film is Film Movement Plus and they also have the director’s Violent Cop (1989), Boiling Point (1990), and Hana-Bi (1997) plus a 75 minute behind the scenes look at Outrage Coda called Outrage Offstage.
Outrage Coda tells the story of former yakuza boss Otomo (Takeshi) who now works in South Korea for Mr. Chang, a renowned fixer whose influence extends internationally. But when a relatively minor incident causes tensions to escalate out of control between Chang Enterprises and the Hanabishi, Otomo must return to Japan to settle the score once and for all. Featuring all the betrayal, double-crossing, and action-filled gun battles of the OUTRAGE series!