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The 2nd Annual Edgy Award Nominations

February 21, 2012 2 comments

One of the primary focuses of this site is to analyze and report on each year’s film awards race, and many of you know this to be my true passion in life. However, if there’s one thing I enjoy more than following the Oscars, it’s making my own. Therefore, it has become a tradition of mine to gather up all my favorite aspects of the year’s filmmaking, break them down into nominations and then award what I believe to be the best of the year. And while I’ve been doing this for a long time, The Edge of the Frame gave me a chance to name them. Therefore, I present to you fine readers the 2nd Annual Edgy Award Nominations.

This year has certainly delivered a mixed bag of finalists. A total of 39 films received nominations, although 19 of those only garnered a single nomination apiece. While some categories may have some resemblance to the Academy’s choices (sometimes, they do actually make wise decisions), there are some striking differences. Thank goodness for that, for as a film critic, if my picks matched up with the Oscars, I wouldn’t be able to respect myself in the morning. Many of you have already seen my choices for Best Picture, what with my Top Ten List being released earlier in the week, and you’ll have noticed that only three films also find themselves in Oscar’s top nine ballot. Also, for the first time in my long history of doing this, not a single one of my Best Director nominees overlaps with the Academy’s.

A few notes to cover before we get started. I’ve used a similar format as last year’s nominations, listing out each nominee by name, instead of just the films themselves. Now, some of you will be bound to wonder how, if these are only the 2ND Annual Edgy Nominations, some individuals will have more than 2 mentions under their belts. The answer is because I have a slate of personal awards for each year going back over seven decades. I’ve got endless spreadsheets cataloging my choices for film winners from long before I was even born, I just don’t have the means (yet) to make those available to the public. The annotations refer to the amount of past nominations each individual has had in their respective category, except for performers who’s mentions overlap with all the other acting categories.

Now, for any readers who need more info, don’t understand or just think I’m full of it, I’ve provided a link to a separate document which holds a complete list of every single one of this year’s nominees, coupled with a complete record of their Edgy nominations and wins. Have I gone overboard with these things? Absolutely, but I have an anal retentive need to be comprehensive, not to mention that I have a devotion to all things statistical. Hope at least one person gives it a look.

One other thing to point out is that, this year, I have refrained from creating categories for both Best Foreign Language Film and Best Animated Film. To be honest, I just haven’t seen enough foreign fare to make up an accurate barometer of the year’s best. As far as animation goes, I honestly just avoided this year, practically, all together. Just a weak field that I didn’t bother focusing my income towards. I did, however, add a full category for Best Ensemble Cast. I do believe that when a film pulls off an effective ensemble performance, it’s worth taking note of because it help’s define the film and its quality. If only the Oscars shared this opinion.

So, without further ado, here are the 2011 nominations:

 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“The Living Proof”
featured in “The Help”
Music and Lyrics by Mary J. Blige (2nd Nom)

“Marcy’s Song”
featured in “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Music and Lyrics by Jackson C. Frank (1st nom)

“Never Be Daunted”
featured in “Happythankyoumoreplease”
Music and Lyrics by Jaymay (1st nom)

“Shelter”
featured in “Take Shelter”
Music and Lyrics by Ben Nichols (1 nom)

“Think You Can Wait”
featured in “Win Win”
Music and Lyrics by The National (1st nom)

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“Tyrannosaur” Trailer

August 25, 2011 1 comment

Let’s clear one thing up, right off of the bat:

No, this movie is not about dinosaurs.

Well, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about this potentially strong film. I had heard it’s title pop up every now and then, over the last year. Most prominently, the Sundance Film Festival issued it acting awards for both of its main stars, Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman, as well as Best Director for first-time helmer Paddy Considine.

It tells the story of a harsh Irish community where a woman seeks to remove herself from an abusive relationship. She ends up looking for comfort in the arms of the least-expected person, a mean-spirited, ill-tempered alcoholic, who happens to be seeking his own redemption for his rotten lifestyle.

Apparently, the film contains two off-the-chart amazing performances by Mullan and Colman. I haven’t seen Olivia in much of anything, but look forward to what kind of honesty she can bring to such a damaged character. Peter Mullan, on the other hand, is a long-time favorite of mine. He is both memorable and fantastic in the small roles he has played in films like “Braveheart,” “Trainspotting” and “Children of Men.” Here, he really gets an unusual chance to flex his dramatic muscle. Much like John Hawkes, last year, I hope Mullan is able to truly deliver in this film and be honored with an underdog Oscar nomination. There’s always hope.

Check out the new trailer, below:

New “Carnage” Trailer

August 19, 2011 Leave a comment

As far as a great cast goes, there’s definitely not many upcoming films that rank higher than “Carnage,” directed by Roman Polanski and based on the Tony-Award winning play (which, when on Broadway, featured practically as good a cast as the film). It tells a very confined, yet immensely layered, story of two sets of parents dealing with repercussions of one’s child beats up the other’s.

While right at home on the stage, this is an ambitious project to see on the big screen, and so not because of a scale too large, but instead one incredibly small. The film takes place entirely in one apartment and sits on the shoulders of only, and I do mean only, four actors. Newly minted Oscar winners Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet play the parents of the offending child, while veteran performers Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly portray the guardians of the victim. What ensues has been called, by critics and audiences alike, some of the most poignantly funny comedy ever to grace the stage or, now, the cinema.

Aside from seeing these actors strut their stuff, I am most looking forward to seeing Roman Polanski directing such a small story, once again. Since the incredibly claustrophobic horror classic “Rosemary’s Baby,” the director has spent much of the last few decades on sprawling mysteries and epics. It will be nice to see him handle such a tightly wound little comedy with huge aspirations. If all works out well, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Polanski net himself his sixth and seventh Oscar nominations (for directing as well as penning the script) as well as a nod for one performer, or perhaps even more.

Check out the new trailer, below:

So, this is where it starts…

September 30, 2010 1 comment

Well, here we go. So many have asked for this, and now they shall receive. This is the counterpart to my life in cinema.

My name’s Thomas Conroy and I live in Chicago, Illinois. I’ve been on this planet for nearly 24 years and for probably the last 18 or 19 of them, my life has been largely dominated by movies. It might have started in 1993 when I first saw Jurassic Park in the theater and had my head spun around my shoulders a few dozen times. Shortly after that experience I discovered that I shared the same birthday as the man behind that particular curtain: Steven Spielberg. Back in the day, I may have thought that was an omen, and maybe it was in some respects. However, I’m positive of only one link that seems indisputably common between the two of us: we both share the same undying passion for the silver screen.

So, here I am, decades later, and my world is no less consumed by the art of cinema than it ever has before. I live and breathe it, at home, at school, at work and in my constant ventures to the local art house or cineplex. I am currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Cinema Production from DePaul University and find myself working on many film projects as a director, writer, editor, grip and electrician. I also put time in helping to maintain a light and sound production stage. Now, while I seem to be slowly breaking my way into the movie-making business, my true passion still lies in watching the finished product…which I do…en masse. I see hundreds of movies a year and constantly re-watch and examine my favorites. In conjunction, I have been a self-proclaimed movie critic professionally, educationally and just for the sheer pleasure of it for ten years. Finally, as if there were any time left over after all that, I am an absolute junkie for Oscar race and love following it at every step. I’ve got my hands full. And thus, we get to this point.

The other day, a good friend of mine asked me what the clear-cut purpose of this blog was for that was an important first step in this journey, and to be honest, I’m not sure that I have one. It’d be too easy to say I did it to please the naggers who were sick of me flooding facebook with my musings and reviews (as if that’s going to stop now that I have a soapbox to stand on). Perhaps this is my way of consolidating the chaotic storm of movies swirling around in my head into one clear vision. Maybe it just gives me a chance to preach to more than just the choir of my own mind about the ever-changing world of film.

Or maybe it just boils down to two things: I love writing and I love movies.

Regardless, I hope that everyone I know (and maybe some folks I don’t) join me on this adventure. In the next few days, I’ll start outlining the shape and scope of what this site will include. Expect a wide array of posts from new reviews, re-visitations to older films, production stories, awards predictions, and general musings about film in general, not to mention a special window into my mind through my own personal lists.

What does this all mean?

“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”