October could very well be the single best month to watch movies of 2013. When you do a quick overview of the films being released this month, five of them are the frontrunners to win Best Picture at the Oscars 2014. Many of these movies possess all star casts, top flight directors and innovative and fresh stories. They are also coming fresh off of great reviews at Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals. Not to be ignored are the commercial fare which includes Arnold and Sly together in a full feature film as opposed to cameos and one of the greatest assembled cast of Hispanics in film history in ‘Machete Kills‘ and ‘The Counselor‘. Do yourself a service, if you haven’t been to the movies all year, this is the one month you should step out and watch one.
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Recently seen in Oliver Stone’s ‘Savages,’ Mexican actor and Oscar nominee, Demián Bichir, will play a crime boss in black comedy called “Dom Hemingway”. Richard Shepard will direct Bichir, Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Emilia Clarke, Jumyan Hunter, Madalina Ghenea who will be making up the cast.
Law plays Dom Hemingway, a larger-than-life safecracker who’s back on the streets of London after twelve years in prison and eager to collect for keeping his mouth shut. Things take a turn when he sets off to visit Bichir’s capo in the south of France.
Lionsgate will be the US studio distributing the film. Shooting starts Oct. 15 in the south of France. Bichir will next be seen in Robert Rodriguez’ “Machete Kills” and Paul Feig’s “The Heat”.
Latinos are in the house in the new film SAVAGES from Universal Pictures. Benicio del Toro, Demián Bichir and Salma Hayek star in Oliver Stone‘s new film.
We just received some new pics of the cast, plus some of the gringos on it like Grease/Saturday Night Fever star John Travolta and Gossip GirlBlake Lively. Do yourself a favor and check them out below…
Stone who is known for doing gritty movies and getting the best out of his actors through juicy roles, with someone getting an acting nod in this saga, promises one hell of a ride.
Here’s the official synopsis of ‘Savages’: Three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone returns to the screen with the ferocious thriller Savages, featuring the all-star ensemble cast of Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir. The film is based on Don Winslow’s best-selling crime novel that was named one of The New York Times’ Top 10 Books of 2010. Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry–raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town…until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. When the merciless head of the BC, Elena (Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon–with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (Travolta)–wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills.
Fresh new Latino faces were represented at the Oscar nominations with the Argentinian Berenice Bejo (THE ARTIST) getting a nod for Best Supporting Actress, Mexican Demian Bichir (A BETTER LIFE) received a Best Actor nomination, and Chico y Rita obtained a Best Animated Film nom.
But before you continue reading, I need to get a few things off my chest. I like Demián Bichir’s work in A BETTER LIFE, but even he would tell you that he was nominated for the wrong film! Fidel Castro in CHE was his best performance in his career to date.
The Buenos Aires born Bérénice Bejo selection is understandable but hard to swallow for me. I hate to confess this but Bejo didn’t impress me in The Artist. Compared to every other actor in the cast, she was the weakest link. Her mannersisms seemed force and unnatural. Obviously, I’m not a fan. But for the sake of Latinos surging in a white film universe, I wish her a win.
One thing I have not even remotely heard from anyone is that RODRIGO GARCIA directed ALBERT NOBBS! He’s Colombian! Why isn’t anyone talking about him?
Glad to see HUGO get its due with 11 nominations. It begins slow, but boy does it leave an impression on you for days. 3D is pretty sick too.
BTW, I have a major issue with MONEYBALL and its story. Why was this made into a movie? Moneyball didn’t help the Oakland Athletics even pass the first round of the playoffs!
Speaking about Moneyball, Jonah Hill was very good. I’d argue he was the best part of the irrelevant film. But over Albert Brooks? He was robbed. The one who wasn’t was Nick Nolte. Well deserved. Max Von Sydow? BS.
Another travesty is Steven Spielberg not being nominated for Best Director: War Horse is as close to a masterpiece as we’re going to get 2011.
Michael Fassbender not getting a nod for BEST ACTOR is tragical. It was between him and Jean Dujardin for the win. His performance was powerful!
‘Extremely Loud’ is unbearable to watch. It shouldn’t even be nominated. Why do you think no other film organization awarded it? The film possesses so many problems so many holes. Hanks, Bullock, Daldry no noms, ha!
Also, Oscars picked 9 films. Why not just go for the full 10!? Drive, Dragon, The Ides of March, My Week with Marylin, Potter, were all worthy option.
Shocking moments from Oscar list: Dicaprio, Fassbender, Brooks, Spielberg, Tintin no nods. Hill, Bichir, McCarth, Glenn Close getting nods. Many surprises!
Moving on… here is the complete list of nominations for the 84th Academy Awards.
War Horse The Artist Moneyball The Descendants The Tree of Life Midnight in Paris The Help Hugo Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Viola Davis, The Help Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Demian Bichir, A Better Life George Clooney, The Descendants Jean Dujardin, The Artist Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Berenice Bejo, The Artist Jessica Chastain, The Help Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs Octavia Spencer, The Help
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn Jonah Hill, Moneyball Nick Nolte, Warrior Christopher Plummer, Beginners Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Michel Hazanivicus, The Artist Alexander Payne, The Descendants Martin Scorsese, Hugo Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Best Original Screenplay
Michel Hazanivicius, The Artist Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo, Bridesmaids Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris J.C. Chandor, Margin Call Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants John Logan, Hugo George Clooney, Beau Willimon and Grant Heslov, The Ides of March Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin, Moneyball Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Best Foreign Feature
Bullhead Footnote In Darkness Monsieur Lazhar A Separation
Best Animated Feature
A Cat in Paris Chico & Rita Kung Fu Panda 2 Puss in Boots Rango
The Artist Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Hugo Midnight in Paris War Horse
The Artist The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Hugo The Tree of Life War Horse
Anonymous The Artist Hugo Jane Eyre W.E.
Hell and Back Again If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Pina Undefeated
Documentary Short Subject
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement God Is the Bigger Elvis Incident in New Baghdad Saving Face The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Kevin Tent, The Descendants Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Thelma Schoonmaker, Hugo Christopher Tellefsen, Moneyball
Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle, Albert Nobbs Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, The Iron Lady
Music (Original Score)
John Williams, The Adventures of Tintin Ludovic Bource, The Artist Howard Shore, Hugo Alberto Iglesias, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy John Williams, War Horse
Music (Original Song)
“Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Bret McKenzie “Real in Rio” from Rio, Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett
Drive The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Hugo Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon War Horse
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Hugo Monyeball Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon War Horse
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Hugo Real Steel Rise of the Planet of the Apes Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon
Short Film (Animated)
Dimanche/Sunday The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore La Luna A Morning Stroll Wild Life
Mexican actor Demián Bichir and the half-Dominican, half-Puerto Rican transgender actress Harmony Santana have been nominated for awards at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The films they represent are ‘A Better Life’ and ‘Gun Hill Road’, respectively.
Also, if you’re just becoming curious on what films are creating buzz in Hollywood come awards season, check out the rest of the nominations:
BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not listed) 50/50 Producers: Evan Goldberg, Ben Karlin, Seth Rogen Beginners Producers: Miranda de Pencier, Lars Knudsen, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Jay Van Hoy Drive Producers: Michel Litvak, John Palermo, Marc Platt, Gigi Pritzker, Adam Siegel Take Shelter Producers: Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin The Artist Producer: Thomas Langmann The Descendants Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
BEST DIRECTOR Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist Mike Mills – Beginners Jeff Nichols – Take Shelter Alexander Payne – The Descendants Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive
BEST SCREENPLAY Joseph Cedar – Footnote Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist Tom McCarthy – Win Win Mike Mills – Beginners Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash – The Descendants
BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer) Another Earth Director: Mike Cahill Producers: Mike Cahill, Hunter Gray, Brit Marling, Nicholas Shumaker In the Family Director: Patrick Wang Producers: Robert Tonino, Andrew van den Houten, Patrick Wang Margin Call Director: J.C. Chandor Producers: Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson, Joe Jenckes, Corey Moosa, Zachary Quinto Martha Marcy May Marlene Director: Sean Durkin Producers: Antonio Campos, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Josh Mond Natural Selection Director: Robbie Pickering Producers: Brion Hambel, Paul Jensen
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY Mike Cahill, Brit Marling Another Earth J.C. Chandor – Margin Call Patrick deWitt – Terri Phil Johnston – Cedar Rapids Will Reiser – 50/50
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director, and producer. Executive Producers are not listed Bellflower Writer/Director: Evan Glodell Producers: Evan Glodell, Vincent Grashaw Circumstance Writer/Director: Maryam Keshavarz Producers: Karin Chien, Maryam Keshavarz, Melissa M. Lee Hello Lonesome Writer/Director/Producer: Adam Reid Pariah Writer/Director: Dee Rees Producer: Nekisa Cooper The Dynamiter Writer: Brad Inglesby Director: Matthew Gordon Producers: Kevin Abrams, Matthew Gordon, Merilee Holt, Art Jones, Mike Jones, Nate Tuck, Amile Wilson
BEST FEMALE LEAD Lauren Ambrose – Think of Me Rachael Harris – Natural Selection Adepero Oduye – Pariah Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn
BEST MALE LEAD Demián Bichir – A Better Life Jean Dujardin – The Artist Ryan Gosling – Drive Woody Harrelson – Rampart Michael Shannon – Take Shelter
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE Jessica Chastain – Take Shelter Anjelica Huston – 50/50 Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs Harmony Santana – Gun Hill Road Shailene Woodley – The Descendants
BEST SUPPORTING MALE Albert Brooks – Drive John Hawkes – Martha Marcy May Marlene Christopher Plummer – Beginners John C. Reilly – Cedar Rapids Corey Stoll – Midnight in Paris
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Joel Hodge – Bellflower Benjamin Kasulke – The Off Hours Darius Khondji – Midnight in Paris Guillaume Schiffman – The Artist Jeffrey Waldron – The Dynamiter BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer) An African Election Director/Producer: Jarreth Merz Bill Cunningham New York Director: Richard Press Producer: Philip Gefter The Interrupters Director/Producer: Steve James Producer: Alex Kotlowitz The Redemption of General Butt Naked Director/Producers: Eric Strauss, Daniele Anastasion We Were Here Director/Producer: David Weissman BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director) A Separation (Iran) Director: Asghar Farhadi Melancholia (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany) Director: Lars von Trier Shame (UK) Director: Steve McQueen The Kid With a Bike (Belgium/France/Italy) Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Tyrannosaur (UK) Director: Paddy Considine
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 15th annual Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget. Chad Burris Mosquita y Mari Sophia Lin Take Shelter Josh Mond Martha Marcy May Marlene
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 18th annual Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant. Simon Arthur Silver Tongues Mark Jackson Without Nicholas Ozeki Mamitas TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 17th annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant. Heather Courtney Where Soldiers Come From Danfung Dennis Hell and Back Again Alma Har’el Bombay Beach
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast) Margin Call Director: J.C. Chandor Casting Director: Tiffany Little Canfield, Bernard Telsey Ensemble Cast: Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci
With a month to go before its US release (December 12th and Jan 9th, 2009) we obtained 8 never before seen movie clips from ‘Che’ starring Academy award winning actor Benicio del Toro and a prolific Latino cast.
These clips are in Spanish without English subtitles, just the way director Steven Soderbergh intended them to be. Cameos include Julia Ormond, Franka Potente and yes… Matt Damon as a US agent having a whole conversation speaking in Spanish.
We were surprised at the various Latino dialects we heard from Colombia, Puerto Rico and even Mexican, from many actors who were trying to sound Cuban. But at the end of a 5 hour journey through the life of Guevara, it is the last of your worries.
Nevertheless, we will have a review of the film in December. We enjoyed it, if it matters to you, so enjoy these clips and we hope they help you judge whether you want to invest your time and money in the film.