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2013 Oscar Preview: Part 1

  • Cinelinx
The 85th Annual Academy Awards will take place Sunday February 24th at 7pm Eastern time. This is our overview of the major awards nominees in case you didn’t get to see them yourself.

There’s always a lot of talk leading up to the big day about who will win what awards. We try to make our predictions based on trends from the past, but we can’t help to be swayed by our own personal opinions. Some movies truly strike a chord with us, while others aren’t interesting at all. Furthermore, Oscar films are usually heavy in the drama department and therefore they aren’t always the easiest or most entertaining movies to watch.

That’s why we’re here. Here is your guide to the nominees of this year’s Academy Awards. I’ve compiled the following brief summaries, interesting facts, and critical reviews for all these films and people.
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DVD Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild

  • Nerdly
Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes, Pamela Harper, Gina Montana | Written and Directed by Benh Zeitlin

There are films that people just sometimes don’t understand, they take them on face value and almost lazily don’t try to understand the characters. This isn’t through stupidity, it’s just that the film does not catch their interest and when that happens, it’s a case that they just don’t get it. I’ve seen this reaction from some when it comes to Beasts of the Southern Wild .

Beasts of the Southern Wild is the story of Hushpuppy and her father Wink. They live in a little community known as the Bathtub. Wink is dying and to prepare his daughter for the world outside he uses a mixture of tough love and life experience to protect her. As his health declines
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Beasts Of The Southern Wild DVD Review

Director: Benh Zeitlin

Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly

Running Time: 93 Minutes

Extras: Making Of, Casting, Deleted Scenes with Director’s Commentary, Award-winning short film ‘Glory At Sea’, Trailer.

Every year there are a few films that unexpectedly hit the mainstream and Beasts Of The Southern Wild is a prime example with all the right intentions. Set in a southern community and seemingly cut off from the rest of the modern Western world, Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) lives with her alcoholic father Wink (Dwight Henry) in what they call the ‘Bathtub’.

In this screenplay by Lucy Alibar and director Benh Zeilin, tough love and life, has never been a more relative observation as Hushpuppy lives like an adult but is only 6-years-old. Her home is her own shack on stilts above any possible high-tides and when a bell rings in her hut, this indicates dinner is ready and she sprints
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Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Directed by: Benh Zeitlin

Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Gina Montana

Running Time: 1 hr 31 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: July 13, 2012 (Chicago)

Plot: A young girl named Hushpuppy (Wallis) learns to survive in her Louisiana island (called The Bathtub) with her father (Henry) after a large hurricane hits.

Who’S It For? If you like unique indie movie experiences, this one is for you. Fans of movies that tackle man vs. nature would especially be interested in this one.

Overall

There’s certainly a bleakness to the self-sufficient, raw-pig-meat-eating, shack home environment that a filmmaker looking to explore (or expose) such a very non-Hollywood environment as The Bathtub could embrace. Beasts of the Southern Wild has the setting that stereotypically could be made for something that looks at events from an outsider’s perspective – or in this case, those who think residents of such
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Interview: Director Benh Zeitlin Unleashes ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

Chicago – If director Benh Zeitlin had written a list of the most outlandishly formidable challenges that a film crew could ever possibly face, he could’ve easily come up with an outline for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Loosely based on Lucy Alibar’s play, “Juicy and Delicious,” the film pays tribute to the indomitable spirit of New Orleans citizens as they continue to defy the odds.

It’s that same spirit that appears to have fueled this tremendously ambitious picture, the first feature made by the self-dubbed, “Independent Filmmaking Army” known as “Court 13.” Set in a tight-knit southern village known as the Bathtub, the tale is viewed through the eyes of a strong-willed six-year-old, Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis). As her father, Wink (Dwight Henry), grows weak with illness, environmental catastrophes flood the village while unleashing an assortment of fearsome prehistoric creatures. Thus, Hushpuppy embarks on a journey of survival that
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Interview: Stars Dwight Henry, Quvenzhané Wallis on ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

Chicago – Wink (Dwight Henry) and Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané “Nazie” Wallis) don’t have a typical father-daughter relationship in Benh Zeitlin’s visionary fantasy, “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” With his body ailing and his hometown underwater, Wink resorts to tough-love parenting skills in order to teach his daughter self-sufficiency. That includes catching her own food while chanting phrases like, “I’m the man!”

The bond between Wink and Hushpuppy forms the heart of Zeitlin’s film, which won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including the Grand Jury Prize, and went on to snag the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Neither Henry nor Wallis had acted in a film prior to “Beasts,” and have been on a whirlwind festival tour ever since, acquiring widespread acclaim for their work. Zeitlin’s tale of an environmental crisis that unleashes prehistoric creatures known as “aurochs,” while threatening to tear Wink and Hushpuppy from their homeland,
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Beasts of the Southern Wild Movie Review

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Beasts of the Southern Wild Movie Review
Title: Beasts of the Southern Wild Directed By: Benh Zeitlin Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Jonshel Alexander, Marilyn Barbarin, Kaliana Brower, Nicholas Clark, Henry D. Coleman, Levy Easterly, Philip B. Lawrence Should a storm blow in tomorrow with the power to devastate New York City, I’d up and leave in a heartbeat, doing anything necessary to ensure my family’s safety and well-being. While the characters from Beasts of the Southern Wild have a very similar mentality, it’s nearly impossible for someone from a big city or a well-to-do area to truly understand what compels them to make certain decisions and while the film may not be entirely convincing in that [ Read More ]
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June Preview: ‘Prometheus,’ ‘Rock of Ages,’ and ‘Brave’

Monthly Movie Preview – June 2012

No offense to people who like the month of June, but this might be the weakest month of the summer movie season. Especially with G.I. Joe: Retaliation going Mia from the month’s slate, this one doesn’t have the firepower of May (The Avengers, Men in Black 3), July (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises) or possibly even August (The Bourne Legacy, The Expendables 2).

Instead, this month looks to have some of the most random offerings of them all. Sure, Prometheus, Brave, and Rock of Ages are mixed in there, but so is another Tyler Perry movie (Madea’s Witness Protection), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and yup, that Channing Tatum stripping movie Magic Mike. Oh, and a movie in which Mark Wahlberg hangs out with a raunchy teddy bear (Ted) for good measure. Add a Pixar movie on top, (Brave), and you’ve got June.
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Trailer For Sundance Hit Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Fox Searchlight has released the trailer below for Beasts Of The Southern Wild. The film, which is set in New Orleans, recently took the Sundance Film Festival by storm, and even picked up the Grand Jury Prize for Drama.

Newcomer, Benh Zeitlin, helmed the production and co-wrote the screenplay with Lucy Alibar, the crux of which focuses on a little girl called Hushpuppy (who is portrayed by Quvenzhané Wallis in her debut performance). She is living in a vibrant community which is steeped in culture and beauty, but also poverty, and her only parent – an unreliable and troubled father – is ailing. So, faced with being alone in a community fast being wiped out by levee destruction, the brave six-year-old sets out on a journey to find her mother.

Beasts, which also stars Dwight Henry and Levy Easterly, is due for release in the Us on 27th June. A date has
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Beasts Of The Southern Wild (2012) Movie Trailer: Benh Zeitlin

Beasts of the Southern Wild Trailer. Benh Zeitlin‘s Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) movie trailer stars Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Jonshel Alexander, and Marilyn Barbarin. Beasts of the Southern Wild‘s plot synopsis: “In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a [...]

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Beasts of the Southern Wild Trailer

Beasts of the Southern Wild Trailer
Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer and a new poster for Beasts of the Southern Wild, which hits theaters in limited release June 27. Quvenzhan&#233 Wallis stars as Hushpuppy, a six-year-old girl living in a bayou ravaged by a deadly storm, who becomes determined to turn her life around. Check it out.

Beasts Of The Southern Wild - Trailer

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.

Beasts of the Southern Wild comes to theaters June 27th,
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2012 Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners

2012 Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners
Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience, Next and other special awards of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at the Festival's Awards Ceremony, hosted by Parker Posey in Park City, Utah. An archived video of the ceremony in its entirety is available at Sundance.org/Live.

"Every year the Sundance Film Festival brings to light exciting new directions and fresh voices in independent film, and this year is no different," said John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. "While these awards further distinguish those that have had the most impact on audiences and our jury, the level of talent showcased across the board at the Festival was really impressive, and all are to be congratulated and thanked for sharing their work with us."

Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, "As we close what was a remarkable 10 days of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, we look to the year
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Beasts of the Southern Wild Acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired U. S. rights to the fantastical drama Beasts of the Southern Wild. Directed by Benh Zeitlin and written by Lucy Alibar and Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild stars Quvenzhan&#233 Wallis and Dwight Henry. The film was produced by Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey and Josh Penn. Philipp Engelhorn, Paul Mezey and Michael Raisler are executive producers . The film is scheduled to be released in 2012.

"In his feature film debut, Benh Zeitlin has crafted a visually stunning and deeply poetic film that captured our hearts. The amazing performances by newcomer Quvenzhan&#233 Wallis and Dwight Henry are a wonder to behold," said Nancy Utley and Gilula.

"The making of Beasts of the Southern Wild was defined by a deliberate, collaborative process and we're thrilled that Fox Searchlight Pictures has embraced the spirit of the film," said Gottwald,
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