Tag Archive: Kathryn Bigelow

“Point Break” was an insanely fun film. Starring Patrick Swayze and a pre-Matrix Keanu Reeves, the film was so excessive, it was a lot of fun. Kathryn Bigelow directed that film. Now with news that a “Point Break” remake is happening and unfortunately, it appears to be picking up steam. Reportedly Ericson Core has signed on as director and filming will begin at the end of this year. What has Core directed? Well…he directed the somewhat entertaining “Invincible” starring Mark Wahlberg. He also served as a cinematographer on “DareDevil” and “The Fast and the Furious”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.



Ok folks, this is probably the last real time I’ll get on my soap box. But, Tom Tykwer’s and the Wachowskis’ fantastic and amazing film “Cloud Atlas” got the short end of the stick. Regardless of if the film worked for you or not, clearly it invoked similar reactions to other films like oh say…”2001: A Space Odyssey” did when it was released…and I think that film has aged pretty well don’t you? That being said it was a foregone conclusion it wasn’t going to get into the Best Picture race, even though it deserved to. But this is all I’m going to say: No nominations…really? Not a single one?

Let me go down the list of films that got nominations: “Mirror, Mirror”, “Snow White and the Huntsman”, “ParaNorman” and “Frankenweenie”and “Ted”. Heck, I loved “The Avengers”, but to think that it deserved a nomination more than “Cloud Atlas”? You’re crazy. Let me ask you something. The films nominated for say Best Makeup: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, “Hitchcock” and “Lincoln”. Two of those three films the main makeup job was on one actor. “Cloud Atlas” had men playing women, women playing men actors playing different races to the point where you had an Asian actress playing a hispanic lady, an African American actress playing a white, Jewish woman and lots more. Tell me how that isn’t more impressive than making ONE actor look like another person from the past?

Anyways, there were a lot more snubs than just “Cloud Atlas”. Mainly Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow. All I will say is this, this year’s Oscars frankly…have lost a lot of luster for me.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.



Now that we’ve all had time to digest the nominations, what was the biggest Oscar snub? This year was quite a head scratcher. Let’s start with Kathryn Bigelow. I haven’t seen ‘Zero Dark Thirty” yet, but by all accounts the film is a great film. And though she just won a Best Director for “The Hurt Locker”, it seems pretty shocking that she didn’t get nominated this year. Out of the directors nominated, I gotta say, Bigelow is a stronger director than a few of them on that list.

An even bigger surprise for me though was “Rise of the Guardians” not getting into the Best Animated Film category. Look, I’d give the award to “Wreck It Ralph”, but for my money, “Rise of the Guardians” was by far better than “Frankenweenie” and “ParaNorman”.

Also, though Christoph Waltz got a nomination, Leonardo DiCaprio for his absolutely evil performance and Quentin Tarantino, heck maybe even Jamie Foxx all got snubbed in acting and director categories as well.

Of course the biggest head scratcher that makes no sense to me is Ben Affleck not getting a Best Director nomination. Are you kidding me? “Argo” received near universal acclaim, was a hit at the box office and the film was by far and away an improvement over his last outing, “The Town”. And yet, not even a nomination? That’s ridiculous. Not to mention “Cloud Atlas” not even getting nominated for Best Makeup. Also, for the second year in a row, only nine films were nominated for Best Picture, leaving out deserving films like “Moonrise Kingdom”.

This year I think the Academy got some things very wrong. What’s your biggest snub?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

The Directors Guild of America released its nominees. And there’s no surprises here. Ben Affleck (“Argo)”, Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thiry”), Tom Hooper (“Les Miserables”), Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) and Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”) were the nominees. They will most likely be the five directors nominated for the Oscar as well.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

PGA nominations announced

Last year, “The Artist” won the Producers Guild Award for best motion picture before winning the Oscar. So, whoever wins this year could be on the fast track. This year the nominees are:

Argo – Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn
Django Unchained – Producers: Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone, Stacey Sher
Les Misérables – Producers: Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
Life of Pi – Producers: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark
Lincoln – Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
Moonrise Kingdom – Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales
Silver Linings Playbook – Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon
Skyfall – Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson
Zero Dark Thirty – Producers: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Golden Globe nominations for film!

Here are the Golden Globe nominations for movies.

Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Chris Terrio, Argo

Hotel Transvylvania
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

A Royal Affair
The Intouchables
Kon Tiki
Rust and Bone

Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
Alexandre Desplat, Argo
Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
Tom Tywker, Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Cloud Atlas
John Williams, Lincoln

“For You” Act of Valor
“Not Running Anymore” Stand Up Guys
“Safe and Sound” The Hunger Games
“Skyfall” Skyfall
“Suddenly” Les Miserables

Here’s the second trailer for director Kathryn Bigelow’s (“The Hurt Locker”) new film, “Zero Dark Thirty”.

The film stars Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler and Jason Clarke.

Here’s the teaser trailer for “Zero Dark Thirty”, the new film from Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) about the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden.

The film stars Kyle Chandler, Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Harold Perrineau (Lost, The Matrix: Reloaded/Revolutions) is joining the ensemble cast for director Kathryn Bigelow’s (The Hurt Locker) Osama bin Laden film.

The film will follow a black ops SEAL team. The cast includes Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez, Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Nash Edgerton and Jennifer Ehle.

Pretty solid cast so far. I did like “The Hurt Locker” though I did think it was a little overrated.