A Single Man is a 2009 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood. The directorial debut of fashion designer Tom Ford, the film stars Colin Firth, who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of George Falconer, a depressed gay British university professor living in Southern California in 1962. The film premiered on September 11, 2009 at the 66th Venice International Film Festival, and went on the film festival circuit. After it screened at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival. Though the costumes are beautiful and the art direction impeccable, what stands out most from this debut by fashion designer Tom Ford is the leading performance by Colin Firth.
'A rare thing-a mainstream, melancholy love story, haunted by the past.' Film Comment Magazine
'It sounds like a downer but A Single Man is exciting, emotionally alive filmmaking, a potent cocktail of style and substance. And Firth thoroughly deserves the Oscar' Empire Magazine
'Firth's portrayal of a man repressing his grief while being unable to repress his instinct for love and for life is excellent and moving, while Ford's balancing of depth and surface is precarious but ultimately winning.' Time Out Magazine
'Colin, darling, you were fabulous, completely on trend. Plot? So last season, it's nowhere to be seen - we're all about character, emotion and cheekbones, sweetie.' Film 4
'The film is an aesthetic pleasure, like being in a designer hotel, reading a deliciously sad novel.' Times UK
BAFTA Awards 2010 Winner of a BAFTA Film Award for Best Leading Actor
AFI Awards, USA 2010 Winner of theAFI Award for Movie of the Year
Austin Film Critics Association 2009 Winner AFCA Award winner Best Actor - Colin Firth
CinEuphoria Awards 2011 Winner of CinEuphoria award for best Actor - Audience Award - Colin Firth
Winner of the Top Ten of the Year - Audience Award Best Trailer - International Competition Best Actor - International Competition - Colin Firth Top Ten of the Year - International Competition - Tom Ford Best Original Music - International Competition - Abel Korzeniowski
GLAAD Media Awards 2010 Winner of theGLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release
Award winning The Flowers of War is a 2011 historical drama war film directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Zhang Xinyi, Tong Dawei, Atsuro Watabe, Shigeo Kobayashi and Cao Kefan. The beautifully shot story is set in Nanking, China, during the 1937 Nanking Massacre in the Second Sino-Japanese War. A group of escapees, finding sanctuary in a church compound, try to survive the plight and persecution brought on by the violent invasion of the city.
Pete Hammond from Boxoffice Magazine gave it 4 stars of 5, and said "The Flowers of War is ultimately an inspiring, stirring and unforgettable human drama in the face of a horrifying war. It is highly recommended.
"The Flowers of War is a big movie in every sense of the word, from its kinetic battle scenes to the beautiful photography and impressive performances from a mostly young and inexperienced cast."
'Bale is forthright and emotional in the role, and with a hint of boyish vulnerability, even reminds us of his 13-year-old self in Spielberg's Empire of the Sun.' The Guardian
'As you'd expect, it's beautiful, emotional and exciting, if florid in style. Bale, beauties and English dialogue widen Yimou's appeal.' Empire
Asian Film Awards 2012 Winner of the Asian Film Award for Best Newcomer Ni Ni
Asian Film Critics Association Awards 2012 Winner of the NETPAC Award for Best Picture, Best Director and Best New Performer
Chinese American Film Festival (C.A.F.F.) 2012 Winner of the Golden Angel Award for Outstanding Film
Chinese Film Media Awards 2012 Winner of the Audience Award for Favourite Actor - Dawei Tong and Favorite Actress - Ni Ni
Shanghai Film Critics Awards 2012 Winner of the Film of Merit
Shanghai Film Critics Award winner of Best Actress - Ni Ni
Writers Guild of China Film Association 2012 Winner of the WGC Award for Outstanding Screenplay
Critic Reviews'DP Jay Hunter's camera floats like a butterfly through doorways and windows, stinging as it catches characters in moments of eavesdropping-inspired stunned epiphany.' Sight and Sound 'Much Ado About Nothing is a delightfully spirited romp, filled with visual splendor, strong performances and flashes of post-modern absurdity.' USA Today 'The movie swings along, with a grace denied to some of Whedon's grander projects ...' New Yorker 'The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end.' Chicago Sun-Times 'One of my Top Ten picks of the year. Welcome to the World of Whedon where Shakespeare not only lives, but thrives.' Behind the Lens
AwardsNational Board of Review, USA 2013 Winner of theNBR Award for Top Ten Independent Films
Critic Reviews“Nothing in Los Angeles was one of the most entertaining and satisfying films I saw all year.” Cinequest.
AwardsHollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, 2014. Winner of the Best Filmed Screenplay, Best Actor and best Supporting Actress. Los Angeles Movie Awards, 2014. Winner of best narrative feature. Route 66 Film Festival, 2014. Winner of the people’s choice competition. Studio City Film Festival, 2014. Winner of best comedy feature and winner of best screenplay - feature.
Alli and Jacob are a couple of 30-somethings living in New York City with their three young children. Alli is busy and stressing in nursing the kids, straining her relationship with husband Jacob. Alli's apartment's window faces with an apartment neighbour's window. Alli and Jacob both covertly spy on the couple, bitter about their loss of youth and new responsibilities as parents.
One day, Jacob comments that the neighbour man has "shaved his head" and looks hungover. Shortly after, while Jacob and the kids are out, Alli spies across the street again to find the man in hospice; he dies soon after. Alli goes out to witness the man being taken out in a body bag and finds the wife crying on the sidewalk. The woman reveals that ever since her husband became "sick," they would find comfort in watching the family through the window, much in the way Jacob and Alli did. The two embrace.
"Savvy viewers may guess where this is all going, but Curry doesn't push the emotions or the pace despite showing a decent passage of time." Eye for Film
Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Palm Springs Shorts Fest, Best Live Action Short - Winner of the Audience Award
Traverse City Film Festival, Best Fiction Short - Winner of the Audience Award
Hollyshorts Film Festival, Best Drama Winner
SCAD Savannah Film Festival, Best Narrative Short Winner
St. Louis International Film Festival, Best of the Fest Winner
Nashville Film Festival, Best Narrative Short Winner
Rhode Island Film Festival, Best Live Action Short Winner
Woodstock Film Festival, Best Short Film Winner