January 2023 Issue
Reel Corner by Donne Paine
The Films Are All a Buzz
Ahh January! To most of us January is all about renewal, resolutions and packing up those holiday memories. For those in the film industry with award season right around the corner, January takes on its own meaning. It’s all about the buzz. Here are a few films people are Buzzing about.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Michelle Williams, Gabriel LaBelle, Paul Dano
Growing up in post WWII era Arizona, young Sammy Fabelman aspires to be a filmmaker as he reaches adolescence, but he soon discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help see him see the truth.
Director: Todd Field
Cate Blanchette, Noémie Merlant, Nina Hoss
Set in the international world of western classical music, this film centers on Lydia Tár, who is widely considered one of the greatest composers/conductors and the first German female music director of a major German orchestra.
The Banshees of Inisherin
Director: Martin McDonagh
Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan
Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with interesting consequences for both of them.
Director: Darren Aronofsky; Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Ty Simpkins, Hong Chau
A reclusive English teacher attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter.
The Woman King
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood; Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Sheila Atim
A historical epic inspired by the true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states in Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Director: Rian Johnson
Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista
Famed Southern detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece for his latest case.
Director: Carla Simón
Josep Abad, Jordi Pujol Dolcet
The life of a family of peach farmers in a small village in Catalonia, Spain, changes when the owner of their large estate dies and his lifetime heir decides to sell the land, suddenly threatening their livelihood.
Top Gun: Maverick
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm
After thirty years, Maverick is still pushing the envelope as a top naval aviator but must confront ghosts of his past when he leads Top Guns’ elite graduates on a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it.
Triangle of Sadness
Director: Ruben Östlund
Charlbi Dean, Harris Dickinson, Dolly De Leon, Woody Harrelson
A cruise for the super-rich sinks, leaving survivors, including a fashion model celebrity couple, trapped on an island…sound familiar?
Award season kicks off with the Golden Globes. The 80th Golden Globe Awards will honor film and television of 2022, as chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. In addition, Eddie Murphy will receive the Cecil B. deMille Award. The Ceremony, hosted by Jerrod Carmichael, will take place on January 10, 2023, in Beverly Hills and aired on NBC at 8:00 p.m. ET.
The 95th Oscars (Academy Awards) ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will honor films released in 2022 and is scheduled to take place at the Dolby Theater at Ovation Hollywood on March 12, 2023. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, it will be televised live on ABC.
Happy New Year 2023!
May your year be filled with memorable moments and movies!
Donne Paine, film enthusiast, once lived around the corner from the Orson Wells Theater in Cambridge, Massachu-setts, where her strong interest in films, especially independent ones, began. Supporter of the arts, especially films, she has traveled to local and national film festivals including Sundance, Toronto and Tribeca. There is nothing like seeing a film on the big screen. She encourages film goers to support Hilton Head local theaters, Park Plaza Theater and Northridge. To support her habit of frequent movie going, Donne is a vaccine medicine nurse consultant and also the author of 4 Interview Pillars available on Amazon. See you at the movies!