Frank Rich Weighs In on the Politics of This Year's Best Picture Nominees

Daniel Day-Lewis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in ‘Lincoln’/Image © Touchstone Pictures
Daniel Day-Lewis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in ‘Lincoln’/Image © Touchstone Pictures

As author and critic Frank Rich has pointed out, the Best Picture category this year is more political than ever before, with "Zero Dark Thirty," "Django Unchained," "Lincoln," and "Argo" each commenting on American history and Obama's presidency in their own way. The essay is packed with interesting criticisms that I haven't heard elsewhere, so get cracking and tell me what you think.

Apparently "Pan's Labyrinth" unleashed more than monsters into Guillermo Del Toro's imagination. The director is now reported to be working on a fresh adaptation of The Secret Garden with the screenwriter from "Beasts of the Southern Wild." I'd almost even forgo a Lovecraft movie in order to see this. Almost.

Someone over at MetaFilter put together a fascinating post about Fritz Lang's 1924 film "Die Nibelungen," based on an ancient epic poem. If you think that sounds boring, then you'd better look below at the clip of the hero Siegfried slaying a fire-breathing dragon. That's more real (non-CGI) fire than we've seen a dragon spew in decades! Not even Smaug can step to that.

Serial "Tron" actor Bruce Boxleitner may be branching out into other other games -- namely "Wreck-It Ralph." That's right, it looks like he's being courted to represent the Tron game/movies in the sequel to the 2012 animated film. I'll be honest, I'm ninety percent more excited simply by the news of a "Wreck-It Ralph" sequel than I am about anyone they could stick into it. This year's Oscar race for Best Animated Feature is a particularly painful one for me, as it pits several of my favorite 2012 movies ("Brave," and "Frankenweenie" also spring to mind, but perhaps only because I haven't seen "ParaNorman" yet) against each other. They are all winners in my book!