AFI top 10 list hits; NYFCO goes with ‘Social Network’

Posted by · 1:42 pm · December 12th, 2010

And the films, voted on by like a handful of people (so whatever) are: “Black Swan” “The Fighter” “Inception” “The Kids Are All Right” “127 Hours” “The Social Network” “The Town” “Toy Story 3” “True Grit” “Winter’s Bone” Meanwhile, the New York Film Critics Online have announced their winners. No surprise “The Social Network” won […]

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Lifetime Achievement Awards for Deakins and Freeman

Posted by · 1:14 pm · October 11th, 2010

A pair to report.  First up, Morgan Freeman gets the AFI tribute treatment this year.  I wonder if we’ll get some quality discussion of his work with David Fincher on “Se7en.” The press release, in part: Morgan Freeman has been selected by the  American Film Institute’s (AFI) Board of Trustees to receive the 39th AFI […]

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AFI’s moments of significance in 2009

Posted by · 1:14 pm · December 28th, 2009

They should add an “L” between the “F” and the “I.”  American Film List Institute.  Anyway, this just arrived via press release.  The criteria is apparently “accomplishments of considerable merit; influences with either a positive or negative impression; trends, either new or re-emerging; anniversaries or memorials of special note; and/or movements in new technologies, education, […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Precursor avalanche, best of 2009

Posted by · 6:57 pm · December 18th, 2009

• Kris wrapped up 2009 with his take on the year’s best films, also offering his own preferred nominees and winners in a range of categories. (I’ll chime in next week.) • “Up in the Air” led this year’s pack of Golden Globe nominees. • It also joined “Precious” and “Inglourious Basterds” at the head […]

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AFI honors Mike Nichols

Posted by · 3:15 pm · October 11th, 2009

Screen International reports that veteran film, TV and theater director Mike Nichols will be the next recipient of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award, to be presented next summer: “Genius is a word oft overused in our world, but surely not in the case of Mike Nichols,” [AFI board of trustees chair Sir Howard] […]

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5/21 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:14 am · May 21st, 2009

• AFI launches its own YouTube channel. [YouTube] • Robin Sanders reports on the Stephen Frears event from Cannes. [indieWIRE] • The wars continue: Patrick Goldstein lays into Peter Bart (and Variety) once again for being soft on the industry. [The Big Picture] • Lionsgate launches an impressive new website for festival Sensation “Precious.” [WeAreAllPrecious.com] […]

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AFI list a blend of commercial and independent cinema

Posted by · 1:56 pm · December 14th, 2008

The American Film Institute has unveiled its schizophrenic list of the top 10 films of the year, and it’s a strangely delightful mixture of populist choices and more fringe contenders. The appearance of “Iron Man” is as interesting as “Wendy and Lucy” popping up, but I don’t think this collective will do much to help […]

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The western keeps on truckin’

Posted by · 12:27 am · June 19th, 2008

It’s no real secret that yours truly is in the tank for the western genre.  Being brought up on the films of Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood tends to make an impact in a young man’s life.  I watch Charles Bronson square off with Henry Fonda on a daily basis.  I’m knee-deep in research on […]

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