DGA doc nominees include ‘Cove,’ ‘Anvil,’ ‘Agnes’

Posted by · 6:03 pm · January 12th, 2010

Much like last week’s announcement in their top category, most of the usual suspects are present in the Guild’s documentary lineup. I’m particularly pleased to see French New Wave veteran Agn├Ęs Varda continue to rack up a healthy precursor tally; at this rate, she’s on course for her first Oscar nomination. (She’d be breaking an […]

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Thoughts on the Oscar doc list

Posted by · 12:23 pm · November 19th, 2009

Perhaps inevitably, the bulk of online chatter about the Best Documentary Feature shortlist unveiled yesterday focused less on the films that made it, and more on those that didn’t. It’s par for the course for the Academy’s documentary branch to ignore a major title or two, but even by their severe standards, the list of […]

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Countdown to Venice: the future of festivals?

Posted by · 5:31 am · August 27th, 2008

So the Venice Film Festival kicks off tonight with its glossiest title, the out-of-competition “Burn After Reading.” Reviews ought to start trickling in tonight, though it’s worth bearing in mind that festival fever can often give the premature illusion of critical consensus. Screen International has a very handy rundown of the festival lineup – both […]

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