All in the family: a note on the SAG nods

Posted by · 7:00 pm · December 18th, 2008

I know I shouldn’t get upset. As Sasha Stone over at Awards Daily repeatedly intones, when it comes to awards analysis, “the trick is not minding.” You should coolly observe the trends, learn from them and be guided always by your head rather than your heart. But damn it, I’m only human. I can’t help […]

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Don’t forget the Motor City

Posted by · 6:04 am · December 16th, 2008

Ha. Allow me to bask in the glory of that headline for a moment. No? Okay. Anyway, a concerned reader emailed to point out that the Detroit Film Critics Society announced their own nominees (that’s right, not just awards, but nominees) a few days ago. Even considering the bewildering array of critics’ awards that I […]

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The Streep question

Posted by · 10:53 am · November 28th, 2008

Will she be nominated for a performance Todd McCarthy and even our own Kris Tapley found underwhelming? Of course she will, because all due respect to both, they are wrong. I finally saw “Doubt” this week, and as other critics are making clear, Streep does some of her best work in the film. Whether or […]

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“I have doubts!”

Posted by · 1:31 pm · November 4th, 2008

To bring it back to Oscar talk for a moment, the first curiosity is that people are still talking about the film when asked to refrain from doing so until an actual print is shown, but that aside, Dave Karger presents the case again (to back up his top 3 assertion in the recent issue […]

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‘Doubt’ lands at AFI

Posted by · 12:33 am · October 31st, 2008

Miramax honcho Daniel Battsek and actresses Meryl Streep and Amy Adams joined director John Patrick Shanley tonight in introducing the world premiere of “Doubt” as the AFI Fest’s opening gala presentation.  The film, adapted from Shanley’s stage play, has quickly become the lead Oscar pony for a studio that dominated the awards circuit last season. […]

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The two Amelias

Posted by · 7:29 pm · August 20th, 2008

Hey, who wants to bet Amy Adams’s performance as Amelia Earhart in next year’s “Night at the Museum 2” (pics have hit the net here) will be more compelling than Hilary Swank’s work in Mira Nair’s “Amelia?” Just saying…

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SHORT TAKE: “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (***)

Posted by · 4:44 pm · July 25th, 2006

I’m no fan of Will Ferrell’s comedic sensibilities in the slightest, but “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” is probably the best film of his typical mold to hit screens yet.  I know “Anchorman” has its devoted, and “Old School” was apparently good enough in the eyes of Bravo to make it to an […]

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