Guardian does the ‘all-time greatest’ meme

Posted by · 6:05 pm · October 21st, 2010

Ah, lists. The gift that keeps giving — particularly in the world of film blogging, where they provide snappy short-form content, invite numerous comments and generate multiple hits when spread across a zillion pages. Last year’s flood of end-of-decade countdowns surely satisfied even the most ardent list fanatic for a good few months, but with […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1977 and 1978

Posted by · 9:58 pm · September 22nd, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. Hey, that “Star Wars” thing was nominated for Best Picture in 1977. The blockbuster game-changer was beaten by the romantic comedy game-changer “Annie Hall,” in what has to be one of my favorite Best Picture wins ever. It would be 21 years before another comedy won […]

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POLL: the most influential films of all time, round two

Posted by · 1:28 pm · May 27th, 2009

We’ve made it to the second round in our mammoth series polling In Contention readers for a list of the most influential films of all time.  “Annie Hall,” “Psycho” and “The Wizard of Oz” squeezed past the competition to become our final trio to move on to the next stage.  We’re getting very close now, […]

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RIP Charles H. Joffe

Posted by · 6:01 am · July 15th, 2008

We sure are losing a lot of valuable talents this year. You have probably already heard about the passing of Charles H. Joffe, the veteran comic manager best known as Woody Allen’s longtime producer, and the co-winner of the 1977 Best Picture Oscar for “Annie Hall.” (Not as well known is that he guided the […]

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