WEEKLY WRAP: Guilds galore and season fatigue

Posted by · 7:13 pm · January 14th, 2011

• The Directors’ Guild of America presented few surprises in their award nominations, though some raised eyebrows at “True Grit”‘s omission. (Their documentary nods didn’t move the needle either.) • The American Cinema Editors’ nods matched those of the directors; the American Society of Cinematographers didn’t deviate much from the formula either. • This week’s […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 48 — Armond White vs. Darren Aronofsky, guilds speaking up, ‘True Grit’ box office, awards show/party weekend on the way, supporting actress wide open

Posted by · 11:38 am · January 14th, 2011

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty […]

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Did Armond White rain on the NYFCC parade?

Posted by · 1:28 pm · January 11th, 2011

As regular readers might know, I tend to fall in the less populated “pro” camp when it comes to notoriously cranky New York Press critic Armond White — as much flak as he takes, from bloggers in particular, for his off-kilter tastes and occasionally aggressive writing style, I think he’s one of a select few […]

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Sight & Sound names ‘Social Network’ best of 2010

Posted by · 8:38 am · November 28th, 2010

It’s been five years since an American film topped the annual poll of venerable British film mag Sight & Sound, and even longer since a major studio picture took the honor. So congratulations are in order to “The Social Network,” which received the most votes across the selection of 85 international critics invited to submit […]

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Who needs consensus?

Posted by · 11:23 am · June 19th, 2010

If you keep up with the American critical scene, you’ll probably have got the message by now that people kinda like “Toy Story 3.” No surprise there: every one of Pixar’s features since their 2006 misfire “Cars” has been greeted with the kind of mass veneration usually reserved for returning messiahs, and on at least […]

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Terry Gilliam calls bullshit on the Oscars

Posted by · 3:46 pm · March 5th, 2010

As certain as carols on Christmas Eve, you can always rely on the pre-Oscar weekend to bring a surfeit of “why the Oscars don’t matter” pieces — all other angles on the race having been exhausted in the preceding months. Hey, I sort of did one myself yesterday. True to form, today we have David […]

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Sight & Sound names ‘A Prophet’ best of 2009

Posted by · 11:42 am · December 2nd, 2009

No annual Top 10 list carries more weight with me than that compiled by Sight & Sound, the UK’s premier film magazine. One of the most thorough and prestigious collectives out there, it’s collated from the individual lists of over 60 international critics, including the likes of Kenneth Turan, Mark Kermode, Amy Taubin, Armond White […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Oscar hosts, Bridges arrives, animated five

Posted by · 4:50 am · November 7th, 2009

• Oscar season ramped up this week, with the popular selection of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin as this year’s Oscar emcees. • This week’s Off the Carpet column surveyed the runners and riders for Best Actor … • … only to be immediately outdated as Jeff Bridges and “Crazy Heart” arrived to turn that […]

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Insight within madness

Posted by · 9:12 am · November 5th, 2009

Further to yesterday’s discussion of the film’s critical reception, Armond White’s furious pan of “Precious” is already gaining notoriety for its more attention-seeking flourishes. It’s hard to find much justification for his claim that “Norbit” and “Marci X” are “excellent” films about the black experience, and his suggestion that the film is being principally championed […]

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Ebert stands up for Armond White … then sits down again

Posted by · 2:35 am · August 15th, 2009

I’m sure Armond White couldn’t be more thrilled with the amount of chatter about him this week, and all spurred by one solitary review to boot. It rather puts the lie to the perception that nobody cares about what critics have to say these days. Now Roger Ebert, generally appointed by America as class captain […]

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Armond White throws a wrench in the ‘District 9’ works

Posted by · 12:34 pm · August 12th, 2009

It’s no shock that the first negative review of Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9” has come from the New York Press’s Armond White, chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle and all around crazy person when it comes to reviewing films. I’m all for diversity, but seriously, there are times I wonder if White isn’t […]

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