Ebert joins the predictions scramble

Posted by · 3:12 pm · January 30th, 2010

With less than 72 hours until Oscar nominations are announced, prediction lists are coming through thick and fast. Kris and I will have our final predictions up on Monday, while Gerard’s technical picks will be scattered throughout the weekend. (I’ll also enter dreamland for a while and offer up my fantasy ballot at some point.) […]

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Roger Ebert’s top 10 list(s)

Posted by · 7:37 pm · December 19th, 2009

Roger Ebert has been alive like never before in his work as of late.  So I’ve been greatly anticipating his views on the year’s best. Unfortunately, he’s divided his list into mainstream and independent films, so it’s a top 20, and neither in any order. Maybe keeping things simple like that and not so authoritative […]

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‘Precious’ and ‘Last Station’ lead Spirit nominees

Posted by · 8:38 am · December 1st, 2009

It won’t come as a surprise to anyone to “Precious” landed atop the list of Independent Spirit Award nominations this morning. Lee Daniels’ indie smash earned 5 mentions including Best Feature, Director and Actress, and looks like the one to beat in every category where it features. Fewer people, however, might have expected Michael Hoffman’s […]

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11/25 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:43 am · November 25th, 2009

• “The Road” takes desolate journey from page to screen. [Wired] • Andrew O’Hehir talks “Bad Lieutenant” with Werner Herzog. [Beyond the Multiplex] • Anne Thompson says “Avatar” could debut at AICN’s Butt-Numb-A-Thon, of all places. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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Werner Herzog named president of 2010 Berlin jury

Posted by · 7:35 am · November 19th, 2009

After premiering two films at September’s Venice fest, perhaps the most surprising thing about Werner Herzog heading the jury at February’s Berlin Film Festival is that he won’t be inflicting another film upon the competition. I kid, I kid. Herzog, the first German jury president since Roland Emmerich in 2005, is inarguably deserving of the […]

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11/18 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:00 am · November 18th, 2009

• The swashbuckling spirit behind “Pirate Radio.” [Los Angeles Times] • Anne Thompson wants to know where the screeners of “The Hurt Locker” are.  Probably waiting on “New Moon” box office receipts. [Thompson on Hollywood] • The gall: Why Roger Corman doesn’t deserve an Oscar.  Apparently there’s a “pro” side on the way. [Cinematical]

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9/23 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:51 am · September 23rd, 2009

• Hugh Jackman speaks out on his Emmy win and whether he’d return as Oscar host. [Vulture] • “A Serious Man,” Colin Firth the big winners in a Toronto critics poll. [indieWIRE] • Mary Pilon sits down with activist and star of “The Cove,” Ric O’Barry. [Speakeasy]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 3 — ‘A Serious Man,’ business in Toronto and unacquired hopefuls

Posted by · 12:18 pm · September 18th, 2009

The third installment of Oscar Talk lands as Toronto winds down and, seemingly, the season’s biggest questions are being answered. Or are they? I’m joined by Anne Thompson of indieWIRE as always and we discussed the following: • The Coen brothers’ “A Serious Man,” Anne’s thoughts, my thoughts, the Coens doing Woody, etc. • The […]

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9/18 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:32 am · September 18th, 2009

• Matt Damon on packing on the pounds for “The Informant!,” among other things. [USA Today] • Which earth crisis documentary is for you? [Beyond the Multiplex] • In honor of “A Prophet,” newly submitted as France’s foreign film Oscar representative, a list of the best-ever prison films. [Awards Daily]

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TORONTO: ‘The Road,’ ‘Bad Lieutenant,’ ‘Chloe’

Posted by · 2:27 pm · September 14th, 2009

(Please note, as opposed to Kris and Guy, I tend to grade films on a 5-star scale.) Loads to catch up on today and some interviews still to write up. First off, I have to confess that I disagree with Kris’s review of “The Road,” respectfully of course, and I think I have a reason […]

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Much better…

Posted by · 10:58 pm · September 12th, 2009

Would have been, anyway.  Doesn’t help the film any, but it represents the best moment in the piece with the right amount of psychedelia.  Dumb tagline, though: (Courtesy: Ain’t It Cool News)

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VENICE: Who will take the gold … and who should

Posted by · 5:46 am · September 12th, 2009

And so it comes to this. Ten days of blazing sunshine, free-flowing Prosecco, occasionally “Brazil”-style administration and – oh, right – a few films too, will come to a head tonight as Ang Lee and his merry band of jurors will name the supposed best of the fest. I’ve written before about the near-futility of […]

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Werner, Werner, what have ye done?

Posted by · 12:08 am · September 7th, 2009

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m kind of glad to know there’s a lunatic out there making films.  Never a dull moment, that kind of thing.  But I want to know what happened to Werner Herzog.  What happened to the artist who gave us grand statements like “Aguirre, the Wrath of God,” “Fitzcaraldo” and “Woyzeck?”  Who […]

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‘Bad Lieutenant’ poster

Posted by · 9:22 am · September 4th, 2009

(Courtesy: Coming Soon)

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Previewing the 34th annual Toronto fest

Posted by · 7:25 am · September 4th, 2009

In less than a week I will kiss my wife and kids goodbye and head into Toronto, about 50 miles away, for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Twelve years ago my wife and I found it makes no sense for me to attend the festival for 16 to 18 hours and then try to […]

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SHORT TAKE: “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” (**)

Posted by · 5:19 am · September 4th, 2009

Venice Film Festival Keen students of the MTV Movie Awards will be aware that the ceremony added a highly necessary and prestigious award to their lineup for “Best WTF Moment.” I like to imagine that Werner Herzog is aware of this, as his new film “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” (that “The” […]

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Prepping for Telluride

Posted by · 4:38 pm · September 2nd, 2009

Tomorrow morning I’m on a plane at 10:30 to the mountains of Colorado and the 36th annual Telluride Film Festival. This will be my first trek to the fest, which has always been, by many accounts, the most coveted detour of the fall festival season.  They keep it small.  The vibe is meant to be […]

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What have ye done, indeed

Posted by · 4:40 pm · August 19th, 2009

He may be one of our greatest living filmmakers, but these are strange days in the career of one Mr. Werner Herzog. First he finally cops his first Oscar nomination this year for an immaculately executed middle-arthouse documentary that nonetheless stands deep in the shadow of his greatest work. Then he goes to the opposite […]

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