2/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:06 am · February 2nd, 2009

• How “The Wrestler” is rescuing professional wrestling. [The Independent] • Kim Voynar on spinning against the frontrunner. [Movie City News] • Michael Cieply writes up the Oscarcast as a production struggling to be exciting in the wake of an under-seen slate of nominees. [New York Times] • According to Christopher Nolan at the DGA […]

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SANTA BARBARA: ‘Blessed is the Match,’ ‘Inventing L.A.,’ ‘Pirate for the Sea’

Posted by · 2:16 am · January 25th, 2009

A trio of documentaries to kick off our Santa Barbara coverage, two of them in competition… “BLESSED IS THE MATCH: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF HANNAH SENESH” (**) Roberta Grossman’s portrait of the Jewish Joan of Arc, Hannah Senesh, is somehow not the testament her actions deserve.  Hindered by an overabundance of meaningless photographs and […]

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The docs you aren’t considering

Posted by · 7:56 pm · November 23rd, 2008

Whenever an awards shortlist is announced, people will inevitably spend as much time, if not more, pondering its omissions as they will its inclusions. And so it has been this week, in the wake of the Academy’s announcement of the 15 titles shortlisted for Best Feature Documentary. Some are curiously kvetching that Bill Maher’s sporadically […]

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