‘Milk,’ ‘Slumdog,’ ‘WALL-E’ nominated by Vancouver critics

Posted by · 10:04 am · January 5th, 2009

The Vancouver Film Critics Circle have dished out their list of nominees, three per category, and “Milk,” “Slumdog Millionaire” and “WALL-E” filled out the group’s Best Film ballot.  “Milk” and Philippe Falardeau’s “C’est pas moi, je le jure!” led the nominations tally with four mentions each. David Fincher showed up in the Best Director category […]

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10/9 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:41 am · October 9th, 2008

• Dave Karger not only thinks Ralph Fiennes is in the supporting actor race for “The Duchess,” he thinks he is Heath Ledger’s main competition. [Oscar Watch] • Eight documentary shorts have been short-listed by AMPAS. [Oscars.org] • Jeffrey Wells reports that Lionsgate Films is pissing off Portland area critics by not screening “W.” for […]

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Miramax Highlights goes live

Posted by · 6:05 pm · October 6th, 2008

First Paramount Vantage, then Universal, and now Miramax Films.  Studios are leaping into the online FYC phase of campaigns this season.  MiramaxHilights.com is showcasing three modest enterprises for contention: John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt,” Mike Leigh’s “Happy-Go-Lucky” (with a new poster I haven’t seen yet) and “Fernando Mereilles’s “Blindness.” There isn’t anything available for each film […]

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10/3 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:28 am · October 3rd, 2008

• A clip from “Changeling.” [Oscar Watch] • And another. [The Envelope] • Or, if you prefer, the first five minutes of “Blindness.” [Yahoo! Movies] • David Poland breaks the news that “Che” will get its U.S. debut at AFI Fest here in Los Angeles — at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. [The Hot Blog] • […]

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10/1 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:05 am · October 1st, 2008

• Kim Voynar joins Movie City News.  here’s hoping she gets paid. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Steven Soderbergh will make a third Che Guevera film if “Che” makes at least $100 million at the box office.  A.K.A., Steven Soderbergh won’t be making a third Che Guevera film. [The Playlist] • Blind people protest “Blindness.”  I mean, […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Cinematography — Volume One

Posted by · 9:21 am · September 25th, 2008

Today we begin our in-depth looks at the individual crafts categories.  I’m a sucker for starting with my favorite: Best Cinematography. The art of film is reliant on the motion picture camera and those men and women who lend their talents behind the lens.  The Director of Photography is in charge of charge of capturing […]

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Catching up…

Posted by · 7:23 pm · September 12th, 2008

Not much going on today, so I’ve added a few new buzz pages to the collection: “Blindness,” “Gran Torino,” “I’ve Loved You So Long,” “Synecdoche, New York,” and “The Wrestler.” As always, you can take a look at all pages by checking out the Contenders page, or by clicking on various links in the predictions […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Indies on the march

Posted by · 7:39 am · September 8th, 2008

Maybe mid-way through the Toronto Film Festival, two things are strikingly clear: Darren Aronofsky has the goods with “The Wrestler” and Danny Boyle’s streak of successful versatility at the helm continues with “Slumdog Millionaire.” Both films, which enjoy pre-Toronto success at Venice and Telluride respectfully, are also evidence that surprises will happen this time of […]

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TORONTO: ‘Lovely, Still,’ ‘Blindness’

Posted by · 8:57 pm · September 7th, 2008

Finally, a great little film… I love it when a film comes out of nowhere, from an unlikely source, a new talent, old talents re-discovering their gifts, or something that just plains shocks the hell out of the audience with its audacity and brilliance. That happened to me today with the wonderful, heartbreaking love story […]

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9/7 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 11:00 am · September 7th, 2008

• Peter Sciretta thinks “The Dark Knight” will eventually beat the $600 million “Titanic” domestic take with re-releases in future years.  Fair enough, but the worldwide gross is insurmountable and always will be. [/Film] • Tom O’Neil wonders whether Peter O’Toole has an Oscar win in store for his work in “Dean Spanley.” [Gold Derby] […]

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9/5 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:48 am · September 5th, 2008

• Stephen Zeitchik and Borys Kit tackle the covert war films playing this year’s Toronto fest. [Hollywood Reporter] • Jeffrey Wells is hearing that Danny Glover’s narration track in Fernando Meirelles’s “Blindness” has been nixed. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • And he responds unfavorably to Rian Johnson’s “Brick” follow-up, “The Brothers Bloom.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • James Rocchi, […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Make way for the little guys…or not

Posted by · 1:51 am · September 1st, 2008

It may be Labor Day, but the work at hand is breathing down our necks. So it is that we come to the first weekly Oscar column of the new awards season. Though to be frank with you, I’m beginning to wonder whether we’ll be able to keep the conversation going, much less interesting on […]

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International ‘Blindness’ trailer

Posted by · 10:58 am · July 3rd, 2008

Can this overcome the critical thumping it took at Cannes this year?  Personally, I think it looks rather good.  I’m devoted to Fernando Meirelles, even if I found “The Constant Gardener” to be overbearing and overrated.  But it’s hard to argue with talent when it’s clearly there, and this guy has it.  Check out the […]

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‘Cheri’ to be released in 2009

Posted by · 3:35 pm · June 30th, 2008

In response to the most recent Oscar update I received a note from Miramax publicity this afternoon, regarding Stephen Frears’s “Chéri.”  It seems the film is staying in 2009, narrowing the studio’s awards hopefuls to Mike Leigh’s “Happy-Go-Lucky” and John Shanley’s “Doubt.” The critically thumped “Blindness” is still lingering as a possibility, while Julian Jarrold’s […]

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Sight & Sound weighs in on Cannes

Posted by · 5:15 am · June 9th, 2008

OK, so Cannes is old news, but for me it’s never really over until Sight & Sound prints its annual Cannes review – for my money, the British magazine offers the most expansive and thoughtful coverage of the festival around. It’s not available online, but it’s worth grabbing a copy if you can. Meanwhile, I’ve […]

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As Cannes winds down, TIFF looms…

Posted by · 9:35 am · May 23rd, 2008

With Cannes on the downswing, it becomes time to to start making preparations for the annual Toronto International Film Festival, for which screening announcements begin next month. I have been covering Toronto for more than 15 years and can safely say it is Christmas to a film critic. Each September I move into the Delta […]

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Cannes update: Italy’s ‘Gomorra’ wows ’em

Posted by · 3:10 am · May 20th, 2008

(EDITOR’S NOTE: New Cannes poll in the sidebar as of this morning, FYI.) We’re at the halfway point now, and this year’s Cannes Festival seems to have been a pretty staid affair so far. With the dust settled, “Blindness” appears to have been labelled an honourable disappointment. Meanwhile, some of the big arthouse names in […]

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‘Blindness’ misses the bullseye, say critics

Posted by · 4:47 pm · May 14th, 2008

Well, in my last post, I said that “Blindness,” with its immaculate credentials, could hardly miss – which of course was issuing an invitation for it to do just that. The latest from red-hot director Fernando Meirelles opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival a few hours ago, to frustratingly mixed reviews. In his review, Kirk […]

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