Jason Reitman guest-programs the New Beverly

Posted by · 5:37 pm · February 19th, 2010

Granted, this is pretty LA-centric, but beginning tonight, “Up in the Air” director Jason Reitman will be guest-programming three days of screenings at the Quentin Tarantino-owned New Beverly theater.  Tonight’s double feature is “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at 7:30 (also showing tomorrow at 3:20 and 7:30) and “Election” at 9:30 (also showing tomorrow at 5:25 […]

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“That’s all.”

Posted by · 8:03 pm · September 9th, 2009

No reason, really.  John’s list of Toronto memories from yesterday had me reminiscing and I was catching up on HBO’s “Hung” last night.  Few scenes are as expertly conceived and realized as this. Cinema bliss:

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THE LISTS: Top 10 memories from TIFF

Posted by · 8:01 am · September 8th, 2009

One of the joys of my life is the 10 days in September I spend at the Toronto International Film Festival, bringing the film world to our city, the world press, and enough stars to take over Hollywood. The little festival that could, as it was known in the 1970s and early-1980s, The Festival of […]

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Those underrated gems of the 1990s

Posted by · 1:08 pm · May 18th, 2009

So here we go again.  The 1990s were an odd decade cinematically, ripe with excellent films, ground-breaking work, innovations as well as a large number of duds. There were also films released to rave reviews that never found an audience. I combed through the decade and came up with 15 films worthy of discussion as […]

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What are the best movie endings of all time?

Posted by · 4:01 am · July 10th, 2008

I was working on this piece yesterday (nothing major — just pulling together the YouTube clips), but I wasn’t aware how the list was going to pan out.  “Carrie” at the top?  Not so sure about that. But The Times critics like to be contrarian.  Just take a look at their Top 100 Films of […]

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Movies that Oscar missed

Posted by · 12:12 pm · May 26th, 2008

As film junkies, we all know it happens. Usually every single year there are one or more films the Academy passes over for Best Picture consideration, in some cases because there are, after all, just five slots available, but in others because, well — they blew it. Like the rest of you, I sit and […]

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In it together

Posted by · 12:00 am · November 15th, 2005

Today is my birthday. I’m 24 years old. I’ve been following the Oscar race with some notable level of attention for 8 years. It is by no means a lengthy tenure, as there are others in the game who have been observing this outlandish span of time much longer than that. Even still, in these […]

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