“You don’t want to be trapped inside with me, sunshine.”

Posted by · 3:12 am · July 22nd, 2011

So I was sitting down for a casual interview with Nicolas Winding Refn this evening, after seeing his ABSOLUTELY AMAZING OMFG FILM “Drive” at a special screening. Guy Pearce walks up with Tom Hardy in tow, so I couldn’t pass up the photo op. As you know, “Bronson” was comfortably one of my top 10 […]

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CANNES CHECK: ‘Drive’

Posted by · 3:34 pm · May 10th, 2011

The director: Nicolas Winding Refn (Denmark) The talent: Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan — the latter making her first significant foray into multiplex territory — are the star attractions here, but the supporting cast isn’t too shabby, either: Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman and current TV darlings Christina Hendricks and Bryan Cranston are all on board. […]

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Tom Hardy on ‘Inception’ and being Nolan

Posted by · 11:25 am · July 7th, 2010

In Kris’s thorough rundown of the collected performances in “Inception,” I was both pleased and unsurprised to see rising British star Tom Hardy come in for praise. From the outset, his is the name I’ve been most intrigued by in the film’s formidable ensemble. Hardy has been doing stellar, even stunning, work on stage, TV […]

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Best in show: the year in superlatives

Posted by · 4:29 pm · December 18th, 2009

Wrapping up my perspective on the year today, a personal list of superlatives, Oscar categories and other silly nonsense. Swing back around on Monday for the ultimate wrap-up, my list of the best films of the decade. Best Picture “A Serious Man” (Focus Features) Best Director Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, “A Serious Man” Best Actor […]

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If I had a ballot

Posted by · 12:04 pm · December 16th, 2009

Every year I like to keep track of personal favorites throughout the Academy’s designated categories (plus one of my own addition, Best Ensemble). At the end of the year, my “if I had a ballot” post is the result. Of course, for the most part, I follow Academy designations here. If something is ruled ineligible, […]

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Going out with a bang: the best films of 2009

Posted by · 12:35 pm · December 14th, 2009

I’ve often been asked throughout the latter part of 2009 why I should have the gall to consider it the best year of film product in a decade. It’s such a subjective circumstance that, of course, the only answer is, “I liked a lot of movies.” That’s not enough for most. Hard and fast evidence […]

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‘Moon,’ Carey Mulligan, Tom Hardy take BIFA Awards

Posted by · 3:28 pm · December 6th, 2009

The British Independent Film Awards really spread the wealth this year, with only two films — “Moon” and “Fish Tank” — taking more than one award. In a slightly surprising result, Duncan Jones’s sci-fi debut claimed the night’s top prize, Best British Independent Film, as well as Best Debut Director honors. Meanwhile, “Fish Tank,” which […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Original players

Posted by · 2:44 pm · November 16th, 2009

When I had the unmitigated gall last week to project a set of winners for this year’s Oscar race, I was a bit startled at how easy Mark Boal’s script for “The Hurt Locker” slid into the Best Original Screenplay slot.  Looking over the landscape of contenders in the category, it’s a little obvious why […]

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Renner, Stuhlbarg, Waltz among Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch

Posted by · 6:42 pm · October 29th, 2009

Variety’s annual list of 10 Actors to Watch may occasionally raise questions of what constitutes a career “breakthrough” — particularly in the case of established actors who those in the know have been watching all along. Still, it always makes for interesting reading, not least because, in some cases, it highlights names that Variety’s editors […]

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‘Fish Tank,’ ‘Moon,’ ‘Education’ lead BIFA noms, female directors rule

Posted by · 2:23 pm · October 26th, 2009

You’ve heard me natter on enough for months about how “Fish Tank” is one of the year’s best films — now you don’t have to just hear it from me anymore. Andrea Arnold’s lyrical character study of an unhappy Essex teenager (now being dubbed ‘the British “Precious”‘ by some lazy wags) leads the nominations for […]

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10/7 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:49 am · October 7th, 2009

• As “Up” gears up for release in the UK, it is revealed the film was inspired by British photographer Adrian Warren. [Daily Telegraph] • Tyler Perry gets personal regarding “Precious.” [TylerPerry.com] • Enter for a chance to win Max’s wolf costume from “Where the Wild Things Are.” [Warner Bros.]

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10/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:41 am · October 6th, 2009

• Steve Pond asks five important questions about the expanded Best Picture category.  #1, #3 and #5 have been covered at length in this space.  #2 is philosophical and worth considering.  #4 is a practical issue at hand, I imagine. [The Odds] • On set with the Coens directing “A Serious Man.” [MakingOf] • Nicolas […]

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10/5 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:48 am · October 5th, 2009

• Lee Daniels and his cast and crew had a blast making “Precious,” despite the gut-wrenching display on screen. [Movieline] • Hugo Rifkind sits down with Wes Anderson to talk “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” which is set to open the London Film Festival. [The Times] • Dennis Lim talks to Nicolas Winding Refn about his film […]

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‘Bronson’ trailer

Posted by · 4:45 pm · August 19th, 2009

Last month I briefly wrote up Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Bronson” out of the Los Angeles Film Festival.  As we approach the 2009 awards season, it still remains one of the best films of the year, in this viewer’s opinion.  Audacious, twisted and featuring an instantly classic performance by actor Tom Hardy.  A new trailer has […]

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‘Bronson’ poster

Posted by · 11:53 pm · July 21st, 2009

I’ve already written about Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Bronson,” one of the best films I’ve seen so far this year.  Well now we get a look at the poster for the film, which is pretty much a variation on the art that’s been out there for a while: (Courtesy: Vulture)

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SHORT TAKE: “Bronson” (****)

Posted by · 11:08 am · June 25th, 2009

Los Angeles Film Festival It took me a few minutes to really grasp that watching Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Bronson” was likely the most rewarding cinematic experience of the year to date, but when it clicked, it became obvious I was in the hands of an unrelenting artist.  Refn’s canvas is bone-crushingly overt.  The telling of […]

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