2/18 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Buchareb on ‘Outside the Law,’ biggest lies in Oscar contenders, sound editing vs. mixing

Posted by · 7:02 am · February 18th, 2011

• Larry Rohter talks “Outside the Law” with director Rachid Bouchareb, who calls the film “a historical continuation” of 2007’s “Days of Glory” and mentions a third part is in the cards. [The Carpetbagger] • The biggest lies of this year’s Oscar contenders. [The Race] • As “The King’s Speech” dusts off its mantle, this […]

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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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Can you ever get enough of Polish movie posters?

Posted by · 9:40 am · September 2nd, 2009

More at The Guardian, which is previewing an exhibition of 50 posters at London’s Cinéphilia West.

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Best Actor race — shades of ’74 and ’02

Posted by · 6:26 am · February 10th, 2009

The 1974 Academy Award nominees for Best Actor were Jack Nicholson in “Chinatown,” Al Pacino in “The Godfather, Part II,” Albert Finney in “Murder on the Orient Express,” Art Carney in “Harry and Tonto” and Dustin Hoffman in “Lenny.”  There had been some mild surprise that Gene Hackman had been passed over for his work […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 films of the 1970s

Posted by · 11:42 am · November 18th, 2008

When critics and historians of the cinema sit down to discuss uh, cinema, the conversation almost always turns to the great decades in movie history. And n nearly conversation I’ve been a part of, the 1970s reigns supreme as the single decade of brilliance. It was a time of enormous artistic growth for film, as […]

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And often, the Academy gets it right…

Posted by · 10:53 am · July 30th, 2008

As much as I rant about some of the bizarre choices made by the Academy, let’s be fair…there are times when they are right on the money. The AMPAS allowed for an embracing of the New American cinema with their awards for Best Picture and Best Director for “Midnight Cowboy” in 1969, and only they […]

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Actor/movie star — who walks the line the best?

Posted by · 10:18 am · May 22nd, 2008

Continuing the conversation from a few days ago on actors that are more than icons, only one name comes to mind: JACK. For more than 40 years Jack Nicholson has been one of the most dominat acting forces in movies, with an impressive array of performances that both challenge him as an artist and also […]

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