The Great Performances: 2004

Posted by · 6:35 pm · December 11th, 2009

In Alexander Payne’s “Sideways,” Paul Giamatti gave the best performance by an actor in 2004, so said the New York Film Critics Circle, and how right they were.  So why, why, why was the actor denied an Oscar nomination?  Granted, it was a strong year, but his work was at the top of that heap […]

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10/1 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:13 am · October 1st, 2009

• “Up in the Air” gets a December release date to avoid Clooney vs. Clooney at the November box office. [Variety] • Karen O channels Daniel Johnston for “Wild Things” soundtrack. [The Playlist] • Steve Pond on the forthcoming Oscar short deadline. [The Wrap]

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9/25 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:54 am · September 25th, 2009

• Pete Hammond suggests Steven Spielberg as Oscarcast producer. [Notes on a Season] • Steve Pond likes the idea, tries to turn over some news as to who might have been tapped, comes up with nothing. [The Odds] • Kyle Buchanan chats with “Coco Before Chanel” star Audrey Tautou. [Movieline]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Swayze passes, Venice wraps, Toronto runs

Posted by · 9:02 pm · September 18th, 2009

• Patrick Swayze left us this week, passing away of cancer at the age of 57. • The Venice Film Festival drew to a close, with Israeli war drama “Lebanon” taking top honors. • It was Colin Firth, however, who emerged with Oscar buzz for the Weinstein-acquired “A Single Man.” • Across the Atlantic, we […]

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INTERVIEW: Clive Owen

Posted by · 7:05 am · September 16th, 2009

Toronto Film Festival “I have two lives, mate,” Clive Owen says with clear-eyed certainty. “My work, and when I am done, my home life. There is no question to me which is more important. My wife and children are everything to me.” Owen is as intense in person as he is in some of the […]

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The trades really like ‘Duplicity’

Posted by · 5:36 pm · March 16th, 2009

I must say, I liked the look of Tony Gilroy’s “Duplicity” from the get-go. However, being a sucker for jazzy caper thrillers in the “Charade” vein, as well as for most things starring Clive Owen, I wasn’t sure whether to trust my instincts there. In any case, given the amiable slightness of the trailer and […]

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Berlin fest gets under way

Posted by · 6:25 am · February 6th, 2009

As far as press coverage goes, the Berlin Film Festival tends to get a bit drowned in the flurry of Oscar season, so you could be forgiven for failing to notice that it actually kicked off last night, with the world premiere of Tom Tykwer’s corporate thriller “The International.” Sadly, as I suspected, the film […]

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‘The International’ to kick off Berlin

Posted by · 4:41 pm · November 28th, 2008

Screen International reports that Tom Tykwer’s latest, “The International,” has been named the opening film of next year’s Berlin Film Festival. The thriller, starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts (now there’s a good pairing), will have its word premiere at the fest, screening out of competition on February 5. The trailer’s been out for some […]

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Something for spring

Posted by · 5:49 pm · November 26th, 2008

Ever get taken completely unawares by a film’s existence? It’s no doubt my own oversight, but before happening upon this trailer, I had never heard of “Duplicity.” (In my defence, who would remember that title?) Kind of surprising considering it reteams “Closer” co-stars Clive Owen and Julia Roberts, and comes from the hand of recent […]

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REVIEW: “Children of Men” (****)

Posted by · 6:16 pm · November 22nd, 2006

Alfonso Cuarón’s is one of the most singular voices in the filmmaking community. Along with longtime collaborator, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, the director has ushered forth textured visions of skewed fairytales for over a decade. With “A Little Princess,” he took audiences into the mind of a little girl and her trying tenure at a miserable […]

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REVIEW: “Inside Man” (**)

Posted by · 3:23 pm · March 20th, 2006

Spike Lee’s “Inside Man” is an embarrassment of devices from start to painstakingly anti-climactic finish. As a run-of-the-mill heist romp, it still falls prey to a dedicated intention to distinguish itself, both thematically and stylistically. Thinking it over, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is rather impossible to write a negative review of “Inside […]

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