Wishing Adam Yauch a speedy recovery

Posted by · 12:27 pm · July 20th, 2009

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (aka MCA) has been diagnosed with cancer in his salivary gland.  We at In Contention wish him a fast and speedy recovery following his upcoming surgery. A lifelong Beasties fan I may be (I’ve seen them live twice here in LA), but Yauch is also a hero to the independent film […]

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1/5 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:58 am · January 5th, 2009

• “Che” tops David Poland’s top 10 list, which also includes…”Mamma Mia!”  That’s originality for ya. [The Hot Blog] • David Carr does some number crunching on a few Best Picture contenders. [The Carpetbagger] • Michael Cieply spends some time with the producers of this year’s Oscar telecast. [New York Times] • Lewis Beale on […]

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‘Dear Zachary’ to air on MSNBC Jan. 4

Posted by · 8:52 am · January 2nd, 2009

Obviously, many of you already know my deep enthusiasm and respect for Kurt Kuenne’s passionate documentary “Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father.”  The film has already aired on MSNBC a couple of times, but if you missed it, be sure to give it a look this Sunday, Jan. 4 at 11:00 […]

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Best in show: the year in superlatives

Posted by · 10:22 am · December 19th, 2008

The year is slowly coming to a close, and after this week’s year-in-review pieces, I’m happy to see so much healthy and spirited discussion on my humble picks for the year’s best films.  Today I’m wrapping all of that up with a list of superlatives, some of them in your usual categories, the staples, some […]

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Runnin’ on empty: the best films of 2008

Posted by · 9:25 am · December 15th, 2008

Just to say it once more, because I’ve certainly brought it up enough, 2008 was not a good year for film-goers. That’s an incredibly subjective quip, of course, but I certainly found myself struggling with the level of quality on display with each and every screening, the oasis of the Oscar season ultimately proving to […]

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10/28 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:44 am · October 28th, 2008

• Michael Cieply says “Welcome to the pop Oscars” regarding the big budget Oscar pushes this year. [New York Times] • Tom O’Neil reports that the two biggest stars in “Doubt” won’t be at the AFI world premiere on Thursday. [Gold Derby] • Patrick Goldstein wonders why Oscar consistently shies away from the funny bone. […]

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