Hero takes a fall

Posted by · 6:35 pm · June 16th, 2011

In coming up with an idle, pop-related title for this post, I was faced with two choices: the one I eventually went with, or “We don’t need another hero.” I decided against the latter — partly because I’m sure other writers have already exhausted it, partly because The Bangles can always do with another shout-out […]

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OFF THE CARPET: The time is nigh

Posted by · 3:44 pm · February 1st, 2010

In so many words, this is it.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveils it’s slate of nominees bright and early tomorrow morning, and this being the first year with a 10-film Best Picture field, all eyes will be on the top category to gauge which way the wind blew on this AMPAS […]

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ASC nominees

Posted by · 12:18 pm · January 11th, 2010

“Avatar” continues its guild steamroll with a mention from the ASC today, a mention I frankly didn’t think the film would get.  Then again, the guild is typically kind to digital photography where AMPAS is not (examples are “Collateral” and “Apocalypto”), so I wouldn’t say it’s a slam dunk in this category for Oscar.  Then […]

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And the Oscar for Best Cinematography goes to…

Posted by · 6:26 pm · November 10th, 2009

Seriously, I feel like Dion Beebe is going to walk away with this thing this year.  The usual competition isn’t as apparent, even if there are more modest artistic victories throughout the contenders.  Still, I think the annual list of the year’s greatest shots is going to be a bit of a menagerie this year. […]

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Who could say “Nein!” to a face like that?

Posted by · 6:06 pm · October 2nd, 2009

Not me.  And can we just give Dion Beebe his second Oscar now?  Talk about a race virtually sapped of intrigue (if we’re being honest): One more reason after the jump.

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Cinematography — Volume II

Posted by · 3:07 pm · October 1st, 2009

Almost three months ago, I described how our cinematographers bring movies to life, by lensing the director’s vision, the actors’ performances, the production designer’s and the writer’s mood, just to begin. In the absence of these talented individuals, there would truly be no cinema. Like most people, this is my favorite of the Oscar crafts […]

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9/3 Web Round-up

Posted by · 6:32 am · September 3rd, 2009

• When will Quentin Tarantino do away with the filmic pretense and capitalize on his true original talent and potential? [The Film Stage] • Patrick Goldstein gets cock-blocked by Oprah Winfrey. [The Big Picture] • Anne Thompson spotlights 10 hot titles waiting to be bought at Toronto. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Cinematography – Volume I

Posted by · 12:31 pm · July 16th, 2009

LIGHTS…CAMERA…you were probably waiting for the word “action,” no? Action is, after all, what many individuals go to a film to see. But the “lights” and the “camera” in this classic phrase bring a film beyond a book or a radio show…and capture the “action.” The individuals who paint the images of cinema with light […]

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REVIEW: “Miami Vice” (**1/2)

Posted by · 9:52 am · July 17th, 2006

Michael Mann’s “Miami Vice” is a terribly anxious piece of filmmaking.  By its own erratic and rote design, the film marks, at once, a substantial step down for the writer/director, and merely a lateral move in the realm of stylistic representation. Boasting a curious mish-mash of caricatures and equally original representations, it is certainly the […]

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