Looking back on Oscar’s Old Left leanings

Posted by · 4:59 pm · October 11th, 2010

Its installments come all too infrequently these days, but Best Pictures From The Outside In — a collaborative project between The Film Experience’s Nathaniel Rogers and his learned pals — is one of the best sources of Oscar discussion and analysis on the web. That’s not only because it provides ample opportunity for kvetching over […]

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THE LONG SHOT: Minority report

Posted by · 5:49 pm · October 15th, 2009

When the Academy Awards roll around in March, it will have been precisely two decades since the unlikely figure of Kim Basinger blasted Academy voters’ conservatism on air at the 1989 ceremony, with specific regard to their sidelining of “Do the Right Thing,” Spike Lee’s groundbreaking study of urban interracial tension. “We’ve got five great […]

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7/20 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:30 am · July 20th, 2009

• Edgar Arce talks “The Cove” with documentarian Louie Psihoyos. [Latino Review] • With Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” on the brain, Saul Austerlitz takes a look at the “dramedy” through the years. [Chicago Tribune] • Meanwhile, Patrick Goldstein looks at the mystifying missed opportunity of the film’s one-sheet. [The Big Picture]

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“Do or die, Bed-Stuy”

Posted by · 4:59 pm · July 7th, 2009

Like others, we’ve been paying mind on these pages to the 20th anniversary of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” a film that now finds itself in the odd position of being both a period piece and a still-resonant state-of-the-nation address. Certainly nothing in the two decades since its release has surpassed it as a […]

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20 years later…

Posted by · 8:13 am · July 2nd, 2009

More from the red carpet of the film’s 20th anniversary screening at Yahoo! Movies.

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6/29 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:01 am · June 29th, 2009

• Rachel Abramowitz catches up with Johnny Depp on the “Public Enemies” publicity trail. [Los Angeles Times] • Helen O’Hara remembers Michael Jackson’s movie moments. [Empire] • Jenni Miller talks to “Cheri” director Stephen Frears. [Cinematical] • Guillermo DelToro’s credo. [The Independent] • “Do the Right Thing” still asks burning questions. [Washingotn Post] • Hey, […]

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20 years later…

Posted by · 3:02 pm · March 24th, 2009

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Oscar might go for “Button”

Posted by · 8:29 am · February 5th, 2009

There is no good reason for me to think this, of course.  Call it a gut feeling, but I have a sneaking feeling the Academy might ignore “Slumdog Millionaire,” despite its countless awards, and go for homegrown studio product this year.  Let’s face it, the Academy has proven they march to their own drummer over […]

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Spike Lee = the Jesse Jackson of film?

Posted by · 10:34 am · June 12th, 2008

Roger Simon seems to think so: Why would Lee pick this fight? Unfortunately, it couldn’t be more obvious. Like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, time has been passing Spike Lee by. His worldview comes from another era and he has never really sought to revise it, to open his eyes. Proof of that is that […]

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Great Oscarless directors

Posted by · 3:50 am · June 1st, 2008

Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick, Preston Sturges, Ernest Lubitsch, Hal Ashby, Alan J. Pakula, Sidney Lumet, Spike Lee, Paul Thomas Anderson. Collectively they represent some of the greatest directors in the history of the cinema, and together they share one rather unbelievable fact…not one of them is a Academy Award winner for […]

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