BERLIN: ‘Sleeping Sickness,’ ‘The Future,’ ‘The Guard’

Posted by · 5:11 pm · February 16th, 2011

Sorry there was no Berlinale dispatch yesterday. It was my birthday, and after “celebrating” it with a triple-bill of variously despairing Competition entries — finishing with “The Turin Horse,” Béla Tarr’s impressive 146-minute ode to blizzards, boiled potatoes and dying — more traditional festivities were in order, beginning with several stiff drinks. There’s nothing like […]

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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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The Great Performances: 1995

Posted by · 4:06 pm · October 10th, 2009

Based on some of the comments I received last week regarding my article on great acting, I took the suggestion of a young lady and am kicking off a series of articles, one per week, that will explore the best performances ofeach year, beginning today with 1995.  So let’s go back and work our way […]

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One more parting shot…

Posted by · 10:09 am · July 26th, 2009

Snapped by Jon Favreau on the Hall H stage during the “Iron Man 2” panel discussion: And a taste of Kevin Smith at the Con, where he talks about the fact that the title “A Couple of Dicks” may not hold (My camera lost battery power half-way through.  Apologies):

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10/16 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:59 am · October 16th, 2008

• Patrick Kevin Day gets some choice words from costumer Jacqueline Durran about the shoot-from-the-hip nature of working with Mike Leigh. [Los Angeles Times] • Tim Burton is too busy to see “The Dark Knight.” [Hero Complex] • Josh Brolin was initially insulted at the offer to play George W. Bush. [USA Today] • Shock […]

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10/14 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:08 am · October 14th, 2008

• Tom O’Neil covers the landscape of double-dipping performers this year. [Gold Derby] • It looks like Don Cheadle will be replacing Terrence Howard in “Iron Man 2.”  Fucking lame. [The Hollywood Reporter] • How Kyle Buchanan missed the boat on some obviously awkward moments in “Rachel Getting Married.”  Seriously, what’s with the critical love-fest […]

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