Mann trying his ‘Luck’ with TV once again

Posted by · 8:51 am · October 11th, 2010

Doesn’t it feel like television is moving into a new golden age?  Everything from hour dramas to half-hour comedies is as impressive as ever and top filmmaking talent continues to make the jump.  We’ve already seen Martin Scorsese’s impact with “Boardwalk Empire” this year and if there’s one thing I’m looking forward to on the […]

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TIFF: ‘Barney’s Version’ returns home, raves for Giamatti

Posted by · 6:22 am · September 13th, 2010

Last night’s North American premiere of “Barney’s Version” in Toronto was something of a homecoming for the Canadian production — it was, of course, first unveiled on Friday at the Venice Film Festival, where its soft-centered middlebrow appeal rather stood out against the more rigorous auteurism of its fellow Competition titles. If Richard J. Lewis’s […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Barney’s Version” (***)

Posted by · 7:25 am · September 10th, 2010

Venice Film Festival Too few film reviews open with the wisdom of Feargal Sharkey, so it brings me great pleasure to begin this one by saying that a good heart these days is, indeed, hard to find. That’s the chief conclusion to be taken from not just the narrative but the execution of “Barney’s Version,” […]

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9/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:51 am · September 2nd, 2010

• Michael Cieply chats with comeback kid Ben Affleck, whose film “The Town” is set to play Venice this week. [New York Times] • Remember when “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” won the Palme d’Or?  Parisian critics would rather not. [The Guardian] • Catching up with Julian Schnabel, re: “Miral,” prior to […]

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Great performers at their best

Posted by · 7:50 am · August 21st, 2009

After spending some time this summer watching some excellent films on DVD, I was inspired to write this piece about the great actors’ (living, with one exception) greatest performances. Narrowing it down to one each (brutal, believe me), I think have come up with a list of actors, young and old, that represents some of […]

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5/15 Web Round-up

Posted by · 6:28 am · May 15th, 2009

• In the wake of the new “Nine” trailer, Ryan Adams takes a look at the story’s awards ancestry. [Awards Daily] • Helen O’Hara on the trouble with romantic comedies and how to fix them.  Screw it, I kind of want to see “The Proposal.” [Empire] • Andrew O’Hehir on why the original “Star Trek” […]

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‘Straw Dogs’ remake moves forward, some feel the need to bitch about it

Posted by · 11:43 am · April 23rd, 2009

It seems the knee-jerk reaction to director Rod Lurie’s decision to remake the Sam Peckinpah film “Straw Dogs” is just as you’d expect.  Certain outlets see red and use their web space to bitch about the necessity of such a film.  The Playlist and Rope of Silicon have rants up about it, if you want […]

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Are 70s acting legends on the verge of fading away?

Posted by · 5:58 pm · March 22nd, 2009

Growing up I was a huge John Wayne fan, but I remember when the Duke started to fade, and then that shocking evening he presented the Academy Award for Best Picture to “The Deer Hunter” just a few months before his death in 1979. Perhaps because we watch these people age in front of our […]

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Guessing the Globes

Posted by · 12:01 pm · January 11th, 2009

UPDATE: That pesky Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) category has been running through my head all day, and I’m still not happy with my conclusion. So I’m making a last minute switch to Colin Farrell. I’ll probably be proved wrong in a few hours, but hey — there’s gotta be a surprise somewhere. Right? EARLIER: Well, hello there. […]

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1/9 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:34 am · January 9th, 2009

• Patrick Goldstein is happy to NOT talk Oscar at an Oscar party. [The Big Picture] • Jeffrey Wells somehow reads “backlash” into a harmless, truthful quote. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • David S. Cohen considers the awards gala glut in the face of economic troubles. [Variety] • Tom O’Neil chats it up with “Last Chance Harvey” […]

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INTERVIEW: Dustin Hoffman

Posted by · 9:24 am · December 26th, 2008

He doesn’t seem like Dustin Hoffman for some reason.  He sounds like Dustin Hoffman.  He looks like him.  But there aren’t really any traces of his decades-long assemblage of characters.  And he’s got an approachability that seems somehow uncommon for a star of his stature. But there he is, piecing together a sandwich with arugula, […]

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Hoffman’s holiday hilarity

Posted by · 6:04 pm · December 25th, 2008

I just caught this over at Hollywood Elsewhere.  BRILLIANT.  Check back tomorrow, by the way, for an interview with Mr. Hoffman:

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12/24 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:23 am · December 24th, 2008

• “The Headless Woman,” “Night and Day” and “Tony Manero” head up a list of the year’s best undistributed titles. [indieWIRE] • Speaking of lists, here’s one of cult and campy holiday flicks. [Cinematical] • Josh Horowitz goes toe-to-toe with David Fincher. [MTV] • Slow down, Hoss.  Lou Lumenick thinks Dev Patel is going to […]

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12/16 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:15 am · December 16th, 2008

• Jeff Wells shows his annual true colors, wants to know who should be taken down a peg of the agreed-upon Oscar contenders. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Tom O’Neil reports on a leaked Academy screener. [Gold Derby] • David Carr boils the season down to a couple of “mortal locks.” [The Carpetbagger] • Todd Longwell profiles […]

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With love from me to you

Posted by · 9:53 am · December 2nd, 2008

I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed Variety’s recent series of articles in which prominent actors champion some of their personal favourite performances of 2008, including many of the most discussed contenders of the season. It’s a simple idea, but executed with real thought and sincerity. The pieces are interesting not just because of the more […]

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Looking for comedy in the awards world

Posted by · 4:12 pm · November 16th, 2008

Over at his OscarWatch column, Dave Karger recently asked a question that has been bothering me for some time regarding this year’s awards race. Namely, how the hell are the Golden Globes going to fill out the ballot in the Comedy/Musical races? Best Actress looks solid enough. So far, we have two clear-cut frontrunners — […]

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REVIEW: “Last Chance Harvey” (***)

Posted by · 7:42 am · November 9th, 2008

Remember “Falling in Love?” I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t. A modest join-the-dots 1984 romantic drama charting the will-they-won’t-they courtship between two married New York commuters, it should never have gone beyond the dimensions of a TV screen… …but for the fact that the two commuters happened to be played by Robert De Niro […]

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Rousing Best Actor race shaping up

Posted by · 9:20 am · November 5th, 2008

In a year I maintain to be disappointing, I must confess that the sprint to the finish is looking more and more exciting all the time, with an exceptional crop of actors vying for Best Actor nominations. This could very well be the year that Clint Eastwood wins an acting Oscar, or that the previously […]

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