All in good taste

Posted by · 10:32 am · March 24th, 2009

There’s no real reason to pay attention to the Chlotrudis Awards,which took place on Sunday. After all, they’re a casually organised set of honours determined by an enthusiastic group of Boston-based film lovers — that apparently get mentioned on IMDB and precisely nowhere else. But hey, when their taste is this exemplary, they deserve a […]

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Better late…

Posted by · 2:22 am · March 9th, 2009

Last week’s server switch-induced hiatus prevented me from commenting on the César Awards — perhaps the ceremony I was eyeing most keenly this year given the prominence of my personal favourites in their rich pool of nominees. (I’ll say it again: France ruled 2008. End of story.) You’ve probably read the winners elsewhere by now. […]

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Cesar nods include ‘Class,’ ‘Loved,’ Swinton

Posted by · 7:57 am · January 24th, 2009

Now here’s a set of nominations I can get behind. As I may have mentioned before, 2008 was all about the rejuvenation of French cinema for me, with Gallic productions occupying a quarter of my year-end Top 20, including the two poll spots. So it’s hardly surprising that I’m immensely pleased by the list of […]

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A word of advice

Posted by · 4:14 pm · January 22nd, 2009

To any actors who might find themselves in the hunt for an Oscar nod next year: don’t let me interview you. Seriously. It appears that the mere act of shaking my hand, or even greeting me over the phone, placed an immediate hex on the Oscar chances of several deserving thesps this season. If your […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Slumdog’ surges, ‘River’ emerges

Posted by · 8:00 pm · December 6th, 2008

Sorry it’s a day late, but here’s the week that was. Awards and nominations left, right and centre — the season is officially under way, folks: • “Slumdog Millionaire” emerged as a bona fide frontrunner, taking Best Picture at the season kickoff, the National Board of Review awards … • … only days after taking […]

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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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INTERVIEW: Elsa Zylberstein

Posted by · 10:15 am · December 1st, 2008

Though still in her 30s, Elsa Zylberstein’s career has been so rich and multi-stranded — in addition to two decades of screen performances, she has also worn the hats of a classical dancer and a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador in the past — that it’s odd to think she is only now achieving Stateside recognition […]

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“The stuff of legend”

Posted by · 4:00 am · November 13th, 2008

That’s what Jeff Wells is calling Kristin Scott Thomas’ performance in “I’ve Loved You So Long.” Strong words, sure, but as I’ve said before, it is a mesmerising piece of work. Not everyone might connect with this very soft, low-key film — but Wells’ response is an indication of how passionate its supporters are. It’s […]

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REVIEW: “I’ve Loved You So Long” (****)

Posted by · 9:56 am · September 17th, 2008

A quietly extraordinary debut from French novelist and screenwriter Philippe Claudel, “I’ve Loved You So Long” interweaves so many narrative strands familiar from various other domestic dramas it’s hard to believe this particular story hasn’t been told on screen before. Yet these elements — sisterly estrangement, parental insecurity and the social rehabilitation of a chronic […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 performances you’re underestimating

Posted by · 7:22 am · September 16th, 2008

Every year it seems there are a number of performers in the thick of an Oscar hunt that don’t get the same attention as the expected heavy-hitters. It’s no surprise, of course, that Oscar prognostication would lean toward the anticipation of what lies ahead, unseen, unproven.  The mystery stays in tact, if for precious few […]

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