VENICE: ‘Killer Joe,’ ‘The Exchange,’ ‘4:44: Last Day on Earth’

Posted by · 10:11 am · September 8th, 2011

With two days to go until wrap-up, and a host of journalists having defected to Toronto, one can feel the air not-so-slowly hissing out of the Venice balloon. And while this certainly has its upsides — it no longer takes half an hour to get an espresso as the festival café, for example — it’s […]

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Hirsch to join long line of movie Hamlets

Posted by · 5:28 pm · June 3rd, 2009

With three major film adaptations in the latest two decades alone, I wouldn’t have thought “Hamlet” was crying out for another big-screen treatment, but apparently I was wrong. (What’s wrong with Shakespeare’s other plays? Not too shabby, some of ’em.) Anyway, news came yesterday that Catherine Hardwicke is to helm the latest outing for the […]

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12/1 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:54 am · December 1st, 2008

(Back from vacation and ready to roll.  Thanks to Guy for keeping the ship sailing during the holiday.) • A first peak at what will likely be one of next year’s serious contenders: Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies.” [Empire] • TV spotting “Gran Torino” with a little outside-the-beat commentary. [/Film] • Carl DiOrio reports on the […]

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“Yeah, you do, baby.”

Posted by · 10:10 am · November 26th, 2008

“I enjoy playing real-life people. I’ve always had a knack for taking on characteristics or mannerisms. And I was the most spoiled actor on the movie because I was able to spend every day with the real Cleve [Jones],” who was on set as a historical consultant. “Cleve would watch me and be like, ‘I […]

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My back, my aching back…thoughts on ‘Milk’ and ‘Frost’

Posted by · 10:07 pm · October 28th, 2008

This is why I don’t do the festival thing.  Multiple screenings back-to-back always plagues the faculties. Anyway, David Poland was eager to iPhone in his “First!” response on “Milk,” and while I agree with his assessment of Sean Penn’s phenomenal portrayal, I can’t share his overall enthusiasm for the film itself. On the whole, it’s […]

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Greatest non-nominated perfs: too many to count…

Posted by · 6:38 am · June 17th, 2008

…but I’ll try.  A sprint of sorts through deacades of deserving contenders (in my opinion, of course). I ask you this: How did those lovable characters from “The Wizard of Oz,” portrayed so brilliantly by Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man), Bert Lahr (Lion) and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch), fail to be nominated in […]

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Poland calls ‘Speed Racer’ a “masterpiece”

Posted by · 10:42 am · April 1st, 2008

Well, as usual, he doesn’t come right out and say it, but his implications are obvious. This film looks like an absolute headache to me, and considering the Wachowski brothers have not created something that caught my fancy since the first installment of “The Matrix” nine years ago, I’m not holding my breath here. Poland’s […]

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