2/25 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:15 am · February 25th, 2010

• Jamey Duvall catches up with Jeremy Renner and “Food, Inc.” director Robert Kenner. [Movie Geeks United!] • Louie Psihoyos asks what you would do with 45 seconds in the global spotlight. [Huffington Post] • Dave Karger and Missy Schwartz on four underdogs they love. [Entertainment Weekly]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Documentary Feature

Posted by · 9:05 am · February 23rd, 2010

The year’s documentary feature category hasn’t offered up a lot of suspense so far this season. One contender has been a dominant force on the circuit and the nominations, for the most part, lined up accordingly. A lot of the intrigue, of course, is taken out by the mid-season announcement of a 15-film shortlist, which […]

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2/19 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:29 am · February 19th, 2010

• Steve Pond talks to Ludovic Houplain, director of animated short nominee “Logorama,” which is looking more and more likely to pull an upset over Nick Park and Aardman. [The Odds] • The 15 best Oscarcast moments. [Entertainment Weekly] • Melena Ryzik reports from the New York celebration of “Food Inc.” [The Carpetbagger]

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2/17 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:29 am · February 17th, 2010

• David Poland sits down with Mark Boal and, separately, Paul Ottosson and Ray Beckett to talk “The Hurt Locker.” [The Hot Blog] • Saoirse Ronan talks “The Lovely Bones” across the pond. [Daily Telegraph] • Chris Jones profiles Roger Ebert, the man and his thumbs. [Esquire]

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2/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:10 am · February 11th, 2010

• John Lopez digs into the preferential voting system in intense depth.  Maybe nothing you haven’t already read.  And I’m kind of over it. [Little Gold Men] • Charlie Wilson — yes, that one — has left us to our own wars. [Variety] • Penelope Cruz says “thanks, no thanks” to Lars Von Trier, opts […]

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1/15 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:42 am · January 15th, 2010

• Anne Thompson sits down with “Food, Inc.” director Robert Kenner. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Scott Foundas talks “Public Enemies” with Michael Mann six months post-release. [LA Weekly] • Peter DeBrudge on how Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient Martin Scorsese’s career has been shaped by early relationships. [Variety]

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DGA doc nominees include ‘Cove,’ ‘Anvil,’ ‘Agnes’

Posted by · 6:03 pm · January 12th, 2010

Much like last week’s announcement in their top category, most of the usual suspects are present in the Guild’s documentary lineup. I’m particularly pleased to see French New Wave veteran Agnès Varda continue to rack up a healthy precursor tally; at this rate, she’s on course for her first Oscar nomination. (She’d be breaking an […]

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ACE nominees

Posted by · 7:23 pm · January 11th, 2010

For me, “District 9” is the biggest and most pleasant surprise for me in this morning’s American Cinema Editors announcement.  If ever the film looked like a lock for a Best Picture nomination, now is that time, I have to say.  Getting in over presumed Oscar frontrunners “Precious” and, most especially, “Inglourious Basterds,” that’s a […]

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Going out with a bang: the best films of 2009

Posted by · 12:35 pm · December 14th, 2009

I’ve often been asked throughout the latter part of 2009 why I should have the gall to consider it the best year of film product in a decade. It’s such a subjective circumstance that, of course, the only answer is, “I liked a lot of movies.” That’s not enough for most. Hard and fast evidence […]

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Southeastern Film Critics go for ‘Up in the Air’

Posted by · 12:19 pm · December 14th, 2009

The winners, more after the jump: Best Picture “Up in the Air” Best Director Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker” Best Actor George Clooney, “Up in the Air” Best Actress Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia” Best Supporting Actor Christopher Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds” Best Supporting Actress Mo’Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

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Oh yeah, the IDA Awards…

Posted by · 4:05 am · December 7th, 2009

We neglected to mention the International Documentary Association Awards happened on Friday night, but happen they did. Often an independent-minded group of on the precursor circuit, the IDA underlined the point this year by crowning a prominently Oscar-snubbed title as the year’s best. The many fans of rock doc “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” will […]

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‘Up in the Air’ wins with D.C. critics

Posted by · 6:10 pm · December 6th, 2009

Um, okay.  So the list of nominations for the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association were announced this morning.  The group’s official website notes that the winners will be announced tomorrow (so…why bother with day-before nominees?).  And now The Wrap is reporting (sans attribution — so I guess via press release) that the winners are […]

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‘Hurt Locker’ tops at Gothams

Posted by · 10:59 pm · November 30th, 2009

I had a Q&A to moderate this evening, so forgive the lateness here (though these and the Indie Spirits, for my money, stopped being about true independent cinema long ago, so there was really no haste to begin with). Anyway, predictably, “The Hurt Locker” came out on top at tonight’s Gotham Awards.  The film won […]

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Thoughts on the Oscar doc list

Posted by · 12:23 pm · November 19th, 2009

Perhaps inevitably, the bulk of online chatter about the Best Documentary Feature shortlist unveiled yesterday focused less on the films that made it, and more on those that didn’t. It’s par for the course for the Academy’s documentary branch to ignore a major title or two, but even by their severe standards, the list of […]

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AMPAS announces doc feature short list, ‘Anvil,’ ‘Capitalism’ snubbed

Posted by · 3:51 pm · November 18th, 2009

You can check out the full press release here.  The list of 15 competing titles as follows: • “The Beaches of Agnes,” Agnès Varda, director (Cine-Tamaris) • “Burma VJ,” Anders Østergaard, director (Magic Hour Films) • “The Cove,” Louie Psihoyos, director (Oceanic Preservation Society) • “Every Little Step,” James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo, […]

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11/13 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:05 am · November 13th, 2009

• Jeffrey Wells grills New York waitresses on their knowledge of the mere existence of “The Hurt Locker.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Oscar hopefuls “Anivl! The Story of Anvil” and “Food, Inc.” among IDA Award nominees. [Hollywood Reporter] • Tim Gray gets quotes making a case against The 10. [Variety]

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LA Times: Socially conscious cinema cock-blocked by summer blockbuster fare

Posted by · 11:43 am · August 13th, 2009

At this point, my advocacy for the documentary “The Cove” knows no bounds.  So you’ll have to forgive the seemingly unprofessional manner with which I trumpet its artistic and activist success in this space.  Now in limited release, the film has apparently failed to find an audience while other socially-conscious films like “Food, Inc.” have […]

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