Treading water?

Posted by · 3:56 pm · March 23rd, 2009

I have a complicated relationship with Richard Curtis. (Well, with his work, at least.) On the one hand, I’m keen to defend the man: it’s become fashionable here to direct aggressive vitriol his way for daring to stick to an upbeat formula that, while hardly pushing the envelope artistically, has proved both popular and crowdpleasing. […]

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Could Woody Allen be a surprise Best Director nominee?

Posted by · 8:25 am · December 15th, 2008

In 1994, Woody Allen’s masterful “Bullets Over Broadway” was not really on anyone’s charts as a potential Oscar nominee. A very funny film about a playwright who enlists a gangster to help him bring life and reality to his play, it was one of Allen’s best works with hysterically funny performances from John Cusack, the […]

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Will BAFTA stick by their own?

Posted by · 7:15 am · November 16th, 2008

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the BAFTA Awards. On the one hand, they can be far more daring and playful in their choices than the American Academy — this is an organisation, after all, that has handed their Best Film award to such enduring works as “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” […]

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