Italy and Spain enter foreign Oscar race

Posted by · 3:04 pm · September 29th, 2010

With the official (though not necessarily final) deadline for submissions just two days away, there’s been a flood of new additions to the list in the past few days, including two big guns that were holding out on us — Italy and Spain. (Check out our updated list, now up to 55 titles, here.) Among […]

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García Bernal among names added to Cannes jury

Posted by · 9:16 am · April 7th, 2010

Just over a week away from the announcement of the official selection for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and any festival-related news is received gratefully by the blogging community. Today, those who deemed Tim Burton too “Hollywood” a choice as this year’s jury president might be appeased by a host of more arthouse-leaning names lined […]

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The Great Performances: 2004

Posted by · 6:35 pm · December 11th, 2009

In Alexander Payne’s “Sideways,” Paul Giamatti gave the best performance by an actor in 2004, so said the New York Film Critics Circle, and how right they were.  So why, why, why was the actor denied an Oscar nomination?  Granted, it was a strong year, but his work was at the top of that heap […]

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7/13 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:24 am · July 13th, 2009

• Gael Garcia Bernal: activist. [Daily Telegraph] • Phil de Semlyen chats it up with Bruno. [Empire] • Michael Powell goes deep on “Golden Age” survivor Andrew Sarris. [New York Times] • Mike Jones profiles the child actors of Harry Potter, wonders if their fame can last beyond Hogwarts. [The independent]

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‘Mammoth,’ ‘Rage’ land with a thud at Berlin

Posted by · 6:42 am · February 9th, 2009

Oh dear. Colour me very disappointed indeed. “Mammoth,” Lukas Moodysson’s would-be entry into the mainstream, had me so hopeful — not least because it features Gael Garcia Barnal and Michelle Williams, arguably the two most exciting actors of their generation. But judging from a hostile crowd reception and cool-to-icy reviews, it appears the film isn’t […]

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Berlin fest gets under way

Posted by · 6:25 am · February 6th, 2009

As far as press coverage goes, the Berlin Film Festival tends to get a bit drowned in the flurry of Oscar season, so you could be forgiven for failing to notice that it actually kicked off last night, with the world premiere of Tom Tykwer’s corporate thriller “The International.” Sadly, as I suspected, the film […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 actors who need a nomination, stat!

Posted by · 7:16 am · October 21st, 2008

A couple of weeks ago, we invited you to submit ideas for our ‘The Lists’ feature, and, true to form, the suggestions came thick, fast and occasionally puzzling. (The Ten Best Bond Actors, for example, would require a couple of rather inventive entries. But hey, we like challenges.) As I was sifting through the suggestions […]

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TORONTO: ‘Lovely, Still,’ ‘Blindness’

Posted by · 8:57 pm · September 7th, 2008

Finally, a great little film… I love it when a film comes out of nowhere, from an unlikely source, a new talent, old talents re-discovering their gifts, or something that just plains shocks the hell out of the audience with its audacity and brilliance. That happened to me today with the wonderful, heartbreaking love story […]

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Sight & Sound weighs in on Cannes

Posted by · 5:15 am · June 9th, 2008

OK, so Cannes is old news, but for me it’s never really over until Sight & Sound prints its annual Cannes review – for my money, the British magazine offers the most expansive and thoughtful coverage of the festival around. It’s not available online, but it’s worth grabbing a copy if you can. Meanwhile, I’ve […]

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Cannes arrivals: ‘Blindness’ set to bow

Posted by · 3:30 am · May 14th, 2008

Wow, that seemed to sneak up on us quickly. The 61st annual Cannes Film Festival kicks off today, with Fernando Meirelles’ hotly anticipated “Blindness” opening the proceedings tonight. Pete Hammond at The Envelope has a neat round-up of the Cannes arrivals, with an emphasis on the Oscar prospects of the American films in competition. (Although, […]

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REVIEW: “Babel” (****)

Posted by · 10:24 am · July 18th, 2006

“Babel” is the crowning achievement in the early careers of writer Guillermo Arriaga and director Alejandro González Iñárritu.  It will deservedly be seen as that defining moment which took them out of personal thematic expression -– the mark of a true artist -– and into the arena of global and human consciousness through artistic dexterity […]

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