Penn’s performance for the ages

Posted by · 6:46 pm · February 17th, 2009

On a third viewing of “Milk”, one of the best films of they year and a major accomplishment for director Gus Van Sant, I was again struck, no, blown away by the brilliance, the joy, the remarkably loving work of Sean Penn as the doomed politician. Penn has been my pick for Best Actor since […]

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12/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:51 am · December 6th, 2008

• John Patterson on the legacy of Harvey Milk. [The Guardian] • Robert Abele talks to “Frost/Nixon” star Michael Sheen. [Los Angeles Times] • Rebeca Hall, meanwhile, discusses her involvement in the film with Jenni Miller. [Premiere] • Peter Knegt chats with visionary “Hunger” director Steve McQueen. [indieWIRE] • John Anderson profiles animation legend Bill […]

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11/26 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:34 am · November 26th, 2008

• Jeff Wells is beside himself because Oscar prognosticators understand “Che” has a snowball’s chance in hell at a best Picture nomination. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Noah Forrest podcasts “Changeling” screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski. [Movie City News] • Anne Thompson gets the “Australia” goods from Hugh Jackman. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Tom O’Neil, meanwhile, wonders if […]

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Could an earlier ‘Milk’ release have killed Prop 8?

Posted by · 11:22 am · November 5th, 2008

I find myself just now making sense of the passing of Proposition 8 here in California, an appalling measure that, however naive it may be to admit, I really thought had no chance of passing. Well, it has.  Homosexual couples are banned from exchanging vows like the rest of the country, and beyond rage and […]

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