Patricia Neal (1926 – 2010)

Posted by · 5:26 am · August 9th, 2010

The occasional indignity of being an Academy Award champ is that it gives obituaries an immediate short-cut through one’s career: a lifetime of distinguished work can be handily reduced to “culminated in an Oscar win for _________.” Such is the case in many pieces on the passing of Patricia Neal yesterday, albeit justifiably supplemented with […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 Paul Newman performances

Posted by · 7:15 am · September 30th, 2008

Expected or not, this week’s news that screen legend Paul Newman has broken through to the other side is deeply depressing.  But as I noted over the weekend, it’s best to take moments such as this as an opportunity to celebrate the man and his work.  So it is that this week’s list reflects the […]

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“Only murderers” and “I’m glad it’s you”

Posted by · 12:34 pm · September 27th, 2008

These are the clips that likely assured the late Paul Newman a place alongside the supporting crop of contenders in 2002.  Stalwart, sincere, living inside the character with an eerie warmth.  Despite my spoken allegiance to “Hud,” I chose to remember Newman this morning by watching “Road to Perdition” for the first time in a […]

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