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Hal Holbrook’s awards season play, take two

Posted by · 10:11 am · November 18th, 2009

Over the weekend, “That Evening Sun” star Hal Holbrook took the Excellence in Acting award at the Starz Denver Film Festival over the weekend.  When the press release landed in my inbox, it reminded me that, while I’ve been a pretty strong proponent of Patterson Hood’s original song from the film, I haven’t written about […]

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‘Murder in the First’ director Marc Rocco found dead

Posted by · 1:19 pm · May 6th, 2009

It saddens me to report that filmmaker Marc Rocco, perhaps best known for directing the 1995 film “Murder in the First,” was found dead in his Northridge home over the weekend. I was informed of the news earlier today by a mutual friend, so I called the Devonshire division of the Los Angeles Police Department […]

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Best Actor watch: Hal Holbrook

Posted by · 5:35 pm · April 25th, 2009

In his roundup of highlights from the Nashville Film Festival, Nathaniel Rogers chalks up a highly plausible contender for Best Actor honours this awards season: Hal Holbrook in “That Evening Sun,” an indie debut feature from Scott Teems. Playing an 80 year-old farmer desperately trying to hang on to his land, Holbrook’s performance has already […]

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Cesar nods include ‘Class,’ ‘Loved,’ Swinton

Posted by · 7:57 am · January 24th, 2009

Now here’s a set of nominations I can get behind. As I may have mentioned before, 2008 was all about the rejuvenation of French cinema for me, with Gallic productions occupying a quarter of my year-end Top 20, including the two poll spots. So it’s hardly surprising that I’m immensely pleased by the list of […]

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REVIEW: “Wendy and Lucy” (***1/2)

Posted by · 9:47 am · October 27th, 2008

(BFI London Film Festival) Quietly, steadily and with markedly little vanity, Michelle Williams is blossoming into a truly remarkable actress. This is not exactly a revelation: even before her Oscar-nominated turn in “Brokeback Mountain” brought her to wider attention, her work in films like “Dick” and “Me Without You,” not to mention as the most […]

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Editing honors for ‘Dark Knight,’ ‘Iron Man’

Posted by · 4:25 am · September 24th, 2008

One of the more oddly timed awards ceremonies of the year,  the Hollywood Post Alliance Awards revealed their nominees yesterday. (Variety has a report and full list of nominations here.) Amid the awards for lesser-recognised arts like colour grading and compositing, I was interested to see that they have a Best Film Editing category. Mashing together work from […]

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The top 10 shots of 2007: part one

Posted by · 12:22 am · February 21st, 2008

2007 was, to my mind, the greatest year for cinematography in a long, long time.  I can’t recall the last time I was so thoroughly impressed with the visual artistry of film after film like I was last year, and I attribute that to the intriguing spark of creativity underway in the film medium as […]

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