The best films of a decade

Posted by · 5:10 am · December 21st, 2009

This column has been the elephant in my living room for months. Putting together a list of the year’s best films is easy. It’s fresh. It’s in your mind. It’s, in many ways, the expected culmination. Putting together a list of the decade’s best films is a different chore altogether. Yearly rankings fly out the […]

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LONDON: ‘Enter the Void,’ ‘Wolfy’

Posted by · 4:00 am · October 16th, 2009

As if sympathetic to the fact that I’d have a pounding hangover from Wednesday’s swish opening party in Chelsea, festival organizers were kind enough to schedule a film I’d already seen, “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” for the next morning, affording me a much-needed lie-in. Still, George Clooney’s second go-round on the LFF red […]

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Final Cannes contenders unveiled

Posted by · 5:23 am · May 23rd, 2009

That’s it — all 20 Palme d’Or contenders have now screened for critics, and the final deliberations can begin. Most of the media attention in the past two days has focused on Gaspar No√©’s new film “Enter the Void,” though it hasn’t aroused anything like the firestorm of controversy that his “Irr√©versible” did in 2002. […]

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Troublemakers united

Posted by · 2:11 pm · May 11th, 2009

Yours truly began a two-part Cannes preview this morning, but there is plenty more such coverage around if you’re beginning to get festival fever. I particularly liked Jonathan Romney’s rundown in the Independent, in which the critic points out an interesting trend in this year’s lineup: namely the convergence of several renowned enfants terribles in […]

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