CANNES CHECK: ‘The Artist’

Posted by · 4:03 pm · May 4th, 2011

After the announcement of 19 Competition titles at last month’s Cannes press conference, some insiders suggested that as many as three films could be added to the lineup before the festival kicks off — and through a kind of online Chinese-whispers game, that number became accepted as truth, without any such promise from Thierry Frémaux […]

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The Great Performances: 1995

Posted by · 4:06 pm · October 10th, 2009

Based on some of the comments I received last week regarding my article on great acting, I took the suggestion of a young lady and am kicking off a series of articles, one per week, that will explore the best performances ofeach year, beginning today with 1995.  So let’s go back and work our way […]

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SANTA BARBARA: ‘Truth,’ Winslet light up the town

Posted by · 12:20 am · January 24th, 2009

I’ll dig into individual film reviews in due time.  It’s been a slow start up here in Santa Barbara but the first two nights have been charming enough. Rod Lurie’s “Nothing But the Truth” gets better and better each time I see it, particularly where Lurie’s work as a writer is concerned.  Some beats are […]

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Honored

Posted by · 12:01 pm · December 9th, 2008

Every year I contribute to the Eye on the Oscars features issues at Variety, something I started long before my short-lived blogging stint at the trade last year.  We always come up with a list of contenders for each category to profile as the season pushes forward and sometimes the nature of longer leads makes […]

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“It’s okay son. Everyone screws up a country now and then.”

Posted by · 4:47 pm · September 29th, 2008

And plenty more new “W.” photos right here.  I’m really getting excited for this film all of a sudden…

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‘L.A. Confidential’ gets a deluxe DVD release

Posted by · 10:06 am · September 19th, 2008

One of the greatest experiences I have ever had at a Toronto festival was the North American premiere of Curtis Hanson’s “L.A. Confidential,” which was instantly declared a masterpiece and one of the great film noirs in movie history. Dark and entertaining with a twisting and turning narrative that keep viewers guessing throughout, the film […]

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REVIEW: “The Queen” (***1/2)

Posted by · 10:39 am · September 2nd, 2006

Stephen Frears is one of the most versatile working directors in the industry.  With that versatility comes the inevitable misstep from time to time, sure.  But also with it comes a high order of professionalism and a certain amount of confidence that can manifest the most precise of cinematic creations. “The Queen” is just such […]

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