Razzies aim typically low

Posted by · 5:15 am · January 24th, 2011

The Golden Raspberry (aka Razzie) Awards irritate me on an annual basis, largely because they’re such a joyless, unimaginative and, worst of all, cowardly execution of a neat idea: singling out the worst cinematic achievements of the year for a bit of a ribbing. Except they aren’t about genuinely failed artistry nearly as much as […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: ‘Bounty’ soft

Posted by · 5:13 pm · March 19th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Forgive me if this entry seems a little rushed, but I’ve been flying most of the day and detoxing from South by Southwest. It was my first time attending since 2006 and the growth in scope, prestige and attendance since then was staggering. The quality and […]

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The Great Performances: 2002

Posted by · 9:45 am · November 27th, 2009

2002 was probably one of the greatest years for performance excellence in film history, from leading actor right through all the supporting players. They could have easily nominated 10 actors in each of the four acting categories, and still missed some. Though Adrien Brody won the Oscar for “The Pianist,” which was a huge shock, […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Oscar prods, Gotham nods, ‘Amelia’ clods

Posted by · 9:08 am · October 24th, 2009

• The Academy finally named the producers for next year’s Oscar telecast, first-timers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic. • All of which added weight to the speculation that Hugh Jackman might return as host. • The Gotham Awards provided the season with its first set of nominees, though it inspired more talk for its omissions. […]

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Jennifer Aniston: best comic actress of her generation?

Posted by · 4:36 pm · October 19th, 2009

Apropos of nothing really, since the article is a week old and even I have no intention of seeing “Love Happens,” but my friend Jamie — who knows, albeit not very supportively, of my longstanding admiration for Jennifer Aniston — sent me this interesting Independent piece, and I thought I’d throw it out there. As […]

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Is it wrong that I’m totally looking forward to this?

Posted by · 7:06 pm · August 6th, 2009

Call it summer silliness or the fact that I truly am a moron after all, but for all the intriguing projects announced in the last month — Cronenberg taking on DeLillo should be a treat, while I’d be lying if I said my curiosity isn’t perversely piqued by Joe Eszterhas telling the story of the […]

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A private function

Posted by · 9:08 am · February 23rd, 2009

When all is said and done, it wasn’t an awards season that deserved a fireworks finish, so perhaps last night’s muted, largely tasteful, faintly insular ceremony was an appropriate summation. It ran smoothly enough, with a handful of novel distractions and a uniformly generous, empathetic spirit running through the night’s speeches –- but I’d be […]

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