OFF THE CARPET: And we’re off!

Posted by · 3:09 pm · September 6th, 2011

This morning’s interview with “Into the Abyss” director Werner Herzog represented my last Telluride communique (though I guess I was already home) from this year’s 38th annual festivities. Five days, 18 posts, nine movies and three interviews. It was a dense sprint to start the race, and now, with Venice still in-progress and Toronto set […]

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TELLURIDE: Sony Classics, IFC and Searchlight party into the night

Posted by · 12:47 am · September 4th, 2011

I opted out of tonight’s screening of “Butter” largely because — sorry to say — the Galaxy theater is just too cramped and uncomfortable and hot to fully enjoy a film experience. For me, anyway. I tend to be a furnace regardless, but they need to pump some AC into that joint. By some accounts, […]

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REVIEW: “Carnage” (**1/2)

Posted by · 7:50 am · September 1st, 2011

Venice Film Festival When the title of Yasmina Reza’s acclaimed 2006 play “God of Carnage” was given a haircut in its transition to the screen, it was hard to read what — if anything — the change implied about the film to come. On the one hand, “Carnage” sounds pithier and more aggressive, removing the […]

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Mel Gibson Oscar buzz? Get right outta town!

Posted by · 10:05 am · September 22nd, 2010

Someone stop me if I’m out to lunch here, but is it not absolutely ludicrous to think that Mel Gibson would have a shot at a Best Actor nomination in this or any other universe in a year where the star is as plagued with controversy as he is in 2010? Look, I’m all for […]

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9/22 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Carrey’s Oscar potential, ‘Inception’ with a joystick, demanding to see ‘Beaver’

Posted by · 9:12 am · September 22nd, 2010

• Sasha Stone ponders Oscar possibilities for Jim Carrey in “I Love You Phillip Morris” as the hate-mongering right looks to block the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. [Awards Daily] • Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy reunite to celebrate 25 years of “The Breakfast Club.”  Come on, Emilio.  Too […]

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The Great Performances: 1997

Posted by · 8:03 am · October 23rd, 2009

1997 was a great year for actors, but a tough year for Oscar; how do you choose when there are so many deserving nominees? It’s that age-old issue that some award-worthy performances are going to be left out, which though unfair and sad, is very much part of the Academy Awards and frankly what makes […]

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10/7 Web Round-up

Posted by · 10:24 am · July 10th, 2009

• How “Brüno” could forever change Hollywood’s depiction of homosexuality. [Slate] • Or should that be “Humpday?” [Time] • Jodie Foster goes back behind the the camera, directing and starring opposite Mel Gibson in “The Beaver.” Ahem. [Variety] • Given the ubiquity of the Harry Potter kids, Gill Pringle considers the rise of the well-behaved […]

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‘Silence’ smack-down

Posted by · 11:04 am · April 28th, 2009

I stumbled onto Noah Forrest’s ribbing of Jonathan Demme’s “The Silence of the Lambs” over at Movie City News today toward the end of this piece, and frankly, I found little I could argue with. Here’s the key graph: I think seeing Bill Hader’s brilliant impression of Jame Gumb on a recent SNL made me […]

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REVIEW: “Inside Man” (**)

Posted by · 3:23 pm · March 20th, 2006

Spike Lee’s “Inside Man” is an embarrassment of devices from start to painstakingly anti-climactic finish. As a run-of-the-mill heist romp, it still falls prey to a dedicated intention to distinguish itself, both thematically and stylistically. Thinking it over, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is rather impossible to write a negative review of “Inside […]

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