LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1983 and 1984

Posted by · 7:01 pm · October 12th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. 1983 was dominated by James L. Brooks and his sentimental weepie, “Terms of Endearment.” I can’t imagine it deserved the award, but I also have no room to complain since this is one of the few Best Picture fields where the winner is the only title […]

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Joe Dante’s ‘The Hole’ wins Venice 3-D award

Posted by · 4:01 am · September 12th, 2009

I missed yesterday’s screening of Joe Dante’s kiddie horror film “The Hole” — and hardly regret it, having caught Tom Ford’s “A Single Man” instead — so I can offer little commentary to the news that the film has won the festival’s inaugural Persol 3-D Award. The prize, determined by judges Scott Foundas, Dave Kehr […]

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Dante, Bahrani added to Venice lineup

Posted by · 10:31 am · August 25th, 2009

Earlier this morning, Kris pointed you to the news that four features have been added to the Venice lineup: Joe Dante’s “The Movie Orgy: Ultimate Version,” Angela Ismailos’s “Great Directors,” Hana Makhmalbaf’s “Green Days” and Peter Greenaway’s “The Marriage.” Under the radar (and out of competition) they may be, but all of them further my […]

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Venice finalizes jury, readies lineup

Posted by · 12:48 am · July 30th, 2009

The competition lineup for the 66th Venice Film Festival is due later today, but ahead of that major announcement, other bits and bobs┬árelating to to yesterday’s fest have been trickling through recently. Yesterday organisers announced the complete (and pleasantly eccentric) jury lineup. It’s been known for some time that it will be headed by Ang […]

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