Still got it

Posted by · 10:26 am · June 15th, 2009

Sorry if there’s been a lot of star-gazing on the site lately, but while I was queuing in the supermarket this morning, I was struck by these magazine covers sitting appropriately side-by-side on a display rack. It’s interesting and heartening to see major face space given to two actresses on the wrong side of the […]

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Acting out

Posted by · 8:48 am · May 6th, 2009

The Guardian’s Ryan Gilbey offers an interesting piece today about screen acting, and the narrow criteria by which many of us judge it. He is writing principally in response to a recently released British film, “Helen,” a rigidly stylised meta-film in which actors play actors participating in a police reconstruction, which has attracted divisive reviews […]

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Enough already

Posted by · 9:51 am · March 26th, 2009

Right, so Michael Sheen obviously ignored my career advice to lay off the biopics for a while. That’s okay. He’s a lot more famous and successful than I am, so I guess he probably knows best. But seriously, a third go-round playing Tony Blair in yet another factional Peter Morgan-scripted project? If you haven’t heard […]

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TORONTO: ‘Lovely, Still,’ ‘Blindness’

Posted by · 8:57 pm · September 7th, 2008

Finally, a great little film… I love it when a film comes out of nowhere, from an unlikely source, a new talent, old talents re-discovering their gifts, or something that just plains shocks the hell out of the audience with its audacity and brilliance. That happened to me today with the wonderful, heartbreaking love story […]

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Let’s hear it for the ladies!

Posted by · 1:18 pm · September 2nd, 2008

Wow, what a damn fine year for lead actress performances.  When was the last time you heard anyone say that? I caught some flack recently when I took Meryl Streep off my predicted five nominees in the category.  “How can the Goddess miss?”  Well, she can, and she has, but regardless, the point is that […]

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‘Blindness’ misses the bullseye, say critics

Posted by · 4:47 pm · May 14th, 2008

Well, in my last post, I said that “Blindness,” with its immaculate credentials, could hardly miss – which of course was issuing an invitation for it to do just that. The latest from red-hot director Fernando Meirelles opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival a few hours ago, to frustratingly mixed reviews. In his review, Kirk […]

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Cannes arrivals: ‘Blindness’ set to bow

Posted by · 3:30 am · May 14th, 2008

Wow, that seemed to sneak up on us quickly. The 61st annual Cannes Film Festival kicks off today, with Fernando Meirelles’ hotly anticipated “Blindness” opening the proceedings tonight. Pete Hammond at The Envelope has a neat round-up of the Cannes arrivals, with an emphasis on the Oscar prospects of the American films in competition. (Although, […]

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REVIEW: “Children of Men” (****)

Posted by · 6:16 pm · November 22nd, 2006

Alfonso Cuarón’s is one of the most singular voices in the filmmaking community. Along with longtime collaborator, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, the director has ushered forth textured visions of skewed fairytales for over a decade. With “A Little Princess,” he took audiences into the mind of a little girl and her trying tenure at a miserable […]

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