LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1969 and 1970

Posted by · 6:29 pm · August 25th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. As the 60’s came to a close, Oscar decided to embrace its dirty side and give X-rated “Oliver!” makes it quite a juxtaposition and the film remains one of the most interesting picks by the Academy, particularly as it triumphed in the “Year of the Western.” […]

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Loach’s ‘Route Irish’ joins Cannes Competition lineup

Posted by · 5:44 am · May 10th, 2010

I told you on Friday that a 19th title was going to be added to the selection of films vying for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and lo and behold, here it is. Variety reports that “Route Irish,” an Iraq War drama from festival habitué Ken Loach, has joined the lineup — just one year […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Looking for Eric” (**1/2)

Posted by · 4:49 pm · June 13th, 2009

It’s been a long time, if ever, since Ken Loach made a film that could legitimately be called a crowd-pleaser, but this is precisely what he has made in “Looking for Eric.” Gentle, undemanding and buoyed by the effortlessly charismatic presence of the titular football god – it’s certainly the first Loach film to possess […]

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IFC to bring ‘Antichrist’ to U.S.

Posted by · 8:38 am · May 20th, 2009

Speaking of “Antichrist,” while some doubted that the controversial pic would see the light of day Stateside, IFC Films is ensuring that it will. The indie outfit has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Lars Von Trier’s film, and moreover, has announced that no cuts will be made to film ahead of its release. IFC […]

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Polite reception for Loach’s latest

Posted by · 10:49 am · May 18th, 2009

As I expected, Ken Loach’s “Looking For Eric,” his first Cannes entry since winning the Palme d’Or in 2006, hasn’t exactly set the Croisette alight. Critics seem to agree that the football-themed comedy is a modest charmer, but too slight to really hold its own in the competition. (Probably a welcome shift in pace, what […]

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Cannes: sizing up the Competition, part one

Posted by · 7:45 am · May 11th, 2009

With the Cannes Film Festival only two days away, it’s time to take a long hard look (or just a look, if you prefer) at the 20 films in contention for the Palme d’Or, a typically eclectic bunch married by only one factor: all but one are from directors who have been in the race […]

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Almodovar, Campion, Lee in Cannes lineup

Posted by · 11:25 am · April 23rd, 2009

The official list of films competiting for the Palme d’Or at next month’s Cannes Film Festival is out, and while it’s not a very surprising list — it’s been a given for some time that “Inglourious Basterds,” “Broken Embraces” and “Antichrist,” among others, would be in the mix — it still an exciting one, packed […]

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Cannes-bound?

Posted by · 3:39 pm · April 2nd, 2009

With the “news” (which has, of course, been common knowledge for the better part of a year) that Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” is set to compete at Cannes, it’s time to start contemplating what else might appear in the festival lineup. For my money, one of the safest bets has to be Ken Loach’s latest, […]

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