Directed by Kevin Macdonald and you

Posted by · 7:59 am · July 7th, 2010

If you’ve ever thought your YouTube videos merit more than a few “ZOMG LOL” comments from bored teenagers with names like “funkychik817,” Kevin Macdonald and Ridley Scott have a proposition for you. In honor of YouTube’s fifth birthday, the filmmakers are collaborating with the video-sharing website producing the first feature documentary composed entirely user-generated footage. […]

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My most anticipated films of 2010

Posted by · 9:45 am · January 1st, 2010

Annually I put together a hasty list of my most anticipated films of the New Year on January 1.  I got rid of the pomp and circumstance around the perennial post a while back and just stuck with the list.  But a couple of things… I’m not sure if Kevin Macdonald’s “The Eagle of the […]

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Wells stumps for Bateman

Posted by · 9:16 am · April 15th, 2009

So far, the reviews for Kevin Macdonald’s “State of Play” seem uniformly warm — which comes as a relief to me after the rather indifferent vibe I got from the film’s entire marketing strategy. Todd McCarthy describes it as an “efficient, admirably coherent thriller” — welcome adjectives considering the level of condensation required from the […]

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Kevin Macdonald steps up to ‘The Eagle of the Ninth’

Posted by · 12:02 pm · March 31st, 2009

I first heard about Kevin Macdonald’s plans to adapt Rosemary Sutcliff’s “The Eagle of the Ninth” way back in 2006 when I sat down for a lunch interview with screenwriter Jeremy Brock (who co-wrote Macdonald’s “The Last King of Scotland”).  The machinery being what it is in this town, you have to wait until a […]

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‘State of Play’

Posted by · 10:04 pm · December 23rd, 2008

I saw this trailer go up on Yahoo! Movies earlier tonight but I’ve been waiting for a YouTube copy.  Well, here it is, and despite a somewhat pedestrian feel, I’m really looking forward to it.  Kevin Macdonald is a promising talent (and he went through his share of trouble on this shoot, I gather).  Hopefully […]

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REVIEW: “The Queen” (***1/2)

Posted by · 10:39 am · September 2nd, 2006

Stephen Frears is one of the most versatile working directors in the industry.  With that versatility comes the inevitable misstep from time to time, sure.  But also with it comes a high order of professionalism and a certain amount of confidence that can manifest the most precise of cinematic creations. “The Queen” is just such […]

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