CINEJABBER: One more time to kill the pain

Posted by · 2:31 pm · October 2nd, 2010

Catch the idea behind these weekend posts here. I don’t have much in the way of a conversation starter this week.  However, I was happy to see Emma Stone’s career taking off with the news that she’ll be offered the Mary Jane Watson role in Sony’s “Spider-Man” reboot. Many first took notice of the actress […]

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COMIC-CON: ‘Let Me In’ isn’t just the rally cry of Hall H lines

Posted by · 3:39 pm · July 24th, 2010

As far as Matt Reeves’s “Let Me In” is concerned, I’ll freely admit a sense of hesitation. Based on one of the best films of 2008, it has had an air of arbitrary remake-itis around it. But much of that started to disappear as marketing materials were unveiled throughout the last few weeks, and following […]

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‘Basterds,’ ‘Nine’ lead the pack with BFCA

Posted by · 2:31 am · December 14th, 2009

For better or worse, the Broadcast Film Critics Association has, of late, been frequently cited for its Oscar prognosticative prowess. Of course, it’s a pointless tidbit in the grand scheme and no one should be looking at organizations like this to see how accurate they might be on that front (even if this one in […]

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11/30 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:12 am · November 30th, 2009

• David Poland painstakingly seeks out assumed evidence to support his theory that “The Hurt Locker” will be this year’s Best Picture victor. [Movie City News] • John Horn sits down with “Precious” screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher. [Los Angeles Times] • Dave Karger chats up Viggo Mortensen and his “Road” co-star Kodi Smit-McPhee. [Oscar Watch]

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NYT spotlights Jarvis, Hoult, Kendrick, Smit-McPhee

Posted by · 6:24 am · November 3rd, 2009

The New York Times makes an annual tradition of rounding up the season’s most notable breakthrough turns in upcoming films, and it’s typically an intelligent, even prescient, selection of faces. Last year’s crop ran the gamut from François Bégaudeau (“The Class”) to the ultimately Oscar-nominated Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”). In keeping with the youthful slant […]

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Smit-McPhee and Jenkins in ‘Let the Right One In’ remake

Posted by · 2:47 pm · October 1st, 2009

Word just in from Overture Films that Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Road”), Richard Jenkins (Oscar-nominated this year for “The Visitor”) and Chloe Moretz (I profess ignorance) are to headline “Let Me In,” the forthcoming and unwelcome (in these parts, anyway) U.S. remake of last year’s arthouse sensation “Let the Right One In.” The presence of Jenkins […]

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TORONTO: ‘The Road,’ ‘Bad Lieutenant,’ ‘Chloe’

Posted by · 2:27 pm · September 14th, 2009

(Please note, as opposed to Kris and Guy, I tend to grade films on a 5-star scale.) Loads to catch up on today and some interviews still to write up. First off, I have to confess that I disagree with Kris’s review of “The Road,” respectfully of course, and I think I have a reason […]

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SHORT TAKE: “The Road” (**1/2)

Posted by · 7:54 am · September 3rd, 2009

Telluride Film Festival There is a moment maybe three quarters into John Hillcoat’s “The Road” when it becomes clear that atmosphere may have been preferred over characterization: Viggo Mortensen’s character — known simply as “The Man” in Cormac McCarthy’s original fiction and nameless here — sits by a fire, wary of a cataracts-ridden old-timer (Robert […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy

Posted by · 12:14 pm · May 14th, 2009

We’re working from the outside in on this one, folks. You may recall that Brian Kinsley offered a thorough examination of Joe Penhall’s “The Road” screenplay for this column back in September last year, which already addressed many of the challenges inherent in this particular adaptation. However, in keeping with Page to Screen’s return to […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Handicapping 2009 a year in advance!?

Posted by · 10:51 am · February 23rd, 2009

Ahh.  The dust is settling.  And on the horizon, just visible through the mist and waiting to drive us all up the wall once again: the 2009 Oscar season. I’ve been writing this year-in-advance column for probably six years now, and I always look forward to gazing ahead.  No one dives in so pathetically deep […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “The Road” by Joe Penhall

Posted by · 12:26 pm · September 2nd, 2008

“You think I come from another world, don’t you? Filled with all these strange things you’ve never seen…Well I do, I guess.” Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” debuted last year to one of the biggest literary love fests in recent memory. From Oprah to Pulitzer, the author had one hell of a year, not to mention […]

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‘The Road’ on page and screen

Posted by · 7:55 am · July 15th, 2008

This weekend I opened Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel “The Road.” For whatever reason –- fright perhaps -– I’d hadn’t read it before now despite accolades from critics and friends. In June, Guy Lodge wrote a thoughtful entry about Dennis Lehane and how his books have easily transitioned to the screen. He likened him to […]

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