REVIEW: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” (***1/2)

Posted by · 8:22 am · September 5th, 2011

Venice Film Festival An uncharacteristically dark Venetian downpour greeted this morning’s premiere screening of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” and if some flashbulbs of lightning last night hadn’t already previewed the turn in weather, I’d suspect the pervasively, necessarily drab atmospherics of Tomas Alfredson’s artful John le Carré adaptation of bleeding out from the screen and […]

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‘White Ribbon,’ Bertolucci win BBC World Cinema Awards

Posted by · 2:49 pm · October 11th, 2010

Fear not, you haven’t entered a very somber Tardis and woken up in December 2009. The BBC World Cinema Award is a small but creditable gong dished out annually to honor the best in foreign-language film — but due to a significant change in the show’s calendar, this year’s award effectively spanned the last two […]

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‘Moon’ redrawn: own a future classic

Posted by · 5:53 am · October 3rd, 2010

I know there are a lot of “Moon” fans and collector types among you, so I thought this worth mention. The great British design studio All City, who dreamed up the justly famous poster for Duncan Jones’s sci-fi debut, have launched a new series of limited edition Redrawn poster concepts for some of their most […]

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TIFF: ‘Hereafter’ underwhelms, ‘Let Me In’ bests original?

Posted by · 2:32 pm · September 11th, 2010

I’ve been hearing for a couple of months now that Matt Reeves’s “Let Me In” is as good if not better than Tomas Alfredson’s original film (and a top 10 effort in my book), “Let the Right One In.” I won’t see it for another week or so, but early word out of Toronto dovetails […]

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‘Right One’ Toronto After Dark poster

Posted by · 7:25 pm · August 21st, 2010

There’s not much going on this weekend, so, apologies for the glut.  We’ll turn the corner over the next week and coverage starts in earnest 8/30 (preceded by a new Oscar Talk on 8/27), so, patience.  For now, I’m really digging this “Let the Right One In” specialty poster from the fifth anniversary of the […]

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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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‘Let Me In’ trailer

Posted by · 10:54 am · July 1st, 2010

2008’s “Let the Right One In” was on plenty top 10 lists, including my own.  So the thought of an American remake with “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves at the helm has been, well, less than appealing.  Sight unseen, of course.  Judging by the new trailer, though (unfortunately debuting as an exclusive at Deadline with a […]

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S&S slams awards “xenophobia”

Posted by · 2:04 pm · February 6th, 2010

Being a fairly highbrow cineastes’ mag, Sight & Sound tends to keep a safe distance from awards season — which is probably just as well, if Nick James’s grim-faced editorial on the subject is anything to go by. Like many British journalists, James’s analysis of the Oscar race is a little wobbly: he states that […]

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BAFTA announces Best Foreign Film nominees

Posted by · 4:19 am · January 7th, 2010

For reasons I’ve never been able to determine, BAFTA chooses to reveal its nominees for Best Foreign Language Film two weeks before revealing their full nomination list. Way to make a ghetto category seem even more so, but … anyway. The nominees are: “Broken Embraces” “Coco Before Chanel” “Let the Right One In” “A Prophet” […]

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Sight & Sound names ‘A Prophet’ best of 2009

Posted by · 11:42 am · December 2nd, 2009

No annual Top 10 list carries more weight with me than that compiled by Sight & Sound, the UK’s premier film magazine. One of the most thorough and prestigious collectives out there, it’s collated from the individual lists of over 60 international critics, including the likes of Kenneth Turan, Mark Kermode, Amy Taubin, Armond White […]

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‘A Prophet’ dominates European Film Award nominations

Posted by · 7:19 am · November 7th, 2009

Is “A Prophet” gradually stealing awards-season momentum from “The White Ribbon?” (It’s the superior film, if you ask me.) Too soon to say, of course, but it certainly came out on top in this morning’s European Film Award nominations. Jacques Audiard’s searing chronicle of French prison gangs leads the field with six nominations, to four […]

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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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Scream Awards laud ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Up,’ ‘Let the Right One In’

Posted by · 11:57 am · September 1st, 2009

I don’t follow the world of genre-specific awards ceremonies very closely, so I must admit I’d never heard of the Scream Awards before their recent slate of nominations was brought to my attention. No prizes for guessing from the name that it’s a horror-focused affair — with separate divisions for fantasy and sci-fi as well. […]

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7/17 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:42 am · July 17th, 2009

• Judd Apatow’s risky departure from formula with “Funny People.” [Wall Street Journal] • Denise Martin talks to “(500) Days of Summer” star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. [Los Angeles Times] • PODCAST: Yours truly talks the Oscar’s move to 10, the “Let the Right One In” remake and more with John Campea et al. [The Movie Blog]

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Butterflies

Posted by · 8:24 am · July 14th, 2009

Neither here nor there, I guess, but this morning’s random bit of anxiety concerns the forthcoming remake of “Let the Right One In,” Matt Reeves’s “Let Me In.”  These concept posters at /Film got the ole’ stomach churning again this morning.  I’m scared to death of this project, and not in a good way.

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‘Let the Right One In’ director Alfredson goes British

Posted by · 4:52 pm · July 9th, 2009

Is a John Le Carré adaptation now some kind of rite of passage for lauded foreign directors crossing over to English-speaking audiences? Okay, I’m stretching. Still, it’s interesting that a few years after Fernando Meirelles made the switch with his take on Le Carré’s “The Constant Gardener,” we now have “Let the Right One In” […]

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No reason

Posted by · 9:02 am · June 5th, 2009

A reader sent me this pic, it amused me, so I’m posting. Simple as that:

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A pleasure deferred

Posted by · 12:23 pm · May 4th, 2009

As I walked past my local cinema (that would be my beloved Dalston Rio, if there are any other fans out there) en route to the supermarket this morning, I was rather struck by this new poster for Charlie Kaufman’s masterpiece “Synecdoche, New York.” After spending a moment admiring the one-sheet and wondering why I […]

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