Duvall on Foote, Brando, Oscars and getting better with age

Posted by · 10:42 am · November 10th, 2010

I haven’t gotten around to writing up my interview with “Get Low” star Robert Duvall yet, but seeing as Steve Pond’s piece at The Odds is pretty much quote-for-quote, it would probably feel redundant. But I had to cut and paste this exchange, because it’s awesome: When you did your one take [of the emotional […]

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‘Apocalypse Now’ — 30 years later

Posted by · 9:30 am · May 29th, 2009

It was 30 years ago this summer I stumbled out of the old University Theater on Bloor Street in Toronto in shock, too dazed to speak, to stunned to make human contact. Finding a bench on the street I sat down and tried to collect my thoughts. I was 20 years old, an acting student […]

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Revisiting the waterfront

Posted by · 6:24 pm · February 20th, 2009

As Sunday’s Oscars bear down upon us with a measure of both inevitability and indifference, I can’t be the only one fed up of watching, talking or even thinking about certain 2008 nominees — even some of the ones I liked. The sooner we can begin putting some much-needed distance between ourselves and these films, […]

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How not to present — or accept — an Oscar

Posted by · 6:39 pm · February 17th, 2009

The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw has rounded up a morbidly fascinating collection of the all-time most awkward performances by an Oscar presenter — a remarkable study in the multitude of ways in which one can fail at reading a teleprompter and opening an envelope with any semblance of panache. They’re all fun in their variously excruciating […]

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Why does the Academy fear controversy?

Posted by · 10:52 am · November 12th, 2008

In 1969, the Academy saw fit to give “Midnight Cowboy” the award for Best Picture — a first ever for an X-rated film.  Some saw the moment as a bellwether signaling a new dawn for the group, that they were developing a growing acceptance for the films that would start coming at them around this […]

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James Dean: over-appreciated icon?

Posted by · 5:40 am · July 14th, 2008

Let me state that I am aware of how much trouble I am going get myself into by writing this. With all the praise for Heath Ledger and his apparently electrifying performance in “The Dark Knight,” comparisons have been drawn to 50s method actor James Dean.  Great at his trade, a troubled social life, an […]

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