BERLIN: ‘Sleeping Sickness,’ ‘The Future,’ ‘The Guard’

Posted by · 5:11 pm · February 16th, 2011

Sorry there was no Berlinale dispatch yesterday. It was my birthday, and after “celebrating” it with a triple-bill of variously despairing Competition entries — finishing with “The Turin Horse,” Béla Tarr’s impressive 146-minute ode to blizzards, boiled potatoes and dying — more traditional festivities were in order, beginning with several stiff drinks. There’s nothing like […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 2005 and 2006

Posted by · 3:11 pm · January 5th, 2011

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. We all remember Jack Nicholson’s raised eyebrows as he said the word, “Crash” at the end of the 2005 ceremony. What has to be, objectively, one of the biggest surprises of the last twenty years in the Best Picture category is, subjectively, one of the worst […]

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Films for my father

Posted by · 7:48 am · June 20th, 2010

Last year, Kris celebrated Father’s Day with a lovely list of films that are, for him, inextricably connected to his old man. That day has rolled around once again, and because I’m lazy, I’ve resorted to a poster tribute instead. What follows are 10 titles that I have, in my mind, re-dedicated to my own […]

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Guy’s top 50 of the decade: #31-40

Posted by · 5:00 pm · January 3rd, 2010

Yesterday, I began my countdown of my 50 favorite — do note that last word, I hesitate to say “best” — films of the 2000s. Today, we creep up another ten rungs on the ladder. I wrote this in my introduction to the list yesterday, but it bears repeating: don’t read too much into the […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 directorial debuts of the decade

Posted by · 8:51 am · June 23rd, 2009

To me, “great cinema” means something I haven’t seen before or something I have seen before presented in a new way. With 110 years of motion pictures behind us, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to meet those standards, especially since filmmakers find it a lot easier to give in to preconceived notions of story structure, character […]

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