12/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:24 am · December 11th, 2009

• Jeffrey Wells conveys the sentiment from director Rod Lurie: Kathryn Bigelow will win the Oscar for Best Director this year.  Agreed. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Scott Bowles talks to the man of the hour: James Cameron. [USA Today] • Steve Pond sits down with “Mary and Max” writer/director Adam Elliot. [The Odds]

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Werner Herzog named president of 2010 Berlin jury

Posted by · 7:35 am · November 19th, 2009

After premiering two films at September’s Venice fest, perhaps the most surprising thing about Werner Herzog heading the jury at February’s Berlin Film Festival is that he won’t be inflicting another film upon the competition. I kid, I kid. Herzog, the first German jury president since Roland Emmerich in 2005, is inarguably deserving of the […]

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Werner, Werner, what have ye done?

Posted by · 12:08 am · September 7th, 2009

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m kind of glad to know there’s a lunatic out there making films.  Never a dull moment, that kind of thing.  But I want to know what happened to Werner Herzog.  What happened to the artist who gave us grand statements like “Aguirre, the Wrath of God,” “Fitzcaraldo” and “Woyzeck?”  Who […]

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VENICE: ‘My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?,’ ‘Lourdes’

Posted by · 1:47 pm · September 4th, 2009

Another sweltering day on the Lido, though rainclouds are forming and things look set to break any moment now. Hopefully a change in climate will also bring about an upswing in the collective quality of films on display, as the first three days have served up a few well-liked titles, several misfires and nothing yet […]

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Previewing the 34th annual Toronto fest

Posted by · 7:25 am · September 4th, 2009

In less than a week I will kiss my wife and kids goodbye and head into Toronto, about 50 miles away, for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Twelve years ago my wife and I found it makes no sense for me to attend the festival for 16 to 18 hours and then try to […]

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What have ye done, indeed

Posted by · 4:40 pm · August 19th, 2009

He may be one of our greatest living filmmakers, but these are strange days in the career of one Mr. Werner Herzog. First he finally cops his first Oscar nomination this year for an immaculately executed middle-arthouse documentary that nonetheless stands deep in the shadow of his greatest work. Then he goes to the opposite […]

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‘The Road’ and others set for TIFF

Posted by · 9:03 am · August 13th, 2009

Right now, all is right with the world. The Toronto International Film Festival has confirmed that John Hillcoat’s “The Road,” the film I am looking forward to most this year, is going to be here in the Special Presentation Program. Yes!! I have been waiting for this film since reading that amazing book in three […]

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