LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1993 and 1994

Posted by · 4:52 pm · November 23rd, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. 1993 was the year I first became interested in making movies and tracking box office. There are two words responsible for both and they rhyme with Yourassic Lark. The director of that beast would also helm our Best Picture winner that year, finally earning the Academy’s […]

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Mike Leigh celebrates “hidden city” of London

Posted by · 3:52 pm · October 11th, 2010

My attention was drawn to this article last week, but since the London Film Festival kicks off this week (and Mike Leigh’s “Another Year” will be competing for top honors there), now seems an appropriate time to link to it. Picking up on the role England’s capital city has played in a number of Leigh’s […]

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Simon Channing Williams (1945-2009)

Posted by · 3:38 pm · April 14th, 2009

These days, there aren’t many producers in the often too-cosy British film industry who genuinely earn the adjective “fearless,” but Simon Channing Williams, who passed away last Saturday after a long battle with cancer, was one of them. As much credit as auteur Mike Leigh deserves for changing the landscape of British cinema with his […]

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Revisiting ‘Naked’

Posted by · 3:00 am · August 21st, 2008

I’m pleased that at least one person correctly identified Tuesday’s mystery quote (despite my initial absentminded misquoting) as coming from Mike Leigh’s 1993 film “Naked,” a brilliant, bruising urban portrait that still stands, for this writer, as the auteur’s finest film to date. It won Leigh and lead actor David Thewlis richly deserved awards at […]

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