1/26 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:28 am · January 26th, 2010

• Donna Freydkin talks to man of the hour, Christoph Waltz. [USA Today] • Is 27 years without an Oscar too many to deny Meryl Streep in 2010? [Rope of Silicon] • We’re happy to be among the top 50 “best blogs for moviemakers.” [MovieMaker Magazine]

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Peter Finch and the posthumous Oscar

Posted by · 2:05 pm · July 26th, 2008

Peter Finch’es wide-eyed, frantic performance as newsman Howard Beale in Sidney Lumet’s “Network” became a touchstone for North America in 1976 because we too were “mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.” Vietnam was over, though the vets were struggling with their various personal horrors.  Nixon had resigned, leaving a mistrustful America […]

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The Guardian dashes Ledger’s Oscar hopes

Posted by · 4:05 am · July 2nd, 2008

Not particularly new or earth-shattering perspective, but worth a link nontheless.  From a Xan Brooks item this morning in The Guardian: History…is not on [Ledger’s] side. James Dean was twice nominated in the wake of his death and yet still finished up as a posthumous loser on the night. More recently, Oliver Reed (for Gladiator) […]

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“Fuck you, that’s my name.”

Posted by · 2:35 pm · June 23rd, 2008

By way of our friends at Cinematical I stumbled across this Onion A.V. Club article — a truly genius post.  It’s a countdown of the top cameo performances of all time, a “one-scene wonders” list of 20 memorable cinematic moments. Like Eric Snider at Cinematical, I can’t find a single bone to pick with The […]

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1976: a great year and Oscar blew it

Posted by · 6:18 am · May 31st, 2008

Continuing the conversation on great years for movies (1974 being my pick for the best), I thought I’d dig into a season rich with material that slipped through Oscar’s fingers. The American bicentennial year was loaded with wonderful films — ground-breaking works that stunned both audiences and critics with their mastery. Three of them were […]

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Why I will miss Sydney Pollack

Posted by · 12:39 pm · May 29th, 2008

It has now been nearly four days since filmmaker Sydney Pollack passed away. The loss was not crippling for me, however, because of equal parts expectancy and, strangely, indifference. As fine a filmmaker as Pollack was, he was always something of an afterthought in my cinema-going experience. I want to be measured here, because the […]

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