LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1953 and 1954

Posted by · 8:07 pm · June 23rd, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. Did you guys see that USA-Algeria game today? I mean, talk about a life without Oscar. How can anyone think of movies while the World Cup is going on? Can we start a petition to give Landon Donovan the Jean Hersholt award this year? I suppose […]

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R.I.P. Budd Schulberg

Posted by · 8:17 pm · August 5th, 2009

I just came back from one of the most expertly written films of the year (Guillermo Arriaga’s “The Burning Plain”) to the sad news that one of the great screenwriters of our time, Budd Schulberg, has passed on from this mortal coil.  At 95 years old, he seemed to get everything you can possibly get […]

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The films you’re supposed to love, but don’t

Posted by · 5:49 am · July 24th, 2009

Bound to raise many a film buff’s hackles, The Guardian carries an entertaining piece today by novelist Tim Lott on the subject of “the worst best films ever made” — in other words, the roundly lauded and canonized classics that routine appear on “all-time greatest” lists but, well, simply aren’t all that. It’s a wholly […]

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Which moments hooked you?

Posted by · 11:43 pm · April 24th, 2009

I love the current poll series about the most influential films of all time, but it got me thinking about the moments in movies that hooked me on cinema forever. You know, the ones we see as kids that have an enormous impact on us, forever bonding us to this art form we all so […]

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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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Just because I don’t get it, doesn’t mean it’s not good

Posted by · 8:02 am · December 22nd, 2008

Kris is taking some heat in some quarters for his comments on “WALL-E,” and while he has never said it was a bad film, he didn’t fall over himself seeking superlatives for it either.  In fact, the movie did not do much for Kris, which is an unpopular sentiment, given the critics awards and rave […]

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Fox Searchlight double-bills two classics with ‘The Wrestler’

Posted by · 12:21 pm · December 5th, 2008

Fox Searchlight Pictures will be screening its awards season favorite “The Wrestler” in tandem with two classics of American cinema next week: Elia Kazan’s “On the Waterfront” and Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull.”  The event, to be held at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, has been dubbed: “Contenders: A Look at Film Heavyweights.” Each film, […]

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