In praise of the modern movie soundtrack

Posted by · 7:41 am · August 5th, 2011

I generally try to ignore film opinion pieces I think are fundamentally misguided — à chacun son goût and all that, plus the fact that fighting one mind is generally more trouble than it’s worth — but Ben Walsh’s idle article in The Independent today on the supposed demise of the movie soundtrack does such […]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Posted by · 1:58 am · March 17th, 2010

A favorite from a favorite:

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Guy’s top 50 of the decade: #21-30

Posted by · 7:01 pm · January 4th, 2010

A little late, but we’re at the halfway mark now, and I must say I couldn’t be more delighted and flattered by your warm response to the list so far. I mentioned in my intro to the first installment that I’d prefer you to view this as a loose playlist than as a rigid ordered […]

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Sticking to the music

Posted by · 5:54 pm · October 30th, 2008

Way back in April, in my very first post for InContention as it happens, I reported that Marketa Irglova — the delightful star of “Once” and the woman responsible for the best speech of this year’s Oscar ceremony — was in talks to further her acting career by appearing in “Darkness,” a new horror film […]

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10/17 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:07 am · October 17th, 2008

• Dave Karger responds to the “Soloist” slide. [Oscar Watch] • Seven favorite screen Presidents.  In total agreement on #1. [Cinematical] • A welcome respite from the vitriol you might have come across elsewhere, New York Magazine runs an intern’s review of the “Road” screening that happened in the Big Apple this week.  Does that […]

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‘Frozen River’ first out of the gate with Oscar screeners

Posted by · 12:29 pm · September 29th, 2008

Sony Pictures Classics is the first studio to send out Academy screeners this season.  “Frozen River,” which garnered considerable praise for lead actress Melissa Leo when it was released in August, landed on doorsteps over the weekend, giving the studio a head start on the race. With plenty of indie film performances in the mix […]

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Israel leaves Vantage: “It’s not the same company”

Posted by · 8:20 am · July 16th, 2008

This strikes me as very bad news indeed. Amy Israel, head of acquisition and production at Paramount Vantage, has been shown the exit. You’d think overseeing the production of such titles as “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood,” and acquiring, among others, “An Inconvenient Truth,” would count for something. Apparently not. […]

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Marketa Irglova: More than ‘Once’

Posted by · 2:24 pm · April 17th, 2008

Good news for fans of the winsome 20 year-old singer/songwriter/actress — the one who, not content with showing up every other Best Song nominee in her live performance with Glen Hansard, went on to deliver the best damn acceptance speech of the night too. (Fan? Me?) Anyway, after stating in multiple interviews that it was […]

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