LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1973 and 1974

Posted by · 9:44 pm · September 8th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. “The Sting” swept the 1973 awards and it remains one of the breeziest films to win top honors. The combination of Newman and Redford, working at the top of their game and re-teaming with “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” director George Roy Hill proved irresistible. […]

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10/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:12 am · October 29th, 2009

• John Horn dutifully writes up the pre-release buzz of “2012.” [Los Angeles Times] • Pete Hammond on how legends Orson Welles and Tennessee Williams could figure into this year’s Oscar race. [Notes on a Season] • Years that could have used 10 Best Picture nominees. [Variety]

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10/23 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:52 am · October 23rd, 2009

• Pete Hammond follows up on the Academy’s foreign screenings, plus more. [Notes on a Season] • Like me, Steven Zeitchik senses a little “Slumdog” in “Precious.” [Risky Business] • David Poland catches some intriguing similarities between the recently released “Invictus” and a number of other posters from Eastwood flicks. [The Hot Blog]

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Back to Welles

Posted by · 7:50 am · September 2nd, 2009

It’s funny how strong festival buzz can be frozen indefinitely as a film jumps through the increasingly complicated hoops of securing distribution — only to be thawed and reheated later.  Such looks to be the case with Richard Linklater’s latest, “Me and Orson Welles” — or, to be more specific, its breakout star Christian McKay. […]

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Heart stop by window light

Posted by · 4:08 pm · July 3rd, 2009

I’m digging into March’s Criterion Blu-ray release of “The Third Man” (which largely ports over most of the 2007 Criterion double-dip), and I have to say, Orson Welles’s first appearance in the film, that knowing smile illuminated by window light, a Viennese woman barking at Joseph Cotton’s novelist-turned-gumshoe, is flat out one of the most […]

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TORONTO: ‘Good,’ ‘Me and Orson Welles,’ ‘Every Little Step,’ ‘The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,’ ‘The Hurt Locker’

Posted by · 2:09 pm · September 11th, 2008

Listening to the conversations of the other critics in the various theaters, it becomes very clear that this year’s fest has been something of a disappointment, the first in a long, long time. At least one critic pointed out to me that Oscar and TIFF divorced this year, which has been mentioned ad nauseum and […]

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