FRIDAY FORECAST: Lean ‘Zone’

Posted by · 12:53 am · March 13th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass return to the screen this week with their third collaboration and first outside of the Jason Bourne series. That particular franchise has done wonders for the careers of both men, particularly Greengrass, who won an Oscar nomination for “United 93,” but […]

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THE LONG SHOT: Critical condition

Posted by · 1:25 pm · November 4th, 2009

Ahead of its U.S. release this week, there is a wave of mild surprise in the blogosphere over the fact that “Precious,” the film deemed by some (yours truly included) to be the present Best Picture frontrunner, is currently sitting on a lowly Metacritic score of 57. Fitting neatly with the largely media-fabricated talk of […]

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Nolan out for third Batman? Who could step in?

Posted by · 8:54 am · June 17th, 2009

Bill Ramey over at Batman on Film has posted a rather disconcerting report this morning regarding the status of Christopher Nolan’s involvement with a third film in the lucrative Batman franchise.  The info, which is hardly concrete, comes from one of the numerous Bat-related sources Ramey has acquired over 12 years of focusing his site […]

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Oscar watch 2009: Paul Greengrass talks ‘Green Zone’

Posted by · 12:02 pm · January 10th, 2009

It’s no secret that Paul Greengrass’s “Green Zone” is one of my most anticipated films of 2009.  Part of a slew of Universal product that could find itself in the running for Oscar this time next year, the film is a loose adaptation of Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s best-selling “Imperial Life in the Emarald City” and hopes […]

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Greengrass isn’t up for ‘Chicago 7’ after all

Posted by · 1:10 pm · August 15th, 2008

Well that’s a bummer. It turns out the “timing didn’t work out” for director Paul Greengrass on the DreamWorks film “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” The director has confirmed as much with CHUD’s Devin Faraci. We can dream, I suppose…

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Is Paul Greengrass taking up the reins of ‘Chicago 7?’

Posted by · 9:09 am · August 11th, 2008

Filmmaker Paul Greengrass has been drawn to the sphere of politics since day one in his career as a filmmaker. He launched into the fray with 2002’s blisteringly realistic “Bloddy Sunday” (an account of the Derry massacre of 1972) and followed it up with a “Bourne” installment, putting his unique knowledge of covert military operations […]

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SHORT TAKE: “United 93” (***)

Posted by · 3:32 pm · April 20th, 2006

I finally got around to seeing the first 9/11 theatrical release earlier this week, Universal’s “United 93,” and the feelings it digs up, the questions it actually asks without hitting us over the head, and the overall commitment to ultra-reality that director Paul Greengrass is proving himself to be the master of, will all make […]

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