INTERVIEW: Mark Boal

Posted by · 11:44 am · September 9th, 2009

For a man more accustomed to the dirt-under-the-fingernails highs of hard journalism, the red carpets, photo calls and cosseted hotel suites of film promotion clearly represent a very different kind of strain for Mark Boal, the journalist-turned-screenwriter who on Monday won the prestigious Gucci Group Award at the Venice Film Festival. Back in August, on […]

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Peter Morgan to join Bond team

Posted by · 3:01 am · June 13th, 2009

Sometimes wishes really do come true in the movies. After March’s depressing (to me, at least) announcement that writer Peter Morgan was returning to the biopic well once more with a third take on Tony Blair, these were the exact words I wrote: I’d love to see his evident grace and wit as a dramatist […]

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You said it, not me

Posted by · 4:26 pm · April 20th, 2009

So, what does Paul Haggis have to say about the recent revelation that “Crash” (not the 1996 Cronenberg film, surprisingly enough) has remained the most rented film on Netflix since September 2005? “I have no idea why anyone went to see the movie in the first place, let alone rent it.” Truer words, etc, etc. […]

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Clint to be named Hollywood Director of the Year

Posted by · 12:08 pm · October 1st, 2008

From The Envelope: The 12th Annual Hollywood Awards will honor Clint Eastwood with the Hollywood Director of the Year Award. The Oscar-winning director and producer will receive the award at the festival’s Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony in Beverly Hills on Oct. 27. “Just when you think Clint Eastwood is about to take a breath, he […]

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“You can’t look away”

Posted by · 3:27 am · September 12th, 2008

I know there are a lot of “Crash” haters out there — I’m one of them. (Apologies to Kris — I know you’re a fan, and I respect that.) So it will either please or dismay you to learn that there is a longer, less well-acted and seemingly even more overwrought alternative to Paul Haggis’ […]

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REVIEW: “Flags of Our Fathers” (***)

Posted by · 3:01 pm · October 8th, 2006

Clint Eastwood is largely considered one of the most uneven directors working today.  For every probing piece of thematic greatness (“Unforgiven,” “Mystic River”) there are three or four considerable missteps, from “The Gauntlet” and “Heartbreak Ridge” to “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and “Blood Work.” Such inconsistency is the price a hard-working […]

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