9/14 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:11 am · September 14th, 2010

• Ben Affleck discusses “The Town” across the pond. [Daily Telegraph] • The Best Picture race begins to take shape for Sasha Stone. [Awards Daily] • Michael Cieply talks to Kevin Spacey about his work as “Casino Jack” and his involvement with “The Social Network.” [New York Times]

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12/3 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:38 am · December 3rd, 2009

• Donna Freydkin talks “Brothers” and  transitioning to an adult role with Natalie Portman. [USA Today] • Laura M. Holson talks to Tom Ford and others about the former Gucci creative director’s feature film debut, “A Single Man.” [New York Times] • Roger Ebert four-stars “Up in the Air.” [Chicago Sun-Times]

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In praise of the studio suits

Posted by · 12:49 pm · August 13th, 2009

It’s a few days old, but I only just got to this excellent Guardian piece in which Danny Leigh wonders whether Hollywood studio executives are done a disservice by the widespread perception of them as ruthless corporate shills with little sense of artistic responsibility. (An image best typified in semi-fictional form, of course, by Kevin […]

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Is the auteur a dying breed?

Posted by · 11:13 am · July 3rd, 2009

By far the boldest, baldest expression of auteur identity I’ve seen in recent times came in the opening credits of Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist.” It’s a sequence that consists of precisely two emphatically scrawled title cards — “Lars von Trier” and “Antichrist” — in that order. No actors, no production credits, no “a film by,” […]

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Helmers of the English language, the best and why: part one

Posted by · 1:00 pm · November 1st, 2008

My recent article on Clint Eastwood drew an excellent response from Nathaniel Rogers (a regular commenter) that led me to this article. In that piece, I make clear my admiration for Eastwood, his artistry and the fact I believe him to be among the three finest directors working in movies. I stand by that, because […]

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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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9/17 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:48 am · September 17th, 2008

• One night only…ABC wants to bump the Oscars to March. [Variety] • David Poland finally reviews some Toronto films. [The Hot Button] • Breaking down a Wired cover story, starring Charlie Kaufman. [Wired] • Aaron Eckhart is four-square against the idea of recasting the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise.  James Franco and Michael […]

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Great Oscarless directors

Posted by · 3:50 am · June 1st, 2008

Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick, Preston Sturges, Ernest Lubitsch, Hal Ashby, Alan J. Pakula, Sidney Lumet, Spike Lee, Paul Thomas Anderson. Collectively they represent some of the greatest directors in the history of the cinema, and together they share one rather unbelievable fact…not one of them is a Academy Award winner for […]

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