OFF THE CARPET: Handicapping 2009 a year in advance!?

Posted by · 10:51 am · February 23rd, 2009

Ahh.  The dust is settling.  And on the horizon, just visible through the mist and waiting to drive us all up the wall once again: the 2009 Oscar season. I’ve been writing this year-in-advance column for probably six years now, and I always look forward to gazing ahead.  No one dives in so pathetically deep […]

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11/27 Oscarweb Round-up — THANKSGIVING EDITION

Posted by · 5:59 am · November 27th, 2008

• EW rounds up eight memorable Thanksgivings at the movies. “The Ice Storm” wins for me. No contest. [Entertainment Weekly] • Anne Thompson on the indies hoping to score in the acting races. [Variety] • Dave Karger lays out the Oscar prospects for “Milk” and “Australia.” [Entertainment Weekly] • Todd Martens reports on some alternative […]

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Raves roll in for Miyazaki

Posted by · 2:37 am · September 1st, 2008

Six days in, and a rather quiet Venice Film Festival has come up with its first unalloyed critical triumph – an animated Japanese re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen, aimed primarily at children still in the single digits. That would be surprising were “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea” directed by anyone other than Hayao […]

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Venice puts cinema ahead of stars

Posted by · 10:24 am · July 30th, 2008

There are some major surprises in the competition lineup for next month’s Venice Film Festival, not the least of which are the global flavour and soberness of the lineup itself. In previous years, the Lido has proved a launchpad for starry, surefire awards vehicles (“Atonement” and “Michael Clayton” both made successful bows there last year, […]

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