‘Princess’ tops TIME’s Top 10 of 2009

Posted by · 2:02 am · December 9th, 2009

I took Richard Corliss to task yesterday for his uninspired list of the year’s Top 10 performances. Fortunately, there’s a little more individual thinking (and international flavor) to be found in his TIME list of the year’s ten best films — say what you like, but “The Princess and the Frog” is an original pick […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Corliss declares Firth and Mo’Nique performances of the year

Posted by · 4:52 pm · December 8th, 2009

We’re currently in that month where precursors do their utmost to reduce a year’s worth of cinematic achievement to a small handful of oft-repeated names and titles. It’s understandable (if disappointing) when groups or committees compile these identikit lists — but when individuals (and serious critics at that) stick rigidly to the formula, it becomes […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Venice gears up for Kurosawa centenary

Posted by · 3:47 pm · August 25th, 2009

We may be celebrating the 70th birthday of “The Wizard of Oz” today, but the Venice Film Festival has decided to start the party early for another major film-related milestone¬† coming up next year: the 100-year anniversary of Akira Kurosawa’s birth. I’m sure we can expect more retrospectives of the great man’s work when the […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily