1/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:28 am · January 6th, 2010

• Sam Mendes could clearly use a paycheck, signs up for the new Bond. [Heat Vision] • Navigating the season in “For Your Consideration” ads. [Vulture] • Rodrigo Perez points out some buried points in another outlet’s coverage, namely that Apparition is aiming for a Cannes bow for Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” [The […]

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Mendes and Oprah unite on ‘Netherland’

Posted by · 4:55 pm · September 17th, 2009

I’m glad Sam Mendes seems determined to up the languid one-film-every-three-years work rate he started out with, even if I think “Away We Go” would have benefitted from having a bit more time (and a lot more rewrites) lavished on it. He’s not the first director I thought of to helm an adaptation of Joseph […]

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6/23 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:24 am · June 24th, 2009

• 10 things action movies teach us. [CNN] • And if you’re still in the mood for some learnin’, 10 insights on today’s film business. [indieWIRE] • Breezing through Alfred Hitchcock’s 36 film cameos. [Empire] • Coolest remake idea of the decade? [Associated Press] • Looking back through the works of Sam Mendes. [/Film] • […]

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6/22 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:41 am · June 22nd, 2009

• Steve Appleford taps into Spinal Tap, 25 years later. [Los Angeles Times] • Dennis Lim, meanwhile, revisits the “last gasp of an old-fashioned modernism” that is “Last Year at Marienbad.” [Los Angeles Times] • A few of the cinema’s most inspiring, moving and emotional dad moments. [Empire] • John Hiscock talks “Year One” with […]

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Festival frenzy

Posted by · 12:41 pm · June 18th, 2009

You know you’re properly in the swing of a film festival when you have neither the time nor the clarity to actually write about the day’s events. And so it is today: after four back-to-back screenings, one panel discussion and a whole lot of trekking back and forth between the festival’s rather widely dispersed theaters, I […]

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EDINBURGH: Away they go

Posted by · 1:44 pm · June 17th, 2009

Tuesday dawned gray, gusty and rain-spattered here in Edinburgh – the kind of morning where there’s nothing for it than to bury oneself in the comforting recesses of a dark movie theater – which, handily enough, is all that I had on my agenda for today. After formulating a strategy over breakfast as to which […]

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Edinburgh calling

Posted by · 9:25 pm · June 15th, 2009

In a little over an hour, I’ll be hopping on a (very) early morning train and making the 300 mile journey up north to Edinburgh. Ordinarily, this alone would be cause for excitement — for me, Scotland’s capital, with its curious combination of twisty Medieval quirk, stately academia and cooler-than-thou cultural swagger, is one of […]

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Sam Mendes on Kate, Chekhov and cricket

Posted by · 1:05 pm · June 9th, 2009

Perhaps it’s telling that this recent Times interview with Sam Mendes mentions his latest film “Away We Go” in a single sentence, while focusing rather more attention on his upcoming theatrical double-bill, directing Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” and Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” for Kevin Spacey’s Old Vic in London. I have yet to see the […]

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6/5 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:58 am · June 5th, 2009

• Carmike Cinemas honcho S. David Passman III gets back to basics, like cleaning the bathrooms. (This story hits home with me because I grew up going to a shoddy Carmike theater.) [Company Town] • Headline of the month.  Not film related, but necessary for your morning LOL dose. [MyFoxBoston.com] • Drew McWeeny dives head-long […]

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Mendes hiccup

Posted by · 12:04 pm · May 23rd, 2009

I’ve been on board for most every Sam Mendes film since the director made his heralded debut in 1999.  Even “Jarhead,” which was a big disappointment, had a lot of interesting ideas concerning the alienation of war and its effects on soldiers. I still think  last year’s “Revolutionary Road” (DVD coverage from John here) was […]

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New to DVD, ‘Revolutionary Road’ may yet be discovered for the masterpiece it is

Posted by · 10:50 am · May 22nd, 2009

When “The Wizard of Oz” was released in 1939, neither audiences or critics were particularly fond of the film and it died a rather quick death at the box office. When “Citizen Kane” was first released in theatres in 1941, audiences did not warm to it, and despite winning the New York Film Critics Circle […]

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‘Away We Go’ one-sheet

Posted by · 2:07 am · March 26th, 2009

Same jaunty home-made aesthetic as the trailer. And hey, who knew Jonathan Franzen was playing romantic leads these days? Oh, wait. Anyway, I like it, but I’m still having trouble squaring such imagery with the tag of “from director Sam Mendes.” Is this coming from a genuine place inside him, or did he think, “Hmm, […]

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Sam Mendes’s ‘Away We Go’

Posted by · 9:30 pm · March 16th, 2009

I’m excited for Mendes to seem him going this way creatively.  And from “Revolutionary Road” to this, talk about an about face on the American romantic relationship:

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SANTA BARBARA: ‘Truth,’ Winslet light up the town

Posted by · 12:20 am · January 24th, 2009

I’ll dig into individual film reviews in due time.  It’s been a slow start up here in Santa Barbara but the first two nights have been charming enough. Rod Lurie’s “Nothing But the Truth” gets better and better each time I see it, particularly where Lurie’s work as a writer is concerned.  Some beats are […]

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A film that sticks — why ‘Revolutionary Road’ is a masterwork

Posted by · 2:26 pm · January 15th, 2009

GENTLE SPOILERS WITHIN — READ WITH CAUTION Fear of change, fear of risk. “If you don’t try anything, you can’t fail,” she tells him, striking at the heart of what has him so afraid of uprooting their family to Paris in the hopes of a better way of life.  Frank Wheeler is terrified of change, […]

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1/13 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:58 am · January 13th, 2009

• Tom O’Neil chats with Pete Hammond and Anthony Breznican about possible repeat victors from Sunday night’s Globe ceremony. [Gold Derby] • Sasha Stone reminds that Kate Winslet is much more due in 2009 than Sigourney Weaver was in 1988. [Awards Daily] • David Carr catches up with Danny Boyle at the Fox Searchlight Golden […]

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TECH SUPPORT INTERVIEW: The Crafts of ‘Revolutionary Road’

Posted by · 6:43 am · January 2nd, 2009

In less than a decade, filmmaker Sam Mendes has established himself as one of the most intriguing directors of his generation. “Revolutionary Road,” his fourth film to date, hit theaters over last weekend. Regardless of its Oscar fate in the writing, directing and acting categories, the film seems poised to be a major player in […]

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12/26 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:44 am · December 26th, 2008

• Bob Tourtellotte spends a minute with Sam Mendes. [Reuters] • David Poland responds to the week’s “Watchmen” wowser. [The Hot Blog] • Jeffrey Wells re-runs his thoughts on “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Joel Stein wants it understood that Jews still run Hollywood, m’kay? [Los Angeles Times] • Lisa Marks […]

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