LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1981 and 1982

Posted by · 8:10 pm · October 5th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. Can I just take a moment here to publicize that the 1980’s are by far, my least favorite decade in cinema. Despite the great titles that I’ll be spotlighting here and my feelings that it was the best time for blockbuster filmmaking, it’s just a generally […]

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The intersection, nay, collision of art and commerce

Posted by · 9:30 am · July 22nd, 2009

This morning has been quite the disenchanting read on the internet.  Everywhere I turn, it’s all the same content: “Nightmare on Elm Street” set visit reports, ogling nothing images released from “Iron Man 2,” Comic-Con preparations with the requisite trappings, “OMG, Sam Raimi’s gonna direct ‘World of Warcraft,’” etc.  Bleak indeed.  It seems to be […]

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Twisted summer movie theories

Posted by · 10:11 am · June 12th, 2009

Alright, I had to let Hunter Stephenson’s rather suspect LGBT theory at /Film, vis a vis Kevin from Pixar’s “Up,” slide earlier in the week.  I’m not seeing it.  However, this Peter Sciretta item (which references an IMDb message board post) drawing parallels between Sam Raimi’s “Drag Me to Hell” and eating disorders is a […]

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5/28 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:34 am · May 28th, 2009

• Kim Voynar goes deep on a male-dominated film world. [Movie City News] • Brooks Barnes on an anti-smoking Hollywood effort.  “Thank God we invented the…whatever device.” [The Carpetbagger] • Nine straight critical and financial successes.  How does Pixar do it? [CNN] • Gina McIntyre talks to horror helmer Sam Raimi. [Los Angeles Times] • […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Drag Me to Hell” (***)

Posted by · 9:56 am · May 27th, 2009

It only occurred to me this week that I have yet to write about Sam Raimi’s “Drag Me to Hell,” which I saw weeks ago and never got around to reviewing in a timely fashion.  I’ve had the artwork for whatever piece I was to conjur sitting here on my desktop, waiting for me to, […]

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5/25 Web Round-up (MEMORIAL DAY EDITION)

Posted by · 10:45 am · May 25th, 2009

• Tom O’Neil asks the question of the week: Will Cannes winners repeat at the Oscars? [Gold Derby] • On the attraction to Amelia Earhart, featured in two films this year. [Los Angeles Times] • Charles McGrath talks to director Sam Raim, whose “Drag Me to Hell” is more fun than it has any right […]

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5/19 Web Round-up

Posted by · 10:54 am · May 19th, 2009

• Anthony Breznicaan reports on the big “Christmas Carol” to do at Cannes. [USA Today] • John Hiscock talks to Ron Howard about getting around the Vatican’s disapproval of “Angels & Demons” while filming on location. [Daily Telegraph] • David Cox, meanwhile, believes the film will indeed hurt the Catholic Church with its depiction of […]

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Not feeling it

Posted by · 3:41 pm · March 30th, 2009

My consistent disinterest in anything Sam Raimi has ever touched aside (“Spider-Man 2” and maybe “For Love of the Game” excepted), why do I hate every inch of this “Drag Me To Hell” trailer?  Is it the choice to force Allison Lohman into the role of a leading lady I can buy (which I can’t)?  […]

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Is Dennis Lehane the new Jane Austen?

Posted by · 5:28 am · June 17th, 2008

Okay, perhaps not. Maybe more like the new Elmore Leonard. But the quintessential Boston writer is clearly Hollywood’s favourite author du jour. After the adaptations of “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone” reignited the careers of Clint Eastwood and Ben Affleck, respectively, it seems the studios are snapping up his titles faster than he can write them. I hardly need to […]

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