Should Lee Daniels tread more carefully?

Posted by · 8:38 am · October 23rd, 2009

Based on an unexpected blanking in the Gotham Award nominations, plus the lingering resentment in some quarters over Mo’Nique’s reluctance to play the publicity game, talk has surfaced this week of a “Precious” backlash. I’m not buying it until there’s a larger press reaction to the film upon its release — if it receives further […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

9/25 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:54 am · September 25th, 2009

• Pete Hammond suggests Steven Spielberg as Oscarcast producer. [Notes on a Season] • Steve Pond likes the idea, tries to turn over some news as to who might have been tapped, comes up with nothing. [The Odds] • Kyle Buchanan chats with “Coco Before Chanel” star Audrey Tautou. [Movieline]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

7/20 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:30 am · July 20th, 2009

• Edgar Arce talks “The Cove” with documentarian Louie Psihoyos. [Latino Review] • With Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” on the brain, Saul Austerlitz takes a look at the “dramedy” through the years. [Chicago Tribune] • Meanwhile, Patrick Goldstein looks at the mystifying missed opportunity of the film’s one-sheet. [The Big Picture]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

“Do or die, Bed-Stuy”

Posted by · 4:59 pm · July 7th, 2009

Like others, we’ve been paying mind on these pages to the 20th anniversary of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” a film that now finds itself in the odd position of being both a period piece and a still-resonant state-of-the-nation address. Certainly nothing in the two decades since its release has surpassed it as a […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Michael Jackson’s filmmaker collaborations

Posted by · 11:40 am · June 29th, 2009

Tomorrow’s installment of The Lists is going to be Michael Mann-centric, but I was all set to write up something brief in the way of qualifying Michael Jackson’s contributions to the movie world until I came across this Christopher Campbell posting at Spout Blog.  It’d be pretty difficult to go much deeper than he has. […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

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 […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

9/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:39 am · September 29th, 2008

• A happy ending of sorts for Matilda Rose in the wake of Heath Ledger’s death. [Agence France-Presse] • Kenneth Branagh is in talks to direct “Thor.”  Weird, but badass. [Variety] • Tom O’Neil traces Paul Newman’s frustrating quest for Oscars. [Gold Derby] • James Rocchi talks to “Miracle at St. Anna” director Spike Lee. […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

9/25 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:42 am · September 25th, 2008

• Jeffrey Wells talks with legendary Oscar-winning lenser Gordon Willis about “The Godfather Restoration.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Talia Shire discusses same with Alex Simon and Terry Keefe. [The Hollywood Interview] • Nikki Finke shits herself with weird fury over the Condon/Mark Oscar news from yesterday, finally admits she has testicles. [Deadline Hollywood Daily] • Patrick […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

MySpace is now a Spike Lee joint

Posted by · 8:19 am · September 21st, 2008

Filmmaker Spike Lee is hoofing it online to get his new film “Miracle at St. Anna” out to the masses, “by any means necessary.”  He’s launched a brand new MySpace page that has the trailer for the film and a few clips as well.  Ah well, despite the movie, I gotta add him as a […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

9/15 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:34 am · September 15th, 2008

• Anne Thompson offers her perspective on Toronto’s winners and losers. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Nathaniel Rogers digs back into the recent past of the festival’s Audience Award to see what is in store for “Slumdog Millionaire.” [The Film Experience] • Has “The Visitor” begun an award-winning streak that will culminate with Oscar recognition?  [Screen […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

9/10 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:12 am · September 10th, 2008

• Journos continue to catch up with the two-week-old narrative: Toronto isn’t an Oscar playground this year.  [Entertainment Weekly] • Anthony Breznican, thankfully, tries to come at it from a slightly different perspective. [USA Today] • James Rocchi sits down with Darren Aronofsky for some choice words in Toronto. [Cinematical] • Jeffrey Wells is in […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Top 10 F-bombs of all time

Posted by · 10:14 am · September 8th, 2008

Andre Rivas has posted a great new top 10 list over at Rope of Silicon: The top 10 F-Bomb movie moments.  It’s impossible to argue with the #1 position, of course, but with all the Spike Lee talk lately due to “Miracle at St. Anna,” I took a minute to play the “25th Hour” sequence. […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

TORONTO: ‘Burn After Reading,’ ‘Appaloosa,’ ‘Miracle at St. Anna’

Posted by · 11:55 am · September 6th, 2008

Rough day on the legs yesterday, a lot of walking.  Five films. One of them I will watch on DVD in the luxury of my room tonight, so four that I am running to, but hey, these are films I want to see, which always helps, right? I scanned the local papers for reaction to […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

REVIEW: “Miracle at St. Anna” (**)

Posted by · 8:06 am · September 6th, 2008

Spike Lee knows how to mount a natural tension behind the camera. He knows how to create powerful scenes. He knows how to weave theme and yes, even subtext into his narratives. But more often than not he fails to put these gifts together in a successful piece that gets out of its own way […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Reviews

POLL: Which recently off-his-game director do you expect to hit paydirt this Oscar season?

Posted by · 2:14 pm · August 4th, 2008

It’s been a couple of weeks since we introduced a new sidebar poll — tons going on, apologies. But suffice it to say, “The Dark Knight” beat out eight other highly regarded comic book films to be the readers’ choice for best all-time in the genre. No shock there, though it took more votes than […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

‘Miracle’ headed to Toronto

Posted by · 4:59 am · July 3rd, 2008

This flew under my radar yesterday, but the Toronto International Film Festival has added a few more films to its Septmber line-up, including Spike Lee’s “Miracle at St. Anna.”  The press release has more.

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

‘Miracle’ trailer — a week late, I know…

Posted by · 5:41 am · June 22nd, 2008

I finally watched this trailer for Spike Lee’s upcoming “Miracle at St. Anna” over the weekend. It’s been out and about for at least a week now, but I decided to wait a bit as I am in the middle of James McBride’s novel at the moment. Sometimes one prefers the imagination. I knew once […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily

Early predix: Nat Rogers pipes in

Posted by · 3:36 pm · June 14th, 2008

So the ever-worthwhile Nathaniel Rogers at The Film Experience has joined in the predictions game – check out his thoughts here. Like many others, his list has “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” ruling the roost with eight nominations, with “Defiance,” “Doubt,” “Milk” and “Miracle at St Anna” rounding out the Best Picture list. The latter is a […]

Continue reading »

Filed in: Daily