The Great Performances: 2005

Posted by · 5:07 pm · December 18th, 2009

2005 was the year of Heath Ledger’s beautiful, moving performance in “Brokeback Mountain,” which I saw for the first time in Toronto.  It instantly became the talk of the festival, and the film became the one to beat for the Academy Award. Ledger was astonishing as the taciturn cowboy who is more surprised than anybody […]

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10/16 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:59 am · October 16th, 2008

• Patrick Kevin Day gets some choice words from costumer Jacqueline Durran about the shoot-from-the-hip nature of working with Mike Leigh. [Los Angeles Times] • Tim Burton is too busy to see “The Dark Knight.” [Hero Complex] • Josh Brolin was initially insulted at the offer to play George W. Bush. [USA Today] • Shock […]

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10/14 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:08 am · October 14th, 2008

• Tom O’Neil covers the landscape of double-dipping performers this year. [Gold Derby] • It looks like Don Cheadle will be replacing Terrence Howard in “Iron Man 2.”  Fucking lame. [The Hollywood Reporter] • How Kyle Buchanan missed the boat on some obviously awkward moments in “Rachel Getting Married.”  Seriously, what’s with the critical love-fest […]

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Best in show 2005: the year in superlatives

Posted by · 12:00 am · December 23rd, 2005

It’s time to really round out the year and offer up my picks for awards in 2005. In addition to the typical categories – which finally see their winners announced today – you’ll find some other fun arenas for awards citation. Call it a mish-mash of MTV-Awards-type kudos and other frequently heralded categories we find […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Hustle & Flow” (***1/2)

Posted by · 8:53 am · October 19th, 2005

I was finally able to catch Craig Brewer’s acclaimed “Hustle & Flow” last night at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The film was the opening installment of this year’s Movie City News Screening Series. Much hullabaloo has been made this year of Terrence Howard’s breakout work in both this and Paul Haggis’s “Crash,” […]

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