Best in show: the year in superlatives

Posted by · 4:29 pm · December 18th, 2009

Wrapping up my perspective on the year today, a personal list of superlatives, Oscar categories and other silly nonsense. Swing back around on Monday for the ultimate wrap-up, my list of the best films of the decade. Best Picture “A Serious Man” (Focus Features) Best Director Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, “A Serious Man” Best Actor […]

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INTERVIEW: Francis Ford Coppola

Posted by · 11:36 am · June 10th, 2009

The words sound like they might be spoken by a young up-and-comer experiencing his first big break, someone fresh off the bus with stars in his eyes and the unbreakable, still unsoiled spirit of art coursing through his veins. “Here I’ve finished this film and now I can dream up some new adventure that I […]

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What the $%@& is up with all the rehashing, Tinseltown?

Posted by · 10:27 am · June 4th, 2009

Doesn’t it just feel like you’re Arnold over there lately, strapped into that chair and force-fed the disgusting mindwipe that is Hollywood product these days? Patrick Goldstein has written a piece that touches on something that has been digging further and further under my skin the last couple of weeks: Hollywood’s disgusting rehashing of previous […]

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Mixed critical response for ‘Tetro’

Posted by · 4:03 pm · May 14th, 2009

Following its Cannes premiere, Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro” has been greeted with something of a collective shrug by the critical community. Most of the reviews appear to follow the lead of Todd McCarthy’s mixed Variety take, in which he praised the cinematography and the performance of relative newcomer Alden Ehrenreich, but largely dismissed it as […]

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Cannes soup

Posted by · 5:31 pm · May 13th, 2009

There’s a bewildering wealth of quality Cannes coverage out there, and it tests the realms of possibility to mention it all. In the interests of economy, however, here’s a selection of the more interesting festival-related nuggets I found today: Eugene Hernandez at IndieWire has a superb piece up in which he approaches a broad selection […]

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Lukewarm early notice for ‘Tetro’

Posted by · 3:57 pm · May 13th, 2009

Todd McCarthy apparently posted a review for Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro” on the Variety site, but it seems to have mysteriously vanished — I guess embargos stills hold sway in some cases, after all. Still, if you cannot contain your curiosity, Jeff Wells has quoted a juicy chunk of the review, and the prognosis is […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Loving ‘Trek,’ reading ‘Chéri,’ awaiting ‘Basterds’

Posted by · 6:00 pm · May 8th, 2009

• In a bumper season for the sci-fi genre, Kris was thoroughly impressed by both “Star Trek” and the lower-profile “Moon.” • Meanwhile, we kicked off this year’s Page to Screen series with a look at the literary origins of “Chéri’.” • In a sad week for the business, we bade farewell to both actor […]

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Watch the first three minutes of Coppola’s ‘Tetro’

Posted by · 4:31 pm · May 4th, 2009

Apple has the exclusive on the first three minutes of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro,” which you can check out in standard and HD quality if you like.  Once again, Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon is quick with an embed, so have a look:

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Coppola on ‘Tetro’

Posted by · 11:17 am · May 3rd, 2009

You’ve likely seen the trailer for Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro” by now. It seems to be going down well with some bloggerfolk, but I must reluctantly say the trailer didn’t really sing to me. It certainly looks attractive (even if the black-and-white lensing struck me as a tad self-regarding when viewed out of context), but […]

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Coppola’s ‘Tetro’ gets a trailer

Posted by · 8:29 pm · May 2nd, 2009

The trailer for Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro,” which will play as part of the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes later this month, has shown up at the film’s official site.  Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon has an embed, which I’ve included below.  Beautiful cinematography once again.  Have a look:

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Coppola goes to Cannes after all

Posted by · 9:18 am · April 24th, 2009

After turning down an out-of-competition slot at Cannes earlier this week, it seems Francis Ford Coppola has had a change of heart. Variety reports that his new film, “Tetro,” will open the festival’s Directors’ Fortnight on May 14, marking the much-awaited film’s world premiere. The addition of Coppola adds some welcome lustre to a sidebar […]

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Coppola turns down Cannes

Posted by · 9:27 am · April 20th, 2009

Now here’s a curious strategic decision. Having been offered the chance to unveil his much-anticipated “Tetro” in an out-of-competition slot at Cannes, Francis Ford Coppola has responded with a polite “thanks, but no thanks”: “While I very much appreciate the invitation, this is an independent film, self-financed and self released, and I felt that being […]

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Coming in June: Coppola’s ‘Tetro.’ Will it bring him back?

Posted by · 3:39 pm · March 13th, 2009

No other director in the history of the cinema dominated a 10-year span as Francis Ford Coppola did the 1970s. Beyond directing four of the decade’s greatest films — “The Godfather”, “The Godfather, Part II”, “The Conversation” and “Apocalypse Now” — his name was on “Patton” and “The Great Gatsby” as screenwriter and “American Graffiti” […]

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Day-Lewis in line for ‘Nine?’

Posted by · 1:57 am · May 15th, 2008

OK, so the dream cast potentially just got dreamier. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but Variety reports that none other than Daniel Day-Lewis (one almost feels that should be preceded with a Sir, no?) is in talks to play the lead in Rob Marshall’s film version of “Nine” — the Broadway show that is in […]

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