1/4 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:59 am · January 4th, 2010

• Jeffrey Wells passes along an aside concerning Walter Kirn’s original ending to “Up in the Air” and a lingering thread in Jason Reitman’s film.  Frankly, I think it would have made it even better. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Sasha Stone previews tomorrow’s Scripter nominations announcement.  I’d say her predictions are spot-on. [Awards Daily] • Best […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 Robert Duvall performances

Posted by · 8:06 am · September 29th, 2009

With “Get Low” bringing actor Robert Duvall back to the spotlight, and Sony’s purchase of the film no doubt landing him in the Oscar race for Best Actor (whether released this year or next), I thought perhaps a look back at the legend’s substantial carer and best performances might be fun. Since his first brilliant […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 memories from TIFF

Posted by · 8:01 am · September 8th, 2009

One of the joys of my life is the 10 days in September I spend at the Toronto International Film Festival, bringing the film world to our city, the world press, and enough stars to take over Hollywood. The little festival that could, as it was known in the 1970s and early-1980s, The Festival of […]

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Those underrated gems of the 1990s

Posted by · 1:08 pm · May 18th, 2009

So here we go again.  The 1990s were an odd decade cinematically, ripe with excellent films, ground-breaking work, innovations as well as a large number of duds. There were also films released to rave reviews that never found an audience. I combed through the decade and came up with 15 films worthy of discussion as […]

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Robert Duvall: the screen’s greatest, ignored too often

Posted by · 5:18 pm · July 27th, 2008

“There are two greats in America right now.  The first is Brando, whose best work is behind him, and the other is Robert Duvall.” Legendary acting guru Sanford Meisner said those words in the 1960s.  He trained Robert Duvall at the Nieghborhood Playhouse in the late 1950s and early 1960s before the actor’s screen debut […]

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