AFI FEST: ‘Hunger,’ ‘Che’

Posted by · 7:48 pm · November 2nd, 2008

Four days and three screenings into the 2008 AFI Fest, I’m one-for-two and looking to add to the “win” column as much as possible in the next week.  It hit me this afternoon, though, that no two films could be better suited to an introductory update from the festival, two exercises in subverting the conventions […]

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LONDON: A note on ‘Che’

Posted by · 6:44 pm · October 29th, 2008

Since its contentious debut at Cannes in May, Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” has attained a  reputation in certain quarters as some kind of intimidating four-hour monolith, even a grand folly. The 252-minute running time is invariably the first detail given about the film, a figure that seems to awe and repel people in equal measure. So […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “Che” by Peter Buchman

Posted by · 6:52 am · September 16th, 2008

“To the people of Santa Clara, this is Commandant Che Guevara. The enemy would have us live in fear. But it is they who should be afraid. Because the power of the people is irresistible. Blockade the streets. Open your homes to rebel soldiers. And if you have a gun, pick it up. If there was ever a time to fight for your liberty, […]

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‘Che’ to be released in the U.S. by Magnolia Pictures?

Posted by · 12:49 am · September 5th, 2008

Lou Lumenick is hearing some rumblings on the “Che” buyer situation in Toronto. From his New York Post blog: I’m hearing from an exhibition source that Mark Cuban’s Magnolia Pictures has signed to distribute Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” in the United States. The deal is expected to be announced shortly for the two-part biopic of the […]

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‘Che’ trailer hits

Posted by · 9:25 am · July 31st, 2008

A trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s “The Argentine” (the first half of his “Che” epic, which received mixed reactions at Cannes this year but certainly has its devotees) has landed on YouTube. James at Cinematical points the way, but get it while it’s hot. Not that there’s a studio involved that could yank the trailer down, […]

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Which film will take the Palme d’Or?

Posted by · 10:40 am · May 23rd, 2008

Wells is already speculating and Foote is ready to move on, but let’s think it out here. In a festival that has been a bit underwhelming to most, both artistically for the critics and fiscally for the buyers, someone’s still gotta win best in show. Matteo Garrone’s “Gomorra” and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Three Monkeys” might […]

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A.O. Scott on ‘Che’ and ‘Synecdoche’

Posted by · 10:21 am · May 23rd, 2008

Thankfully SOMEONE took some time to properly respond to Steven Soderbergh’s one-two punch of “The Argentine” and “Guerrilla” — “Che,” for the Cannes world premiere. I respect as much as anyone the need to get the reaction out there fast, but more than a few critics were a bit hasty in rounding up extended thoughts […]

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Soderbergh puts himself in the company of Salles

Posted by · 6:46 am · May 22nd, 2008

I stumbled across this zinger today at Anne Thompson’s blog. Obviously I haven’t seen “Che” yet, and want to love it when I do, but this? Walter’s movie is really an Act One. With these, now it’s a trilogy. Strong words.

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Hmmm…

Posted by · 3:00 am · May 22nd, 2008

“Che” = “Medellín?”

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First ‘Che’ reactions land

Posted by · 3:29 pm · May 21st, 2008

UPDATED (4:15 PM): Not so fast, there.  It seems Anne Thompson has chimed in and sort of doused the flames of passion a bit with a sobering perspective on these two efforts.  The next few hours ought to be interesting as more opinions trickle in. Here’s what Anne had to say: “A folly.” “A mess.” […]

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‘Synecdoche, New York’ — another makeup contender?

Posted by · 1:48 am · May 10th, 2008

Rope of Silicon recently posted a series of stills from upcoming releases, including Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” films and Fernando Meirelles’s “Blindness.” But this image from Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York” has me wondering if we don’t have another major contender for Best Makeup, a category shaping up to be more competitive than in years past. […]

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Kudos season starts here: Cannes lineup is out

Posted by · 12:24 pm · April 23rd, 2008

So Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob has revealed the lineup for this year’s competition… and it’s a doozy. Suffice to say that next month we’ll have some clarity on at least three of the titles being talked up for next year’s derby, all from formidable Oscar champs – Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York,” Clint […]

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OFF THE CARPET: 2008, a year in advance

Posted by · 3:20 pm · February 26th, 2008

Another year, another set of wins…and another look ahead at what’s in store NEXT year. It’s never too late to take a long gander at what we might see dominating the film awards landscape in 365 days, and with that in mind, I’ve been doing my usual mulling over the possibilities for a few weeks […]

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