My dream ballot: part one

Posted by · 7:32 pm · January 31st, 2010

As I did last year, I’m preparing for Tuesday’s announcement of the Oscar nominations by running through my own favorites in each category — following on from the ideal ballots posted by Kris and Chad in the past few weeks. “Preparing” isn’t quite the word: it implies a link between the processes of predicting and […]

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Loose threads

Posted by · 5:53 pm · January 1st, 2010

On the technical side of things, is anyone as uninspired as I am by the apparent frontrunners for Best Costume Design? I bow to no one in my admiration for the genius of Sandy Powell, but the Easter egg-colored wardrobe of “The Young Victoria” is routine work by her high standards. That hasn’t stopped most […]

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David Poland’s Oscar underdogs … where are the ladies?

Posted by · 1:50 pm · November 13th, 2009

For those of you bored of reading the same ever-narrowing list of names in the assorted Oscar-speculation pieces across the web, David Poland’s latest column is a slight breath of fresh air. Decrying the fact that many pundits are making ludicrous long-shot calls like “This Is It” for Best Picture, while ignoring more deserving contenders […]

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Is Wes Anderson corroding the cinema?

Posted by · 9:24 am · May 21st, 2009

I should say at the top that I have not yet seen Rian Johnson’s “The Brothers Bloom,” but I was an absolute disciple of the director’s 2005 debut “Brick.”  That said, “Bloom” has always had a particular sheen to it that has obviously kept it from being a must-see since the first screenings began back […]

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5/14 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:52 am · May 14th, 2009

• A little news from my homeland: Michael Cieply reports on Durham, North Carolina finally getting its Hollywood day in the sun. [The Carpetbagger] • Revisiting Stephen Frears’s “The Queen” on the basis of entertainment and history. [The Guardian] • Rachel Abramowitz profiles new “Angels & Demons” starlet Ayelet Zurer. [Los Angeles Times] • Director […]

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Gorgeous ‘alternative’ poster for ‘Brothers Bloom’

Posted by · 10:06 am · April 15th, 2009

I may only be lukewarm on the film itself, but I wholeheartedly adore this poster design for “The Brothers Bloom,” which recalls (to me, at least) a 1970’s Robert Altman effort in its intricate, throwback Americana style. Dreamed up by director Rian Johnson’s cousin Zach, it seems it’s only being used for web purposes, though […]

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Sort-of-new ‘Brothers Bloom’ trailer

Posted by · 3:43 am · April 8th, 2009

Not significantly different from the one they put out way back in the mists of 2008, this one comes with not one, but two ringing critical endorsements from AICN. Make of that what you will. From what I remember of my now 6 month-old viewing of the film, it’s a nice enough little trifle, elevated […]

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Looking for comedy in the awards world

Posted by · 4:12 pm · November 16th, 2008

Over at his OscarWatch column, Dave Karger recently asked a question that has been bothering me for some time regarding this year’s awards race. Namely, how the hell are the Golden Globes going to fill out the ballot in the Comedy/Musical races? Best Actress looks solid enough. So far, we have two clear-cut frontrunners — […]

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‘Brothers Bloom’ trailer

Posted by · 6:05 pm · September 20th, 2008

Just getting around to posting this…

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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 […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Indies on the march

Posted by · 7:39 am · September 8th, 2008

Maybe mid-way through the Toronto Film Festival, two things are strikingly clear: Darren Aronofsky has the goods with “The Wrestler” and Danny Boyle’s streak of successful versatility at the helm continues with “Slumdog Millionaire.” Both films, which enjoy pre-Toronto success at Venice and Telluride respectfully, are also evidence that surprises will happen this time of […]

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9/8 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:36 am · September 8th, 2008

• Jen Yamato wonders what the hell happened to Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. [Rotten Tomatoes] • Jeffrey Wells puts up a positive review of Kevin Smith’s “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” philosophizes on the photographical approach to actually shooting a porno. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Logan Hill profiles “The Brothers Bloom” star Rachel Weisz back […]

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9/5 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:48 am · September 5th, 2008

• Stephen Zeitchik and Borys Kit tackle the covert war films playing this year’s Toronto fest. [Hollywood Reporter] • Jeffrey Wells is hearing that Danny Glover’s narration track in Fernando Meirelles’s “Blindness” has been nixed. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • And he responds unfavorably to Rian Johnson’s “Brick” follow-up, “The Brothers Bloom.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • James Rocchi, […]

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‘Che’ and ‘Porno’ among 20 new films announced for Toronto

Posted by · 11:54 am · August 13th, 2008

John hasn’t addressed this yet, so I’ll put it out there… Variety’s Anne Thompson is reporting on 20 new films added to the line-up of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Following suit with yesterday’s New York fest news, Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” and Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” (listed as “Part One” and “Part Two” for […]

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‘Brothers Bloom’ poster

Posted by · 9:38 pm · August 12th, 2008

Like Brian, I was a big fan of 2006’s “Brick.”  It was easily the most underrated film of the year and announced the arrival of a considerable talent in writer/director Rian Johnson. The wunderkind’s latest, “The Brothers Bloom,” could be something special, but given the ambition, it also has all the makings of a sophomore […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “The Brothers Bloom” by Rian Johnson

Posted by · 8:31 am · August 5th, 2008

“As far as con man stories go, I think I’ve heard them all. Of grifters, ropers, faro fixers, tales drawn long and tall. But if one bears a bookmark in the confidence man’s tome, it would be that of Penelope, and of the brothers Bloom.” So begins Ricky Jay’s narration of Rian Johnson’s “The Brothers […]

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Most anticipated of part two

Posted by · 10:06 am · July 6th, 2008

Looking ahead to the second half of the year, there are more than a few films floating to the top of my list of anticipations.  Here’s what I’d call the top 10: 1. “The Dark Knight” (hasn’t budged in six months) 2.“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” 3. “House of Lies” 4. “Quantum of Solace” […]

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