Buried treasures: Chad’s best of 2009 (list and ballot)

Posted by · 5:32 pm · January 8th, 2010

Unlike Kris, I can’t quite come to the conclusion that 2009 was the best year of the decade. Nor can I call it the “year of the woman,” the “best year for animation” or “the year James Cameron brought a sense of wonder back to the cinema.” The only thing I can personally label 2009 […]

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11/25 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:43 am · November 25th, 2009

• “The Road” takes desolate journey from page to screen. [Wired] • Andrew O’Hehir talks “Bad Lieutenant” with Werner Herzog. [Beyond the Multiplex] • Anne Thompson says “Avatar” could debut at AICN’s Butt-Numb-A-Thon, of all places. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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The hidden depths of Sasha Grey

Posted by · 8:31 am · May 24th, 2009

I absolutely love this. It would appear that porn star Sasha Grey and highbrow film critic Glenn Kenny have more in common than just their mutual appearances in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience.” As this Rotten Tomatoes interview proves, Grey’s own cinematic taste is discerning, to say the least. Asked to name her five favorite […]

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Glenn Kenny’s ‘Girlfriend Experience’ set diaries

Posted by · 9:41 am · May 21st, 2009

If you’ve seen Steven Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience” (which opens in theaters tomorrow after being available On Demand and for Internet download since April 30), you no doubt remember former Premiere film critic Glenn Kenny’s cameo performance as “The Erotic Connoisseur,” an assayer of upscale prostitutes in New York who digs into Sasha Grey’s call […]

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5/21 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:14 am · May 21st, 2009

• AFI launches its own YouTube channel. [YouTube] • Robin Sanders reports on the Stephen Frears event from Cannes. [indieWIRE] • The wars continue: Patrick Goldstein lays into Peter Bart (and Variety) once again for being soft on the industry. [The Big Picture] • Lionsgate launches an impressive new website for festival Sensation “Precious.” [WeAreAllPrecious.com] […]

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5/19 Web Round-up

Posted by · 10:54 am · May 19th, 2009

• Anthony Breznicaan reports on the big “Christmas Carol” to do at Cannes. [USA Today] • John Hiscock talks to Ron Howard about getting around the Vatican’s disapproval of “Angels & Demons” while filming on location. [Daily Telegraph] • David Cox, meanwhile, believes the film will indeed hurt the Catholic Church with its depiction of […]

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5/12 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:02 am · May 12th, 2009

• Alex Billington takes a few snaps of upcoming release poster artwork in Cannes (including “Shutter Island” and “A Christmas Carol”), then, the web being what it is, he slaps his watermark all over them. [First Showing] • Kevin Costner keeps the western’s light flickering with an upcoming A&E mini-series. [The Hollywood Reporter] • The […]

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5/7 Web Round-up

Posted by · 10:13 am · May 7th, 2009

(Somehow this post disappeared earlier. No idea why. Apologies.) • Mother’s Day is coming, so here’s a list of the 40 (yes, 40) best movie moms. [Premiere] • Has “Wolverine” skewered the intelligent superhero movies? [The Guardian] • With Cannes around the corner, Tim Robey spotlights the best Palme d’Or winners of all time. [Daily […]

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Acting out

Posted by · 8:48 am · May 6th, 2009

The Guardian’s Ryan Gilbey offers an interesting piece today about screen acting, and the narrow criteria by which many of us judge it. He is writing principally in response to a recently released British film, “Helen,” a rigidly stylised meta-film in which actors play actors participating in a police reconstruction, which has attracted divisive reviews […]

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5/5 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:25 am · May 5th, 2009

• VIDEO: “Star Trek” writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman on how to be a sci-fi screenwriter. [Time] • Robert E. Lee descendant (and, of course, Academy Award winner) Robert Duvall squares off against Wall-Mart in Virginia. [Associated Press] • Noah Forrest calls Steven Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience” the year’s best film so far. [Movie […]

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Playing critic

Posted by · 3:55 pm · May 1st, 2009

Kris’s review of “The Girlfriend Experience” is but one of several that singles out the contribution of esteemed film critic Glenn Kenny to the film. In a sharply self-reflexive bit of casting, Kenny plays another critic of sorts — one who judges and critiques the performance of erotic escorts. But on his ever-readable blog, with […]

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SHORT TAKE: “The Girlfriend Experience” (***)

Posted by · 11:07 am · May 1st, 2009

Steven Soderbergh really gets back to what he’s good at in “The Girlfriend Experience,” a look at five days in the life of Chelsea, an upscale Manhattan escort (adult film star Sasha Grey, in her mainstream debut). The film is intimate (no pun intended) but also keeps the audience at arm’s length, forcing a voyeuristic […]

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‘Girlfriend’ drops On Demand today

Posted by · 12:36 pm · April 30th, 2009

Steven Soderbergh is one of the intrepid titans of the day-and-date release system, causing the film purists to remain up in arms here and there.  His thriller “Bubble” opened simultaneously in theaters and on the cable/satellite TV network HDNet Movies just over three years ago. But he’s trying something a little different this year. “The […]

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Are you experienced?

Posted by · 5:05 pm · April 1st, 2009

Until I actually get to see it, I have absolutely no idea what to make of Steven Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience” — which, if you haven’t heard yet, is a breakthrough vehicle for multi-award-winning ingenue Sasha Grey. Soderbergh’s lo-fi experiments work for me approximately half the time, so I’ll just have to see which side […]

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