Getting the family back together

Posted by · 11:07 pm · November 13th, 2010

In case you weren’t aware, @TheAcademy is Tweeting the Governors Awards experience.  Here’s an epic reunion:

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Guardian does the ‘all-time greatest’ meme

Posted by · 6:05 pm · October 21st, 2010

Ah, lists. The gift that keeps giving — particularly in the world of film blogging, where they provide snappy short-form content, invite numerous comments and generate multiple hits when spread across a zillion pages. Last year’s flood of end-of-decade countdowns surely satisfied even the most ardent list fanatic for a good few months, but with […]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1971 and 1972

Posted by · 7:07 pm · September 1st, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. Kubrick gets robbed again as his visionary, “A Clockwork Orange” loses out to a well-executed genre flick in 1971. The Oscars like nothing more than a slightly better version of the crap that Hollywood continually churns out. It’s almost as if one film doing it really […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 Oscar nominee fields

Posted by · 12:47 pm · January 26th, 2010

In exactly one week’s time, we’ll have a brand new list of Oscar nominations to pore over, pick apart and eventually file away in our subconscious with the other 81 editions of this annual collective. For Oscar geeks, nomination day is in many ways more exciting than the ceremony itself, celebrating a broader spectrum of […]

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The Oscar show you didn’t see

Posted by · 4:22 am · November 15th, 2009

For those of us not important/famous/rich enough to have attended last night’s honorary Oscars presentation, the Governors’ Awards — tickets began at $350, apparently — Steve Pond has a comprehensive report of the proceedings, complete with pictures and some gossipy details. I’ve complained before about the Academy denying us Joe Public movie fans the chance […]

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R.I.P. Al Martino

Posted by · 9:54 am · October 14th, 2009

Your moment of movie infamy:

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10/9 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:33 am · October 9th, 2009

• Digital marketing consultant Chris Dorr points out missed online opportunities with “Bright Star.” [Thompson on Hollywood] • Steve Pond jumps on the “Up in the Air” train, says it renders the expectations irrelevant. [The Odds] • Lying about seeing “The Godfather.” [The Guardian]

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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: The top 10 Best Picture winners of all time

Posted by · 10:30 am · September 22nd, 2009

With the Oscar season officially here it seemed only logical to dedicate an installment of The Lists to the little golden guy.  And as we push forward past the fests and into the thick of it, I figured the best idea would be a broad assessment of the Academy’s chosen best through the years, a […]

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INTERVIEW: Robert Duvall

Posted by · 4:27 pm · September 15th, 2009

Toronto Film Festival Sitting down with Robert Duvall is more than a little intimidating. The man does not suffer fools, nor does he have a lot of time for small talk or stupid questions. He likes to talk, but he also likes an informed conversation.  As he nears 80, he is still a force of […]

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Searching for Oscar meaning in IMDb’s top 15 of the millennium

Posted by · 8:02 am · August 19th, 2009

Over at IMDb there is a new feature called “The Power of Film” (lofty title, that), which has listed out the top 15 films of the millennium as voted on by IMDB users, i.e., fans, the public, regular folks. The IMDb top 250 is an ever-changing mish-mash of high-,middle- and low-brow entertainment that always makes […]

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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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Your ranked list of the 10 most influential films of all time

Posted by · 9:43 am · June 10th, 2009

And with that, our poll series comes to a screeching halt.  I’ve already offered some thoughts on how all of this turned out.  I hope readers unfamiliar with some of the films I’ve been harping on will take that to heart and at least seek them out.  You owe it to yourself as a film […]

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POLL: The most influential films of all time, round one, part five

Posted by · 11:01 am · May 13th, 2009

I’ve got family coming into town this afternoon, and since this week’s poll had three runaway winners in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Godfather” and “Pulp Fiction,” and I doubt three more hours will close the gap on the stragglers (poor “Jurassic Park”), I think it’s time for a new installment.  Next week will be […]

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TCM’s top 15 most influential classic movies

Posted by · 12:33 pm · April 13th, 2009

Well, here’s something I guess.  Rope of Silicon points us to TCM’s list of the top 15 most influential “classic” films of all time.  I actually started working up such a list for the site a while back but abandoned it for whatever reason.  It was going to include all comers, though, not just classic […]

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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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Just because I don’t get it, doesn’t mean it’s not good

Posted by · 8:02 am · December 22nd, 2008

Kris is taking some heat in some quarters for his comments on “WALL-E,” and while he has never said it was a bad film, he didn’t fall over himself seeking superlatives for it either.  In fact, the movie did not do much for Kris, which is an unpopular sentiment, given the critics awards and rave […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 films of the 1970s

Posted by · 11:42 am · November 18th, 2008

When critics and historians of the cinema sit down to discuss uh, cinema, the conversation almost always turns to the great decades in movie history. And n nearly conversation I’ve been a part of, the 1970s reigns supreme as the single decade of brilliance. It was a time of enormous artistic growth for film, as […]

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