THE LONG SHOT: It was always you

Posted by · 5:52 pm · February 3rd, 2011

“Let me get this straight. The one’s about a precocious computer geek who’s also a bit of an asshole.” “Yeah.” “And the other’s about King George VI.” “Yeah.” “And King George VI has a disability.” “Well, he has a stutter. I mean, it’s not crippling or anything — ” “But it’s an obstacle that needs […]

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THE LONG SHOT: When you’re strange

Posted by · 8:05 pm · November 24th, 2010

(Updated predictions available here.) I shan’t often find room for Gaspar Noé’s name in a space ostensibly dedicated to the Oscar race, so bear with me if this seems an unlikely opening gambit, but inspiration for this week’s column began with a conversation about his fluorescent, drug-addled ghost story “Enter the Void.” A friend had […]

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Super ‘There Will Be Blood’ video game

Posted by · 1:53 pm · November 2nd, 2010

It’s not exactly a booming news day and I’m slow to get back into the groove after a weekend away, so forgive the frivolity of this.  I thought it was kind of awesome. Although, I have a beef.  This looks closer to an 8-bit thing than a 16-bit thing, and 16-bit is necessary if you’re […]

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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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LAFCA picks the top 10 films of the decade

Posted by · 11:20 am · January 12th, 2010

You can never have too many of these, right?  Right? Right? 1. “Mulholland Drive” 2. “There Will Be Blood” 3. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” 4. “Brokeback Mountain” 5. (tie) “No Country for Old Men” and “Zodiac” 6. “Yi Yi” 7. (tie) “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” and “The Lord of the […]

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Guy’s top 50 of the decade: #31-40

Posted by · 5:00 pm · January 3rd, 2010

Yesterday, I began my countdown of my 50 favorite — do note that last word, I hesitate to say “best” — films of the 2000s. Today, we creep up another ten rungs on the ladder. I wrote this in my introduction to the list yesterday, but it bears repeating: don’t read too much into the […]

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12/14 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:02 am · December 14th, 2009

• In case you missed this morning’s announcement, “Inglourious Basterds” and “Nine” led the field of BFCA nominees. [In Contention] • Frank Rich op-eds a love letter to “Up in the Air.” [New York Times] • Steve Pond painstakingly assembles a primer on how many votes a contender needs for an Oscar nomination per category. […]

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Lists, lists, lists

Posted by · 5:25 pm · December 10th, 2009

I don’t feel anywhere near ready to present my Best of 2009 list, much less my Best of the 2000s one, yet — too many movies to watch, re-watch and contemplate before the brutal culling and shuffling of titles can begin. Still, a lot of critics and bloggers are clearly more organized than me — […]

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THE LONG SHOT: Don’t look back in anger

Posted by · 2:20 pm · November 11th, 2009

For all the movement in the awards game this week – Jeff Bridges leap-frogging into contention, the animation race swelling to five nominees, “Precious” continuing to gather momentum – my head hasn’t really been in it this week. That’s partly because we’re all still making blind prognoses until four unseen juggernauts – “Nine,” “Avatar,” “The […]

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Tarantino on ‘There Will Be Blood’

Posted by · 11:12 am · August 29th, 2009

From that Sky Movies stuff, which yielded Tarantino’s top 20 films released since 1992: (Courtesy: The Film Experience)

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Which films will be remembered in 50 years?

Posted by · 9:33 am · August 14th, 2009

It is nothing new for a film to be released, find no audience, no critical favor, and disappear to be discovered by a new generation and raised to the level of masterpiece. In fact, this has been going on since the silents. Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece “City Lights” was released four years after the advent of […]

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Keeping score

Posted by · 5:09 pm · March 15th, 2009

By now, “Watchmen” has been assessed and widely shat on from a large array of angles, but one voice I didn’t necessarily expect to pipe in was that of classical music critic Tom Service. Writing for the Guardian, Service praises the film’s “carefully conceived” use of existing music, particularly the heavily intertextual use of Wagner, […]

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Cesar nods include ‘Class,’ ‘Loved,’ Swinton

Posted by · 7:57 am · January 24th, 2009

Now here’s a set of nominations I can get behind. As I may have mentioned before, 2008 was all about the rejuvenation of French cinema for me, with Gallic productions occupying a quarter of my year-end Top 20, including the two poll spots. So it’s hardly surprising that I’m immensely pleased by the list of […]

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‘Slumdog,’ ‘Torino’ win big at NBR

Posted by · 11:19 am · December 4th, 2008

The National Board of Review has announced its list of winners for the 2008 awards season and Fox Searchlight’s “Slumdog Millionaire” is the big champ, taking down three awards including Best Film and a tie for Best Adapted Screenplay with Eric Roth’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”  Dev Patel also won the award for […]

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Take that, Oscar: Grammy nominates ‘Dark Knight’ duo

Posted by · 3:24 am · December 4th, 2008

The Academy’s petty disqualification of Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard’s score for “The Dark Knight” from Oscar contention has already caused much gnashing of teeth on these pages, so here’s something to compound the embarrassment. It seems the Grammy voters are rather less fussy. Zimmer and Howard’s work was nominated yesterday in the category […]

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S&S names ‘Hunger’ best of 2008

Posted by · 9:07 am · December 1st, 2008

Sight & Sound’s annual Top Ten is, for my money, one of the most intelligent and respectable of all critics’ lists, and this year’s is no exception. Revealed in the magazine’s just-out January 2009 issue, the list is drawn from a poll of 50 international critics, including such heavyweights as Kenneth Turan, Amy Taubin, Armond […]

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Some suggestions for Special Edition DVDs

Posted by · 6:51 am · September 23rd, 2008

Every week, much to the delight of my children, several packages arrive at my door containing DVDs, movies that are not yet released in the home market that I am expected to review. Tough work, ain’t it? Seriously, I would do what I do just for the free movies. That said, I have followed the […]

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Had to share

Posted by · 5:45 pm · August 21st, 2008

I don’t know if this has popped up elsewhere before, but reading through the nominees for the upcoming World Soundtrack Awards at /Film (which include “WALL-E”‘s first nod of the year), I totally fell in love with this shot of “There Will Be Blood” composer Jonny Greenwood melded with a scene from the flick.  Check […]

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