VENICE: ‘Post Mortem,’ ‘Essential Killing,’ ‘Promises Written in Water’

Posted by · 5:18 am · September 7th, 2010

One week into the Venice Film Festival, and I don’t mind admitting that I’m feeling a little worse for wear. (Okay, and more than a little hung over on free Prosecco.) Yesterday didn’t exactly soothe matters, serving up as it did two of the festival’s most mortifying Competition films – one of which, Alex de […]

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7/6 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:25 am · July 6th, 2009

• Ahead of the latest Harry Potter instalment, a profile of no-longer-boy wonder Daniel Radcliffe. [The Guardian] • Ever a must-read, Nick Davis continues reviewing the decade, taking on “American Psycho.” [Nick’s Flick Picks] • Dredging up the Marion Cotillard 9/11 “controversy” … again? Jeez. [Times of London] • Nathaniel Rogers tweaks his Oscar predictions, […]

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Foreign film shortlist to drop soon

Posted by · 4:36 am · January 13th, 2009

I believe the 9-title shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film is due today, but details on the announcement are oddly hard to come by, so I could be wrong. In any case, it’s one I’m having a tough time calling. The new voting system should ensure that some of the year’s most acclaimed contenders are […]

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12/24 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:23 am · December 24th, 2008

• “The Headless Woman,” “Night and Day” and “Tony Manero” head up a list of the year’s best undistributed titles. [indieWIRE] • Speaking of lists, here’s one of cult and campy holiday flicks. [Cinematical] • Josh Horowitz goes toe-to-toe with David Fincher. [MTV] • Slow down, Hoss.  Lou Lumenick thinks Dev Patel is going to […]

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Best Foreign Language Film: an alternative ballot

Posted by · 8:12 am · December 19th, 2008

Last month, I played devil’s advocate a little with the Best Documentary Feature category, suggesting five less-discussed titles from the shortlist of contenders as a potential counter to the dizzying advance of the clear frontrunner, “Man on Wire” — not as a slight on the film, which is terrific, but in the interests of diversity. […]

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12/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:20 am · December 2nd, 2008

• Kim Voynar wants to know where the love is for foreign contender “Tony Manero.” [Film Essent] • Peter Knegt and Eugene Hernandez go back and forth on the upcoming Gotham awards, among other things. [indieWIRE] • Jeff Wells keeps banging the drum for Richard Jenkins in a cone of silence. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Oh […]

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LONDON: ‘Tony Manero,’ ‘The Other Man,’ ‘Awaydays,’ ‘Seamstresses’

Posted by · 5:39 pm · October 22nd, 2008

Before I continue my roundup of films from the last few days of the London Film Festival, I received an email asking why I haven’t mentioned such major festival titles as “Rachel Getting Married” and “Religulous.” There is little point in me reviewing titles that have already opened in the States (and which Kris has […]

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