Define “extortion”

Posted by · 2:05 pm · November 20th, 2009

A few hours ago, we mentioned James Toback’s allegations of “extortion” within the Academy’s doc branch being responsible for the failure of his film “Tyson” to make the Oscar shortlist. I wrote that the lack of detail provided made it difficult to know how seriously to take him. As it turns out, the answer is: […]

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Toback charges Oscar doc committee with “extortion”

Posted by · 10:59 am · November 20th, 2009

As I wrote yesterday about the Best Documentary Feature shortlist, I didn’t think the list’s much-ballyhooed omissions were indicative of much more than the rather particular tastes of one Academy branch. That, and perhaps an inclination to shine a light on worthy, but lower-profile, work. Not everyone feels the same way, however — not least […]

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Thoughts on the Oscar doc list

Posted by · 12:23 pm · November 19th, 2009

Perhaps inevitably, the bulk of online chatter about the Best Documentary Feature shortlist unveiled yesterday focused less on the films that made it, and more on those that didn’t. It’s par for the course for the Academy’s documentary branch to ignore a major title or two, but even by their severe standards, the list of […]

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AMPAS announces doc feature short list, ‘Anvil,’ ‘Capitalism’ snubbed

Posted by · 3:51 pm · November 18th, 2009

You can check out the full press release here.  The list of 15 competing titles as follows: • “The Beaches of Agnes,” Agnès Varda, director (Cine-Tamaris) • “Burma VJ,” Anders Østergaard, director (Magic Hour Films) • “The Cove,” Louie Psihoyos, director (Oceanic Preservation Society) • “Every Little Step,” James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo, […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 10 — The four to be seen, animated features, supporting categories and Tyson’s LAX punch-out

Posted by · 10:26 am · November 13th, 2009

Welcome to Oscar Talk, your weekly kudocast featuring yours truly and Anne Thompson of indieWIRE’s Thompson on Hollywood. On the docket today: • Anne and I discuss the four perceived Oscar heavies that have yet to unveil — “Avatar,” “Invictus,” “The Lovely Bones” and “Nine” — and what being last out of the gate means […]

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Tyson on Oprah’s couch

Posted by · 11:53 am · October 12th, 2009

I finally got around to James Toback’s documentary “Tyson” last night, which is an extremely thoughtful look at, well, one side of the heavyweight’s story.  Tyson makes for a captivating subject but I’m not sure the effort made for a captivating film. Tyson will be on Oprah this afternoon.  Here are a couple of highlights […]

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‘Dogtooth,’ ‘Adjective’ top Un Certain Regard winners

Posted by · 9:16 am · May 24th, 2009

It’s been a while since a Greek production made any impact on the world cinema scene — arguably not since Theodouros Angelopoulos claimed the Palme d’Or in 1998 — so it’s interesting to see that Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Dogtooth,” a dark family drama about three siblings disconnected from the outside world by their parents, pushed past […]

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LONDON: Gongs for ‘Mice,’ ‘Tulpan’ … and my own awards

Posted by · 9:30 am · October 31st, 2008

My last post on the London Film Festival brings some happy news, as one of my favourite festival titles was justly rewarded last night. The festival is not a competion-based one, but three prestigious awards are still handed out before the final screening. One of these is the global festival staple, the FIPRESCI International Critics’ […]

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