All eyes on left field

Posted by · 11:15 am · January 21st, 2009

The nominations announcement is, oh, 18 hours away (yeah, we count minutes at this stage).  Even though I’m well on the record as being a prognosticative pussy this year, I can’t shake the feeling that we’re in for our share of surprises.  I doubt I’m alone. You can go back over Oscar history and write […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Best Makeup contenders narrow to seven

Posted by · 9:13 pm · January 5th, 2009

The first bake-off of the season is here, narrowing the Oscar contenders for Best Makeup down to seven.  The finalists are: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “The Dark Knight” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” “The Reader” “Synecdoche, New York” “Tropic Thunder” “The Wrestler” No major surprises here.  My predicted three are still in the […]

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My picks for the 10 BEST films of the year

Posted by · 11:04 am · December 29th, 2008

It’s no secret that I don’t expect 2008 to be remembered as a banner year for cinema, though with that said, there are plenty of exceptional films to be remembered. Perhaps 2007 spoiled us and got our hopes up and 2008 brought far too many let downs and disappointments from great filmmakers. Usually when I […]

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Correction!

Posted by · 3:51 pm · December 26th, 2008

I knew when I tapped out my “year in superlatives” post last week that something was bugging me about my Best Poster pick.  I had forgotten something, I just knew it.  And as much as I loved the “W.” one-sheet I picked, I don’t know, it didn’t feel right. Then I was reading through this […]

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Best in show: the year in superlatives

Posted by · 10:22 am · December 19th, 2008

The year is slowly coming to a close, and after this week’s year-in-review pieces, I’m happy to see so much healthy and spirited discussion on my humble picks for the year’s best films.  Today I’m wrapping all of that up with a list of superlatives, some of them in your usual categories, the staples, some […]

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Runnin’ on empty: the best films of 2008

Posted by · 9:25 am · December 15th, 2008

Just to say it once more, because I’ve certainly brought it up enough, 2008 was not a good year for film-goers. That’s an incredibly subjective quip, of course, but I certainly found myself struggling with the level of quality on display with each and every screening, the oasis of the Oscar season ultimately proving to […]

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Globes rule ‘Rachel,’ ‘W.’ are dramas

Posted by · 6:09 pm · December 2nd, 2008

For those of you puzzling over whether certain titles will fall into the drama or musical/comedy categories at the Golden Globes, Tom O’Neil has a handy list to clarify matters. Most significantly, “W.” has not been accepted by the HFPA as a comedy, despite the film being submitted as one. This isn’t exactly new information […]

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Consider this

Posted by · 4:20 am · November 24th, 2008

Okay, so I’m not really advocating it. But this has to be one of the best FYC ads I’ve seen so far this season. Whatever other failures “W.” can claim, marketing is not one of them:

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Will BAFTA stick by their own?

Posted by · 7:15 am · November 16th, 2008

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the BAFTA Awards. On the one hand, they can be far more daring and playful in their choices than the American Academy — this is an organisation, after all, that has handed their Best Film award to such enduring works as “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Makeup — Volume One

Posted by · 11:48 am · November 13th, 2008

“Norbit.” “Click.” “The Time Machine.” “Life.” What do all of these dreadful films have in common? They are Oscar nominees because of the category of Best Makeup! I will give this branch kudos for often willing to think outside the box but they still manage to be quite bizarre in their choice of nominees more […]

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11/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:51 am · November 11th, 2008

• Peter Bart worships at the alter of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. [Peter Bart] • Tom O’Neil reports on the 14 animated features submitted for toon consideration this year… [Gold Derby] • …and he interviews “Changeling” psycho Jason Butler Harner inside Hannibal Lecter’s prison cell deep in the bowels of the Hollywood Museum. [Gold […]

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11/3 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:58 am · November 3rd, 2008

• Probably running out of things to talk about, Peter Bart reviews the New York Times’ Holiday Movies section. [Peter Bart] • Monika Bartyzel aggregates reactions to Richard Dreyfus’s poo-pooing of “W.” on “The View.”  Damn it must be cool to do and say whatever the fuck you want to. [Cinematical] • Jason Solomons talks […]

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‘Doubt’ lands at AFI

Posted by · 12:33 am · October 31st, 2008

Miramax honcho Daniel Battsek and actresses Meryl Streep and Amy Adams joined director John Patrick Shanley tonight in introducing the world premiere of “Doubt” as the AFI Fest’s opening gala presentation.  The film, adapted from Shanley’s stage play, has quickly become the lead Oscar pony for a studio that dominated the awards circuit last season. […]

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10/27 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:25 am · October 27th, 2008

• Nathaniel Rogers kick-starts an Oscar revamp, starting with the fellas. [The Film Experience] • Jeffrey Wells is nervous about Josh Brolin’s Oscar hopes in “W.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • I stopped when he didn’t clue into why it’s called what it’s called.  Welcome to the Rex Reed Members Only lounge. [Peter Bart] • Lou Lumenick […]

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LONDON: “W,” “Genova,” “Il Divo” and more

Posted by · 2:06 pm · October 23rd, 2008

We’ve reached the midway point of the London Film Festival, and today’s big event is the European premiere of “W.” As I eavesdropped on assorted critics’ reactions coming out of the press screening this morning, the dominant feeling appeared to be one of pleasant surprise; I have a feeling the film may find a rather […]

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10/23 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:23 am · October 23rd, 2008

• Tom Tapp rallies behind Kristin Scott Thomas’s work in “I’ve Loved You So Long.” [The Daily Beast] • Anne Thompson, meanwhile, thinks the actress leads the field.  (Sorry — the film just didn’t speak to me.) [Thompson on Hollywood] • After Spielberg and Greengrass bowed out, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” might end […]

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10/21 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:05 am · October 20th, 2008

• Jeffrey Wells passes along further second-hand indication that “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is the one to beat this year. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Steven Zeitchick responds to the suddenly wide open acting races. [Risky Biz Blog] • Some folks think Robert Downey Jr. can’t score a Best Supporting Actor nomination…emphatically.  I beg to […]

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10/17 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:07 am · October 17th, 2008

• Dave Karger responds to the “Soloist” slide. [Oscar Watch] • Seven favorite screen Presidents.  In total agreement on #1. [Cinematical] • A welcome respite from the vitriol you might have come across elsewhere, New York Magazine runs an intern’s review of the “Road” screening that happened in the Big Apple this week.  Does that […]

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