INTERVIEW: ‘Into the Abyss’ director Werner Herzog

Posted by · 10:22 am · September 6th, 2011

Telluride Film Festival Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog first attended the Telluride Film Festival at its second annual way back in 1975. He brought with him “Aguirre, the Wrath of God,” which would not be released in the US for another two years, and “The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser.” He was also set to receive a […]

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TELLURIDE: Gearing up yet winding down, ‘Le Havre,’ Herzog, Ballard’s long-lost ‘Rodeo’ restored

Posted by · 1:32 pm · September 4th, 2011

The interesting thing about Telluride is, the moment things begin to heat up, they also feel like they’re beginning to wind down. I still have screenings of “Shame” and “A Dangerous Method” to come today, and may duck into Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation” tomorrow morning before hopping the shuttle back to Montrose, but for the […]

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TELLURIDE: Herzog’s meditative and crucial ‘Into the Abyss’ is best of the fest so far

Posted by · 2:08 pm · September 3rd, 2011

The weather is keeping up here, with rain only threatening a drop or two here and there. As festival co-director Julie Huntsinger quipped at yesterday’s press orientation, there must have been a deal struck with the devil somewhere along the line, because the weather is always miserable here for the three or four weeks leading […]

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BERLIN: 3D comes to the arthouse

Posted by · 12:17 pm · February 14th, 2011

Determined to make up for my rather  feeble start to the Berlinale, I made it to five films on Sunday – and in a shock twist that defied the law of both averages and film festivals, I liked all of them to some extent, and two of them rather more than that. How appropriate that […]

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Off to the Berlinale

Posted by · 7:50 pm · February 10th, 2011

In a couple of hours, I’m jumping on a crack-of-dawn flight to one of the coolest cities on earth for a week at the Berlin International Film Festival — or, to use the name that rolls more luxuriously off the tongue, the Berlinale. I probably should have mentioned this earlier and posted some sort of […]

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11/22 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Coen talks ‘Somewhere’ with Coppola, ‘Country Strong’ a drama, no love for Herzog

Posted by · 8:45 am · November 22nd, 2010

• Joel Coen shows up at an east coast screening of “Somewhere” to conduct a Q&A with Sofia Coppola. [Inside Movies] • Tom O’Neill reports that the HFPA has classified “Country Strong” as a drama. [Gold Derby] • Our own Guy Lodge reacts to the recently released (and apparently unauthorized) “Winnie” trailer. [The Guardian]

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LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1967 and 1968

Posted by · 11:25 pm · August 18th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. The civil rights struggle raged through America in the late 60’s and the issue found its way to Oscar’s front door in 1967 with “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” Neither has the lasting impact of fellow nominees “Bonnie and Clyde” but we can’t expect the Academy […]

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Ebert versus the third dimension

Posted by · 8:26 am · May 4th, 2010

By now, you may have read Roger Ebert’s lengthy nine-point diatribe against 3D in Newsweek — it has certainly generated a substantial amount of online conversation in the last few days. On the face of it, as a declared 3D agnostic myself, I should be pleased with the article: when a “Clash of the Titans” […]

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Scorsese and Herzog venture into 3D

Posted by · 7:52 am · April 14th, 2010

If you can’t fix it, you’ve got to stand it. And so it is, apparently, with me and 3D. As I’ve written before, I’m not a big fan of Hollywood’s favorite rediscovered gimmick. As a gee-whiz novelty — expertly embellishing the odd genuine event film like “Avatar” — it works a treat. As a now-regular […]

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BERLIN: Competition blues

Posted by · 11:35 am · February 18th, 2010

Looking over my Berlinale coverage so far, the thing that surprises me is what a benevolent mood I seem to be in for much of it. By focusing principally on the titles that have impressed (or at least engaged) me, I’ve rather given the impression of a festival packed with delights. As good a time […]

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11/25 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:43 am · November 25th, 2009

• “The Road” takes desolate journey from page to screen. [Wired] • Andrew O’Hehir talks “Bad Lieutenant” with Werner Herzog. [Beyond the Multiplex] • Anne Thompson says “Avatar” could debut at AICN’s Butt-Numb-A-Thon, of all places. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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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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Werner Herzog named president of 2010 Berlin jury

Posted by · 7:35 am · November 19th, 2009

After premiering two films at September’s Venice fest, perhaps the most surprising thing about Werner Herzog heading the jury at February’s Berlin Film Festival is that he won’t be inflicting another film upon the competition. I kid, I kid. Herzog, the first German jury president since Roland Emmerich in 2005, is inarguably deserving of the […]

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11/18 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:00 am · November 18th, 2009

• The swashbuckling spirit behind “Pirate Radio.” [Los Angeles Times] • Anne Thompson wants to know where the screeners of “The Hurt Locker” are.  Probably waiting on “New Moon” box office receipts. [Thompson on Hollywood] • The gall: Why Roger Corman doesn’t deserve an Oscar.  Apparently there’s a “pro” side on the way. [Cinematical]

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9/23 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:51 am · September 23rd, 2009

• Hugh Jackman speaks out on his Emmy win and whether he’d return as Oscar host. [Vulture] • “A Serious Man,” Colin Firth the big winners in a Toronto critics poll. [indieWIRE] • Mary Pilon sits down with activist and star of “The Cove,” Ric O’Barry. [Speakeasy]

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9/18 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:32 am · September 18th, 2009

• Matt Damon on packing on the pounds for “The Informant!,” among other things. [USA Today] • Which earth crisis documentary is for you? [Beyond the Multiplex] • In honor of “A Prophet,” newly submitted as France’s foreign film Oscar representative, a list of the best-ever prison films. [Awards Daily]

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VENICE: ‘My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?,’ ‘Lourdes’

Posted by · 1:47 pm · September 4th, 2009

Another sweltering day on the Lido, though rainclouds are forming and things look set to break any moment now. Hopefully a change in climate will also bring about an upswing in the collective quality of films on display, as the first three days have served up a few well-liked titles, several misfires and nothing yet […]

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‘Bad Lieutenant’ poster

Posted by · 9:22 am · September 4th, 2009

(Courtesy: Coming Soon)

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