Wenders on why ‘Pina’ needs 3D

Posted by · 5:22 am · September 13th, 2011

Since seeing the film in February, I’ve been something of a broken record saying that Wim Wenders’s marvellous performance film “Pina” — which has been drawing rave responses at Toronto, and was recently submitted as Germany’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar — single-handedly restates the case for 3D, a technology that any […]

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‘Pina’ among latest entries in foreign Oscar race

Posted by · 1:54 pm · September 8th, 2011

I predicted on Twitter a couple of weeks ago that Wim Wenders’ 3D dance film “Pina” would be selected as Germany’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and that it could well be a surprise shortlist entry if the executive committee gives it a leg up. The first half of that forecast panned […]

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TELLURIDE: ‘The Artist,’ ‘Pina’

Posted by · 11:30 pm · September 2nd, 2011

Today began, as already conveyed, with the first-ever screening of Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.” I managed two more films, one of them capsuled here. I’ll get to “Albert Nobbs” separately, but just to clean my plate a little… Hazanavicius’s ‘Artist’ doesn’t quite reach the hype There is very little doubt in my mind that we’ll […]

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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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First Berlinale selections revealed, ‘True Grit’ to open fest

Posted by · 3:43 am · December 15th, 2010

Of all the festivals I attended this year, Berlin was perhaps the one with the most covert significance. At the time, it seemed critics were foraging for scraps amid a dismal competition lineup and a confusingly scattered selection of sidebars — and yet so many of the films I caught there (and some that I […]

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Cannes: uneducated guesses

Posted by · 1:54 am · May 25th, 2008

Well, it’s almost over. The competition films have all been screened, picked over and digested by the world’s critics, and now all that’s left to do is that finicky business of handing out some prizes. Sean Penn and his formidable jury (Marjane Satrapi, Alfonso Cuaron and Natalie Portman are just some of those involved) will […]

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