Clint Eastwood Receives Special Palme d’Or

This award was presented to Eastwood a few months before the Cannes Film Fest launches. The statement about Eastwood said was “the talent of a grand master at the summit of his craft.” Jacob said it also was a “testimony of my admiration and a quarter-century of...
Posted On 27 Feb 2009

Nick Hornby Calls Out the Slumdog Haters

Thanks to reader Fer for pointing us to this slamdunk response and perspective from Nick Hornby on Slumdog Millionaire, the intent of its filmmakers, and its odd position of now being on top: There’s a lot packed in here: the snobbery, the smug and unexamined assumptions, the...
Posted On 26 Feb 2009

Oscar Trivia – Take Your Best Shot

Alden Michaels sent this in from his site, Iconoclast Entertainment, Can you do it without googling? I know at least one of the first one. Best Picture SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE… is the first best picture winner to be set exclusively in Asia since the 1980s when there were THREE...
Posted On 26 Feb 2009

2009′s Films of Note

There are only two I can think of off the bat — The first is in wide release – Coraline for Animated Feature. The other was An Education, which spring-boarded out of Sundance thanks to the raves for its star, Carey Mulligan. In many ways, you have to appreciate the...
Posted On 26 Feb 2009

The seeds of Slumdog’s sweep

9-13-2008, 3:00pm, ladylurks calls it for Slumdog Millionaire Can I take a minute to reflect on the past year and the truly amazing predictive powers of our readers? One of the things Sasha does that nobody really knows about or appreciates but me is keep our vast archives...
Posted On 26 Feb 2009