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

Gone but Not Forgotten

Jon Pace writes in the comments section that we should start to look at those actors who could use a comeback a la Mickey Rourke about now. He suggests: 3. Ally Sheedy – She got nice reviews in High Art, 10+ years ago. Was never a bad actress, still looks great, and think...
Posted On 25 Feb 2009

The Dark Knight Continues to Generate Talk

I’m trying to drop it but others keep bringing it up and if they’re going to bring it up, well, what can do but go back on the offense. Sorry, readers, guilty. David Poland writes this: One of the blog commenters can’t seem to separate why Slumdog won from why...
Posted On 25 Feb 2009

Films with the Best Chance of Early Hype Ruination

I wrote a preview piece for the Oscars 2009 way back on February 9 for Variety. Here are the films that seem to have a great potential to be good, whether or not they trip the light fantastic at the Kodak or not. The names attached, the subject matter, the stars, the release date...
Posted On 25 Feb 2009

Foundas Eviscerates The Voters over Bashir

I was waiting to hear something from Scott Foundas at the LA Weekly, as he seems to be the one critic lately who can be counted upon to call out the Academy for their safe choices. The thing I’ve realized about the Academy is that when it comes to judging films themselves,...
Posted On 25 Feb 2009

The State of the Race: And So it Begins…Again

The day the Oscar ceremony was held, I had come down with a pretty bad cold. The season had taken its toll on me at last.  That made me slightly funny in the head so that I forgot to, for instance, thank Dora, who single-handedly kept the FYC gallery running this entire year. I...
Posted On 25 Feb 2009