Kathryn Bigelow Triumphs with Hurt Locker

Clocking in with a 91% Metacritic rating, with a film that will surely become one of the best of the year, it is time to start taking Ms. Bigelow, and her moody, brilliant war film, seriously. We were already taking it seriously last year when it was pulled from the roster. Many...
Posted On 30 Jun 2009

Turan, Dargis on Public Enemies

The LA Times’ last man standing, Kenneth Turan gives major props to Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, but particularly in the way it looks: Simultaneously an art film and a crime film, Mann’s latest work (he shares screenplay credit with Ronan Bennett and Ann...
Posted On 30 Jun 2009

Stephanie Zacharek says Public Enemies is swell

Some chippies are a pushover for any hard-boiled hood. But this swanky dame from Salon is on the square: The glamour quotient in “Public Enemies” is high, and in a landscape of contemporary movies in which “sophistication” is seemingly a dirty word,...
Posted On 30 Jun 2009

The Informant! trailer

Nothing embeddable yet, but you can click on over to Apple trailers for a look at The Informant trailer, and here in HD. (Since when did they add the exclamation point to the title!? I’m twice as excited now!!) [UPDATE: Thanks to Alex Billington at First Showing for loaning...
Posted On 30 Jun 2009

Top 10 Best Picture Hopefuls

Using your “no way!” reactions to eliminate movies that stand little chance of a Best Picture nomination, I cut about 1/3 of the titles from the long list posted yesterday. There are still plenty of snowballs struggling to survive in Hell left on the poll, but...
Posted On 30 Jun 2009

In the Club, 134 Invited to Join Academy

Of course the actors are on top, but there are members invited from other branches, who “who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2009 to the Academy‚Äôs roster of...
Posted On 30 Jun 2009

Contender Tracker – Oscars 2009

There aren’t many films that would be considered Oscar-worthy for the 82nd Academy Awards that have already been screened and/or reviewed this year, even with the ten slots opened up. There are many movies that feel Oscar-bound even though they haven’t opened and...
Posted On 30 Jun 2009

Ebert’s Public Enemies review

John Dillinger and Johnny Depp Roger Ebert gives Public Enemies 3.5 stars, though it reads like a 4-star review right up to very last paragraph. This is very disciplined film. You might not think it was possible to make a film about the most famous outlaw of the 1930s without...
Posted On 30 Jun 2009

The September Issue

Thanks to Yvette for finding this trailer for The September Issue, a documentary look at Prada-wearing Vogue editor, Anna Wintour.
Posted On 30 Jun 2009

Oscar’s Ten Best Picture Nominees Has Many Naysayers

It is still surprising to me that so many see the ten best picture nominees change as a negative. In any given year, there are at least twenty “best pictures.” Ten of them is better than five. Five never does justice to a year and, in fact, rewards the best campaigns...
Posted On 29 Jun 2009