Month: June 2009

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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: ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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Tomorrow I’ll post a poll of 30 or 40 films that seem to be the most likely Best Picture contenders. When we did this last year, the poll results were collected the week after the Oscars, March 2008. We scored ...

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I hadn’t seen this until it ran after True Blood last night. Happy to find somebody else has already youtubed it, saving me the trouble. Currently standing with a score of 70 on RT, we’re keeping our eyes peeled all ...

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In the avalanche of stunning events last week — both good and very bad — a couple of guest essays got elbowed out of the way for more urgent breaking news. We’ll kick off the pre-holiday relaxation this morning by ...

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As mentioned above, last week we were offered a pair of special contributions that got lost in the news cycle of Academy chaos and celebrity tragedy. Eric Beck wrote us with his thoughts about the announcement of 10 Best Picture ...

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In our quest for something out of the ordinary, Spicey recommends we take a look at Samson and Delilah, winner of the Camera d’Or prize at Cannes last month for best first feature. The stand-out world premiere (of eight new ...

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Might as well do this with our eyes closed, because it’s nothing but hunches and gut instinct at this point. Nevertheless, here’s my first pass at visualizing what 10 Best Picture nominees might look like. Up Nine Avatar Precious The ...

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Make of it what you will,, but Public Enemies has just become the 5th movie* of 2009 to enter the IMDb Top 250. I don’t pretend that this isn’t a questionable distinction, but it’s far from meaningless. If you’ll remember ...

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This news also came our way yesterday but with so much going on it kind of got lost in the shuffle. Thanks to you readers we cannot ignore it any longer. This change seems like a way to streamline the ...

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Women & Hollywood took the question to the several female voices in the business: Gale Anne Hurd, producer of The Terminator, The Abyss and Punisher: War Zone I’m delighted the Academy has made this decision – now lesser known indie ...

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Thanks to George at CinemaRewind for pointing us to the trailer for Ricky Gervais new comedy, The Invention of Lying, with Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe, Tine Fey, and Jonah Hill. Opening September 25, it involves “a world where no one ...

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