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November 28, 2011

First 2011 No Guts, No Glory for the New York Film Critics

First 2011 No Guts, No Glory for the New York Film Critics

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Let’s get this party started right. No Guts, No Glory – you get up to three choices and they have to be, preferably, really out there. I’d say picking Tree of Life, The Descendants or The Artist to win tomorrow isn’t out there. Picking Rise of the Planet of the Apes is. Here are my three: Best Picture — Moneyball Best Actor — Damien Bichir, A Better Life Best Actress…

Tree of Life tops Sight & Sound 2011 Critics' Poll

Tree of Life tops Sight & Sound 2011 Critics' Poll

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In a few days Sight & Sound will announce online the full results of its annual critics’ poll, but the poll issue is on news stands this week so we already know the top 11 films thanks to Guy Lodge at In Contention 1. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick) 2. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) 3. The Kid With a Bike (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne) 4. Melancholia (Lars von Trier)…

Tree of Life tops Sight & Sound 2011 Critics’ Poll

Tree of Life tops Sight & Sound 2011 Critics’ Poll

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In a few days Sight & Sound will announce online the full results of its annual critics’ poll, but the poll issue is on news stands this week so we already know the top 11 films thanks to Guy Lodge at In Contention 1. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick) 2. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) 3. The Kid With a Bike (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne) 4. Melancholia (Lars von Trier)…

IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards

IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards

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IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Feature (TIE!): The Tree of Life and Beginners Best Documentary: Better This World Best Ensemble: Beginners! Breakthrough Actor: Felicity Jones, Like Crazy Breakthrough Director: Dee Rees for Pariah Audience Award: Girlfriend Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You: Scenes of a Crime

Oscars 2011: Viggo Mortensen Sets The Standard

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In David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method Viggo Mortensen is nearly unrecognizable. Few actors today really dive into the research the way he does and it shows in each new incarnation Mortensen delivers. He is one of the most unpredictable actors because he never gives you what you expect, and he never repeats himself. He is a character actor, a shapeshifter, someone who has the perceptive tools of a painter, a…

Angelina Jolie, 60 Minutes interview

Angelina Jolie, 60 Minutes interview

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3-minute highlight reel above. Complete 13-minute segment after the cut.

Kristen Wiig and "the year's ballsiest comedy"

Kristen Wiig and "the year's ballsiest comedy"

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Jon Hamm profiles Kristen Wiig for GQ. Kristen is incredibly shy; she has her hoodie pulled up and her sleeves pulled over her hands. But this is a woman who wore coconuts on her tits on SNL; she can go to the craziest, most grotesque places on the planet in character. Kristen came late to performing, and the way she rose through the ranks speaks both to her drive and…

Kristen Wiig and “the year’s ballsiest comedy”

Kristen Wiig and “the year’s ballsiest comedy”

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Jon Hamm profiles Kristen Wiig for GQ. Kristen is incredibly shy; she has her hoodie pulled up and her sleeves pulled over her hands. But this is a woman who wore coconuts on her tits on SNL; she can go to the craziest, most grotesque places on the planet in character. Kristen came late to performing, and the way she rose through the ranks speaks both to her drive and…

NYFCC Preview

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The New York Film critics will announce their awards tomorrow. The last film to screen for them was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was not ready in time and the filmmakers chose not to rush it — as in, what many of us on the web are calling, a needless pressure cooker invented by the New York Film Critics just to get there first….

Terry Gilliam on Entertainment and Art

Terry Gilliam on Entertainment and Art

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This will probably get people up in arms but it’s true that there are two kinds of movies.  Last year’s battle for Best Picture showed the dividing line quite clearly.  Our need for comfort and answers often overrides our need to think.  We seek comfort from movies, someone to tell us it’s all going to okay.  Life is suffering, as the buddhists would say, so there isn’t anything wrong with…