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September 2012

Denby on the State of Film and What it Means to be a Critic

Denby on the State of Film and What it Means to be a Critic

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David Denby talks about the dying breed of originality in art — I assume he’s talking about mainstream Hollywood films, which lose their local flavor because they have to be generic enough to appeal to an international audience. I don’t know that I agree with his premise but I think he’s a great writer – and I am looking forward to reading his book. He talks to Rachel Martin on…

New Silver Linings Playbook Trailer

New Silver Linings Playbook Trailer

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The State of the Race: The Ten Commandments of Oscar Watching

The State of the Race: The Ten Commandments of Oscar Watching

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It’s a good time of the year to remind ourselves of what I consider to be the Ten Commandments of Oscar Watching.  It’s important to remember them because they are always forgotten. The truth is, there is no there there right now. There is a lot of hot air, a lot of people making sweeping assumptions and generalizations based on their own impressions of a film — or by talking…

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Life of Pi: Into the Mystic

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“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.” – Albert Einstein The glorious, profound absurdity of it all parades before our eyes in spectacular 3-D in Ang Lee’s adaptation of Life of Pi. Based on the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Yann Martel, this film takes you where you need to go, then yanks you back playfully,…

Ang Lee & Yann Martel talk about Life of Pi at the NYFF

Ang Lee & Yann Martel talk about Life of Pi at the NYFF

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Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee and author Yann Martel will sit down with Film Society of Lincoln Center Program Director Richard Peña for a discussion of the film adaptation of Martell’s Man Booker Prize-winning book LIFE OF PI on Friday, September 28 at 12:00pm (ET). Watch live video of the press conference right here! LIFE OF PI is the Opening Night film of the 50th New York Film Festival. The…

Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska in Stoker

Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska in Stoker

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Nicole and Mia are the in the headline for eye-grabs. I was going to begin this intro by joking” “with Matthew Goode as Uncle Charlie” — but then I see that’s no joke. The nod to Shadow of a Doubt is none too subtle. I tingle to think what Hitchcock would have been to do if he never had to worry about mid-century American Codes of Morality. After India’s (Mia…

Hitchcock to Preem at AFI Fest

Hitchcock to Preem at AFI Fest

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AFI Fest got two major gets this year – Lincoln and now, just announced – Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock willopen the fest November 1, 2012. Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, and James D’Arcy. The heat of this season is almost too much to take – usually you see bomb after bomb, disappointment after disappointment. This year it’s like a multiple filmgasm – boom! boom! boom! One great film after…

Detropia: Magnificent American Ruins, Struggling to Survive

Detropia: Magnificent American Ruins, Struggling to Survive

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From the Academy Award-nominated directors of Jesus Camp, Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady, Detropia premiered September 7 and is showcased in select theaters across the country. Detroit’s story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century— the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now ….

Another look at Life of Pi

Another look at Life of Pi

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yes, same trailer we ran a couple of days ago, but this one is sans subtitles and higher high-def.

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Oscarwatch: 15 of 2012′s Rising Stars

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Each year, a handful of new faces, and occasionally old ones, revel in the celebratory season known as the Oscar race.  It’s either a celebration or a nightmare, depending on how badly you want it.  Many are unprepared to do what it takes — to Marion Cotillard and Jeff Bridges your way to a win. You can sometimes get away with Monique-ing, if you turned in that kind of performance…