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

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...
Posted On 30 Sep 2012

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

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...
Posted On 29 Sep 2012

Life of Pi: Into the Mystic

“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...
Posted On 28 Sep 2012

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

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...
Posted On 28 Sep 2012

Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska in Stoker

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...
Posted On 27 Sep 2012

Hitchcock to Preem at AFI Fest

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...
Posted On 27 Sep 2012

Detropia: Magnificent American Ruins, Struggling to Survive

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...
Posted On 27 Sep 2012

Another look at Life of Pi

yes, same trailer we ran a couple of days ago, but this one is sans subtitles and higher high-def.
Posted On 27 Sep 2012

Oscarwatch: 15 of 2012′s Rising Stars

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...
Posted On 26 Sep 2012