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WGA Preview

On Thursday, January 3rd, the Producers Guild, Art Directors Guild and Writers Guild all announce their nominees. It is he same day as Oscar ballots are due.  The Writers Guild is a fairly good indicator of Best Picture at the Oscars usually.  This is a year where a lot of ...

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Technical troubles

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Interview: Janusz Kaminski and Lincoln

In 1993, Steven Spielberg directed Schindler’s List, marking the first collaboration between Spielberg and Director of Photography Janusz Kaminski. Kaminski has worked on every Spielberg film since, and they both won Oscars for their work on Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. Kaminski’s shared filmography with Spielberg has also resulted ...

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Oscar Bits and Bites

“She, over a decade, kind of went down the rabbit hole, getting lost in her work, until finally at the end of the movie, [the pilot] says ‘Where do you want to go?’ She has no idea where she goes now. Who is she now? She’s trained to be unemotional ...

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Best Moments in Film in 2012

In alphabetical order, these are the moments in film in 2012 that moved me greatly. Here are a few words about them. There are SPOILERS — fair warning.   Amour I can’t really remember a more powerful or memorable moment in a film than Jean-Louis Trintignant finding a pigeon in ...

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Mark Boal Addresses Torture Issue in The Wrap

Steve Pond talked exclusively to Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow about the issue of whether Zero Dark Thirty advocates torture, as in, torture was used and torture worked.  But in so doing, he kind of denies that the film makes a very clear line from torture to name of courier, ...

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Directors Guild Preview and Contest

For the first time in probably their entire history, the DGA will announce their five nominees after the Oscar ballots have been turned in. That means that they can’t be counted to on as a “true north” this time.  Some people don’t think they ever were but I have a ...

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Lincoln Leads Vancouver Film Critics

BEST FILM Lincoln The Master Zero Dark Thirty BEST ACTOR Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln John Hawkes, The Sessions Joaquin Phoenix, The Master BEST ACTRESS Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln ...

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Roger Ebert’s Best Ten Movie’s of 2012

Earlier this month, I sustained a hairline fracture of my left hip… That’s the bad news. The worse news is that medications have impaired my ability to write. Because there is curiosity about my list, I present this very abbreviated piece, with the promise I will later revise it, better ...

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