OscarWatch: The Writers

2010 can only be called the Year of the Director where the Oscar race is concerned. I wouldn’t presume to say anything deeper than that. Sometimes talking about the Oscar race feels like other contests that are judged superficially – political campaigns and horse...
Posted On 08 Nov 2010

The Social Network: Friends in High Places

We’re born alone. We die alone. But in between, we are connected to people. We are connected to them because we love them. We give birth to them or give birth to us. They call us up to talk on the phone about their problems. They sleep next to us at night. They make us...
Posted On 15 Sep 2010

Screenplay Watch: Will This be Sorkin’s First Oscar Nod?

The Oscar race is a funny thing. I’m sure you’ll be as surprised as I was to learn that Aaron Sorkin, one of the best writers working in Hollywood, has never been nominated for an Oscar. The Oscar race is about timing, the skill of publicists, and the popularity of...
Posted On 10 Sep 2010

Travers tweets ravelette* for The Social Network

Peter Travers, via twitter: “David Fincher‚Äôs Social Network is the 1st film I’ve given **** in 2010. It‚Äôs the movie of the year that also brilliantly defines the decade.” (Travers ranks 5th in the unscientific poll we conducted last week, teasing out the top...
Posted On 21 Aug 2010

Film Comment seal of approval for The Social Network

Scott Foundas steps forward with a hugely enthusiastic review for The Social Network in Film Comment. This is very rich material for a movie on such timeless subjects as power and privilege, and such intrinsically 21st-century ones as the migration of society itself from the real...
Posted On 19 Aug 2010

The Tourist reschedules for December arrival

This shakes up the holidays with an unexpected jolt of adrenaline, doesn’t it? Reader Sean points out that Sony has upgraded The Tourist to First Class passage with a premiere route through the very heart of Oscar season. (Previously set to embark in February 2011). Several...
Posted On 19 Aug 2010

The Town, trailer

(thanks JUN) Aside from the knockout cast and fascinating dynamics of the premise, there’s another thing that jumps out at me from this trailer for The Town that gives me a tingle of appreciation. The phrase “From the studio that brought you…” is something...
Posted On 15 Jul 2010

The Social Network, teaser trailer

Not much needs to be said about the teaser for The Social Network. It serves a dual purpose with simple precision. Realigns any misconception that the focus would be Facebook users. And reinforces anticipation for those of us who already knew that. (thanks to Evie for the friend...
Posted On 26 Jun 2010

Toy Story 3 vaults into the IMDb Top 250

Toy Story 3 soars to the top of the populist cinemaphile fetish list. When a Pixar film lands in the IMDb Top 250, it tends to stick pretty tight. 11. Toy Story 3 47. WALL-E 83. Up 171. How to Train Your Dragon (relevant to the discussion) 153. Toy Story 1 154. Finding Nemo 167....
Posted On 21 Jun 2010