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The State of the Race: Wanted – Best Picture Front-Runner, Must Love Dogs

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[buzz] As we head into Toronto, we still don’t have our presumed front-runner for Best Picture, unless it’s Argo, which it very well might be. Recent history has shown us that we’ve already seen our winner someplace by now. That makes it all the weirder that we’re headed into TIFF without one bobbing to the surface. Since 2007 when No Country for Old Men won, every BP winner has been…

Telluride Review: Ben Affleck’s Argo

Telluride Review: Ben Affleck’s Argo

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Not much is known about the Argo mission in the late ’70s to free American hostages in Iran. And what little was known up till now gave credit to Canada for their release. In fact, it’s referred to in pop-history vernacular as the Canadian Caper. If you grew up in Canada you would have felt enormous national pride that day and if you were American, you never would have known…

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Telluride Film Festival Day 3

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The rain continued its moody descent upon Telluride village, ebbing and flowing at its own discretion. The festival can’t stop for the rain, nor can we whine about having no sunshine because that would be unseemly. Telluride looks the way it does because of the rain. Nonetheless, it made for a somewhat less celebratory mood. My morning started out with a trip up the gondola for an early screening of…

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Telluride Film Festival Day Two

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Time slips away faster than you think, especially when all you want to do is sleep and watch the sky change. A 9am screening means getting up and out as early as you can, especially when you’re going to The Nugget, the teeny tiny theater on the main drag in Telluride. If you don’t get there early you will not get a seat. If you want to get coffee at…

New Poster for Killing Them Softly gets flagged

New Poster for Killing Them Softly gets flagged

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Just try to walk away from political subtext in movies this year. Good luck. From Sasha’s Cannes review we know Killing Them Softly is layered with sinister insinuations about the American Dream> Very cool how the marketing soaks the artwork in hints without hammering too hard. See this star-splattered banner full-sized after the cut.

March towards Fear and Hatred Continues Unabated

March towards Fear and Hatred Continues Unabated

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The Obama “documentary” has now earned a whopping $12 million.  It was made for roughly $1.5 million (with donations from conservative billionaires).  It has been clear from the Republican National Convention that they are pulling no punches. Their campaign, this “documentary” and all of the seething pockets of hate that have been unleashed (a plot to kill the President by members of the military, the Navy SEAL book wherein soldiers…

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2012 Telluride Lineup Announced

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THE ACT OF KILLING (d. Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark, 2012) AMOUR (d. Michael Haneke, Austria, 2012) AT ANY PRICE (d. Ramin Bahrani, U.S., 2012) THE ATTACK (d. Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon-France, 2012) BARBARA (d. Christian Petzold, Germany, 2012) THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (d. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon, U.S., 2012) EVERYDAY (d. Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2012) FRANCES HA (d. Noah Baumbach, U.S., 2012) THE GATEKEEPERS (d. Dror Moreh, Israel, 2012) GINGER…

TIFF trailer: Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep

TIFF trailer: Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep

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Robert Redford directs and stars in “a thriller centered on a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity.” Fantastic cast includes Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Jackie Evancho, Brendan Gleeson, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick , Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, and Susan Sarandon. (thanks, Mikhail)

Guest Post: Oscar Treasures 1990, The Grifters

Guest Post: Oscar Treasures 1990, The Grifters

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Let us not kid ourselves – 1990 was the year the academy got it wrong, very wrong. This was the year that an instant classic by one our greatest living directors got stripped of the big prize by a fairly well made western directed by a well respected 80′s actor. Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” with its ambitious tracking shots, -now constantly ripped off- narrative structure and incredible performances lost to Kevin…

Killing Them Softly, theatrical poster

Killing Them Softly, theatrical poster

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