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The Best Oscar Performances of All Time

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On our podcast over the weekend, we were discussing some of the best performances … ever. In 1982 Dustin Hoffman did Tootsie, Paul Newman did The Verdict, Ben Kingsley did Gandhi and Meryl Streep did Sophie’s Choice. While Streep’s stratospheric rise happened just before she reached the apex with Sophie’s Choice, journalists weren’t quite ready to surrender to the force that was and is Meryl Streep. I personally think that…

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For Your Consideration: Greta Gerwig and Matthew McConaughey

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The summer movie season heats up with two great performances in two very solid indies. Greta Gerwig in ‘Frances Ha’ and Matthew McConaughey in “Mud’. Finally, something to cheer about in a summer movie season lacking in ambitious thought. In Noah Baumbach’s ‘Frances Ha” Greta Gerwig gives a performance that will surely be remembered by critics at years end. She’s so damn good as Frances, a 27 year old yuppie…

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Richard Linklater’s Extraordinary Before Midnight tops Indiewire’s Top Ten of the Year

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Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight is sublime. If you haven’t yet seen it, do take the time to catch up with Jesse and Celine.  It is such a thoughtful rendering of the evolution of human relationships, not just for the two lovers we’ve seen over the past twenty years work it out in passion and domesticity but in the peripheral characters as well. What the film reminded me most of was…

Adore trailer with Naomi Watts and Robin Wright

Adore trailer with Naomi Watts and Robin Wright

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Is it wrong for me to think Robin Wright has the most interesting role in House of Cards, not Kevin Spacey? Wrong for me to feel Naomi Watts is more compelling in Eastern Promises than Viggo Mortensen? These two women don’t need to slather on the accents to rivet my attention.

Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine

Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine

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Looks to me to be Woody Allen’s most promising premise in years. thanks, Bryce!

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Oscarwatch: Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin in Jason Reitman’s Day

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I was remiss in the first two Oscar columns of the year in that I neglected to mention Kate Winslet (for Best Actress), Josh Brolin (Best Actor) and perhaps Best Picture and Director.  Now we must add Winslet’s name to the growing list of potential powerhouse performances in what is shaping to be a hell of a year in the Best Actress category.  Josh Brolin, too, should have a clear…

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Early Prospects for Best Actress

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The race for Best Actress has not yet gotten started but looking over the year’s slate, finding five nominees should be easier than it’s been in a while. It already looks like a competitive season, with most of the big performances yet to be seen.  Already, Rooney Mara in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Julie Delpy in Before Midnight and Berenice Bejo in The Past have made an impression, but the…

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First Look at Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell in Miss Julie

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The film is adapted and directed by Liv Ullman, slated for release in 2014. Thanks to JustJared:

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First Look at August: Osage County – Streep Primed for Oscar Nomination

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Welp, it looks like there will be yet another record-breaking nomination for Ms. Streep as the August: Osage County drops. Two words: Benedict Cumberbatch. Thanks to Tero.

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New Stills from Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

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New stills of the fated love story starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck.