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The Haunting Permanence of Alexander’s Score for All is Lost plus Standout Scores This Year

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The other night I was invited to listen to a live performance of Alexander, who scored All is Lost. One of the many interesting things about the JC Chandor joint is how he put it together and what kind of talent he found. Chief among those is the talented enigma behind Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros who is really Alex Ebert. The party was held at a location which…

Sunny Hollywood Afternoon, Where All Was Not Lost

Sunny Hollywood Afternoon, Where All Was Not Lost

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Oscar season means Oscar parties. Usually you need a star or two in attendance to bring out the journalists because there are only a few who will turn up for the free food and drink alone, and even fewer who do it for their jobs. I myself tend to feel awkward at such gatherings, even though it’s theoretically part of my job. The way the bloggers and journalists swarm the…

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Review Rewind: JC Chandor’s All Is Lost

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JC Chandor’s Oscar-nominated screenplay, Margin Call, took him ten years to write. It is a deliberate, careful study of what it takes for a man to survive on Wall Street. He’s applied the same deceptively simple writing and directing to his new film, All Is Lost, starring just one person: Robert Redford. The film begins with a few plain-spoken words from Redford. From that point on, the film relies only…

Thomson on All is Lost

Thomson on All is Lost

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Truth: All is Lost is the kind of movie that if it hits you, it REALLY hits you. I suspect that it could depend on how much living you’ve done. Either way, Thomson writes this about All is Lost, and Robert Redford: All Is Lost will not open until October 18th, so this is less a review than a warning. Very soon, such archaic distinctions will collapse, along with the…

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The State of the Race: I’ll Stand on the Ocean Until I Start Sinking

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The central theme of many of 2013’s best and most important films is survival – in both literal and metaphoric ways. 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Captain Phillips, All is Lost, and Dallas Buyers Club are all about a protagonist’s literal struggle to survive. While other films dip more figuratively into survival. In Before Midnight, the marriage must survive. In The Butler, survival depends on taking a job that goes…

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Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tom Hanks Dramatically Shift Best Actor Race

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In looking over this year’s race for Best Actor, several names are emerging from the very crowded field. You’ll notice that many of the Best Actor frontrunners will be appearing in films that will ultimately be the Best Picture frontrunners as well. Still, within this closed world, Gravity will be a strong contender and features a female lead. Kate Winslet is also the lead in Jason Reitman’s Labor Day.  Cate…

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New All is Lost Poster – Redford Battles the High Seas

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Telluride Diary Day One – Alive at Night

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Because my travel arrangements last year had me driving ten hours from Denver to Telluride I’d decided this summer I would simply make the drive directly from Los Angeles. There wasn’t anything remarkable about the trip except that I listened to two books — Dan Savage’s latest, and The Devil in White City, recommended by a few friends. Both of them helped pass the time, along with the ever changing…

Robert Redford in J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost

Robert Redford in J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost

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Comparing Cannes Winners to Oscar – Vive La Difference

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Now that Blue is the Warmest Color has taken two major awards in Cannes, let’s take a quick look at how the Cannes awards can sometimes match (or not) the Oscars. By and large, the Grand Prize, which Inside Llewyn Davis won, is probably more Oscar friendly overall than any of the other categories. But even that is like the polar opposite of Oscar. And forever may they remain separate,…