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

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...
Posted On 24 Nov 2013

Sunny Hollywood Afternoon, Where All Was Not Lost

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,...
Posted On 03 Nov 2013

Review Rewind: JC Chandor’s All Is Lost

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...
Posted On 19 Oct 2013

Thomson on All is Lost

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...
Posted On 04 Oct 2013

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

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...
Posted On 11 Sep 2013

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tom Hanks Dramatically Shift Best Actor Race

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...
Posted On 07 Sep 2013

Telluride Diary Day One – Alive at Night

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...
Posted On 30 Aug 2013

Comparing Cannes Winners to Oscar – Vive La Difference

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...
Posted On 26 May 2013
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