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Can the Cannes Awards Impact the Oscar Race

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Now that the Cannes awards have been handed out, some might wonder whether any of the films honored will make it all the way to the Oscars. The same films I thought had a chance at the beginning — Foxcatcher and Mr. Turner — still have a good chance, both collecting hardware today. Not winning any awards but with their eyes clearly aimed at the awards race would include The…

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Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller’s Third Great Film about the American Dream

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“That’s why they call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.” ― George Carlin When John Steinbeck wryly observed that most Americans disdained socialism as if they were “temporarily embarrassed millionaires” whose ship had yet to come in, he had no idea just how many millions of hard working self-made millionaires the country would someday spawn — how many would actually attain that American…

Kris Tapley interviews Moneyball director Bennett Miller

Kris Tapley interviews Moneyball director Bennett Miller

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Ensconced at his new platform under the Hitfix umbrella, In Contention’s Kris Tapley talks with Bennett Miller about the recent history of baseball  and the immediate future of filmmaking. In “Moneyball” — a project which had been nearly a decade in the making and had suffered a very public collapse before  Miller ever came around to it — he sees a lot of his own struggles getting it made. “It…

Moneyball – Even the Losers Get Lucky Sometimes

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There is a reason we have long since married our American spirit to baseball, and a reason why it’s the only sport with any romanticism attached to it, and there’s a reason why the camera loves baseball movies.  The crack of the ball hitting the bat, that ten seconds of waiting to see where the ball will go, writing your ending off a wing and a prayer.  But it isn’t…