The Truth about Awards Season Emerges at the Close of the Santa Barbara Film Fest

“You do the work. That’s all that matters. The rest is someone else’s business,” — Robert Redford accepting his Riviera award at the Santa Barbara Film Fest. It’s easy to forget that there is value beyond the awards race. I know, silly coming...
Posted On 09 Feb 2014

Robert Redford to Receive Prestigious Riviera Award

Robert Redford will be feted at the Santa Barbara Film Fest on February 7 with the American Riviera Award.   Redford delivered one of the best performances of the year in All is Lost, JC Chandor’s meditation on human existence.   Somehow, the SAG voters overlooked...
Posted On 17 Dec 2013

The Crowded Best Actor Race Outsizes Category

2013 is one of those years when the Oscar category for Best Actor could double from five to ten without breaking a sweat. This isn’t strictly true for any of the other categories, although Foreign Language, Documentary Feature and Animated feature could fill ten slots with...
Posted On 15 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

High Praise for Robert Redford in All is Lost

New York Magazine’s David Edelstein writes: In his late seventies, Robert Redford has never held the camera as magnificently as he does in the survival-at-sea thriller All Is Lost, and it’s not just because he’s the only person in the movie. It’s because solitude is his...
Posted On 16 Oct 2013

Redford talks to New York Times’ Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd has taken some time off from beating down what’s left of the Obama administration to give some ink to the great Robert Redford. Would that Dowd would write this kind of stuff more often, at least until Obama leaves office. Redford gives her three intimate hours...
Posted On 09 Oct 2013

Best Actor Race – Most Competitive in Years

In competitive years for Best Actor surprising results have often emerged. When Jack Nicholson for About Schmidt was up against Daniel Day Lewis for Gangs of New York, Michael Caine for the Quiet American and Nicolas Cage for Adaptation, Adrien Brody won for The Pianist. In 2011,...
Posted On 28 Sep 2013

New Trailer for Survival Drama, All is Lost

JC Chandor and Robert Redford’s collaboration for this film is something to behold. While it seems like Hollywood is falling apart, and that TV is the new movie, there are still pockets of hopeful inspiration here and there.  All is Lost is exactly the kind of film that is...
Posted On 01 Aug 2013
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