Sigourney Weaver Cries Sexism, or Something

The other story coming out of the “Jim Cameron goes to the Amazon and paints his face in protest” was that Sigourney Weaver made a really comment about this year’s Oscar race. When asked why Jim Cameron didn’t win the Oscar, she said: “Jim...
Posted On 13 Apr 2010

The Hurt Locker wins Chlotrudis prize

Last night the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film added one more top honor to The Hurt Locker’s tally, naming it best picture of the year. In keeping with their eclectic reputation, the Boston-based group chose Hirokazu Koreeda, Still Walking, as best director, while...

The Fallout – The Rumblings

My friend called me yesterday after finally seeing The Hurt Locker. Most of the adults I know in my world hadn’t even heard of the film, let alone seen it. They’d had heard of it mostly in terms of “Cameron’s ex-wife was competing with him in the awards...
Posted On 08 Mar 2010

Spit n’ Rub: Final Oscar Predictions

Don’t forget to enter our Oscar pool over at Awards Picks! And our Predictions contest. And our Predict the Oscars WRONG contest. As Kris Tapley wrote over at In Contention, I feel like this could be an off year for me too. ¬†I figure, it suddenly became unpredictable once...
Posted On 06 Mar 2010

Last Minute Words from Smart People

Illustration by Joe Zeff Design Two articles caught my eye this morning. ¬†One is Erik Childress’ final Oscar predictions. ¬†And the other is Joe Morgenstern’s piece for the Wall Street Journal about Avatar and The Hurt Locker. ¬†I think Morgenstern writes of these...
Posted On 06 Mar 2010

The Blockbuster vs. The Long Tail – AO Scott Sums Things Up

The Oscars find themselves locked in a battle for the near and immediate future of Hollywood. Coming out of the last ten years we were lulled into a false sense of security, that independent cinema WAS the future of Hollywood. Think again. Money has never seemed as important to...
Posted On 04 Mar 2010

You Can’t Have it Both Ways, Fellas

So now, as if public humiliation and a strict Academy reprimand wasn’t enough, now The Hurt Locker team is being sued for supposedly copying things that happened in real life in Iraq. Let me get this straight – the first attempt to dismantle the film by the military...
Posted On 03 Mar 2010

Renner, Just Happy to Be Here

In his first scene as Sgt. William James in Kathryn Bigelow’s much acclaimed The Hurt Locker, Jeremy Renner is sitting on his bed with a cigarette in hand listening to loud heavy metal music. Like the music he listens to, James is stimulated by danger all around him.  As an...

Jack Matthews Drops Out of Basterds’ Camp

For a while there, it looked like a few people thought Inglourious Basterds would be the film to beat. Jack Matthews was one of those out front. But he has had a change of heart. This, in the wake of Basterds not making a major show in the guilds probably. It has won a Sound...
Posted On 02 Mar 2010

The State of the Race – A Few Questions Remain

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more cut-throat Oscar season, nor a more demeaning one all the way around. I don’t know if the ten Best Picture slots opened it up to more wild campaigning, or if the sheer amount of Oscar blogs and websites contributed to the mess...
Posted On 01 Mar 2010