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Cannes Podcast: Blue Valentine

Some things you might not know about Blue Valentine is that director Derek Cianfrance has been meticulously working on this film for a good ten years. He brought it to Michelle Williams back in 2003, and a few years later they brough in…

Cannes Diary – Day 3

Cannes is a many layers deep experience. Every time you think you've nailed one layer, peeled it back, stuffed it into your pocket another one reveals itself. And another, and another. There are obscure screenings and high profile…

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps

Better late than never? We somehow neglected to feature these board room portraits for WS2 when they first appeared months ago. With the official Cannes premiere tomorrow, maybe now's the time to take inventory of these assets and go…

Get Low, trailer

Reviewed at the Toronto International Film Festival by Variety's Joe Leyden, Sept 2009: With a mix of sly humor, homespun grace and affecting poignancy, "Get Low" casts a well-nigh irresistible spell while spinning a Depression-era…

Michael Douglas in Solitary Man

Michael Douglas as "a car magnate with a runaway libido." Douglas plays a former owner of a car dealership chain whose career and marriage were destroyed by his business and romantic indiscretions. (Variety, 2006) Susan Sarandon,…

Colin Firth: The Man Who Hurt Too Much

Stephanie Zacharek's tribute to the best performance by any actor nominated this season, Colin Firth in A Single Man. Maybe it's some sort of warped sign of progress that the movie about the sexy grief-stricken gay guy is one of the…

TIME’s Great Performances

They lead with Jeff Bridges: Marco Grob for TIME Crazy Heart There were plenty of props ‚Äî from the homegrown (potbelly) to the manufactured (glasses of booze) ‚Äî to help Bridges embody Crazy Heart's alcoholic singer-songwriter…

Oscar Bloggers Headed to Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara Film Fest kicks off as we speak. They have a lot of tributes and panels and such -- it is their 25th anniversary. Jeff Wells at Hollywood-Elsewhere, Kris Tapley at In Contention, Scott Feinberg at And the Winner Is and…

Oscar Flashback – the Big Ten Again

It occurred to me that Jeff Bridges is the only one of the frontrunners who is not starring in one of the ten nominated Best Pictures. So I went back to the old decade where the Academy dolled out ten best pics. And this is what I…

Jeremy Renner – Small Town Boy Hits Big

Jeremy Renner is, I think, the one actor who could possibly upset Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart (which seems like a done deal, but you never know with Oscar). Renner is not only in the film that has captured the attention of voters, The Hurt…

A Single Man, Brazilian/Portugese poster

Title changed to "Right to Love" and the tagline reads, "there are losses that are irreparable," but the most curious alteration to A Single Man is how Colin Firth's face seems to have a subtle infusion of Brazilian DNA. Where can I…

Sundance: James Franco in Howl

Put down the pitchforks, and slowly back away from the ballots. Maybe now's a good time to take a deep breath, look around, and see what's been happening at Sundance this week. THR: "Howl" proved the perfect film to kick off…

Two more swoons for A Single Man

Settling in at a comfy metascore of 74 with about half the nation's critics having seen it in limited release, A Single Man collects two more high scores, from The Onion and the LA Times (thanks j). Betsy Sharkey calls it a…

Dargis on Colin Firth

While her review of A Single Man is mostly appreciative, her praise of Colin Firth's performance is noteworthy: Mr. Firth‚Äôs delicately shaded performance no doubt helped steady Mr. Ford‚Äôs nerves. Certainly, the director knows how…

Corliss singles out A Single Man

In the same TIME feature Sasha quotes below (and I now see was the platform for The Lovely Bones preview a few days ago), Richard Corliss has high praise for Colin Firth in A Single Man, and for first-time director Tom Ford: For…