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Oscar Podcast Preview – When No Country for Old Men Couldn’t Lose

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“He’s a psychopathic killer but so what.” “You seem like a man who wouldn’t want to waste a chair.” “If the road you followed has led you to this, of what use was the road?” “The coin ain’t got no say.” “I’m just looking for what’s coming.” “But you never see that. Beer. That’s what coming.” “That’s foolish. You pick the one right tool.” “Are you going to shoot me?”…


Special Screening Invite for AD Readers in Los Angles for Coherence

Special Screening Invite for AD Readers in Los Angles for Coherence

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If you want to go on June 19, please click this link for an invite! At the Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset. Check out this write-up from Jeff Wells at Hollywood-Elswhere: If you live in Los Angeles or New York, James Ward Byrkit‘s cerebral but quite chilling Coherence is the film to see this weekend. Definitely. Anyone can make an “uh-oh, something’s not right, weird things are happening” movie, but the…


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Under the Radar: Other Films to Catch during Blockbuster Season

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by Jordan Ruimy Here are a few films that I think are worth paying attention to. Take for example Kelly Reichardt, whose “Night Moves” premiered earlier last year at the Toronto Film Fest. Reichardt is a filmmaker who doesn’t adhere to any conventions, and a film by this talented female writer-director has in a way become a convention in itself. If you’ve seen “Old Joy”, “Wendy and Lucy”, or “Meek’s…


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Richard Linklater’s Boyhood Enters Best Picture Race

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Although its reception at Sundance was kind of mezzo mezzo, there is no doubt that Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has the stuff to become one of the nine by year’s end. There are several factors that will contribute to this but the top of the list would be Linklater’s dedication to the project.  Indiewire’s Erik Kohn calls it an “unprecedented achievement in fictional storytelling.”  Starting in 2002, Boyhood tracks a child…


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The State of the Race: Will Best Picture Ever Be More or Less Than Nine?

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As we head into another Oscar year we are once again faced with nine Best Picture nominees. We all know it will be nine because ever since the Academy changed their rules from Best Picture from five to ten and then from ten to an arbitrary number between 5 and 9 it has been nine – for three consecutive years. That’s because there are so many good movies every year…


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New Voices in Film Criticism: Tasha Robinson at The Dissolve

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The Dissolve’s Tasha Robinson writes up a brilliant piece about female characters in films who are supposed to be “strong” but who, in the end, really are just your usual backseat babe, making the world easier for the male hero to swoop in and save the day. Most of the films aimed at young people and the male demographic that Hollywood believes dominates the box office feature this dynamic. Writing…


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Emmys – For Your Consideration – Fargo is Exceptional Television

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Fargo is the best show on TV no one is really talking about. It’s a slow burn, admittedly, which hasn’t caught the same kind of zeitgeist fire that True Detective or House of Cards caught. But that’s probably because it’s an acquired taste – and besides, so many other TV shows have people talking, like Game of Thrones, of course. Fargo probably has another strike against it – people don’t…


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Best Films with Zero Oscar Nominations

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My Facebook friend (#humblebrag) and one of my favorite film directors Rod Lurie recently posted the following status update: [Redacted, how much he loved Joe Carnahan's film The Grey] “If I had been a critic when that film came out I would have pounded the Academy into submission. I swear I would have. Indeed, without hyperbole, it’s the greatest American film ever made that doesn’t have a single Oscar nomination….


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Ruby Dee, RIP

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Ruby Dee died peacefully in her sleep at 91 years old. Thanks to Natasha for the news. Dee was nominated for American Gangster, though not Do the Right Thing, a major oversight.


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New Birdman Teaser and Poster, Bodes Well for 2014′s Slate

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The movies this year are already looking like a brilliant array of creative risks. Birdman!

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The Toronto Film Fest unfurls September 4th through the 14th. New York kind of pulled an announcement coup, being the first major North American...

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Here’s a vintage 1980s thriller nobody remembers because it won’t open till next month. Based on an ’80s espionage novel. Directed by Roger Donaldson...