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Ebert’s Hereafter Rave

| September 13, 2010 | 23 Comments

Ebert is someone who knows a thing or two about life and death. It isn’t just his own experience with cancer that gives him this depth; it is also his natural curiosity and profound intellect.¬† While others can sometimes rely on their same old bag of tricks, Ebert seems... (Read More)

HBO’s Mildred Pierce, teaser

| September 12, 2010 | 1 Comment

Fabulous, elaborate, epic. The background music, a variation on Atonement’s opening sequence theme, is an excellent choice, nice fit. Original 1945 trailer for Joan Crawford’s Mildred Pierce after the cut. (thanks Amanda)

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Toronto Festival Diary: Day 4

| September 12, 2010 | 26 Comments

There were two films on my itinerary today. The first film was Robert Redford‚Äôs The Conspirator. From a screenplay by James Solomon, the film stars James McAvoy and Robin Wright, with a supporting cast that includes Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, Danny Huston, Alexis Biedel, Justin Long and Tom... (Read More)

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TIFF: The Conspirator Gets an Uptick

| September 12, 2010 | 26 Comments

The Conspirator leaps to the top of the pile with several good notices coming out of Toronto. This is the Toronto experience most filmmakers hope will happen: low on the buzz meter going in, a happy surprise going out. While it isn’t exactly the geekgasm that happened after Up... (Read More)

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Claude Chabrol, RIP

| September 12, 2010 | 10 Comments

The Telegraph obit, as linked by Ebert on Twitter, is likely the best online. Chabrol died today at the age of 80. He was, by all accounts, a master, though it should not surprise anyone that he was never nominated for an Oscar. In general, Chabrol avoided what he... (Read More)

Sam Rockwell energizes Conviction

| September 12, 2010 | 27 Comments

Being singled out among a terrific ensemble cast, word for Sam Rockwell’s role in Conviction sounds like the stuff Supporting Actor campaigns are made of. Katey Rich at Cinemablend says his, “every scene in the prison interview room and especially flashbacks gives the film a jolt of electricity.”