Five days ago in Venice Black Swan roused audiences to their feet for a 5-minute standing ovation. A surprise screening in Telluride last night has inspired the same excitement stateside. Eric D. Snider, Cinematical Black Swan is a wholly engrossing, almost unbearably tense drama about a fairly mundane thing:... (Read More)
No solid release date yet, but hard to imagine Warner Bros won’t want to have the Inception DVD and blu-ray available in time for Christmas — and in time for Academy members who want to upgrade from their bare-bones screeners. (The Dark Knight theatrical release, July 18, ’08; DVD... (Read More)
If the Academy Board of Governors isn’t aware of the damage they’ve done to the perception of lifetime achievement Oscars, maybe the reaction from one of this year’s legendary recipients will help it sink in. In hearing how the BoG have dishonored the honorary Oscars by relegating it to... (Read More)
Being on the Oscar beat for ten years and you learn a thing or two. The one thing that keeps coming back to me as the season begins is how quickly bloggers and critics are eager to give a success or failure judgment to potential “Oscar movies.” It slowly... (Read More)
This morning I attended Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist. It was an unproduced script by famous filmmaker Jacques Tati, and I'd like to think Tati would be happy with Chomet's work.
By the time 2010 comes to an ambling close, Michelle Williams will have two very good performances under her belt. Blue Valentine, and Meek’s Cutoff. Obsessed with Film, underwhelmed by the film but impressed by Williams writes: Michelle Williams, who is working with the director for a second time,... (Read More)
…and he will show you his Flickr album. Full-sized after the cut.
Our first look at Rooney Mara in Dragon Tattoo drag comes in form a thumbnail slideshow from rooneymara.net via comingsoon. (click here to enlarge)
It's always interesting to see what directors will do as their next project after they win Oscars. They are given freedom that they sometimes didn't have before as production companies have more faith in them. In some cases, directors get to do dream projects. Then take Danny Boyle.... (Read More)