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Eric Bialas in Telluride reviews Never Let Me Go

| September 4, 2010 | 11 Comments

[NOTE: Never Let Me Go is built around a premise that reveals itself gradually with unsettling banality. The circumstances are made clear early on, but if you'd rather discover the situation unprepared then you'll want to skip reading about the details that any review will have trouble avoiding. This... (Read More)

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John Sayles’ Amigo, trailer

| September 4, 2010 | 11 Comments

An American invasion of a foreign country. A battle for hearts and minds. A pacification programme to quell an insurgency. Guerrilla warfare. Firefights. Sound familiar? Well, yes and no. √úber-indie American filmmaker John Sayles winds the clock back to 1900 and the US occupation of the Philippines in his... (Read More)

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Top 25 Opening Scenes

| September 3, 2010 | 1 Comment

Another good post from The Film Stage, this time highlighting a possible list of 25 of the most memorable film openings. You must go and read the post (with links!) but here are the scenes. 25. Inglourious Basterds 24. Vertigo 23. Antichrist 22. La Dolce Vita

Tree of Life: Early Reaction

| September 3, 2010 | 15 Comments

Most of you are waiting to hear anything about Tree of Life so this post counts, in some strange way, as actual news. The Film Stage alerted us to this early reaction of the film by a member of Home Theater Forum: Saw TREE OF LIFE the other night... (Read More)

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Variety’s take on Somewhere

| September 3, 2010 | 12 Comments

Don’t want to seem to be obsessing but as these reviews trickle the reactions are all over the map, so here’s another perspective from Variety: Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” is a quiet heartbreaker. Trading “Lost in Translation’s” Tokyo hotel for Beverly Hills’ Chateau Marmont, the ever-perceptive writer-director further hones her... (Read More)

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The Way Back finds distribution with Newmarket

| September 3, 2010 | 13 Comments

In advance of its Telluride premiere, Peter Weir’s epic trek The Way Back has already found a distributor. Deadline says the acquisition is a synergistic deal for Newmarket since Newmarket’s parent company Exclusive Media Group provided financing for the film’s production. Newmarket previously handled US distribution for Whale Rider,... (Read More)

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Sex and the AMPAS

| September 3, 2010 | 43 Comments

The question was brought up on Twitter recently whether or not the Academy can deal with sex, specifically gay or lesbian sex and whether or not it effects the film’s so-called Oscar potential. Oscar potential, by the way, is a phrase I’ve always defined as: whether the film is... (Read More)