100 Performances Oscar Forgot – Part Eight

Some truly crazed and murderous men acting their socks off here – and one man just trying to stay alive. Not one made the short-list come Oscar time. Part 8 of our list of 100 Academy Award Absentees also includes some terrific work by the female branch, their range covers extreme loss and self-abuse. Let’s […]

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100 Performances Oscar Forgot – Part Three

There’s a definite, and I assure you non-deliberate, theme of foreign-language and varying comedic performances in the third part of our delve into highlighting Oscar omissions. Take a look.  Jeanne Moreau for Jules et Jim (1962) You can still see the rules of the game being altered before your eyes when you watch the movies […]

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Never Forget: 11 New York Movies

Okay so before you go decide on which of the following 11 New York films you are going to binge watch, have you read my poem yet? Blatant plugging, I know. I felt the urge to dig out this poem I wrote again to those loved and lost in 2001. #September11 #NeverForget911 pic.twitter.com/QeGIPHtvAM — Robin […]

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Never Forget: 9 New York Movies

I, and many of us, need little reason at all to remember and celebrate movies. Oh not New York again. Er yeah. We remember 2001 today, which affected America and the world. All the more reason to embrace the movies, and New York has been venue to many, many great movies. I plucked 20 from […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #20

During the build-up, and now brilliant coverage of, the film events in Telluride, I become engulfed in a paradox of emotions. There is the sheer excitement of course, but also the undeniable envy. And this gets stronger every year, with every Toronto, with every Sundance, with every Cannes. Putting my screenwriting on hold (which is […]

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Masterpiece Memo: Modern Times

Modern Times is one of four or five movies I have seen many, many times, that when I do sit down and watch it again I have to scratch my head and wonder – is this my favorite film of all time? Most recently I took it upon myself to introduce my recently turned 3 […]

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Live Global Screening: Stories We Tell

As I quoted elsewhere (who quotes themselves these days?!) Sarah Polley is: “someone I deeply admire, and have for some time, as a charismatic and powerful figure in the film industry, Sarah Polley appears to be a rare commodity these days.” I confess to not really knowing who this fascinating Canadian actress was until seeing […]

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Masterpiece Memo – Lawrence of Arabia

Mention Hollywood epics and one of the first films that comes to mind is Lawrence of Arabia. AFI named it Number One on its “EPICS” top ten and it appears on every other list for which it qualifies. It is the standard by which all are measured, but when one looks closer, it should have […]

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