Archives for February 2011

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Congratulations to the Winners (and Long Live the King)

Best Picture: The King's Speech (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin)Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth (The King's Speech)Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)Directing: The King's Speech (Tom Hooper)Cannot be reprinted without permission from site owner ... more >

Hall pass

Delivers most of the goods
Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis and Christina Applegate
Directed by Bobby Farrelly

Could "Hall Pass" be the nail in the coffin for the Farrelly brothers' careers? A long time ago these guys used to be able to reach into the bottom of the barrel and pull out a real gag--now they just settle for cheap shocks. Their script, which they wrote with Pete Jones and Kevin Barnett, is a good idea that, put in more capable hands could have been a much better movie. Instead, it’s ... more >

Unknown

Strangely Liam Neeson establishes himself as action hero
Liam Neeson, January Jones, and Diane Kruger
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra

Liam Neeson’s life gets "taken" and he has to fight to get it back in Unknown, the star’s best attempt so far at banking on his action hero personae. Sure Unknown is like a smorgasbord of other thrillers (the Bourne series and Frantic chief among them) rolled up into one but it does so many things right that I barely even noticed the resemblance until the lights in the theater came up. Neeson ... more >

BERLINALE ’11 wrap-up

Two movies that closed the festival

Two highly anticipated late competition entries in this year’s Berlin Film Festival which wrapped up yesterday scooped up awards at Saturday’s award ceremony. American director Joshua Marston’s “The Forgiveness of Blood,” an Albanian-language dramatic thriller nabbed the Silver Bear for best screenplay. Andres Veiel’s feature film debut “Wer Wenn Nicht Wir” (pictured; “If Not Us, Who”), a German ... more >

Triumph in Berlin

Iranian moviemaker gets top honor

Asghar Farhadi’s “Nader and Simin” was the big winner at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, which announced its awards Saturday evening, a day prior to the end of the fest. Farhadi won the Silver Bear for best director two years ago for his film “About Elly.” “Nader and Simin” was widely seen as a shoo-in for the Golden Bear, both for its outstanding quality in a year of insipid competition fare ... more >

Cedar Rapids

Getting all lyrical on you
Ed Helms, John C. Reilly and Anne Heche
Directed by Miguel Arteta

Corn feeder of the world! A city smelling of insurance, the cleaner of messes, where accidents are always accidents, even naked in bathrooms at the end of slackless ropes. Temptress of lusts, shaker of souls, the moral poisoner of overgrown children, City of the weak shoulders. They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I see your painted women, drizzling outside ... more >

Coriolanus and Nader & Simin

From the Berlin Film Festival

As the Berlin Film Festival creeps film-by-film to its end this coming Sunday the amount of mediocre fare in the main competition section is baffling. However, solace was at hand with Ralph Fiennes’ worthy “Coriolanus,” and Asghar Farhadi masterful "Nader and Simin: A Separation," which arrived on days five and six, respectively. I’ll start with the less impressive of the two. A decade ... more >