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    Toronto Review | The Mask of Celebrity: Casey Affleck's "I'm Still Here"

    The creative forces behind "I'm Still Here," Casey Affleck's alleged documentary about brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix's bizarre attempt to quit acting and launch a hip hop career, seem eager to invite notoriety. Lawsuits have assailed the movie for the various hedonistic shenanigans the two actors e...

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    Review: "A Letter To Elia"

    Not at all a conventional biographical documentary, Martin Scorsese's and Kent Jones's “A Letter to Elia” is instead an intensely personal and deep exploration of the essence of one major filmmaker by another. Keenly analytical in its appreciation of how Elia Kazan achieved such dramatic power in his best work, the hour-long piece movingly achieves special status in the way Scorsese uses the occasion to offer a penetrating slice of emotional autobiography, one man revealing much about himself through his affinity for another man's cinema. Launched at the Venice and Telluride film festivals, this singular film will be shown as part of PBS's “A...

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    For New Film, Harmony Korine Joins Rotterdam Fest Crowd Funding Initiative

    Harmony Korine is literally and figuratively seeking coins online to fund and release a new film. The director will produce and premiere his next film as part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam's Cinema Reloaded program. Launched earlier this year, The Cinema Reloaded platform allows filmm...

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    Telluride Wrap: Best of Fest

    One great thing about The Telluride Film Festival: it's all over in four days. So as America gets back to work and school, Tim Appelo wraps up the best of the fest:

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    A Quick Update On Oscar Buzz In The Midst of Fall Fest Mania

    Check out this story up on indieWIRE where I give some quick input on the post-Telluride, post-most of Venice but pre-Toronto Oscar buzz situation, with "The King's Speech" looking like the MVP of fall fest mania so far. I didn't go so far as giving full-on predictions (we'll wait for Toronto to end...

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    Fassbender/McQueen Reunite, Studio Critique, Love And Other Drugs, Mulligan Talks Never Let Me Go

    - The Guardian calls Hollywood's summer box office victory - approximately a 2.4% lead on 2009 - a hollow one; "the abiding memory of summer 2010 will be of a decline in standards" (the standards of storytelling, not technical effects). The arguments behind this hollow victory include the decline in actual people in theatre seats (lowest since 1997) and the rise in revenue (thanks, 3-D), the root of which conflicts with studios' growing challenge to stay relevant amongst growing sources of alternative entertainment (if they're only making movies for profit, they're undermining the argument for preserving the relevance of film). The Guardian a...

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    Now You See It: "MacGruber" - Necessary Spoof or Deserved Flop?

    There is a sort of outcry I keep noticing regarding certain movies that aren't doing well at the box office. Movies that are very popular with the blog critics out there, like "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and "Kick-Ass." Those kinds of movies that are enthusiastically supported at Comic-Con only to be dismissed by the mainstream come theatrical release time. This year the phrase has also been used in relation to the disappointment of "MacGruber," which was well-received by the Austin crowd at its SXSW premiere only to be ignored at the multiplex two months later (it made even less than both the much-hated "Jonah Hex" and the science document...

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    Barney's Version in Sony's Hands

    Before its launch in Venice and Toronto Fest, Sony Pictures Classics has scooped up Barney's Version. Based on Mordecai Richler's acclaimed comic novel and directed by Richard J. Lewis, the film's stellar cast is led by Paul Giamatti, Minnie Driver, Dustin Hoffman and Rosamund Pike. The story spans ...

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    Telluride Diary: Best of the Fest

    Offering just two dozen new feature films over five days, the Telluride Film Festival is a carefully curated event. Which is another way of saying that its programmers have idiosyncratic taste. Fest heads Tom Luddy, Gary Meyer and Julie Huntsinger clearly have favorite filmmakers who seem to return ...

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