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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    A Social Network Starts Too-Early Oscar Buzz

    A Social Network Starts Too-Early Oscar Buzz

    David Fincher, Scott Rudin and the Sony marketing team are all smiles over a very early rave review from Film Comment of The Social Network, followed by a tweet from Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers (proffering an ad quote after A Social Network lost its Hot Issue cover to Barack Obama): "David Fincher’s Social Network is the 1st film I've given **** in 2010. It’s the movie of the year that also brilliantly defines the decade." The NYT weighs in with a fact vs. fiction debate.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Storytelling: Amir Bar-Lev's "The Tillman Story"

    The use of the word narrative to designate fictional films as opposed to documentary ones is problematic. Narrative will show up in footage taken by an unmanned surveillance camera or a satellite, not to mention when there are humans deciding what’s in the frame and for how long, and what ends up on the cutting-room floor. And the documentary films of Amir Bar-Lev are doubly occupied by narrative; as divergent as his subjects have been, his theme is always in some sense the stories that people create in order to civilize the wilderness of their own experience, the stories they impose on the lives of others, and—especially—the repercussions when those stories come into conflict with each other, as they inevitably do. Read Anna Thorngate's review of The Tillman Story.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Up to the Mountain: "Altiplano"

    International culture-clash movie narratives used to be about bridging gaps, language barriers, righting wrongs, learning, healing. How times have changed. Today, global discontent has bred a severe alteration in such portraiture, resulting in an endless flow of grim scenarios that are no less myopic for being harrowing and unresolved. The smaller our world has grown, the tighter our financial, social, and political concerns have become, the more distrustful the narratives. Two or more disparate civilizations coming together onscreen is now often the catalyst for distrust, melancholy, and often, finally outright disaster. As evidenced by films such as Babel and Mammoth, a reason for this might have less to do with the filmmakers’ philosophy or geopolitics than simple storytelling opportunism—tragedy is easier than comedy, death and trauma simpler to telegraph than genuine harmony (Before the Rain may have been a game-changer in this regard, but at least that film’s central theme was grounded in the vital wartime reality of its Balkan setting.) Protest scenes are easier to stage—emotionally, at least—than moments of benevolent human exchange; it takes less imagination to film a crestfallen woman staring at the incomprehensible, uncaring world from the side of a cliff, her hair blowing in the unforgiving wind, her cheeks streaked with tears, than to chart her daily, gradual growing awareness and acceptance of life’s harsh realities.

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  • Spout
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    Born Into This: Family as Prison in "Animal Kingdom" and "Winter's Bone"

    David Michod's Sundance-winning crime film "Animal Kingdom" expands to theaters in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and other parts of California in addition to its LA and NYC locations today. I highly recommend you see it -- twice if you can -- once it hits your area (see its bookings through October here). Also, if you haven't yet seen "Winter's Bone" and you're anywhere near one of the 131 screens playing it, see the darn thing already (otherwise wait for its Oct. 26 DVD release).

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    maltin on movies: Animal Kingdom

    Animal Kingdom | Leonard Maltin | Maltin on Movies | Movie Trailers This gritty crime drama from Australia is a late-summer sleeper.

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  • iW NOW
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    Cardiff's Iris Prize Selects Jury for Short Award

    The Iris Prize, Cardiff's International Gay and Lesbian Short Film Prize, recently unveiled the International Jury members voting for this year's award. The prize will be given out at the Iris Prize Festival, which takes from October 6 to October 9, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales.

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  • The Playlist
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    On The Rise: 5 Cinematographers On Their Way To The A-List

    A couple of months ago, we took a look at five of the screenwriters that we're most excited about making their big screen debuts in the near future. For the next step in our semi-regular series, we wanted to look at another job that sometimes doesn't get the credit that it deserves. If the layman is struck by a film's imagery, the most common response is "That was well directed." But while a handful of directors have the technical knowledge necessary (Steven Soderbergh comes to mind), most filmmakers will admit that one of the most vital collaborative relationships on set is between them and their Director of Photography.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Selects Scientific Achievement Short List

    Academy Selects Scientific Achievement Short List

    The Motion Picture Academy's scientific and technical awards committee has selected 15 achievements for further awards consideration. Now anyone else with similar devices or prior claims can offer their achievements to the committee, by August 31.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Reporter Loses Sight of Story

    Journalism is a tough job, but someone has to do it. Check out this report:

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Reverse Shot Talkies #18: Chiara Mastroianni

    Actress Chiara Mastroianni and host Eric Hynes take a stroll through Central Park to talk about her breakthrough performances in Arnaud Desplechin's A Christmas Tale and Christophe Honoré's latest, Making Plans for Lena (opening this week), before touching on motherhood, divorce, and the difficulties of being a modern woman.

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