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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Festival Report: Cinema Eye Rolls With Docs

    Critic Karina Longworth reports on the Cinema Eye nominations from the Doc/Fest in Sheffield, England:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    A Prophet Leads European Film Award Nominations

    The European Film Academy nominations for the 22nd European Film Awards were voted on by over 2,000 EFA members who will now choose the winners. They will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on December 12 in Bochum.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Don't Open: Richard Kelly's "The Box"

    Take me seriously!Many reviews of The Box will start out like: “After the disastrous reception that greeted Southland Tales, director Richard Kelly...” This opening apologia acknowledges the massive blunder that was Southland (though there are still a handful of defenders), and opens up wiggle room to reinstate Kelly as a filmmaker worth watching, regardless of the relative quality of The Box itself. His intelligence and ambition—perhaps even “vision”—will be referenced, his genre-mashing sensibility lauded, and even if the film might be not be any good (more on that shortly), Richard Kelly himself will likely emerge unscathed to fight another day. In reality, what should be said of The Box, especially in the wake of Southland Tales, is that when it comes to Richard Kelly there’s no there there, and likely never was. Click here to read the rest of Jeff Reichert's review of The Box.

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    my oscar picks, so far...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Up in the Air, Clooney, Streep Lead Gurus 'O Gold

    Oscar Watch: Up in the Air, Clooney, Streep Lead Gurus 'O Gold

    The Gurus 'O Gold jury of 14 Oscar prognosticators have weighed in on the top movies, actors and animated films so far in the Oscar race. Here's how it looks with at least four major movies (*) sight unseen. (BTW, I meant to include Up, which naturally leads the animation pack, in my top twelve.) George Clooney leads the actors, while Carey Mulligan Meryl Streep is the top contender among the actresses. UPDATE: Since November 4, MCN added votes which pushed Streep into the lead, by one point.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Nine Things I Learned at BAFTA's Brittania Awards

    BAFTA LA's Britannia Awards at the Hyatt Regency were a blast Thursday night, as the Brits handed out achievement awards to Kirk Douglas, Colin Firth, Emily Blunt, Danny Boyle and Robert De Niro. The show was far better than last year, which went on "at ass-paralyzing length," as host Stephen Fry put it.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    @Sheffield: Further Complications

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  • The Lost Boys
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    "Precious"'s 18 Theaters

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    All Fall Down: Chris Smith's "Collapse"

    At the turns of decades and centuries, it’s fairly common for sky-is-falling prognostication to spike wildly. This angst often finds expression in popular entertainments, such as the appearance, as if on cue, of the clunky misfire Knowing and the upcoming sure-to-be tedious 2012. What these kinds of spectacles provide is something like diversionary exorcism—the world outside may seem bad, but there’s some comfort in recognizing that visual effects artists can always imagine even worse. These films are about as easy to dismiss as History Channel specials on Nostradamus, and probably less fun, so Chris Smith’s often unnerving documentary Collapse arrives as something of a minor key paranoiac balm. Based on real events and plausible conjectures, its world crisis feels terribly immediate. Click here to read the rest of Jeff Reichert's review of Collapse.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    @Sheffield: Cinema Eye Honors

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