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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Bob Dylan Sings Christmas in the Heart

    I like Bob Dylan's straight-ahead approach to holiday classics on his new album, Christmas in the Heart. Here's a Yahoo review, complete with recommendation for another Dylan approach to Christmas music:

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Best of the Decade #9

    It’s almost astonishing now to think of the teakettle tempest that erupted when Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne were awarded the Palme d’Or for their Rosetta by David Cronenberg’s Cannes jury in 1999. That such a seemingly modest slice of peculiarly assertive social realism could triumph in a field almost exclusively reserved for art-house white elephants or Hollywood fare inflated by critical fawning was, at the very least, highly unlikely. Yet Cronenberg and company’s verdict was not simply a career-making coup for the brothers, but a rather bold recognition of those spaces going unfilled in contemporary cinema. Against the turf-staking instincts of so many of even the best filmmakers, the Dardennes had created a supple aesthetic that was wholly theirs while being eminently sharable. Their combination of formalist rigor, documentary immediacy, and social concern, if masterful, was far from novel; but the uniqueness of their work lay in something less quantifiable and categorizable. There is a pulsing life in the films that goes beyond their bobbing, neck-breathing camera, an inexorable pull towards the metaphysical while never departing from the most concrete of settings and situations. Read Andrew Tracy on The Son.

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  • iW NOW
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    St. Louis Goes "Up In The Air"

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    Phoenix Likes "Basterds"

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Considering the Future By Way of the Present.

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    Stranger than Fiction Unveils Winter Schedule

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  • The Lost Boys
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    If indieWIRE's Critic's Poll Picked The Oscars

    The 2009 indieWIRE Critics Poll in all its glory is now complete and online for your pleasure. Though you could go ahead and figure this out yourself, I did you the geeky service of going through and compiling what the results would look like if the categories were Academy Award-style. It's a dreamy list. Just imagine a world where best picture includes 4 foreign films and 2 animated films, and three women get best director nods... Strangely enough while some categories look to have near zero crossover with Oscar, best supporting actress here could go 4 out of 5.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Long Road to Invictus

    The Long Road to Invictus

    Morgan Freeman was born to play Nelson Mandela.

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