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New on DVD: “The Artist,” “21 Jump Street,” and “Mirror, Mirror”

posted by Nell Minow

We’ve got something for everyone on DVD and Blu-Ray this week.  First, there’s the 2012 Oscar winner for Best Picture (and Best Director, Best Actor, Best Score, and Best Costumes), The Artist, the silent, black and white movie about a […]

And the Oscars Go To…..

posted by Nell Minow

There were no big surprises but there were many touching and inspiring moments in the midst of the glamour at the Oscar ceremony.  Billy Crystal returned for the ninth time as the modern era’s most adept host, making gentle fun […]

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and the Very, Very Independent — the Spirit Awards and the Razzies

posted by Nell Minow

The Spirit Awards for independent film were announced yesterday, as were the Razzie nominations for the worst films and performances of 2011.  Good news for “The Artist,” not such good news for Adam Sandler, who broke the record for the […]

Q&A With the People Behind ‘The Artist’

posted by Nell Minow

Meet the people behind 2011’s most surprising hit, the black and white silent film, “The Artist.”

The Artist

posted by Nell Minow
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for a disturbing image and a crude gesture
Movie Release Date:January 3, 2011
DVD Release Date:June 25, 2012
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for a disturbing image and a crude gesture
Movie Release Date: January 3, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 25, 2012

“We didn’t need dialogue,” said Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) unforgettably in Billy Wilder’s classic, “Sunset Boulevard.”  “We had faces!”  Swanson herself had been a silent film star, but she is best remembered for playing the actress driven mad by being […]

Top 10 List for 2011

posted by Nell Minow

There were more sequels and remakes released in 2011 than ever before, but that wasn’t the only reason for feeling a sense of deja vu over the past 12 months.  This year we had two films with almost identical plots […]

More Awards: AFI, Boston and LA Critics Like “The Artist,” “Hugo”

posted by Nell Minow

The American Film Institute: AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR Bridesmaids The Descendants The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo The Help Hugo J. Edgar Midnight In Paris Moneyball The Tree Of Life War Horse AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR Breaking […]

Washington Area Film Critics Pick ‘The Artist,’ Scorsese, Clooney, Williams

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Area Film Critics announced our awards for 2011 this morning: Best Film: The Artist Best Director: Martin Scorsese (Hugo) Best Actor: George Clooney (The Descendants) Best Actress: Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks […]

Awards 2011 — Part 1

posted by Nell Minow

Like the Presidential primaries, the end-of-year movie award lists get earlier all the time.  Here’s what’s come in so far: Gotham Awards (for independent films) Best feature: “Tree of Life” and “Beginners” Best ensemble: “Beginners” New York Film Critics Best […]

Trailer: ‘The Artist’

posted by Nell Minow

“The Artist” is a brand new black and white silent movie.  It has James Cromwell, John Goodman, and Penelope Ann Miller in supporting roles and two actors new to America in a story about a silent-era star whose career crumbles […]

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posted 8:00:00am Oct. 10, 2015 | read full post »

Interview: Jon Gries of "Endgame" (and "Get Shorty" and "Napoleon Dynamite")
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posted 3:27:36pm Oct. 09, 2015 | read full post »

Meryl Streep Calls for More Women Film Critics
The Hollywood Reporter quotes Meryl Streep on the disproportionate number of male film critics on Rotten Tomatoes:  "The word isn’t 'disheartening,' it’s 'infuriating,'” she said. “I submit to you that men and women are not the same. ...

posted 8:00:10am Oct. 09, 2015 | read full post »

Big Stone Gap
Even in small towns, big things can happen. Sometimes the most famous movie star in the world stops by and makes international headlines. And ...

posted 5:51:50pm Oct. 08, 2015 | read full post »

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