Awards Watch Archive for August, 2010

A Modest Backgrounder On Oscar Honoree Kevin Brownlow

A Modest Backgrounder On Oscar Honoree Kevin Brownlow

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MZS Celebrates Waiting For Godard

MZS Celebrates Waiting For Godard

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Waiting For Godard

Waiting For Godard “If AMPAS is having trouble tracking Godard down, they should probably be relieved. If he does turn up in person, it’s a fair bet that he would give a speech that would provoke far more outrage than anything Vanessa Redgrave or Marlon Brando ever said or did on Oscar night.” Macnab Sez…

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How Godard Reacts To Awards

“I don’t think you should feel about a film. You should feel about a woman, not a movie. You can’t kiss a movie.” A Telegram From Mr. Godard To The National Film Theater Once Upon An Honor And – Brody’s 2000 New Yorker Profile From A Very Brief Swiss Visit Plus – Godard’s Hélas-Pour-Vous 1995…

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Taiwan Sends Monga To Oscars

Taiwan Sends Monga To Oscars

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Where Is Jean-Luc?

Où est Jean-Luc? Un Histoire Du Cinema Academy Cannot Locate Oscar Honoree With – Movieline’s “Missing” Poster For Jean-Luc Godard: Drôle Ou Deguelasse? But – Not As Disgusting As “maybe his cold dead corpse is slowly decomposing on the dirty bathroom floor of a seedy Swiss motel. Tee-hee.”

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture Studio Director Stars Comment The Films Most Likely (by release date) June 18 Toy Story 3 Disney Unkrich – July 16 Inception WB Nolan DiCaprio July 30 Get Low SPC Schneider Duvall Spacek Murray Oct 22 Hereafter WB Eastwood Damon Dec 25 True Grit Par Coens Bridges Brolin Damon The Next Tier…

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30 Weeks To Go Yeah… It’s Time To Start Thinking Oscar Again

We’re a few weeks away from Venice/Telluride/Toronto, which kicks off the Oscar season in one 19-day period. What these festivals do is to get a few titles rolling, but mostly, they start eliminating would-be contenders from the race. It’s not just press, fans, and reality in play here … it’s the studios too. Fox Searchlight…

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Get Low Director’s Prom Date Found Seed Money For Production

Get Low Director’s Prom Date Found Seed Money For Production

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“I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how many recappers, while clearly over their heads, are baseline sympathetic to finding themselves routinely unmoored, even if that means repeating over and over that this is closer to “avant-garde art” than  normal TV to meet the word count. My feed was busy connecting the dots to Peter Tscherkassky (gas station), Tony Conrad (the giant staring at feedback of what we’ve just seen), Pat O’Neill (bombs away) et al., and this is all apposite — visual and conceptual thinking along possibly inadvertent parallel lines. If recappers can’t find those exact reference points to latch onto, that speaks less to willful ignorance than to how unfortunately severed experimental film is from nearly all mainstream discussions of film because it’s generally hard to see outside of privileged contexts (fests, academia, the secret knowledge of a self-preserving circle working with a very finite set of resources and publicity access to the larger world); resources/capital/access/etc. So I won’t assign demerits for willful incuriosity, even if some recappers are reduced, in some unpleasantly condescending/bluffing cases, to dismissing this as a “student film” — because presumably experimentation is something the seasoned artist gets out of their system in maturity, following the George Lucas Model of graduating from Bruce Conner visuals to Lawrence Kasdan’s screenwriting.”
~ Vadim Rizov Goes For It, A Bit

“On the first ‘Twin Peaks,’ doing TV was like going from a mansion to a hut. But the arthouses are gone now, so cable television is a godsend — they’re the new art houses. You’ve got tons of freedom to do the work you want to do on TV, but there is a restriction in terms of picture and sound. The range of television is restricted. It’s hard for the power and the glory to come through. In other words, you can have things in a theater much louder and also much quieter. With TV, the quieter things have to be louder and the louder things have to be quieter, so you have less dynamics. The picture quality — it’s fine if you have a giant television with a good speaker system, but a lot of people will watch this on their laptops or whatever, so the picture and the sound are going to suffer big time. Optimally, people should be watching TV in a dark room with no disturbances and with as big and good a picture as possible and with as great sound as possible.”
~ David Lynch