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“The Governors Awards are one of the highest honors an actor can receive in mid-November. So many have used the word genius tonight that I might as well say it about Steve Martin.”
Rushfield At The Academy’s Governors Awards

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“We owe this victory to Barbara Broccoli, producer of the James Bond series, Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes, who because of their relationship with Judi Dench gave permission to spoof the ratings system using the M character.”
Weinstein Wins Philomena PG-13

“Genuinely experimental, blatantly predicated on the formal possibilities of film, Gravity is a movie in a tradition that includes IntoleranceNapoleonOlympia, and The Birds, as well as its most obvious precursor, 2001. Call it blockbuster modernism.
Hoberman On Gravity

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“I was surprised to see how much space the sex took up in the minds of people. But it’s a question of a taboo that’s been shattered. The film will be seen in another light once that taboo has been eradicated.”
Controversy Is The Warmest Color: Kechiche Clarifies His Remarks About Blue

“Scrap the significance of nation; Scrap the one-country, one-film rule; Institute a US release requirement.”
TIFF’s Cameron Bailey On Oscar’s Foreign Language Rules

LA Times

“I’m not sure I’m OK with doing it that way. I don’t want to say there’s anything wrong with the current ending, because there isn’t. But it’s something we’re still talking about. We don’t open for three months, and it’s possible you’ll see something different.”
John Wells On August: Osage County‘s Search For Closure spoilers

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“By the time the sounds of the Von Trapp children warbling ‘Silent Night’ drift through The Giver, you may find yourself wondering what fresh movie hell this is. In truth, the enervating hash of dystopian dread, vague religiosity and commercial advertising-style uplift is nothing if not stale. Adapted from Lois Lowry’s book for young readers, the story involves an isolated society that, with its cubistic dwellings, mindless smiles, monochromatic environs and nebulous communitarianism, seem modeled on a Scandinavian country or an old Mentos commercial.”
~ Manohla Dargis’ Deadly Lede For Review Of The Giver

“It’s possible that in the coming days or, God forbid, weeks, the president could have something more specific to say about the freighted decades-long history of political imbalance at work, in this case between a mostly black working-class town and its majority white government and police force. But this is a black man who must choose his words about race, governance, and law enforcement even more carefully than a white politician would. And this is the third summer in which, as president, he would have to do so…

“Until this point in the turmoil, the absence of the crucial second face in the incident seemed to heighten the distance between police and the people they serve. It grants them both an anonymity and autonomy that matches the bizarre transformation, in Ferguson and elsewhere, of police into troops. The riot gear turns 2014 into a dot on a Jim Crow–era timeline. Since the officer’s name wasn’t made public more immediately, it should have seemed urgent for the police to lose the riot attire and take steps to minimize distrust, to dispel the contagious assumption that silence equates racism…

“What is so affecting isn’t just that 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed when he was barely a man. It’s other things as well. One was how many reports of the incident that first day mentioned that he was about to start college. That’s a rite that’s universally emotional. But for a black male from a poor family, the first day of college is a freighted day that usually requires the sacrifice of more than one person. Black people know the odds of getting to and graduating from college, and that they’re low. That Brown seemed to be on the right path compounded the parental, local, and national outrage over his being wiped from it.”

~ Wesley Morris On Let’s Be Cops, The Shooting In Ferguson, Obama…