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Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

So it is finally here, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King the final installment. This is no review. All the reviews were great. It truly brings a brilliant spectacular ending to the biggest project and gamble in film history. Return of the King will kill at the box office and I’m sure make a fortune….

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Bill Tush: December 12, 2003

It seems in the past few weeks I have been blasted with swashbuckling. Limb-lobbing battles in Master and Commander, gruesome, graphic carnage in the Civil War epic Cold Mountain and mythical, computer generated killing in The Return of the King the final installment of Lord of the Rings. Man if there was ever a time for Jack it was…

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The MCN 100: The First Incarnation Part 5

Best Screenplay Votes Screenplay Writer(s) 17 Lost In Translation Sofia Coppola 15 Mystic River Brian Helgeland, from Dennis Lehane’s Book 13 American Splendor Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini 10 In America Jim, Naomi and Kirsten Sheridan 6 21 Grams Guillermo Arriaga 5 Finding Nemo Andrew Stanton & Bob Petersen & David Reynolds 5 The…

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The MCN 100: The First Incarnation Part 4

Best Picture Votes Film 16 Mystic River 15 Lost In Translation 14 American Splendor 10 Finding Nemo 9 Master & Commander 9 21 Grams 6 In America 4 Big Fish 4 Seabiscuit 3 City of God 3 Elephant 3 Kill Bill 3 LOTR: Return Of The King 3 Whale Rider 2 Bus 174 2 Dirty…

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The MCN 100: The First Incarnation Part 3

Actor Votes Actor 29 Bill Murray 29 Sean Penn Mystic River (18), 21 Grams (1), Both (7), Unspecified (3) 12 Paul Giamatti 10 Ben Kingsley 8 Jack Black 8 Russell Crowe 7 Johnny Depp 2 Javier Bardem 2 Bruce Campbell 2 Nicolas Cage 2 Tom Cruise 2 Tommy Lee Jones 2 Bill Nighy 2 Nick…

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The MCN 100: The First Incarnation Part 2

Best Documentary Votes Film 32 Capturing The Friedmans 11 The Fog Of War 7 Spellbound 6 Winged Migration 6 My Architect 6 Bus 174 4 Stevie 4 My Flesh & Blood 4 To Be And To Have 4 American Splendor 3 Lost In La Mancha 3 Tupac: Ressurection 3 PASS 3 Rivers & Tides 3…

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The MCN 100: The First Incarnation

Welcome To The First Incarnation Of The MCN 100. THE MCN 100 is a voting group of 100 film journalists from across the globe – representing print, television, radio and the internet. Members have been drawn from some of the best known and most obscure publications in the world in hopes of finding a balance that…

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The MCN 100: Best of 2003

In an awards season fraught with new issues, Movie City News introduces the “MCN 100,” a voting group of 100 film journalists from across the globe, representing print, television, radio and the internet. Members have been drawn from some of the best known and the most obscure publications in the world in hopes of finding…

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“I always thought that once I had lived in Chicago for a while, it would be interesting to do a portrait of the city – but to do it at a significant time. Figuring out when would be the ideal time to do that was the trick. So when this election came around, coupled with the Laquan McDonald trial, it seemed like the ideal time to do the story. Having lived in Chicagoland for thirty-five-plus years and done a number of films here, I’ve always been struck by the vibrancy of the city and its toughness. Its tenderness too. I’ve always been interested in the people at the center of all the stories. This is a different film in that regard, because we’re not following a couple of individuals over the course of the project in the way that a lot of the films I’ve done have, but I still feel like people’s voices and aspirations and hopes are at the center of this series.

It wasn’t easy. We started back in July 2018, it was actually on the Fourth of July – that was our first shoot. It’s like most documentaries in that the further you go along the more involved and obsessed you get, and you just start shooting more and more and more. We threw ourselves into this crazy year in Chicago. We got up every day and tried to figure out if we should be out shooting or not, and what it is we should shoot. We were trying to balance following this massive political story of the mayor’s race and these significant moments like the Laquan McDonald trial with taking the pulse of people in the city that we encounter along the way and getting a sense of their lives and what it means to live here. By election day, Zak Piper, our producer, had something like six cameras out in the field. You could double-check that, it might have been seven. We had this organized team effort to hit all the candidates as they were voting, if they hadn’t already voted. We hit tons of polling places, were at the Board of Elections and then were at the parties for the candidates that we had been able to follow closely. Then of course, we were trying to make sure we were at the parties of the candidates who made it to the runoff. So, yeah, it was kind of a monster.”
~ Steve James On City So Real

“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho