February 13, 2007 |
Not only is Martin Scorsese one of the most influential filmmakers of the last four decades, the iconoclastic director consistently delivers superior audio commentaries that offer rare insight into his life and the directing process. Unfortunately, there is no Scorsese audio commentary on the two-disc set of "The Departed" (Warner, $35).
February 25, 2007 |
The Life After 1: The first collaboration between director Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe was the 2000 epic "Gladiator," which won the best picture Oscar and an Academy Award for the New Zealand-born actor. But their second teaming, "A Good Year," fizzled with critics and audiences last fall.
December 13, 2006 |
"The Departed," "Babel," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Dreamgirls" dominated the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.'s nominees for the 12th annual Critics' Choice Awards on Tuesday with seven nods each. Also competing for best picture are "Blood Diamond," "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Little Children," "Notes on a Scandal," "The Queen" and "United 93." "Letters," which is in Japanese with English subtitles, is also nominated for best foreign film -- a first in the awards' history.
December 8, 2013
Alfonso Cuarón's sci-fi thriller "Gravity" and Spike Jonze's offbeat love story "Her" tied for best film honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. It was one of three ties in major categories. The organization's lead actress honors were shared by Cate Blanchett, for her role as a mentally unbalanced widow in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," and Adele Exarchopoulos, for her performance in "Blue Is the Warmest Color" as a high school student who falls in love with a young woman studying art in college.
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January 7, 2007 |
Guillermo Del Toro's gothic fairy tale, "Pan's Labyrinth," was named best picture of 2006 on Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics. The Mexican film faced fierce competition from two other foreign-language films -- the Romanian drama "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" and Clint Eastwood's World War II drama "Letters From Iwo Jima" -- with only a few votes separating the three. Because "Labyrinth" is a foreign-language film, no separate award was given in that category.
January 6, 2008 |
"There Will be Blood," Paul Thomas Anderson's epic tale of oil, power and greed, was named best picture of 2007 on Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics. The complex and ambitious adaptation of Upton Sinclair's "Oil!" also won best director for Anderson, best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and best cinematography for Robert Elswit. Both the drama and Day-Lewis have been gaining momentum this awards season. Last month, the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.
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December 15, 2002 |
"About Schmidt," Alexander Payne's comedy-drama about a recently widowed retiree, was voted best picture of 2002 on Saturday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. "Far From Heaven," Todd Haynes' paean to '50s movie melodramas, was the runner-up. "About Schmidt" won three awards Saturday. Besides best film, the New Line release picked up best-actor honors for Jack Nicholson and screenplay honors for director Payne and co-writer Jim Taylor.
December 22, 1995 |
"Sense and Sensibility" and "The American President" led the 53rd annual Golden Globe Award nominations for best dramatic film and best musical or comedy announced Thursday in Beverly Hills. In contrast to the past two years, when "Schindler's List" and "Forrest Gump" were a foregone conclusion to win Golden Globes and ultimately the Oscars, this year's competition figures to be more of a horse race. The Golden Globes will be given out Jan.
December 10, 1997 |
MOVIES Jail Time for Slater: Just one day after fellow actor Robert Downey Jr. was sentenced to six months for drug problems (see story, F1), actor Christian Slater was sentenced to 90 days in jail Tuesday for getting into a drug-induced brawl. Slater, 28, was also ordered to spend an additional three months in a residential drug treatment program. The sentence was part of a plea bargain stemming from an Aug.