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February 18, 2009 | Elizabeth Snead, Elizabeth Snead writes the Dish Rag blog at TheEnvelope.com.
"Revolutionary Road" is not an easy film to watch, with its brutal dissection of suburban malaise and bitterness. Directed by Sam Mendes, who knows the rocky emotional territory ("American Beauty"), "Road" stars his wife, Kate Winslet, and Leonardo DiCaprio as April and Frank Wheeler, a couple whose youthful dreams of an interesting life have died a slow death in the Connecticut 'burbs in the mid '50s.
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January 6, 2010 | By PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
No, this isn't an April Fool's prank. According to both The Times' Hero Complex blog and the Hollywood Reporter, Sam Mendes, the wonderfully cerebral and cultured filmmaker who once upon a time won an Oscar for directing "American Beauty," is in discussions to make the new James Bond film, which could go into production as early as this June. Daniel Craig would be onboard, reprising his role as Mr. 007. While I'm also happy to see filmmakers practicing their craft, this is a bad decision in oh, so many ways, not to mention a depressing example of how hard it is for filmmakers to find any good studio material to work with.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2008 | Kenneth Turan, FILM CRITIC
Based on the celebrated Richard Yates novel of 1950s conformity, "Revolutionary Road" is initially as trapped in that benighted decade as its protagonists. It takes the skill of stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio and director Sam Mendes to get this film to a place where it involves and moves us -- which it finally does -- but it is a near thing.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2009
SUNDAY Every season, it seems there's at least one contestant who generates as much admiration as aggravation; this time around, it's the burly, bearded Russell, above, who is still very much in contention to win it all on the season finale of "Survivor: Samoa." (8 and 10 p.m. CBS) MONDAY He's the scion of folk music royalty, he's channeled Judy Garland and covered Leonard Cohen, and now the new documentary "Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna" spotlights this eclectic and eccentric singer-songwriter as he prepares to mount his very first opera.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2009 | Noel Murray
Revolutionary Road Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99 Despite the Oscar success of "American Beauty," Sam Mendes might be the best working director who has yet to make a truly outstanding film. Mendes' adaptation of Richard Yates' "soul-sick suburbia" novel "Revolutionary Road" doesn't break his streak.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2008 | Rachel Abramowitz, Abramowitz is a Times staff writer.
There are those who will see "Revolutionary Road," the long-awaited reteaming of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, as some deeply troubling coda to their famed cine-love in the top-grossing movie of all time, "Titanic." In that film, the duo played two dreamers whose lives are dashed by a gargantuan iceberg. In "Revolutionary Road," they repeat as dreamers, of the 1950s variety, only this time their future is sabotaged by conformity, fear and the acrid taste of self-loathing.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio have graduated from icebergs to the suburbs. The stars who played ill-fated lovers in 1997's "Titanic" are reuniting for DreamWorks' "Revolutionary Road," to be directed by Winslet's husband, Sam Mendes. The film is inspired by Richard Yates' lauded 1961 novel about a well-off but disillusioned Connecticut couple who try to fulfill their artistic longings by moving to France.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2009
While Kenneth Turan is entitled to his opinion on why "Revolutionary Road" didn't reap many Oscar nods ["A Big Nod for Hope," Jan. 23], another might be that it wasn't as good as the films that were nominated. "Revolutionary Road" had wonderful moments, but it plodded along with stagy and overly melodramatic scenes that detracted from the film's power. While both Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet gave very good performances and might have deserved nominations, I believe Kate's performance in "The Reader" was more intriguing and original.
NEWS
July 9, 1989 | ELIZABETH VENANT, Times Staff Writer
It was the kind of propitious beginning that most young writers can only dream about, and, by all counts, it should have signaled a career of celebrity and honors.
NEWS
November 12, 2008 | Tom O'Neil
Looks like the sexiest acting races in eons. For the first time since costarring in Oscar heavyweight "Titanic," screen heartthrobs Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are back together in "Revolutionary Road" and pining for their own first wins. Real-life lovebirds Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt haven't been nominated in nearly a decade but now heat up the top races in separate films. And the academy may finally be smitten again with big, romantic epics thanks to Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman sizzling on screen in "Australia."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2009 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
I never thought I'd be caught dead using the words "bold" and "innovative" in the same sentence with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but that's what any Oscar fan would have to call the academy's eye-popping decision to expand its best picture nominee list from five to 10 pictures. All I can say is "Bravo!"
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2009 | Rachel Abramowitz
Sam Mendes compares the experience of making a small film to that of driving a small car. "It's more maneuverable and more fun.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2009 | Noel Murray
Revolutionary Road Paramount, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99 Despite the Oscar success of "American Beauty," Sam Mendes might be the best working director who has yet to make a truly outstanding film. Mendes' adaptation of Richard Yates' "soul-sick suburbia" novel "Revolutionary Road" doesn't break his streak.
NEWS
February 18, 2009 | Elizabeth Snead, Elizabeth Snead writes the Dish Rag blog at TheEnvelope.com.
"Revolutionary Road" is not an easy film to watch, with its brutal dissection of suburban malaise and bitterness. Directed by Sam Mendes, who knows the rocky emotional territory ("American Beauty"), "Road" stars his wife, Kate Winslet, and Leonardo DiCaprio as April and Frank Wheeler, a couple whose youthful dreams of an interesting life have died a slow death in the Connecticut 'burbs in the mid '50s.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2009 | BETSY SHARKEY, FILM CRITIC
In looking at the Oscar category of best supporting actor and actress, I'm reminded of the sort of delicious dinner party that lingers in your memory years later. Although presumably you accept the invitation because you have some affection for the host, it is the unexpected alchemy of possibilities created by those on the guest list that heighten anticipation of the event. Then the evening arrives. Though it might be subconscious or unfair, we tend to judge a party by the company it keeps with success resting on the narrow or broad shoulders of those around you. And so it is with supporting characters in movies.
NEWS
February 4, 2009 | MARY McNAMARA, Mary McNamara is the author of "Oscar Season."
Now that the Oscar nominations are out, let us tear ourselves away from that wacky Benjamin Button and consider instead the Curious Case of Kate Winslet, who cannot seem to catch a break. Certainly, she is one of the finest actors of her generation. Over the years, she has made many brave -- and a few misguided -- choices, but no matter the venue, her performance was invariably terrific.
NEWS
December 10, 2008 | Rachel Abramowitz, John Horn, Mark Olsen and Michael Ordona
PEAKING TRIPLE THREAT: Kate Winslet has two potential Oscar films, as does producer Scott Rudin. But the trifecta goes to cinematographer Roger Deakins, whose high-caliber filming includes "Revolutionary Road," "Doubt" and a shared credit on "The Reader." -- CLIMBING NOW OR NEVER? Clint Eastwood's self-directed lead role in "Gran Torino" may be the 78-year-old's last appearance on the big screen. He's yet to win an acting Oscar, so now would be the time for a nomination.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2009 | Kenneth Turan, FILM CRITIC
Like some Zen master clandestinely operating in the heart of Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has perfected the art of offering surprises without being surprising. Though specific Oscar nominations can be unexpected, the overall picture remains the same: The academy will always be the academy, doing the things it has traditionally done since what seems like the dawn of time.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2009
While Kenneth Turan is entitled to his opinion on why "Revolutionary Road" didn't reap many Oscar nods ["A Big Nod for Hope," Jan. 23], another might be that it wasn't as good as the films that were nominated. "Revolutionary Road" had wonderful moments, but it plodded along with stagy and overly melodramatic scenes that detracted from the film's power. While both Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet gave very good performances and might have deserved nominations, I believe Kate's performance in "The Reader" was more intriguing and original.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2009 | Kenneth Turan, FILM CRITIC
Like some Zen master clandestinely operating in the heart of Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has perfected the art of offering surprises without being surprising. Though specific Oscar nominations can be unexpected, the overall picture remains the same: The academy will always be the academy, doing the things it has traditionally done since what seems like the dawn of time.
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