Archive for Oscars 2010

Oscar season is here!

Posted in Festival/Event with tags , on March 6, 2010 by Jared Parmenter

Ever since Titanic swept the 70th Academy Awards in 1998, I have held very, very little faith in the Oscars. At 16, the injustice of such a trashy, poorly-acted, poorly-written teenage-cryfest of a movie winning out over the obviously far more artistic L.A. Confidential, struck me like a revolting brick to the face, and I remember annoucing to my family, “These awards must be rigged. This is bullshit, and I’m never going to watch these again.”
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The Fluff up there

Posted in Review with tags , , , on February 22, 2010 by Timothy Parfitt

If there is one thing I hate, it’s mediocrity.  And boy, is Up in the Air Mediocre.  Set adrift without a driving plot, the film leans heavily on George Clooney’s charm.  If you are still partial to said charm, you may like this movie.  If like me, however, you now find Mr. Clooney unable or unwilling to blend into a film or inhabit a character, stay away.* Continue reading

Tales from the Lost Highway

Posted in Review with tags , , on December 28, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt

Crazy Heart, the new romantic drama starring Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal, shares its protagonists modesty.  Tracking the small humiliations of washed-up country-blues star Bad Blake (Bridges), Crazy Heart is a film grounded in music and tone. Continue reading


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