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02.25.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Marion Cotillard was �speechless,� she insisted, while hugging her Best Actress Oscar (La Vie en Rose) and giving thank you after thank you. I was even more speechless. The French star of a subtitled film about Edith Piaf (�I didn�t even know who Edith Piaf was,� one dumb-as-dirt radio commentator announced this morning) wins for Best Actress in a country that only four years ago was eating free...
02.24.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Although it might not be as memorable as Elliott Smith�s �Miss Misery� performance or Three 6 Mafia�s unlike win for �It�s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,� the Academy Awards� Best Original Song category delivered the most satisfying of tonight�s victories (at least so far). Underdogs Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova and their lovely �Falling Slowly� from their tiny indie film Once beat out not one, not...
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008

Tonight @ the Rosebud Cinema - 6:30 PM

The writer’s strike is off and the Oscars are back on. The Academy Awards are best viewed in a group setting (the better to opine on the relative merits of There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men), so if you don’t have plans to host your own Oscar gathering, head to the Rosebud Cinema, which is . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008

Have the Oscars left the public behind?

EVERYONE WAS WRITING ABOUT THE WRITERS’ STRIKE AND I WAS WONDERING ABOUT AMERICAN GANGSTER AND CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR. To put it another way, the pundits were focused on the obvious potential impact of an ongoing strike on the big night.
Friday, Feb. 22, 2008

Tonight @ the Times Cinema - 7:00 & 9:30 PM

Let’s face it: Unless you have the time and disposable income to fly to film festivals around the world, it can be difficult to see all the selections that the Academy nominates for their short-film category. Thankfully, the Oscar Nominated Short Films program, which screens at the Times Cinema through Feb. 28, with . . .
02.18.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Predicting Oscar winners is like forecasting the weather. Reasonable minds assume you've done a good job by being right half the time. It's a hard business with all those variables, those shifting winds of insider gossip and cold fronts of media speculation. Who could have predicted that Crash would take down the favored Brokeback Mountain two years ago? I think I did on Wisconsin Public Radi...
01.18.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association was a ring of wannabes who decided to crash Hollywood society by throwing a party no one could refuse to attend. Only this year no one attended. The Golden Globes Awards show was shut down by the Writers Guild strike. The unlikely working class heroes of Hollywood, the stars and directors, were sheepish about crossing a picket line in front of a thousand c...
01.10.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Sixteen year old Juno is smarter than most of the people around her. She knows it and in her prickly sarcasm, her eye-rolling "You're such a dope" tone, she lets everyone know it, too. In director Jason Reitman's Juno, the namesake protagonist (Ellen Page) is hyper-articulate, calls her electric guitar Franklin ("after Roosevelt") and delivers the snappiest set of one-liners since Eve Arden in th...
12.25.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Although no one noticed at the time, the world was changed one night in 1980. The geopolitical balance began to shift when Charles Wilson, a wily if undistinguished Congressman from Texas, looked up from his hot tub in a Las Vegas suite, where he was surrounded by the pleasant company of strippers, Playboy bunnies and blow, and saw Dan Rather on TV wearing a turban and a beard. The unfamilia...