Person of the Week

J. C. Chandor : The Real Deal

As the awards season roars on and the top contenders for the main awards become more distinct, there are also disheartening snubs that don’t quite figure. In the roll call of films being singled out in the past few weeks … Continue reading

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The Flowering Of A Film Artist

Perhaps no other film this season is sparking the kind of intrigue as SHAME, the latest from British artist-turned-director Steve McQueen. In only two feature films, HUNGER (2008) and the current SHAME, he has become a major film presence, with … Continue reading

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The Newest French Heartthrob

Say bienvenue to the latest heartthrob from France……actor Jean Dujardin does not utter a single word of dialogue in the contemporary silent film THE ARTIST, but he is already inspiring fan clubs around the world, as well as serious buzz … Continue reading

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The Doyenne Of Documentaries

Ally Derks, the founder and director of IDFA, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, is passionate about many things…..but documentaries are high on the list. Since 1988, she has been the forceful and formidable Executive Director of the world’s largest … Continue reading

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Tales Of A Controversial Provocateur

More than any other figure in contemporary cinema, Danish director Lars von Trier is a controversial provocateur, both admired for his daring artistic vision and condemned for his inappropriate comments. The latter came to a head in the past several … Continue reading

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The Dream Career Of Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp indeed has a dream career. Not only is he the world’s most bankable male movie star, but he has been able to mount a mix of big budget and quirky indie projects back to back, while adding cred … Continue reading

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An Olsen Sister In The Spotlight

Even if you don’t watch the nightly tabloid magazine shows or read the gossip columns, it would be hard to avoid being aware of the Olsen Twins. The two sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley, who started as child stars, are constantly … Continue reading

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George Clooney: Beyond Charm

In television interviews earlier in his acting career, when George Clooney was inevitably introduced as the “new Cary Grant”, one could find a telltale grimace on his otherwise perfectly aligned face. Yes, Clooney is as handsome, his charm as legendary, … Continue reading

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The Film Maven Of Lincoln Center

If you have spent any time at the Film Society of Lincoln Center for the past 23 year or attended the New York Film Festival since 1988, you no doubt have come across “the film maven of Lincoln Center”, otherwise … Continue reading

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The Return Of Roman Polanski

Word comes from Europe that the celebrated director Roman Polanski will be returning to Zurich, Switzerland this week to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Zurich Film Festival. This could have been a standard issue awards story except for … Continue reading

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