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Oscar Directors: Nolan, Christopher–Career

Launching New Column: Only in Hollywood

One of the most gifted and original filmmakers working in Hollywood today, British-born Christopher Nolan is also one of the few Hollywood directors who has never made an artistically bad picture, or a commercial flop. Granted, not all of his efforts were successful, or equally successful….

Inception Review


I Am Love (2010): Luca Guadagnino’s Sumptuous Art Film

Sumptuously mounted, and anchored by a compelling performance from Tilda Swinton, Italian director Luca Guadagnino's “I Am Love” is a European art film, boasting lavish costumes and sets, elaborate pacing, nuanced mise-en-scene.

Interview with Tilda Swinton

Winter’s Bone: Interview with director Debra Granik

 I read Winter's Bone in one sitting. I had not done that with any book in a long time. I wanted to see how this girl, Ree, was going to survive. It felt like an old fashioned type of tale, with a character I couldn't help but root for, and with an atmosphere my mind was actively trying to conjure. It also felt fresh in that I do not often get a chance to imagine life like Ree's, whose circumstances lie outside the confines of my own.

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Oscar 1989: Best Picture–Analysis

Was 1989 a good year at the Oscars?  Twenty years ago, the five nominees for Best Picture were: Born on the Fourth of July, Dead Poets Society, Driving Miss Daisy (the winner), Field of Dreams, and My Lweft Foot. Which one would YOU vote for?  Read below.






Oscar 1980: Best Picture–Analysis

The Best Picture Contest in 1980 was typical in terms of genre representation.
Biopic (showbiz, rags to riches): Coal Miner's Daughter, 7 nominations, 1 Oscar
Classic British drama with real-life elements: Lynch's The Elephant Man, 8, no Oscars
Family Melodrama with positive message: Redford's Ordinary People 6, 4
Charcater study (also biopic), brilliantly acted: Scorsese's Raging Bull, 8, 1
Lush costume drama from prestigious literary source: Polanski's Tess, 6, 3