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83rd Oscar post mortem

83rd Oscar post mortem


 The opening Best Picture montage bit in the 83rd Oscars Broadcast, satirically visiting each Best Picture nominee within an "Inception" framework, almost had me thinking...
By Peter Keough  |  February 28, 2011
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Speech impediments?

Given the change in political attitudes after the election of Barack Obama, a reactionary backlash following last year's progressive Oscars - in which Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win Best Director - might be no surprise. But who knew the A
Tom Hooper's film looks like an Oscar winner
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 25, 2011
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Oscar nominee predictions 2011: Social anxiety

Last year's Oscar program had a celebratory feeling about it that's not always associated with the most watched ceremony in the world.
Oscar looks back, turns inward
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 21, 2011
The Last of the Bests and Not Bests

The Last of the Bests and Not Bests


 So it's time to close the books on 2010 and, like Johnny Hallyday in this still from Johnnie To's "Vengeance" (number 9 in A.S. Hamrah's...
By Peter Keough  |  January 13, 2011

New Donna Tartt in the Works


Donna Tartt has a new book in the works. According to the store blog of Greenwood, MS independent Turnrow Books: Donna Tartt came by Turnrow this week. ...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  January 04, 2011
The "Where's Whitey?" Award for Best Animal Performance 2010

The "Where's Whitey?" Award for Best Animal Performance 2010


I'm pleased to report that this has been a good year for roles for women, and the Academy will have its hands full trying to...
By Peter Keough  |  December 28, 2010


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The Top 10 Films of 2010

Outsiders were in on screen in 2010
Outsiders were in on screen in 2010
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2010
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Review: True Grit (2010)

Those who saw John Wayne's Oscar-winning, scenery-chewing turn as "Rooster" Cogburn in Henry Hathaway's 1969 adaptation of True Grit might have a hard time shaking that off when it comes to appreciating Jeff Bridges in the same part.
The Coen brothers are True to Grit
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2010
Ten Bests, Five Not Bests of 2010

Ten Bests, Five Not Bests of 2010


As in previous years I've asked my Phoenix colleagues to contribute their Ten (or Five) Best and (optional) Five Not Best lists, along with comments...
By Peter Keough  |  December 22, 2010
Golden Globalization

Golden Globalization


The Golden Globes, regarded as a bellwether of the Oscars (why? what is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association? Who are these people? No one ever...
By Peter Keough  |  December 14, 2010