Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Best Picture Project – All The King’s Men (1949)

Directed by Robert Rossen

Starring Broderick Crawford, Mercedes McCambridge and John Ireland

Screenplay by Robert Rossen, based on the novel of the same name by Robert Penn Warren

Down the years there have been a number of Best Picture winners that look like they were mistakes.  In another post, somewhere else on this blog – but not necessarily as part of The Best Picture Project – I outlined “The Little Best Pictures”, or, those films to win Best Picture while still winning three or less Oscars.  In every case the film that won Best Picture was not the winner of the most awards that year and won in so few of the important categories that their victories as Best Picture seems to be something of a mistake.  All The King’s Men was one of those films. Continue reading

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Thumbnail Review: Somewhere (2010)

Written and Directed by Sofia Coppolla, and starring Stephen Dorff, Somewhere is the type of movie that aims to be bigger than simple entertainment.  No, it wants to be a major statement about fame and the ennui of celebrity.  Unfortunately, my when the film opened with Stephen Dorff, as Johnny Marco, endlessly driving a sports car on a dirt track, Vincent Gallo’s Brown Bunny came to mind, which is probably not a comparrison Sofia Coppolla wishes were made.  And even though there were parts of Somewhere that I truly enjoyed, such as the scenes between father and daughter where they truly seemed to be bonding, many other parts of the film were just as slow and leaden as Brown Bunny, the only difference is at least Brown Bunny had that blow-job, while Somewhere had Stephen Dorff walking down a country road.

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If You Read My Blog, Buy My Books…

Girl BandFor some time you might’ve noticed the banner running down the right side of this page shilling my novel Girl Band, so you’ve always had the ability to put your money where your mouth is by buying it.  You have three ways you can get it: Continue reading

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