Arthur Penn 1922-2010

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Penn, who died yetsreday, was a great director whose reputation rested largely on a just a few key movies, most prominently Bonnie and Clyde from 1967, which along with Easy Rider kicked off the American auteur period that ran through the 1970s. Borrowing liberally from the French New Wave, Penn gave American audiences a realism…Read More

Coen Brothers’ True Grit

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I'll say that Coens tend to do better when creating a film in a genre style they admire---see Miller's Crossing, an homage to classic gangster movies that becomes one---rather than an actual remake---witness The Ladykillers. Still, every movie from the filmmakers is an event, so when I heard they were redoing John Wayne's True Grit…Read More

Julianne Moore

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I've been a fan of Julianne Moore for years, and I figure it's only a matter of time before this lady nabs herself an Oscar, given her history of nominations. Maybe this year, as she had great notices in The Kids Are All Right. The people at Slashfilm posted this great montage of her teary…Read More