The Oscars 2013 postmortem

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Question One: Why do the Golden Globes work while the Academy Awards so frequently don't?I really enjoyed the Golden Globes this year. You know why? Because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association really knows how to do it. They don't try and reinvent the wheel. They put on a party where celebrities drink and eat and…Read More

Side Effects review

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Directed by Steven SoderberghWritten by Scott Z. BurnsIs this Steven Soderbergh's last feature film? If it is, it's a strangely fitting one, an exemplar of two of Soderbergh's distinct strengths: clean, uncluttered humanist storytelling and a zippy way with genre.That these styles—in this film anyway—make it something of a mash-up is OK with me. Going into it,…Read More

Mood Indigo trailer

I don't often post trailers on FITI, but this one just seemed so delightful I couldn't resist. In French it's known as L'Ecume des Jours, but in English it will be Mood Indigo, because naming a movie after a song, even a very old one, is preferable to a French word no one can say. It…Read More

Tom Hardy as Mad Max

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Max's InterceptorSome of you may have seen this image when it made the rounds in December, but I'm just catching up. This is the first photo of Tom Hardy in the role that made Mel Gibson a star.George Miller's reboot of his post-apocalyptic Mad Max saga, called Mad Max: Fury Road, more than a decade…Read More

The Films of Steven Soderbergh

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One of the biggest disappointments of 2013 (so far) is what appears to be Steven Soderbergh's (seemingly) serious intent to retire from directing movies. Soderbergh is consistently one of the most interesting American filmmakers. He's not often the screenwriter of his projects, but he's certainly an auteur in every other way I can think of.…Read More