Articles tagged cate blanchett

The Beautiful, Thrilling ‘Carol’ Belongs Among Best Movie Love Stories

This is a love story between two women set at a time and place when that relationship was beyond taboo, but as its bravura filmmaking unfolds, those specifics fade and what remains are the feelings and emotions that all the best movie love stories create.

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Jacki Weaver in ‘Animal Kingdom’ Video (PopMatters Exclusive)

For Your Consideration: Best Supporting Actress 2010: Jacki Weaver in Animal Kingdom.

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Different versions of ‘Robin Hood’ have reflected their makers’ political views

Sometimes a swashbuckler is just a swashbuckler. But when the movie in question is a variation on the age-old story of Robin Hood, it’s

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Part 5: Toy Story 2 to Titus (November - December 1999)

On this final day of PopMatters' 1999 overview, awards season hype gives way to pure acting prowess and definitive directorial flair.

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Which road will Oscar take? ‘Benjamin Button,’ ‘Slumdog’ travel on two distinct paths

New Orleans is 8,870 miles from Mumbai, India, as the crow flies. The Academy Award nominees for best picture set in those cities - “The Curious

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The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.

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OMG - The 20 Worst Films of 2008

There's bad, and then there's 2008 level bad. You know this list is looking down into a deep dark bottomless pit of cinematic despair when Mike Myers' shameful Love Guru didn't even make the Top 20!

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Off the Radar - The Top 30 DVDs of 2008

Oddly enough, while the major studios continue scratching their heads over how to sell yet another new format (Blu-ray) to disinterested consumers, several outside distributors made sure that this would be a digital year to remember.

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Celulloid Culpability - Top 10 Film Guilty Pleasures of 2008

Like comedy or music, one's choice in cinematic pleasure can be very personal - and very peculiar. Take this tantalizing list of shameful indulgences. You can argue over their artistic value, but their individuals rewards definitely speak to those who champion them.

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25 Dec 2008 // 12:00 PM

‘Benjamin Button’ is Brilliant

David Fincher is a god. Not a lesser deity, mind you, or some manner of false filmmaking prophet. No, this inside outsider may have gotten

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

It's an inelegant but provocative means to measure Benjamin and Daisy's ostensibly transcendent connection: as he grows young and she grows old, they share but a single moment when their bodies and visions and hopes can easily coincide.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: December 2008

Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.

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8 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

I’m Not There, and Neither Are You

The Bob Dylan film, I’m Not There, shows that the main puzzle behind pop music’s most enigmatic personality resides right here, within us all.

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‘Indiana Jones’ will open strong, but will it stay hot?

LOS ANGELES - It’s been nearly two decades since Indiana Jones graced the silver screen and while times have changed, the initial box-office draw

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

It is a little surprising to see the silliness that leads to Crystal Skull's gargantuan climax, a series of antics simultaneously hyper and enervated.

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20 May 2008 // 3:00 AM

Indiana Jones paved the road for dumb box-office thrill rides

Largely by cracking jokes and his bullwhip, Indiana Jones snared American hearts in the 1980s. Ever since, the indefatigable finder of incomparable objects in improbable

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Harrison Ford returns to the real ‘let’s-pretend’ job that propelled his career

When Harrison Ford attended Wisconsin’s Ripon College, he drifted over to the theater department from the philosophy department and stuffed a pillow under his

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Karen Allen is back where she belongs: in an Indiana Jones movie

The eyes still have that twinkle, though they twinkle behind wrinkles these days. The freckled girl-next-door grin is still infectious, the voice and laugh as

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After 20 years, Harrison Ford returns to his signature role: Indiana Jones

With most of our action movie icons, there are easily identifiable trademarks: John Wayne’s pigeon-toed swagger and slow-rolling drawl; Humphrey Bogart’s facial twitches

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: May 2008

In the first act of this four-part production, Tinsel Town decides to do some unbelievable front loading. Will there be room for independent offerings, or former HBO carnal comedy divas? Who knows? Without a doubt, it's an interesting way to start the season.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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