Stephen Daldry

Features

Tuesday, January 13 2009

Tough and Tender - The Top 20 Female Performances of 2008

Twenty talented ladies, 20 performances worthy of multiple little gold men. Unfortunately, as in all years, someone has to come out on top. But after looking over this impressive list, picking the preeminent turn of 2008 seems almost impossible.


Columns

Sunday, March 1 2009

Woolf at the Door

Both Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and Michael Cunningham's The Hours offer an illuminating look at the choices we make, the roles we play, and the hours that hinge our lives together.


Thursday, December 11 2008

Shameful Exposure

A fiery Kate Winslet saves morality tale in 'The Reader' while a similarly powerful Meryl Streep can't do the same for the overly certain 'Doubt'.


Sunday, December 7 2008

The Annihilating Feminine: Kate Winslet Gets Nasty in The Reader

In Winslet’s clever, low-key performance, all of the character’s ambiguousness remains intact, making Hanna her most complicated, mature creation to date.


Reviews

Thursday, April 12 2012

Talking in Circles: ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel about a boy who goes searching for clues after his father’s death on 9/11 is yet another failed attempt to translate this author to the screen.


Thursday, December 22 2011

'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' Explains Too Much

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close makes a mighty effort to make the strange familiar and the familiar newly illuminating as well.


Tuesday, December 9 2008

The Reader

Most obviously, Hannah is unfathomable, the feminine object Michael must figure out and overcome in order to "become a man."


Sunday, July 13 2003

The Hours (2002)

'What I learned seeing the movie is that yes, you do lose that ability to go into people's minds, but you gain Meryl Streep's ability to separate an egg, in a way that tells you everything you need to know about who that person is at that point.'"


Wednesday, January 15 2003

The Hours (2002)

The women are also functions of a coherent narrative, made comprehensible as embodiments of historical patterns.


Blogs

Thursday, December 11 2008

Unclear Motives Make this 'Reader' Unrewarding

When you turn a book into a movie, context is usually the first creative facet to be sacrificed. Film is so obsessed with movement and


Tuesday, December 9 2008

Holo-Cost

All across the web this past week, it's been the subject of much metaphysical ink. As awards season slowly winds down, Hollywood is dragging out


News

Friday, January 27 2012

Oscars 2012: Five directors, five approaches

LOS ANGELES — They have worked in diverse disciplines — acting, screenwriting, theater, television, exploitation films — were born in three countries and have made radically dissimilar movies.


Monday, April 13 2009

‘The Reader' is more nuanced than its detractors give it credit for being

Reviewing "The Reader" in The New Yorker last December, Anthony Lane described the film as "pernicious" and "a low-grade musing on atrocity, garnished with erotic


Thursday, February 12 2009

How Kate Winslet outdid herself to garner an Oscar nomination

Kate Winslet always was going to land a best actress Oscar nomination this year. That was understood. Otherwise, Vanity Fair wouldn't have put her on


Thursday, January 22 2009

Oscars ignore ‘The Dark Knight,' except for Ledger nomination

It was a dark day for "The Dark Knight" as the 81st annual Oscar nominations, announced Thursday, snubbed the most popular film since "Titanic." Christopher


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