Venus in Fur (★★)

Roman Polanski has driven some of the most stylistically haunting films in cinema history.  He has a handle on his craft in a way that many can only dream of at this point in their careers.  Even when he dips into different genres that don’t necessarily seem fitting like Carnage with Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, […]

Jodie Foster to Receive Cecil B. Demille Award from HFPA

Two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster will be honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with their prestigious Cecil B. Demille Award.  Announced today by Simon Baker and Kristen Stewart,  Foster is the first woman to be awarded with the organization’s highest honor since Barbara Streisand in 2000.  Not only is she being rewarded in […]

Polanski set to direct French adaptation of ‘Venus in Fur’, wife to star

The last movie Poman Polanski filmed was an English language adaptation of a Broadway play originally written in French. Well now Polanski is set to go the opposite route and film a French language adaptation of the Tony nominated play Venus in Fur. For those unfamiliar with the show, it’s an erotic black comedy about […]

NYFF: Uneven “Passion,” Solid “Bay,” and “Roman” Documentary

Greetings again from the New York Film Festival! Today brought a trio of very interesting films (2 Main Slate selections and a Midnight Movies sidebar), and even if they were of varying degrees of quality, they still all had something to offer an audience. The slate consisted of Brian DePalma’s “Passion,” Barry Levinson’s “The Bay,” and the […]

Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” – Ten Years Later

Has an entire decade passed since Martin Scorsese’s massive and flawed, and massively flawed Gangs of New York (2002) thundered onto screens for the first time? It seems like yesterday that I was reading the film’s release date being delayed a full year in light of 9/11, which also permitted Scorsese to film further scenes […]

2002 ACCA & Davis Award Winners!

2002 ACCA Winners Best Picture – Chicago Runner Up – Adaptation Best Director – (TIE) Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers & Roman Polanski for The Pianist Runner Up – Martin Scorsese for Gangs of New York Best Actor in a Leading Role – Daniel Day-Lewis for Gangs of New York […]

Carnage (**½)

A violent act on a playground between two middle school boys is all that’s needed to launch into Carnage, the cinematic adaptation of a Tony Award winning play about two sets of parents who are brought together to work through a situation their children have forced them into. Directed by Oscar-winner Roman Polanski, Carnage is […]

Carnage (***)

Roman Polanski has created some of the most heart-wrenching and prolific films of the past four decades.  In his newest film, Carnage, Polanski examines two couples as they discuss an altercation between their two children all in real time.  Alan (Christoph Waltz) and Nancy (Kate Winslet), married with their son, have a hard time communicating […]

Massive Oscar Tracker Update!

With the recent announcements of Keira Knightley from David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method being campaigned in the Lead Actress category and every actor from Roman Polanski’s Carnage being campaigned in the Supporting categories by Sony Pictures Classics, the Awards Circuit’s Oscar Tracker has been updated. What do these announcement’s mean awards-wise?  Knightley is going to […]

Trailer: “Carnage”

A new trailer for Roman Polanski’s Carnage has hit the web. The reviews that have been shared have been positive but no one really seems to be calling it one of the frontrunners. Relationship dramas have had a hard time getting in with Oscar the past few years (Revolutionary Road, Closer). Acting categories, you never […]

Directors of the 70’s: Still Showing ‘Em How It’s Done

One can easily imagine Paul Thomas Anderson, the Brothers Coen, Kathryn Bigelow, David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky or Alexander Payne sitting in theatres in the seventies and eighties and watching the work of the masters of their generation, Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, William Friedkin, Terence Malick, or Francis Ford Coppola. The aforementioned artists revolutionized […]