We'd Like to Help the Academy is our Oscar column highlighting the outliers that should be nominated (but probably won't be).
The output of Abel Ferrara, a never-nominated New Yorker responsible for the likes of Bad Lieutenant and King of New York, may have been too superficially similar to that of ... More >>
In a piece about good acting in bad movies he wrote last year, A.O. Scott suggested that "You might almost say that greatness shows itself precisely in the discrepancy between the performance and the material." It's in keeping with this notion that we've decided to highlight some of 2012's overachie ... More >>
One of the most interesting things about Cosmopolis, writer-director David Cronenberg's extraordinary adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel by the same name, is that it's the first script Cronenberg has both written and shot since 1999's eXistenZ. Additionally, his adaptation of Cosmopolis marks the fir ... More >>
Selma Blair and Jordan Gelber in Dark Horse
"We're Jews, and Jews we shall always be."
So a main character warns of the us-vs-them difference that would define the first half of the 20th century, in A Dangerous Method, David Cronenberg's period piece triangulating the Oedipal relationship b ... More >>
â€‹The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't exactly have a reputation for being a lightning rod for political controversy, but it became one in the early days of this year's edition thanks to a new festival sidebar, City to City, designed to explore "the evolving urban experience by immersing ... More >>
It's film festival high season in town at the moment, with the Indian Film Festival and COLCOA French film week just concluded and the 10th Annual Polish Film Festival Los Angeles presently underway. Although space limitations in this week's print edition prevented me from commenting on the latter t ... More >>
Phil Spector Found Guilty Famed music producer Phil Spector was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2003 death of sometime actress Lana Clarkson. He faces a prison sentence of 18 years to life. L.A. DailyUrban League The L.A. Dodgers' opening home game was marked by a parking-lot stabbing and v ... More >>
Marilyn Chambers, the fresh-faced blonde model featured on the box of Ivory Snow detergent who became an iconic porn star, has been found dead in her home near Canyon Country. No cause of death has so far been determined for Chambers, who was born Marilyn Ann Briggs and would have turned 57 next wee ... More >>
These 100% stainless steel stilettos look a lot like the braces polio victims used to wear. I see these and think, "Run, Forrest, Run." As if womens' footwear isn't painful enough. I mean, who designs these things? David Cronenberg? These sick little guys also come in a version with gold padlocks on ... More >>
The desperation of the Toronto Film Festival to land a high-profile new Canadian film for its annual opening-night gala has rarely been more palpable than in the case of this year's Passchendaele, an expensive exercise in maple-leaf patriotism set before, during and after the titular World War I bat ... More >>