Tag Archive: Academy Awards

Jan 10

Meet the real Abraham Lincoln, warts and all

Daniel Day-Lewis gives another Oscar-worthy performance as the title character in "Lincoln"

Steven Spielberg’s biopic “Lincoln” takes an honest look at Honest Abe Steven Spielberg is the master manipulator of the movies. Capable of plucking our heartstrings like a harpist, he preys on our emotions with larger-than-life heroes, sweeping cinematography and soaring soundtracks. When he wants us to gasp, we gasp. When he wants us to weep, …

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Jan 09

"Les Miserables": Do you hear the people sing?

Anne Hathaway performs "I Dreamed a Dream" in the new movie musical "Les Misérables."

New movie adaptation of “Les Misérables” is simply spectacular Anne Hathaway’s eyes are pools of misery. Her anguished gaze seems to take in everything: the dark, dingy room, her tattered clothes, her pinched cheeks and cruelly cropped hair. Then her mouth opens, and a torrent of anguish comes pouring out — as pure an express …

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Aug 24

Local crowd goes crazy for Jeff Bridges

Oscar winner Jeff Bridges channels “The Big Lebowski” at SLO Brew show The Dude does indeed abide. At a sold-out show Thursday night at SLO Brewing Co., Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges appeared every inch of the character he plays in “The Big Lebowski”: likable, laidback and friendly to a fault. Bridges and his band, …

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Jul 09

Remembering “Marty” star Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine chats with fans at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in 1997. Photo by David Middlecamp.

Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine had a special connection to the Central Coast With his booming voice, broad, big-shouldered build and gap-toothed grin, Ernest Borgnine could play a scheming military man, a blustery thug and a rumpled cab driver with equal aplomb. The Oscar winner, who died Sunday at age 95, left behind a lifetime of …

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Feb 06

Faith, patriotism and Olympic glory in “Chariots of Fire”

This week’s films: “Chariots of Fire,” “Harold and Maude” It’s a race for the finish in “Chariots of Fire,” playing Tuesday in San Luis Obispo. The film follows two British track athletes — one, a devout Scottish missionary (Ian Charleson) who runs for the glory of God, and the other a Jewish college student (Ben …

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Jan 24

“Hugo,” “The Artist” lead nostalgic Oscar nominations

"The Artist" is among nine films vying for the Academy Awards' Best Picture prize.

Hollywood nostalgia prevails with Best Picture nods For two films set during cinema’s golden age, silence is golden. “The Artist” and “Hugo” both earned big accolades this morning as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards. “Hugo” netted 11 Oscar nominations, and  “The Artist” earned …

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Feb 22

10 Days, 10 Nominees: “Inception”

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the innovative science-fiction thriller "Inception."

Mind-bending thriller “Inception” explores the world of dreams Our series continues with “Inception.” The Plot: Corporate thief Dorn Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) specializes in infiltrating the dreams of business bigwigs and stealing their innermost secrets.  Now, he and his team of highly trained specialists (Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, etc.) must take on a far …

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Jan 31

The man behind James Bond’s sexy theme song

John Barry, who died Sunday, composed music for a dozen James Bond movies As far as movie music goes, few songs are as instantly recognizable as the  “James Bond Theme.” With its blaring horns, persistent percussion and surf rock-style guitar, the spy franchise’s familiar theme song has all the sleek arrogance of a British secret …

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Feb 19

Heath Ledger’s last stand

Heath Ledger shines in his final film, "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus"

Heath Ledger plays only a small part of “Imaginarium,” but the specter of his death hangs over the entire film. Every time we see him on screen, we can’t help wondering if it’s for the last time.