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With his 2002 film 25th Hour, Spike Lee proved, as he did in Summer Of Sam three years earlier, that he wasn’t limited to making films about the black experience. Lee could do provocative very well and he could do “issues” very well, but with 25th Hour, he had a hard time making a film that sustained its 2 hours and 10 minutes. That was a real shame since I started out liking this film when I saw it when it was new, but it ran out of steam about the halfway point. I have a lot of respect for Edward Norton who played Monty Brogan, a convicted New York drug dealer who spends the film reevaluating his life in the before facing a seven-year jail term on drug charges, but felt the actor was miscast. Norton comes off too bookish and safe to play a convincing dealer. I thought the “F— You” monologue, »
- Tom Stockman
The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. I’m not much of a Spike Lee fan — a fact probably made evident by Inside Man being my favorite of his films — but to be fair I’ve seen far less than half of his output. This week’s release of two double feature Blu-rays from Lee has upped that percentage, but while three of the four films do little for me my first-time watch of 25th Hour was a revelation. Smartly scripted (by David Benioff from his own novel), wonderfully cast and beautifully shot, the film captures the importance of “now” with its portrait »
- Rob Hunter
Exclusive: Celluloid Dreams shopping music-based drama at Efm.
The film charts a dysfunctional family of musicians trying to keep their careers and family from falling apart. Walken will play a veteran jazz pianist.
Grammy winner Terence Blanchard will be scoring and creating original music. Additional casting is underway.
Also new to Celluloid’s slate is Berlinale Panormana entry Things People Do. »
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Which music stars went home with awards at the 2014 Grammy Awards? Find out with this full winners list.
Winners in each category are bolded.
Record of the Year
"Radioactive" -- Imagine Dragons
"Royals" -- Lorde
"Blurred Lines" -- Robin Thick feat. T.I. and Pharrell
Album of the year
"The Blessed Unrest" -- Sara Bareilles
"Random Access Memories" -- Daft Punk
"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" -- Kendrick Lamar
"Red" -- Taylor Swift
Song of the year
4 items from 2014
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