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There's a Sweet Smell of Success about The Social Network

18 February 2011 6:52 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The dark influence of Alexander Mackendrick's 1957 classic about the print media lives on in David Fincher's Facebook film

I don't know about anyone else, but there does come a point in the awards season's frantic celebration of the present when I start to feel like taking refuge in the past. Hence my eagerness to join in with the excitement around the admirable Criterion Collection's lavish DVD release of Sweet Smell of SuccessAlexander Mackendrick's masterpiece of greed, amorality and one-liners to die for.

It is, of course, a film to be cherished at any time – its portrait of the machinations of monstrous gossip columnist Jj Hunsecker and PR flunkey Sidney Falco are a joy. But there's a particular value in seeing it again in the runup to the Oscars. After all, in any sane world it would sweep the board were it released today, not just for »

- Danny Leigh

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“Deep Vote” On “All Good Things,” “Animal Kingdom,” “The Way Back”

19 January 2011 4:48 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

“Deep Vote,” an Oscar winning screenwriter and a member of the Academy, will write this column — exclusively for — every week until the Academy Awards in order to help to peel back the curtain on the Oscar voting process. (His identity must be protected in order to spare him from repercussions for disclosing the aforementioned information.)

Thus far, he has shared his thoughts in column one about his general preferences; column two about “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions, 6/11, R, trailer) and “Solitary Man” (Anchor Bay Films, 5/21, R, trailer); column three about “Alice in Wonderland” (Disney, 3/5, PG, trailer), “Toy Story 3” (Disney, 6/18, G, trailer), and “Mother and Child” (Sony Pictures Classics, 5/7, R, trailer); column four about “Get Low” (Sony Pictures Classics, 7/30, PG-13, trailer), “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features, 7/9, R, trailer), and “The Social Network” (Columbia, 10/1, PG-13, trailer); column five about “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight, 11/5, R, trailer), “Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions, »

- Scott Feinberg

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