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David Thomson on Stephen Frears

2 September 2010 2:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stephen Frears is an amused connoisseur. I can't dispute his estimate that the less money he's had at risk on a venture, the better it ends up

Inasmuch as he will be 70 next year, and is a national treasure, I suspect some honours list will notice Stephen Frears soon. Of course, it is possible in his humble, muttering self-effacement that he wouldn't hear of such a distinction (I think there's a republican in there). On the other hand, he did make The Queen (with writer Peter Morgan and pretender Helen Mirren), the most sophisticated public relations boost Hrh has had in 20 years, and all the more affectionate because it was wry and a bit of a tease.

By now, it is taken for granted that Frears – whom I count as a friend – gets away with nearly anything he cares to try, and as he grows older, he is less conventional and obvious. »

- David Thomson

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'Kick-Ass': How groundbreaking it is that it's called...'Kick-Ass'

15 April 2010 3:29 PM, PDT | - The Movie Critics | See recent - The Movie Critics news »

A movie called Kick-Ass opens across the country today, and perhaps it's remarkable that the only folks who seem to be raising even half an eyebrow over that fact are local television news producers. Trust me, I know: I taped two separate reviews of the film for TV stations, one in New York, one for affiliates across the country, and in each case, the use of that title had to be vetted, fretted over, and solemnly approved. (For the affiliate version, geared to markets in the heartland, I was told that the title wasn't a problem…as long as I »

- Owen Gleiberman

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