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Review: Julia

Writers: Roger Bohbot and Michael Collins

Director: Erick Zonca

Cast: Tilda Swinton, Saul Rubinek, Kate del Castillo, Aidan Gould

Studio: Magnolia Pictures

Rating: 7.5/10

In the world of bad decisions, I wonder what the percentage is between those that are just plain bad and those that are made because you’re broke, desperate, or drunk (or all three) and the decision seems wise given your state of mind. I mean yeah, we all just plain screw up or make a bad call or pursue an idea that’s just flat out wrong, but the human ability to fuck up big-time quadruples when you’re broke, drunk, and/or desperate. You’ve got nothing to lose so you just let it fly and before you know it, you’re in deeper dutch than you were in before. Such is one of the many premises embedded in one of the best “lost gem
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Why the Academy Will Ignore Nicolas Cage and Tilda Swinton's Oscar-worthy Turns

Uncaged: Nicolas Cage in Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. With a month to go before the Oscar nominations are even made public, the victors in the acting categories have virtually already been decided. The best actor race isn’t much of one thanks to the consensus that Jeff Bridges is “due” an Oscar and Crazy Heart is the vehicle that’ll deliver it. Meanwhile, supporting categories are historically kind to fresh faces, and thus outsiders Mo’nique and Christoph Waltz have their two races on lockdown, without even showing up to campaign. That so much seems to have been preordained in the preseason takes a lot of the fun out of watching the races unfold. It also all but ensures that the two best performances of the year, committed to celluloid by two previous Oscar winners lacking the heat of the new or the weight
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Online Film Critics Society Snubs Avatar For Best Pic!

So much for stereotyping all online critics as fanboys. Good set of nominees this year, veering from the usual suspects in a couple of key ways that are rather interesting.

Like Avatar for Director, but not Picture. No acting nominations that seem like completely lazy voting -- i.e. no one is getting nominated strictly because they were cast in a musical or a Clint Eastwood picture. Though I guess one could argue that three acting nods for Inglourious Basterds might be the online equivalent of those default kind of choices.

But most of all it's nice to see some critics group finally wising up about Tilda Swinton in Julia. I'm so proud of the Ofcs today that I'm wishing I was a member but I have sadly never applied.
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The best films of 2009

Since Moses brought the tablets down from the mountain, lists have come in tens, not that we couldn't have done with several more commandments. Who says a year has Ten Best Films, anyway? Nobody but readers, editors, and most other movie critics. There was hell to pay last year when I published my list of Twenty Best. You'd have thought I belched at a funeral. So this year I have devoutly limited myself to exactly ten films.

On each of two lists.

The lists are divided into Mainstream Films and Independent Films. This neatly sidesteps two frequent complaints: (1) "You name all those little films most people have never heard of," and (2) "You pick all blockbusters and ignore the indie pictures." Which is is my official Top Ten? They both are equal, and every film here is entitled to name itself "One of the Year's 10 Best!"


¶ The Top 10 Mainstream Films

Bad Lieutenant.
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What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #23

Well, the lack of screenings last week allowed me to take in a lot more films at home, on top of being able to show my family some they had yet to see over the holiday weekend. So, without further delay let's dig in as I have nine films to talk about this week and I have spread them out over two pages.

Julia (2009) Quick Thoughts: There have been a few folks around the Internet cheering for Tilda Swinton's performance in Julia as the best lead female performance of 2009. After finally seeing the film I am willing to concede it is definitely a good performance, but I can't quite understand where the over-the-top adulation from some corners is all about. The film itself is also quite entertaining, especially considering it is too long. However, I realize now the best way to fill your film with Tons of cliches is
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Tilda Swinton Best Performer of 2009 – indieWIRE Poll

Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds (François Duhamel / The Weinstein Co.) Summer Hours Best Film of 2009 – indieWIRE Poll Top choices in the indieWIRE annual poll’s other categories include Kathryn Bigelow as best director, the Coen brothers‘ A Serious Man screenplay, Tilda Swinton as best performer in a leading role for Erick Zonca’s Julia and, unsurprisingly, Christoph Waltz as best performer in a supporting role for his evil Nazi in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Mo’Nique was a distant second for her mean mom in Precious. Sacha Gervasi’s rockumentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil, about a Canadian heavy metal band that doesn’t quite make it to the top, was voted the best documentary of 2009. Agnès Varda’s autobiographical The Beaches [...]
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Nyt's Manohla Dargis Offers Her Top 13 of 2009

Just recently New York Times critic Manohla Dargis made some waves with an interview she gave using some salty language and calling out a few people here and there. Today she delivers a list of her favorite films of 2009.

While beating the dead horse that is the hatred for such films as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen she also has a few kind words for some films that didn't make her ultimate list such as Star Trek, Julie and#038; Julia (agree keep the Julie), Duplicity, A Perfect Getaway, Up and A Single Man.

I have listed her top 13 directly below as she listed them, "in order of their domestic release" with links to my reviews where available. Following that is a list of her "other favorites." Like I said when I linked to her interview, "I have mixed feelings when it comes to
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Magnolia in 'Love' with Swinton and Luca Guadagnino’s Latest

The film is pure bliss, Tilda Swinton is not surprisingly, spot on and who knew, fluent in Italian and as I had remarked and so does this Magnolia Pictures press release, it falls into Visconti territory (The Leopard/Death in Venice). - Thanks to a couple of buyer friends and our West Coast correspondent Yama Rahimi for sending me into the last screening for Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love - the film is pure bliss, Tilda Swinton is not surprisingly, spot on and who knew, fluent in Italian and as I had remarked and so does this Magnolia Pictures press release, it falls into Visconti territory (The Leopard/Death in Venice). Magnolia Films (who've worked with Swinton this summer with the difficult to market title Erick Zonca's Julia) have picked up the rights to the pic - another post-tiff pick up that demonstrates the new wait and see trend in buyers.
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Monster Movies

Glenn here from Stale Popcorn here to discuss one of my favourite films from 2003, Patty Jenkins' Monster. Earlier this year when Courtney Hunt's Frozen River was released here in Australia I wrote in my review that It's a shame that Courtney Hunt's Frozen River is so good. It's unfortunate because now I will most likely be incredibly disappointed when this debut director falls between the cracks of the lead performance she helped create. I then went on to cite Boys Don't Cry's Kimberley Pierce (9 years between films) and Monster as examples.

Patty Jenkins has yet to make a second film after her Monster debut and there has never even been any word on her wanting to make another film. That is such a shame since she brought such fascinating sense of place to the Aileen Wuornos film and her twists on the idea of "American Gothic
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She Said

Here are some of the memorable quotes from female actors Back Stage spoke to in the past year:"I was very surprised to realize the poverty of her family and her situation. The fact that she had no education and was able to achieve so many creations is very, very surprising."—Audrey Tautou on playing Coco Chanel, "Coco Before Chanel""My love and passion for acting has remained the same from the very beginning. Then there are other things you have to learn to deal with if you become successful. There are things that are sometimes uncomfortable. But my love for acting is always the same."—Penélope Cruz, "Broken Embraces," "Nine""I don't know how to get into a role and keep it with me, because I just don't have any real [training]. I wasn't sure about going, because I had to cut class in order to go. I walked into this audition,
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Nobody Did It Better...


... than Tilda Swinton in Julia this year.

Ja from Mnpp here. You show me an actress' performance from 2009 and I will show you the shadow that Tilda's Julia casts across it, engulfs it with, and then takes it down in three swift gulps, perhaps letting out a valiant belch in a vague and half-remembered recognition of their effort.

I was reminded of this while reading Glenn's piece on the film at Stale Popcorn this morning and it made me angry. Angry! Angry that she's really nowhere near the Oscar's already insane echo-chamber of self-propelled hype this year. "Oh she won two years ago." "Oh her film opened way back in nowhere-land."

And? Tilda's Julia rips the cooking sherry out of Meryl's Julia's hand and bashes her in the head with it. She climbs into bed with Abbie's Fanny and invites that whinging Keats over for threesies (but then just
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Ewan McGregor's Link Saber

Fin de Cinema appreciates Tilda in Julia. More people need to

Spiegel Online "we make lists because we don't want to die" Good point. But also because they're fun

In Contention the animated shorts finalist list

Movie|Line interviews Hal Holbrook for That Evening Sun. The performance of his career?

Hollywood Elsewhere asks an understandable question regarding The Twilight Saga: New Moon's box office numbers

Awards Daily wonders whether Sandra Bullock is a safer bet than previously thought for The Blind Side

Vanity Fair handicaps the Oscar race and makes a case for Fantastic Mr Fox costumes (hmmm) but falls into the age old lazy schpiel about "not enough best actresses to fill a category". I swear to god that people say this every f***ing year and it is never ever true. You just have to be willing to look at performances that people aren't talking about for
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Stanley Tucci Rising "Gird Your Loins!"

On the same day I sat in the presence of Tilda Swinton (which I already told you about), I also attended the similarly formatted Stanley Tucci event at the New Yorker festival. You can read my article about the experience over at Tribeca. I love that they festooned it with an old Levi's ad of Tucci's. So weird to see him like that.

As you may have noticed in past conversations, I'm fairly fond of Tucci and I've been happy to see his (supporting) star rising. I knew nothing about him personally so the event was my first reveal of what he was like off stage: serious but funny (and punny as the case may be). He's often referred to as a Character Actor which he dubs a redundant term. What they mean is you're not a leading man. It's like saying that someone is heavyset or 'she's a handsome woman!
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Tilda Swinton in the Flesh

This weekend I had the opportunity to listen to cinephile actress Tilda Swinton reminisce about her career at the New Yorker Festival. I covered that beat (thrilling, rapid fire... oops, that was that my heart) for Tribeca Film. Naturally, wrestling the goodies down to article form was a mite troubling, because she was so candid, interesting and worthy of plunking down money for... though I guess with these new blogging laws I should indicate that my ticket was comped.

I always love hearing Tilda talk about her first collaborator Derek Jarman (which she did, a lot... there wasn't much discussion of her recent forays into mainstream fare) but one of my favorite bits was her story about meeting Eric Zonca, her Julia director, in Cannes. He was drunk and they tried to sneak into a party that they were both turned away from... even though they were both Cannes officials.
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Indie security alert level: Severe

Every year good films show at the Toronto Film festival that never open anywhere near you. This year some good films played that may never open anywhere, even if you live in Toronto--or New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin or upstairs over a Landmark Theater multiplex. Toronto is traditionally a lively marketplace for the purchase of film rights for new non-studio product: Indies, docs, foreign films. This year Harvey Weinstein paid $1 million for "A Single Man," and that was that. One sale, one movie, one million -- probably as little as Harvey has paid for a movie in some time.

Stands at yellow, rising toward orange

The makers of independent films don't have to send to learn for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for them. The bottom fell out of the market. That doesn't mean there were no other offers, but it means there were none that
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Tilda Swinton Dons Elegance At The Tiff With Silk Lanvin Top

British actress Tilda Swinton has displayed elegance at the red carpet of Toronto International Film Festival at the Elgin Theater. The "Julia" star wore soft silk Lanvin at the premiere of the Coen Brothers' "A Serious Man."

The 48-year-old actress was wearing a beige Lanvin long-sleeve silk satin top and a black wash satin skirt for the night. She completed the ensemble with an amber resin choker and a multi-color striped satin fold-over clutch.

It wasn't just Swinton who turned to Lanvin for a stylish outfit.

"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm took the red carpet at the Creative Arts Emmy's in Los Angeles wearing a crisp Lanvin anthracite gray-one button wool tux jacket and matching tuxedo pants from the French clothing company's Fall 2009 Evening Collection.
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Julia: Tilda Swinton’s Broken Bird

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The words Tilda Swinton and knockout performance are nearly always within the same sentence these days. Powerful and complex roles, including a career best (and Oscar winning) performance in the excellent Michael Clayton, are coming thick and fast for the Scottish wonder woman. However, the unconventionally beautiful, almost androgynous, actress was hand picked by director Erick Zonda for the role of a down and out self obsessed, alcoholic, one night standing tumbleweed because “She resembles a broken bird..." Watching his third film, the Cassevettes inspired Julia, you begin to realise exactly what he means. The film opens in bar where the lanky red headed Julia prowls and grinds awkwardly around the place, picks a man and wakes up with him in his car. We instantly get the feeling, which is backed up over the films first 20 minutes, that this is par for the course for old Julia and she's shortly
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DVD Review: Tilda Swinton Mesmerizes in Thrilling ‘Julia’

Chicago – Tilda Swinton, Oscar winner for “Michael Clayton,” gives the best female performance of the year to date in the riveting, thrilling, excellent “Julia,” now available on DVD and one of the best films of 2009 that you probably haven’t seen. The lack of special features on the Magnolia-produced DVD (and its lack of existence on Blu-Ray) is a bet of a let-down but the film is an underrated gem that should find a loyal audience on the home market.

DVD Rating: 4.0/5.0 Swinton plays the title character, a woman who has turned alcoholism, self-pity, and general confusion into an art form. Julia is the kind of raging drinker who regularly blacks out and wakes up half-dressed in a stranger’s car. She’s one of those women who always blames the world for not giving her a lucky break but doesn’t recognize that her own decisions are tearing her life apart.
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[DVD Review] Julia

One of the unwritten rules of the crime genre is that the more pathetic and desperate your perpetrator is, the worse things will invariably work out for them, and as the shambolic, self-centered drunk at the center of French helmer Erick Zonca’s overwrought kidnap caper, Tilda Swinton’s titular protagonist is so low she is practically underground. But having forced his audience to endure her antics for the better part of 150 minutes Zonca decapitates the story with an ending so arbitrary that it robs the viewer of the payoff they have waited so patiently (being the operative word) to see.

A spiteful alcoholic, Julia crashes around the remnants of her life from one blackout drunk fuck to another with any random stranger who will refill her glass. Her only friend at this point is Mitch (an underused Saul Rubinek), who has been bribing her with rent money (which she
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