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Crash (2005): Articles


'Crash' Movie Review: Several Excellent Performances in Contrived Ethnically Conscious Drama

'Crash' movie: Ryan Phillippe as a good white Los Angeles cop with subconscious 'racist side.' 'Crash' movie review: California tossin' and turnin' Screenwriter Paul Haggis' multiple award-winning directorial debut, Crash, is set in a Los Angeles that is part Quentin Tarantino, part Paul Thomas Anderson, part Spike Lee, part Bret Easton Ellis. Haggis' L.A. also happens to be a place with precious little in common with the Southern California metropolis located on Planet Earth. In the film, Haggis and co-screenwriter Robert Moresco tell us – or rather, scream at us – that the Angeleno boiling (definitely not melting) pot is about to explode at any moment, as Los Angeles denizens spend all their spare time hating, fearing, misunderstanding, and cheating […]


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'Crash' Movie Review: Several Excellent Performances in Contrived Ethnically Conscious Drama



Oscar Ceremony 2006

This year, I decided to watch the Oscars so I could write a little something about it. I was expecting to be bored to tears by my self-imposed assignment, but thanks in large part to Jon Stewart's comedy skills (including the hilarious “Don't Vote for Them, Vote for Me” ads created by his team) and to the crop of mostly interesting (if flawed) films I did enjoy the experience – somewhat. (Truth in Reporting: I must admit that I missed much of the show's first hour – I was at the gym, working on another self-imposed assignment – and that I took long Oscar breaks throughout the evening.) Despite lapses such as Ben Stiller's embarrassing turn in what looked like […]


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Oscar Ceremony 2006



Independent Film Spirit Awards: 'Brokeback Mountain' Tops

Independent Film Spirit Award winner 'Brokeback Mountain,' with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Independent Film Spirit Awards 2006: 'Brokeback Mountain' is Best Film Ang Lee's gay romantic drama and 2006 Academy Award favorite Brokeback Mountain won two top awards – Best Film and Best Director – at the Independent Film Spirit Awards ceremony held earlier today, March 4, '06. (See further below the full list of the Independent Film Spirit Awards' winners and nominees.) Nominated for his performance as a gay ranch hand, Heath Ledger lost the Best Actor award to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays another gay character, author and sometime screenwriter Truman Capote, in Bennett Miller's real-life-inspired drama Capote – which also earned Dan Futterman (Robin Williams and […]


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Independent Film Spirit Awards: 'Brokeback Mountain' Tops