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 […]

Oscar Ceremony: Historic Upset + 'Out of Touch' George Clooney

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 […]

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 […]

Guild Awards: From Transsexual Road Movie & Race-Obsessed Los Angeles

2006 American Society of Cinematographers winners: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on February 26, 2006. Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases * Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS for Memoirs of a Geisha Robert Elswit, ASC for Good Night and Good Luck. Andrew Lesnie, ASC, ACS for King […]

SAG & DGA Awards: Crashing Gay Cowboy Party + Paul Newman & Shirley Temple Return

Crash with Shaun Toub and Michael Peña. Directed by Paul Haggis from a screenplay by Haggis and Bobby Moresco, the Los Angeles-set race-focused drama Crash was the 2006 SAG Awards' surprise Best Cast winner. The all-star ensemble includes Shaun Taub and Michael Peña as the working-class representatives of two “ethnic minorities” – […]

British Academy: Corruption & Racism + Doomed Gay Love & Jane Austen Top Nominations

The Constant Gardener with Ralph Fiennes. All but ignored in the U.S. this awards season, two-time Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes (as Best Supporting Actor for Schindler's List, 1993; as Best Actor for The English Patient, 1996) is a Best Actor contender for the British Academy Awards for his performance as a Kenya-based […]

Golden Globes vs. Oscars: Unusual Multiple Best Picture Mismatches + Palm Springs Winners

Golden Globes vs Oscars: Crash with Thandie Newton and Matt Dillon. A clear Academy favorite – with Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay nominations – Paul Haggis' Los Angeles-set, race-obsessed drama Crash received a mere two Golden Globe nods: Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Matt Dillon. […]

Best Visual Effects & Make-Up from Aliens to Gangsters + Surprise Best Actress Joan Allen

King Kong 2005: Will the reclusive giant ape allow his beloved blonde (Naomi Watts) to become a hungry tyrannosaur's next meal? Peter Jackson's remake of Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack's 1933 classic isn't exactly a critical favorite; even so, the film boasts first-rate production values, including those in […]

John Kerry Vietnam War Movie, 'Crash' Title Battle: Toronto Controversies

John Kerry Vietnam War movie 'Going Upriver.' John Kerry Vietnam War movie, 'Crash': Toronto Film Festival controversies Besides Charlize Theron's no-show and Kevin Spacey's “show” sporting a dyed scalp, the 2004 edition of the Toronto Film Festival, which runs until Sept. 18, has had its share of controversies thanks to […]