Paul Haggis: 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 […]

'Million Dollar Baby' Movie: Clint Eastwood Cliché-Ridden Boxing Melodrama

'Million Dollar Baby' movie with Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood. 'Million Dollar Baby' movie: Clint Eastwood contrived, overlong drama made (barely) watchable by first-rate central performance Fresh off the enthusiastically received – and insincere – Mystic River, Clint Eastwood went on to tackle the ups and downs of the boxing […]

'Harry Potter Deathly Hallows: Part 1' Dethrones 'Twilight' Movies & Russell Crowe Has Decade's 2nd-Worst Debut

Burlesque with Cher. Steven Antin's eventual Golden Globe nominee has enjoyed a relatively modest run at the domestic box office. Burlesque – along with The Tourist – is in the running in the Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical category. 'Burlesque' + 'Love & Other Drugs' fading away Next in […]

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 […]