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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

more goodies over at Film.com

my regular Friday weekend preview

“From Sundance to Stardom: The Coens, Soderbergh, and Rodriguez” (Sundance opened yesterday… and next year I hope to be there for it)

“The End Is Nearer: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Prime-Time TV”

and some chat about the seventh annual Cinemararti Awards, which have indeed just debuted over at cinemarati.org

As usual, feel free to use this as an open thread.



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  • Shadowen

    Once again, Battlestar Galactica is ahead of the curve: it showed, in 2003, saturation nuclear bombing of an entire world.

    Best damn show on TV.

  • MaryAnn

    I hope you’re wrong, Shadowen…

  • Kathy A

    MaryAnn, I was just reading your take on the Oscar noms from this morning, and saw this:

    Omission that makes me the saddest: no notice for Michael Sheen in The Queen. I guess I’m the only one who loves him.

    Believe me, you’re not the only one who loves him! A month or so after I saw him (and thought he was great) in The Queen, I was watching one of the various History Channels, specifically a mini-series of historical reenacted films called “The Battle for Rome.” The ep I was watching was about Nero, and guess who was playing him? Yep, Michael Sheen! And he was brilliant in the part of the mad emperor. (That show had lots of recognizable Brit character actors starring in it–James D’Arcy, Peter Firth, David Warner, Sheen, and Tom Bell [Helen Mirren’s nemesis in Prime Suspect].)

  • MaryAnn

    I’ve been having this fantasy of a *Doctor Who* post David Tennant — not that I’m looking for David Tennant to leave — with Sheen playing the Doctor as possessed by the Master, so Sheen could be good and evil at the same time. (The Master is the Doctor archenemy, for you DW neophytes.)

    I’m such a geek.

  • Kathy A

    Sheen would be a great Master (as well as a wonderful possible Doctor #11)!!

    I loved Anthony Stewart Head’s villainous turn in the school episode from this past season (all hail the return of Sarah Jane! Ahem, sorry…), and thought that he would have made a wonderful Master as well.

    BTW, when are you going to continue DW-blogging over at Geek Philosophy?

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