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Culture, The Exhibitionist The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all,…
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Film, Film Feature Interview: Alexander Payne Discusses "The Descendants," Pessimism, Failure, Filmmaking

Interview: Alexander Payne Discusses "The Descendants," Pessimism, Failure, Filmmaking

"I don't think about the home where my films will land," says Alexander Payne, free-range in a film culture fenced off into art house and multiplex, to the detriment of both. He describes the audience that he writes for as…
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Film, "The Descendants": Alexander Payne's Latest Is Surprisingly Predictable

"The Descendants": Alexander Payne's Latest Is Surprisingly Predictable

Why has it taken Alexander Payne seven years to follow up on Sideways? And what's blunted his edge? Payne's earlier movies have been driven by richly flawed characters — Reese Witherspoon's monstrous high school striver in Election, Jack Nicholson's thoroughly…
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