HOW MANY DEMONIC KISSES DOES "SWEENEY TODD" GET? READ MY MOVIE REVIEW!!! 


I remember watching “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” starring Angela Lanbury as Mrs. Nellie Lovett. I think the show was a PBS special, and the production’s haunting music became the soundtrack of my prepubescent life. The pathos and the dark, brooding theme awakened my inner goth.

Years later, I saw the Broadway revival with the great Patti Lupone. It was a darker and bloodier take on the Stephen Sondheim musical, and its melancholic theme left me cold. Then I heard director Tim Burton was planning a film adaptation with his perennial muse, Johnny Depp. I was dancing with glee, until I watched the film.

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TORONTO FILM CRITICS CHOOSE "NO COUNTRY" 


"No Country for Old Men," my favorite film of 2007, is on its bloody way to the Oscars! Many critics group blessed this film, as THE movie to beat this year. "There Will Be Blood" comes very, very close!

The Toronto Film Critics Association chose "No Country" for best film, best direction, best screenplay, as well as best supporting actor for Javier Bardem (great choice!!!).

Here's the complete list:

BEST FILM
"No Country for Old Men"

BEST DIRECTOR
Coen Brothers for "No Country for Old Men"

BEST SCREENPLAY
Coen Brothers for "No Country for Old Men"

BEST ACTOR

Viggo Mortensen "Eastern Promises"

BEST ACTRESS (TIE)
Julie Christie "Away from Her"
Ellen Page "Juno"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Javier Bardem for "No Country for Old Men"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett "I'm Not There"

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Sarah Polley "Away from Her"

BEST CANADIAN FILM
"Away from Her"

BEST ANIMATED FILM
"Ratatouille"

BEST FOREIGN FILM
"4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days"

BEST DOCUMENTARY
"No End in Sight"

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SAN DIEGO FILM CRITICS SOCIETY REALLY LOVE "NO COUNTRY" 
"No Country for Old Men" took top honors from the San Diego Film Critics Society.

The searing film won the best film of 2007, cinematography, and best ensemble. Tommy Lee Jones won over Javier Bardem (huh?) for best supporting actor.

Here's the full list of winners:


BEST FILM

"No Country for Old Men"
Runner-up: "There Will Be Blood"

BEST DIRECTOR

Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Runner-up:Joel and Ethan Coen, "No Country For Old Men"

BEST ACTOR
Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"
Runners-up (tie): Viggo Mortensen, "Eastern Promises"; Russell Crowe, "3:10 to Yuma"

BEST ACTRESS

Julie Christie, "Away From Her"
Runner-up: Ellen Page, "Juno"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Tommy Lee Jones, "No Country for Old Men"
Runner-up: Tom Wilkinson, "Michael Clayton"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"
Runner-up: Cate Blanchett, "I'm Not There"

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Diablo Cody, "Juno"
Runner-up: Gerard Soeteman and Paul Verhoeven, "Black Book"

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Runners-up (tie): Joel and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"; Christopher Hampton, "Atonement"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
Runner-up: "The Orphanage"

BEST DOCUMENTARY

(tie) "No End in Sight" and "Deep Water"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

""Ratatouille""
Runners-up (tie): "Persepolis" and "Paprika"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Roger Deakins, "No Country for Old Men"
Runner-up: Robert Elswitt, "There Will Be Blood"

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Dante Ferretti, "Sweeney Todd"
Runner-up: Sarah Greenwood, "Atonement"

BEST EDITOR

Paul Tothill, "Atonement"
Runners-up: Christopher Rouse, "The Bourne Ultimatum"; Joel and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"; Paul Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"

BEST SCORE

Jonny Greenwood, "There Will Be Blood"
Runner-up: Dario Marianelli, "Atonement"

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

"No Country for Old Men"

BODY OF WORK
Christian Bale, "3:10 to Yuma," "Rescue Dawn," "I'm Not There"

KYLE COUNTS AWARD
Larry Zeiger, retired Point Loma High School teacher

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AUSTIN FILM CRITICS DRAW "BLOOD" 


The Paul Thomas Anderson film, "There Will Be Blood" sweeps most of the top prizes at the Austin Film Critics Association 2007 awards!

The film took the Best Film honor along with Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis), Best Director (Paul Thomas Anderson), Best Original Score (Johnny Greenwood from Radiohead), and Best Cinematography (Robert Elswit).

Here's the complete list of 2007 AFCA winners:

Top Ten:

There Will Be Blood
No Country for Old men
Juno
Into the Wild
3:10 to Yuma
Knocked Up
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Atonement
American Gangster
Eastern Promises

Best Film:
There Will Be Blood

Best Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson, 'There Will Be Blood'

Best Actor:
Daniel Day Lewis, 'There Will Be Blood'

Best Actress:
Ellen Page, 'Juno'

Best Supporting Actor:
Javier Bardem, 'No Country For Old Men'

Best Supporting Actress:

Allison Janney, Juno

Best Foreign Film:
Black Book

Best Documentary:

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Best Animated Film:
Ratatouille

Best First Film:
Ben Affleck, 'Gone Baby Gone'

Best Original Screenplay:
Diablo Cody, 'Juno'

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Ethan & Joel Coen, 'No Country For Old Men'

Best Cinematography:
Robert Elswit, 'There Will Be Blood'

Best Original Score:
Jonny Greenwood, 'There Will Be Blood'

Breakthrough Artist:
Michael Cera, 'Superbad,' 'Juno

Austin Film Award:
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, 'Grindhouse'

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TERRENCE MALICK, SEAN PENN, BRAD PITT -- I'LL CLIMB THIS "TREE OF LIFE" 


Brad Pitt is in talks to replace Heath Ledger in the new film, "Tree of Life."

It's going to be directed by the respected helmer, Terrence Malick, and will be produced by River Road (who's currently basking in "Into the Wild" glory).

Sean Penn is set to co-star even though he's booked to play the title character in the Gus Van Sant flick, "Harvey Milk."

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