It’s All True: The Best of the New York Film Festival

The New York Film Festival got real this year: Nearly every one of its most anxiously awaited entries explored true-life stories we thought we knew, but really didn’t.   Bridge of Spies At a panel discussion before the premiere screening of Steven Spielberg’s taut — and true-life — Cold War drama, Tom Hanks recalled how he and costar Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall), who plays accused Russian spy Rudolf Abel, did some impromptu prep work for the New York shoot: “I …

That’s One Chintzy Trophy: The Golden Globe!

Jodie Foster cradles her new Golden Globe In my professional wanderings, I have been lucky enough to hold in my hot little hands an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Golden Globe. Oscar is an impressive, solid piece of hardware (8 1/2 pounds). Emmy is a delicately timeless statuette (nearly 7 pounds). The Golden Globe is a tad less impressive than the “Participation” trophy you got at your sixth grade Field Day. In a way, that reflects the lightweight nature of …