Sunday, January 31, 2010
The room for surprise seems super limited. The only place I see a "surprise" if if Matt Damon's Informant! character (or as I like to call him, Fatt Damon) were to take the spot of say Jeremy Renner.
Otherwise, other possibilities like Daniel Day Lewis, Tobey Maguire or Michael Stuhlbarg, are no possibility at all.
The Best Actress race is even more of a sealed case in my mind. I'm sure there are plenty who'd love to see Emily Blunt nominated, but I don't see her stealing Queen Helen's spot.
Best Actor Best Bets...
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in The Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
Best Actress Best Bets...
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gaubourey Sidibe, Precious
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Most at risk to not get nominated: Jeremy Renner (pictured above) for his role in the Hurt Locker. If nominated, his name is certainly thrown in with "some big dogs." Despite minimal wins, his name has come up as a nominee in all the right places, and I think there will be a lot of love for The Hurt Locker come Oscar nomination morning.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
The names have been the same all season long. Christoph Waltz always wins the award, leaving Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones), Woody Harrelson (The Messenger), and usually come combination of Christopher Plummer (The Last Station), Matt Damon (Invictus), Alfred Molina (An Education), and occasionally Peter Capaldi (In the Loop).
I think the trend would be to predict Waltz, Harrelson, Plummer, Tucci, and Damon.
Although I think I'm very curious to wonder how well Invictus will fair with Academy voters, I question their interest in this film beyond Morgan Freeman's portrayl of Nelson Mandela.
So I feel semi-brave trading out Damon's name for a fifth contender.
I Would Bet the Nominees are...
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Alfred Molina, An Education
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Trade out a name with one of these surprises...
Peter Capaldi, In the Loop
Matt Damon, Invictus
Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker
Christian McKay, Me & Orson Wells
Stanley Tucci, Julie & Julia
My Fifth Spot Prediction: You notice my inclusion of Alfred Molina. Molina hasn't been an award season staple, with only limited exposure with a nomination from the British Academy, Broadcast Film Critics, London Critics Circle, and Satellite Awards. These award bodies all recognized Molina previously for his role in Frida, but he didn't receive a nomination in 2003. Maybe this year will be the same, but somehow I have to think his peers might be ready to invite him into their club with his first nomination. Not to mention, his performance in An Education is exceptional. Granted, An Education, is one film that seems to be loosing buzz through award season as it has never really picked up any traction.
Marion Cottilard, Nine
My Fifth spot prediction: You notice my inclusion of Melanie Laurent (pictured above). I think that the steam for Quinton Tarentino's film has only been building through precursor season and the SAG ensemble win goes to enforce, this is not just Christoph Waltz' film. I image the nomination numbers will be high for Inglourious, an Laurent not only pads the numbers but gives a nomination to what is really a very good and memorable performance.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
In fact, he said it really didn't interest him.
Sure, with recent post about David Lean's Summertime and the documentary Burma VJ, I can understand why he might skip over those post unfamiliar with the films and projects.
So I thought I would put together a list of films I have watched with my dad that have been released this past decade.
I'm sure I'm missing some, but I've come up with 32 films, not to mention TV shows like the entire Mad Men series.
The Big Bounce
Blades of Glory
Catch Me if You Can
Deck the Halls
Die Fälscher (The Counterfeiters)
The Family Man
Fun With Dick & Jane
Hearts in Atlantis
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day
Mona Lisa Smile
The Perfect Storm
The Santa Clause 2
The Spiderwick Chronicles
Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby
So, Dad, which one of these films would you like me to blog about?
Monday, January 25, 2010
"I have a theory. The more famous people in a movie the worst the movie is going to be."
Her other example was the similar love-themed comedy He's Just Not That Into You.
Of course, writing about M*A*S*H's anniversary, I can't help but wonder what it would be like in Robert Altman and ensemble-style-all-his-own directed the cast of Valentine's Day (including the entire cast, from Ashton Kutcher, George Lopez, Taylor Lautner, and Taylor Swift).
I miss Altman's ensemble pieces, because he can throw the most random assortment of talent into a film and create something wonderful. My favorite Altman film is Gosford Park. Gosford Park is certainly not short of famous people.
There's other great ensembles, but there's only so many stars you can pack into a film, and if it's not the right story, more stars doesn't guarantee a lesser need for a storyline.
So it's your turn to finish the sentence..."The more famous people in a movie the ____________.
The film, my favorite from 1970, takes place during the Korean War, but clearly played off thoughts, feelings, and frustrations with the Vietnam war is certainly a unique and important film in American film history.
When Oscar-winning screenwriter Ring Larder Jr, adapted Richard Hooker's novel I have to assume there was a feeling of risk involved with a comedy about this group of confused doctors that made up the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.
I think about 2009 and what was a very successful year in film for contemporary war films. Films like The Messenger and The Hurt Locker have been critically well received. Yet, these films are dramatic in nature, and while they have messages and commentary inside their stories, I believe much of there success has been their story telling that is objective without being heavy handed message films.
Another contemporary war film came out this year, The Men Who Stare at Goats...this one a comedy, and boy did it bomb. Comedy about war is a unique challenge.
So what makes MASH (often referenced as M*A*S*H due to original poster art and the later franchise that spawned a TV show) into such a great success.
I can only speculate. Was it the performances, Robert Altman's character saturated story telling, the comical gags, or the ability to laugh at something people took very seriously. Maybe it was all of these things.
Whether it's memories of an itchy nose during a surgery, or the many scenes involving Major "Hot Lips" Houlihan, I think this film did something unique and magical that we haven't seen since.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Who was surprised tonight by any of the SAG award winners? Not only do the nominee list start to stack up in ways that are remarkably similar, but as awards are announced, there is hardly any variety. Tonight's film winners lined up exactly with the big winner's at the Golden Globes.
Maybe consensus has been reached that the performance of the year are those of Christoph Waltz, Sandra Bullock, Mo'Nique, and Jeff Bridges.
So why do we all need to keep on having award shows awarding the same people?
If any category makes the SAG awards interesting it is the best ensemble category one of my favorite awards of the whole season because it's completely different. This award goes to the cast of a film, so in a way it signifies to me the best film for acting...so this year, some films like Avatar, don't make the top 5. This year's type 5 ensemble nominees were An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, Nine and Precious.
Tonight's Screen Actor's Guild win for Mo'Nique is her 18th win for her role in Precious, and Oscar nominations haven't even been announced. Think that's a lot...this is Waltz's 20th win for his performance, Bullock's 3rd win (I'm sure she's still able to act humble and excited when she wins), and Bridge's 4th win.
Friday, January 22, 2010
--Renato de Rossi from David Lean's Summertime (1955), in reference to why Katherine Hepburn's character should have sex with Rossi' loser character.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Not to criticize our knowledge of world affairs, but I would guess that while we have probably heard of Burma, located in the country of Myanmar, we probably no little about their current political challenges.
It was only in 2008 when a tropic cyclone devastated the region killing what is estimated at well above 100,000 people. During the disaster I remember hearing about some of the Burmese issues and the military junta in the country for the first time, and how the level 4 cyclone might allow for a breakdown in the military corruption as they might be forced to allow visitors into the country to serve the people who might not normally be accepted.
This devastating event is not the context of the film, but rather that context of my knowledge base. This documentary actually takes place in 2007, months before the cyclone.
This story is about the smuggling of video footage out of a country that controls it's citizens with fear doing everything it can to maintain control of the people, economy, and the way the Burmese engage with the world.
The film's Danish director tells the story of the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) and there role in putting pictures and video into the hands of media of the government's repression, and specifically a huge protest done by the Buddhist Monks in 2007.
What is compelling about this story to me is first that the footage seen in this film while edited together very carefully is also very raw. The film footage of the protest and scenes is done by amateurs on crude equipment trying to film discreetly. This is the film footage available, there is no other footage of these events. And what is amazing is how despite the limits, how so many scenes and angles and sounds are captured. It's powerful and important.
The second intriguing thing about this documentary is the way in Burma VJ simply tells a story. There are no interviews, second thoughts, scholarly explanations, or other accounts, rather the film has a solid narration by a young Burmese male named 'Joshua.'
His narration is seamlessly intertwined with the footage and story, and it's paced a such a calm storytelling quality that not only is it powerful, but also speaks a strong testimony to the technical work that went into this story.
This is an exceptional and compelling film. As one of the 15 films in competition for an Oscar nomination, I would think this film would certainly have a solid chance. As for an important story about current world stories of injustice, this film is one that is not just well made but also important.
This film gives two connected stories of social change in the midst of injustice, one is in the use of modern technology to have social impact. The second is in the use of religious authority as demonstrated by the Buddhist monks to extract social justice out of their religious status. To see these two different methods combined is a unique a moving experience in itself.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
What speeches will be remembered? Probably Mo'Niques for the emotion.
Speech with most finesse? Robert Downey Jr with all the names of people he's not thanking.
Boring speech? Christoph Waltz.
Maybe you should have prepared a speech? Meryl Streep.
Annoying speech? Chloe Sevingy, she just seems so cranky, from the red carpet complaints about the weather to the award speech that just seemed so super flat, not to mention a weird awkward dress moment, I was more than underwhelmed.
Who really annoyed me the most? Oh, not Sevingy, I meant to say Nick Cannon, did you catch any of the post-show broadcast. I felt like it was like Nickelodeon had chosen a winner to guest interview people. This programming was an embarrassment for anyone involved with the post-show.
The winner we'll remember? Sandra Bullock. Who would have thought that her first Golden Globe win would come in the Dramatic film category. She is a class act and America will be glad to have her.
Effect of Sandra Bullock's win? Julia Roberts American sweetheart crown is finally passed. The inappropriate red carpet questions to Roberts were about how she passed up opportunities to star in The Proposal and The Blindside. But somehow I think after this past year, Roberts may be taking second pickings to Bullock. Robert's is in need of a hit more than ever.
Repeat Wins for Acting at the Oscars? Jeff Bridges and Mo'Nique seem almost for sure. At this point I'd guess Meryl Streep will win the Oscar as well, and although he didn't win tonight, I'm still pulling for Woody Harrelson for the big award.
Film I'm Hoping Has A Little Backlash? I have a hard time accepting Avatar as the film of the year, I personally am hoping for a little backlash so attention can be directed elsewhere.
Thoughts on the Host? Ricky Gervais isn't really a favorite of mine anyways, and I felt like his jokes were more insulting than comical. I couldn't get into his performance tonight and am really not interested in his return.
Thoughts on Haiti awareness? I think the thoughts for Haiti and encouragement to donate and participate was certainly appropriate, although at many times felt forced and insincere. Some people certainly seemed very effected by the tragedy, others only seemed like that's what they should have said. I won't say who fell on which end of the spectrum, because it doesn't seem right to judge, but the tragedy certainly played a role in the awards show.
Final thought? I feel like the winner's this year where uniquely American, Jeff Bridges playing a country music singer, Sandra Bullock a Mississippi mom, Meryl Streep an American TV chef icon, & sure Sherlock Holmes isn't American, but how much more American can you get than Robert Downey, Jr? Kind of some American selections from the Hollywood Foreign Press, wouldn't you say?
Anyways, I decided in this cake because, I have a one-year old daughter and so I can have the fairy princess cake.
Actually, if there has been one film that seems to have had a large role on this blog over this past year, Strange Culture's 4th year...it's Julie & Julia.
I was going to make a cake out of Mastering the Art of French Cooking as I have done a few times over this past year for my blogaversary art, but decided I was done with my Julia Child/Julie Powell posts.
In addition to those posts, this blog also saw more posts about films from the 1930s and 1940s, a "What Movies Do Christians Want" Series, a Peace series in October, as well as the annual Reel (Real) People series.
Here are some additional highlights from 2009...
* I Am A Horrible Person: Saying "No" To Girl Scouts & Their Cookies, Too [January 18, 2009]
* Book Adaptations & Best Picture Nominations: Trend Revisited [January 26, 2009]
* 3D: Whoop-di-dee [February 2, 2009]
* Will Blockbuster Survive in 2009? Should it? [February 12, 2009]
* First Thoughts on the 81st Academy Awards [February 22, 2009]
* Reel People: Amy Adams is Julie Powell [March 7, 2009]
* Why We Love Hospital TV Shows [April 2, 2009]
* Vomit Inducing Summer Movies (2009 Edition) [May 3, 2009]
* When I think of Michael Jackson... [June 25, 2009]
* Are there More Outdoor Weddings in Movies Than In Real Life? [July 14, 2009]
* Grant/Hepburn and New Thoughts on Romantic Comedy [August 9, 2009]
* Robin Hood, Sequins, & Technicolor Birthday Cake Costumes [August 23, 2009]
* Reel People: Quinton Aaron is Michael Oher [August 28, 2009]
* Airports and Up in the Air [September 3, 2009]
* Strange Culture - Post Number 1000 [September 24, 2009]
* Peace or Conflict - The Challenge of Peace in Storytelling [October 13, 2009]
* A Modern Horror Film Soap Box [October 31, 2009]
* A Little About The 15 Documentaries on Oscar's Radar [November 21, 2009]
* My top 20 Films Of the Decade (2000-2009) [January 1, 2010]
Here's to another great year at StrangeCultureBlog! Thanks for reading, commenting & linking!
Previously blogaversary post: 1st, 2nd & 3rd.
But it's all the other characters who intermix on screen with Mulligan's character Jenny that give Carey Mulligan the chance to respond in subtly (or not so subtly in a few scenes) in the mix of these various characters.
In a film scene that often lacks great female performances, this film has a variety of female parts that are all praise worthy, particularly those of Olivia Williams, Cara Seymore, and Emma Thompson. But one other female role really sticks out in this film and that is the role of Helen played by Rosamund Pike.
Helen's character is in my mind a very challenging performance, because it takes extreme balance to be convincing. Helen is the ditsy blond trying to be sophisticated in a world of extravagance she wants to fit in. Her character despite her lack of intellect and desire to impress is not to rude to treat the intellectual school girl Jenny with scorn. No, instead Helen becomes Jenny's mother-of-worldly-things, helping her know how to fit in to a new world she has fallen into.
Every line that Pike delivers and every scene is incredibly convincing despite the unique character she plays. This could have easily been played like Reese Witherspoon played Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, but instead Pike brings a level of sophistication to the role that is not only impressive in it's own right, but also sets Carey Mulligan up for some fantastic scenes.
Rosamund Pike's accolades are relatively limited for this film on the award season scene (part of the Screen Actor Guild's Best Ensemble list, London critics circle nomination, and British Independent Film nomination) but I think that Pike, at 30 years old, certainly deserves a shot at more great roles. This role convinces me that she's an actress to watch.
This post is part of Stinky Lulu's annual supporting actress blog-a-thon. See the complete list of participants of the 4th annual blog-a-thon here.
Here are my previous contributions for this blog-a-thon include:
Class of 2008: Frances McDormand in Burn After Reading
Class of 2007: Allison Janney in Juno & Hairspray
Class of 2006: Adriana Barazza in Babel
Saturday, January 16, 2010
What I'm excited about is seeing all the stars of this years season all in one place. Photo shoots that will have Jeff Bridges alongside Morgan Freeman and George Clooney.
I want to see Carey Mulligan and Gabby Sidibe walk the red carpet.
And I'm excited to see who actually wins in some of these races. The globes often chases different winners than the Academy so it could easily be new speeches by different stars.
Not to mention, the jovial and relaxed atmosphere (mixed with a little intoxication) can often make these speeches some of the best of the season.
So, needless to say, I'm excited for the Sunday night ceremony.
Do you have anything you do to prepare for the ceremony? Any movies your rushing out to see this weekend in preparation, or perhaps a DVD your going to be watching?
We'll be watching the Hurt Locker in our house tonight. How about you?
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
And as I walk in the airport lines...all the different lines, checking baggage, security, boarding the plane, and so forth I continually think of George Clooney and Jason Reitman's film, Up in the Air.
A variety of things along the way remind me of this, including hotel reward status, and even the robe in the hotel closet.
I travel independently very infrequently, but I can't imagine what it's like for people like Clooney's character Ryan Bingham who do spend a good portion of their time "Up in the Air."
It's interesting because even if you put in a super full day of work on the road, you feel kind of alone.
Over the holidays my wife and I traveled with a toddler which included a lot of coordination, luggage carrying, and general exhaustion.
But even though it's probably easier to travel by yourself, it's hardly better.
Good night friends and family, wish you were here.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Cooper is pictured above with Jeff Bridges and Robert Duvall...Scott Cooper looks pretty happy in the picture. He seemed pretty happy at the screening too.
Talk about a dream come true for a debut film. Sure, no box-office explosion (especially with it's hyper-limited-release schedule) but Oscar buzz and general praise, what more could this non-household-name-Actor want?
Cooper loved talking about Robert Duvall. He said him and Duvall are close "buds" more or less in 20,000 different ways:
- Duvall produced Crazy Heart.
- Duvall and Cooper have been in films together (most notably the award winning mini-series Broken Trail, as well as Gods and Generals, and the upcoming Duvall film Get Low).
- Cooper was married at Duvall's house
- Apparently they like the same sports and music.
- Cooper and Duvall talk on the phone two or three times a day.
- Cooper wrote Duvall's film role with him in mind, even applying his cadence of speech to the words in the script.
- Cooper calls Robert Duvall, "Bobby."
You could tell this all was a point of pride for Cooper.
Honestly, Scott Cooper seems like a nice enough guy, who's humble in praising his performers (Duvall and Bridges primarily) as well as his behind the scenes talent (T Bone Burnett primarily).
Scott Cooper also seems to value a different type of aesthetic, perhaps that what leads him to make a film with more of a country-western slant? Who knows how the book Crazy Heart got in his hands, and why this was the project he chose to adapt for the screen?
In the question and answer time most people seemed curious in knowing what Jeff Bridges was like on the set, and how he was acquired to work in this film. Everyone, had curiosity in the mystique of "The Dude." Scott Cooper admitted he had never seen The Big Lebowski. I suppose the Coen's may not be voting for Cooper on their Academy Award ballots.
Scott Cooper for whatever reason mentioned two or three times that his dad studied under William Faulkner. It usually didn't seem to have relevance to what was being discussed, so this must be meaningful to him.
Cooper seemed to view himself as a culture and art sponge who had in childhood absorbed a variety of music, books, and other culturally relevant pieces of America.
He's reading Charlotte's Web to his daughter.
I for one, am really glad that Scott Cooper made this film. It's a creation, and I think for some people in the creative field this film will truly be an inspiration to create. Out of art springs art, I suppose...and I sense if that is the case Scott Cooper will be honored.
I'm interested in seeing where he goes next. Will he write more? Direct more? Star in minor roles along Duvall (or shall we say, Bobby) more?
I imagine if he wants to make a film and align his cast it might be easier a second time around, although he said the script for Crazy Heart took three to four years, so if he's going to write at that pace, we might not see his name for awhile.
I suppose we'll see. It was good to spend some time with you Scott Cooper.
Another more specific surprise to me is how many times I'm seeing District 9, the successful summer sci-fi film, show up in precursor list.
This past week the Producers Guild of America released their nominations, which included a now expanded 10 nominations for best picture (instead of their previous 5). On this list they went "sci-fi-crazy" with 10 science fiction films, Star Trek, Districk 9, and Avatar.
This is not usual.
Other than the important PGA award, few awards are choosing District 9 in it's Best Picture line-up, but it does show up in the adapted film category regularly as a nomination (Broadcast Film Critics Association, Golden Globes, and Satellite Awards).
Interesting note, the Golden Globes choose 5 best dramas, and 5 best comedy musicals, and only 5 screenplays. District 9 showed up in the screenplay category with "tougher" competition, but not in the picture categories?
All that to say, I feel like as more award bodies nominate this film, the film is being legitimized, and the buzz behind it is growing.
Friday, January 08, 2010
I feel like there's a lot I can say about this film, but at the same time, I proceed with caution.
It's not like it's a "there's a big surprise, Jeff Bridges is really a ghost the whole time" type of film and I don't want to "spoil the twist." Because this film doesn't quiet have a twist, but instead lots of little surprises.
So, it's hard to talk about it with out taking away from what I think is a very pleasant film.
If you live in New York City, wear black, and have never seen a dirt road, I think this film might be a little hard to fully appreciate. On the other hand, if you've known so old men who wear cowboy hats, women who wear jade earrings, and have ever been to small town bowling alley then I think this film will carry an air of authenticity to it.
And a half dozen sentences in, and I've failed to mention the two things everyone who sees the film will talk about...Jeff Bridges and the music.
When this film popped up on the "2009 film radar" back in November, it became pretty clear Jeff Bridges was going to be an Oscar contender. But Oscars and awards aside, this isn't just an award-friendly role, it's one of the roles that I think will mark Jeff Bridges career. This is some fine, fine work he does in this role. He is always convincing.
When my wife and I were at the screening more than once my wife asked me if Jeff Bridges character, Bad Blake, was a real person. The film has an air of being a bio-pic, but Bad Blake is fictional, but seems like the story of a true washed up musician.
Comes the next part that makes this whole film, including Bad Blake, seem so real and interesting, the music. T-Bone Burnett, along with Stephen Bruton and Ryan Bingham, put together a fantastic collection of "Bad Blake" songs. These songs, along with Jeff Bridges performances, make this film.
The the soundtrack for Crazy Heart is great with many songs that I believe are worthy of standard radio play, Bridges vocals and all. The films theme-song "The Weary Kind" is good, but I am particularly fond of "Fallin' & Flyin'" as well as the ballad "Brand New Angel."
I saw this film the other night, and I'm still digesting it some, but it's easy to praise the songs & Jeff Bridges.
I could say more about Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall, and "the surprise actor" who shows up in this film in an interesting way, or Scott Cooper (writer/director) and his debut with this film...but for now I will keep it simple, because that's how Bad Blake would probably keep it, and praise this film, it's lead actor & the music that I think people will find entering their homes.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
So somehow James Cameron is intriguing a fan base and is currently #2 movie of the year with a domestic box office of $367 million, behind Transformers 2 ($402 million). But of course, we can expect Avatar to pass up Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen soon...and if it does, Spider-Man's not far behind and so forth.
So it's hard to tell how far the fan love and dollars spent will go, but we can make a good guess that Avatar will hit the domestic top 10 shortly, and where it lands is anyone's guess.
I can't imagine Avatar would pass over The Dark Knight ($533 million) but it's possible, and imagine then if Cameron had the two top domestic pictures...ever! Not to mention two different films, different formats, and not a sequel or series by any stretch of the imagine.
Hum, kind of crazy. Nice work James Cameron on knowing "what people want."
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
So, if you are someone who likes those stories, you will love the real-life documentary Every Little Step.
Monday, January 04, 2010
My wife and I watched Yankee Doodle Dandy, the 1942 film about the life of musician/actor/song-writer George M. Cohan who wrote a number of patriotic songs and musicals, including songs like "Grand Old Flag" and "Over There."
It's interesting to watch this film almost 70 years after it was made, because I think America, critics, and the Academy Awards would have little tolerance for this film as a "modern film." I think in a time vault of "that's how people thought in the early 40s" people respect the film today, but I think to be patriotic is viewed as less artistic, cheap, and unintelligent.
And perhaps there was some of this in the 1940s too, and earlier.
In the film, some people scoff at Cohen's "vulgar flag-waving" but the thing is that Cohen's plays are generally successful...he says something to the effect that he's a regular guy who makes plays for regular guys.
I think there's something to that.
Sunday, January 03, 2010
An Actor that owned the Oscar scene in the 90s that didn't make a dent this past decade was Anthony Hopkins. For some reason, his performances were limited, largely were supporting or genre films (Beowulf, Hannibal) and other films (Hearts in Atlantis, The World's Fastest Indian, Proof) never gained traction.
His awards were limited to lifetime achievement awards. Has Hopkins who has impressed audiences and critics with his three lead nominations (Nixon, The Remains of the Day, The Silence of the Lambs) departed the award scene?
In 2010, the first time we will see Anthony Hopkins is in the remake of The Wolfman staring Benicio Del Toro (pictured above with Hopkins). The February release date makes me want to write off this role entirely, not to mention it's supporting (I should mention though, that Silence of The Lambs was a February release...but this seems like special effects gimmickry, not thrilling drama).
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
Hopkins has another supporting role in Woody Allen's upcoming feature You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, but in addition to the role being supporting, Woody Allen roles tend to win nominations for the women not the men. Hopkins will be acting alongside Antonio Bandera, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, and Freida Pinto of Slumdog Millionaire fame.
If there is a role that will bring Hopkins back into the Award spotlight, I am watching reception and release of the film Hemingway & Fuentes tentatively scheduled for a 2010 release date. This film feature Hopkins in the biopic role of Hemingway alongside Andy Garcia, who's directing the film.
Hemingway and Fuentes tells the story of Ernest Hemingway and his friendship with Gregorio Fuentes, a boat captain who inspires the story of The Old Man and The Sea.
I must say, Hopkins has the look (Hemingway pictured, right does not look too far off from Hopkins in The Wolfman pictured above), and the interest in Christopher Plummer's Leo Tolstoy role in The Last Station suggests that Hollywood is interested in honoring these types of performances.
Shoot the Messenger
Hopkins' final chances for 2010 lie in a rumored role in Ted Griffin's film Shoot The Messenger, based on the novel by Stanford Psychiatry professor Irvin D. Yalom called Lying on the Couch: A Novel.
Saturday, January 02, 2010
Well, even before the book was published in 2005 Johnny Depp had bought the rights to the book to be made into a feature length film. At the end of 2006, Depp has also hired D.V. DeVincentis (screenwriter of two films, Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity), as the screenwriter for the film.
The other character who thinks has a wide range of possibilities is the casting of the homely 51 year old mother of a disabled child named Maureen. Reading the book there is one person that I practically pictured as Maureen, and that is Imelda Staunton. Staunton seems to have the age, stature, and mastery of the subtle performance that would be important for this role. I picture her Vera Drake character brought to modern London.
Friday, January 01, 2010
Obviously, been a number of great films, and I was tempted to make it a top 50, but decided to keep it at a tight-20 films, although it's hard to leave some films off the list.
1. In America (2003)
2. City of God (2003)
3. Ratatouille (2007)
4. The Lord of the Rings:The Return of the King (2003)
5. Memento (2001)
6. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
7. Finding Neverland (2004)
8. The Motorcycles Diaries (2004)
9. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
10. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings (2001)
11. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
12. An Education (2009)
13. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Tours (2002)
14. Road to Perdition (2002)
15. The Painted Veil (2006)
16. United 93 (2006)
17. The Lives of Others (2006)
18. The Constant Gardner (2005)
19. The Passion of the Christ (2004)
20. Fantasia 2000 (2000)
Here's to the next decade...the tens? the teens?