April 14, 2009 |
" The Reader " has unquestionably earned a place in cinema history as the movie that finally won Kate Winslet a well-deserved Academy Award. Fortunately, Winslet's fierce, nuanced portrayal of the often inscrutable Hanna Schmitz is only one reason to see this adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's best-selling novel, on DVD ($29.95) today and arriving on Blu-ray ($34.99) April 28. Given its serious subject matter (the Holocaust) and the cachet of all those Oscar nominations (it earned five, including one for Best Picture)
February 23, 2009 |
HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 22 -- Jai ho, you Oscar slumdogs, which we think translates loosely as: Shout hallelujah, c'mon get happy! But how happy? After all, the movie that won Best Picture at the 81st annual Academy Awards here Sunday night is supposed to be the "upbeat" one, and it's the one where orphans get acid spooned into their adorable eyes. (But at the end, they dance! Jai ho!) The film of the night would be "Slumdog Millionaire," the triumphant come-from-behind story of a game show within a love story within...
February 22, 2009
Best Picture Should win: "Milk" Will win: "Slumdog Millionaire" Should have been nominated: "WALL E" Best Director Should win: Gus Van Sant, "Milk" Will win: Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire" Should have been nominated: Thomas McCarthy, "The Visitor" Best Actor Should win: Richard Jenkins, "The Visitor" Will win: Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler" Should have been nominated: Benicio Del Toro, "Che"...
February 22, 2009 |
At this point in awards season, it's all distraction. "Slumdog Millionaire" exploited Indian children! Mickey Rourke and Sean Penn hate each other! "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is reheated "Forrest Gump"! All this hoo-ha takes away from the simple task at hand: Picking the winners correctly, looking like a genius and winning the office pool. These days, every $30 counts. So we scoured industry blogs, crunched numbers and plotted historical trends. We listened.
February 20, 2009 |
LONDON -- On Sunday when the cameras in Hollywood zoom in on Kate Winslet as an Academy Award nominee for Best Actress, the British will be rooting for their girl to win -- and bracing themselves for the possibility of excruciating television if she does. The idea that a British actress might win a top acting award, and that it might not be pretty, was planted last month at the Golden Globes when a visibly shocked Winslet won as best actress, her second award of the evening. Breathless and teary, the 33-year-old briefly blanked on...
January 23, 2009 |
Benjamin Button's case grows curiouser still: thirteen Academy Award nominations? Distill! Agonize! Defend! Rationalize! "There wasn't anyone on the crew who didn't immediately feel this film was special," said Eric Barba, who shares the nomination for the many meticulous visual effects in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," a strange (but not too strange) and weird (but not too weird) fable in which Brad Pitt plays a man who is born old and dies young. The people who made it all felt it, but the office Oscar pool...