7 items from 2009
One of the shrewdest Oscarologists on the planet is Tariq Khan of Fox News, who often generously shares his views of current and past derbies with Gold Derby readers. Here he takes a nostalgic look at the past two decades, offering his take on the most competitive derbies. Words below are Tariq's. Thanks, m'friend!
We’ve often discussed those Oscar races that seem just too close to call . . . where it’s clear (or at least seems clear) that the eventual winner will nab the Oscar with only a few more votes than his or her nearest competitor. While we can never really know for sure (unless we get one of those top jobs at the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers,) we do have some idea of what may have been the closest races in Oscar history. Allow me to present what I believe were the 10 closest acting races over the course of the past 20 years. »
I regret to inform that I had to bow out of StinkyLulu's Supporting Actress Smackdown for 1992. I haven't participated in a long time and I had really hoped to. 1992's women offer a wealth of Oscar discussables and tropes: the wisecracking dame, the old biddy, the longsuffering spouse, the maligned winner, the nominee who maybe isn't being thanked for the performance she's nominated for but for her entire year, the Woody Allen player, Oscar's perceived anglophilia versus its perceived nationalism.
The nominees were:
Judy Davis, Husbands and WivesJoan Plowright, Enchanted AprilVanessa Redgrave, Howards EndMiranda Richardson, Damages
My vote would have gone to Judy Davis (Husbands and Wives) and by quite a large margin. To drive the point home further, she is roughly tied with Julianne Moore (Boogie Nights) for my favorite supporting actress performance of the 1990s altogether. Unless you count Michelle's Catwoman (Batman Returns) as supporting. »
- NATHANIEL R
Written by Sasha Tandlich Four strangers. Italy. A chance to get out of drab London life. Those are the elements that compose Enchanted April, a British film from 1992 starring Josie Lawrence and Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). The film is based on Elizabeth von Arnim’s 1922 novel of the same name. The film was originally created for British television but was later released in the Us, where it took 3 Academy Award nominations. The plot circles around Lottie Wilkins and Rose Arbuthnot, two women with equally boring lives and unloving husbands. When Lottie notices Rose eyeing the same advertisement about a castle in Italy, she tries to coax Rose into renting it with her. This, of course, is extremely improper and bizarre, seeing as the two women have never spoken before. Nonetheless, the women »
In Enchanted April four women laze about in a drafty castle talking and learning about the most personal and romantic aspects of each others' lives. Starting first as a lesson about female empowerment in the face of overbearing masculinity, Enchanted April sacrifices that message for one of "bliss by romance" in the second half. Each of the women has a somewhat unique situation at home, but the bottom line for each of them is a pervading sense of loneliness. Enchanted April can't seem to decide on the message it really wants to send and instead surrenders to a cheap candy-coated "everybody falls in love" ending. The movie started off as something groundbreaking but just couldn't commit - though the source material deserves more credit for that failure.
- Lex Walker
DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed The Curious Case of Benjamin Button I posted my review of the Blu-ray edition yesterday giving Benjamin Button another glowing critique. So, it shouldn't come as any surprise I am leading with it this week and recommend it as a film you should at least watch, since I am willing to admit this isn't a movie everyone will love. However, I do believe this is a film everyone should revisit every few years if they don't like it as I think it is a film that only gets better with age... Dexter - The Complete Second Season Paramount sent this one over and I have also recently taken a look at the first season of the original "Star Trek" on Blu-ray and just a couple nights ago finished watching the first season of "C.S.I." on Blu-ray. I covered the »
- Brad Brevet
Mike Newell has been directing films since the 1960s yet his name is primarily known by today's movie going audience as the director of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Then again, maybe it is films that live on in the memories of most more than the name considering he directed the likes of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco and the Oscar-nominated Enchanted April which is seeing a special edition release in May. Up next for the helmer is the sword and sandal epic Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time based on the video game starring Jake Gyllenhaal and due in theaters on May 28, 2010, but Variety brings word of his follow-up feature based on a 1930s children's novel. Newell is set to direct The Box of Delights based on John Masefield's novel about a boy entrusted with a magic box that allows him to travel through time. »
- Brad Brevet
DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed I can't even begin to tell you how happy I was when I saw what a slow week it was this week. Following Sunday's Oscars I am spent and happy I didn't have to do a huge write up this week. That said, there are a couple titles to check out as well as some Oscar nominated films and a couple of new Pixar titles coming to Blu-ray I just added to the database that are listed in the release dates below. See if anything catches your eye. The French Connection / French Connection II I just got done posting an editorial/review of The French Connection which you can read right here as there is certainly far too much to discuss in this small space, but it is a mixed bag that will be looked at by some as »
- Brad Brevet
7 items from 2009
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