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Father who was determined not to let his gravely ill son die, and inspired the film Lorenzo's Oil
The tale of the determined amateur who proves the professionals wrong is always a compelling one, but with Augusto Odone – who has died aged 80 – it went much deeper. In 1984, his youngest child, Lorenzo, just a month away from his sixth birthday, was diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy (Ald), a neurological disorder that causes the degeneration of the brain in young boys. "We were told to go home and watch Lorenzo die," Odone recalled. Neither he nor his wife, Michaela, was prepared to do that.
And so Augusto, an economist based at the World Bank in Washington DC, who had no scientific training, spent the time that he was not caring for his boy in the library of the George Washington University near his home, trying to understand Ald. It was, he read, linked to »
- Peter Stanford
The worst thing about Doctor Bello's tacky, pseudo-spiritual proceedings isn't how bad the soap opera melodramatics are (Tyler Perry would blush!), but rather how lazily sketched out its story of one man's road to self-actualization is. The film's writers left no cliché unused, and no major plot point undeveloped. Dr. Durant (Isaiah Washington) has exhausted his resources in a quest to cure a 13-year-old of his cancer. Durant turns to Dr. Bello (Jimmy Jean-Louis), a Nigerian practitioner of holistic medicine, who saves the little boy with a mysterious vial of liquid and an unhealthy dose of faith-based hoodoo. But when Bello succumbs to cancer, Dr. Durant must fly to Nigeria in search of a Lorenzo's Oil-style cure. The quest is paint-by-numbers nonsense, and Doc »
This morning the Voting Syndicate of the 20/20 Awards announced this year's nominees at Seattle's prestigious Casbah Club. Twenty years after winning the Oscar for Best Picture and Director, Clint Eastwood's Western Unforgiven is once again the front-runner with nine 20/20 Award nominations. Following close behind with 8 nominations each are Howards End and Dracula.
Other notable nominations include Quentin Tarantino's freshman effort, Reservoir Dogs, Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, and while Marisa Tomei's win for Best Supporting Actress (My Cousin Vinny) was considered suspect 20 years ago, her work was deemed worth a second look in 2012. However, Best Actor winner Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman) was left on the cutting room floor this time around.
Below is a list of the Big 6. For a complete look at all of this year's nominees, please clickHere
* Denotes Oscar Nominee ** Denotes Oscar Winner
3 items from 2013
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