WEIRDLAND: Oscar contenders

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Oscar contenders

"Not like you needed another reason to buy THE DARK KNIGHT when it hits hi-def disc on December 9th, but...

Director Christopher Nolan will get into the whole media meta with his movie's Blu-Ray release, utilizing the DVD's BD-Live feature for real-time Q&A with the fans.

Guillermo del Toro is doing the same on November 23rd for owners of HELLBOY II, but Warner Bros. is capping eligible participants for THE DARK KNIGHT chat to the first 100,000 registered Blu buyers.

My prediction for the first five questions: "When are you starting the sequel?" "What will the sequel be about?" "Why haven't you announced the sequel yet?" "Why hasn't TDK made more than TITANIC cuz it's like soooo much better OMFG!!!!?"

"I have placed my picks in bold and you will see I only differed with the pack on The Dark Knight for Best Picture (but not by much) and Richard Jenkins for Best Actor. Other than that I think as long as the films mentioned manage to perform up to expectation I don’t think there will be many surprises. I am not sure if Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) is completely out of the race for Best Actress at this point, but based on the way Jenkins has managed to keep his name around while Hawkins’ has faded it is looking like that may be the case.

I personally believe two films will really decide the fate of this race and how interesting it gets and those two are The Reader (12/10) and Revolutionary Road (12/26). Kate Winslet stars in both and depending on the quality of the two films it could throw a big tidal wave on the predictions. Is The Reader worth the Weinstein rush? Is Revolutionary Road going to be as good as so many assume it will be? Will Kate Winslet compete with herself therefore knocking herself out of the race? There’s a lot to consider there. I did just learn I am seeing Revolutionary Road on December 3, which means I may be seeing both films around the exact same time.

And if you were wondering if Kate Winslet wants an Oscar for her mantle you better believe it as she is quoted in the December edition of Vanity Fair saying:

“Do I want it? You bet your [expletive] [expletive] I do! I think that people assume that I don’t care or don’t want it or don’t need it or something. It’s hard to be there five times, and I’m only human, you know?”

"But arguably the film’s best scene is between Harvey and Dan in an otherwise empty foyer; an inarticulate plea for understanding in the form of a drunken rant by Dan, the exchange oozes a complicit vibe between the two men, all but confirming Harvey’s earlier suspicions. Brolin’s work is superlatively expressive of the inchoate impulses roiling inside his sorry character.

But good as most of the cast is, the show belongs squarely to Penn. Made to more closely resemble Milk via an elongated nose, which also makes his face look narrower, the actor socks over his characterization of a man he’s made to seem, above all, a really sweet guy, but who crucially possessed the fearlessness and toughness to be a highly successful political motivator, agitator and, ultimately, figurehead of a movement. Penn’s Harvey is a man with a ready laugh, alive to the moment, open to life regardless of neuroses and past tragedies, and acutely aware of one’s limited time on Earth. The explosive anger and fury often summoned by Penn in his work is nowhere to be seen, replaced by a geniality that is as welcome as it is unexpected.If anything, Van Sant and his team, including cinematographer Harris Savides, who so strikingly helped David Fincher evoke the same city and general era in “Zodiac,” have downplayed ostentatious period manifestations in costuming, production design and music in a bid to make a naturalistic film with a lived-in look". Source:

"The Zodiac informed the public that he was going to attack a school bus and kill the kids as they came out. This alerted Graysmith to the fact that his kid could be a victim. His interest in the case heightened and even though he was only a cartoonist, he decided to take on the task of investigator.
He initially undertook this project to write a book about the Zodiac, and that book is what this film is based on. However not only did he write a detailed book of the accounts of the killings and the investigation, Graysmith managed to find the killer, or at least find the man who probably was the killer. This man died before it could be proven conclusively, however to this day it is widely believed that he was the murderer known as the Zodiac killer.

The filmmakers were meticulous about recreating the details of the attacks as well as the look of the time. The movie instantly transports audiences back to the 60s and 70s: cars, clothes, architecture, social behaviour, media, and of course, police techniques, all is neatly accurate to its period. The soundtrack is also perfectly adjusted.

Running 2 hours 36 minutes, it is a long movie, however it will hold your attention for the duration, and you will not be disappointed with an open ending. It’s a bit of a thriller, a bit of a drama, and a bit of a study of obsession".

"We have seven new clips in from "Milk" starring Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, Denis O'Hare, Joseph Cross, Stephen Spinella and Lucas Grabeel.

The biographical drama which is directed by Gus Van Sant ("Paranoid Park," "Elephant," "Paris je t'aime") from the writing by Dustin Lance Black opens in theatres this December 5th".
Watch the scenes clips of "Milk" in

and see some set pictures where "Milk" was shooted in

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