10/26 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:46 am · October 26th, 2008

Luke and Brie are on a First DateTom O’Neil ponders Angelina Jolie’s Oscar hopes yet again… [Gold Derby]

…and rather pointlessly takes a shot at Sean Penn. [Gold Derby]

Peter Bart is charmed by Clint Eastwood’s development through the years. [Peter Bart]

Eastwood, meanwhile, offers up 12 key influences on his life in movies. [Entertaiment Weekly]

Peter Sciretta takes a look back at Paul Thomas Anderson’s short film “The Legend of Dirk Diggler.” [/Film]

Condon and Mark tap Roger Goodman to helm the 81st annual Oscar telecast. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Gaynor Flynn spends some time with Debra Winger, assumed by some to be a shoo-in nominee for the worst five minutes of “Rachel Getting Married.” [The Independent]

Howard Feinstein talks “Synecdoche, New York” with the haunted and brilliant Charlie Kaufman. [indieWIRE]

Ditto Rachel Abramowitz. [Los Angeles Times]

Harrison Ford is crowned best movie President for his performance in “Air Force One.” [Reuters]

Mark Blankenship digs into the differences between “Billy Elliot” on stage and screen. [New York Times]

Karina Longworth has some nice remarks about our old friend Chad Hartigan and his feature debut “Luke and Brie are on a First Date,” currently playing the Hamptons Film Festival. [Spout Blog]

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  • 1 10-26-2008 at 3:03 pm

    Speaking English said...

    More like some of the five greatest moments in “Rachel Getting Married.”

  • 2 10-26-2008 at 3:05 pm

    Speaking English said...


  • 3 10-26-2008 at 3:26 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I laughed out loud at the slap scene. Ridiculous, false, trying and overall, heavy-handed (no pun intended). Rosemarie DeWitt is the real supporting star of the film.

  • 4 10-26-2008 at 4:07 pm

    AJ said...

    Winger is above and beyond the worst part of Rachel Getting Married, DeWitt is so much better it’s not even funny. DeWitt gives the best performance in the film and is the true breakout star, not Hathaway.

  • 5 10-26-2008 at 5:08 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Yeah, everything Kris and AJ said.

    I love Debra Winger, and really hoped the film would be a good homecoming for her, but that scene is just embarrassing. Not her fault — she’s a victim of a complete dramatic lapse in the script.

  • 6 10-26-2008 at 5:56 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    On a sidenote because I had nowhere else to post it. Der Bader Meinhof Complex is hands down the best film of the year.
    Frost/Nixon is a contender and Changeling is good, but will score some tech nods only.

  • 7 10-26-2008 at 6:35 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Can’t agree with you there, Jonathan — I thought Baader-Meinhof was solid enough storytelling, but let down by some really one-dimensional characterisation. Each to their own, of course.

    I bet the Academy will be all over it, though.

  • 8 10-27-2008 at 2:17 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Well the whole goal of Baader-Meinhof was the shallow characters because they were all influenced by the times and the violence. People were joining in without even knowing why and how. That’s what the film’s about, and while I understand your point I believe it was something Uli Edel wasn’t aiming for in the first place.

  • 9 10-27-2008 at 1:28 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    A shallow person need not amount to a shallow character. But I see where you’re coming from. The film just didn’t really hit home with me, though it’s very well assembled.