10/29 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:10 am · October 29th, 2008

Frost/NixonJeffrey Wells responds to yesterday’s “Frost/Nixon”/”Milk” double feature. [Hollywood Elsewhere]

David Poland gives high marks to the former… [The Hot Blog]

…well, and the latter as well. [The Hot Blog]

Mark Olsen previews the AFI Fest. [The Envelope]

Patrick Goldstein pokes and prods Bill Maher about a “Religulous” hater. [The Big Picture]

Anthony Breznican writes up “Doubt” with quotes from the director and an exclusive clip. [USA Today]

Recall the gold: Best Director race of 1988. [Entertainment Weekly]

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  • 1 10-29-2008 at 9:59 am

    McGuff said...

    Does this line from Wells’ review read, um, strange to anybody else?

    “I felt a genuine gayness from Sean Penn, who plays the title role of the late San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk, that I didn’t think he had in him.”

  • 2 10-29-2008 at 10:24 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It does, but I might add, I kind of get what he’s saying. Kind of. Penn’s eyes maintain an adoration of his lovers and a genuine deep love that was kind of amazing in the film. And we’ve never seen him do anything like this, so it is indeed something of a surprise.

    But the real issue here is this: when are we going to get to the point where something like this doesn’t deserve an editorial aside. If Penn were in some romantic comedy with a female love interest and carried across a believability, we wouldn’t think twice to mention it. Why should we in this instance? It’s something I’m as guilty of as the next guy but hopefully it’s weeding its way out.

  • 3 10-29-2008 at 10:46 am

    McGuff said...

    Good point, Kris, and I can’t help but think that I will be guilty of it when the movie hits my theatre, as well. But man, it sure seems like saying complimenting Penn’s chemistry with his other actors — particularly Franco, right? — would be a far better distinction than lauding his “genuine gayness.”

    But I’m nitpicking a throwaway sentence in a review, that, if nothing else, affirms our suspicions that Mr. Penn is Oscar-bound.

  • 4 10-29-2008 at 11:17 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It is Penn’s finest performance. Ever.