Calm before the storm

Posted by · 7:55 am · January 18th, 2009

It’s awfully quiet in Oscar blog country, isn’t it?

Admittedly, it’s not unusual for this point in the season. All the possible precursor cards have been dealt ahead of Thursday’s nominations, and in a year that offers fewer possibilities than most, all we can do is wait, shuffling and reshuffling the same predictions in vain hope of a ‘eureka’ moment. Meanwhile, with Tuesday’s rather more significant ceremony looming, it’s hardly surprising people’s minds are elsewhere.

We could usually rely on Sundance to keep us distracted during this lull, but as Kris and others (including the travelling Bagger) have noted, there’s even less noise emerging from Park City. I’ve been dutifully reading the reviews coming out of the festival, and have yet to get even politely excited about any of them. So, “Brooklyn’s Finest” was the first big buy of the festival, but how much anticipation can one really muster over an Antoine Fuqua cop drama starring Richard Gere?

Beyond that, going by Anne Thompson has to say, mumblecore comedy “Humpday” sounds like an amusing diversion, with the Bagger suggesting it’s the first film at Sundance to “break through and connect.” An improv-based effort about two straight college buddies who make a self-starring gay porno, I’m guessing (and hoping) its charm exceeds that of the pitch.

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  • 1 1-18-2009 at 9:59 am

    McGuff said...

    You know, I once dreamed about going to Sundance, and mixing a love for skiing with about 2-3 movies per day. But it just seems like the festival is consistently losing relevance, and I figure I might as well hit up TIFF instead, allowing the money that was to be spent on lift tickets to go to those Toronto casinos instead. I mean, I loved In Bruges and The Visitor, but if a festival is really just searching for 2-3 hidden gems per year, I’m not sure it’s worth the trouble.

  • 2 1-18-2009 at 11:26 am

    Big Braveheart said...

    Come on The Dark Knight!!!!

  • 3 1-18-2009 at 11:38 am

    Brian Kinsley said...

    I think a large part of the quiet is due to the Obama-thon. A Dark Knight BP nom will put it in the spotlight somewhat, though.

  • 4 1-18-2009 at 12:52 pm

    Cal said...

    It’s strange. Once the nominations are announced on Thursday there’ll be major activity on the blogs but then it’ll kind of lull again. Awards Season is just soooo long that the Oscars are eventually a bit of a relief.

  • 5 1-18-2009 at 1:12 pm

    Matthew said...

    One that I’m quite excited about that is coming out in Sundance and then wide release in July is “500 Days of Summer”. It’s got the fantastic Joseph Gordon-Levitt as well as the always wonderful Zooey Deschanel. The trailer was just released and it got me pretty excited.