Wow…it really IS written

Posted by · 7:16 pm · January 25th, 2009

I’m sitting here awaiting the premiere of the Laird Hamilton doc “The Water Man,” reading Guy’s SAG blow-by-blow like the rest of you, and I have to say, I wasn’t expecting that. We all know “Slumdog Millionaire” will likely take the DGA and WGA prizes in the coming days, completing one hell of an impressive streak that will almost assuredly lead to a Best Picture Oscar next month. But really…wow.

Danny Boyle will be in town tomorrow night for a post-“Slumdog” screening career retrospective discussion. He’s already been similarly feted by the AFI Fest. This train just keeps on truckin’.

I might take in ” Shallow Grave” and “Sunshine” for a second time. It’s been a while for both. But all of his films are showing throuout the day Monday. But it’s a great time to be celebrating a genius such as his. Perhaps the sting of the Academy’s nomination shame will be soothed by the fact that the year’s best film will actually win the big prize for a change.

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  • 1 1-25-2009 at 8:08 pm

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Sunshine, that is, until Mark Strong’s burned character comes aboard. It turns from Lord of the Flies in space to frickin’ Event Horizon.

  • 2 1-25-2009 at 8:36 pm

    Ash said...

    Careful Kris, calling Slumdog the movie of the year seems to be an opinion worthy of a beating around certain parts of the internet right about now.

    I agree with you though. :D

  • 3 1-25-2009 at 8:47 pm

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    There’s a reason why No Country for Old Men and The Departed were so widely accepted with warmth on the internet, and Slumdog Millionaire is being so torn apart right now, you know.

    It starts with a big O.

  • 4 1-25-2009 at 9:02 pm

    Ash said...

    Oprah? I really don’t know what you’re hinting at.

  • 5 1-25-2009 at 9:12 pm

    BurmaShave said...

    It may have just arrived at a very impressionable time in my life (the beginning of high school), but for me, TRAINSPOTTING remains his masterpiece, now and forever.

  • 6 1-26-2009 at 3:35 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I’m right with you there, BurmaShave. (Same time in my life, too.)

    But I’m also happy for “Slumdog” to go ahead and sweep on Oscar night. Not the best film of the year for me, but comfortably the best of the nominees — and I’m still stoked that Danny Boyle, of all people, is going to have an Oscar. Who thought that day would come?

  • 7 1-26-2009 at 3:55 am

    Mimi Rogers said...

    Hopefully with Boyle’s win, this will send a strong signal to the major film studios that the days of making films aimed at winning Oscars are gone. Yes, Baz Luhrmann I’m referring to you. Rob Marshall please also take note! If you’re not careful, you’ll end up repeating the mistake of Dreamgirls – Oscar wannabe but shallow in content.

  • 8 1-26-2009 at 4:43 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    To be fair, I don’t think Baz Luhrmann makes films for the express purpose of winning Oscars — he just genuinely has a passion for films with an epic sensibility. He makes what he wants to make.

    That said, I think it’s pretty exciting that for the fifth year in a row, a contemporary-set film is going to take the Oscar. (I know “No Country” was set in the 80’s, but still.) I’m not saying they’ve always made the right choice (I’m firmly in the “Brokeback” camp) but I like the fact that they’re expanding their idea of what a “prestige picture” can be.

  • 9 1-26-2009 at 3:09 pm

    Chad said...

    I also have no clue what ‘O’ Mr. Harmonica is talking about. I, for one, think Slumdog Millionaire is a bad film so I guess I’m either smarter than everyone else or dumber than everyone else.

  • 10 1-26-2009 at 6:10 pm

    slckrboi said...

    I’ve got a nasty feeling Ben Button is gonna win big times at Oscars, although I want SM to grab big trophies as it is best out of nominees. It is really very gritty, uplifting and especially suspenseful film IMO if one knows very little about it. Over-hype has given away so much about the plot and spoiled the enjoyment it could give to many cinemagoers . Now, many will walk in to Cinemas with very high expectations and walk out with slight disappointment as this is not a great film as some are saying it is. Wall-e is the best film of the year.