The angel says…

Posted by · 7:59 am · January 30th, 2009

Here is a movie from a director who had gotten typed into being a success only in x-treme cinema, set in another country, often in another language, with three sets of young, inexperienced actors playing the same kids from single-digits to 20-ish, delving into the internationalism of both human aspiration and the medium of television (which might as well be movies), unafraid to deliver some of the harshest moments in mainstream cinema this year, yet emotionally kind and compelling to its core… all of this, made for a studio Dependent that has been put out of business, sold off, in part, by the parent studio to another studio’s Dependent that passed on its first opportunity to make it, sold brilliantly, surrounded by talent that is both charming and unusually generous and kind of spirit, and now in line to win The Oscar and all that comes with that honor.

From David Poland’s recent “20 Weeks to Oscar” column at Movie City News.  Of course, he later chalks “Ordinary People” up as superior to a modern masterwork like “Revolutionary Road,” but you take what you can get (while wondering why the comparison was made int he first place).




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  • 1 1-30-2009 at 8:23 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    “A modern masterwork” … wow. I must admit, I didn’t realize you felt that strongly about “Revolutionary Road.” Has it grown on you, Kris?

    As regards “Slumdog,” I think Poland is right on the money here. Not my favourite film of the year, not even my favourite Danny Boyle film, for that matter … but I’m more than happy to see such a vibrant effort from such a vital filmmaker take the gold.

  • 2 1-30-2009 at 8:36 am

    Liz said...

    I usually can’t stand David Poland, but I give him credit for sticking up for “Ordinary People.” I think it’s really underrated, and most people who slam it do it only because it won over “Raging Bull.” I understand that which one is better than the other is debatable, but “Ordinary People” is in no way a bad movie. Timothy Hutton and Mary Tyler Moore were outstanding.

  • 3 1-30-2009 at 9:53 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    More and more, Guy.

  • 4 1-30-2009 at 5:43 pm

    Bing147 said...

    Not only is Ordinary People a FAR better film than Revolutionary Road, but I think the comparison is pretty easy to understand…