OSCAR TALK: Ep. 3 — ‘A Serious Man,’ business in Toronto and unacquired hopefuls

Posted by · 12:18 pm · September 18th, 2009

Oscar TalkThe third installment of Oscar Talk lands as Toronto winds down and, seemingly, the season’s biggest questions are being answered. Or are they?

I’m joined by Anne Thompson of indieWIRE as always and we discussed the following:

The Coen brothers’ “A Serious Man,” Anne’s thoughts, my thoughts, the Coens doing Woody, etc.

The first sell of Toronto, “A Single Man” (not to be confused with “A Serious Man”), and the Oscar prospects of Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.

Business at the fest and a shifting acquisition paradigm in the industry.

Anne gives her thoughts on Annette Bening and Samuel L. Jackson in Rodrigo Garcia’s “Mother and Child,” great performances, but will it be picked up?

Robert Duvall’s Oscar-worthy work in “Get Low,” a film that has yet to be picked up when it’s the sort of film that may have ignited a bidding war in years past.

Thoughts on other films that bowed at Toronto, including “Capitalism: A Love Story,” “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” and “Jennifer’s Body” (leading to a conversation about Megan Fox’s talents that will put each of us out on a limb).

Anne loved Edward Norton in Tim Blake Nelson’s “Leaves of Grass” but found the film on the whole to be a missed opportunity.

But nothing seems to be decided even with a bulk of the season’s offerings having been screened in Venice, Telluride and Venice. Onward!

As always you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here.  (If you have some audio issues with the levels, my apologies — with Anne in Toronto and me in North Carolina, we had some technical difficulties.)


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  • 1 9-18-2009 at 12:23 pm

    James D. said...

    Top Ten of the decade? Wow.

  • 2 9-18-2009 at 12:27 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    what james?

  • 3 9-18-2009 at 12:39 pm

    James D. said...

    Listen to the podcast. Kris says that A Serious Man will likely get on his Top Ten of the decade.

  • 4 9-18-2009 at 1:33 pm

    red_wine said...

    That is high praise indeed. No Country is worthy of being included in the decade’s top 10(I think its their best film by far) and you didn’t like that. How could A serious man possibly be better than No Country. No Country was an exceptional movie.

    And Megan Fox hasn’t indicated by anything she has done that she has even an iota of talent. Yeah, she’s easy on the eyes. But even the few critics who gave Jennifer’s Body a positive review had horrible things to say about Fox’s acting prowess.

  • 5 9-18-2009 at 2:48 pm

    Jim T said...

    Anne is such a joy to listen to! She’s like these people you can’t get mad at.

    It seems to me that a lot of six times nominees are likely to get their seventh nod this year. Dench, Duvall, Spacek. Well, one could mention De Niro and Caine but I guess they are really long shots.

  • 6 9-18-2009 at 2:54 pm

    Loyal said...

    I can’t wait to see A Serious Man. I’ve yet to love or even like a Coen Brothers film, their popularity completely confounds me.

    But there’s always tomorrow.

  • 7 9-18-2009 at 2:59 pm

    John said...

    Kris, did you see or hear anything positive about ‘Glorious 39’? I’m dying to hear any info as it looks like something RIGHT up my alley. Thanks!!!

  • 8 9-18-2009 at 3:30 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I’m afraid the reviews from Screen International and the Hollywood Reporter have both been decidedly tepid.

  • 9 9-18-2009 at 6:52 pm

    Bryan said...

    I’ve really been enjoying this feature. Keep it up!

  • 10 9-18-2009 at 10:09 pm

    Rob said...

    For the life of me, I’ll never understand what it is people find so enrapturing about “Get Low.”

  • 11 9-19-2009 at 12:23 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Heh, Rob, I had just clicked on this to comment the same thing.

    Of course, I won’t personally judge on how good it might or might not be until I see it, but I am not really feeling the prospective nominations.