9/22 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:08 am · September 22nd, 2009

Jane CampionPeter Bart takes note of two of the season’s leading ladies of the Oscar circuit, unlikely rivals Jane campion and Kathryn Bigelow. [BF Deal Memo]

Eugene Hernandez on the Oscar marathon. [indieWIRE]

Bilge Ibiri compares “The Insider” to “The Informant!” [Future of Classic]

Lavanya Ramanathan talks “The Burning Plain” with Charlize Theron, who, in a just season, would be all over the lead actress conversation. [Washington Post]

Dave Karger picks his five biggest Oscar boosts from Toronto. [Oscar Watch]

Ricky Gervais must host an awards show. [Vulture]

To counter (sort of), Neil Patrick Harris: perfect host? [Pop Watch]

The “Precious” Oscar campaign and the O-factor — the other “O.” [Time]

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  • 1 9-22-2009 at 7:14 am

    The Other James D. said...

    *In their talk of female directors, it’d be nice if Lone Scherfig got more acknowledgement.

    *Is Theron that good? I might watch The Burning Plain “on demand” (ahem) this week. Too bad that movie seems to be so despised.

  • 2 9-22-2009 at 7:26 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I loved it but I’m in something of a minority. I think it’s Arriaga’s best script because it isn’t as flashy with its structure as the rest and uses it to a thematic advantage. Others think just the opposite.

  • 3 9-22-2009 at 8:47 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Hmm, comparing The Informant! to The Insider…well, the former let me down and the latter blew me away. How’s that for comparison?

  • 4 9-22-2009 at 8:47 am

    John said...

    Kris, your exact description of your love of ‘Burning Plain’ is exactly how I feel this morning about ‘Away We Go’ (just watched it last night). Nice to see that one can have unabashed love/dislike of a movie that is quite opposite to the majority (or what seems to be a majority).

    I feel like I’m in the minority, but I honestly loved it. The acting, the humor, the poignancy, etc.. It’s one of those films that I thought I’d hate going-in (based on too-quirky trailers/so-so reviews). And I actually think it’s a great addition to Mendes’ filmography.

  • 5 9-22-2009 at 8:55 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Awesome, John. I actually loved that myself. Stereotypical characters or not, it was a delightful journey. I thought the Chris Messina/Melanie Lynskey segment was a particular highlight; the funniest, oy…debating between Gyllenhaal, O’Hara, and Janney.

    But I think the heart of it was the relationship between Krasinski and Rudolph (whom I thought was very impressive in this). They made themselves so wholly believable as a couple that’s been together for years and is deeply in love, and it’s the core of the picture.

    Oh, and back to the minority/majority situation: Where do I lie exactly with my utter disdain for Gran Torino? I honestly think several critics, some faves of mine, took a plunge into retardation with their lauds for that shitfest. It galls me to think they can ignore such a transparent, shoddy screenplay and subpar acting from all non-Clints (surprisingly, I liked his acting, which I usually don’t at all). I think it was one of the most blatant examples of subjective critiquing, as they let the Eastwood moniker cloud their judgment.

  • 6 9-22-2009 at 8:56 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Forgot to add: If I remember correctly though, you hate/dislike it quite a bit, right Kris? That’s at least minor consolation.

  • 7 9-22-2009 at 11:09 am

    tony rock said...

    For those who hate on Gran Torino…were you not even entertained? How can you not laugh at all the many lines that Clint spews throughout the film? Sure some of them are racist, but they’re hysterical!

  • 8 9-22-2009 at 11:57 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Oh, I definitely laughed. I got plenty of chuckles throughout. But it’s so horrendously over-the-top. That script was written for shock value; I often toss raunchy and offensive terms in my casual conversations, but there’s some nuance to that at least. The manner of conversation was bogus, because people don’t actually speak that way with zinger after zinger. It was more like a dramatic variety show skit or something.

    And that’s another problem I have. So many critics often complain about scripts just like these, because we value story-driven screenplays that are real and potent. Something was just…off.

  • 9 9-22-2009 at 2:19 pm

    John said...

    I loved Clint IN ‘Gran Torino’. But I didn’t think much of ‘Gran Torino’ as a movie.