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Entries from February 2008

Oscar Winners 2008

February 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Once again, my predictive powers when it comes to the Oscars were about as good as a coin toss:
= Mishmash prediction; = Oscar Winner
Best Picture
Atonement
Juno
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
Best Actor
George Clooney, Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
Tommy Lee Jones, In the Valley of [...]

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

February 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Every once in a while a movie comes along that redefines the language of cinema. One of arguably two films in 2007 deserving of such a lofty description is The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, the third feature film directed by painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel (Basquiat, Before Night Falls). [The second is discussed next.] [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Comedy · Drama · Foreign Language · Review

There Will Be Blood (2007)

February 18th, 2008 · No Comments

No one really expects the Oscars to be fair. I love the spectacle, but certainly don’t look to the list of winners, nor even the list of nominees, to be an accurate representation of the finest achievements in filmmaking in any given year. With that in mind, a terrible injustice was committed well before the [...]

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Tags: Director · Drama · Review · Thriller

Michael Clayton (2007)

February 18th, 2008 · No Comments

The Academy has been good this year to Michael Clayton, the directorial debut from screenwriter Tony Gilroy, who is most acclaimed for authoring the scripts of the the Bourne trilogy, among other less notable work. With seven Oscar nominations, including best picture, director, original screenplay, score, and three performances (from George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, and [...]

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Tags: Action/Adventure · Crime/Noir · Drama · Review · Thriller

Bernard and Doris (2008)

February 3rd, 2008 · 4 Comments

While known primarily as a consummate character actor, Bob Balaban is no stranger to the director’s chair. In fact, I just discovered that in addition to the several television movies and individual series episodes he has directed over the years, he also directed a cult favorite of my youth, 1989’s Parents, surely one the funniest [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Comedy · Drama · Review

Oscar Nominees 2008

February 1st, 2008 · No Comments

Best Picture
Atonement
Juno
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
Best Actor
George Clooney, Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
Tommy Lee Jones, In the Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises
Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie, Away from Her
Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
Laura Linney, The Savages
Ellen Page, Juno
Best Supporting Actor
Casey Affleck, [...]

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