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Phasekitty and the Oscars

Before I break it down film by film, here are some of my initial, knee jerk reactions to the Oscar nominations this year:

First and foremost, this year has been a major disappointment to me for one movie: The Wrestler. This was by far the best movie I saw this year and it is being largely ignored. Not only do I feel that it should have been up for Best Picture, but more importantly Darren Aronofsky deserved a Best Director nod for it as well. I have yet to watch anything this year that impressed me as much as that film did in directing, writing, and acting. I do believe that Mickey will win and deserves the Oscar, but I’m pretty disappointed in the academy for not giving Aronofsky credit for his best work to date. And what is up with the song category? Did they pair it down to three nominees so that we won’t have to sit through 5 live performances during the ceremony? Because I kind of like the performances. Either way, Bruce Springsteen got screwed out of a nomination and that bugs me.

Despite this glaring omission, I do have to hand it to the Academy for giving just one (deserved) nomination to Revolutionary Road, for leaving Doubt out of the Best Picture and Director races, and for shutting out Gran Torino altogether- all were movies that were overly hyped and really just not that great. The nominations for Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep’s incredibly over the top performances in Doubt are disappointing, but expected.

Let’s talk about supporting actors. I love Robert Downey Jr., but his nomination for Tropic Thunder is out of place. I expect that sort of thing from the Globes, but not the Oscars. While RDJ was certainly the standout performance in that film, I can think of plenty of other actors whose performances deserve this spot just off the top of my head: James Franco (Milk), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight), Viggo Mortensen (Appaloosa). There are a ton of performances that would suit this category better than “the dude playing a dude disguised as another dude.” Even if they would inevitably lose it to Heath, it’s still nice to get the recognition.

A few more things:

  • It’s nice to see The Dark Knight get all the technical nominations, even though it didn’t make it into the big categories. Despite how you feel about big, action super hero films, no one can deny the fact that technically, it’s a fantastically made film.
  • I love the surprise acting nominations this year- Michael Shannon brings a brief breath of life to Revolutionary Road and while I haven’t yet seen The Visitor, who doesn’t adore Richard Jenkins?
  • Angelina and Brad’s nods seem like a ploy to keep them front and center, in case anyone forgot that Hollywood adores them. What a waste of two perfectly good nominations.
  • I’m not usually as surprised by the score nominations as I was this year. It’ll likely go to Slumdog, but I also expected to see Changeling and Revolutionary Road in this category. And I don’t recall a single note of Milk’s score- I would have liked to see one of those two movies in its place instead.

How do you feel about this year’s nominations?

Six new scenes from Revolutionary Road have been released on Yahoo! video. The film, which has been nominated for four Golden Globes (including best picture, best director, and best leading actor and actress), stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in their first pairing since Titanic. You can check out one of the new scenes above, and the rest of them here. The film comes out on January 15th, 2009.

The 2008 Golden Globe Awards nominees have been announced!


Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • Frost/Nixon
  • The Reader
  • Revolutionary Road
  • Slumdog Millionaire

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
  • Angelina Jolie – Changeling
  • Meryl Streep – Doubt
  • Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long
  • Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Leonardo DiCaprio – Revolutionary Road
  • Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
  • Sean Penn – Milk
  • Brad Pitt – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
  • Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

To see the full list of nominated films and television shows, continue reading!

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Max Payne is a best selling video game being turned into a film.

From now to the end of the year there will be a wide variety of adaptations hitting theaters.  From books to video games and remakes, no properties have been left untouched by Hollywood. Read on for a full list of adaptations that will be hitting theaters in the fall/early winter.

September

9/5

  • Bangkok Dangerous (based on the 1999 film)

9/12

  • Towelhead (based on the novel by Alicia Erian)
  • The Women (based on the 1939 film)

9/17

  • Appaloosa (based on the novel by Robert B. Parker)

9/19

  • The Duchess (based on the biography Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Forman)
  • A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (based on the short story by Yiyun Li)

9/26

  • Choke (based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk)
  • Miracle at St. Anna (based on the novel by James McBride)
  • Nights in Rodanthe (based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks)

October

10/3

  • Blindness (based on the novel by José Saramago)
  • How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (based on the memoir by Toby Young)
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (based on the novel by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn)
  • What Just Happened? (based on the novel What Just Happened? Bitter Hollywood Tales from the Front Line by Art Linson)

10/10

  • Body of Lies (based on the novel by David Ignatius)
  • City of Ember (based on the novel by Jeanne Duprau)
  • Quarantine (based on the 2007 film REC)

10/17

  • Max Payne (based on the video game)
  • The Secret Life of Bees (based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd)
  • Flash of Genius (based on the New Yorker story by John Seabrook)

November

11/14

  • The Road (based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy)

11/21

  • Twilight (based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer)

December

12/5

  • Frost/Nixon (based on the play by Peter Morgan)
  • Punisher: War Zone (based on the comic book series created by Gerry Conway)

12/12

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (based on the 1951 film)
  • Doubt (based on the play by John Patrick Shanley)

12/19

  • The Tale of Despereaux (based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo)
  • Yes Man (based on the autobiography by Danny Wallace)

12/25

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  • Marley and Me (based on the autobiography by Josh Grogan)
  • The Spirit (based on the comic book series created by Will Eisner)
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife (based on the novel by Audrey Niffenegger)

12/26

  • Revolutionary Road (based on the novel by Richard Yates)