Can't you smell it in the air? Can't you feel the anticipation growing?
That's right! It's Oscar movie release season!!!! My happiest entertainment time of the year (and, I'm kinda a fan of fall and fall clothing, btw).
I've started seeing the "serious" films that are being released for Oscar consideration. I do think that La Vie En Rose, which I saw months ago will receive at least a nomination for the lead actress, who did an amazing job in that flick.
George Clooney - one of my major crushes. I think the guy has really grown into an attractive man that could keep my interest...yet, for the most part, his "non-commerical" (read: not Oceans xx) films do not stay with me. I saw Michael Clayton recently and I can't remember what it was about. I had the same problem with Syriana last year. I'm pretty sure that when I was sitting in the theatre oogling George that I was also interested in the story. But for the life of me, I cannot remember the storyline of either of those flicks. Sad. Poor George.
Last night I saw "Into the Wild". I have to admit that I think that Sean Penn is very very talented. Yes, he's a little wacky sometimes, but I think that he's just a really passionate guy and when he cares, he gives it his all. When it comes to his creative work, I think the guy is a bit of a genius. This flick didn't disappoint. Visually, it's stunning - I mean, it's Alaska. That's a gorgeous place. The storyline was good - middle class smart kid throws it all away (including burning his dough) and hikes and hitches his way around the country till he ends up in Alaska. He's all angry young man-like - you know, the self righteous guys who tell you how messed up politics and corporations and Americans are and they're going to shut themselves off from it all. I do agree that politics and corporations and (many) Americans are really screwed up - but I don't think that walking away is the answer. Especially, walking away from everyone on the planet to be alone. I mean, I get lonely when I'm in a strange city by myself. Forget being miles away from everyone else on the planet by yourself. I'm good company, but after a while, my jokes get a little old.
I think we'll see nominations for cinematography, director, actor and best picture for this one. (Although, best picture may not happen if some really great pix are released between now and New Years). The guy who played the lead (Emile Hirsh) is totally getting a nomination cause he lost 6 or 700 pounds during the shoot. (Alright, it wasn't that much, but the kid was skin and bones at the end of the movie and the Academy loves that nearly as much as an actress making herself ugly or an actor playing a disabled person.)
Regardless, you should definitely check that one out. Michael Clayton is probably a fine movie that you should either Netflix or catch on a plane.
My current movie to do list:
Gone Baby Gone
Across the Universe
In the Shadow of the Moon
Lars and the Real Girl
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford