Saturday, February 23, 2008

2008 Oscars

No, I'm not gonna list my pix for this year. It should be pretty predictable. Yes, Daniel Day "A Bastard In A Basket" Lewis will win, and he should. Let's talk next year.

Best Animation - Might come down to Horton, Kung Fu Panda & Wall-E. Or if they're any good, the Madagascar sequel, or something called Bolt (about a super-dog) from Disney.

And now for movies starring humans. Keep in mind, some of these might get pushed to 2009, or might completely suck it. Or a lil' flick (Juno 2: The Revenge) could always come out of nowhere.
Oscar possibilities:

Body Of Lies - Leo & Russell team with Ridley Scott for a CIA thriller. It'll make a ton, and if it's good, look for it at the Oscars.

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - Fincher, Pitt & Blanchett.

Nothing But The Truth - Rod Lurie returns, starring Kate Beckinsale & Matt Dillon.

Australia - Baz Luhrman directs Hugh Jackman & Nicole Kidman.

Miracle At St. Anna - Spike Lee does WW2. I'm there.

The Women - remake starring Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Bette Midler, and a ton of other names.

Shutter Island - Scorcese, with Leo (again)

Revolutionary Road - Leo (um, again) reteams with Kate Winslet, directed by Sam Mendes.

Doubt - Meryl Streep, Phillip Seymour Hoffman & Amy Adams in a 1960s-set drama about a priest accused of abusing an African-American student. Oscar material, at least for the actors.

Burn After Reading - Clooney, Pitt, The Coens. Not sure when this is coming out, but never count out the Coens. But keep in mind that they really held back from their usual style for No Country, and if they return to their off-the-wall filmmaking, it won't make much money or get many kudos (but it might be super-cool).

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Strike - Over!

"The time has come to accept this contract and settle the strike,'' stated WGA West president Patric A. Verrone.

"Sweet," said New Jersey screenwriter Patrick J. Rodio.