No one likes a sell out. But selling out goes both ways. This time of year, directors sell out in a different way. I’m talking about all the major mainstream Hollywood directors who “sell out” to do the award film released at the end of the year.
Are you an awards season junkie? Do you love to be able to sit there and look smart in front of your friends and family, most of whom only make it out to the movies once a year to see the latest Jim Carrey comedy, by being able to talk endlessly about all of the “important” movies of the year? If so, consider this your awards season to-do list.Fr
I currently have 28 different DVDs of award films that various studios have sent me. That’s about 50 or 60 hours of movies to get through in the next two weeks before the nomination window opens… in addition to the other seven mainstream movies I have to see in the next week.
This afternoon the nominations for the 2009 awards were announced, with films such as Courtney Hunt’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning Frozen River, Jonathan Demme’s critically acclaimed Rachel Getting Married and Darren Aronofsky’s Toronto gem The Wrestler leading the way.
The Oscar buzz is building, and soon you’ll get a chance to see it for yourself. Until then, Fox Searchlight is whetting our appetite with a new trailer for a movie that’s pinned us to the ground for the three-count.
People who drink lattes and know things about “film” have been all abuzz about Mickey Rourke’s performance in Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler ever since it made its debut last month in Toronto. And we are contractually obligated to agree.
Just because the Oscar train is getting ready to leave the station, that doesn’t mean that every upcoming release is going to be a 3-hour long heavy-handed drama. There are still plenty of must see movies — plenty of action, plenty of comedy and plenty of popcorn butter-flavored goodness.
We’ve been hearing all kinds of great things about Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, as it was easily one of the most visible films coming out of this year’s Toronto Film Festival. And now, we’ve got an idea as to when we might actually see the film.
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