Nikki Finke just posted a shocker of a story: The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences will now nominate 10 (10!) movies for Best Picture starting with the 82nd Academy Awards next year. She assumes what’s pretty obvious: that big studios shoved this down the academy’s throats because they want shit like “Iron Man” getting Oscar nods. (It shouldn’t. That movie is awesome, but, for Christ’s sake, don’t compare it to “Slumdog Millionaire” or “No Country for Old Men” or “The Departed.” Please.) Continue reading ‘What the crap? Oscars to allow 10 nominees in Best Picture category’
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I was perusing the DVD sale at Borders on Ponce de Leon Avenue on Tuesday. It’s usually somewhat sacriligeous and pretty much downright idiotic to buy movies at Borders and Barnes & Noble, which specialize in buying DVDs and then marking them up about $10 because retarded white people and coffee drinkers are willing to spend $25 on a copy of “Oldboy” simply because it’s “a cool Korean movie… very, like, Kafkaesque.” Continue reading ‘SteelBooks or I don’t know what to do about freakin’ SteelBooks’
Tags: Atonement, Best Adapted Screenplay, Boston, Cassandra's Dream, Colin Farrell, Infernal Affairs, Keira Knightley, London Boulevard, Oscar, Pride & Prejudice, screenwriters, The Departed, The New World, William Monahan
William Monahan, a Boston scribe and one of Hollywood’s best screenwriters, will direct his debut film, “London Boulevard,” this summer. The movie stars Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley.
Monahan won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2007 for “The Departed,” which was so good and so different from its source material (“Infernal Affairs,” made in China) is might as well have been considered an original screenplay.
I’ve always been a fan of Farrell, who gets a bad rap for kind of being a douche sometimes. But that dude is a movie star in the same way Tom Cruise is. You don’t take your eyes off him when he’s on screen. He’s been in a ton of duds, but he’s also been in some lesser-known, great movies like Woody Allen’s “Cassandra’s Dream” and Terrance Malick’s “The New World,” which would easily be a lesser director’s masterpiece. Farrell is very good in both of them.
Keira Knightley? She’s Keira Knightley. Watch Joe Wright’s version of “Pride & Prejudice” and know the truth: she’s the best actress I can think of in her 20s. That chick projects to the rafters. And then watch “Atonement.” Christ.
This movie is going to be sick.
If you want to know more about it, read the story in Variety. Suffice it to say, it’s a bit of a cliche, the story. Farrell plays a guy just released from jail who tries to escape his previous life as a gangster while working as a handyman for a London actress (Knightley).
Whatevs. Monahan will knock that shit out.