Tuesday February 17 | Talking Movies… Oscars

February 16, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 3 Comments

It’s Oscar time in Hollywood. This year appears to be a slap in the face to big Hollywood films with many nominees coming from the ranks of smaller, independent movies and even a Best Picture nominee from India. We’ll talk to Charlotte’s three leading film critics to look back on the year in film and get their predictions on the winners and losers.
Lawrence Toppman – Film Critic, The Charlotte Observer
Matt Brunson – Film Critic, Creative Loafing
Sean O’Connell – Film Critic, Charlotte Weekly

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  1. I’d love to hear the critics’ thoughts on Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York. Why do you think this film was so thoroughly overlooked by the Academy (not to mention all the other groups, in particular the Director’s Guild)?

    Aside from the beautify and complexity of the screenplay, some of the actors’ performances were outstanding. I appreciate that this film wasn’t exactly viable commercially, but – as far as film as art goes – this was one of the year’s best.

  2. Of the five top nominees, three end in death: GRAN TORINO, MILK, THE WRESTLER.

    My favorite, THE VISITOR, ends in a dynamic affirmation of life and personal creativity. I also vote for Richard Jenkins as best actor, though others are equal.

  3. Thanks Larry for ruining those movies for me. (Except for Milk.)

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