January 25, 2011

Annual Professional Commentary on the Oscar Nominations

Best Motion Picture of the Year
127 Hours (2010): Christian Colson, Danny Boyle, John Smithson = oy
Black Swan (2010): Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin = yay, pretty much
The Fighter (2010): David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Mark Wahlberg = barf
Inception (2010): Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas = obligatory
The Kids Are All Right (2010): Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray = sorry, no
The King's Speech (2010): Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin = Miramax nostalgia
The Social Network (2010): Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Ceán Chaffin = and the winner is
Toy Story 3 (2010): Darla K. Anderson = yay, pretty much
True Grit (2010): Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin = yay
Winter's Bone (2010): Anne Rosellini, Alix Madigan = barf

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem for Biutiful (2010) = Julia paid 'em
Jeff Bridges for True Grit (2010) = yay
Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network (2010) = sure
Colin Firth for The King's Speech (2010) = whatevs
James Franco for 127 Hours (2010) = at Gosling's expense

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right (2010) = best thing about it
Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole (2010) = barf
Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone (2010) = yawn
Natalie Portman for Black Swan (2010) = yay
Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine (2010) = yay

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale for The Fighter (2010) = the full retard
John Hawkes for Winter's Bone (2010) = best thing about it
Jeremy Renner for The Town (2010) = interesting
Mark Ruffalo for The Kids Are All Right (2010) = shrug
Geoffrey Rush for The King's Speech (2010) = shrug

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams for The Fighter (2010) = her perennial nomination; also: yum
Helena Bonham Carter for The King's Speech (2010) = shrug
Melissa Leo for The Fighter (2010) = oh please
Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit (2010) = emoticons to express yay because she's 14
Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom (2010) = yay

Best Achievement in Directing
Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan (2010) = won't win
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen for True Grit (2010) = awesome
David Fincher for The Social Network (2010) = deserved this fifteen years ago
Tom Hooper for The King's Speech (2010) = whatevs
David O. Russell for The Fighter (2010) = aw hail no

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Another Year (2010): Mike Leigh = throw the dog a bone
The Fighter (2010): Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington = no no way n'uh uh no way fuggetit
Inception (2010): Christopher Nolan = oh please
The Kids Are All Right (2010): Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg = see Inception
The King's Speech (2010): David Seidler = he wrote Tucker

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
127 Hours (2010): Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy = Slumdog ass-covering
The Social Network (2010): Aaron Sorkin = rent that tux
Toy Story 3 (2010): Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich = ok
True Grit (2010): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen = yay
Winter's Bone (2010): Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini = barf

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
How to Train Your Dragon (2010): Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders = ok
The Illusionist (2010): Sylvain Chomet = love-children everywhere are checking their attics
Toy Story 3 (2010): Lee Unkrich = believe it or not

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Biutiful (2010): Alejandro González Iñárritu(Mexico) = or Julia would've killed everyone
Dogtooth (2009): Giorgos Lanthimos(Greece) = yay
In a Better World (2010): Susanne Bier(Denmark) = didn't see, but Bier should be in movie jail
Incendies (2010): Denis Villeneuve(Canada) = go Leafs
Outside the Law (2010): Rachid Bouchareb(Algeria) = news to me

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Black Swan (2010): Matthew Libatique = yay
Inception (2010): Wally Pfister = best thing about it
The King's Speech (2010): Danny Cohen = rock me, Danny Cohen
The Social Network (2010): Jeff Cronenweth = runs in the family
True Grit (2010): Roger Deakins = Susan Lucci

Best Achievement in Editing
127 Hours (2010): Jon Harris = hope he thanks Cuisinart
Black Swan (2010): Andrew Weisblum = yay
The Fighter (2010): Pamela Martin = whatchutalkinabout?
The King's Speech (2010): Tariq Anwar = shrug
The Social Network (2010): Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall = whatevs

Best Achievement in Art Direction
Alice in Wonderland (2010): Robert Stromberg, Karen O'Hara = barf
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010): Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan = yay
Inception (2010): Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Douglas A. Mowat = A for effort
The King's Speech (2010): Eve Stewart, Judy Farr = shock of shocks
True Grit (2010): Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh = yay

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland (2010): Colleen Atwood = first mostly-CG costume nom?
I Am Love (2009): Antonella Cannarozzi = shrug
The King's Speech (2010): Jenny Beavan = "
The Tempest (2010/II): Sandy Powell = didn't see, but it's Julie Taymor
True Grit (2010): Mary Zophres = yay

Best Achievement in Makeup
Barney's Version (2010): Adrien Morot = Giamatti hasn't looked so human since Planet of the Apes
The Way Back (2010): Edouard F. Henriques, Greg Funk, Yolanda Toussieng = ironic
The Wolfman (2010): Rick Baker, Dave Elsey = yay

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
127 Hours (2010): A.R. Rahman = yawn
How to Train Your Dragon (2010): John Powell = ok
Inception (2010): Hans Zimmer = ok
The King's Speech (2010): Alexandre Desplat = I like Desplat
The Social Network (2010): Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross = rooting for it

Gonna stop there because we start getting into categories with too many blind spots for me personally. No surprises or even big huge disappointments this year, except maybe the lack of love for Marwencol.


Anonymous said...

Can I play too?

127 Hours = unpopular opinion #1; might be my favorite Boyle joint since 28 Days Later or even Trainspotting

Black Swan = yay

The Fighter = no

Inception = underrated 'round these woods

The Kids Are All Right = nay

The King's Speech = liked it

The Social Network = unpopular opinion #2; not great

Toy Story 3 = unpopular opinion #3; not great

True Grit = yay

Winter's Bone = eh

Bill C said...

Of course you can play! Everyone can play. Keep 'em comin'.

Robert Hamer said...

A 'yay' for Hailee Steinfeld? Didn't know you had such contempt for actual supporting actors.

Ricky Bobby said...

Franco the host gives Franco an Oscar and David Niven is no longer alone!


127 Hours - liked its excess

Black Swan - yay, hope it wins

The Fighter - sux

Inception - also not as bad as you guys say, fun dumb

The Kids Are All Right - my girlfriend will be happy

The King's Speech - haven't seen

The Social Network - yay

Toy Story 3 - yay

True Grit - third "yay" in a row

Winter's Bone - haven't seen

Bill C said...

@Robert: I'm not totally sure what you mean by that. Is it that she should've been nominated for Best Actress, or not at all? (I really thought she was splendid.)

Robert Hamer said...

Both, actually, but I was mainly referring to the category fraud.

jer fairall said...

Maybe it's my growing boredom with the Oscars year after year (though I'll still watch, of course) but Bill's "Annual Professional Commentary" is starting to become thing that I most look forward to about the yearly nominations.

Still need to see a lot of stuff, but my biggest "Yay" is
Hailee Steinfeld, who at least has a chance in the Supporting Actress category, while my biggest "Barf" goes to the Best Pic nod for Winter's Bone. That was just a wispy little nothing of a movie.

Daniel said...

"At Gosling's Expense"

So in your opinion, was Gosling deserving of a nomination? BV hasn't been released around my parts just yet, but I really want to see it.

"Jeremy Renner=Interesting"

I believe you used the same adjective to describe his nomination last year for The Hurt Locker. Is this a good interesting or a bad interesting?

schnofel said...

127 Hours - movie of the year

Black Swan - bitch, please

The Fighter - FTW!

Inception - noise

The Kids Are All Right - bourgeois choice

The King's Speech - ok, but why?

The Social Network - hype

Toy Story 3 - Armond White

True Grit - dud

Winter's Bone - zzzzzz

So actually 3 movies here that I like, which tops last year's zero. Still, I'd add Another Year, Mother and Child, and Lebanon if I could.

And I miss Daft Punk.

Bill C said...

@jer: Wowzers. (And, yes, "wispy little nothing" indeed.)

@Daniel: Did I? At least I'm consistent! I should probably have said "unexpected, but not altogether unpleasantly." I guess he earned a lot of goodwill with HURT LOCKER.

I love Gosling in BV, a very good film. It's kind of an actorly turn, but it gutted me. He and Williams kind of make a set, and I'm disappointed the Academy broke it up.

@schnofel: Yeah, Daft Punk shoulda been nominated. Their score is far more integral to TRON 2's nominal success than 3-D was.

Anonymous said...

Best Documentary Feature:

Exit Through The Gift Shop
Inside Job
Waste Land


Wow...no Waiting for Superman? I'm thinking Exit Through The Gift Shop or Restrepo upsets Inside Job here.

Also...am I insane for liking The Fighter and liking Christian Bale in it? Oscar bait of the non costume drama variety (Seriously, fuck The King's Speech) has always been one of my guilty pleasures but I found it to be a fairly different take on the formula boxing picture and a hell of a lot more fun than say, "Lights Out"...at least until Bale sobers up and the movie runs out of gas at the end. Maybe I'm just getting older and my cynicism and snark is going down to unhealthy levels.

The Social Network should probably just sweep every category since there wasn't anything special this year and it was such a huge cut above everything else. In the categories it's not nominated, who cares?

Also...haven't seen Toy Story 3 but I'm almost cheering for How To Train Your Dragon over it just because I thought Up beating Fantastic Mr. Fox was just pandering and picking the more widely appealing movie.

The Academy finally fell for Nolan's slapdash shit? Barf. I probably won't even bother with The Dark Knight Rises...Inception was enough. I thought they were just being bold snubbing The Dark Knight; nope, still gutless.

Anonymous said...

Also...no art direction for "Enter The Void"? Fuck them.

Jason said...

127 HOURS - I've been fairly unimpressed with Danny Boyle's work since 28 DAYS LATER. If Franco wins (miraculously), I'll catch this on DVD, but otherwise I have no interest in this.

BLACK SWAN - This was actually my favorite movie from last year. And while I know Portman will win Best Actress, and I hold out hope Aronofsky wins Best Director, I don't hold any hope that this will win Best Picture.

THE FIGHTER - Christian Bale will probably win Best Supporting Actor. It will get nothing else. (I still haven't seen this; you can just tell though.)

INCEPTION - Ha, no. This was kinda fun and enjoyable, but not as profound as it thinks it is. (And nowhere near what it's ardent supporters think it is.) This is just the Academy flagellating itself for not putting DARK KNIGHT in for Best Picture years ago.

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT - Huh? Never heard of this one.

THE KING'S SPEECH - If Colin Firth wins Best Actor for this, I'll actually bother going to see it. Otherwise, I don't care. (*see the James Franco Clause above)

THE SOCIAL NETWORK - This is this year's SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, or CRASH, or whatever "win all the fucking awards it doesn't deserve" Academy spank-material movie you choose. I just hope it doesn't win. (Note: Still haven't seen this one either.)

TOY STORY 3 - I liked this, but it's not winning Best Real Picture. It'll probably take Best Cartoon Pat On The Head, though.

TRUE GRIT - I liked this, and I'd be fine with it winning (especially over FACEBOOK: THE MOVIE), but I'm not as drawn to this Coen film as I was to A SERIOUS MAN or NO COUNTRY.

WINTER'S BONE - What the fuck is this?

Alex Jackson said...

THE SOCIAL NETWORK - This is this year's SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, or CRASH, or whatever "win all the fucking awards it doesn't deserve" Academy spank-material movie you choose. I just hope it doesn't win. (Note: Still haven't seen this one either.)

Well, fuck you then. Could we at least actually see the movies before we say they don't deserve to win?

I actually like The Social Network better than True Grit, but just by a hair, same way that I liked There Will Be Blood more than No Country for Old Men. Wouldn't necessarily stand by that opininon ten years from now. I think a sweep for either film would be a very good thing.

And The King's Speech is better than you think it would be. Colin Firth is pretty good in it and it's visually interesting. Nostalgia for Miramax? Yeah, that's not wrong.

Inception and Winter's Bone I'm with you on. As I never tire of reminding people, I didn't like Winter's Bone before it was cool to do so. And I avoided 127 Hours for the same reason you did, but I'm still curious.

Jared B said...

Off topic but are reviews for the BDs of Santa Sangre or Enter the Void inbound?

Rick said...

127 HOURS - I've been fairly unimpressed with Danny Boyle's work since 28 DAYS LATER. If Franco wins (miraculously), I'll catch this on DVD, but otherwise I have no interest in this.

But if Franco hypothetically loses by a few votes, I will never see that LOSER in that weak ass, loser-infested movie!

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT - Huh? Never heard of this one.

I have also never heard of Google, Bing, Rotten Tomatoes, Newspapers, The World Wide InterWeb...

Rick said...

I'm surprised Dogtooth was nominated. I'm glad it was though.

Stephen Reese said...


That's all I have to say.

Ricky Bobby said...

Can someone on this site please review THE KING'S SPEECH? I mean, I'm going to see it either way even if my instincts scream "Oscar bait", but it'd be nice to have a trusted professional gauge before, or after, taking the plunge.

Daniel said...

THE FIGHTER - Christian Bale will probably win Best Supporting Actor. It will get nothing else. (I still haven't seen this; you can just tell though.)

Actually, as undeserving as she is, Melissa Leo is probably going to win Best Supporting Actress for her work here. At least Mark "NAWT YOU, NAWT YOU, AND NAWT YOU" Wahlberg didn't somehow get nominated.

Rick said...

I'm already starting to hear how brutally awful Kevin Smith's RED STATE is. A tonal mess, heavy-handed, obvious and just plain retarded seem to be the consensus. Alex, you didn't have to suffer through that one, did you?

abe-el-raheb said...

127 Hours--Didn't see. Not too crazy about Boyle.

Black Swan--Awesome. The opening sequence was really incredible. Great modern horror flick.

The Fighter--Didn't see, didn't care.

Inception--Heavily flawed but enjoyable movie. Felt like a missed opportunity given the cast. The script was so wordy though that the movie would've probably been much better with half the dialogue.

The Kids Are Allright--Underwhelming. There was some decent acting but just wasn't much of anything for me.

King's Speech--Perfectly pleasant and forgettable. I thought it was the same movie as The Queen in almost every regard.

The Social Network--Out of this list, probably my pick for best picture. I'm a senior Finance major and it really did a nice job of relating to my generation. From a film perspective it was great too, with only a $40M budget and awesome cinematography. I'd like to see Fincher get some love, but for me, this is more of Sorkin's achievement than Fincher's.

Toy Story 3--Awesome opening scene, boring first act, cathartic third act. I dunno. It was good but Pixar's past achievements are catching up to their recent output.

True Grit--Very underwhelming upon first viewing, especially after the rave reviews here. I haven't ever read any of Portis' work, nor have I seen the original, but the first viewing was just unspectacular to me. The last 15 minutes were great though. It just seemed to me that the world was entirely their oyster, and they just did a project that could satisfy their appetite for film, while not overly challenging them. But that's also why I love the Bros. They make specific movies because they feel like it. More filmmakers could benefit from not having overtly specific agendas with film. Maybe I'm a hypocrite because of my love of social network, (I was actually initially disappointed in the film b/c I thought that Sorkin hadn't cut deep enough into the social nihilism of the internet), but it's refreshing to see them do something because they're expert craftsmen and enjoying a good, timeless yarn.

Winter's Bone--Didn't see, didn't care.

On a ranting note, the Academy should cut the list down to 5 again. A diluted nomination does not mean the same thing as a real nomination. If they really liked Toy Story 3, Inception, or 127 Hours, they should give them one of the prestigious 5 slots. Otherwise it's just an uncomfortable pat on the back.

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Anonymous said...

Hello everyone.

Seen just four of the nominees.

I liked both Inception and Toy Story 3 but was underwhelmed in each case. This may have been due to to all the critical hype surrounding both, I don't know. But having re-read Walter's take on TS3 I'm willing to give it another chance.

On the other hand, why didn't The Social Network's hype leave me underwhelmed when I saw it? Maybe because it was a better film than both.

Here's the thing that bugs me though: Why no love, or review, for The King's Speech? It is brilliantly made and acted, and always absorbing. I don't think Colin Firth has ever been better.

Then again, I rate The Damned United, Looking For Eric and Schindler's List (still) very highly, and I know you're underwhelmed by at least two of those.

I don't know. Guess I have a soft spot for well-made human dramas with larger than life figures playing the lead roles. (Literally so in the case of Liam Neeson.)

I guess one criticism you could make of The King's Speech is that it was a little like a Harry Potter reunion - Spall, Bonham Carter, Gambon, Desplat. Then again, so was Sweeney Todd. (And I loved that too.)

DaveA said...

Great reviews on Woo's Killer and Hardboiled, Walter. I don't agree with the Richard Wagner comparison, though. First of all, the Götterdämmerung actually isn't that ridiculous; in the Ring-cycle, I'd say this honor belongs to Siegfried. But more importantly, Wagner doesn't have any sense of humour. He's usually dead serious, and if he gets humorous, you better take cover, since his humour is mean-spirited and cannot be trusted.

Walter_Chaw said...

DaveA: HA! Good points, all. I'd say this, though, that the oppressive seriousness of Wagner often finds me sort of giggly just as a tension-release kind of reflex. Have we talked about this before? I'm always in deep water when I talk about Wagner.

renfield said...

I love Top 10 list/awards season because I'm fairly insulated from the movies when they are coming out and etc.

Catching up is fun, for example we had a triple bill of Black Swan, Greenberg, and Valhalla Rising the other night, which was awesome because all three of these movies manage to be great in their own right without stepping on each other's toes.

Black Swan is easily the movie of the year for me: the culmination of a decade's worth of neo-romanticism, high genre, post-modern snark. I watched Roeper's B-minus-ing of the film and almost doubted my convictions, but really this is what I go to the movies to see and I gotta be honest with myself. Black Swan is like a teddy bear for adults, and my love for it is compulsive and primordial.

I really liked Social Network, but someone on the site (Ian Pugh?) pinpointed my issue by noting Sorkin's obvious condescension to the material. And it got me thinking. Go back and watch Season 1, Episode 1 of The West Wing and you realize how deep the thread runs. The guy has chops, but he's kinda smarmy, and I predict that the film is not going to age as gracefully as you'd hope.

As far as these lists go, and their utility in cluing people like me into what was noteworthy, shame on y'all for not honorable-mentioning The Human Centipede. Or did you not like it?

And as far as the Oscars go, I think it's weird that people still say stuff like "I'll still watch it (of course)" and that they'll only watch a movie if so-and-so's performance wins. WTF man, I feel like I grew out of watching the damn thing when I was 15. Are you just gown gazing or something? How could you possibly care what movies win/don't?

Would have been cool to see an editing or art direction nom go to Enter the Void, but hell, Hollywood must hate Gaspar Noe more than they hate Charlie Kaufman.

renfield said...

..and Kim Hye-ja was of course brutally robbed. One of the best performances of the decade and a good rebuttal to O'John Landis' breast silliness.

Ricky Bobby said...

renfield, "WTF man", don't you like movies? 'Cause, well, I kind of think it's not really a matter of growing out of the Academy Awards ceremony, but rather, watching it because they do get it right sometimes (at least a couple times each Oscars I've seen) and it is quite enjoyable to root on a film nominated that you may actually like. Also, keeping tabs on the zeitgeist, understanding why some films win and some do not, or even get nominated in the first place, is fascinating to experience first hand.

I mean, the Oscars forget a lot of great movies each year, but "Dogtooth" is in there, and remember "No Country for Old Men"? That won something, right?

renfield said...

I don't see what watching the ceremony has to do with being able to figure out who won, nor what either has to do with liking movies.

I would say that not watching a movie because its performer didn't win an Oscar is more indicative of a lack of interest in film than not wanting to sit through 3 hours of tedium. As I just said, I love delving into award-season lists for recommendations, but I question the attitude that there's anything of substance or even entertainment value going on with the AA ceremony.

Ricky Bobby said...

Fair enough. I just like watching the Oscars (and other awards ceremonies) for those reasons. Sure, there's an alien, insular quality to the proceedings, but when I'm watching the award for best original screenplay, and "Inglourius Basterds" is up for it, and I think that's one of the best written movies I've ever seen, well damn if I can't help myself. I get excited for its chances, even though, yeah, it didn't fucking win.

KayKay said...

RIP John Barry

Time to pop in my Dances With Wolves CD again and swig from the luxurious springs of The John Dunbar, Wolf and Love themes….

Jared B said...

Seriously there is not a film this year that even begins to compete with Enter The Void for art direction. Inception? Seriously Academy? You're saying Inception's art direction is categorically a step above Enter the Void, a film with effects six years in the making? Fuck you, AMPAS.

And Phillip Seymour Hoffman's nomination snub for Synecdoche, New York still stings...he won for freaking CAPOTE?

Anonymous said...

Mwahahahaha, I don't understand the love for Noe here. Gasper aims for the lowest common denominator - his films are nearly universally juvenile, and made for people who aren't too bright. Like that retard who wanted to defend I Stand Alone over A Serbian Film when he hadn't even seen the latter. Good job, genius. Defend your weird homophobic high school fantasy, complete with wacky incestual fucking. Enter The Void is no different. Yay meaningless flashy opening with multiple fonts and colors and lights!! And sound!! And zooming shots into aborted fetuses!! You're morons!!

renfield said...

Do you mean me? Anyway, I definitely thought I Stand Alone was profoundly more successful as a work of provocation than this Serbian thing. It says "Warning: you have 30 seconds to leave the theater" or whatever and gives you the countdown of doom; Serbian can't even muster anything resembling that minimal enthusiasm.

Look, I'm hit and miss on Gaspar Noe, but he is a real filmmaker and has some inkling of the cinematic language at the very least.

Has Enter the Void already been discussed at length on this forum?

Rick said...

Has Enter the Void already been discussed at length on this forum?

Not much. I find Noe to be interesting and talented, but he seems to be kind of an idiot. Enter the Void is completely void of substance, though there is an amazing energy and true visual creativity going on in the first half, but then the film fizzles out and becomes tedious and repetitive in the second half. I think Noe reaches for something with substance by writing about The Tibetan Book of the Dead, but all of that really adds up to nothing.

I Stand Alone just seems to be a continuous, stream of consciousness rant of a writer who was severely depressed while writing it. I still enjoy it though, but between this and Irreversible, he doesn't really have much to say besides that heterosexual men, homosexual men, umm, people are all equally worthless.

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Gabe Toro said...

The Cedar Rapids/Gnomeo And Juliet review link is not working, fyi.

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Daniel said...


Apparently there really is an Atlas Shrugged movie coming out. Wait, make that an Atlas Shrugged TRILOGY! What a disaster...

Justin B-H said...

@Daniel When Grant Bowler is the only recognisable face in the cast I don't think they're shooting too high-seems to have reasonable production values though.
Agree with the comments on various forums-an American film about modern-day railroad and steel mill entrepreneurs?? WTF?? Surely they should make the setting (and cast) Chinese for the story to have any credibility?

Daniel said...

Yeah it seems to have a decent enough budget, but how is this going to be stretched out to 3 movies? Are they going to recreate every speech word-for-word?

Alex Jackson said...

Kind of has a Watchmen vibe to it. Stating that more as a fact than as a judgment. And Michael Lerner is a more recognizable face than Grant Bowler! Then again, maybe I just don't watch enough television.

Somebody mentioned that he's a deadringer for Barney Frank. Which is kind of funny because ten years ago he was used as a dead ringer for Roger Ebert. And before that as the poor man's Wayne Knight.

Justin B-H said...

Alex, you probably don't watch enough so-bad-it's-good New Zealand TV (ie Outrageous Fortune) which is where my easy recognition of Bowler would come from. My bad for not noting Lerner, though. Agree re the Watchmen vibe with the glossy appearance and over-graded colour-looking at the trailer again the low budget and telemovie-standard wooden acting is a bit more evident. Scary that the trailer has had 600,000 views already.

On another note, props on the Exorcist review-New American Cinema evidently seems to bring out the best in Walter. One small point though-priests wear cassocks not Cossacks...

Bill C said...

@JB-H: LOL. I suspect that was a spellcheck snafu on Walter's part; I'm embarrassed, because my eyes kept telling me it looked wrong, and I didn't listen.