Avatar is a stunning experience (3D is definitely the way to go, if you can), a transporting visual feast of eye-candy.
Certainly new effects territory, raising the bar for showing you another world. I'd absolutely recommend seeing it.
However, I thought the story wasn't very new — just cobble together the marines part of Aliens with Dances With Wolves and you have your Avatar script.
(Some are calling it Dances With Smurfs, which is a bit harsh, but I see what they mean)
It got nine Oscar nominations, but notably not for screenplay (thank you, Academy).
Some of the characters were, uh, less than fleshed out. The marine sergeant was awful.
And Sigourney Weaver (great actress who I love) had to be given a cigarette to give her a personality.
Still, all the stuff outside on the alien moon was enthralling, super fun.
Really though, it was too long. Cameron could've cut 15-20 minutes out of that easily. imho
I would've preferred more of the film's middle scenes, and less of the final battle.
Hurt Locker is simply an awesome suspense thrill-ride. Wow.
I'm still on the edge of my seat, watching parts of it a second time. Exquisite acting, direction and editing.
This is clearly the tough competition for Best Picture Oscar.
Moon was well made and well worth a look, but more of a (well-polished, pro-looking) film school project.
It's really aimed at sci-fi mavens, and it's the director's first film.
He borrows from many other sci-fi films — both visuals and ideas — and mixes them together to create what is essentially an extended Twilight Zone episode.
(in a good way)
Zombieland was good fun, but I was expecting a bit more, considering all the hype.
With the exception of the (hilarious) segment at Bill Murray's mansion, it was meh +.
The 82nd annual Academy Award
nominations are out!
<— = frontrunner
= my pick
Best picture (field expanded to 10 nominees)
- Avatar <—
- The Blind Side
- District 9
- An Education
- The Hurt Locker <—
- Inglourious Basterds
- Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
- A Serious Man
- Up in the Air
- James Cameron, Avatar
- Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker <—
- Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
- Lee Daniels, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
- Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
- Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart <—
- George Clooney, Up in the Air
- Colin Firth, A Single Man
- Morgan Freeman, Invictus
- Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
- Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side <—
- Helen Mirren, The Last Station
- Carey Mulligan, An Education
- Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
- Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Best supporting actor
- Matt Damon, Invictus
- Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
- Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
- Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
- Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds <—
Best supporting actress
- Penelope Cruz, Nine
- Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
- Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
- Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
- Mo’Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire <—
Best animated feature
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- The Princess and the Frog
- The Secret of Kells
- Up <—
Best original screenplay
- Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker <—
- Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
- Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman, The Messenger
- Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
- Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Up
Best adapted screenplay
- Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, District 9
- Nick Hornby, An Education
- Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche, In the Loop
- Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious
- Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air <—
- Mauro Fiore, Avatar
- Bruno Delbonnel, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Barry Ackroyd, The Hurt Locker <—
- Robert Richardson, Inglourious Basterds
- Christian Berger, The White Ribbon
Best art direction
- Avatar — Art direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set decoration: Kim Sinclair <—
- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus — Art direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set decoration: Caroline Smith
- Nine — Art direction: John Myhre; Set decoration: Gordon Sim
- Sherlock Holmes — Art direction: Sarah Greenwood, Set decoration: Katie Spencer
- The Young Victoria —Art direction: Patrice Vermette, Set decoration: Maggie Gray
We'll see what's what on March 7,