Unseen 2009 Oscar Nominated Films

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Postby OscarGuy » Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:10 pm

I haven't seen anything new since the Oscars, but before that I did catch up on a few. This is my new list:

An Education
The Secret of Kells
A Single Man
The Last Station
Sherlock Holmes
The White Ribbon
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
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Postby barrybrooks8 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:05 pm

Just saw The Last Station. Nothing spectacular, but not horrible either. Helen Mirren and Christpher Plummer are sufficient but I think others deserved their spots. The score was sometimes very enjoyable.

How many Oscar-bait movies can James McAvoy star in before he gets the attention his agents are so desperate for him to get?
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Postby barrybrooks8 » Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:43 pm

I can cross two off my list...

Up...I'm giving it a C. I enjoyed the first half, but I found the second half boring and unnecessary. Would have been a worthier short film.

The Messenger...Probably will make my BOTTOM 10. I don't think I've ever rolled my eyes that many times. It's a shame that the screenplay knocked out other worthier films, as I found it to be rather cringe-worthy. I wish Ben Foster would stop acting right now, as I have never seen him do anything interesting in any movie. Woody Harrelson does nothing to deserve a nomination. Samantha Morton was the only thing about it worth mentioning, but her non-nomination is OK by me.
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Postby Movielover » Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:23 pm

My vote would have gone to Tom Cruise for Magnolia. He actually was an actor in that movie. And he was magnetic.

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Postby Damien » Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:43 pm

Big Magilla wrote:Plummer should've won for The Insider.

Nope. This was one of the rare times the Academy got it right. The great Michael Caine deserved to win for his beautiful performance in The Cider House Rules.

Plummer was merely amusing in his impersonation of a media asshole.
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Postby Big Magilla » Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:48 am

Plummer was good, but I actually preferred Max von Sydow in Emotional Arthmetic. Both were nominated for Genies.

This was a Canadian film, which like most Canadian films, never got a fair shake outside of the country. It had one festival showing in the U.S., then went straight to video as Autumn Hearts.
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Postby Reza » Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:55 am

Big Magilla wrote:Plummer should've won for The Insider.

I thought he was also great in Emotional Arithmetic which sort of just dissapeared into oblivion although lesser films relentlessly hang around on screens.

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Postby Big Magilla » Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:33 am

The year Coburn won there was no clear favorite. With Waltz winning virtually every precursor there's little likelihood he will lose.

Plummer should've won for The Insider.
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Postby Reza » Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:51 pm

Big Magilla wrote:The Last Station is still in theatres.

It's currently playing at a mini-plex in San Francisco with the crappiest auditoriums and little screens that I haven't frequented in years.

The good news, though, is that films that play there generally open in a week or two in a much better theatre near where I used to work. I'm hoping it opens there on Friday - they haven't posted their playlists beyond Thursday.

Was curious about the performances of Mirren and Plummer in the film.

I wonder if Waltz were not on the list would Plummer win? Maybe he could pull a James Coburn on Oscar night.

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Postby Big Magilla » Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:56 pm

The Last Station is still in theatres.

It's currently playing at a mini-plex in San Francisco with the crappiest auditoriums and little screens that I haven't frequented in years.

The good news, though, is that films that play there generally open in a week or two in a much better theatre near where I used to work. I'm hoping it opens there on Friday - they haven't posted their playlists beyond Thursday.
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Postby Reza » Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:48 am

Big Magilla wrote:The Messenger finally has a DVD release date - May 25th, which seems like an awfully time to wait for a DVD release of a major Oscar nominee that has long been unavailable in theatres.

What about a DVD release date of The Last Station? Magilla have you seen it?

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Postby Big Magilla » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:28 am

The Messenger finally has a DVD release date - May 25th, which seems like an awfully time to wait for a DVD release of a major Oscar nominee that has long been unavailable in theatres.
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Postby Hollywood Z » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:16 am

Wow, lack of time and finances have really hurt my run here:

- The Blind Side
- An Education
- Precious
- A Serious Man
- Up in the Air
- Crazy Heart
- A Single Man
- Invictus
- The Last Station
- The Messenger
- The Lovely Bones
- Nine
- In the Loop
- Coraline
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- The Princess and the Frog
- The Secret of Kells
- Paris 36
- The White Ribbon
- Bright Star
- Coco Before Chanel
- The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
- The Young Victoria
- Il Divo

But I will see most of these before Oscar night! I will find a way.
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Postby barrybrooks8 » Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:54 pm

Not too much to see...

The Messenger
The Last Station
Fantastic Mr Fox
Up
The Secret of Kells
Coco Before Chanel
Il Divo
Paris 36
Bright Star
The Princess and the Frog

All Docs, Shorts and Foreign

Last Station and The Messenger come next week. I was going to see Fantastic Mr Fox today (its only at one budget theater here in Milwaukee) but I got lazy. I rented Up (uggggg) along with Trucker today, but I'm going to watch Trucker first. White Ribbon comes in three weeks.
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Postby FilmFan720 » Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:34 pm

Burma VJ and China's Unnatural Disaster are both availabe on youtube!
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