Thursday, December 3, 2009

OSCAR Watch and movie anticipation

Could George Clooney possibly be in the running for another Academy Award?  The buzz from certain critics regarding his performance in Up in the Air seems to be pointing that way.  I give you this excerpt from a review in Entertainment Weekly:

If Ryan had been played by anyone but George Clooney, we might not believe in (or like) him. But Clooney, with his effortless, cracklingly smart yet maybe slightly-too-polished charm, knows here, as he did in Michael Clayton, how to play a rogue who's in danger of losing his soul yet holds on to it anyway. In Up in the Air, Clooney gives his most fully felt performance to date as a smooth hedonist who comes to realize that he may be drowning. This is movie-star acting of the sort that no one else today can bring off.  (To read the full review, click here)

Side note:  Anna Kendrick of Twilight and New Moon (Jessica) fame has been receiving a lot of positive buzz herself.  Could our little "Jessica" be nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar?  The Entertainment Weekly review had this to say about Kendrick:

"Kendrick is a fast-talking delight (she keeps revealing more layers)."

Movie Anticipation (and another possible OSCAR Watch)!

The Last Station and Helen Mirren...Mirren just may achieve OSCAR notoriety again for her performance in this film.  Entertainment Weekly had this to say:

"Helen Mirren proves yet again that she can do anything, playing Leo Tolstoy's wife in this grandly entertaining historical drama."  (Click here to read the full review)

I am really looking forward to this one as I love historical movies and I love the movies based on Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (unfortunately, I have never read the book, but don't's on my TBR pile!).  And, of course, I LOVE Helen Mirren.  Ever since her brilliant portrayal of Morgana in the excellent Arthurian film Excalibur way back in 1981, I have followed and admired her stellar acting ability.  Let us watch and see what unfolds with The Last Station and, meanwhile, I will be enjoying the film very soon!

Both movies are based on books:  Up in the Air by Walter Kim and The Last Station by Jay Parini.  Two great selections for the 30 Books to Movies Challenge hosted by The Bibliophile's Lounge.


Happy Viewing (and Reading)!


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  1. Oh God, I love George Clooney. He looks just as good to me as he did 20 years ago. And the guy has acting chops. I haven't heard of The Last Station. Thanks for turning me on to it.

  2. I'm putting my votes behind Monique and the young lady who plays her daughter in Precious.

  3. Wow, so many movies I've never even heard of. and the all look so good!

  4. Soooooo want to see Sherlock Holmes. That looks like riot.

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