Friday, November 30, 2007

Monday, November 26, 2007

Oscar Nominations and Winner Predictions

Best Picture
Gone Baby Gone
No Country for Old Men
There Will be Blood

Best Director
American Gangster - Ridley Scott
Atonement - Joe Wright
Gone Baby Gone - Ben Afleck
No Country for Old Men - Joel and Ethan Coen
There Will be Blood - Paul Thomas Anderson

Best Actor
John Cusack-Grace is Gone
Daniel Day-Lewis- There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp-Sweeney Todd
James McAvoy- Atonement
Denzel Washington-American Gangster

Best Actress
Amy Adams- Enchanted
Marion Cotillard- La Vie en Rose
Keira Knightley - Atonement
Laura Linney- The Savages
Ellen Page-Juno

Best Supporting Actor
Casey Afleck - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Javier Bardem - No Country for Old Men
Paul Dano - There Will be Blood
Philip Seymor Hoffman - Charlie Wilson's War
Tom Wilkinson - Michael Clayton

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone
Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There
Romola Garai - Atonement
Jennifer Jason Leigh - Margot at the Wedding
Saoirse Ronan - Atonement

Original Screenplay
I'm Not There
Michael Clayton

Adapted Screenplay
Charlie Wilson's War
Gone Baby Gone
No Country for Old Men
There Will be Blood

Best Cinematography
Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Into the Wild
No Country for Old Men
There Will be Blood

Sunday, November 25, 2007

No Country for Old Men

The Coen's new film, No Country for Old Men, opens in the vast open landscapes of the Texas-Mexico boarder. The stark photography proves perfect to show a landscape so vast and dry. The land looks the same as Tommy Lee Jones' voice sounds in the pitch perfect opening monolouge.
After the monlouge the film is off and running. We immidelty meet Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) who is the best villian in recent film history. He dispatches people easier than most of us put on our pants. The film follows Chigurh as he chases Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) and as Sherrif Ed Tom Bell (Jones) chases him.
I will refrain from giving away any of the plot as to avoid from giving anything away or building un-needed suspense as Joel and Ethan Coen build plenty of legitament suspense on their own. Through the month of November No Country for Old Men is the best film of the year, and with the way that this modern masterpiece played I have little doubt that it won't hold this position come January 1st. If this picture is playing in your area and you have a shot, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to the best film of the year