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Tags: 2009 - Oscar Moment, A Serious Man, A Single Man, An Education, For Your Consideration, Inglorious Basterds, It's Complicated, Nine, Precious, The Blind Side, The Informant, Where the Wild Things Are
Categories : 2009 - Oscar Moment, Oscar Moment
NOTE: This “Oscar Moment” is a tad different from any of the prior ones. Rather than focusing on a specific movie, this post focuses on a particular category – in this case, screenplays.
A part of the Oscar season that I particularly love is watching the studios promote their movies. Thankfully, my friends over at Awards Daily do a fantastic job of monitoring the “For Your Consideration” ads that are placed in Variety and other indudstry magazines. But as the Internet becomes bigger and more present in our lives, the studios have adjusted campaigns slightly over the past years. Now, they have set up “For Your Consideration” websites designed to promote their movies to the voters but also provide a place for average moviegoers to learn more about the movies simultaneously.
A recent feature that most studios have graciously included on these sites is access to the screenplay of that movie in its entirety. Personally, I find these a great way to learn about the different styles of moviemaking in the race. Some movies draw heavily from their screenplay, others use it as merely a guideline.
Therefore, I feel it to be my duty to impart the knowledge of this treasure trove of movie gold to any interest moviegoer reading this blog. Click on the links below and they will take you to the screenplay for that movie (I will update this page periodically with new screenplays when they become available). Enjoy, because the race is just beginning!
NOMINEES for Best Screenpalay:
Click here to read the screenplay for “Precious.”
Click here to read the screenplay for “An Education.”
Click here to read the screenplay for “The Hurt Locker.”
Click here to read the screenplay for “Inglourious Basterds.”
Click here to read the screenplay for “A Serious Man.”
Click here to read the screenplay for “A Single Man.”
Click here to read the screenplay for “Nine.”
Click here to read the screenplay for “It’s Complicated.”
Click here to read the screenplay for “Where the Wild Things Are.”
Click here to read the screenplay for “The Informant!”
Click here to read the screenplay for “The Road.”
Click here to read the screenplay for “The Blind Side.”
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Tags: 1776, ArcLight, Hollywood, Inalienable Rights, Liberty, Life, Pursuit of Happiness, Random Factoid, The Informant, Thomas Jefferson
Categories : Random Factoids
Because I call these “random” factoids, I feel no hesitation in throwing some really bizarro stuff at you. I feel like putting your feet up on the chair in front of you at a movie theater, given that no one is sitting in that seat, is a virtually inalienable right. If there were movies back in 1776, Thomas Jefferson would have written it into the Declaration of Independence. Can’t you just hear it: “life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the ability to rest your feet on the chair in front of you while enjoying a quality movie.” It really rolls off the tongue. However, while watching “The Informant!” at the prestigious ArcLight theater in Hollywood, I decided to kick back in my chair and pop my feet up on the chair in front of me. But almost instantaneously, I was approached by the manager and told to put my feet on the ground. According to him, it was a health risk because they served food in the theater. It seemed like a non-sequitur to me, but I had just paid $15 for a ticket and didn’t want to get kicked out of the theater. No one sat in the seat during the movie, and it was so hard to resist the temptation to rest my feet on the headrest.
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Tags: Marvin Hamlisch, Matt Damon, Steven Soderbergh, The Informant
Categories : Movie Reviews
You’ve seen plenty of movies about corporate scandals, a few about whistleblowers, and maybe some about informants. But you have never seen one like “The Informant!” The pervasive quirks of director Steven Soderbergh’s latest outing spread all the way to its exclamation point-laden title. Even if it doesn’t make you bust a gut, something in the movie is bound to make you grin from ear to ear, be it Matt Damon’s zany performance or Marvin Hamlisch’s retro score teeming with horns and whistles. Much to my surprise, the movie succeeds not because of Damon’s adept acting skills but rather because of Soderbergh’s expert handling of the eccentric script. His willingness to delve into the depths of the mind of Mark Whitacre (Damon) is nothing short of sensational.
“The Informant!” dares to explore Whitacre, a high-ranking executive at Archer Daniels Midland. While the company is under close scrutiny by the FBI, Whitacre tips off them to a completely unexpected goldmine – ADM is part of one of the biggest price fixing scheme in history. He reveals this not out of some sense of moral rectitude but rather due to the coerciveness of his concerned wife. The FBI instantly puts Whitacre to use, placing him undercover in the heat of the fire. Under conditions that agents are trained for years to cope with, the FBI’s most improbable informant manages to collect hundreds of hours of evidence relating to the criminal activity. While on the surface everything looked perfect, the stress was inflaming a certain affliction of Whitacre. Despite his bumbling demeanor, he is a very cunning man who may be not just a great informant but a informed threat the FBI.
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