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Another Comic Comes To Life and More Awards Talk

Posted by: Matthew Turner 06/02/2008 @ 15:27
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Films seen so far this year: 36

Awards season: The Home Stretch Again
In addition to the Screen Actors Guild Awards last week, we also had the Directors Guild Awards, which, again, are traditionally seen as a strong indicator of who will win Best Director on Oscar night, because the same people do the voting in both cases. This year, the Directors Guild gave the Best Picture award to No Country For Old Men and the Coen Brothers picked up an award each for outstanding feature film achievement. Personally, I couldn't be happier – I've been a huge fan of the Coen Brothers ever since I saw Miller's Crossing at the cinema, back in 1991. If they do indeed win the Oscar too, I'll be delighted. That said, it's a really difficult year for Best Director, because both Paul Thomas Anderson and Julian Schnabel (for this week's excellent The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) would be equally worthy winners. In other news, it's looking more and more likely that the Writers Strike will be resolved in the nick of time, but even so, Academy Awards president Sid Ganis has confirmed that the show will go on. The latest story I've heard is that there are currently two scripts: one for if the stars show up and one if they don't. Fingers crossed, anyway, and in the meantime, there's always the BAFTAs this Sunday.

Films I'm Looking Forward: Iron Man (released 2nd May)
It's not out for another three months, but I am really looking forward to Iron Man, even more than I'm looking forward to The Dark Knight. I grew up reading Marvel comics and even though I never specifically bought Iron Man or Fantastic Four comics, I somehow ended up absorbing their histories, probably because they were included as support stories in British Spider-Man comics, which I read religiously. So I can say with complete authority that Robert Downey Jnr is perfectly cast as millionaire industrialist Tony Stark, though it's unclear at this point just how much of Stark's alcoholism will make it into the finished film. At any rate, the trailer (see below) looks terrific and I love the fact that they've worked in the old Iron Man suit (see picture above). I'm also really pleased that Gwyneth Paltrow is in it, as she's one of my favourite actresses and she seems to be taking a bit of a break from film-making at the moment. Gwyneth, if you're reading this, please make more movies.

Top 5 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):

1. There Will Be Blood
2. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
3. No Country For Old Men
4. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
5. Definitely, Maybe

DVD of the Week: Atonement (released 4th February, RRP £19.99)
A timely release for Atonement, fresh from its success at the Golden Globes, where it won Best Picture. Keira Knightley and James McAvoy garnered most of the attention on its release, but Joe Wright's direction is extremely impressive throughout and I'd be surprised if he doesn't become one of Britain's most sought-after directors as a result of this. The DVD has deleted scenes, a commentary, a Making Of documentary and a featurette on the transition of the novel to the screen.


by  will  08/02/2008 @ 14:48
Yeah i too share you're enthusiasm for Iron Man. I was gutted when they ditched Iron man for Zoids in the Spiderman comic. Oooh I wonder if Zoids is being considered for a film too...
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