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The Aftermath of the Oscars and Bourne 4

Posted by: Matthew Turner 28/02/2008 @ 12:26
Subject: Film

Films seen so far this year: 56

Oscars: The Aftermath
So, awards season is finally over for another year. On Sunday night I watched the Oscars armed with a bag of frozen Maltesers (the only way to eat them), a two litre bottle of Coke and some rather disgusting Pringles (steak and caramelised onion flavour – note to self: never again) and accompanied by a few like-minded Oscars fanatics on the internets. Needless to say, I was thrilled for the Coens (they've been my favourite directors since Miller's Crossing in 1991) and absolutely delighted when Marion Cotillard won Best Actress, at which point I literally whooped with joy. I was pleasantly surprised that Tilda Swinton won Best Supporting Actress and slightly disappointed for Atonement, although I think its win for Best Original Score (typewriters and all) was well deserved.

The ceremony itself was an odd affair, but highlights included: the huge smile on Javier Bardem's face when he picked up his Best Supporting Actor award; ex-stripper Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody holding back tears as she thanked her parents for “loving me just the way I am”; host Jon Stewart bringing Once's Marketa Irglova back on stage after the music cut her off when she won Best Original Song with Glen Hansard; and several hilarious lines in Stewart's opening monologue, including: "This year's slate: psychopathic killer movies. Does this town need a hug? All I can say is, thank God for teen pregnancy" and “Normally when you see a black man or a woman as President, an asteroid is about to hit the Statue of Liberty”.

Bourne 4: The Fourquel
Rejoice, Bourne fans! Universal Studios recently announced that Jason Bourne will be back for a fouth and final adventure, though we probably won't get to see it for quite some time. Admittedly, it's not really that much of a surprise, since all three Bourne films made a huge amount of money, both theatrically and on DVD. Still, the good news is that both star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass have agreed to return, which should hopefully put paid to any reservations about possibly spoiling a perfectly good trilogy.

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

No change this week. I liked Margot at the Wedding and The Bank Job the best out of this week's releases but neither of them are as good as any of the following.

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

DVD of the Week: Eastern Promises (out now, RRP £19.99)

A London-centric release this week, with David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, starring Naomi Watts and an Oscar-nominated Viggo Mortensen. The DVD is sadly lacking in decent extras (no director's commentary, no deleted scenes) but there are a couple of short featurettes on the making of the film that include brief interviews with cast and director. And at least you get to freeze-frame Viggo's iconic naked fight scene, if you like that sort of thing.

Comments

by  Anonymous  07/03/2008 @ 10:02
i'm really surprised atonement didn't win! i thought for sure it would after all the hype.
by  Anonymous  11/03/2008 @ 13:40
Bourne 4, really? Sometimes movie execs should stop while they're ahead, a fourquel is getting rather ridiculous and the likelihood of it keeping the Bourne magic is extremely slim.
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