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    Scottferguson
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    Since this might be the best picture favorite, and it is opening next week, thought it made sense to bump this up.

    I’m seeing it Weds, will report back after

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    M H
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    I assume it is opening just LA and NY? 

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    TrendyHipster
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    Can’t wait!

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    Scottferguson
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    I believe so but can’t find specific confirmation.

    If a normal rollout, 1-2 weeks later in several other cities, most major cities by Xmas

    This would seem though to call for a slower than usual release, which is not normal for Weinstein

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    Adam Waldowski
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    I saw it. Here’s what I wrote, which contains some spoilers if you’re one of those people:

    The first thirty minutes of The Artist are lighter than air, suggesting a rather promising comedy. Then the film turns dramatic and whatever momentum was being gained is lost. A charming series of takes where Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo’s flirting interrupts filming on a movie they’re making gives way to suicide attempts and house fires and all sort of melodramatic nonsense. The movie simply ceases to be any fun and, considering it’s sustaining on the gimmick of being silent, that makes the last three-fourths of the film quite a chore. There are amusing moments along the way, mostly involving an adorable dog. It’s one of the frothiest, dopiest movies I’ve seen in quite some time. I guess that certifies it as a Best Picture contender. 

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    TrendyHipster
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    ^^^ Hmmmm…..

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    Adam Waldowski
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    Hmmmm…..

    I said the exact same thing so many times during and after The Artist. It’s also funny that it’s culling inspiration from late ’20s silent cinema. There’s only one shot in the entire film that looks of that era of filmmaking. The rest, which includes period-inappropriate close-ups, is so visually indistinct. It’ll make for a hilarious nominee in Cinematography, Art Direction, and Costume Design — not to mention Original Screenplay. But I guess you’ve got to have something to rank last.

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    Someonelikeme
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    I’m really looking forward to seeing this! 

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    dannyboy.
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    I saw it. Here’s what I wrote, which contains some spoilers if you’re one of those people:

    The first thirty minutes of The Artist are lighter than air, suggesting a rather promising comedy. Then the film turns dramatic and whatever momentum was being gained is lost. A charming series of takes where Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo’s flirting interrupts filming on a movie they’re making gives way to suicide attempts and house fires and all sort of melodramatic nonsense. The movie simply ceases to be any fun and, considering it’s sustaining on the gimmick of being silent, that makes the last three-fourths of the film quite a chore. There are amusing moments along the way, mostly involving an adorable dog. It’s one of the frothiest, dopiest movies I’ve seen in quite some time. I guess that certifies it as a Best Picture contender. 

    How was John Goodman? I kinda had a gut feeling The Artist was too good to be true (conceptually)..

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    Constance
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    I can’t wait to see this film!!!!  I’ve heard wonders about it.

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    THE ARTIST (2011) – writer/director: Michel Hazanavicius

     

    A great concept, fine costumes and set decoration, excellent directing and charming performances make this one of the year’s best films. Making a silent, B&W film in 2011 is obviously a novelty idea, but writer/director Hazanavicius goes beyond that and develops a strong story here. Stars Jean Dujardin and Berniece Bejo give delightful, Oscar worthy performances as silent film stars who may or may not transition to talkies. Their journey is entertaining and engrossing. The film half hour of the film will surely leave a smile on your face.

     

    Unfortunately, the second half isn’t as grand as the first half due to a few melodramatic scenes. In addition, John Goodman (as the studio head), James Cromwell (as Dujardin’s assistant), Penelope Ann  Miller (as Dujardin’s wife), Missi Pyle and other great character actors aren’t given nearly enough to do here. And it’s a shame that the climax is a bit predictable. Still, there’s enough laughs and charm here to make this a standout film.

     

    MY GRADE: B+

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    Scottferguson
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    Under consideration – The Artist

    For me, this is (among seen films) the great unknown in the race.

    The ultimate (among realistic possibilities) niche candidate to win best picture (silent, French, b&w, 1.33×1, industry-related – the last is another drawback, since no film about movies has ever won), this film is very successful on a multitude of levels. The craft involved is nearly impeccable. I can’t imagine a more impressively acted film this year (since pulling off silent performances in a non-parody way seems nearly impossible). And for me, more than anything else, the capturing of the essense of silent film – the visual language, rarely captured since 1928, around the time when the medium arguably reach its high point, never since recaptured – the total respect and more importantly the knowing recreation of the medium is nothing short of amazing.

    But best picture? Getting away from merit, let’s consider what it is up against:

    1) Best picture sometimes goes to a film that both unusual but also recaptures something once done (Chicago/musical, Unforgiven/Western, Gladiator/epic). But what this does is so outside the mainstream that I suspect there are limits as to how far it will go.

    2) Too inside – Singin’ in the Rain and A Star Is Born couldn’t get nominated; Sunset Blvd didn’t win; lots of other examples of set in Hollywood stories that despite their quality never quite became top Oscar contenders. It took until Million Dollar Baby for a film identifiably set in California (other than a few scenes in a couple cases) to win best picture – that’s how  resistant the Academy has been to locally-set stories.

    3) Question of performance – I have no idea how this will perform. Older audiences can make a film a hit (King’s Speech of course; though hardly a hit at least yet, 66% of the audience for J Edgar is over 50). But no one much under 90 has first hand experience with silent film as the everyday kind. There is a massive bloc of moviegoers who will have no interest in this – King’s Speech did get a broader audience, to its credit. The Hurt Locker was already out on DVD, so that isn’t a fair comparison.
        I really wonder if this, even with a lot of awards and nominations, can become strong specialized performer. No way does it become King’s Speech or Slumdog Millionaire. But it could be a lot, lot less, maybe Tree of Life level. Will that reinforce the idea that it is too limited to be a BP winner? I suspect it could. But we are really talking unchartered territory here, so I’m just not sure.

    4) Too high expectations – I personally am very taken by the film. I imagine most Academy viewers will at least like it. But the hype could well be too high for it to deliver. If the film has a weakness, it is that it at some point becomes too familiar, too derivative, too film-referential (the use of the Vertigo score at a key moment really grated). I’m not sure the accumulation of many strong elements ultimately makes up for a pay-off that seems too conventional, too predictable. (General rule for BP winners: effective and memorable last scene – Bertie’s speech likely clinched TKS’s win last year).

    5) Underperformance in awards so far – no Palme d’or at Cannes, missed a couple key nominations at European Film Awards, not People’s Choice at Toronto

    Where does this leave the film? Likely nominations for picture, actor, director, screenplay, definitely competitive in a number of crafts; Goodman and Cromwell though are unlikely for supporting (they’re fine, but not that standout), maybe supporting actress.

    Wins? Hard to be sure of any at this point – again, performance of the film will make a difference. I could be wrong, but I don’t see this winning BP, although preferential voting (lots of top 3 votes) might be its best friend. If War Horse is the BP winner, I could see Hazanavicius winning. Actor is possible as well.

    But as I said, one big question mark.

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    dannyboy.
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    All About Eve won! It can be done..

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    All About Eve wasn’t about Hollywood (except very tangentially); it was about Broadway, one of several such films to win best picture. Totally different. And it beat Sunset Blvd. head to head.

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