The Wrestler was one of my favorite films of 2008 and I really think it got robbed at the Oscars because it was such a small film. Aronofsky made so many critical decisions that a lot of filmmakers out there would not have the courage to do. He certainly deserved more recognition that what he actually got and, for my money, he is one of the best directors working today. 



One of this year's most surprising films was Neill Blomkamp's District 9. The mockumentary style in which Blomkamp decided to shoot the film was interesting as well as entertaining. I'm not sure if this is a film that will be recognized much come Oscar time, but it is easily one of the best science-fiction pictures in quite a while. 




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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

i disagree with ben whishaw's possible oscar nomination. I personally though he was fantastic, but he received only fair reviews and oscar don't tend to nominate understated acting or sensitive male parts. Colin Firth or Matt Damon would probably be a better bet.

Danny King said...

@ Anon: Those are fair points, and I also thought Whishaw was excellent. I guess my thinking at this point is that Bright Star is a film the Academy would love to honor despite the fair reviews for everyone involved except Cornish.

As for Matt Damon, I certainly think he was good enough, but there are two things going against him. One, the film was a comedy, and two, the Academy might rather give him a supporting nod in Invictus rather than give up a leading role nomination.

DEZMOND said...

I like Aronofsky, he seems to be one of those rare directors who posses a magical touch. I liked what he did in THE FOUNTAIN. And I love his wife, Rachel Weisz. The two of them have been in my town, here in Europe, when she was shooting THE BROTHERS BLOOM, and they really seem like a very nice people.

Danny King said...

@ DEZ: I completely agree. He seems so passionate about storytelling to the point where he wants all of his films to feel like magic. Weisz is a terrific actress, I'm looking forward to seeing her in The Lovely Bones. I'm so jealous that you ran into them, that's incredible!

DEZMOND said...

I'm also looking forward to seeing Rachel in AGORA.
I didn't quite run into them :) I sneaked into the set :)) while Adrien Brody was filming a scene in my town's City Hall, and I caught a glimpse of Rachel and Aronofsky as well :))

DEZMOND said...

And regarding your ongoing poll for the favourite 2008 movie, I must say that for me, it was READER with stunning Kate Winslet. A truly magnificent movie with deeply profound (and shocking) message, and a very enlightening story.

Danny King said...

@ DEZ: That's pretty awesome. As far as The Reader goes, it didn't quite make my top ten of last year, but I still think it is a well-made film with a powerful messsage like you said. There are some moments in that film that are incredibly powerful and thought-provoking and I really think that Kross' performance was terribly underrated.

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