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Alas, I am once again forced to do what I have been doing each time M. Night Shyamalan releases a film: document the staggering downward spiral of a man once thought of as the next Steven Spielberg. This time, it’s After Earth, a witless, banal, tedious, melodramatic special-effects fest that is disappointing from the opening sequence until the credits role, thankfully just 100 minutes later.
I’ve had a lot on my plate this week—not because there is more work to do at the office, or that my social calendar is busier than usual. Rather, I’ve been cramming to get ready for one of my favorite nights of the year: Oscar night. If you feast on films as much as I do, and appreciate the magic that goes into movie-making, there is no better way to celebrate the art than to enjoy the ride that is the Academy Awards.
A telegraph key and $150 links St. Louisan Derek Cohn to Steven Spielberg’s Oscar front-runner, Lincoln. The movie has received widespread critical acclaim and has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
It’s that time of year when A-list actors wait patiently by the phone and pretend that awards mean nothing (and that approval from colleagues and fans is recognition enough), but hoping against hope that their agent calls to tell them they got an Oscar nomination. The nominations were announced last week, and I must say there were a few surprises…and not the good kind.
Don’t worry, I won’t tell you how it ends. The good news is, this film is an elegant, artful look at a man who seems to have been put forth by providence. The acting is impeccable—Oscar-worthy, in fact—and Spielberg’s direction equals it. There is, however, another shoe, but I am hesitant to drop it.
There are some great rental options out right now if you’re not in the mood to fight the crowds at the Cineplex. Here’s what I recommend:
It’s an exciting year for Oscar: Lots of firsttime nominees and incredible performances and as always, lots of snubs. Here are the nominees in the six big categories:
THE PRINCESS OF WALES ATTENDS THE PREMIERE OF 'BACK TO THE FUTURE' AT THE EMPIRE CINEMA, LEICESTER SQUARE, LONDON WEARING A BURGUNDY VELVET EVENING DRESS DESIGNED BY FASHION DESIGNER CATHERINE WALKER. SHE MET STEVEN SPIELBERG AND HIS WIFE AMY IRVING NEXT TO SPEILBERG IS PHIL COLLINS
Remember Gabriel Basso’s name. At only 16 years of age, the Chesterfield native is quickly moving up the ranks of young Hollywood. He plays Laura Linney’s son on the hit Showtime series, The Big C, and currently stars as the bespectacled Martin in the J.J. Abrams-directed, Steven Spielberg-produced blockbuster, Super 8, now in theaters.
Play: The Color Purple
Play: The Color Purple
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