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05 January, 2006

For Your Consideration

It's the season for serious, quality movies and I sure have a lot of catching up to do. Of the potential Oscar contenders, the only one I've seen is Syriana. We'll probably see Good Night and Good Luck next because of its limited release, although the Oscar buzz might net it more screens.

I also want to see Brokeback Mountain because of the nominations and rave reviews, even if it reminds D. of Cartman's line from South Park ("No, dude, independent films are those black and white hippie movies. They're always about gay cowboys eating pudding.").

Munich is a must see as potentially Spielberg's next great film after Schindler's List. I also want to see Capote for Phillip Seymour Hoffman's performance and Transamerica for Felicity Huffman's. Ditto Walk the Line to a lesser degree; I'm surprised and curious about Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon doing their own singing in the movie.

A bit apprehensive about seeing Memoirs of a Geisha. Being a Rob Marshall movie means it'll be a visual feast like his previous Chicago, but I doubt it'll live up to novelist Arthur S. Golden's lyrical prose. Also, the reviews have been mixed, there's controversy about Chinese actresses playing the major roles and the studio promoting it as a Cinderella meets Showgirls hybrid makes me cringe. Besides, what's up with Sayuri having blue eyes?

Since I missed their big screen release, I'll have to see Crash and The Constant Gardener on DVD.

Have you seen or plan to see any of these movies? Which ones would you recommend?

Above is a photo of The Bridge at Howard Hughes Center, one of our favorite movie theaters.

posted at 7:37 PM by City Muse


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