April 17, 2014

Awards Season Roundup: Gurus name “King’s Speech” new frontrunner


By Sean O’Connell
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“The King’s Speech” is the new Oscar frontrunner (according to Movie City News’ Gurus o’ Gold).

Is this some kind of a joke? The L.A. Times lists the 10 best movies of 2010 that you might have missed, and includes a blockbuster like “Toy Story 3,” a critical darling like “The Kids Are All Right,” and “The Social Network,” which has led the box office for the last two weekends. Where’s “Inception” on this list?

Speaking of “Inception,” Hans Zimmer sits down with IndieWire to talk about the film’s score.

Meanwhile, Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter,” which closed the New York Film Festival last weekend, continues to divide critics.

David Denby rips it in The New Yorker, saying Eastwood “hasn’t worked out the movie emotionally” and that screenwriter Peter Morgan “seems to have fallen into a trance himself.” In conclusion, Denby says, “Most of the movie is not about what the dead mean to the living; it’s about having nice little chats with ghosts, and neither Eastwood nor Morgan has the taste for such flamboyant stuff.”

Meanwhile, contrarian Prairie Miller – in her three-star review – says “there is always a deeply felt sense along the way that Eastwood, perhaps externalizing his own inner turmoil about aging through a movie touching on the enigma of mortality, that never feels less than genuine.”

But David Edelstein writes in New York Magazine that the movie “starts big and ends small, its hold gradually slackening, its thread dissolving. To be honest, it never had much of a thread.”

We’ll discuss “Hereafter” in greater detail when it finally opens wide on Oct. 22.

In the meantime, one prominent Oscar blogger was arrested last night. Normally, that’s not news we’re interested in covering here, but he blogs about it on its site, and the well-written post is worth a read.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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