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Monday, January 30, 2006

Rants and Raves about this years oscars pre-nomination anouncment

Why I love Crash
1) It’s a labour of love piece : You gotta love a guy that lays it all down on the line for a project he’s worked on for almost 10 years, that no one wanted, using most of his own money, and stars working for hardly anything to be in it.
2) It’s a minority centric film that doesn’t pander to us like we need special help. It has some of the strongest minority roles I’ve seen in a long time.
3) It has the most stunning and breathtaking scene in a dramatic film so far this decade.

Three other Gay-Themed films that should have gotten more recognition
1)Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
My review: * * *
I said earlier that the Oscars have never recognized an openly gay actor. In this film John Cameron Mitchell not only gave the best performance of 2001, he also wrote and directed a tremendous rock opera. And while the film won a truckload of critics and festival prizes, it was snubbed by the Academy. The film isn’t perfect, but I think I learned more about the gay experience watching this film than any other, proving that rock music can really express things in a way nothing else can. But that’s also part of it. It’s not really a gay statement movie. It’s a film about identity, about freedom, and about vulnerability.
2)Gods and Monsters (1998)
My Review * * * ½
This is a marvelously dark character study with Sir Ian giving his best performance as the self-loathing creator of the film version of Frankenstein, and finds he has a lot in common with his tragic hero. Both the character and McKellen are gay, but neither is a large part of the film, though it is often the basis for the subtext. Both the film and McKellen’s performance were shut out of the oscars.
3) Love and Death on Long Island (1997)
My Review * * * *
This isn’t a gay film. It is a story of unrequited love between two men, but in a totally artistic way. John Hurt plays an aging British actor who develops a man-crush on Jason Priestly and becomes obsessed with trying to mold him into a great actor. This is complex, bittersweet, haunting, and very unassumingly gorgeous film by Richard Kwietniowski, who really needs to get more work. While it was a darling of the festival circuts it didn’t get any recognition at all.

The Best actor race:
Sure, Phillip S. Hoffman gave a amazing performance, and he’s deserved recognition for years and deserves the oscar. There were so many great performances this year it’s hard to say that one’s better than the other, but there is one, I think, that is the best. David Strathairn’s performance in Good night and good luck. Here are a 3 reasons:
1) Hoffman is the better actor. What do I mean? Hoffman stole every scene he appeared in Magnolia, against one of the best casts in recent memory. He was great in Hapiness, He’s good in everything. Strathairn is has had bit parts in a lot of TV shows (most notably the Sopranos), TV movies, and some b-movies. His last performance in a good film was in 1991's City of Hope. Hoffman got his first gig in 1991. Strathairn started in the late 70's. Basically Hoffman has had the time to work with great actors and directors in great films, while Strathairn hasn’t been so lucky.
2)Both played people who are icons. But millions more people know and have seen and grown up with Morrorw and Capote.
3)Capote is a deeper character, he was more troubled, had more skeletons in the closet. He was personally more complex. Yet, Strathairn manages to make Morrow just as complex with less to go on. Somehow he found a well of emotional subtext to really make his character come alive.

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