The Oscars are almost here.
And I’ve obviously left it far too late for my usual bloated and self-indulgent reviews of all the films involved.
Apart from anything else, I haven’t even seen them all yet.
So here are some short reviews of some of the films nominated.
The Reader Picture, Director, Actress (Kate Winslet)
I could happily watch Kate Winslet read a phone book (does that even mean anything anymore? Who uses a phone book?) so given that she spends the film getting read to, instead of reading, in this respect this film failed to make me happy.
However, she did get her tits out. That made me happy.
4 out of 5
Slumdog Millionaire Picture, Director (Danny Boyle), Cinematography
Little more than a tedious exercise in style over substance, it’s like Trainspotting had a simultaneous fun-ectomy and transplanted faux-social conscience.
Mr. Boyle, what were you thinking? And where the hell is 28 Months Later?
2.5 out of 5
Doubt Actress (Meryl Streep), Supporting Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Supporting Actresses (Amy Adams and Viola Davis)
Set in 1964 amidst Catholic Church upheaval in the wake of Vatican II, Doubt tells the story of a priest and a young boy.
Three guesses what it’s about.
It’s really good, though. And Philip Seymour Hoffman is awesome.
4 out of 5
More to follow.