Benjamin Button vs. Slumdog Millionaire

There is a debate going on right now about which is better out of the two front runners for Best Picture this year:  The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button or Slumdog Millionaire.  It could be construed as a very tough debate, but one has to understand that they are both such strikingly different films that it is almost ridiculous to compare them.  In my opinion, they are both the best movie of the year (out of the five that were nominated), and to me, it’s a difficult thing to pick one over the other.

Benjamin Button plucked my heartstrings in a way that hadn’t touched me in years.  I think it’s because I have this terrible dread of getting old…I was just transfixed with the process of aging and how people reacted to the character at the different stages in his life. It fascinated me how there was no real villain in the film at all, in fact, pretty much every character that Button interacted with was good and kind to him.  The main antagonist in the movie was time itself. Nothing lasts, yet it does somehow, is the main theme and I have always felt the same way.  The movie really spoke to me in a chilling echo of my own life sentiments, that I just loved it to the core.  The FX and the cinematography were out of the park as well, and I have always had a moist spot in my shorts for David Fincher as well. Gorgeous movie.

Now Slumdog Millionaire is a totally different beast to tackle.  This movie is hardcore on all front and attacks all emotional senses full force.  I have been a huge Danny Boyle fan ever since I saw Shallow Grave and feel that he hasn’t missed yet, even in his lesser efforts such as A Life Less Ordinary and The Beach, he still captured my attention.  (If you haven’t seen Millions or Sunshine yet, check them out!).  He is great at fast cutting chaos and it doesn’t fail here either.  Slumdog is very fast, in your face and chaotic and never ever dull.  I had no idea what it was about when I went to see it except that it was a kid who wins Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and then is accused of cheating.  I had no idea that it would focus so much on the plight of India, a country that I am very naive to, and really make me interested and care about this country I knew nothing of.  Just a masterpiece, plain and simple.

Which is better in my opinion?  Well, it isn’t a question of which one I liked better.  That’s like comparing apples and cheese.  Two equally great but totally different things. Benjamin Button touched me more, while I was more entertained by Slumdog.  Button was better cinematography, while Slumdog was better directing.  It’s a toss up and it will take Sunday to see what happens.  My bet will be placed on Slumdog, but I will be happy with either.

DVD Review: The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford

DVD Review: The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford

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Though it’s set in the 1880’s, Andrew Dominik’s “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” could have been set today.  The questions it raises, namely, what is celebrity, what makes celebrity, why do people crave celebrity and, perhaps most importantly, what happens after you get celebrity? [Read more…]

Soderbergh Tackles “Moneyball” Next

Steven Soderbergh apparently never sleeps.

Even though, “Cleo,” his Cleopatra rock opera fell apart after Hugh Jackman bailed, (one would assume the performance of “Australia,” didn’t help make the backers sleep easy,) Soderbergh already has his next proejct lined up.

Based on Michael Lewis’ book of the same name, “Moneyball,” is about Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane, who fielded his team using complex computer programs to pick his players.

Brad Pitt has signed on to play Beane, and Steve Zaillian is writing the script.

I loved the book and am interested to see how it translates to the screen.  Given Soderbergh, Pitt and Zaillian’s involvement, it should be interesting.  -Sam

Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

bradpittold.jpg‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,’ starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett is a special film. It is a tale of a unique life [Read more…]

The Visual Effects Behind ‘Benjamin Button’

I didn’t realize HOW in depth the visual effects of ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ were until I saw this video over at io9.com (which in turn had reposted it from a CG blog). Not only did they take Brad Pitt and place his head on an older man’s body, but all his make up was CG as well (a la Davy Jones from the Pirates sequels). Check out the video below!

Film Review: Burn After Reading

Film Review: Burn After Reading

brad-pitt-in-burn-after-reading.jpgThe saying that life is a tale told by a fool might have been talking about the latest movie by the Coen Brothers, ‘Burn After Reading.’  Even though it’s set in the world of intelligence there is very little of it going around. [Read more…]

Mike Myers Now a ‘Bastard’

The cast list keeps growing and growing, this time, comedian Mike Myers has joined the ranks of Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, B.J. Novak, Simon Pegg, Nastassja Kinski, David Krumholtz by signing on to “Inglorious Bastards.”

The WWII film has the whole town talking. Mike Myers will play British General Ed Fenech, who takes part in the plan to wipe out Nazi leaders.

Brad Pitt a ‘Bastard’

Brad Pitt is officially a “bastard,” having closed his deal to star in Tarantino’s new directing vehicle, ‘Inglorious Bastards.’ The film is co-production between Universal and the Weinstein Company.
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Inglorious Bastards just got a little more glorious?

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards has been wrung through the rumor machine over and over again.  We all know the insanity of getting Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Willis to team up, NOT promoting Planet Hollywood, but blowing up Nazi tanks with bazookas.  These three have been linked to this project since the dawn of time, but alas, no official announcement as of yet from anyone’s camp. [Read more…]

‘Burn After Reading’ Poster Released

‘Burn After Reading’ Poster Released

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The poster for the latest movie by Joel and Ethan Coen has been released.

Evoking the work of Saul Bass, the poster has me even more excited to see ‘Burn After Reading.’  The film stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand and John Malkovich.

If you haven’t seen the trailer, check out the red-band version on itunes.