L to R: Joe Revitte, Jack Turner, Ryan Werner and Tom Quinn, makin’ the scene at the Kodak & Paste Magazine party following the 2005 IFP Gotham Awards
NB: This is a dense and complex film, one that deserves many more thousands of words than I am able to devote to it, here. There are many studied and detailed reviews of the film out there, so feel free to check them out. You might want to start here: My personal favorite is A.O. Scott‘s review in the New York Times.
Last week I got the chance to see Stephen Gaghan‘s Syriana (now playing in NY & LA, expanding Dec. 9th) and it would be hard to find a more powerful indictment of American foreign policy and business practices (as if there’s really any difference between the two). The film is a sprawling epic of greed, callous indifference to human life and the real driving force behind all modern politics, money. For example, if there is more money in keeping the fundamentalists in power in Iran, you can bet your ass the US government will do whatever they can to achieve that goal.
Brokeback Mountain. The Constant Gardener. Capote. Good Night, and Good Luck. Just a few films that are deserving of official kudos in this artificial yearly segment we call “Awards Season.” Fall is the time for the studios, mini-majors and indies to trot out their most notable of notables for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hollywood Foreign Press, Independent Spirit Awards, various guilds and unions, the public and of course for the critics. The New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association as well as groups from cities all over the world have awards announcements and dinners, while publications correlate the information in charts, graphs and columns in the vain attempt to look smarter than the other guy.