Saturday, October 31, 2009

Invictus Preview/Synopsis + Trailer

Invictus Dec 11

Now... legendary director Clint Eastwood is back quickly behind the camera again after Gran Torino, directing Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as South African Rugby Captain Francois Pienaar, who won the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Eastwood brings back longtime collaborators cinematographer Tom Stern and editor Joel Cox, with the screenplay from the book by John Carlin and adapted by Anthony Peckham ( Don't Say A Word )

Rated PG-13 For some language.

Oscar chances ? Many people are already handing over the trophy to Freeman for Best Actor. I'll wait and see the flick first. Damon is getting praise in support and it's a Clint Eastwood film, so you know there is a good chance he and the film could get nods. We'll just have to wait and see for ourselves as usual.

The Lovely Bones Preview/Synopsis + Trailer

Directed by Oscar winner Peter Jackson ( LOTR trilogy ) Starring Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Michael Imperioli, Thomas McCarthy. Written by the team of Jackson and fellow Oscar winners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. Cinematography by Oscar winner Andrew Lesnie ( LOTR ) Edited by Oscar nomiee Jabez Olssen ( LOTR ) Original music by popular music producer Brian Eno ( The Jacket )

Jackson adapts the popular Alice Sebold novel, about a 15 year girl, Susie Salmon who is raped and murdered in 1973. After her death, she finds herself in the " in between ", which is a place between heaven and earth, that lets her soul look down over her family and how they are coping with her passing and their loss. It's in this in between world that she gets the opportunity to observe what her killer is up to ( and planning to kill again ) as she struggles of having the desire to seek revenge on her killer or will she focus her attentions on her family healing from their loss.

Not yet rated. 139 min.

Oscar chances ? This film hasn't been screened yet but many have predicted some kind of nomination for Saoirse Ronan, whether it's lead or support as Susie. It's an Academy Award winning filmmaking team, so I would not be surprised if the film is well received critically, that it generates several nominations.

Up In The Air Preview/Synopsis + trailer

Up In The Air Dec 4

Directed by Oscar nominee Jason Reitman ( Juno, Thank You For Smoking ) starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Melanie Lynskey, Danny McBride, Zach Galifinakis, Sam Elliot, JK Simmons. Written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Cinematography by Eric Steelberg ( Juno, 500 Days Of Summer ) Editing by Dana E. Glauberman ( Love Happens, Factory Girl ) Original music by Golden Globe nominee Rolfe Kent ( Sideways, Legally Blonde )

Story is adaptation of the 2001 Walter Kim novel, about a traveling down sizing expert, Ryan Bingham ( Clooney- as someone who travels to companies to fire people ) and council those in transitional careers. His company fly's him around the country, never staying in one city very long, which in fact he has become very used to, being able to party and have one night stands whimsically on his commpany's tab, in which he has accumulated almost one million frequent flyer miles in doing so. Ryan in the meantime knows full well, that nobody is teflon from being replaced or fired, and the goal becomes to reach his on million miles mark before he himself gets fired. Through his travels he meets a a woman ( Farmiga ) who he takes a liking to more than he initially thought. Someone like him, and he identifies with.

Rated R for language and some sexual content.

Oscar chances ? Looking good so far. Film recieved some very good reviews at the Toronto Film Festival. Strong possibilities for Picture, Actor, Director, Supporting Actress and Screenplay.

Brothers Preview/Synopsis + Trailer

Brothers Dec 4

Directed by Jim Sheridan ( My Left Foot, In America ) Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Toby Maguire, Sam Shepard, Mare Winnnigham, Cliff Curtis, Carey Mulligan. Written by BAFTA nominee David Benioff ( The Kite Runner, 25th Hour ) Cinematography by Emmy nominee Frederick Elmes ( Blue Velvet, The Ice Storm ) Editing by Oscar nominee Jay Cassady ( Into The Wild ) Original music by 10 time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman ( Lemony Snickets, Road To Perdition )

Story is about a Marine Captain ( Maguire ) that goes missing while on his 4th tour of duty and thought of to be deceaced, when after some time has passed, his drifter brother ( Gyllenhaaal ) and total opposite,offers himself to come step in and help his brothers wife and two kids, in an act that will be inviting huge consequences in the end.

Rated R for language and some disturbing violent content.

Oscar chances ? Possible for Maguire in suport and maybe screenplay.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

March is production date for Coen's take on True Grit

As I had submitted here back in March, ( actually having to go way back in archived post's ) there is news that the Coen brothers are going to take their own stab at not a remake, but of " a re-telling " of True Grit, seen more from them closely adapting the book, rather than a full on remaking of the movie.
Super movie news magazine Variety, is just now letting you in on the info. So far said to be signed on are Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Everybody's Fine Preview/Synopsis + trailer

Everybody's Fine Dec 4

Directed by Kirk Jones ( Nanny McPhee, Waking Ned ) with Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore and Melissa Leo. Written by Jones. Cinematography by Emmy winner Henry Braham ( The Golden Compass, Shackelton ) Edited by Oscar nominee Andrew Moshein ( The Sixth Sense ) Original Music by Oscar winner Dario Marrianelli ( Atonement )

The premise is about a widower Frank, who for the first time ever, decides to go on a road trip to reconnect with his children, and finds out that things in their life are not what they appeared to be to him.

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language. 100 min.

Oscar chances ? Honestly, the best possibility would be for DeNiro if anything, as word is out that it's his best performance in years, but I would lean more heavily in his chances for a Golden Globe nomination instead.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Coen's nail it again with A Serious Man

Just saw A Serious Man over the weekend with some relatives, and I must say, yet again, I came away pretty impressed. This got me talking to everyone I was with ( who are all Coen brother fans ) what our top 5 Coen brothers movies. I can safely say they there is only one that I really thought was just average fare, and that was Intolerbale Cruelty, but I still didn't think it was all out bad either.

So, for me personally, these are my favorite Coen's motion pictures...

1) Fargo ( still )
2) The Big Lebowski
3) No Country For Old Men
4) A Serious Man
5) Raising Arizona
6) Miller's Crossing
7) Burn After Reading
8) The Man Who Wasn't There ( great cinematography is that )
9) Barton Fink
10)The Hudsucxker Proxy
11)Blood Simple
12)The Ladykillers
13 Oh Brother, Where Are Though ?
14)Intolerbale Cruelty

Now that is a pretty impressive compilation of film's.

Russell Crowe moves on from Robin Hood

Robin Hood will be seeing a May 2010 release, but Crowe has already jumped on to his next project; The Next Three Days, a crime thriller currently shooting in Pennsylvania, directed by Crash director Paul Haggis and co-starring Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde and Brian Dennehy.

What's up with Halle Berry's Frankie and Alice ?

This was a project I was very much interested again as it was a Halle Berry film that looked like material that could give her a chance to chew scenery again with some real serious aspects to it by playing a woman battling multiple personality disorder and also with Stellen Skarsgard playing the doctor treating her. But the film has been complete for some time and I have heard no further word about it. Nothing. I hope it does get an actual theatrical release because the premise seemed very intriguing.

Spielberg shelves Lincoln and Redford making his own

After what was years of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln project in " announced " status, the famed director has decided to shelve the project for now, thus allowing Robert Redford to take a stab at his own Lincoln based motion picture.

Redford's take will carry The Conspiritor moniker. The story is about a woman, Mary Surratt ( Robin Wright Penn ), who was charged as a co-conspirator in Abraham Lincoln's assassination. In order for her life to be saved, she will have to rely on a reluctant attorney ( James McAvoy ) The film is being lensed by Newton Thomas Sigel, ( whose past films include Valkyrie, Three Kings and X-2 ) rounding out the cast is Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Kevin Kline, Tom Wilkinson, Toby Kebbell and Alexsis Blendel.

The A-Team filming underway

After more than a year of rumors and actors such as Woody Harrelson, Bruce Willis and Ice Cube supposedly attached, The A-Team movie is finally underway, with filming in Vancouver ( pic ) and Joe Carnahan ( Narc ) helming. The cast consists of Liam Neeson as Col. John " Hannibal " Smith, Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton " Faceman " Peck, Sharlo Copley ( of recent District 9 ) as Capt. Howling Mad Murdock and Quinton Jackson as Sgt. Bosco " BA " Barcus. Jessica Biel has also signed on as well.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz shooting Knight and Day

Rumor is they are changing the title to Knight and Day. Movie is a about a lonely woman who goes on what she thinks is a harmless blind date, only to be whisked away by a spy, who takes her on a violent journey. It's getting a summer release next year. I do have faith in the project as it's James Mangold directing it ( 3:10 To Yuma, Walk The Line ) He is a very capable and fine filmmaker. It's in good hands.

The Beaver set photos/Mel and Jodie re-team

Jodie Foster is directing and reuniting with Mavercik co-star Mel Gibson. All I can say is a man constantly wears a beaver on his left hand. This sounds so far out there it just might be good. This should give Spielberg second thoughts on remaking Harvey. I almost fell out of my chair when I heard that news. Harvey is a classic and one of James Stewart's best roles. The Beaver looks like it has some Harvey connotations to it.

Edge Of Darkness Trailer

Mel Gibson is back in front of the camera in this crime thriller set in Boston. Martin Campbell ( Casino Royale ) directing. With Ray Winstone and Danny Huston. Jan. release date.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ben Affleck back in the director's chair

I was wondering when Affleck would direct next. He seems very capable of the job, as I personally thought Gone Baby Gone was a very well made movie for a first time director. This is sooner than later than I would have expected. This time he will also star in the heist flick The Town, that is set in Boston. Mad Men lead Jon Hamm plays a integral part in the film that also has Blake Lively, Chris Cooper, Rebecca Hall and Jeremy Renner cast in this version adapted from the Chuck Hogan novel.

Secretariat gets a movie

Finally... a major motion picture of the Triple Crown winner in 1973 and the last one of three ( Seattle Slew, Affirmed the other two ) to do so since. Randall Wallace, who directed We Were Soldiers and wrote Braveheart, will direct with Diane Lane portraying owner Penny Chenery, John Malkovich will play trainer Lucien Lauren, and rounding out the cast will be Scott Glenn, Dylan Walsh and Kevin Connolly in primary roles. Film gets a October 8 2010 release. I can't predict the future, but this is a heart warming story and I can see people really gravitating to it and feel it would be a total fail if it's not well recieved.

Michael Douglas is Gordon Gekko once again...

Oliver Stone is back behind the camera, 22 years after he directed the first Wall Street, in a sequel, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, with none other ( and who else ? ) than Michael Douglas reprsing his role of the disgraced former Wall Street tycoon. Shia LaBeouf will play the young trader that befriends Gekko. The film also co-stars Carey Mulligan, Susan Sarandon, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella and rumor is that Charlie Sheen will make a cameo as Bud Fox. Film will be released late summer/fall of 2010.
Rumblings from those that have read the script are mixed about it at best. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Al Pacino plays Dr. Jack for HBO movie

Looks like it could be another Emmy/Screen Actors Guild nod for Al Pacino playing the controversial Dr. Jack Kevorkian in a Barry Levinson ( Rain Man, Wag The Dog ) directed film for HBO. Film co-stars Susan Sarandon, John Goodman, Danny Huston and Brenda Vaccaro.

Do we really need a whole remake of the original Elm Street ?

I mean, I like Jackie Earle Haley ( always Kelly Leak to me ) and that he's back getting work again, but the first Nightmare On Elm Street is a horror classic. And how many sequels did it spawn ? Didn't Robert England just play Freddy Krueger in Freddy vs. Jason a few years ago ? I don't undertand all the remakes. Nothing ever eclipses the original. Ever.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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My top films of 2009 ( so far ) this WILL change

1) Inglourious Basterds ( Tarantino back in fine form )
2) State Of Play ( Well acted and taut storytelling )
3) Star Trek ( Very surprised at how impressed I was )
4) The Hangover ( Gut buster is an understatement and hilarious dialogue )
5) District 9 ( A movie about aliens that actually makes you think )
6) Paranormal Activity ( This was creepy )
7) Sunshine Cleaning ( Underrated indie- rent it )
8) The Informant ! ( Matt Damon's career best role )
9 Adventureland ( Back to the 80's more serious than funny and well written )
10) Public Enemies ( My anticipation was too high and it fell a little flat )

Monday, October 12, 2009

Has Vince Vaughn lost it ?

Vince Vaughn celebrity profile

I saw Couples Retreat and thought it was a renter and have read some pretty scathing reviews from other people that didn't like it either. You figure by now, that Vaughn should be able to carry a movie, we know the answer is yes, because has done so for a long time now. My feeling though, that the last several movies he has made, it appears that he's just showing up to collect a paycheck. I remember at one time when he wasn't ( or it didn't seem this way to me ) in such earlier films like Swingers, Return To Paradise, Jurassic 2 and Clay Pigeons.

It was plain as day he was just going through the motions in Couples Retreat. But there are more than a few of these actor's of both sexes that seem to be into this pay to play thing without any regard to the material they choose or attempt to at least becoming/portraying another person. I will make some examples of some film thesp's that research hard for a role and try to make themselves believable as the character they are playing, and they would be Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Russell Crowe, Morgan Freeman, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton and Daniel Day-Lewis to name several. These actors prepare, research, do what it takes to " look " the part and come across that it means something to be playing that character, and Vaughn hasn't seemed like that for awhile now...

So much praise coming Carey Mulligan's way...

I have yet to see the movie, An Education, but it looks like already ( in mid October ) people are already crowning her the Best Actress Oscar. ( ??? )

With any " super " hype about a performance in a movie like she is obtaining now, obviously I will have to see it for myself, even if the premise of the film isn't something that truly grabs me.

I just know there is three months left in the year, with still a lot of film's and performances that have not been seen yet. I just feel it's a tad premature to already say someone is the favorite when we still have awhile left in the year. I also hope people do not bandwagon the performance like the way Slumdog was treated. It was as if you said you really didn't feel Slumdog deserved the Best Picture Oscar, then you were insane or something. Not THAT many people could have thought that was the best film of 2008. Heck, it only recieved a distributor a day before it went straight to video ! I think it should have got the best underdog or overacheiver award due to the skill of director Danny Boyle, but not the best film of 2008. Sorry, some of the acting... well that's another topic.

As I have said, I haven't seen An Education yet, so I'm not placing Carey in my prediction list now. And I will grade her performance accordingly, not because the bandwagon train has already boarded and taken over.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Preview/ Synopsis

Oct 23

Directed by Paul Weitz ( American Dreamz, About A Boy ) Starring John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Chris Massoglia, Willem Dafoe, Ken Watanabe, Jane Krakowski, Patrick Fugit, Orlando Jones, Josh Hutcherson, Frankie Faison, Ray Stevenson. Written by Oscar winner Brian Helgeland ( L.A. Confidential ) Cinematography by BAFTA nominee J. Michael Munro ( Crash, Open Range ) Editing by Oscar nominee Leslie Jones ( The Thin Red Line, Punch-Drunk Love ) Original Music by Stephen Trask ( In Good Company, The Station Agent )

Film is based a the series of novels by Darren Shan, about a teen ( Shan ) that obtains tickets to an exclusive freak show, where after some time passes, meets a 200year old vampire Creplsey ( JCR ) that, in not so spoiler circumstances, gives Darren an offer that will be very hard for him to refuse.

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense supernatural violence, disturbing images, thematic elements and language. 108 min.

Oscar chances ? Probably none, this looks more like a cult classic in waiting. It definitely has a impressive cast and Oscar nominated talent behind the camera, and with the premise based around a freak show, there are a a lot of interesting characters involved. May just turn out to be guilty pleasure fare, and that's OK too.

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Messenger trailer

Finally... the official trailer to the movie that was earlier previewed on this site.
Looks like a portrayal Harrelson had the opportunity to sink his teeth into.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Michelle Monaghan and Trucker

Michelle Monaghan plays a successful, independent long haul truck driver, who enjoys her one nights stands and nights of partying, until her 11 year old son wants to come live with her while his dad tries to get over an illness. Then her life takes a sudden change and it forces her to look inward at herself and who she is as a person, something she hasn't done up until her son shows up.

Some reviews have been very positive of Monaghan's performance is this very small budgeted, independent movie. She won best actress at The Vail Film Festival. Looking forward to it.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

New Three Stooges movie update/Carrey packs on the pounds

After Sean Penn split the production of the next Farrelly brothers take on The Three Stooges movie, everyman actor Paul Giamatti stepped in to fill Penn's departed role of Larry. Benicio Del Toro will play Moe, and Jim Carrey is going method for the role of Curly, and has already packed on 25 pounds and has mentioned he's trying for 15 more, to play the roley-poley Stooge.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

More preview's in a few weeks for...

Jim Sheridan's ( My Left Foot, In The Name Of The Father, In America ) Brothers, a supposed return to awesome form for Robert De Niro in Everybody's Fine, Jason Reitman's follow up from the Oscar nominated Juno with George Clooney starring in Up In The Air, Clint Eastwood's Nelson Mandela film Invictus starring Morgan Freeman as Mandlea and co-starring Matt Damon, the long in the gestation ( 10 years ) and James Cameron's return behind the director's chair since Titanic with his sci-fi Avatar, Peter Jackson's take on The Lovely Bones, Heath Ledger's last time in front of the camera's in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassas, Meryl Streep takes on comedy in It's Complicated with Steve Martin and Alec Balwin and also Creation, about Charles Darwin starring Paul Bettany with Jennifer Connelly playing Darwin's wife.

Inglourious Basterds passes 100 million mark...

Also making it Quentin Tarantino's most finacially successful film of his career. Budgeted at 70 million, it's already made a 40 million dollar profit. Something of a rarity, as Tarantino movies are hardly blockbuster material.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Fantastic Mr. Fox Preview/Synopsis + Trailer

The Fantastic Mr. Fox Nov. 25

Directed by Wes Anderson ( The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore ) Voice cast starring George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Brian Cox, Anjelica Huston, Jarvis Cocker, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon, Adrien Brody. Mario Batali.

Adapted from the popular children's novel by Roald Dahl, about a sly fox, and his clever clan, and their never ending dilemma at fending off the farmers that they have been pilfering chickens from.

Rated PG-13 For action, smoking and slang humor. 87 min.

Oscar chances ? Pretty good chance at getting a Best Animated Picture nomination.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Nine Preview/Synopsis

Nine Nov. 25

Directed by Oscar nominee Rob Marshall ( Chicago, The Memoirs Of A Geisha ) Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Sophia Loren and Stacy " Fergie " Ferguson. Written by Oscar winner Anothony Minghella ( The English Patient ) Cinematography by Oscar winner Dion Beebe ( Chicago, Collateral ) Editing by Oscar winner Claire Simpson ( Platoon, The Constant Gardener ) Original music by Maury Yeston ( who scored many of the Broadway shows )

Nine is inspired by Fellini's 8 1/2 and adapted from the popular Broadway musical, from the story about a film director, Guido Contini ( Day-Lewis ) who is feeling like he is either having a nervous breakdown or is in a midlife crisis ( both ? ) and has had his creative juices stuck in a rut. Guido doesn't know how to finish his current project, finishing his film, and matters do not get easier when during this struggle, he encounters all of the women in his life that mean anything to him... his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent and his mother, all the while, trying to balance them all out and still finish his film. Much ado about everything.

PG-13 ( For sexual content and smoking ) 122 min.

Oscar chances ? Could be the Oscar nomination leader. The cast boasts 6 past Oscar winning actors, one Golden Globe winner ( Hudson ) and one Grammy winner ( Fergie ) not to mention many past Oscar winner's in the technical categories as well. Many will flock to the film because it's a musical, some will see it out of pure curiosity to see Day-Lewis act again, let alone sing for the first time in his career. It's going to get nominations, no if, ands or buts, because the Academy loves this genre and also they like to see actors take chances ( ala the singing and dancing ) and on top of that, they ( Oscar voters ) are very familiar with the cast, as they were the ones that had voted them for their past Oscar wins.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Preview/Synopsis

Releases between Nov. 20-27

Directed by Werner Herzog ( Rescue Dawn, Grizzly Man ) Starring Nicholas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk, Brad Dourif, Jennifer Coolidge, Michael Shannon, Shawn Hatosy, Xzibit. Written by William M Finkelstein ( NYPD Blue, Murder One ) Cinematography by Peter Zeitlinger ( Rescue Dawn ) Editing by Emmy winner Joe Bini ( Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired ) Original music by Oscar nominee Mark Isham ( A River Runs Through It, Eight Below )

Herzog claims this version isn't a remake of the 1992 film that starred Harvey Keitel, but there is no denying the premise and elements of this BL is pretty close to the other BL.
This version is about a cop in New Orleans, Terrence McDonagh ( Cage ) who started out a decent policeman, who gets a promotion to Lieutenant after a heroic deed that he accomplished during Hurricane Katrina. On a side note during that act of heroism, he injures his back and is prescribed strong painkillers, which after time he becomes addicted to. Fast forward... this leads to other drugs he becomes addicted to and he also starts to have sex for favors. In a turn to look like he's on the up and up with the police department and his peers, he lives a double, corrupted life and he hangs around drug dealers, mainly Big Fat ( Xzibit ) and has a call girl for his main squeeze. One, he is a Police Lieutenant and one a low life drug addict with reprehensible morals.

Rated R for violence, pervasive language, drug use and sexual situations. 121 min.

Oscar chances ? In a long shot Cage for Best Actor. But that's at this point, as many who saw it at Toronto say it's his best turn since Matchstick Men several years ago.

Pirate Radio Preview/Synopsis

Pirate Radio Nov.13

Directed by Richard Curtis ( Love Actually ) Starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Ryf Ifans, Kenneth Branagh, January Jones, Emma Thompson, Gemma Aterton. Written by Curtis, Cinematography by Emmy nominee Danny Cohen ( Longford, John Adams ) Editing by Emma E. Hickox ( The Jacket, Becoming Jane )

Period comedy set in the 1960's about an illegal radio station ( and dj's ) that are set up on a ship in the North Sea and the UK government trying to shut them down.

Rated R for Language, some sexual situations and brief nudity. 135 min.

Oscar chances ? In all seriousness, probably the only chance it has is a Screenplay nomination.

The Messenger Preview/Synopsis + Ben Foster interview

The Messenger Nov. 13

Directed by fairly newcomer Oren Moverman. Starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone. Written by Moverman, Cinematography by Bobby Bukowksi ( Weeds, Arlington Road ) Editing by Alex Hall ( The Wire ) Original music by Nathan Larson ( Little Fish, The Woodsman )

The Messenger is the story of a Iraq soldier, Will Montgomery ( Foster ) that gets wounded in the field of battle, and is sent back home to the States to heal. When it comes to his last three months before his enlistment is to end, he gets assigned upon to serve in the Casualty Notification department, which is the serious task of informing relatives of soldiers that have been killed in action.
Montgomery is trained by and becomes close to fellow CN Tony Stone ( Harrelson ) During the process of Montgomery and Stone delivering their sad news, Montgomery breaks the utmost cardinal rule of Casulaty Notifaction, when he becomes romatically invloved with a former officers widow, Olivia Pitterson ( Morton ) therin, this is where a very big dilemma is formed and how they choose to deal with it.

Rated R for Sexual content and language. 107 min.

Oscar chances ? It one Best Screenplay at The Berlin Film Festival and Harrelson is said to be his best in years, so there could be a possibilty he could get a Support nod. And Samantha Morton is usually good too so maybe she may stand a chance as well.

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !