South Korea Gobbles Up Oscar Bait

Apparently, every movie with an Oscar nod this year will come out in South Korea sometime within the next month. Forgive me if the release dates wind up being a little off – I got them from imdb, which isn’t always the most reliable source, but it’ll have to do for now. Anyway, the long wait will soon be over and we’ll all finally be able to partake in yesterday’s debate over last year’s best films.

Doubt

DOUBT

Release Date: February 12

Directed by: John Patrick Shanley

Starring: Merryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams

Based on the director’s own Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Doubt” showcases two of Hollywood’s most prestigious thespians in a cage match to the death. Merryl Streep plays a self-righteous nun who accuses the priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) in her parish of abusing one of the students despite a lack of evidence. A battle of the ages ensues. Who will take home the golden statue this year?

Rachel Getting Married

RACHEL GETTING MARRIED

Release Date: February 26

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

Starring: Anne Hathaway

This family drama is one of 2008’s biggest indie-hits. It’s supposed to be Jonathan Demme’s (“Silence of the Lambs,” “Philadelphia”) best film in a long, long time and Anne Hathaway apparently blows away this year’s competition for “best actress.”

The International

THE INTERNATIONAL

Release Date: February 26

Directed by: Tom Tykwer

Starring: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts

As the ongoing global financial crisis continues to take its toll, “The International” couldn’t be more timely. Get this: its chief villain is an evil world bank. If you resent the fat cats who got us into the current economic mess, this movie might provide a little catharsis. I’m usually wary of these kind of sprawling action-thriller flicks, but anything with Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run,” “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer”) at the helm automatically grabs my attention.

The Wrestler

THE WRESTLER

Release Date: March 5

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood

Be excited! Be, be excited! Darren Aronofsky (“Requiem for a Dream,” “The Fountain”) directs Mickey Rourke in the performance of a lifetime. Oh yeah, and it’s a drama about professional wrestling – tight spandex, fake tans and all. What more could you ask for?

Frost/Nixon

FROST/NIXON

Release Date: March 5

Directed by: Ron Howard

Starring: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen

I’m no Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13”) fan, but he’s the kind of director that you can’t really ignore, no matter how much you dislike him. His films always generate considerable buzz and critics have pegged him as a major player in American cinema. I still haven’t forgiven him for “Ed TV” (1999) or his version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000), but I’m willing to give this a chance if I have a couple hours to spare sometime during the few weeks after it hits theatres. Excuse my lack of enthusiasm, it’s just that “Frost/Nixon” – a retelling of the series of post-Watergate interviews between Richard Nixon and British journalist David Frost – begs the question: who cares?

Gran Torino

GRAN TORINO

Release Date: March 19

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Clint Eastwood

“Gran Torino” is a can’t-miss for the simple reason that it’s probably the last time Clint Eastwood will be in front of the camera. That’s right folks, the aging star has admitted the likely possibility that this will be his final acting role, but don’t you weep, he will go on directing. Okay, so we’re all a bit sad and disappointed, but let’s face it, Clint hasn’t been the same since he stopped sporting his cowboy hat and put his six-gun to rest.

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3 Responses to “South Korea Gobbles Up Oscar Bait”

  1. KNEEL Says:

    Any news of Slumdog being released in Busan?

    It sounds great and I like Pav, from Skins, as the lead actor.

    Thanks for saying button is poor because I didn’t want to see it but then oscar films are never really that good which is why the audience figures for the award ceremony keep falling.

  2. jacobworrel Says:

    No news of a South Korean release date yet, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time since it’s poised to win a handful of Oscars.

  3. KNEEL Says:

    Do you think that for a Korean film to win an oscar it needs an English speaking director? Because having an English speaking an actor (Daniel “the worst actor ever” Henney) does not help you produce Oscar winning films, as Korean films such as “The Host” have proved.

    I like Korean films. I just wish they would employ English speaking actors not pieces of wood.

    I did notice Daniel is in the next X-men movie. But, Vinney Jones has been there done that. Guess, Daniel will play a guy who can turn into wood when he speaks.

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