So this week we'll be a little early...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

So this week we'll be a little early... giving a heads-up about the program of Academy Award-nominated films which concludes Friday though Sunday at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

Didn't mention it last Saturday because we had yet to open the Netflix envelope containing the "Margin Call" Blu-Ray, and didn't know just how good a film it was!

The feature debut of writer/director J.C. Chandor was given a limited release in late October, and went to DVD just before Christmas, so it's not surprising we missed it.

A limited-budget production with a big time cast...Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore... it doesn't look a bit like it was made on the cheap, and Chandor is definitely deserving of his Oscar nomination for "Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen."

It's a terrific script, and whoever at PAC selected it for inclusion in this series is to be commended.

"Margin Call" will be screened at 7:30 pm Saturday even­ing, and admission is free. Don't miss it!

After screening report

Last Sunday's 4:00 pm entry was a good one; "Warrior," included on the two weekends' program because of the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role nomination for Nick Nolte.

Essentially a "Rocky" type story, with the increasingly popular Mixed Martial Arts standing in for boxing... as it's doing more and more off the big screen as well... and without the Bill Conti score and the "Yo, Adrienne!" stuff.

Tom Hardy as "Tommy Conlon"

Also impressive as Nolte's estranged sons are Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy, as buff a pair of actors as one will see anywhere out­side Cable Starz' blood and boobs '70s B-movies throwback, "Spartacus."

Hardy has some of the best fight scenes ever written and filmed... be prepared for the sounds of jaws dropping!

Nolte, who's been doing some excellent work lately in this and HBO's "Luck," has some tough competition for a Best Supporting Oscar Sunday evening, incuding a pair of even older pros in Christopher Plummer and Max von Sydow.

This is the third nomination for Nolte, and the second for the other two octogenarians... none of them have won one, and my guess, based on Academy voters track records, is von Sydow, based more on his 62 year, 145 film oeuvre than on his performance in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close."

But see "Warrior" at your earliest opportunity.


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