August 25, 2010 § Leave a comment
Danny Boyle’s follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire tells the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco), who, in 2003, had to amputate his own arm after being crushed by a boulder. While this doesn’t scream Oscar-bait, neither did Slumdog. And with the film on everyone’s radar, and with Franco’s status as an up-and-coming leading man, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a major player come Oscar night.
As far as the preview itself goes, I wasn’t blown away or anything. That being said, it cuts off just as the main incident occurs so the thrust of the narrative (and Franco’s acting showcase) is still as-of-yet unseen.
August 13, 2010 § Leave a comment
We’ve known for awhile now that Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go would be opening the London Film Festival, which runs from October 13 – 28. Today we learned that 127 Hours, the true-life story of climber Aron Ralston directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle, was chosen to close the festival. This will be the European premiere for both films, though they are slated to have their world premieres at the Toronto Film Festival a few weeks prior. 127 Hours will show up in theaters stateside on October 5, while Never Let Me Go will be released on September 15.