Venice Updates: “Somewhere”, “Miral”

September 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

Though the Lido is still abuzz with festival opener Black Swan, several more major awards contenders finally premiered for critics.  Compared to Darren Aronosfky’s film, reaction has been more muted for Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere and Julian Schnabel’s Miral.  Somewhere has gotten mixed to positive reviews, though many have doubts about it’s Oscar chances outside of the acting categories.  As for Miral, the consensus has been decidedly more average, with many critics dismissing the film entirely.  It’s even gotten the dreaded label of “dull”.  So while such a reaction doesn’t necessarily knock it out of the awards race entirely (most do agree that Hiam Abbas does some stellar work), it definitely puts it’s Best Picture potential down a peg or two.

Slash Film has a nice summary of critical reaction to Somewhere.

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“Black Swan” Opens Venice, Wins Raves

September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’ve already talked about Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan a bit, and it’s definitely one of my most anticipated films of the fall Oscar season.  Last night it opened the Venice Film Festival and this morning the first reviews hit the web.  So far the general consensus has been overwhelmingly positive, with many reviewers calling it Aronofsky’s masterpiece and labeling Natalie Portman as a lock for Best Actress.  These should put to rest the early concern that the thriller was too “genre” for the Academy.

Awards Daily has a nice summary of the major reviews so far.

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