Archive: February, 2010
Interviewed recently about the books that influenced him when he was writing his gothic pulp novel, Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane cited, among other sources, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. With its mix of the insane and the ghostly, that seems just about right, and if Martin Scorsese didn’t look at the eerie 1939 William Wyler adaptation when he was prepping the Shutter Island shoot, he… well, he probably did. (He looked at Vertigo, Out of the Past, Laura and lots of other titles.)
One of the editors here gave me a hard time for not getting more agitated in my Oscars nominations story about some of the slights, snubs and outright omissions on the list of candidates for the 82nd Academy Awards.
As the guy who said Fantastic Mr. Fox was not only the best animated film of the year, but the best cussin’ any-kind-of-film of the year, one would think I’d be peeved that the only recognition Wes Anderson’s stop-motion gem managed to get from the Academy was nods for best animated feature and best original score. No best adapted screenplay nomination (from the Roald Dahl book), no best actor for George Clooney, nor actress for Meryl Streep (they had to be satisfied with their respective salutes for the lesser endeavors, Up In the Air and Julie & Julia, instead).