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Thelma Adams on the Oscars and Playdate

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Us Weekly's film critic Thelma Adams talks about this year's Oscar nominations, and talks about which films she thinks stood out most this year and who she predicts will take home Academy Awards.  She'll also discuss her new novel, Playdate, about the ways relationships are complicated and the bonds between families, spouses and children are never quite what they seem.

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Comments [5]

Tony from Tribeca

gene from NYC - agreed. For me, a great movie is "Citizen Kane" or "8 1/2." "The Fighter" suffers from the look-at-me-acting syndrome and a cliched script that goes nowhere.

Feb. 01 2011 01:47 PM
gene from NYC

I agree with Tony on "The Fighter" (haven't seen "swan.")

Decent as a plain ordinary boxing movie, but little more than that (save Bale's great performance), and directed with a sledgehammer.

To rank it as one of the best movies of the year in any aspect save best supporting actor is ludicrous. Even Leo's performance was pretty standard, strong but nothing new or unique at all.

The main crime for me was how un-Micky Ward-like Wahlberg was. I have a lot of respect for Wahlberg, but you needed a Bale-like acting job here; then, on sheer strength of performance, you might have had an Oscar contender.

Feb. 01 2011 01:29 PM
gene from NYC

No mention of Inception at all (getting heavily promoted here in NYC)?

Some serious problems with it, sure, the moral vacuum in which it takes place for one, but still: it was wildly inventive and mind-challenging, beyond anything else in years.

Feb. 01 2011 01:22 PM
A listener

I read somewhere that the "foreign language" nominations are weak and that they missed some very good films.

Comments?

Feb. 01 2011 01:21 PM
Tony from Tribeca

What is Ms. Adams' definition of "a great movie"? "The Fighter" is dreadful, as is "The Black Swan."

Feb. 01 2011 01:21 PM

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