Thursday, October 05, 2006

 

Will the Academy Raise the Flag?

Of course, it's too soon to tell, but the early Best Picture Oscar buzz has been good for the upcoming Clint Eastwood directed epic Flags of Our Fathers. It's ridiculous to even talk about possible Best Picture nominees this early, especially before they've even been released. So why the buzz? Well it's partly based on journalists needing something to write and being too lazy to find legitimate news. It's also partly based on Eastwood's now impressive Oscar history. Two Oscars for directing, two for Best Picture (Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby). It's partly based on a good looking trailer (which seems to have all the elements of an Oscar worthy film). Plus, the time is right for a film that comments on war and media in this country (even if the war used is metaphorical for the current war being fought). Of course, it is ironic if Eastwood is able to pull off film tat says more about the current war than films like Oliver Stone's World Trade Center were able to.

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