Saturday, December 18, 2010

2011 Spirit Awards: Best Movie Nominations

Saw a great movie. 127 Hours. It's based on a true story; most who come to see it are aware of its dreadful climax. But it's also the story of a man who heads out on his own to test his abilities against natural elements. Nature is unpredictable. And through no fault of his own, he winds up having to make a very harsh choice in order to survive.

127 Hours was directed by Danny Boyle of 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire. Boyle has range. 28 Days Later is the story of a mysterious "rage" virus that decimates the London (and environs) population, turning people into ferocious zombies, and Slumdog, well, it won the Academy Award for best picture.

But the actor James Franco, pretty much the sole center of 127 Hours has to hold the audience's attention during the entire running time, when they're set up and waiting impatiently for the unthinkable. He's stuck between a rock and a hard place, he's funny and you can see him thinking, not an easy stretch for an actor (no offense meant).

This ole guitar-strumming cat recommends it thumbs all the way up.

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