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Oscar Talk: from ‘Skyfall’ to AFI FEST’s ‘Hitchcock’

Oscar Talk: from 'Skyfall' to AFI FEST's 'Hitchcock'

In tnis week’s Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I review the new Bond film, “Skyfall,” which could yield a bunch of technical nominations, as well as Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock,” which opened the AFI FEST Thursday night. (My longer review here.) We preview what’s coming up at the fall fest, including the foreign films.

We also look into the impact of Disney’s purchase of LucasFilm. We agree that Warner Bros. did well allowing “Argo” to build word-of-mouth during a weak marketplace. And even without the year-end films having screened as yet, we agree that it’s been a strong year so far. 

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I saw Hitchcock at the premiere. It is delightful – but lightweight and very uneven.

The problem, I think, is in the casting of Helen Mirren — she's wrong as a type for Alva Reville, and Mirren doesn't "reach" for the character. They give her big plastic-framed eyeglasses, but there's no other character indications of Alma's book-worming, her diminutive stature, her disappearing behind Hitch at every public moment. Imelda Stanton is just right in "The Girl". I think Mirren — and some poor editing — make this "happy" Hitchcock a bit unbelievable.

(Speaking of eyeglasses, I think another popular film, "Argo" also makes the mistake of thinking period-frames will delineate characterizations. A mistake…)

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