Scott, I would be the first to second your opinion of "Shakespeare in Love"
as overrated. I nearly walked out of it several times (anyone care to write
about the joys of walking out on movies - 5, 30 or 70 minutes into it?) ;
not until the last 20 minutes did I like it, though the acting was
terrific. Just another feel good movie. "Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are
Dead" was far far superior in every respect. "Thin Red Line" is a much more
interesting film than "Ryan" but doesn't hold together well or make you
feel good, except for cinematography. "Ryan" would be nothing without Hanks
and the first bloody 25 minutes. I don't even like to choose anymore among
Oscar nominess. They're almost always all hyped crapola. At least "Life Is
Beautiful" was original.
By the way, where's the discussion of the Kazan Oscar honors? It seems once
you turn 70 no one is allowed to criticize you anymore? Kazan could do a
lifetime of good by saying something important about his decision at the
Oscars. My money says he won't. He's already been professionally honored
enough, so don't believe ANYTHING anyone says: this honor is purely political.
Paul B. Wiener
Special Services Librarian
SUNY at Stony Brook
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