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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Rothman's Picks For The Oscars. Part Three.

Best Director:

In general, one never knows what the director's true contribution is to a film, unless he also wrote it.
Bearing that in mind---

Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game- Seems well-directed. He didn't write it. God knows what to make of it.

Alejandro G. Inarritu - Birdman- DID write it. Gets the credit and the blame.

Richard Linklater - Boyhood- Wrote it, if there was in fact, writing. Gets all the blame.

Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel- Doesn't matter whether or not he wrote it (he did). The directorial mastery is all over the screen.

Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher- Didn't write it. Didn't seem worth writing. The direction added nothing to it.

My choice (Surprise!): Wes Anderson.

Next time, Best Picture.


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."