Gurus o’ Gold Archive for November, 2009

November 25

For Thanksgiving, The Gurus offer the surprise nominees they would be thankful for, including Sharlto Copley, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Optimus Prime!

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November 18

Not much action on the Best Picture front, but in The Gurus’ first Best Director’s poll, it’s Jason Reitman by a (h)air ahead of Kathryn Bigelow.

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November 11

Precious leaps in front of Up In the Air and the Supporting Characters take the stage, with Mo’Nique and Inglourious Basterds’ Jew Hunter, Christopher Walz, dominating.

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November 4, The Season Begins

The first chart of the season is all about Up. Leading for Best Picture and Best Actor, Up In the Air. And Pixar’s Up is #6 in the BP race and #1 in Animation. Finally, Meryl Streep is up like a souffle for that Julie & Julia performance.

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“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier

“My first objective relationship in life was with the camera. I didn’t understand anything but then I realized the camera is my friend. It doesn’t lie to me. It doesn’t manipulate me. It only reports what I’m doing. And therefore, for me to work with a camera and the camera to be directed by an artist, a craftsman, someone who knows what he or she wants, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
~ Elliot Gould