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The Also Ran’s — The Accidental Tourist (Best Picture Nominee 1988)

The accidental tourist.jpgDirected by Lawrence Kasdan

Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Frank Galati, Based upon the novel by Anne Tyler

Starring William Hurt, Geena Davis and Kathleen Turner

The Accidental Tourist is a quiet, earnest story, about a travel writer (William Hurt) who specializes in creating comfortable travel experiences – the key is control and predictability.  But, it’s not merely his writing which advocates predictability – rather, his whole worldview is based on sticking things in a rut and making sure they stay in them.  And honestly, it’s a viewpoint well-earned, as his entirely family (two brothers, one sister) also seem willfully stuck in their comfortable little ruts, with their comfortable little quirks.

However, after the senseless killing of their child, the writer’s wife (Kathleen Turner) leaves him.  Shortly thereafter, a free spirit (Geena Davis), comes into his life and shakes things up.  And therein lies the central tension of the film and that thing about which the plot revolves – will the writer choose to stay in his rut?  Or will he embrace the chaos of the world? Continue reading

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The Best Picture Project — Terms of Endearment (1983)

Terms of Endearment, 1983 film.jpgDirected by James L. Brooks

Screenplay by James L. Brooks from the book by Larry McMurtry

Starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jeff Daniels and Jack Nicholson

In a way, James L Brooks is the most unappreciated man in movies, which is a funny thing to say about a guy that has three Oscars.  But when you think about it, every movie he’s made of consequence since his first — and for films of consequence since his first, there’s only two — has been singled out for attention by the Academy for everybody else associated with it, particularly those who are in it.  But Jim Brooks?  Not so much.


Broadcast News?  Three acting nominations, a Picture and Screenplay nom for Brooks, but zero wins all around.  And when you think of the movie, you don’t think of it as a Brooks film — you think of it as a Holly Hunter vehicle.  Or the last of the truly great William Hurt performances. Continue reading

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