PRO: Women-in-prison flick with strong artistic ties to Cabaret; plus, song-and-dance numbers make Busby Berkeley look like My Dinner w/Andre
CON: "Razzle-Dazzle" evokes painful memories of Debbie Allen-choreographed awards night production numbers
Gangs of New York
PRO: Oscar win would make up for critics' appalling neglect of Bringing Out the Dead.
CON: Took 30 years to make, with Diaz and DiCaprio replacing original cast of Angie Dickinson and Elliot Gould.
PRO: Girl-on-girl action in several timeframes; marquee women kick ass, take names
CON: Constant depression makes The Sorrow and the Pity look like an episode of Blue's Clues; our regret that Claire Danes didn't make out with anybody
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
PRO: All-powerful evil being's search for a golden object = subtle allegorical depiction of Harvey Weinstein
CON: Caving to pressure from 9/11 lobby, producers changed title from Tolkein's original "Two Towers and the Pentagon"
PRO: WWII + pretty concertos = Schindler's Liszt
CON: Opens up ghastly spectacle of Benigni-like acceptance speech
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