Y Tu Mama Tambien, Carlos Cuaron and Alfonso Cuaron
PRO: We liked this story of a sexy stranger who takes teenage boys to beautiful beaches and seduces them.
CON: There was a screenplay?
Far From Heaven, Todd Haines
PRO: Trent Lott tells Black Entertainment Television, "If Moore and Haysbert had gotten together, we wouldn't have all these problems today."
CON: Portrait of complacent, intolerant suburban America may strike Academy voters as too unreal.
Gangs of New York, Jay Cocks
PRO: It's never easy to pull off a lengthy epic struggle drenched with greed, jealousy and infighting Ñ and then someone had to write the screenplay.
CON: Among the rival gangs of screenwriters (Cocks, Lonergan, Zallian, Scorsese) someone deserves the nickname "the Butcher"
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos
PRO: Omission of laugh track a wise move.
CON: Omission of laugh track only thing distinguishing movie from episode of "Ouzo the Boss" or "Suddenly Souvlaki."
Talk to Her, Pedro Almodovar
PRO: Takes guts to write stage direction: "Benigno climbs inside gigantic vagina."
CON: Takes more guts to sit through scene described by stage direction: "Benigno climbs inside gigantic vagina."
About a Boy, Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz
PRO: Points for originality: Toni Colette weeps uncontrollably and attempts suicide, but does NOT kiss Julianne Moore.
CON: Cheesy "I Will Survive" finale worthy of, well, a junior high school talent show.
Adaptation, Charlie and Donald Kaufman
PRO: Gives new hope to narcissistic screenwriters whose idea of moving beyond own experience is to write about their brother.
CON: That writer's block theme is so . . . we don't know . . . umm . . .
Chicago, Bill Condon
PRO: Updates a character named Mary Sunshine without making her a drag queen.
CON: Couldn't Catherine "$1.6 million is not much money to us" Zeta-Jones' snitty remarks have been improv?
The Hours,David Hare
PRO:Hare modifies Cunningham modifies Woolf; now THAT's an Adaptation.
CON: Alison Janney's "happy" character seems underwritten; why does she never burst in tears, throw out food?
The Pianist,Ronald Harwood
PRO: By narrowing scope of Holocaust to one man's experience, makes the horror of the Shoah small and comprehensible.
CON: Must have written "Szpilman, you idiot, you're lucky to be alive," 700 times.
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