A Bunch Of Stuff Off The Top Of My Head
1 week ago
We got to see another of our favorites in the Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Oscar-winning performance in “Capote". Representing the movie was director Bennett Miller, the Q&A session turning into an impromptu celebration of Hoffman’s life, with stories, methods about his acting, and in finding the Capote inside him. Another set of excellent performances were in the 3-year-old “Young Adult” with Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt. Charlize plays Mavis, a semi-successful author who “made it” out of the small-town prairie to the glamorous “big city” of Minneapolis, but is driven to return to steal her old boyfriend away from his wife and new baby. Oswalt had been invited to a previous Ebertfest, but his attendance fell through at the last minute so was invited to represent this film. Working today as an actor and part-time comic, he was hilarious in the intro and Q&A, and in the photo at left, he is attempting a “thumb war” with the “Golden Thumb” awards the directors and actors mentioned above were presented. The “Golden Thumb” is from an actual cast of the thumbs-up symbol Roger Ebert used to award for a worthwhile movie or performance. I should point out that all the movie introductions and the Q&As afterwards, as well as the workshops, none of which we attended on campus are on the Ebertfest Channel on YouTube – go look!