Sunday, December 11, 2005

Oscar hum begins

Steven Spielberg's Munich, which tracks the Israeli reaction to the 1972 massacre of 11 of its athletes at the Munich Olympics, opens across American theatres this month. While the movie has generated a lot of buzz, Spielberg is being criticized for rushing into a venture so soon after the War of the Worlds, which lost out with the public because of the larger-than-life antics of actor Tom Cruise. Hyperactivity is a trait that Spielberg has repeatedly displayed. Open his page on imdb, and you can locate not less than 10 movies that are in the offing. Steven, your place in history is booked. Relax a bit. Make movies for sure, but don't do a Bachchan on yourself.

The rush is perhaps to do with the Oscars. This year has a line-up of power-packed films, unlike last year. Big houses in the reckoning. There's Rob Marshall's Memoirs of a Geisha and Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, both gleaned from classic literary stuff. Ziyi Zhang, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal are in the billing for the Academy's nods.

Steven is gearing himself to face possible backlash, dealing as the film does with a sensitive international issue. he denies he is in it to offend sensibilities however. Munich is set in the backdrop of the covert action teams authorized by Prime Minister Golda Meir to find and assassinate those responsible for the attack on the athletes. It stars the Hulk Eric Bana in the lead, alongside the much-blogged about JamesBond2b, Daniel Craig. Expect Palika bazaar to throw up a pirated copy by Christmas. Brace up, Spielberg fans.

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