In only what can be described as an explosion of screenplays, the scripts for a variety of awards season frontrunners, including Birdman (January 15 via. Fox in Australia), Boyhood (the Original category frontrunner), and Wild (December 5 in the US, January 22 via. Fox in Australia) have been released. Check out the FYC Tracker page for links. Some of these are among my favourite films of the year that I can’t wait to relive the magic of, others are some of my most anticipated (in fact, I found out today when I’m seeing one of them).
On the subject of Wild, which hits limited release in a few weeks in the US, Jean-Marc Vallee has maintained his reputation for excellent soundtracks (except there’s no Pink Floyd on here, sadly), with songs from Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and this R.E.M. cover from Swedish duo First Aid Kit. I smell an end credits song…
In 2014, I have become a massive Jean-Marc Vallee fan, and it has lead to two things – one, wishing he’d go back to making films like C.R.A.Z.Y. and Cafe de Flore; and two, bringing his amazing, distinctive, now Oscar-nominated, editing style back that was somewhat toned down in Dallas Buyers Club. From early reviews and the film’s trailer, however, it looks like wish #2 could be granted… Give it to me, please.
“Nor is it a surprise that Vallée, whose bracingly sharp editing on Dallas Buyers Club was one of that film’s more unsung virtues, has applied similarly bold cutting-room strategies here.” – Justin Chang