Dennis Cozzalio 2008

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For the past four years Dennis Cozzalio has written Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, a blog about movies and other elements of the real world, from a bunker somewhere in Glendale, California, where he has been embedded for the past 15 years. Long ago and far away (in Ashland, Oregon, from 1982-1984), he was actually paid to write movie reviews, for the city newspaper The Ashland Daily Tidings. This remains the only time he has ever received money for writing about film over an extended period of time, a fact that would seem to qualify SLIFR for "labor of love" status. Dennis maintains a healthy interest in both film criticism and the movies themselves as viable expressions of artistic sensibility. He also believes that no movie should be disqualified from the possibility of quality based on preconceptions alone (see Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins or Revenge of the Cheerleaders) or glorified based on heightened expectations (see Zach and Miri Make a Porno or The Wrestler, or not). These are points of view which he sincerely hopes are reflected by his blog on a daily basis. Dennis has been happily married since 1993 and has two lovely daughters and the cherished memory of one son as a result. He also just completed a return to school for a teaching credential and his Masters in cross-cultural education, all of which he hopes will result in a new career as a kindergarten teacher sometime in the very near future. But for now there are the movies, and more specifically the Muriels, and that, as a stoic and soulful farmer once said to his prize sheep-pig, will do.

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Best Feature-Length Film

1. Speed Racer

2. Let the Right One In

3. Wendy and Lucy

4. Happy-Go-Lucky

5. Rachel Getting Married

6. The Class

7. U2 3D

8. In Bruges

9. Gran Torino

10. Shotgun Stories

 

Best Lead Performance, Male

1. Michael Shannon, Shotgun Stories

2. Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino

3. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Redbelt

4. Colin Farrell, In Bruges

5. Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges

 

Best Lead Performance, Female

1. Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky

2. Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

3. Gillian Anderson, The X-Files: I Want to Believe

4. Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy

5. Anna Faris, The House Bunny

 

Best Supporting Performance, Male

1. Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder

2. Roger Allam, Speed Racer

3. Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky

4. Emile Hirsch, Milk

5. Brad Pitt, Burn After Reading

 

Best Supporting Performance, Female

1. Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married

2. Rachel Weisz, My Blueberry Nights

3. Susie Essman, Bolt

4. Ahney Her, Gran Torino

5. Lina Leandersson, Let the Right One In

 

Best Direction

1. Andy and Larry Wachowski, Speed Racer

2. Tomas Alfredson, Let the Right One In

3. Laurent Cantet, The Class

4. Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky

5. Kelly Reichardt, Wendy and Lucy

 

Best Screenplay

(original or adapted)

1. Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky

2. John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In

3. Martin McDonaugh, In Bruges

4. David Mamet, Redbelt

5. Joel and Ethan Coen, Burn After Reading

 

Best Cinematography

(film or video)

1. Christopher Doyle and Rain Kathy Li, Paranoid Park

2. Darius Khondji, My Blueberry Nights

3. Ping Bing Lee, Flight of the Red Balloon

4. Declan Quinn, Rachel Getting Married

5. Peter Zeitlinger, Encounters at the End of the World

 

Best Music

(original, adapted, or compiled)

1. Michael Giacchino, Speed Racer

2. A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire

3. Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino

4. Ry Cooder, My Blueberry Nights

5. John Powell & Hans Zimmer, Kung Fu Panda

 

Best Cinematic Moment

1. The reveal of Trixie behind the wheel during the second leg of the Casa Cristo race—one of a thousand great cinematic moments in Speed Racer

2. What happens when Eli comes in uninvited—Let the Right One In

3. Wendy’s hello and goodbye to Lucy—Wendy and Lucy

4. A visit to the salon for Kym and Rachel takes an unexpected turn—Rachel Getting Married

5. Poppy in the classroom—Happy-Go-Lucky

6. Discussing the misunderstanding of the word “skank”—The Class

7. “Miss Sarajevo”—U2 3D

8. The first tour and the encounter with the American tourists—In Bruges

9. “Is that those chicken dumpling things? Okay, come on in.”—Gran Torino

10. The glimpse of Michael Shannon’s scarred back during the opening of Shotgun Stories

 

Best Cinematic Breakthrough

1. Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy)

2. Michael Shannon (Shotgun Stories, Revolutionary Road)

3. Mike Gilbert

4. Bryan Bertino (The Strangers)

5. Paulie Litt (Speed Racer, Doubt)

 

Best Body of Work

1. Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer, Milk)

2. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Tropic Thunder)

3. Jason Statham (Transporter 3, The Bank Job, Death Race)

 

Best Ensemble Performance

1. Speed Racer

2. Milk

3. Rachel Getting Married

4. Slumdog Millionaire

5. Burn After Reading

 

Best Movie-Related Web Site

WELCOME TO L.A. (Larry Aydlette)

SUNSET GUN (Kim Morgan)

CINEBEATS: CONFESSIONS OF A CINEPHILE (Kimberly Lindbergs)

COOSA CREEK CINEMA (Rick Olson)

THE KIND OF FACE YOU HATE (Bill R.)

 

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1998

1. Babe: Pig in the City (George Miller)

2. The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen)

3. Rushmore (Wes Anderson)

4. A Simple Plan (Sam Raimi)

5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam)

 

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1983

1. Local Hero (Bill Forsyth)

2. El Norte (Gregory Nava)

3. The Right Stuff (Philip Kaufman)

4. Sans Soleil (Chris Marker)

5. The Man With Two Brains (Carl Reiner)

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1958

1. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)

2. A Night to Remember (Roy Ward Baker)

3. The Lineup (Don Siegel)

4. Buchanan Rides Alone (Budd Boetticher)

5. Horror of Dracula (Terence Fisher)

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