Friday, February 20, 2009

Oscar Nominees: The Long Shot

Title: Encounters at the End of the World
Director: Werner Herzog
Awards already won: No wins, 2 nominations

Summary: In the extreme conditions that define existence in Antarctica, filmmaker Werner Herzog explores the range of personalities who have been drawn to spend their working lives in one of the world's harshest environments. From research scientists to blue collar workers, Herzog's subjects demonstrate a self-reliance and intrepid sense of adventure that both equip them for their frigid surroundings and place them outside the mainstream of society (From the Oscars website).

Personal Hype: I’m gonna be honest, I think Werner Herzog is kinda a selfish prick, but he just makes very good films. With the backing of Discovery, you know the visuals will be top notch, but can Herzog’s film carry a story. More importantly, can the Academy enjoy this talented director’s work despite his pompous narrations? Judging by its lack of awards, probably not.

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