Hold on to your butts, we've got ground to cover today! I don't mean category-by-category reactions to the recently released Academy Award nominations. Fuck 'em. I'm super-truly-excited that Winter's Bone got a Best Picture nom and all, but the only statue I care about is for cinematography. And if Matthew Libatique does not win for Black Swan, then I will do something rash and my blood will be on Oscar's golden hands. I'd like to thank the Academy - for nothing.
Speaking of dumbass decisions, by now you may have heard that Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan went and (mis)cast Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in the Batman blockbuster's follow-up, The Dark Knight Rises. Maybe she can break into song and smile that goodie-goodie smile after she finishes engaging in criminal activity in a skin-tight costume with a whip for a weapon/accessory. Did the jerks who listen in on my phone calls for national security purposes neglect to report to Nolan that I casually suggested Eva Green (aka Casino Royale's Vesper)? Congratulations, Chris - you may as well have cast Reese Witherspoon.
Congratulations are also in order for James Spader, who turns 51 on the 7th. Suggest readers celebrate with a pervy Spader triple-feature: sex, lies, and videotape, Secretary, and Crash. The other Crash. If you rent the one that's directed by Paul Haggis and isn't NC-17, you're disavowed.
February is obviously a time for commemorating something of far more import than a pervy, middle-aged actor. It's Black History Month, and San Antonio is observing the remembrance with film. On the 5th, the Cody Library will feature an African-American cinema experience at 3 p.m., and the Carver branch is showcasing a film series honoring African-American history at 6 p.m. on the 8th, 15th, and 22nd.
Texas Public Radio is also paying tribute to African-American history during the second half of its weekend-long winter series. On February 20 at the Bijou, TPR will present Cabin in the Sky and Spike Lee's Malcolm X at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., respectively. Prices available at tpr.org/cinema. I'll drop another hint next column.
Know what I'm tired of dropping hints about? Festival deadlines. As such, I'll keep it short and sweet: San Antonio Neighborhood Film Project = February 18. San Antonio Film Festival = February 25. See sahearts.com and safilm.com for everything else I've committed my limit of ink to. XO.