was published. His 7th, Shutter Island, is taking longer to crossover.
Generally speaking such schedule switcheroos prompt three distinct reactions each year
- The studio lacks confidence in the movie and/or the movie isn't any good (suggesting that good = Oscar which it doesn't but that's another story)
- This movie wasn't going to be AMPAS's cuppa anyway, no matter when it opened. Might be a good decision financially.
- Yay. Something that's not total garbage is going to open in the early months of the year!
--> Scorsese at Cannes with his genius editor Thelma Schoonmaker in Cannes in May to celebrate The Red Shoes (directed by Thelma's late husband Michael Powell). Thelma & Marty have made 16 narrative features together, plus documentaries and shorts.
The truth about Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island could lie anywhere. I'm leaning towards #2. I was anxious to see this hallucinatory potboiler, too, but think of the bright side: We've got more time to read the novel before the movie arrives on February 19th, 2010.
And finally, it's worth noting: Scorsese isn't exactly speedy. Who knows what's happening in Post. If the film is complete that doesn't mean he won't decide to tinker. Didn't Gangs of New York even appear in winter magazine previews for 2001 before being pushed back 12 months for December '02? We're always talking about release dates when it comes to Oscar... but what of release dates when it comes to filmmakers? Is there any consistency with Scorsese? Let's look at his 20 narrative features, release dates and Oscar's reaction (Best Picture nominees are in red).
- The Departed | Oct 6th, 2006 | 5 noms, 4 wins
- The Aviator | Dec 17th, 2004 | 11 noms, 5 wins
- Gangs of New York | Dec 20th, 2002 | 10 nominations
- Bringing Out the Dead | Oct 22nd, 1999 | ignored
- Kundun | Dec 25th, 1997 | 4 nominations
- Casino | Nov 22nd, 1995 | 1 nomination
- The Age of Innocence | Sept 17th, 1993 | 5 noms, 1 win
- Cape Fear | Nov 13th, 1991 | 2 nominations
- Goodfellas | Sept 19th, 1990 | 6 noms, 1 win
- The Last Temptation of Christ | Aug 12th, 1988 | 1 nomination
- The Color of Money | Oct 17th, 1986 | 4 noms, 1 win
- After Hours | Sept 13th, 1985 | ignored
- The King of Comedy | Feb 18th, 1983 | ignored
- Raging Bull | Dec 19th, 1980 | 8 noms, 2 wins
- New York, New York | June 21st, 1977 | ignored
- Taxi Driver | Feb 8th, 1976 | 4 nominations
- Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore | Dec 9th, 1974 | 3 noms, 1 win
- Mean Streets | Oct 14th, 1973 | ignored
- Boxcar Bertha | June 14th, 1972 | ignored
- Who's That Knocking At My Door? | Sept 8th, 1968 | ignored
Yep, he's an "Autumn" all right... though you can see how much more fluid Hollywood once was with prestige movie scheduling the further back in time you go. His only previous February openings, The King of Comedy and Taxi Driver, happen to be my two favorites, no fooling. Does this mean I should be very very very excited for Shutter Island or should I stop being so superstitious about release dates?
How is the move to 2010 sitting with you? Or are you eternally impatient when it comes to Oscar season? I'm guessing you're ready to get the party started. I know I am.