Best Picture Where?

Here are the nominees for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars:

  • Atonement
  • Juno
  • Michael Clayton
  • No Country for Old Men
  • There Will be Blood

If you have seen any of these movies, please tell us where and under what circumstances. For example, for me it’s:

  • Atonement — British Airways flight from London to Boston, January 2008, tiny 8 inch seat-back video screen.
  • Michael Clayton — Empire Theatres Studio 8 in Charlottetown, December 2007, the hated “Theatre 8” down at the end of the hallway, the one with the old seats and the tiny screen.

You can leave yours in the comments.


David Hall's picture
David Hall on February 13, 2008 - 20:58 Permalink

I saw Juno a few weeks ago at Filmstaden Sergel in Stockholm, the same weekend it premiered in Sweden. Before the film started one of the ticket attendants were throwing t-shirts into the audience. Didn’t get one of those though.

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Rob Lantz on February 13, 2008 - 21:04 Permalink

I have seen Juno, No Country for Old Men, and There Will Be Blood on my, uhh… laptop. I have Atonement also, but haven’t watched yet. All excellent quality in fullscreen mode except TWBB, which was a little sketchy.
Peter, didn’t you tell me you saw Juno?

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Steven Garrity on February 13, 2008 - 22:20 Permalink

Juno at the Empire Theatres in Charlottetown, Michael Clayton on my laptop. The others are on my laptop, but not watched yet.

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steve on February 13, 2008 - 22:20 Permalink

The only picture I’ve seen is Juno here in Montreal…it has some charm but is mostly hollow, neither blatantly comic nor convincingly emotionally affecting. A pleasant distraction? Yes. Best Picture — no way.

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Derek Martin on February 14, 2008 - 03:04 Permalink

I saw Juno, Michael Clayton, and No Country For Old Men at the Toronto International Film Festival.

So, should I not bother bringing There Will Be Blood to town if everyone’s just going to download it?

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Pat Garrity on February 14, 2008 - 08:15 Permalink

I saw Juno and No Country For Old Men at the Hoyts 8 in Christchurch, New Zealand. No Country For Old Men was incredible; for the win!

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Isaac Grant on February 14, 2008 - 13:16 Permalink


For the love of God, bring it to town. I’ve been impatiently checking the listings for it since December. I promise to come twice (unless I hate it). Even if the online leaks were any good (which they are not for There Will Be Blood, unlike the others listed here), I’d wait to see it on the big screen.

Oh, and I saw Juno and No Country at an Empire 12 in Kitchner Waterloo over Christmas holidays, both matinee’s. The No Country showing actually had only one other person in the theatre, which I maintain was the perfect way to see it.

Still haven’t seen Michael Clayton. And have Atonement on my computer, but I don’t know when I can be bothered to watch it.

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Isaac Grant on February 14, 2008 - 13:17 Permalink

Oh, and Patrick, You just brought back some found memories of the Hoyts 8 for me. Thanks.

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Charlie on February 14, 2008 - 13:50 Permalink

Saw Juno and No Country at the new empire theatres at Dartmouth Crossing…thought Juno was great and, apparently contrary to most of the world, didn’t enjoy No Country. It really felt like a book made into a movie that cut out too much of the book. Even reading the wikipedia entry afterwards added some info that helped flesh out the Sherriff’s story.

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Andrew MacPherson on February 14, 2008 - 17:53 Permalink

Atonement is one my favourite novels and so I am interested but also scared about seeing it — even with Kiera Knightley. Great novels seldom translate into great films in my opinion (The English Patient is one of the few good ones). Mediocre novels often make great movies though — Sideways, Little Children, High Fidelity, etc.

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Isaac Grant on February 14, 2008 - 18:43 Permalink


No Country is actually the most faithful book to movie translation I’ve ever seen — you’d probably get the same feeling from the book as well.

That said, Cormac McCarthy tends to be a hate or love type writer.

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Derek Martin on February 15, 2008 - 16:44 Permalink

There Will Be Blood will be at the cinema Apr 3 — 9.

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Derek Martin on February 22, 2008 - 17:56 Permalink

The There Will be Blood booking has been cancelled.

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Peter Rukavina on February 22, 2008 - 18:21 Permalink

Perhaps because it opens today at Empire Theatres?