Saturday, February 10, 2007
HALF NELSON is a very weak film. Ryan Gosling is an excellent actor, but I think the Academy was wrong in nominating him for this film. The standout performance in this film was 18 year-old actress Shareeka Epps (playing 13). The script is weak, cliched and predicable, with an inner-city teacher who HAS to be a crack addict because, you know, that's what happens in inner-city schools. Gosling's best performance is still from THE BELIEVER.