Magazine January 25, 2010, Issue

Second Acts

Actors Jude Law (L) and Robert Downey Jr. pose during a photocall to promote their film Sherlock Holmes in Madrid, Spain, January 13, 2010. (Sergio Perez/Reuters )
A review of Sherlock Holmes and It’s Complicated

At this time last year, I was griping about Hollywood’s habit of releasing all of its most self-consciously Oscar-worthy efforts in a wild, desperate year-end pack. When it was decreed, soon after, that there would be not five but ten best-picture nominations for 2009, I braced myself for an even more frenzied Oscar rush: twice as many Holocaust epics, twice as many adaptations of Oprah-endorsed books and Broadway plays, twice as many glossy indictments of suburbia, twice as many movies directed by Clint Eastwood.

It didn’t work out that way. The season’s better films — A Serious Man, Where the Wild

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I am reminded of one of the supervisors of my Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, Roger Tsien, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008.

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