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Monster's Ball Writer Hit By Subway Train


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Oscar-nominated screenwriter Will Rokos is in a critical condition in hospital after he was struck by a subway train in New York City over the weekend (30-31Oct10).

Rokos was hit by the train as he stood on a platform on Saturday (30Oct10). The driver is said to have slammed on the brakes but was unable to avoid the accident.

After surviving the initial impact, the writer was taken to the city's Bellevue Hospital, where his condition is described as critical but stable.

Rokos was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay prize for his work on Halle Berry's 2001 thriller Monster's Ball.

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Monster's Ball Review


Unbearable
Strangeways, here we come: Marc Forster represents jungle fever in some mighty odd ways throughout Monster's Ball. Racist Georgia slammer prison guard Billy Bob Thornton frequents his favorite late-night diner after days spent monitoring death row. He orders coffee -- black! And a side order of chocolate ice cream. By the time he sizes up ghetto waitress Halle Berry, you can tell by his hungry eyes (and hungry heart) that he'd love to sink his teeth into a big ol' slice of chocolate cheesecake.

His choco-licious cravings would make for comic gold if Forster were aiming for dark comedy. It really ain't much different from the classic line in Airplane! when that precocious little girl quips, "I like my coffee black, like my men!" But Forster chooses to play it straight and solemn, a hopelessly limiting choice. Without benefit of slapstick satire, Forster's glib presentation of interracial skin's allure feels ignorant and borderline offensive. The only thing missing is Halle Berry biting down on a vanilla wafer -- though she does beat her fat son for scarfing down chocolate bars ("I'll slap the black off of you!").

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