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February 2nd, 2006

It’s Oscar Time Again

So the Oscar nomination list is out, and that means that the Oscars themselves aren’t far behind! Hooray!

What are your thoughts on this year’s movies?

I can say pretty confidently that I thought good night, and good luck. was overrated. Nicely photographed? Yes. Well casted? Yes. Clooney? Yes. But! The story didn’t engross me as much as I hoped it would. I felt a weird disconnect with it. Thus, it should not win. On the other hand, Munich was fantastic.

I also think that Rachel Weisz was indeed good in The Constant Gardener. I’ll go for that pick, as well.

I’m shocked Deuce Bigalow European Gigolo was nowhere to be found. Shocked!

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Thursday February 2, 2006 -- 9:24:26 am
I didn't really like Munich, which to me just seemed like a 1960's era spy thriller injected with just enough forced political information to make it seem like the movie was more than it was. I thought it was going to be about the Munich Olympic tragedy. The climax (literally) of the movie was beyond clunky and strained. I noticed that after I'd seen the movie, the ads changed to explain that "This is what happened next."

Capote surprised me a bit as a pick. I haven't gotten to see it for two reasons. One, it didn't play anywhere around here. Two, it didn't play anywhere else for very long. I'd take that as an indication that the movie must be good, since the movie distributors are always promoting the schlock.

Good Night, and Good Luck was a very interesting movie. Oscar material? Given the dearth of good movies this year, it's all relative. At least it seemed to try to do something and hopefully it rattled a few cages.

Crash was very good for a Hollywood product. I saw it so long ago that I'm having trouble remembering it, though. Does that mean it's forgettable? It's an important movie, if you can forgive the predictability.

Brokeback Mountain I haven't seen this one yet. Maybe this weekend--but I'm watching Walk the Line first. But no one I know who's seen Brokeback Mountain was much impressed except for the cinematography, and I know a lot of lefties who were really into the movie before seeing it. I'll reserve judgment until I do. But, from the previews I've learned one thing already, which is that I never even knew there were such things as sheep cowboys.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday February 2, 2006 -- 6:21:07 pm
With all of the movie awards out there, why in the hell does anyone bother paying attention to the one Hollywood gives itself? Bah!

DATE: Thursday February 2, 2006 -- 6:30:05 pm
I think a Daily Ping award would be much coveted. Get on it guys.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Sunday February 5, 2006 -- 10:58:57 pm
Saw Brokeback Mountain last night. It was way better than the reviews said it would be, and I'm a tough grader. Heath Ledger was just excellent. It certainly was the best performance of his career, not that he's done much work that would show off his talent prior to this anyway.

I disagree with the commentary that suggested that if this movie weren't about two gay people, but about a heterosexual couple, we wouldn't care about it because it wouldn't be anything special. That's just not true. It's great story telling. Even if we've seen the story before, a well-told story is always worth the telling. If the same movie were about a hetero couple, it would've been just as good.

I still need to see Capote. Phillip Seymour Hoffman has nailed every role he's ever been given and he's got just an amazingly wide repertoire and range. He's by far one of the most talented character actors out there right now. So, it should be a good movie. I also saw on the Super Bowl commercials tonight that he's the villain in Mission Impossible III. He'll be an awesome villain, just as he was in The Talented Mr. Ripley--though that was on a much smaller scale.

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