I was only tenuously connected to the Oscars this year, neither thrilled by the nominees or Seth McFarlane hosting. However, my brief flashes of interest brought me to the internet or the actual televised event. To wit:
- Argo winning Best Picture instead of Lincoln was one of two big surprises for me. The Academy usually eats up the historical biopic of a prominent American figure (seeing how the Academy judges are old enough to remember the film’s material firsthand).
- Brave winning Best Animated Picture over Wreck-It Ralph was the second surprise. Brave was a competent film with gorgeous animation, but I think Wreck-It Ralph had a better story. Again, those dusty skeletons taking up seats in the Academy probably had a hard time following the movie involving those magical picture machines you play games on.
- Django Unchained took home two Oscars. That pleased me.
- The Hobbit didn’t get Best Visual Effects ORBest Makeup/Hairstyling. Because animating a tiger and putting dirt and fake blood on French people were clearly the real showcases of these catgories.
- Seth McFarlane was offensive as the Oscar MC and people were offended by him? What a shock.
- Jennifer Lawrence is classy, cute, and fun. I hope she gets plenty of sweet movie deals in the future.
The Muppet Christmas Carol, 1992
Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge
Muppet Christmas Carol is BEST Christmas Carol or you’re wrong
This has always been my favorite adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Michael Caine is a great Scrooge, the songs are catchy, the effects for the Ghosts of Christmas are awesome, and the Muppets give it that special flair that make me love it so.
Pixar: The only company that takes the time to make animated blooper reels.
This is something that has always endeared Pixar to me. Not only do they take all the time to animate a feature length film (plus a short at the beginning) for a movie-going public, but they throw in a gag reel because they felt like doing it.
the November date for thor worries me, only crap comes out in mid nov. it’s well after the summer blockbuster period and a bit before the “holidays”
Can it be next year yet?
Peter Cushing: Destroyer of Alderaan, killer of Dracula, pilot of the TARDIS, occupant of 221-B Baker Street, miniatures wargamer.
Don’t talk to me about what bad-ass is. I know.
Yet another reason to love this man.
One of the many reasons why I keep giving less of a shit about the Oscars every year. I didn’t even bother watching it this year since the list of nominees was next to worthless. The qualities by which to judge films have changed, but those creaking skeletons in the Academy could care less.