Respectful Insolence

Oscar time!

Taking a cue from Abel, I like the look of this:

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This year marks a first. Usually, my wife and I have managed to see at least a couple of the nominees; in years past, when we were dating and after we first got married, sometimes we’d have seen most of the nominated films by the time the Oscars rolled around. Then our moviegoing decreased steadily over the years. Now, it can often be months between excursions to the movies. In any case, this year, of all the movies nominated for Best Picture, I’ve seen only one: Little Miss Sunshine. It was a hilarious movie (Alan Arkin stole the film), but I’m not sure that it’s Best Picture material. I really wanted to see Letters from Iwo Jima (as you might imagine, given my interest in World War II history) and The Departed, but somehow it never happened.

Oh, well, there’s always DVD.

Comments

  1. #1 llewelly
    February 25, 2007

    I saw An Inconvenient Truth . Did that get an Oscar? Do they even give Oscars (or an equivalent) to documentaries? I saw 2001 . Beyond that, can’t name any movies I’ve seen that I know to have gotten Oscars. (Though it’s likely I simply don’t know which of the movies I’ve seen have gotten Oscars.)

  2. #2 Scott Simmons
    February 25, 2007

    An Inconvenient Truth was nominated this year for Best Documentary and Best Original Song. (? OK …) I believe it’s considered the front-runner for that first award.

  3. #3 PlanetaryGear
    February 25, 2007

    Meh, hard to get excited about movies since there are about 2 or 3 a year that I’m at all interested in. My netflix que is full of kids movies and we’re so busy that we’re lucky to sneak an episode of the Simpsons off the TiVO once a week before falling asleep.

    But the main reason is that movies are either disturbing or preachy and I can get both of those things without paying the premium fee. Maybe it’s the beer talking, but if hollywood wanted to get my money they should entertain me and I’d still go.

  4. #4 llewelly
    February 26, 2007

    My netflix que is full of kids movies …
    But the main reason is that movies are either disturbing or preachy and I can get both of those things without paying the premium fee.

    Don’t you worry that your children will turn out disturbed or preachy?

  5. #5 Hurly
    February 26, 2007

    You wanted to see “Letters from Iwo Jima”, but not “Flags of our Fathers”? Just a question.
    Hurly

  6. #6 Orac
    February 26, 2007

    I want to see both, but Letters from Iwo Jima is the film that was nominated, and I was talking only about nominated films in the post above.

  7. #7 Scott Simmons
    February 26, 2007

    And An Inconvenient Truth wins … Best Documentary and Best Original Song. Go figure. (It looked like Dreamgirls had a lock on that second category with three of the five nominations …)

  8. #8 Hurly
    February 26, 2007

    Thanks, was just curious. I saw FooF. It was not nearly as good as the book. I would of had a hard time following it had I not read the book first.

  9. #9 Kurt
    February 26, 2007

    AMC Theatres and Fandango did a real neat offer with a $30 offer to see all five best picture nominees on the Saturday before the Oscars. Was long, but definitely worth it to see five good films.

    And, luckily, _Little Miss Sunshine_ was shown last since the rest of the films were fairly depressing in one way or another. I concur that Arkin was brilliant and deserved his Oscar.

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