The Academy Awards had it pretty easy this year. Even when I might have voted a different way, there were so many good choices, I couldn't be too upset. Probably Atonement winning for its very obnoxious score was the only decision that made me want to stick my thumbs in someone's eyes. Javier Bardem, Marion Cotillard, Robert Elswit for cinematography for There Will Be Blood, all the wins for No Country for Old Men--how could any of those choices possibly be wrong?
I was glad to see that the weird Diablo Cody backlash didn't rob Juno of a writing win. Of any of the movies, it was the one where the writer's point of view completely drove the production. Plus, when was the last time so many people actually knew the name of the screenwriter on a popular film? There is almost a weird classism underlying the hate, like how dare a lowly writer step out in front so much. Stay in the cellar where you belong and we'll toss some chum down to you once you turn in your pages!
Anyway, a decent night. I predicted 14 of the winners, a little better than half, which is my usual ratio. I am terrible at handicapping these things. We bet quarters on the categories and I lost $1.25 of the $5 I started with. Joëlle hosted the evening, and we had a menu that was themed after the best picture nominees. Queso and chips and tortilla soup for No Country, Michael Crayfish, orange Tic Tacs for Juno, that kind of thing. The main course was chicken seasoned with There Will Be Blood Oranges.
Had it been breakfast, I was going to make No Country Gravy for Old Biscuits, but alas...
THIS WEEK IN DVD REVIEWS...
* Justice League - The New Frontier, adapting the Darwyn Cooke graphic novel.
* Michael Clayton, a gripping puzzler that gets more interesting the more you look at it.
* Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, a kid's movie too eager to grow up.
* Stanley Kramer Film Collection, a five-movie set celebrating the pioneering independent producer and director known for his crusading spirit.
UPDATED TO CRITERION CONFESSIONS...
This week's reviews written specifically for the site are:
* Alphaville, Jean-Luc Godard's frenzied sci-fi private-eye alchemy.
* Charade, the dark comedy thriller with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.
Current Soundtrack: The Last Emperor - Criterion Collection DVD 3
Current Mood: content
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