“OSCAR EDITION! Comic Book Movie Wins–Argh, Go Figure!”
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This will be the quickest (and possibly the lamest) Oscar “wrap-up” article you’ll read this year. At least that’s my goal.
I began reading the full wrap-up at IMDB.com and so far it sounded like host Seth McFarlane had some good zingers and bits, but nothing I really regretted missing (or that I can’t find on YouTube).
Congrats to ARGO for winning best pic. Unless you live under a rock, you already know all about the Jack Kirby connection to this film. So as far as I’m concerned, a “comic book movie” finally won Best Picture—sort of. Add this one to the list of such Oscar-worthy films like ROAD TO PERDITION, CRUMB, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and others that were nominated for something other than visual effects. (By the way, AVENGERS actually lost that honor to LIFE OF PI. This time, I have to agree. But if there were no “Pi” this year, it should have won.)
Unfortunately, I haven’t seen ARGO yet. I wanted to when it was in theaters but never got the chance (too many others that my wife wanted to see more, and my job is to please her first). But the minute this is OnDemand or in the used video bin for two or three bucks, I’m there.
The rest of the Best Pic nominees and my reviews:
LINCOLN: Haven’t seen it yet. Heard it’s historically inaccurate, which drives me nuts. (Lincoln was indifferent to slavery for the most part. He even said if he could save the Union by keeping slavery, he would have–see his letter to Horace Greely from 1862. Despite the Emancipation Proclamation the following year, he wasn’t as vehemently against it as most think.) But I’ll still see it for free when Comcast gets it.
ZERO DARK THIRTY: Haven’t seen it. May or may not. Whenever it comes to “true story” movies, I always prefer a real documentary. Not the sappy kind with music and writing that tries to sway the viewer, but honest, accurate, “just-the-facts” ones. No one ever truly knows or fully remembers dialog and certain details, so I just want the events and opinions of those involved so I can decide for myself.
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK: Haven’t seen it. If it’s free OnDemand and my wife wants to watch it, I may. Heard that it’s medically ludicrous/inaccurate regarding medication; but accurate regarding mental illness’s effects. Sounds like the Three Stooges’ version is funnier.
DJANGO UNCHAINED: Haven’t seen it. Tarantino movies are usually entertaining with great dialog and outrageous stunts/fights. But “real” violence—especially any sexual kind—against women turns me off completely. For that reason I’ll probably pass on this.
AMOUR: Haven’t seen it. Sounds like it’s even more depressing than SCHINDLER’S LIST (which I also haven’t seen). I’d rather spend a day at a funeral home. And I try to avoid movies with subtitles.
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD: You guessed it—haven’t seen it! Not sure. Heard it has monsters, which I like. Not crazy about emotional, “real world” drama. (That’s what life is for.) Will have to read more about it. Again, if it’s free, I may.
LES MISÉRABLES: [Mike forgot all about this gem…I’ll give you my opinion of this one – Craig Two hours thirty eight minutes of my life I’ll never get back. Two hours thirty eight minutes of miserable people singing about how miserable they are. Two hours thirty eight minutes without a single spoken word – my God – they sing the entire movie. Two hours and thirty eight minutes of close-up shots of people mournfully singing. Did I mention it was two hours and thirty eight minutes loooong?]
Thanks, Craig! Sorry to hear that.Yikes. I must’ve forgotten it because (surprise!) I haven’t seen it. BUT my wife did, with her mother, and enjoyed it (she also loved the play). She digs musicals–and Hugh Jackman. Me, I like Hugh, but not when he’s singing. Musicals, not so much (other than ROCK OF AGES, and the play was much better than the film). I did, however, see the trailer for LES MIS a half-dozen times, and wanted to stick my head in a gas oven each time. So unless Hugh sprouts Adamantiam claws, I won’t be seeing it.
There are at least two dozen movies currently OnDemand that I really want to see, so there’s a lot ahead of any of these films. On the bright side, by the time I do see them, it will be much too late to blog about them, so you’re off the hook!
Lastly, I read that one of the winners for best visual effects was cut off when he began speaking about the recent Chapter 11 filing of VFX legend Rhythm & Hues (which was working on the next Hunger Games and Percy Jackson films). I dug around and read a few articles about it and was shocked. Six LA-based effects houses have closed or been forced to sell, including Digital Domain, another legend. These are places not only with cutting-edge technology, but ones that have been around for a quarter-century and won Academy Awards.
Apparently certain foreign governments are able to offer movie studios huge tax subsidies, incentives and give-backs (up to $60 million in some cases), in addition to offering dirt-cheap labor. Basically the equivalent of unfair trade practices. A real shame. Read the article linked above for more on what happened and follow the imbedded links therein to learn more.
Then feel free to mention the situation to your Congressman or -woman. Competition is one thing, but competing with your hands tied is just nuts.
So, what did you like most/least about the Oscars? Feel free to comment below.
P.S.: How about an original art commission with the Avengers—or characters from any other movie, comic book, cartoon or novel? I’m available. While I can’t give you any tax subsidies, I can give you a cool piece of art for a very fair price. And I can read and write English just fine! Just ask Craig here!