OSCAR EDITION! Comic Book Movie Wins–Argh, Go Figure!

“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:



Life of Pi


LIFE OF PI: Loved it and already reviewed it here.











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


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




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







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





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 Miserables






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.


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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!






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Mike is a freelance storyboardist, artist, writer, comic book/web comic creator, graphic designer, award-winning senior art director/copywriter, Kubert School alumnus, Spectrum Fantasy Art award-winner, guitarist/songwriter, future novelist and full-time, life-long comics fan, pop culture collector, and book hoarder. His creations include Bru-Hed™ (America’s favorite Blockhead™), The Game Buzz!™ weekly webcomic, Nasti: Monster Hunter™, Mikey Moo-Moo™ and more “™s” waiting to be unleashed from his crazy cranium.

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  1. FYI…nice short summary of Lincoln’s thoughts on slavery here. To say his views changed “much later” can’t be true…he was dead in 1865. The film focuses mainly on the battle between the President and congress and all the political shenanigans that were required to get the 13th amendment passed.


  2. Silver Linings Playbook may have some technical/medical flaws (I don’t know, I’m not a doctor), but I do know it portrayed mental illness more accurately than any film I’ve seen before. The effects on the entire family rang very, very true. (My brother has schizophrenia.) I also watched the film with a good friend of mine who also suffers from mental illness and he praised the film as the best depiction of mental illness he’s ever seen as well.

  3. Django is likely Tarantino’s best film yet. He’s really polishing his craft. If you grew up loving the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone be sure to catch Django Unchained before it leaves theaters. Yeah, it’s violent. But if you can sit through Kill Bill Vol. 1, you shouldn’t have any trouble.

  4. Thanks, Anon, for noticing the misstatement regarding Lincoln; I edited the post to better reflect what I meant. From other reviews I’ve read, they made it seem like the movie projects Abe incorrectly. He was never “pro” slavery but abolition wasn’t the driving ambition so many mistake it to be.

    (Just one of many, many lies we’re told in US schools at an early age, starting with Christopher Columbus “discovering” America. Yeesh.)

    Thanks, Craig; it’s not the violence in Tarantino’s film(s) that bother me, it’s the sexual violence against women. I enjoyed the Kill Bill flicks *except* for that part, and that’s why I never saw it again. If Django has it, I won’t bother.

  5. I must have gone to a particularly good public school, as I was told the civil war was not about slavery, but about states’ rights and secession and that the new world was likely “discovered” by by the Vikings. (Never mind it was populated already.)

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