Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Oscar Predictions (So Much For Monday)

     I blame myself for not finishing this earlier.  The thing is that I tried to create a detailed list that provides both my predictions and commentary about the race at this moment. Then I stopped to watch a marathon of Twin Peaks and forgot to finish the list. I fail. Anyway, after rushing to complete this, it is now finished more or less. My predictions for the Academy Awards are:
Best Picture Prediction: The Descendants
The Descendants- This is the safest bet for the Academy, which is weird because it is actually good.
The Artist- This should win, but I’m afraid the backlash of a silent movie winning in 2012 will scare the hell out of voters.
Hugo- The frontrunner in theory since it has the most nominations, but that will matter because the voters hate Martin Scorsese.
Midnight in Paris- It would be a surprise if this won, but a pleasant one. But seriously, these four films are so good that I do not care which one wins.
The Help- Not even southern-white guilt can save this movie.
The Tree of Life- No.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close- No!
War Horse- @#$% that horse!
Moneyball- As good as it was, even Brad Pitt forgot about Moneyball.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Questions About The Academy Awards (What The @#$%)

     The Academy Award nominees were announced and my God they are bugging me.  It is true that two of my personal favorites of the year were nominated but many of the choices are completely dubious.  

     1.  For context, The Academy Awards had a rule where voters had to nominate ten films for Best Picture. This year that rule has been changed so that voters have to nominate anywhere between five to ten films. This is why there are only nine nominees for Best Picture.  In theory this means that in a year of weak films there would be less bad films that would be nominated with a false stamp of approval. That being said, how does a critically mediocre film like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close manage to get nominated? Does this new rule, and by extension the past rule, diminish the prestige of being a Best Picture nominee?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2011 The Year of Nostalgia (Cobweb Free Edition)

     If there is something to learn about the year 2011 it is that filmmakers are having a mid-life crisis. It is no surprise that the most frequently made films in Hollywood are based on past ideas, franchise or not, but this year had so much that nostalgia is the only defining explanation. Everything considered classic from superheroes to Hemingway has been remade, rebooted, inspired or discussed at length in dozens of film with mixed success.  Many downfalls include The Green Lantern, which relied too much on the influence of Ryan Reynolds and DC Comics that no one thought to make a good script and special effects. Then there is War Horse, where Spielberg admirably attempted to recreate a David Lean epic but uses too many of his old clich├ęs completely straight that to study it as more than a homage would make it fall apart.  Of course not everything was bad, in terms of creativity 2011 was unexpectedly better than last year, which is weird given that everything this year was a time capsule.