due to incidents beyond my control at my place of employment my life has become a bit off balance and I have found little time to blog lately (that and single dad-hood for the past 4 days as Kristi had a girl's weekend with her sister and mom).
However, as I lay on our couch watching the Academy Awards, throwing my ballot in the garbage, disgusted with the picks I made (worst showing in the Oscar balloting ever- I have had 5 years of plus 90%- i am good at this), I am awakened from my blogging slumber by one of the most preposterous upsets ever.
This slug is motivated by the Best Foreign Film upset. Although I only saw 2 of the foreign film nominees this year (and all but 1 of the Best Picture nominees), I have a hard time accepting that any of them is better than Pan's Labyrinth.
Although I never blogged about it this year, PL was on a different plane than any other film of the year. It is almost unfair to compare it to any of the American films nominated. It is the best, most original film I have seen since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (and it may be better). The vision of Del Torro is wondrous. To capture the spirit of the Grimm Fairy Tales and to resist the temptation to sanitize such a story is incomprehensible to anyone that watches mainstream American film (oh, and the guts of the film's ending).
I cannot imagine the meeting of the Del Torro and his producers, "so, think Alice in Wonderland meets Schindler's List."Of course, he probably said it in Spanish.
Now, if Babel wins Best Picture I will be genuinely POed. It is the 3rd best film of the year by a Mexican Director, definitely not the best picture.
I will only be satisfied if Scorcese wins Best Director, although Paul Greengrass, the director of United 93 may have done the most gutsy job by an English Language director.
Each year I get excited by the Oscars, before remembering it is so staid and rarely celebrates the Best Movie of the Year.Then I watch it and stayed perpetually angry. I mean, did I really think any of the much better documentaries would beat An Inconvenient Truth (which was a good film and promoted a cause I fully support, but was not great film making)? Speaking of inferior films with a good message (but very preachy), how did Happy Feet win Best Animated Film? Oh yeah, Over the Hedge went unnominated and Cars sucked.
-great Melissa Etheridge won for the theme from An Inconvenient Truth. I guess next year Creed or Bon Jovi will win an Oscar for simplistic rhyme schemes and an overblown performance. Why do the worst songs win "Best Song" almost every year.
I mean Jack Johnson's theme from Curious George was good, as were some of Ben Fold's songs from Over the Hedge. Where was Devotchka from Little Miss Sunshine? Of course, the best song from the year was Shipping Up To Boston by The Dropkick Murphys in The Departed!
I may rant a bit more later