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Oscars and Razzies

Well, it seems that I must be the only person in the world who thought The Departed was shit.

You know, I usually refrain from any kind of Oscars discussion, because, really, I don't care in any real way. But usually, I've seen at least half the films up for nomination, and this year, I've seen two, the first being Martin Scorcese's bland and often idiotic excuse for a thriller with a rat, and the second being Borat, which I was pretty underwhelmed by. But this year, American film has been pretty damn uninviting and, outside The Last King in Scotland, which stars Forest Whitaker, who I've always liked and who I hear is pretty good in this film, I've no desire to go and see the the films up for nomination. Actually, no, I'll go and see Pan's Labyrinth as well.

On the other hand, the Razzies were announced as well, and it's good to see that Uwe Boll is finally getting the recognition he deserves.

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johnnyeponymous
Jan. 23rd, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
I didn't care for The Departed either. It was just bland. I'm not much of a Scorcese fan in general, but even for him it wasn't much
Chris
benpeek
Jan. 24th, 2007 01:34 am (UTC)
i've liked scorcese films in the past, but these days, i'd have to say that the majority of them don't do much for me. i didn't see the avaitor, but i hated the film he did before that--what was it called? shit, i'm terrible with titles today. anyhow, it had leonardo in it, and that sucked, nearly as hard as the departed. i'm thinking scorcese is done for me.
jody_macgregor
Jan. 24th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
Gangs Of New York? That one was pretty disappointing.
benpeek
Jan. 24th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
yeah, that's the one. if it wasn't for the fact that scorcese made BRINGING OUT THE DEAD, which i liked, i'd say he hadn't made a good film in over a decade.
mariness
Jan. 23rd, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
I loved Little Miss Sunshine. The rest of the best picture noms I'm pretty eh on. I still do have to see Pan's Labyrinth, though, which might gender some mild interest in the Oscar process. Though I doubt it.
benpeek
Jan. 24th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
i dunno--i doubt i'll see little miss sunshine. i just can't get worked up on it.
underdogautopsy
Jan. 24th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
It's worth seeing.
ninebelow
Jan. 24th, 2007 09:49 am (UTC)
It suffers from having a foot in two camps (comedy and drama) but it is well worth seeing.
benpeek
Jan. 24th, 2007 11:53 am (UTC)
hmm. maybe if a couple more people come buy and say it. i'm being swayed, just a little.
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benpeek
Jan. 24th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
how much did it cost you?
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benpeek
Jan. 24th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
yeah, i was curious :) cost me fifteen bucks here, and i still feel the pain.
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benpeek
Jan. 24th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
cinemas are all about the gouge here.
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benpeek
Jan. 24th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
aren't you glad i made you watch that film?
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benpeek
Jan. 24th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
that, i think.

i don't even remember the dead person. all i remember is how confusing it was, and how i couldn't, even now, fully explain to you what was going on in that film.
underdogautopsy
Jan. 24th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
I'm still upset about the complete and all-encompassing oversight of The Fountain, not that as much hadn't already been anticipated.
benpeek
Jan. 24th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
i've not seen it yet, but i'm keen too. i read the graphic novel version, and i kind of dug that.
nick_kaufmann
Jan. 24th, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
I'm just glad The Good Shepherd wasn't nominated. It's such a "gimme an Oscar" movie, but it was shit.
benpeek
Jan. 24th, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
ha! i didn't see it :)
ex_chrisbil
Jan. 24th, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
I couldn't be arsed to even watch The Departed. I may give it a shot on DVD, but the fuss seemed over the top for something that looked mediocre to ok, and was just getting press for being Scorsese.

The Last King Of Scotland is, as you heard, very good. Very, very good. I really hope Forest Whitaker gets the oscar. I always feel a bit bad judging, though, 'cos I've never seen all the films.

Oh, and Little Miss Sunshine is great. I hope the little girl gets best supporting actress (is it the little girl that's up for one? I don't know their names but am assuming) - I even think you might like the film, Ben. It's not the ridiculously uplifting experience it makes out, but in a way it is by the end. It laughs in the face of society, then pulls it a moonie. I loved it.
benpeek
Jan. 24th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC)
well, i'm hoping the oscar nomination will see whitaker's film out here, and i can see it. it should do.

as for litte miss sunshine, i'm being swayed. right now, if i were in a group, and they wanted to hire it, i'd go, sure. maybe if a few other people come by, i'll move up to actually going and finding it myself.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 24th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
The Fountain was a piece of crap. Would've been good at 40 minutes.

Children of Men make the list?

JeffV
benpeek
Jan. 25th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
yeah, i've heard that about fountain. i'll still see it, though.

children of the men was on it for a couple of the smaller noms: set design, script, i think.
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