|Sideways!? Are you effing KIDDING me?
||[Jan. 25th, 2005|08:19 am]
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The Oscar nominees are out today.
Best Picture is between Finding Neverland, The Aviator, Million Dollar Baby, Ray and...though it makes me gag to have to say it, Sideways.
Sideways. My number one worst movie of 2004. It does just figure, doesn't it? There haven't been so many movies I've actively hated as much as that movie about w(h)ine...so of course it needs to go get a Best Picture nom. Of course. Although, not bad...I have been meaning to see both Ray and Million Dollar Baby, the two I haven't seen yet.
I am kind of pleased that "Accidentally in Love" got a Best Song nomination, sad that they only nominated three movies for Best Animated (when Team America and Polar Express could have easily been tossed in there, too), intrigued that SuperSize Me got nominated for Best Docco but Fahrenheit 9/11 didn't, and impressed that Jamie Foxx got nominated for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor - has that ever happened before?
But Sideways...please. I never thought I'd say it, but I miss the hobbits.
Wow. To me it doesn't seem silly...it does seem a bit...arrogant and overconfident, but then, I guess he wouldn't be where he is today if he wasn't arrogant and overconfident...
Well, my guess is that not only is it a matter of arrogance, but also that he didn't consider it a "documentary" as much as an "opinion piece". Or maybe he really wanted Supersize Me to win.
I'm just disappointed that The Incredibles didn't get nominated for BP or Brad Bird for Director.
Actually, Fahrenheit 9/11
wasn't eligible for Best Documentary - it was shown on television within 9 months after it appeared in theaters. By current Academy Awards rules, that made it ineligible for Best Documentary, but still eligible for Best Picture. The rules, however, may be changing shortly.
True. I just didn't like the story. I don't care about middle aged men who can't grow up and treat women like objects...right down to the mother, who gets gas-station flowers and a card written in the parking lot, and from whom her adult sonsteals money.
I don't care how well-told the story is...
Ditto. I'm so tired of stories about men like this. I didn't bother to see the film because of that.
I don't think Giamatti's character actually grows, though. I think about all he did was realise that his friend who he used to look up to isn't worth idolising. But then, as someone else commented to me...maybe that's why it's called Sideways, because no progress is actually made.
And he meets a woman who is willing to put up with him. Which part I can identify with, being nearly 40...do you remember an SNL skit with Jon Lovitz wherein he tells women that the secret of dating is to Lower your standards? This movie really reminded me of that silly skit (which was about 10 years ago)!
I think the Academy learned their lesson about nominating Stone and Parker when 'Blame Canada' was up for best song.
Which was the best thing about the Oscars that year!
Well, of course it was. You and I, however, aren't nearly as stuffy, and respond far better to a pair of men showing up in drag.
Which was awesome.
I loved Ray. It made me want to see Jamie Foxx in Collateral. Many of the Oscar nominees are only just now making it to Maine, or haven't made it yet. Some won't make it at all.
I haven't seen the others yet, and I'm unlikely to care about Sideways. Oh, how exciting.. yet another movie about a man who acts like a jerk.
Not just a man...two men! One is much more of a jerk than the other, but still.
I guess to me the difference is...they're honest, the women. They're honest with the men and with themselves.
Interesting Finding Neverland tidbit: They didn't reference JM Barrie's interest in pedophilia. I wonder if that would have made the movie Best Picturable. *rolls eyes*
Well, they also don't mention that Arthur Llewellyn-Davies wasn't dead and Silvia was not a widow; he was alive and well even at Peter Pan's premiere. It also sort of ignores the fact that the (not widowed) Silvia and (not dead) Arthur had five children; the fifth one was born while Barrie was writing the play.
But hey, why let facts get in the way of a good movie, right?