Oscar Confusion? Oscar CONCLUSION.

by tully
February 9, 2007 12:49 AM
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I gave up on the Oscars I don't know how long ago, but I figured I'd give that ludicrous concept one post before returning to a lovely state of mind where I don't think about anything Oscar-related for even a fraction of a second. Does anyone really care about this? Apparently so. Weird. And to think, most of the people who waste their time discussing this frivolous, pointless bullshit are the 'open-minded' liberals who spend the rest of their time yapping about our idiotic president and how fucked up things are in Iraq. Here's a concept: THE MORE TIME YOU DEVOTE TO DISCUSSING THE OSCARS AND HOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE, THE LESS YOUR POLITICAL OPINIONS MATTER. END OF DISCUSSION. If you want to be taken seriously, stop taking the Oscars seriously. Stop taking them even semi-seriously. Stop taking them even not-really-but-kinda-sorta-seriously. Stop ACKNOWLEDGING them.

That said, forgive me while I get this out of my system, at which point my brain can return to its normal programming (if you're wondering what that programming is, yes, it is important and thoughtful and humane and profound--it is Panda Bear's PERSON PITCH--hot damn!).

Now that I've finally seen LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA, I'm shocked that people are even talking about there being an Oscar "race." While something has always prevented me from giving in to Clint Eastwood's films completely (some of which I outright loathed--yeah, I'm talking about you, MYSTIC RIVER)--LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA absolutely floored me. I think this is actually a much better movie than THE THIN RED LINE, and everyone knows how much I love that film. I now agree with people who have called this the most powerful anti-war film ever--though, for my money, nothing will ever touch COME AND SEE. This film is just dripping and oozing with sadness and loss. I'm stunned right now.

The reason I hadn't seen LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA until now (and still haven't seen FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS), is the Eastwood/Haggis combination. I was okay with a good bit of MILLION DOLLAR BABY, but my eyebrows certainly raised when that won Best Picture and Best Director. But taking that into account, it would be sacreligious if LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA didn't at least match that film's Oscar totals. That's like comparing SIX PACK to SCARECROW.

Or, let me put it another way. Watch THE DEPARTED. Then watch LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. Then watch LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA. Right? Or am I missing something?

I'm sorry I doubted you, Clint (and, for that matter, Jesse Sweet and Vern, who shows his true love in this glowing review). LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA is a true classic, which, if you've been paying attention for the past several decades, means that it has no chance of winning on Oscar night.

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  • beej | February 26, 2007 2:40 AMReply

    I'm with anyone who says the oscars are total BS. I changed the channel tonight after about 7 or 8 very political references and/or speeches. Thanks for the rant. It's good to know I'm not the only one who feels this way about Hollywood.

  • bs | February 16, 2007 11:11 AMReply

    i can see your point about action versus discourse. I think both are valuable, even if the latter is valuable only insofar as it prevents one from making a subsequent, ill-considered action. See, e.g., Nearly All Comic Book-Adapted Movies (scriptwriter and director should have spent more time discussing source material with authors/experts/fans of material before making film based on material).

    watching best of youth miniseries this weekend. hope it's worth the several hours.

  • Mark Rabinowitz | February 15, 2007 9:26 AMReply

    I am not going to go into why I love both the Oscars and political discourse here(although I think the latter is FAR more important than the former). There's just not time or space to really do either justice on a comment board. Maybe on my own blog.... However, I saw Letters From Iwo Jima here in Berlin and I agree. It is indeed brilliant and probably better than all the rest.

  • tully | February 15, 2007 4:06 AMReply

    good point, bs. i guess what i was trying to say is that i think both Oscar talk and political discussions are pointless and idiotic. instead of talking about movies and discussing why the world is wrong, we should be MAKING movies and ACTING right. that's how change is affected. and, don't worry, the armchair psychologist in me realizes that this entire blog is that aforementioned useless wanking. he also realizes that i have absolutely no idea what i am talking about, as do i.

  • Chad | February 13, 2007 9:07 AMReply

    man Come and See is brilliant.

  • bs | February 12, 2007 5:54 AMReply

    Your rant on the Oscars presents a fascinating character study. The armchair psychologist in me is dying to point out that your use of the Oscars as a proxy for political intellect belies any notion that you don't take them seriously.

    Enough of that, I guess. ALso, I liked both Sunshine and Departed (the latter quite a bit), so I'd be super psyched if Letters is an exponentially better film

  • Simon | February 9, 2007 12:36 AMReply

    Yeah, I really couldn't care less about the Oscars. I think Eastwood's films are little overrated. He never quite ties up all his very loose strings. There's never quite enough real substance to match the implied weight of his movies. It's all a bit emperor's new clothes.