The Nose: Lovin' & Hatin' On The 2012 Oscar Nominees

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The Nose: Lovin' & Hatin' On The 2012 Oscar Nominees
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The Nose: Lovin' & Hatin' On The 2012 Oscar Nominees

I'm even grumpier than usual about the Oscars, which I both love and hate. Most years, I have a movie I love that's somewhere in the hunt. Last year, even though I knew "Winter's Bone" wasn't going to win anything, it was fun to root for it.

The year before, I most rooted against "Avatar," and cherished the notion that "District 9" was in many ways the most original and thoughtful movie among the nominees.

The year before that -- well, at least there was the certainty that Heath Ledger's performance in "The Dark Knight" was the best work anybody did all year.

This year, I don't know what I think. The only movies that really challenged me were "Tree of Life" and "Melancholia". One of them isn't even nominated for anything because its director is such a jerk. The other one is nominated but way, way back in the pack. It's hard to know what to be happy about this year, except the fact that I've seen "War Horse" and nobody can ever make me see "War Horse" again.

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"Where you're terrific if you're even good"

Maybe it's just the withdrawal from Roger Ebert's show (with Christy Lemire & Ignatiy Vishnevetsky) affecting me, but I enjoyed the pre-Oscar Nose (?) more than usual.

To quote Johnny Mercer, the panel were terrific, not just "even good".

EMAIL FROM NINA:

Too late, but not too late, Colin.

I really appreciate "Tree of Life." Not a perfect film, but a sweep into the grand universe & our place in it.
No, it's not a beginning--middle--end story. Movies (& books) don't HAVE to be like that, as you well know.

Quantum cosmology got a shout out by Terrence Mallick this time. He observes Space-Time & the human presence from the 10,000 things' perspective, & the film was a breath-taking blip that observed human intelligence, human variation, human action, human & nonhuman activity, timeliness, & timelessness, vice, neutrality, & virtue.

Mallick did me a favor by putting this puzzle in cinema format. Our (humankind's) search for meaning is not what the cosmos is ready to tell us.
There's the rub. There's the mystery.

Thanks for yr intelligent, entertaining gabfests.
Thanks, too, for Chione's wacky spots!

EMAIL FROM BARBARA:

Re: The Artist
HATED it...No elegance, not charming, the usual John Goodman as the cigar smoking producer.
Thin thin thin....yuck.

EMAIL FROM NANCY:

Re: The Artist
How could this be the best film. I thought it was so boring I almost left before the ending wonderful tap dance.
The actors, scenery, photography was wonderful but not the slow moving rehash of "Singing in the Rain"