Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Oscars

Tonight is the Academy Awards. My pick is very simple: No Country for Old Men was the most accomplished film this year out of the ones competing and should get the Best Picture Oscar. Now onto my favorite films of the year.

The two best films I saw this year were "Diving Bell and the Butterfly" Which is nominated for several Academy Awards, and might go home with the best director Oscar for Julian Schanbel. I hope to see him in his Pajamas as usual(see above) A far fuller portrayal of Jean-Dominique Bauby, than Jean-Do could do for himself. A film of remarkable beauty and power. Touching moments, especially his scenes with his aging father played by Max Von Sydow.

Number two is "4 months, 3 weeks and two days" Set at the height of communism in Romania in the late eighties. The story deals with a late term abortion and very illegally done. The portrayal of two people who don't realize the real danger they are in is at the same time heart-breaking and thrilling.

If I had my way the Oscars would offer far more variation, but this will not happen this decade or any other decade. Great films will always be thrown off in favor of highly disposable crap, and many people will miss out again on great films only because of the dreaded letters at the bottom of the screen.

But maybe the real reason to watch the Oscars could be the fashion. No one can deny it is a fabulous evening to feel superficial

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