MILLION DOLLAR BABY
out of these five films, the only one i have seen is RAY. time to correct this shit. i am not overly impressed by the Academy’s thought process as time and time again, art must eventually fall into a subjective light and one person’s caviar becomes another person’s salty sea goop. first on the hit list is MILLION DOLLAR BABY. they keep telling me that there is a nice twist in this film and hey, thats a good enough readon to drop some bucks down. on the ghetto top, i will try to sneak in two films for the price of one AND sneak in sandwiches, chips and my own drink. should i happen to be sharing this experience with someone else, pray for them as an audience is all i need to really act the jester.
next on the hit list is SIDEWAYS. while sneaking through films one friday night, i stumbled onto this one and was laughing really loud within 30 seconds. sadly, the theater was packed and my compatriots (mara & rich) werent yet comnfortable with the idea that we were going to make our cinema dollars stretch.
THE AVIATOR… this might well be the discounted movie that i plan to see. the trailers and the inital buzz did nothing to compel me to see this movie (versus HOTEL RWANDA that i really want to check out) and the fact that GANGS OF NEW YORK, scorsese’s last oscar nod was a horribly edited, poorly writtern, overwroght piece of precise historic eye candy that was nearly (note- nearly) saved by the genius of daniel day lewis doesnt have me going into this with my “i am ready to be wowed” eye but more my “lets see what flaws even a film novice like myself can spot from a mile away” scowl
and in the last slot i would like to check out FINDING NEVERLAND more to see johnny depp than anything else
right now, without having seen the rest of the films, ima give the nod to MILLION DOLLAR BABY. the academy loves to honor its own and it looks like clint eastwood has done another masterful directing job and the academy also likes to pat itself on the back so it will look very favorably on past winner, hillary swank and perenial nominee, morgan freeman.
maybe i’ll change my mind but i know that awards are based more on perception than reality and hail the bells, art takes another tumble- for the 77th year!