Friday, February 15, 2008

And the Oscar goes to . . .

So I watched the only nominee for best picture I hadn't seen yet, There Will Be Blood. As a recap(itulation?), Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, No Country For Old Men, and There Will Be Blood.

After Atonement, I came home and told my sister I was tired of the British. I was reluctant to watch this film, but Marcy said it was good. I don't regret watching it, but I won't need to watch it again. It reminds me of the English Patient.

I enjoyed Juno. It isn't the best picture of the year.

Michael Clayton is very good. It isn't the best picture.

This brings us to the dilemma. No Country For Old Men has three great acting performances, "breathtaking vistas," Cormac McCarthy story, and directorial pedigree. There Will Be Blood has one tremendous acting performance, dark cinematography, haunting score, Upton Sinclair inspired story, and directorial cache (oh, and it was dedicated to Robert Altman).

I was going to choose There Will Be Blood for best picture because Paul Thomas Anderson hasn't won an Oscar yet, though he's been nominated a couple times, while the Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan (Fred isn't as famous), have won for their original screenplay for Fargo. But that is a poor reason. Don't punish a great film because people associated with it have been great before.

I think and think and I can't choose. But I don't have to. I'll update with my opinion after it is awarded.

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At February 16, 2008 12:14 PM, Blogger Wishydig said...

I've only seen Juno and There Will Be Blood.

So far my vote would go to the latter.

But I have faith that the Brothers Cohen have done well. I do hope to see their movie soon.

I'm curious about Michael Clayton. Just curious.

And I don't care to see atonement. But if Buffy wants to...

 
At February 27, 2008 8:54 AM, Blogger Curly Sue said...

I'm ashamed to say that I haven't seen any of the best picture nominees. The only recent movie I've seen is "I'm Not There" which was fantastic, and for which Cate Blanchett should have won the Oscar.

 

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