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It's the Oscars again

It's the Oscars again

So the Oscars nominations for 2006 are finally out. It’s a resonably good measure to see what “quality” films you’ve seen this year. And as usual, I’ve failed disgracefully this year.

The only film I’ve seen that’s been Oscar-nominated in the major categories is Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit. Oh dear. Really must go to the movies more often.

Why Kiss Kiss Bang Bang didn’t get a nomination for best original screenplay still beats me. That script was so sharp and witty… Also surprising to see the total lack of King Kong in any of the major categories. It was slightly disappointing but still bloody amazing.

Brokeback Mountain got 8 nominations. But being a man with almost zero interest in tragic love stories unless they’re attached to epic melodramas a la The English Patient, I’ve got no desire to see it. It’ll just depress me, and no amount of sightings of Anne Hathaway’s breasts is going to persuade me otherwise.

Crash and Good Night, and Good Luck both got six nominations each. Both are films I wouldn’t mind seeing, but I just know it’s going to be one of those films that I keep meaning to see, and never getting round to. I’ve probably got more interest in Syriana, just because I love multi-plotted storytelling a la Traffic or Love Actually.

Memoirs of a Geisha also got six nominations, but I’m in two minds about whether I want to watch what is ultimately an exploitation picture that perpetuates the notion that Japanese/Asian women are delicate mysterious flowers.

I was just reading about Capote, which got five nominations. But it seems like I ought to know who or what he was, before I see a film about him.

For some reason, I just can’t bring myself to see Spielberg movies any more. I haven’t even seen War of the Worlds. So Munich is probably out – even if it is more about the psychology of revenge rather than an analysis of terrorism.

Walk The Line looks quite interesting, but I only know one Johnny Cash song, shamefully. Oh, and the soundalike who did an advert for Folgers coffee when I lived in the USA.

Why Brokeback Mountain?

Why Brokeback Mountain?

A couple of blogmates have expressed a keen interest in seeing Brokeback Mountain – you know, “that gay cowboy film”. As if it’s some stunningly new genius idea whose time has come, and everyone ought to be marched off to see it. If only to see Anne Hathaway naked.

The thing is, aside from its much vaunted innovative plot – what, two people who shouldn’t fall in love with each other do, and spend the rest of their lives torn between the person they love and the person they should love? That’s older than Romeo’n’Juliet! – why would I want to see a film about two cowboys getting it on?

I wouldn’t want to see a film about two cowgirls, or even a cowboy and a cowgirl getting it on, so why would the gay element or Anne Hathaway make it much more compelling?

Plus it sounds like a sad heartbreaking movie with tales of erm… heartache, loss and no redemption. Sounds like a ball of laughs. At least The English Patient had a wider dimension to its tale of woe, heartache and loss.

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