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Archive for June 4, 2011

New York Times Article(s) Response (A.K.A. In Which Mike Tries to Do the “Smart” Thing)

Earlier today, my friend Colin — whose blog you can see right here (Fuck yeah, promotion!) — sent me a link to an article in the New York Times, which I had not seen or read, because, newspapers, really?

Actually, the real reason I didn’t see it because it was published yesterday, and my family doesn’t subscribe to the Times. We’re a born and bred Daily News family. Plus, if we got the Times, I’d be the only one who read it. And even then only the Arts section and the Crossword, which coincidentally is in the Arts Section (I’m an efficient dude). But I’m sure I’d have seen it by next week when it’ll get posted as one of the bottom links on the IMDB main page (you know it will).

Anyway, this is the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/05/movies/films-in-defense-of-slow-and-boring.html?_r=2&ref=movies

It’s a great — well, it’s an article, where Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott offer up their opinions (look at me, trying to sound all official-like — don’t worry, that’ll stop soon. I know me) on Dan Kois’s article from about a month prior.

This is the Kois article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/01/magazine/mag-01Riff-t.html?_r=1 (more…)

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The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actor – 1977

1977. A year I try to mentally skip over whenever I see it. It conjures up bad memories. Annie Hall wins Best Picture this year, beating out Star Wars. That’s why. Now, granted, The Turning Point was the “favorite” to win, and by all accounts, Star Wars never had a chance, but, either way — come on.

Woody Allen wins Best Director and Diane Keaton wins Best Actress for Annie Hall, both of which I’ve talked about. Best Actor was Richard Dreyfuss for The Goodbye Girl, a decision I like, and Best Supporting Actress went to Vanessa Redgrave for Julia. I’d have gone another way, but that’s probably just because the category contained a type of performance that I almost always go for. Still, that’s cool, I guess.

Overall, this isn’t a terrible year, especially considering what it could have been, but it’s still not a good year, because — really, how does Star Wars not win?

BEST ACTOR – 1977

And the nominees were…

Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Turning Point

Peter Firth, Equus

Alec Guinness, Star Wars

Jason Robards, Julia

Maximilian Schell, Julia (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Captain Smith is the only professional soldier among us.” “Smith, sir? What are his qualifications?” “Those you lack.”