The Browser, Post-Oscar edition 2/25: Best Day Ever!, Critics picks, and Raymond Chandler

Thank you for making this the best day ever at Looking Closer. My blog stats inform me we've had a record number of visitors here in the last 24 hours, meaning that the Oscars proved a bigger deal than The Lord of the Rings and The Golden Compass controversy among Looking Closer readers.How do critics' picks differ from the Academy?Now, let's forget about the Academy for a moment. Let's look at the Best Films of 2007 according to those who *study* hundreds of movies every year. Here's … [Read more...]

The Oscars, and How to Pick a Real Winner…

Who will take home those golden chunks of cheese tonight? … [Read more...]

My Oscar predictions, Christian Oscars(?), and Left Behind

If "Falling Slowly" from Once doesn't win, it's just another confirmation that the Academy voters don't know anything about good songwriting. (Remember when Celine Dion's Titanic histrionics beat Elliott Smith's Good Will Hunting song?)But okay, enough already. I never do very well at this game, but as a film critic, I'm required to submit my predictions for Sunday night's glamour-bash. So here we go... … [Read more...]

Were the Year’s Best Foreign Films Were Snubbed by the Academy?

It came to my attention today that at least three of the most celebated foreign films of the year have been snubbed by the Academy this year.Here's a report from LA Weekly's Scott Foundas.In their nine-title list of films that may win the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, they completely ignored not only Cristian Mungiu's internationally celebrated 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, but also the French animated feature Persepolis, and Juan Antonio Bayona's The Orphanage.I haven't seen … [Read more...]

Were the Voters Blindfolded?

Somebody explain to me how you can watch Pan's Labyrinth and Children of Men and think that Pan's Labyrinth is the better work of cinematography? … [Read more...]

Specials: Ebert on “Crash”-lash. Gaiman gets DeNiro and Pfeiffer. Lois Lowry’s “The Giver.”

IF YOU VOTED FOR CRASH, DOES THAT MEAN YOU HATE GAY PEOPLE? Roger Ebert asks the question that needs to be asked: Just 'cause I didn't vote for Brokeback, does that make me a homophobe? Good question. And by the way, if Hollywood is so homophobic, why did they spend the evening congratulating themselves for being so progressive? And why did they give Ang Lee Best Director? Why did they give Capote Best Actor?DE NIRO AND PFEIFFER GET STARDUST-ED Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer... … [Read more...]

After condemning Christianity Today in public, what’s Mr. Ted Baehr’s next amazing statement?

Here is Ted Baehr, still thinking he is the voice of Christian film criticism ... and frighteningly enough, many of them would say that he is... as he sums up the Oscars.Here are a few choice statements: Of course, by shutting out the best family movies with godly, Christian messages – like "The Chronicles Of Narnia," "Dreamer," "Madagascar" and "Chicken Little" – the Oscar ceremony ensured that it would get the lowest ratings ever from the TV audience, the vast majority of whom are fam … [Read more...]

Will You Be One of the Unfortunate Zillions Who Misses "The New World"?

The New World's lack of Oscar nominations shows how utterly blind and unqualified Academy voters really are.This is nothing new, I know. But just because the Academy members make a habit of shoving our faces in their ignorance and susceptibility to hysteria and political hype doesn't mean it doesn't hurt each time they insult and misguide the many who think their judgments are actually meaningful. Some of you have told me I shouldn't care about this. Do I care much about the Academy? No. But … [Read more...]

Other memorable Oscar quotes of the day…

"You can't pasteurize the Academy Award, you can't negotiate it. It is the top." - Felicity Huffman, Transamerica Hate to break it to you, Ms. Huffman, but, well, you're completely wrong. "I was completely surprised." - Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line Ummm... if any nomination this year was a lock, it was yours, Reese. Give yourself some credit. "My levels of gratitude will be overflowing all day, so I'll be making a mess as they spill all over wherever I go." - Bennett Miller, Capote I … [Read more...]

Well… (sigh)… here are those predictable, political, oh-so-wrong Oscar nominations…

If Hollywood thinks Brokeback Mountain is more interesting and artful than A History of Violence and The New World, and when nobody even notices a piece of rare big screen treasure like Millions... well, they've just lost any interest or respect I had for this year's Oscar event. I'm not even sure host John Stewart will be enough to make me tune in. … [Read more...]


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