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Monday, February 25, 2008

Feedback Monday (#74)

Okay people, here's one for ya . . .

Yesterday was, as everyone knows, the Academy Awards. The Oscars (as those of us "in-the-know" like to call them) were predictably inflated and pompous, but somehow still entertaining. The Coen brothers have always been one of my favorite film making teams, so it was certainly nice to see them get some well deserved recognition. I have to say, however, that I was a little sad for George Clooney . . .

Okay, that's a lie.

Seeing as how it's that time of year, and the writers are all happily chained to their IBM Selectric type writers again, let's pose this question on a lovely Monday here on Earth -

What was your "Best Picture" of the year?

That's it. That's the assignment.

What was, in your opinion, the best film made this past year?

And, NO, Driving Miss Daisy was not made this past year. I know that it is perennial favorite around here (Evil Twin Biff actually owns props from the set . . . I won't mention what they actually are), but perhaps we could move on and focus on some of the newer movies gracing the empty and soon-to-be extinct Blockbuster Video shelves.

Can't wait to read all about it -

Ben O.

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Blogger Rachel said...

I think one of the best pictures this past year was The Bourne Ultimatum. It was awesome! :)

7:35 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

I agree. The entire Bourne trilogy is spectacular.

Ben O.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Kel said...

I haven't seen many movies this year, but I did really like Atonement. Of course, I read the book (yeah, I'm one of those people) and I found it interesting. My parents went to see it based on my recommendation and my mother HATED it!

At least the Academy agreed with me.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Haven't seen Atonement yet (I probably won't either, just because we never get out to the movies anymore.)

It certainly looks pretty and interesting.

Ben O.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

Hoop and I have seen so many movies, I'm not sure which we saw this year and which were last... Hm. I really liked the third Pirates movie.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

I really liked the Jesse James flick. Casey Affleck was absolutely amazing. I'm not a Brad Pitt fan, but he did a nice little job himself, but Casey, he was just something else. There's some fantastic lines in that film too.

Oh, and I think I can grant you a wish. You said you wished you had stopped over at my blog earlier because of the contest ... and it doesn't end until tonight at 11pm! So, you still have time to enter!

10:17 AM  
Blogger Ello said...

I had to stop by another O's blog! And your avatar is too cute.

I personally loved Atonement and 3:10 to Yuma. Loved the Bourne Ultimatum but wouldn't go so far as to say best picture. Gotta go with Atonement.

10:58 AM  
Blogger mr. schprock said...

For me, it's a toss-up between La Vie en Rose and There Will Be Blood (which, by the way, was not the title of the latest Rambo flick). I enjoyed No Country very much, but the first thing I said when the movie ended was: "I don't get it." They could have ended it 10 minutes earlier, or let it run another 10 minutes, it would have amounted to the same thing it seemed to me.

Daniel Day Lewis is da man.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Control, of course. It was the only movie I saw last year that came out last year.

If you like The Bourne Trilogy movies, you obviously haven't read the books.

I hate the Coen brothers and hate that they win every friggin' time they're nominated. I hate that the Academy thinks they're cool by giving it to an "independent" film every single bloody time. What a crock of caca.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Hey all (welcome Ello),

I did actually read the first of the Bourne books and understand that they are way different. I think they were written years ago, though, weren't they? Maybe they don't adapt as well as other books.

I like the Coens but I see your point. Nobody likes it when someone wins all the time. I was actually glad to see George Clooney not win something.

I actually have to plug a really, really good movie (albeit concert movie) - U23D is ultra-amazing. Even if you only know With or Without You, go see this and you will not regret it. There are scenes in this flick that take your breath away.

Later - Ben O.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Zombieslayer said...

Heh. I can't feel sorry for George Clooney. I wish I made that kind of money.

300. Definitely. The Spartans would have survived the zombie plague had they not been conquered and assimilated.

12:34 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

My point is don't make a movie and pretend it's based on a book when the only thing from the book is the main character's name. If you want to make a spy thriller, make it. Don't bastardise an excellent book.

There was a made for TV movie with Michael Caine and Jaclyn Smith back in the 70s/80s that actually followed the book faithfully. I loved it.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

Hmm. I haven't watched many movies released over the year.

My favourite movie that I just watched this year would be 'A Room for Romeo Brass'

7:06 AM  
Blogger NYPinTA said...

Hmm... I didn't get out to the movies as often as I wanted to this year. Like almost everyone else I really liked The Bourne Ultimatum. I also liked I Am Legend. (But the "zombies" were a little ridiculous in hindsight. But while watching the film? They scared the bejezus out of me!) And 3:10 to Yuma was really well done. The only reason I'm glad the No Country For Old Men won is because I was standing across the street in Hollywood the night of it's premiere. Isn't that a wierd reason to root for a film?

1:44 PM  

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