First, obligatorily, we don’t care about the Oscars. Second, we really haven’t seen or at least haven’t written about enough of the Oscar nominees this year. Part of the reason is that a lot of the films of last year weren’t that interesting, discussion-wise. Even films that were being talked about elsewhere, like “The Help” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” didn’t seem worthy of review for us. But we’re going to try to be better in this next year. We also notice that we could be a little less negative. Even the one discussion post on “Hugo,” one of our favorites of the year is about its one notable flaw. Anyway, in response to the 2012 Academy Award nominees, here are those recognized that we’ve spouted about:
“The Artist” – 10 Movies to See Instad of “The Artist”
“Hugo” – One Little Problem with “Hugo”
“The Tree of Life” – “The Tree of Life” is All Style and No Substance
“Bridesmaids” – What Does “Bridesmaids” Mean for Women – If Anything?
“Hell and Back Again” – “Hell and Back Again” is a Necessary Nonfiction Version of “The Deer Hunter” for Today’s Veteran
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” – Doc Talk: What Documentary Has Changed your Mind?
Music (Original Song)
“The Muppets” – Is “The Muppets” a True Muppets Movie?
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” – “Harry Potter” and the Neverending Story, or Over-Regarding Dumbledore’s Last Piece of Wisdom
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” – “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is the Best Remake of “Project X” Since “Project Nim”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” – “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” MIght Just Be the Greatest Political Allegory of Our Time