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2012 Oscar Nominee Discussions

2012 Oscar Nominee Discussions

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:

Best Picture

“The Artist” 10 Movies to See Instad of “The Artist”

“The Descendents” “The Descendants” Is about as Interesting and Compelling as a Light Hawaiian Breeze

“Hugo” One Little Problem with “Hugo”

“Moneyball” “Moneyball” is Like a Home Run by Barry Bonds Playing Tee-Ball

“The Tree of Life” “The Tree of Life” is All Style and No Substance

Original Screenplay

“Bridesmaids” What Does “Bridesmaids” Mean for Women – If Anything?


Animated Feature

“Kung Fu Panda 2” “Kung Fu Panda 2” Promotes Fireworks Not Bombs in a Sequel That’s as Good as the Original

“Rango” “Rango” is the Funniest Western Since “Blazing Saddles” – But is This a Good Thing?

Documentary (Feature)

“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?

“Pina” In the Year of the Dance Doc, Wim Wenders’ “Pina” is Tops

Music (Original Song)

“The Muppets” Is “The Muppets” a True Muppets Movie?

“Rio” “Rio” is Good for Kids, Better for Tourism

Visual Effects

“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

Costume Design

“W.E.” “W.E.” Has Gobs of Deliciously Wretched Cult Classic Potential

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