Thursday, February 21, 2008

I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!

Squee, dude. Fingers crossed:

Anyhoo, on to this weekend: OSCARS! I don't know why I get excited to watch them, they're so office politic-y and they always let me down. Yet I always watch, without fail. At least I have--TA DA!!--seen all the Best Picture nominees this year, and nearly all the actor categories.

Wrapped up by watching both Atonement and There Will Be Blood last night. Atonement was better than I expected, though still quite saccharine (I was ready to beat Keira's ass if the words, "Come back to me," came out of her mouth one more time) and I still don't think much of Joe Wright as director (I still can't utter Pride & Prejudice without throwing up in my mouth a little). D also liked it much more than he expected.

TWBB was really enjoyable as well, though there is no doubt that the movie is ALL ABOUT the character. Without Daniel Day-Lewis, I'm not sure there is much of a movie. I also don't know if that's necessarily a good thing. Some of the other performances, namely Paul Dano, were really great, but the lead role is really what it's all about.

In the end, of the five choices, my preferences in order are:

No Country For Old Men
There Will Be Blood
Michael Clayton

I know, who thought Atonement would top Michael Clayton? But it does. And Juno before Blood? Sure, it's a lighter film but I still liked what it had to say (and the way it did it) enough to push it into the #2 spot. But there is no doubt, I think, that No Country will walk away with the top prize. At least I hope that's how it plays out,as it really has all the elements that make a great film.


The [Cherry] Ride said...

Wait, the Oscars are on this weekend? Shit, I need to get my head out of my ass...

Ellen Aim said...

Considering the competition, your ass might be more entertaining. But on the other hand (cheek?), Jon Stewart *is* hosting...

Triana said...

I wish they had left a slight bit more mystery at the end of Atonement. But otherwise I found it quite enjoyable. And I still really really want Keira's dress.

And I, too, had no idea that the Oscars were this weekend. Wacky.

Ellen Aim said...

Yeah, no kidding with Atonement. WE *SHALL* HAVE THE BIGGEST DOWNER OF AN ENDING, DAMN YOU!!

I totally want that dress, too. I hear it got auctioned off for big bucks.

CinemaslaveJoe said...

I really disliked Atonement; it was an exquisitely photographed slog of a film, noteable only for its photography and costumes. Two hours of Keira Knightley smoking at me made me feel dirty too.

I rank them:

No Country
There Will Be Bloos
Michael Clayton

Though I'd put The Diving Bell & The Butterfly and In the Valley of Elah ahead of either Juno or Atonement.


Ellen Aim said...

Atonement was better than his craptastic take on Pride & Prejudice!

And NO SHIT--could these people have smoked ANYMORE in this movie? It was distractingly odd.

I have not seen Diving Bell and am halfway through Elah, which is deeply depressing yet quite engaging...