I gave in to peer pressure on Saturday and went to see Avatar. I would like to show you some pictures from my experience. Like this one… Wait, that’s not from the movie? Must have been this one… Oh, that’s a different psychedelic world. Well at least it had an original story… Oh. At least it’s an original concept… No? Well it sure was cool the way things lit up at night, now what did that make me think of… Oh right. No wonder something reminded me of college.
So not an original look, not an original story, up for lots of Oscars. “Unobtanium” is what my engineer dad used to call materials that were hard to get as a joke, and I just watched people talk about it for three hours without cracking a smile. Wow. If you think that’s bad though, check out excerpts from the original script. What do you know, it wasn’t enough for everything to look like an acid trip, Jake was actually supposed to have one. So not living on Pandora is giving some people post-Avatar depression? I’d be depressed if I was living there. I didn’t see ANY snuggies, lap dogs or hot cocoa. In conclusion, if you don’t know what this is you should learn more about it, so you know when the movies are selling you a bill of goods, Kimba.
So this was an Oscar night without a lot of groaner moments, which is nice for a change. Anyone catch those acrobats forming movie titles? Just when you thought the Academy had surpassed the cheesy nineties they bring in the shadow puppet people. I was a little annoyed by how many times the announcer kept characterizing it as an evening of surprises, I saw very few of them. One award that was not a surprise but was nonetheless a huge disappointment was the Best Animated Feature Oscar going to Happy Feet; it was an Oscar handed out for a popular idea to a movie that was in no way a contender for Cars. Was anyone really surprised by the winners for Best Actor and Actress? Every magazine had them as the front runners. The big relief was the win for The Departed, because as much as I was mildly amused by Little Miss Sunshine, had it won, it would have ranked up with The Greatest Show on Earth as one of the least worthy Best Pictures ever given the honor. It was cute, the ending was hysterical, but if you’ve seen just one family road movie from National Lampoon to The Daytrippers you’ve seen this one. Thank goodness they finally gave something to Scorsese in a year he made a decent movie before they had to give him one for a dog just to make him feel better. Don’t put it past them.
Just as soon as Scott starts getting better, imagine that, I come down with it! I’m off to the doctor today for a cough, and that’s twice in one month I’ve come down with something. Who’s ready for the end of winter? I am! There were some wins at the Oscars last night I was really happy to see, including the win for Wallace & Gromit. But the big cheer came when John Canemaker accepted his award for the Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation. Some of you might get the opportunity to make a screening of the winning live action and animated shorts some time this year, and if you do, its worth seeing John’s film. He’s a very kind and gentle person and his books are a better source for animation history than anything else out there. That’s all I have the energy to talk about before I crawl back into bed!