oscar nominations are out now, and wow, am i behind this time. typically, no, i don’t give a crap about the insane glut of awards shows (people’s choice? golden globes? teen choice??? why god why), but the oscars, *that* i’m a retarded slave for. i thought it was bad last year when i’d only seen two of the best picture noms by the time things came out, but this year, i’ve only hit one, ‘little miss sunshine’, the dark horse for that race.
as i’m perusing the rest of the best pic list, though, i’m not all giddy about the rest of it. ‘babel’, i’ve heard, is just one big heaping mess, and after the director’s last heaping mess, i’m not so sure i want to subject myself to that again. i’d rather eat glass than sit through ‘letters from iwo jima’, war movies just not being my thing, especially “issues” war movies – i’m talking to you here, private ryan. hmmm, ‘the queen’ sounded like a snooze the first time i heard about it, but if it shows up at the $3 theater by Vivian’s house, maybe. likewise to ‘the departed’, because i liked the original quite a bit and i’m not sure a US remake would be such a better thing. i’m just not in love with the pool to pick from in this list. lots of the other races are similarly not inspiring me to get to the theater. apparently it’s very much the year of small, dark, melodromatic downers.
meanwhile, i’m working on plans to catch ‘pan’s labyrinth’ this weekend w/Brian & Cary, which i’ve been giddy about for quite some time. if you missed it, make sure to go find del toro’s previous spanish civil war supernatural thriller, ‘the devil’s backbone’, which is incredible. after finding someone who wants to hang out for ‘volver’ and ‘children of men’ with me, and catching ‘half nelson’ and ‘marie antoinette’ on dvd (lamely, they come out only the week before oscars, so here’s to hoping netflix gets em on the move quickly), i’m thinking i’ll be pretty much done with all i want to be. any major reccomendations, please send ’em on.