Balcony Seat

Well, it’s Oscar week, so let’s get it going. I finally got “The Hangover” from Netflix but I don’t see that as a nominated movie so that’s unfortunate. No, it’s not Oscar-caliber but…I’m just glad to see an R-rated movie that doesn’t relent in the end, the way that “40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Wedding Crashers” did. I mean, yeah, they made it back in time but it didn’t get all sappy…well, I don’t want to give it away for those who are as behind as I am.

Anyway, I have seen four of the ten (!?!) movies nominated for Best Picture: “Up,” “A Serious Man,” “The Hurt Locker,” and “District Nine.” Why ten? Bad idea. That’s just too many movies. Of those four, I’d say “The Hurt Locker” is the only one that deserves to be in such a high honor. I hope “Inglourious Basterds” or “Up in the Air” are great movies because so far I’m just not seeing it. I understand that the Coen Brothers movie has to be in there simply because it’s them but that movie was no “No Country for Old Men.”

“District Nine” for Best Picture? I liked it but it wasn’t that great. A real stretch, as far as I’m concerned. “Moon” would have been more appropriate a choice.

What I’m wondering is, where is the classic? Where’s the “There Will Be Blood” or “Lost in Translation” (neither of which won of course). Maybe it’s just me, but I haven’t seen a movie that deep, emotionally, or well-written, in a while. And so I just checked the queue and once again I have been passed up on “Inglourious Basterds”! Coming next: “Paranormal Activity.” No Oscars for that one.

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