Oscar Wisdom Frothing

Daniel Day Lewis Enjoys a Milkshake.

I dreamed last night that I was watching There Will Be Blood on PBS--I'm guessing they were trying to get more people to see it before the Oscar ballots were due. Daniel Day-Lewis was, yes, insane. And he yelled a lot. Also, EmmyLou Harris made spagetti noodles from cornbread and a mother dog, mourning her pups, tried repeatedly to commit suicide and failed each time. Curiously, there was nothing about milkshakes. Also: the cinematography was daytime soap circa 1988.

Anyway, as I was thinking about the details of this movie in the shower, I realized I hadn't done my annual Oscar Wisdom Frothing post. And I have decidedly less wisdom to froth this year. I've only seen two of the nominated films (What? No Darjeeling Limited?), and although there are ever as many movies that I want to see, I'm writing this post during a moment of lesser passion. So I have have fudged the 'gotta see' numbers a bit.

So it goes.

    Black = have seen
    Turquoise = glad I haven't seen
    Green = don't quite care either way
    Rotten Apple = wanna see
    Orange = really wanna see
    Red = gotta see

      Across the Universe
      American Gangster
      The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
      At Night
      August Rush
      Away from Her
      The Bourne Ultimatum
      Charlie Wilson's War
      La Corona
      The Counterfeiters
      The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
      Eastern Promises
      Elizabeth: The Golden Age
      Even Pigeons Go To Heaven
      The Golden Compass
      Gone Baby Gone
      I Met the Walrus
      I'm Not There
      In the Valley of Elah
      Into the Wild
      The Kite Runner
      Lars and the Real Girl
      Madame Tutli-Putli
      Michael Clayton
      The Mozart of Pickpockets
      My Love
      No Country for Old Men
      No End in Sight
      Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience
      Peter and the Wolf
      Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
      Salim Baba
      Sari's Mother
      The Savages
      The Substitute
      Surf's Up
      Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
      Tanghi Argentini
      Taxi to the Dark Side
      There Will Be Blood
      3:10 to Yuma
      The Tonto Woman
      La Vie en Rose (La môme)


  1. Glad you haven't seen August Rush? That would make me so sad since I loved it, except I also 'fessed up to being a non-discriminating moviegoer. And I stand by both (liking the movie and being a non-discriminating moviegoer)

  2. Wow, those are the two movies I've seen, too.

  3. I read this:

    EmmyLou Harris made spagetti noodles from cornbread and a mother dog

    I'm not quite sure what to say next.

  4. .

    Could've used a comma there.....

  5. Personally, I rather enjoyed August Rush in its complete emotionally manipulative implausibleness. It has some great cello music in it.

  6. .

    Oo! I love the cello!

  7. Ok, here's my two cents: Juno is FANTASTIC as is Bourne Ultimatum. Obviously totally different flicks, but both are awesome.

  8. Ooh, and Pirates is really good too - but, then again, we really love Pirates in general.

  9. .

    I really love the first one, but the second didn't make much of an impression, one way or the other. Which is why the third is not a must-see for me.

  10. Hm. Hm, hm, hm.

    Sorry, Scott and Cindy, but I must say I disagree with you on Bourne Ultimatum. Yes, it was far less terrible than Supremacy, but it still is far less than even a shadow of a film in comparison to the first one.

    And, sorry to--oh, Scott and Cindy again--shoot. I'm really not a jerk; I promise. I hope Th can vouch for that fact. Anyway, I didn't think the third Pirates was all that great, though it did have its moments--and good moments, too! My opinion is that Pirates 2 and 3 could have been edited down into one really fantastic sequel but currently only constitute the end of a very drawn out trilogy.

    Man. I feel like I'm out to make enemies, so I won't take jabs at confuzzled or edgy because I haven't actually seen the movie, and they seem to be respectably aware of its artistic depravity.

    Sorry S&C--I didn't mean to single you out (couple you out? I dunno. Maybe I should just shut up now.)

  11. .

    I don't know him (↑).

  12. Oh! Hey! Ouch! If you don't know me, how did I manage to top your "Bloggers with confirmed corporeality" list?

    Jerk. Scott and Cindy, I blame Th for my jerkiness; I'm SURE he's the one that taught it to me....

    (PS How did you manage the upward arrow?)

  13. But, Schmetterling, you're not understanding the purpose of a Pirates trilogy. The purpose is to see Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom in pirate garb. If you're seeing for some frivolous reason like, oh, say, story, then of course you're going to be disappointed.

  14. Ah. That makes sense. Frankly, though, I never found either one of them very attractive. Of course, I suppose Ms. Knightly was the one who was supposed to be attracting my demographic, but, there again, not so much--just not one to fall for pixels on a screen, I guess.

    Wait a minute. Edgy, did YOU watch Pirates for for Johnny and Orlando?? I mean, if you did, whatever, that's cool, I guess, but--shoot. Oh, wait; you didn't advocate Pirates in the first place.

    MAN I suck at this game!

    Sorry, Th. I'm just out to get all your friends today, I guess.

  15. Okay, a quick perusal of Books Are King has been helpful. I like the alphabiography, by the way; not that I've read the whole thing--or much of it at all, really; Theric's interview distracted me magnificently--but I like the idea.

    Kay. So. Great. Anyone else I can take a bite out of tonight?