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Out of the Blue

MrsBlue was particularly into watching the Oscars last night, so to compensate her for the thousands of hours of football she's suffered over the years I watched along (in between occasional boredom-inspired power naps). It was nice seeing Christoph Waltz and Quentin win: It's not fair to say those awards were well-deserved, since we didn't see most of the nominees, but it's hard for me to imagine any of the competitors outshined them, and obviously the voters agreed.

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32. James Bond (007) Actors Feb 26, 2013, 10:44 Ant
 
I was disappointed to see no James Bond (007) actors showing up. Digital Spy mentioned this before the event. Rats.  
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31. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 26, 2013, 09:06 Verno
 
Account bans are toothless and users know that judging by the amount of people who re-register, they need to ban by IP. It has the unfortunate side effect of potentially affecting legitimate users but the odds are generally acceptable if you use the proper octet.

Unfortunately if a user really wants to evade a ban it's difficult to prevent them (proxies, VPN, etc) but most people will give up before that unless they're very determined.
 
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30. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 26, 2013, 07:58 nin
 
InBlack wrote on Feb 26, 2013, 07:08:
space admiral wrote on Feb 25, 2013, 15:30:
im sure you hope for many many many things

Hey captain, long time no see. I see they promoted you to admiral. Nice.

He was here yesterday. He just had another account banned.

 
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29. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 26, 2013, 07:11 InBlack
 
Cutter thanks for mentioning "Moonrise Kingdoms" and "Frank and Robot". Those slipped by my radar completely, and now I have a couple of really good films to watch.

BTW SLP is really a good movie, disregard the scathing reviews and give it a looksee, you will not regret it.
 
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28. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 26, 2013, 07:08 InBlack
 
space admiral wrote on Feb 25, 2013, 15:30:
im sure you hope for many many many things

Hey captain, long time no see. I see they promoted you to admiral. Nice.
 
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27. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 26, 2013, 00:20 siapnar
 
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Feb 25, 2013, 15:19:
Actually all the movies in the spotlight this year were pretty great. Last year was awful. If ever there was a year to spread the love around, this was it. (I missed SLP and Beasts).
Can't believe Tree of Life was nominated last year. What a steaming pile of shit.
Pretty good performances mixed in with some of the most vague, boring and prolonged sequences of film ever.

Verno wrote on Feb 25, 2013, 19:30:
Heck I wouldn't even rank Skyfall in my Bond top 5. Now Casino Royale, there's some quality cinema.
Agreed, I thought most of it rather average, with the highlight being Javier Bardem's performance
 
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26. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 25, 2013, 19:30 Verno
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 25, 2013, 14:27:
The cast of Skyfall acted circles around shit like SLP, etc. And Prof you're wrong, wrong wrong!!! Good character yes, but one we've seen before and one that doesn't require any great acting chops.

Sure The Oscars is as much about who you know and how you present yourself as it is about quality but that doesn't have anything to do with Skyfall being a pretty average action movie. In terms of acting, it's well acted enough but again I wouldn't be calling any of those career performances. I don't have a hard on for Oscar bait dramas or something but there were much better movies than Skyfall last year. Heck I wouldn't even rank Skyfall in my Bond top 5. Now Casino Royale, there's some quality cinema.
 
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25. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 25, 2013, 18:11 1badmf
 
yeah i don't watch that crap either. when the hive-mind speaks, it's always an average of the most common fears and desires. incidentally, that also is the fatal flaw of democracy.  
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24. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 25, 2013, 15:30 space admiral
 
im sure you hope for many many many things  
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23. Re: behold the prime directive Feb 25, 2013, 15:25 nin
 
space admiral wrote on Feb 25, 2013, 15:24:
awwww... i didnt get an oscar

Hopefully you'll get an IP block soon.

 
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22. behold the prime directive Feb 25, 2013, 15:24 space admiral
 
awwww... i didnt get an oscar  
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21. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 25, 2013, 15:19 Cyanotetyphas
 
Although I disagree with Cutter on Skyfall (Bond has come a long way but its still just an action movie), he's right about the politics.

The Academy is made up of thousands of people who produce and work on all the movies that are voted on. Add to that the massive amounts of money people like Weinstein throw around to support their favorite picture during the awards show run up and you have a fully functional government and lobbyists.

So this year they played it safe, everyone got a nod in their "place". Haneke made a great film and he's foreign so that's a slam dunk. Quentin is obviously writing. Lincoln was the Day Lewis show, here you go best actor. Argo was on a winning streak so they let it take best picture. Same with Hathaway, she gets to represent Miserables.

Okay, what do we have left? Well Ang already has a best picture so we'll just give him director this year. SLP needs something...um how about best actress why not? Of course its not as deliberate as that but that's the mass action effect.

Really the only pictures that didn't get much love were Beasts of the Southern Wild, a first try from everyone involved, and Zero Dark Thirty which was good but IMO not as remarkable as the others.

Actually all the movies in the spotlight this year were pretty great. Last year was awful. If ever there was a year to spread the love around, this was it. (I missed SLP and Beasts).
 
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20. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 25, 2013, 15:17 jdreyer
 
PHJF wrote on Feb 25, 2013, 13:28:
Exactly. He's charming and witty and funny - and yes, we all enjoy him - but that hardly qualifies as best (supporting) actor role.

That's absolute horse shit. Hans Landa was one of the best characters to grace cinema in years. The opening to Basterds was just absolutely perfect in every respect.
The pastry scene is so awesome.
 
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19. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 25, 2013, 14:27 Cutter
 
Verno wrote on Feb 25, 2013, 13:23:
Skyfall didn't deserve a nomination which is why it didn't get one Evilgrin

Moonrise Kingdom was really interesting though.

The cast of Skyfall acted circles around shit like SLP, etc. And Prof you're wrong, wrong wrong!!! Good character yes, but one we've seen before and one that doesn't require any great acting chops.

The Oscars has always been a political one trick pony which is why I never watch it. That's just one of the myriad of reasons I loved guys like George C. Scott. He hated the Oscar BS....

Was the first actor ever to refuse an Academy Award (1970, for Patton (1970)). He was followed by Marlon Brando, who also turned down the award for The Godfather (1972). The reason he claimed for missing the ceremony where he won the Oscar was that he was busy watching a hockey game.

 
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18. removed Feb 25, 2013, 14:23 Orphic Resonance
 
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 25, 2013, 13:28 PHJF
 
Exactly. He's charming and witty and funny - and yes, we all enjoy him - but that hardly qualifies as best (supporting) actor role.

That's absolute horse shit. Hans Landa was one of the best characters to grace cinema in years. The opening to Basterds was just absolutely perfect in every respect.

Was his turn as Doctor Shultz a major departure? No. Doesn't mean his performance wasn't just as solid. Not every actor needs to try and hit virtually every spot on the spectrum like Day-Lewis does. Christ, Denzel Washington is always getting love and he only ever plays himself.
 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 25, 2013, 13:23 Verno
 
Skyfall didn't deserve a nomination which is why it didn't get one Evilgrin

Moonrise Kingdom was really interesting though.
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 25, 2013, 13:18 PHJF
 
Looks like I'm eating my hat, kudos to Django. Oscars really are going mainstream, eh?  
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 25, 2013, 13:14 Cutter
 
Ahumado wrote on Feb 25, 2013, 11:32:
nin wrote on Feb 25, 2013, 09:08:
I watched along (in between occasional boredom-inspired power naps).

heh!


It was nice seeing Christoph Waltz and Quentin win:

Agreed. Waltz winning was about the only thing I was interested in. He definitely earned it.


He played the same role as in Inglorious Bastterds

Exactly. He's charming and witty and funny - and yes, we all enjoy him - but that hardly qualifies as best (supporting) actor role.

None of my favourite films were even nominated, Skyfall, Moonrise Kingdom, Robot and Frank. As always, if it's not a drama or period piece the Oscars passes it over. That's why so many consider it a joke.

And to be fair I've seen just as much hate on SLP. I haven't seen it and don't really intend after some of the scathing reviews I've read.
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 25, 2013, 12:17 Acleacius
 
Fair warning to anyone, who's head explodes about a Huffington Post link, don't click it.

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