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Saturday, 26 February 2011


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I liked The Kings Speech so much I saw it twice. The second time my wife went with me and she slept through the whole thing. A split decision on that one.

The Oscar telecast has devolved into an overgrown episode of Entertainment Tonight. It is just an hours long commercial full of celebrity endorsements with enthusiastic common folk as the shills. I'll catch the highlights the morning after the blessing.

Wow. 2001 was a really good year for movies. Erg. Kinda depressed now, looking at the last few year's harvest.

Top Gear (BBC Car programme) is estimated to have 350 million viewers worldwide...

Shown almost every country except the US.

Glad to see that you're finding new enjoyment of motion pictures, Mike.

Personally, although I love films, and have been a collector of them since they were first available to collect, my interest in the Oscars ceased nearly 20 years ago. Too much silliness and internal politics.

As an aside, thanks most for the tip towards Jeff Bridges's photos! I've long thought that a story, or even a series, on celebrity photographers would make good reading. I have books of several of them (George Patton, Sammy Davis, Jr., Yul Brynner, et.al.) and it's a subject that I think offers great interest.

Jeff Bridges takes about as good a Widelux photo as anyone does, I love his stuff. His book "Pictures by Jeff Bridges" is one of my favorites. It kills the "celebrity movie stars can't tale pictures" theory dead dead dead.

Sammy Davis Junior "Photo by Sammy Davis, Jr." and Denis Hopper ( holy crap , check out those prices ! ) weren't bad photographers either.

Slim pickins back in '01... Clearly the best film was animated. I'm actually really glad that Toy Story 3 got nominated for best picture this year, even if it won't, and probably shouldn't, win.

Here's hoping an animated film will win sometime, though the boat was clearly missed in '08 with Wall-E, a far better film than any of the best picture nominations that year. Oh well... That's the oscars for you. I much prefer Jeff Bridge's widelux...

"can't tale pictures" was meant to be "can't take pictures" , but of course there's a lot o narrative in those panos , so maybe he IS tale-ing pictures.

"Top Gear (BBC Car programme) is estimated to have 350 million viewers worldwide... Shown almost every country except the US."

And I watch it faithfully in the U.S. I subscribe through iTunes ($17.99 for the whole season), and watch every episode as soon as it's delivered.


I just got a chance to see "Crazy Heart" (I know - 2009 - I am WAY behind), and Bridges blew me away. Now I am anxious to see the new "Grit", especially with all that has been said about it.


I feel that something like The King's Speech is way more likely to be forgotten in 10 years than Black Swan. Partly because Black Swan should take its place in Darren Aronofsky's oeuvre by then, and partly because I haven't heard anyone talk about Shakespeare in Love in a really long time.

The Dude abides.

In this digital age it is nice to see that Jeff Bridges hasn't abandoned his Widelux and film (or is it "tape" now?). They're nifty cameras and he does really nice work with them.

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There are Mardi Gras parades to see, you see.
And pix to take.


You know, I always wanted to be a famous and successful actor, just so that when The Academy came knocking on my door, I could tell them to stick their little statue of Uncle Oscar where the sun don't shine. The Oscars have NEVER been about how good something is, much much more about how well the director, producer, studio, stars etc can make kissy-face with the head honchos at The Academy. (Yeah, I'm bein' polite...)

So for me, I could care less about the whole dang shootin' match; I prefer to make my own judgements about a movie's worth.

BTW, and sorry to do this to you, kids - there ain't no Santa and the Easter Bunny isn't real either. ;)

Nobody in here but us curmudgeons.


Just had a look at Jeff Bridges' site. The handwritten format take a bit to get used to, yet it is refreshing. He could have gone the other direction with a "high-gloss" look with lots of Flash, etc., but he took another direction. It certainly has a individual feel to it.

Amazing, Mike. When I was viewing True Grit, I remembered Bridge's mania of shooting in each movie he's in, so it's so nice to confirm he is still doing it.

Top Gear is also available if you have BBC America on your TV plan. I don't have a TV plan at all, but my son gets BBC America and introduced us to this show, which is so entertaining that I like to watch it even though I barely care about cars. Too bad my Dad didn't live long enough, however, as there was hardly anything he loved as much as he loved cars and the British.

I believe that here in Canada, the viewership record goes to the 2010 Olympic hockey final. About 50% of the national population watched at least part of that game.

I guess I've lost the plot altogether. In the pre Oscars week I bought DVDs of "Pandora's Box" (GW Pabst, Louise Brooks (!)) 1929 and "The Third Man" (Carol Reed, Joseph Cotten & Orson Welles) 1949.

I'm so pleased that DVD technology has given us back all these timeless great films.

The monochrome cinematography alone of "The Third Man" is at the peak of the art.


The (free) iPad app of Bridges's True Grit photos is fantastic. I expect that it won't be too long before anyone will be able to create self-contained photo book apps like it, which should be interesting.

As for the Oscars, I watch for the dresses... :)

Wow, Bridges is actually pretty good. Besides the behind the scenes snaps (always nice), there are some really original gems in there. Good to see a celeb-with-an-expensive-camera make some genuinely interesting work!

My fondest "Oscar memory" was a few years ago when I snagged a mint Nikon FE2 on eBay for a pittance, probably because the auction ended at the height of the Academy Awards broadcast.

Jeff's photos are excellent, but Dennis Hopper is still my favorite celebrity photographer.

Dennis Hopper was a photographer who financed his carreer by some acting :-). Although he could combine both nicely as he did in Apocalipse Now. No props needed their! Jeff Bridges I don't know but I met Dennis at a show of his pictures somewhere in Germany. We exchanged a few words, as I told him I liked the pictures and he was pleased to hear that and played them down. A he played the vilain in Speed I had a hard time believing him no matter how good he acted.

Greetings, Ed

The True Grit portfolio was terrific. Thanks!

Mike :
Nobody in here but us curmudgeons.

So why couldn't we old curmudgeons of (almost) anywhere round the world vote for 2001 Best Movie?

My vote :
1 Mulholland Drive
2 Donnie Darko
3 Shrek
And of course
0 Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi

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