I’m getting ready for today’s installment of the Nose, with James Hanley, Duby McDowell and Jacques Lamarre. (We’re pretty gay today. Should I even bother bringing up the Giglio story?) We’re on the trillion dollar coin story today and the DebraLee Hovey rebuff of Giffords. (I’m kind of fascinated by the way, if you take a few steps off the main trail, you find extremist literature in which the shooting of Giffords is implicitly minimized as no big deal. Note here the way the author complains about the “exploiting” of it which turns out to refer to any faint suggestion that steps should be taken to prevent future such occurrences.
We’ll probably spend the first segment talking about awards — the Academy noms and the slew of other prizes issued right around now in a way that tends to muddy the water. “Argo” did well with the Brits last night / today. The Golden Globes are kind of absurd but you ave to watch them a little because the hosts are so interesting and because everybody’s drunk, making for loosey-goosey moments.
My stray thoughts about the noms:
A.O. Scott loves them partly for their affirmation of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which he thinks is one of the years best two movies. I don’t. I’m with these critics:
As for Benh Zeitlin and Beasts of the Southern Wild, I agree with Stephanie that it has a graduate-student quality that, after a year, hasn’t aged well. It’s a muddled, muffled attempt at a kind of solidarity that feels like a balled-up homework assignment that’s been unballed, smoothed out, and turned in wrinkled. But this was a movie people loved at the Sundance Film Festival in a way you rarely see.
By the way, I recommend the Movie Club this year, especially Morris’s tour of trash.
Oddly, the movie I most want to see right now is not among the nominees. It’s “Magic Mike,” which so many people have praised and which I spurned because of its double dose of trashiness (the subject matter and McConaughey).
I do like the fact that so many movies this year are arguable. “Zero Dark 30” (which I will see tonight), “Django Unchained” and “Argo” have all stirred controversies which spilled out of the movie pages and into the main news columns. That’s a good thing. Kathryn Bigelow is pretty obviously being punished for controversy by the Academy. Affleck is being punished for being Affleck. (I happen to like his work.)
John Hawkes, my favorite actor du moment should have been given the opportunity to lose to Day-Lewis. Everybody will lose to Lincoln, but Hawkes’s polio-crippled wannabe Casanova is, in its own way, as good as Day-Lewis.
I’m always puzzled by the way foreign films — always with one exception every year (viz. “Amour”) — can only compete in their one category. “A Royal Affair” had breath-taking cinematography and production values. But it’s only up in the best foreign film category.