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yes, a movie about change (and the Depression) is a lot more likely this year.

But you're really missing the point. It's just a movie, Lance -- fluff and happy endings. There isn't anything really there -- although the "Free Georgia" line was interesting.

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As I said on Twitter, I regret (not enough) having seen it on DVD because there are several shots that BEG for the large screen.

It's "often compared" to Singing in the Rain because there's a, er, rather similar plot, if you watch movies for such things.

Of the nominees I've seen (or, in the case of The Descendants, tried to see), it's the easiest one to watch and enjoy while also saying, "Yes, film is the right medium here."

Quibble: the "happy ending" only lasts until you think about it for a while. (In this, it is perhaps similar to Moneyball.) As with the move of film production from Fort Lee to Hollywoodland, there are casualties, and the movie's end does not signal their end.


See it, Lance. It's brilliant and totally grabbed my heart.


I loved it. I think HUGO is better, but THE ARTIST is excellent. It's charming and fun and begs you to be nostalgic. And about all those faces, remember, "[They] didn't need dialogue! [They] had faces!"


I loved it too, for its sweetness, and its beautiful and loving evocation of a extinct style of moviemaking. No one can mistake it for a documentary treatment of behind-the-scenes Hollywood at the time.


You should see it, if only to get those impressions out of your head. There's a lot of artistry in it, and while I found the plot and characters somewhat affecting, it was the film itself that I found compelling. There are a lot of clever (but not "too" clever, if you get what I mean) bits of framing, use of focus, playing with props, etc. that add up to a surprisingly wonderful whole. Now, I may be a bit prejudiced, because my research area means that I've stared at a fair number of early movies and read a fair bit about the way they were made and shown; my husband thought it was fine, but wasn't as blown away by it as I was, and I think the key difference was my appreciation of the technical side of it.

But do see it in the theater. It's not just the benefit of the large screen (though given the subtle use of background images, that's important), but the experience of seeing it with an audience. It's that sort of movie; it needs the feeling of human beings around it to work best.


If you're trying to convince your readers of the lack of artistic merit of "THE ARTIST", forget it. That is not what they want to hear. They want you to praise it to the skies.

Let's face it, the different movie industries around the world is becoming increasingly conservative in a period in which people embrace conservatism as a lifeline against the difficult economic times. They want happy endings and homages to the past.

I don't mind watching movies laced with conservative values. But I do mind when they are rewarded by critics and the film industries for those values, instead of any real artistic merit.


This movie won Best Picture of the Year from the Academy Awards and the BAFTAs, along with one of the top awards at the Cannes Film Festival? Really?

Mind you, it's a cute film. And I like the look of its production. But Best Movie? I don't think so.

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