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Jesse Crall

From a quality standpoint, MR TURNER was robbed out of best picture, LOCKE and its lead actor TOM HARDY were robbed, ditto NIGHTCRAWLER & Jake Gyllenhaal, CALVARY could have gotten some love in multiple categories, Kristen Wiig was unfairly ignored for lead actress...AMERICAN SNIPER and SELMA were both just outside my top-10 so I'm not really crying the blues over the fates of either...Bradley Cooper was amazing, though.

I'd go see BOYHOOD, though. It's very simple, moving, well-done. No pomposity, no bull. Just a great bit of American realism helped along by terrific performances. I'd be shocked if you were anything less than pleased with it.


I don't understand why I'm not supposed to be bothered by "Selma's" depiction of LBJ. In an editorial in today's LA Times, John Lewis argued that "Lincoln" was not criticized for omitting any mention of Frederick Douglas. That's not the right analogy, though. "Selma" didn't omit LBJ, it showed him as being something he wasn't. The correct analogy would be if "Lincoln" had shown Frederick Douglas as a supporter of the Confederacy. Had that happened, people would have been justifiably offended - just as they are now justified in being offended by "Selma" showing LBJ as an opponent of the civil rights movement. That doesn't make "Selma" a bad movie, but it is a serious flaw, in my judgment.

Fiddlin Bill

If you liked The 400 Blows, you'll probably like Boyhood. The lead actor is very good, and the whole cast for that matter. The longitudinal deal is in a way a gimmick, although it does allow us to actually perceive aging and growth in the cast in ways we usually don't notice, and certainly not in a single film. (However, Jett Rink ages very well in Giant.)

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