January 23, 2007
Here is a list of movies released in 2006, ranked by Total Domestic Gross (TDG).
Let's take the second list first. From that list, I can name the ones that I actually saw (with their TDG ranks):
#1. Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest
#3. X-Men: Last Stand
#7. Ice-Age: The Meltdown
#10. Over The Hedge
#18. The Break-Up
#19. Scary Movie 4
#26. Saw III
#29. Charlotte's Web
#39. Rocky Balboa
#44. Flushed Away
#47. Underworld:Evolution (on DVD)
#51. Little Miss Sunshine
#84. Accepted (on DVD)
#92. United 93
#102. Clerks 2
That's it. Obviously as a father of three you can tell that a) I don't go out much and b) I see a lot of movies with my kids. Actually, now that I look at the list I'm surprised I saw as many movies as that.
Now go back to the first list. What you find is a whole lot of movies I haven't seen. Granted the ones on my list aren't all necessarily Oscar-worthy, but there are a handful.
I really liked "Little Miss Sunshine" and I suppose I'll root for that long-shot for Best Picture.
But the motivation for me to sit through a three-plus hour long awards show where a bunch of people, who make a living pretending to be other people, honor each other as if they've solved world hunger or found a cure for AIDS is...?
Dirty Harry at Libertas puts it this way:
I havent seen any of these, but for the most part, neither has anyone else. I have actors Ill root for because of my affection for them, but cant base that on these particular performances...That sounds about right.
...The Oscars bore me to death. I am thinking about live-blogging them, but that would mean actually watching, so Im not so sure.
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