The 82nd Annual Academy Awards - discussion thread

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Daneel, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. Too Much Fun

    Too Much Fun Commodore Commodore

    Feb 19, 2009
    Yes, I suppose it wouldn't have been a travesty if Star Wars won, from an objective standpoint. It certainly is impressive in terms of production design and visual effects, which were obviously very original and influential in film history in a good way.

    I guess the characters were endearing too, at least much more than those in the prequels, but I still think "Annie Hall" is vastly superior to it in every way and although "Star Wars" would have been far from one of the worst movies to win best picture, I definitely would have felt that "Annie Hall" was robbed if it had taken the Golden Boy.
  2. Colonel Green

    Colonel Green Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 19, 2004
    Excalbia, BC
    If nothing else, the degree to which T'Bonz got owned in this thread has elevated it to legendary status.

    I eagerly await her chastened return.
  3. Rii

    Rii Rear Admiral

    Jul 22, 2008
    An Oscar for America's Hubris
  4. The Wreath of Khan

    The Wreath of Khan Locutus of Bored Moderator

    Jul 5, 2004
    Rockin' 'Round the Moons of Nibia
    That wasn't really the point of the movie either. It's to show the perspective of the Iraqis from that of the bomb disposal technicians - who are of course going to view those around the people observing their work with a range from indifference to fear. Knowing that any one of them is potentially waiting to set off the bomb while you're working on it doesn't exactly leave a lot of time to build friendships. Nor are they going to stop and reflect on the philosophical reasons behind the war while they're trying to avoid dying in a blast.

    The article does mention the boy who Sgt. James befriends on base and whom he goes on a very dangerous unauthorized lone journey through Baghdad at night for at one point. But it doesn't mention the base psychiatrist trying to befriend Iraqis or the extraordinary efforts Sgt. James and his team go through to try and save an Iraqi family man who was locked into a suicide vest against his will; which almost wound up killing them as well. It also neglects to mention that they are also saving Iraqi lives by disabling these bombs and that there are several moments where the easier option would have been to simply kill the Iraqi person rather than risk your life, yet they chose to take the risk instead.

    While I haven't served myself, I have a family full of veterans (some from Iraq and Afghanistan) and the depictions of daily life and what concerns the troops in the film ring true to what they've said for the most part. It's not an Iraq War film by Terrence Malick where everyone is waxing poetic about the reasons behind the war; they're just trying to survive and do their best for themselves and their team while fighting boredom, depression, and fears about life back home and the future.

    I think people are expecting this movie to be way more than what it set out to be. It's not pro-war or anti-war, it's just trying to relate the experiences of these three guys doing an incredibly stressful job day in and day out.
  5. Gingerbread Girl

    Gingerbread Girl Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Apr 26, 2001
    Kira's Mom is in Virginia
    ^Well put. And it could have been set in any war, not just Iraq.