So, the Oscars last night... boring, am I right? Anne Hathaway was perky, James Franco was almost certainly wasted, and neither of them were clever or funny. You want a younger audience, Academy? Bring the funny. Yeah I know, by "younger" you don't mean me, anymore. But still -- the funny. Bring it. Because last night was a lengthy dispatch from Planet Meh.
I did enjoy Colin Firth's acceptance speech ("I have a feeling my career's just peaked"). Disappointed that Geoffrey Rush didn't get the Supporting Actor nod -- The King's Speech is as good as everyone says -- but since I didn't see The Fighter, for which Christian Bale won it, it's not really an informed opinion. I kind of hate boxing, so I'm slow to get to movies about it even when they're great. I was unimpressed by Melissa Leo's (supporting actress, also for The Fighter) potty mouth -- odd criticism coming from me, as I swear a lot more than strictly necessary myself, but geez, Ms. Leo, have some sense of context, m'kay?
Incidentally I hope Christian Bale's beard is for a role. It's otherwise unforgivable. He is no Jeff Bridges. Behold:
Less incidentally, but I have to put it somewhere, Natalie Portman is all kinds of lovely but I hated her hairstyle. I wore mine like that in 8th grade -- up on one side, hanging limply down on the other. It was 1981, and it was terrible then, too, but it was The Thing. For my daughters' sakes, let's not make it the thing again. Pretty earrings though:
And now The Serious:
Inside Job, which documents the catastrophic financial collapse of 2008. You should see it. Every American, at least, should see it. It will piss you off, and if you're an Obama fan it will disappoint you (meet the new boss, same as the old boss...) but knowledge is better than ignorance. Which is not to say I understand it all -- the vocabulary flies around pretty fast, and I wanted to say "wait, explain the part about subprime mortgages/collateralized debt obligations/credit default swaps again?" I saw it in the theater, but will watch it again at home so I can pause it when I get confused.
Yes, haha, that could be a long night... but unlike last night's Oscars, at least it won't be dull.