am i the crazy one?

The three principal movie reviewers from The New York Times have selected their 10 best movies of the year. I’ve never even heard of most of their selections, much less saw them. And I try to pay attention to that sort of thing.

This begs the question: Can it be true that the best movies of 2008 are small, unknown, independent and foreign features that are seen by very few, or are the reviewers in The New York Times a bunch of pretentious jack-offs who are afraid to lose their “cool-kid” status if they select something mainstream?

Heath Ledger in a nurse’s outfit doing that Chaplinesque walk while a hospital explodes in the background. I thought that was a pretty great moment and it deserved mention.

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The following sentence is from The New York Times film critic A.O. Scott’s review of The Spirit:

“Unfortunately whatever natural charisma he may possess is disguised by his hat, his mask and the murky shadows of the mise-en-scène.”

Is he kidding with that stuff? Does he think that mise-en-scène has seeped its way so deeply into the mainstream lexicon that we’re all aware of its meaning? He’s a jack-off.

5 thoughts on “am i the crazy one?

  1. where’s the link? I tried to google it but had no luck. I did find Roger Ebert’s picks though and I agree with him about Happy Go Lucky and Man on Wire.Most of the movies haven’t hit our shores yet 😦

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