Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Juno, the most over rated movie of the year.

My MySpace Status for the last few hours has been as follows:

Tim Duffy. finds it depressing that in a year with Superbad and Knocked Up, Juno would be the only comedy nominated for a best picture oscar.

It elicited a response from a usually MySpace-phobic friend of mine which went like this:

From: Terrence
Date: Jan 22, 2008 12:55 PM

you're the only person i know who didn't like it.

you're just a cynic and a nay sayer.

though I will agree that Knocked Up deserved a nod.

This could not be left alone. My Response:

i'm not. it's like the hippest episode of gilmore girls ever.

it's a bad movie. indie by numbers. i will question your taste from here on out for your vehement defense of this movie.

i wish i was just a cynic and a naysayer, i can usually see when that's the case. this time i feel justified. this movie is over praised and mediocre. ellen page and all the actors for that matter put in fine performances especially given the garbage source material and even worse forced quirkiness but that does not make a great movie. below is a list of 10 movies released this year all of which merit that spot in the best picture nominees more than juno:
1. superbad
2. knocked up
3. ratatouille
4. persepolis
5. once
6. the host
7. in the shadow of the moon
8. king of kong: pocket full of quarters
9. american gangster
10. the simpsons movie

below this is a list of movies i haven't even seen that i'm sure are better than juno:
1. the bourne ultimatum
2. the diving bell and the butterfly
3. the assasination of jesse james by the coward robert ford
4. into the wild
5. lust caution
6. 4 months, 2 weeks, 3 days
7. closer
8. norbit
9. 3:10 to yuma
10. charlie wilson's war

For further ruminations on how poor Juno was please see the last few weeks of the Best Show on WFMU.

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Blogger Pat said...

Geez....Terrance is right for a change, crazy...

3:25 PM  
Blogger PB said...

I haven't seen Juno and the only reason I might want to is to vehemently disagree with the people who like it. Everything I've heard about it makes me physically ill. I will gladly see it with anyone who is so sure that it's awesome that he or she will pay for my ticket in order to convince me of it's charms. Put your money where your is bandwagon-jumping hipsters! For the record Tim is not the only person who disliked it. Of all the people I know who've seen it, 2 really loved it, 2 hated it and the dozen or so others were basically "meh." I don't know if that's the reaction that warrants a best picture nomination. On the plus side we may get a lot more celebrity screenwriter strippers to ogle.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Tim Duffy said...

omg! pb is agreeing with me!!!

10:32 PM  
Anonymous dnice said...

Uhm, I totally agree. The dialogue was totally contrived, yes, just like an episode of Gilmore Girls. It reads like an 30 stripper wrote it, wondering what "hip kids" say these days... oh wait, that's EXACTLY who wrote it.

4:03 PM  

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