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January 25, 2005

In Anticipation Of The Oscar Nominations [Dave at Garfield Ridge]

Tuesday morning the Oscar nominations are coming out. And I can guarantee you, not a single Carrot Top movie will be on the list.

Unfortunately, we all know which other annoying beast (I call him "Annoyobeast") may end up with a nod today.

However, in the happy face, cheerful spirit of the Oscars, I offer you two gifts:

1. The Garfield Ridge 2004 Movie Lists. What I liked best, and least, out of the 50+ movies I saw last year. Plus some rather unique awards.

2. The Movie Cliches List.

Here are some examples:

In a prison or a gym, when someone is about to be threatened, it usually takes place when the subject is on his back pumping iron and the bar is lowered onto his neck thus reshaping the windpipe and driving some point home.

When foreigners appear in movies (Hispanics in particular) they seem to be able to speak perfect english without making one single mistake except it seems they NEVER manage to learn how to say "Sir" or "Thank you"... they always say "Senor" and "Gracias"

The correct military honor for a hero who saves the world by sacrificing his own life by flying directly into the alien death ray is to clap and cheer wildly in front of the hero's family immediately after he perishes

When you go to rob a bank in a film, you will always choose the teller who has just started his or her first day on the job.

With regard to that last entry, c'mon, that's not just a movie cliche-- that's common sense.

Not that I would, uh, personally know that, or anything.

Oh, and be sure to check out the special Indepedence Day cliche section, which pretty much sums up everything I can't stand about that movie.

Cheers,
Dave at Garfield Ridge

---
UPDATE: Oscar noms are out, you can read them here at Yahoo.

Some quick observations:
-- No nominations for Fahrenheit 9/11. Not for picture, not for documentary.

The terrorists have surely won.

-- The only movie out of the top five I haven't seen yet was Finding Neverland, which, let's be honest, looked pretty sleepy. I guess I'll have to go check it out.

-- It's criminal that Collateral didn't earn Michael Mann a directing nod, nor a cinematography nod. Blinding oversight.

-- Otherwise, this is a very solid list. I'm quite happy to see the excellent Hotel Rwanda represented, as well as Sideways, my favorite film of 2004. Alas, I suspect the good-but-overrated Aviator will clean up on Oscar night.

Take up the comments with your predictions!


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