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Best Film
« on: April 06, 2009, 08:28:40 PM »
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Best Film: WALL•E

THE NOMINEES

The Dark Knight
Milk
Synecdoche, New York
Wall•E
The Wrestler
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Re: Best Film
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2009, 12:50:56 AM »
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YES

That's my vote.

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Re: Best Film
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2009, 01:07:08 AM »
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I'm noticing a lot of variety in all the selections (even a Zodiac upset over There Will be Blood in the DVD section), but I voted for this film, too, and happy it won.

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Re: Best Film
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2009, 02:44:12 AM »
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Wow.  Go us!
Now you're in the *spoiler* place.

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Re: Best Film
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2009, 05:59:45 AM »
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Wall-E beat Charlie Kaufman, Aronofsky and Gus Van Sant at Xixax. Where are the fanboys ?

Pixar will release a bunch of other movies and Wall-E will just be another Pixar classic. I think The Wrestler is a better film and is more relevant.

As long as Milk didn't win though I'm fine.

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Re: Best Film
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2009, 08:24:17 AM »
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i voted Dark Knight of course, but i really can't hate •n that little guy.
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Re: Best Film
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2009, 09:11:30 AM »
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Makes sense that an animated film was the best movie of it's respective shitty year.

I didn't vote for it, but I'm okay that it won. It really does deserve it. I don't know how Pixar does it.
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Re: Best Film
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2009, 10:27:40 AM »
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Nice surprise, i thought TDK had it locked, like mod I voted for TDK but this was pretty great, man we should send them a link so they see this....looked up at their site and there's a mail but it's for investors..

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Re: Best Film
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2009, 10:34:09 AM »
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Makes sense that an animated film was the best movie of it's respective shitty year.

Really? I thought this year was great.

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Re: Best Film
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2009, 10:36:31 AM »
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^I'm probably just jaded.
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Re: Best Film
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2009, 01:37:58 PM »
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we might be making an academy kind of historic mistake here. i like walle as much as anyone else around here, but we had the chance to award synecdoche...

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Re: Best Film
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2009, 02:40:59 PM »
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we might be making an academy kind of historic mistake here. i like walle as much as anyone else around here, but we had the chance to award synecdoche...

Well, when historians are studying the Xixax archives and see how we screwed up and nominated a film that people will love forever instead of one that people sit through because they're "supposed to" we'll really kick ourselves, won't we?


(just kidding, historians won't exist in the future)

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Re: Best Film
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2009, 11:03:33 PM »
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2009 was the year the fanboys died.

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Re: Best Film
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2009, 07:04:32 AM »
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As much as I love Wall●E, TDK should have ruled.

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Re: Best Film
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2009, 08:12:59 AM »
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we might be making an academy kind of historic mistake here. i like walle as much as anyone else around here, but we had the chance to award synecdoche...

Well, when historians are studying the Xixax archives and see how we screwed up and nominated a film that people will love forever instead of one that people sit through because they're "supposed to" we'll really kick ourselves, won't we?


(just kidding, historians won't exist in the future)

i, for one, was completely captivated by synecdoche from beginning to end. i really loved it.  on the other hand, Wall-e was also stunning, and the fact that synecdoche is a harder film to understand than wall e doesn't make it any more or less significant (to history. it actually does make it "signify" more things... but you know what i meant). compared to most mainstream cinema, both are really amazing pieces that would each deserve the "best" ranking here, but wall-e's win takes nothing way from synecdoche. consider also that wall e reached many more people, was a responsibly paced children's movie with a genuinely good message and incredible visuals, and probably got a lot of kids excited about going to the movies.

 i'll never forget watching this with my little brother and seeing him as a seven year old pick out the themes of the film and really invest in Wall E and Eve... it's a very important film in its own right because it's perfectly communicative to its target audiences: people untrained in film analysis, and thoughtful people. if your argument against Wall-E is that it's too similar to other films, give me a recent example of a mainstream film that can fairly be said to have that kind of success. show me anything, especially in synecdoche, that can inspire a kid to have both a sense of responsibility and hope.
Obviously what you are doing right now is called (in my upcoming book of psychology at least) validation. I think it's a normal thing to do. People will reply, say anything, and then you're gonna do what you were subconsciently thinking of doing all along.

 

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