Argo won for best picture.

Give me a break. It was a nice little movie, a pleasurable little movie.

It was not nearly in the class of Life of Pi, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lincoln — in that order.

Not even close.

What a silly Academy Award for best picture.



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  1. NeverWrong

    Affleck was auditioning for the film version of “Thirtysomething,” to play Michael Steadman, with all his simpering regular-guy stuttering, when he accepted the Best Picture Oscar last night. But who will play Hope?

    February 25th, 2013 8:23 am

  2. Ben

    i completely agree. i think any of the three you mentioned would have been better choices just as examples of higher film making. that said, i personally enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook most for what it’s worth. mick lasalle ripped it, which made me like it even more.

    February 25th, 2013 8:49 am

  3. CohnZohn

    Ben, I haven’t seen Silver Linings Playbook, so I didn’t write about it. You recommend it?

    February 25th, 2013 8:54 am

  4. Dennis

    Zero Dark 30

    February 25th, 2013 9:06 am

  5. CohnZohn

    Dennis, I haven’t seen Zero Dark 30. It was hard to find the time after Mrs. Cohn Zohn’s operation. But I plan to see it and to see Life of Pi one more time.

    February 25th, 2013 9:11 am

  6. Marco

    Lowell – Movie producers are the heroes who help save the lives of helpless Americans trapped in revolutionary Iran. What’s more flattering to Hollywood’s self-image than that?

    February 25th, 2013 9:23 am

  7. Ben

    i definitely recommend it. a nice date movie for you and mrs. cohn zone.

    February 25th, 2013 10:44 am

  8. Dennis

    Zero Dark 30 was better than Argo and should have been nominated for best director. She (the director) did an incredible job, but then I haven’t seen Life of Pi

    February 25th, 2013 11:35 am

  9. Brandon Conway

    Argo tells the story of Hollywood saving lives. Of course it was gonna win.

    February 25th, 2013 3:24 pm

  10. B=Rad

    The people voting on this are probably experts who see maybe 15-20 movies a week,
    like newspaper movie critics. Maybe they are newspaper movie critics for all I know.

    It takes me a long time to see that many movies so these people know maybe
    10,000 times as much as I do about movies. They know about cinematography,
    sound editing/mixing, film editing, adapting screenplays, best makeup,
    costume design………………

    I wouldn’t know a good cinematograph if one came up and bit me on the butt.
    I’ve never seen a short foreign language documentary.

    There’s an excellent (I’m sure) local movie critic who writes very enjoyable
    reviews, but if his little ratings man is jumping up and down on the chair, then if
    I had my little ratings man seeing the same movie, my guy would be on his
    death bed with 5 hours to live.

    I can’t relate to these experts, they mean nothing to me.
    That’s why newspapers should also hire one guy like me, who knows very little
    about movies but can relate to the great unwashed masses. But they’d have
    to fire me in a year because I would have seen 1,000 movies and learned so
    much of the genre that I could no longer relate to common man.

    February 25th, 2013 3:36 pm

  11. Nancy R

    Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty are both very good.

    February 25th, 2013 9:00 pm

  12. Nancy R

    Unfortunately it seems like the Academy often votes for the underdog rather than voting for what is truly the best movie. It’s a shame for the history of movie making.

    February 25th, 2013 9:03 pm

  13. Matt in Newark

    I enjoyed Lincoln and the Life of Pi. Lincoln featured such a great cast and the political horse-trading was fun to watch. Life of Pi’s special effects were amazing. There was much that was symbolic that a Hindu would probably recognize more clearly. I haven’t seen any of the other nominees, but it seemed like a good year for movies.

    February 25th, 2013 9:14 pm

  14. Nancy R

    I have to revise my opinion now that I have actually SEEN Argo. I thought it was great. I was engaged in the excitement and the thrill of the hunt from start to finish and there was never a moment that I didn’t believe I was in Iran experiencing all of it with the actors. It was like real life. Lincoln was great but much more static. I can see why Argo won. It was way better than just being a nice movie. I learned a lot too. I loved Zero Dark Thirty as well. But with Argo never did my heart stop racing with fear and excitement.

    March 1st, 2013 5:59 am

  15. Stan

    Argo…Fargo…Juno. Hollywood nowadays has a thing for “o” one name movies.

    March 2nd, 2013 5:37 pm

  16. b4huxley

    I watched Argo, the movie itself wasn’t awful however the one thing that stood out to me was how awful Ben afflecks character was. He literally and unbelievingly cast himself as the hero. His reaction to the events in the film were awful, to me at times it seemed he was copying Bruce Campbell mannerisms in acting.my issue with Argo was affleck he shouldn’t have been in that film.

    March 3rd, 2013 4:21 pm

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