20 Weeks Archive for December, 2007

20 Weeks… Year Ender

Well, we’re down to where we were a month ago!
Back on November 15, I wrote: “It’s also an unusual year because so many of these films are so good. Everyone has personal favorites and films they just don’t like, but if you run down the list of the dozen or so films still in play, it seems like you are going to find almost everyone giving a “thumbs up” (quarter to Roger) to at least two-thirds of the titles. That is remarkable, really.”
Has that changed?

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20 Weeks – Damaged Frontal Globe



Oscar – 20 Weeks & Gurus

The notion of prognosticating, which is often attacked by those who have no skill at doing it, is not a science. It is an artistic endeavor. And like all art, there is good and bad … and taste involved.
Oscar prognostication is particularly odd, since we are already well into the period of weaning out the likelies and unlikelies even though a significant percentage of the films that are “in play” have still not been seen by as much as 20% of the Academy membership. Yet here we are, both reading and influencing the process … all the while both blind to statistically significant input from voters and irrelevant to their decision-making in the long run.

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“We don’t have any idea what the universe is. Wise people have always told us that this is proof you shouldn’t think, because thinking leads you nowhere. You just build over this huge construction of misunderstanding, which is culture. The history of culture is the history of the misunderstandings of great thinkers. So we always have to go back to zero and begin differently. And maybe in that way you have a chance not to understand but at least not to have further misunderstandings. Because this is the other side of this question—Am I really so brave to cancel all human culture? To stop admiring the beauty in human production? It’s very difficult to say no.”
~ László Krasznahorkai

“I have a license to carry in New York. Can you believe that? Nobody knows that, [Applause] somebody attacks, somebody attacks me, oh, they’re gonna be shot. Can you imagine? Somebody says, oh, it is Trump, he’s easy pickings what do you say? Right? Oh, boy. What was the famous movie? No. Remember, no remember where he went around and he sort of after his wife was hurt so badly and kill. What?  I — Honestly, Yeah, right, it’s true, but you have many of them. Famous movie. Somebody. You have many of them. Charles Bronson right the late great Charles Bronson name of the movie come on.  , remember that? Ah, we’re gonna cut you up, sir, we’re gonna cut you up, uh-huh.


One of the great movies. Charles Bronson, great, Charles Bronson. Great movies. Today you can’t make that movie because it’s not politically correct, right? It’s not politically correct. But could you imagine with Trump? Somebody says, oh, all these big monsters aren’t around he’s easy pickings and then shoot.”
~ Donald Trump