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February 23, 2007



Hey, Ken: I still can't believe "Sunshine" got "Dreamgirls" spot! Sunshine is a cute, feel happy Netflix rental!


I tell you, the worst actor, in my opinion, to look at is Toni Collette, who is the actor in Little Miss Sunshine. So that would kill that film for me. utahgramma


I don't even want to see Little Miss Sunshine because of the downer in About a Boy, Toni Collette.


Thank you, hugely, for accepting my comment. I have no idea what you or any other site means by "username." Someone told me to type in any word or madeup word and that sort of username would be accepted.


I loved Dreamgirls and identified with it. There are some powerfully talented actors in it.

la guy

"Others think it’s a downer and question whether Princess Diana had to die."That made me laugh. I think you have a future in this comedy business.By the way, you might find this amusing in light of one of your recent posts.


I think everyone forgot about UNFORGIVEN a couple years ago, so I hope they don't forget about Million Dollar Baby this time around and confuse everyone again.


Dreamgirls was little more than a bunch of music videos sewn together by some very poorly written scenes.It was terrible as far as story goes.Babel was not good either, but at least it had SCENES.I really don't understand why you push Dreamgirls so, so much.


Dreamgirls, oh god, not another musical with a simple storyline and forgettable songs excused because hey it's a musical. Please. It is just an "ok" musical with some ok to good actors. In the good old days, say, West Side Story, Sound of Music et al, there were well-written songs that became hits and people recalled them. Not like the tag-on songs by most likely Randy Newman, added to films to get at least a best-song oscar. Ask anyone "on the street" to name two songs from that so-called important musical "Dreamgirls". And hum the tune. Same with the Oscar jury.As for Scorcese, the system is at work reminding us fools that he is supposed to win this one. no chance to escape.

anonymous XII

I cringe when I hear "Long time listener, first time caller." I shudder when I hear "Thank you for taking my call."Now the blogosphere, and anonymous in particular, has brought us "Thank you hugely for accepting my comment."I may cry.


I think I will TIVO the award ceremony and fast forward through most of it...


Sure about two things:1) Marty will nail the Best Director Oscar because it's long overdue. This year, even if he shot a public service clip against drunk driving, he'd still get it. C'mon, the man deserves it.2) The Departed, however, will not get the Best Picture honor because the golden boy gets shot so unexpectedly. He was supposed to get the girl. There is no closure in this tight little story of two rats and a Jack. And the real rat at the very end was a terrible visual joke totally unbecoming of a great director. Why did he feel there was a need for that, I don't know. And how did it escape Thelma's usually-unmatched quality editing? Marty thought his viewers got so old and senile that they would otherwise not get the whole 2.5-hour long "rat" motif?

Cap'n Bob Napier

Thanks for revealing the ending, Gary. Really bright move.


Nope. He did not reveal the ending cap'n. Just watch the film.


He kinda did.


Appreciate the post, and you're dead-on re: 'Little Miss Sunshine.' But since I do have to enter the Oscar pool: What do you really think will win, Ken? (I'll split the winnings with ya, if you like!)

Emily Blake

I liked The Departed, and especialy Mark Walberg, but I left the theater dodging all the bullets I was now paranoid where aimed at my head.Little Miss Sunshine I would see again and again and again and feel happy every time.I think a movie only qualfies for Best Picture if somebody dies in it.I'm spending the Oscar broadcast having my carpet cleaned.

jason oliver

I still can't believe there is so much hype surrounding a re-make of a foreign film. What Infernal Affairs lacked in bang bang brutal violence, it made up for with a unique feeling of suspense around every corner. I feel like that didn't fully translate in Marty's version, but possibly because I had seen the original first. Marty should have won for gangs of new york, so this year should make up for that.i think it would be great if little miss sunshine took home top prize. it was the most fun and entertaining movie of the year. other than BORAT.


World War II is still hot. Politically correct. A Hollywood make-good for PEARL HARBOR.Hollywood will never make good for "Pearl Harbor." The only positive thing that came out of that movie was a funny song in "Team America."


I thought it was obvious they were holding out to give Scorcese the lifetime achievement. You know, like Hitchcock? Thank you.


"I think a movie only qualfies for Best Picture if somebody dies in it."Yes. Even all these years later, I'm still reeling from that bloodbath in MY FAIR LADY.


I liked "Pearl Harbor". Michael Bay said from the beginning that it was supposed to be an "old-style movie" and it felt like old WW2 movies with better special effects. Then again, as I've said before, I like almost all of Michael Bay's movies. I guess I'm somewhat of a black sheep.The Departed did have closure. Mark Wahlberg delivered it, and it was grand.I really have no idea who Best Picture is going to go to. Not even a clue.

Jesse Wendel

Gary -Next time, how about some ***SPOILER*** tags, okay pal?Not all of us have seen The Departed. In fact, the DVD was just released last week (2/13/07). Common courtesy not to mention standard practice says Put Spoiler Tags around key reveals of current year release movies.


"I think a movie only qualfies for Best Picture if somebody dies in it.""Yes. Even all these years later, I'm still reeling from that bloodbath in MY FAIR LADY."George Cukor, I am sure, was dying just a little bit to think THIS was the film he gets the Oscar for...


Don't be so sure about Penélope Cruz. Athough you don't take her seriously, I feel like she is winning. She is by far the worst actress of the nominees, but she is taking home the statuette, you bet.

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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