Saturday, May 23, 2009

No Oscar For Good Films????

I am completely bemused by the way the Oscar Jury Works on selecting the "Best Film Of The Year". I am quite ok about the other categories. I believe they do a pretty good job with those. But, they screw up big time when it comes to the Best Film.The nominations are decided by the votes of a little less than 6000 members of the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Science. I would love to meet them and understand their point of view in selecting the best film.
This year, the Award went to Slumdog Millionaire, which according to me was at best an average film. The western audiences must have found it somewhat different and a bit amusing, but for us Indians it was a kind of a run of the mill entertainer. As per me, the film which deserved the award did not even get nominated. For me there was only one winner "The Dark Knight". I mean the film had everything...High Voltage Drama, Emotions, Mind Boggling Action, Superb Special Effects , Awesome Screenplay, Great Performances and some Everlasting Dialogues. How could the jury miss out on it? It is a complete disgarce that the film did not even get nominated. In the end this film got only 2 Oscars. I was beginning to wonder, had Heath Ledger been alive, would they have given him the award?
I was already dissappointed with the awardee of this year. Then, a few days back i saw the awardee from last year "No Country For Old men". The film is bad and i mean really bad. I believe the first criteria for a film to be termed as "good" should be that it entertains the audience. I was bored to death while watching this movie. I watched the entire film with a hope that there would be something in the end that would raise it to another level. But, just like that the film got over(with a bizarre ending). I fail to understand how this film deserved an Oscar????? I can understand if the award goes to a non-commercial film, but how it could be given to a bad film like this is completely beyond me.
I have now decided to stay away from Oscar Nominated Films. I would much rather watch an entertaining film with minor technical flaws, than a technically brillant film which does not offer much entertainment.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Beautiful Game

Me being a die hard football fan, can't help but choose the biggest controversy surrounding the Football world today to comment upon.

Were Chelsea robbed of a Champions League Finals Berth?

There are theories going on that the referee did it intentionally because UEFA did not want another All English Final. I think that is bullshit. I agree that the referee made mistakes and it is not something new. We have seen it all before.
Now coming to the match itself, i thought there was only one team playing Football and that was Barcelona. I was amazed by the way Chelsea played, especially in the first leg. Coming on the back of the quarter final match against Liverpool(in which Chelsea were outstanding), this was really shocking. I believe if you really get on the face of Barcelona, you can give them some problems. This we saw in some brief spells of attacking football which Chelsea played at Stamford Bridge. I think they will be ruing the fact that they did not pressurize the Barcelona defense often enough. Especially, after Barcelona were down to 10 men in the 65th minute. It was more a question of intent rather than if they would have been able to do it. And then they paid the price as a magnificent goal by Andres Iniesta sealed their fate. I would like to say here that no one deserves it more than Iniesta. He has been outstanding this season.
After the match, there was this bullying of the referee by the Chelsea players, especially Didier Drogba. I feel UEFA should be handling this matter a bit leniently here. After all, they were booted out of the Champions league final and it becomes really difficult for anyone to control his emotions.
Finally, answering the question of whether Chelsea were robbed? The Chelsea fans would believe they were robbed, but in the end justice has been done. The team which played positive football went through. This proves that everyone loves The Beautiful Game, including "Lady Luck".