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Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

ZONER AT THE MOVIES

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Just got word that my guy PSH did not get nominated for Best Actor. That’s OK because he is not yet 40 and I’m sure he will get one or more in the future. Only an actor like PSH could save the dreadful “Along Came Polly”. Other standout roles: Love Liza, Owning Mahowny, Magnolia, Boogie Nights & Almost Famous. Of course there are many more.

The totally overrated “Crash” received many nominations. I found it to be a poor imitation of “Magnolia”, and the absolute worst use of Don Cheadle in any movie. If this somehow wins Best Picture I will be upset. And I don’t get upset at awards shows.

I was shocked that Roger Ebert wrote of “Crash”: “…but Haggis writes with such directness and such a good ear for everyday speech that the characters seem real and plausible after only a few words.” I think more appropriate was this review: “A grim, histrionic experiment in vehicular metaphor slaughter.”– Carina Chocano, L.A. Times.

But maybe I’m just contrarian. Because there are a lot of heralded movies that I have no desire to see. At all. For example:

  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Any of the LOTR
  • Any of the Harry Potter
  • King Kong
  • War of the Worlds
  • Ray
  • Collateral
  • Any ‘Ocean’s’ film
  • Chicago
  • Seabiscuit

I did see 2 movies this weekend that I highly recommend. “Cinderella Man” with the great Russell Crowe and the equally great Paul Giamatti. Also “The Motorcycle Diaries” with Gael Garcia Bernal, which tells the story of Ernesto “Che” Guavera during his pre-revolutionary days. The film is beautiful and GGB and Rodrigo de la Serna both have masterful performances.

UPDATE: Um, so I got some bad information about PSH. He is indeed nominated.

  • <span class="anon-comment-author">bipoff911</span>

    what amazes me about signing MILLER is that he is neithrt a former BAKER player or black. Also he is not over 35 yrs. old and “could” have a few yrs. left if healthy.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17608926989592946088 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/17608926989592946088" rel="nofollow">The Zoner</a>

    Well first off Dusty doesn’t make the personnel decisions. He has input I’m sure, but it’s Jim Hendry’s call. And Hendry has to save his own job now so he certainly isn’t kowtowing to Dusty.

    I hear what you are saying about former Baker players–he definitely has ‘his guys’. Neifi Perez being front and center.

    But I have no idea where the black players comment comes from. I’m wondering if you can point to some specific examples of his preference to black players.

    When they dominated in 1993 with the Giants, it was a bunch of white guys and Bonds. Will Clark, Burkett, Beck, Brantley, Matt Williams, Robby Thompson, Bud Black and Burba to name a few.

    And with the Cubs he went to Dempster over LaTroy and he loves Prior, Wood and Barrett.

    So do enlighten us…

  • http://bathtubexplosion.com J L

    Couldn’t agree with you more on not wanting to see these movies. I have seen Million Dollar Baby, Collateral, Ocean’s 11 only, and I hated them all so bad.

    I saw King Kong and I thought it was good. It’s just an adventure movie, and I think it received some really bad coverage for some reason, maybe because some of the CGI was bad.

    Also saw War of the Worlds and Ray and they were good despite me hating Tom Cruise with a passion. Chicago and Seabiscuit; no thanks. Same with the childish Harry Potter movies (have they made more movies than Saw yet?) Oh and Lord of the Rings are pretty good but I don’t think they have an ounce of replay value because they’re so long as we all know.

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