Monday, March 06, 2006

Da Oscars n Dat

So it's done and dusted for another year. This year's Academy Awards have almost no relevance for us Woollybacks * here in the sticks of Dubai though. As far as I know, not one of the nominees for Best Picture (Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash, Good Night and Good Luck, Munich) have hit these shores yet. Interestingly, George Clooney won Best Supporting Actor for 'Syriana' most of which was shot right here in Dubai, but it has not been released here: if the script was acceptable for the censors, how come the finished film isn't? Brokeback Mountain, forget it - that is very unlikely ever to get a release here (homosexuality is a big no-no in Islam, I'm not planning to argue against that one - the Anglican Church still has problems with it even though it's a biological issue, not a religious one).

Some sanity at least: Wallace and Grommit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit won Best Animated Feature. How long before this category gets merged with the 'Best Picture' category?

Short note on censorship, oh Government, 'cos I know you're listening. People pay money to see movies. It is their choice - they decide what they want to watch based on some pre-knowledge. So you don't need your censors to rip them to shreds, ok? Even a 'controversial' movie like Brokeback or Syriana can and should be shown here. If it's not your cup of tea, you don't shell out the 30 dirhams to see it. Quite simple really.

Anyway, back to the Oscars. This awards stuff is nonsense. And by the way, have you voted for Adventures in Dubai on Toot yet? Hurry, hurry, only 25 days of the month left! And nothing less than 5 cherries if you please. Thanks.

*Woollybacks: Scouse (Liverpool) slang for someone random asshole who doesn't come from my city/suburb/street'.


Blogger sky said...

I believe Crash has been shown out here.

I'm so glad it won the Oscar. I havent' seen any of the other nominated movies, but it was a really very good, intelligent movie.

I highly recommend it!

6:06 pm  
Blogger Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

They aren't showing syriana? Well I'll be damned. Brokeback mountain was a gripping movie indeed. And yes homosexuality is a big no-no or taboo in Islam but I am convinced that even muslims will have to deal with the issue and reality soon enough and will be forced to acknowledge their existence even within the muslim community. But that will probably take a while.
It's easy to brush homosexuals off by saying it's "forbidden and Islam says so and so". Indeed, yes the act is forbidden but that does not change the fact that God created them just as He created us...

Ah well, lengthy topic and a bit too serious for the whole Oscar mode :)

Wallace and Gromit, well done.

6:43 pm  
Blogger nzm said...

Syriana - excellent movie, but I believe that you have to understand a little about the way of the Middle East in order to fully comprehend it - and you also need to believe that the US government/agencies can play dirty! It's also a thinking person's movie - a lot of what goes on in it is not immediately understandable as to why/how it happened. So strike that one out for its controversy and its confusing message to a (majority) dumbed-down audience.

Brokeback Mountain - beautiful story, but it's really an arthouse movie with an also controversial subject. Strike it out.

Capote - excellent movie, great acting, but also not a blockbuster that will bring in the crowds. Strike it out.

Munich - controversial subject that can be seen to be (more?) damaging to the Israeli image! Good drama but not a popular box office drawcard.

Good Night and Good Luck - I saw this yesterday on my flight to Germany. It's also excellent. Shot in B&W with real news footage of McCarthy spliced into it. Deals with the CBS coverage of the McCarthy trials and how CBS programs helped to bring him down and expose him. Beautifully filmed and edited and also has one of my favourite singers in it: Dianne Reeve. Limited audience appeal - strike it out.

Crash is brilliant - excellent story with a hint of Arab/Muslim controversy running through one of the storylines, although to be fair and balanced in my comments, each storyline deals with racism to a different nationality. It's set in multi-racial Los Angeles, and is filmed in the same way as Traffic - simpler to understand than Syriana. We have a winner!

The bummer is that my German friend and I didn't put money on our opinion. In Germany, you can bet on the Oscars winner outcomes. If we had bet Eur100 on Crash, we'd be Eur5,000 better off today.

That would have gone a long way to replace our lost luggage that is still floating around Munich airport, and will most likely not be found in time to join us on this 2 week trip!

8:21 pm  
Blogger nzm said...

Btw - Wallace & Grommit rule! That movie had me laughing out loud!

And maybe we can do a UAE movie on Jebel Hafeet - called Woollyback Mountain?


9:22 pm  
Blogger Jin said...

I saw Crash & thought it was an excellent film, but I don't think it had heaps of publicity like the other nominated films did. I'm not surprised Munich didn't win, cos Hollywood has a problem with Spielberg. Somehow I just didn't think a film about a couple of fudge pecking cowboys would win 'Best Film'. I don't think Hollywood is ready to swap their casting couches for leather saddles just yet.............

9:46 pm  
Blogger Hot Lemon& Honey said...

I was suprised that Crash won the the oscar for the best movie!

Re "hosmosexuality is biological issue not a religious one", I think its not the best arguement..if thats the case adultry is biological, theft is economical, killing is psychological..and the list will never end..
I agree with your concept, but religion (all three Islam Judism and Christanity) regard homosexuality as a sin..had a conversation with a "Mulla" on a flight to London about it, and he said "its not up to us to judge who is a sinner and who is not, thats Allah's job, and every individual has different circumstances that you should take into account".
Anyways, I thought brokeback mountain was over rated so was Crash.

2:36 am  
Blogger samuraisam said...

looking forward to hearing your interview on radio open source!

3:06 am  
Blogger moryarti said...

listening to it now :)

4:36 am  
Blogger Dubai Sunshine said...

By the way, Munich opened yesterday in the UAE.

2:40 pm  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

Surprised nobody mentioned Walk the Line which is showing in Mall of the Emirates. I saw it last week, and if you are a fan of Johnny Cash (as I am) it is superb.

10:50 am  

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