Tuesday, February 15, 2011

FinePrint fisticuffs free for all

Yesterday's brawl was about the merits of present versus past tense. The combatants were fierce, and only after our CFO strapped on his gun belt preparatory to an actual duel were we able to regain our senses.

Today's battle involved how to choose the Best Picture winner for the Oscars.  I was extolling the merits of Winter's Bone, based on the book of the same name by Daniel Woodrell, a book I love.  The movie is amazing.  It does the book justice, and I don't think I've ever felt that way about a movie before.

I went on to say I thought the movie should win because it was an indie film that found an audience at the Sundance Film Festival, and was made for peanuts compared to the quadrillions of dollars some of the other guys had. Plus, there wasn't a special effect to be found from start to finish.


"Have you lost what little is left of your mind, my finny friend?" countered our film wizard.  "You don't get points for starting small.  It's whatever is best, level playing field."

Well, swords were drawn, hot words exchanged, and only the arrival of cupcakes (that Mer-Bear, she's a clever one) distracted us from the gnash of tooth and brandishing of firearms.


Would you care to weigh in on the battle?

Here's a poll for you:



13 comments:

Miriam S. Forster said...

I think you should all duel for my amusement. That would be better than watching the Oscars. *snicker*

Josin L. McQuein said...

Best movie should win, but we all know that's not how Oscar works.

(Now that that's settled, I want to see the shark vs. sword spectacular -- you can option it to Syfy and it can star Debbie Gibson...)

Charlie Pulsipher said...

And your blogging audience is obviously much more interested in seeing a duel than thinking hard about the merits of overcoming heavy hitters with mula. Should have seen that coming from a bunch of writers...

David said...

Best movie. But special effects are decidedly unspecial nowadays.

In fact, movies without special effects seem all the more special.

Unless it's District Nine and we're talking photoshopped pictures of human on alien sodomy. Then that wins points for layers of irony.

Laraine Eddington said...

Winter's Bone should win because it overcame adversity and the story defines adversity. I can't wait to read the book. I LOVED the movie.

Michael G-G said...

Where's the button for "I don't care, as long as the accents are British?"

Simon Hay Soul Healer said...

Duel! I'll bring the shark cage and sell tickets. If Mer-bear sells cupcakes I'll give her 15%. All wounds will be cleaned with bourbon. Please query me for tickets.

Huntress said...

*popcorn in hand, butt in lawn chair*

Love watching cat fights :)

Angela said...

I don't know what's more funny- the post or the blog comments! What a wonderful way to start off my day ;o)

Shannon said...

I don't give a rat's fart who wins. I'm just SO happy that I actually have heard of, or seen the movies picked.

THANK YOU Tom Hanks for remembering the little people. *hugs*

I love The King's Speech.
Javier Bardem boils my furnace just by speaking ... yummy.

HELL! Give them ALL an Oscar!

Laura Campbell said...

Swords, gun belts and cake maids. Let's get this party started!

Susan Adrian said...

I'm rooting for The King's Speech. LOVED that movie, and all involved did such a great job!

John Bell said...

I did not read Winter's Bone and that may explain why I thought the movie did not measure up to Best Picture material. I'd go with Black Swan or King's Speech.