Alright, we are on pace (if a little breakneck) to see all the best picture nominees. We’ve got Up, Up in the Air and Avatar down. Today at the Prytania we can knock out some more. Shall we make a day of it? Through tomorrow they are showing all of the best short animation films at 2:30, $8. (Starting Friday, they’ll be screening the best live action shorts). It’s a three hour program featuring these five films, and other extras:
“French Roast” by Fabrice O. Joubert: (full film)
“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” by Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell: (full film)
“The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” by Javier Recio Gracia: (full film)
“Logorama” by Nicolas Schmerkin: (trailer)
and “A Matter of Loaf and Death” by Nick Park: (trailer)
And now, like Wallace, you need some cheese. Luckily, you are right down the street from St. James Cheese Company, and you have just enough time to get fed before they close at 7. Do you suppose they have Wensleydale? Oh my gosh, they do!
Now, you’re tided over, and you can head back for the 7:30 screening of The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow‘s excruciatingly tense, verite drama, which follows a U.S. Army bomb squad in Iraq, and its adrenaline junkie leader. Bigelow’s oeuvre belies an interest in violence–which, I suppose no one would make an issue of if she were a man. Speaking of comments that probably annoy her, she is also James Cameron’s ex-wife, and I found it interesting to apply a little jack-ass psychology to their Oscar-nominated movies to try to figure out what went wrong between them. They are both war movies, but Avatar is a schmaltzy fairy tale (that I enjoyed) about an imaginary, unattainable, perfect world, heavy with didactic allegory, where The Hurt Locker is brutally real, and also a character study of a man who can only get his rocks off in the midst of dangerous chaos. Hmmm….