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February 17 2013

Joss Whedon wins the British Film Bloggers Circle's Best Director award. He was up against David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis), Michael Haneke (Amour), Leos Carax (Holy Motors) and Miguel Gomes (Tabu).

Nice. Any award is always good. I have always thought of Joss as a great, great director; many people, including many fans of his, think of him as a great writer but so-so director, or at least, ordinary: never agreed with that; i think he is up there with the greats.

Not that this prooves anything but its nice to see one is not completely alone. ;)
His name links to a Cabin in the Woods interview which I don't remember seeing. The setting, yes, but not those particular questions. Maybe it was just that he was doing so many interviews at that point that, that they blur a bit.
Good to see Joss winning, but the director of Tabu was nominated? Seriously? Tabu is one of the worst films I've seen this year, it was really boring and melodramatic.

And Zero Dark Thirty the best film? Why does it get so much praise? It's really average - Bigelow and Boal just re-create the real life story whose outcome we all know - accurately or not, I don't know, but this matters less than the fact it's without any depth, emotional resonance or even an attempt to say something. The characters have no backgrounds and no depth and you don't care about them. I was so bored I just watched the clock and waited for it to be over, which proves that having a plot isn't enough for a movie not be boring - it has to make you care, and I found myself wondering why I should care. The only explanation I see for its reputation is that it's an attention grabber because of its subject matter, and judging by this year's Oscar lineup, Americans are obsessed with any movie that deals with Important Moments from their history, regardless of its quality. But why are the British film bloggers obsessed with this movie, too?
Excellent. Webulent.

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