The Under-Ranked: The 83rd Academy Awards

Ross Bonaime

Ross has been a lover of films for as long as he can remember. Since childhood, he has engulfed himself with movies, always trying to learn and watch more than any one lone human should ever attempt. Ross went to George Mason University, where he received a bachelors degree in communication with a focus in journalism and a film studies minor. He is a writer for Paste Magazine and Brightest Young Things. He loves all films, genres and periods. From George Melies to Christopher Nolan, Ross will watch anything to further his ongoing film education. Ross can be found at  rbonaime on Flickchart.

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3 Responses

  1. Travis McClain says:

    What, no love for the documentaries? ;)

    I streamed Dogtooth from Netflix a few weeks ago. I liked the premise and understood what they were going for with its allegorical commentary on authoritarianism and control over education, etc. but I wasn’t terribly impressed with the actual movie. I’ve been accused of not “getting” it, and I assure you that’s not the case. Nor was I bothered by the graphic nature of the film; I’m fairly liberal, socially speaking, and can accept quite a lot–especially from art. I just felt that the movie meandered too much. I could just imagine the editor turning to the director, “Can we cut to something else now?”

    Still, I have to say it’s a great little conversation piece. It may not be for everyone (I’m certain it’s not), but I suspect that those who have seen it will eventually see themselves as part of a rather exclusive and small in-group. In short, it’s got “cult film” written all over it. Glad I’ve got a membership.

  2. Ross Bonaime says:

    Yeah, I was going to comment on the documentaries, but “Restrepo” was already discussed in a recent blog post and while “GasLand” is decent, but I didn’t really feel like nomination-worthy, especially over films like “The Tillman Story” and “Best Worst Move”. Plus, “Exit Through the Gift Shop” has surprisingly been ranked quite a few times. And I just haven’t seen “Waste Land”. :(

    I think regardless of whether you like or don’t like “Dogtooth”, it’s just great to watch something different nowadays. I completely get your reasoning, but I loved it. It did give me that feeling that Haneke films, especially “Funny Games” and “The White Ribbon” gave me, that just made me feel uneasy and worried about what was coming next. I also like the slow build reminiscent of films like “Elephant” and “Antichrist”.

    I’m interested to see if the second time around I will enjoy the film as much or if it’s just a shock value element. I don’t think it is though. I found it to be such a unique vision, yet surprisingly believable. But regardless of opinion, it’s definitely worth checking out.

  3. Nigel Druitt says:

    My daughter recently brought the book, The Gruffalo, home from her school library. I imagine it would make a pretty cute short film…