keats wrote: Perhaps your complaint is an argument for ignoring the awards entirely, which I think has merit as a policy. I'm not sure of the logic of condemning a performance because of perceived flaws in the script but logic is elusive anyway. Very few meritorious films win the awards they deserve.
Peter, logic is never elusive -- if it is truly logic.
What I'm saying, in regard to INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, is that Waltz's "brilliant" SS Colonel Landa must utter a colossal load of tedious, yet precious B.S., in the passage quoted:
"I’m glad you see it my way.
"Besides, not putting a bullet in the back of a fifteen year-old girl and allowing her to escape are not necessarily the same thing. She’s a young girl, no food, no shelter, no shoes, who’s just witnessed the massacre of her entire family. She may not survive the night. And after word spreads about what happened today, it’s highly unlikely she will find any willing farmers to extend her aid. If I had to guess her fate, I’d say she’ll probably be turned in by some neighbor. Or she’ll be spotted by some German soldier. Or we’ll find her body in the woods, dead from starvation or exposure. Or, perhaps… she’ll survive. She will elude capture. She will escape to America. She will move to New York City, where she will be elected President of the United States."
[The S.S. colonel chuckles at his little funny.]
Too arch by 'arf!
In fact, just plain stupid.
Good luck to Christopher Waltz.
I have a friend who can write better dialogue than the above. In fact, he has -- and about a similar subject.
The speech makes the lines Christopher McKay speaks from the screenplay of ME AND ORSON WELLES sound very good, indeed!
I think you may be right about the Academy, Peter. Half of them, given all their auditions, or the online screenplay short courses they've taken, probably think that RESERVOIR DOGS and PULP FICTION are the greatest films to come out of Hollywood. But BAFTA people could be a different matter. I would count on them having a greater appreciation of logic, normal speech patterns, and the English language. Besides, to be a little crass, Christian McKay is a home lad, a RADA Grad, and he is coming from relatively nowhere, as Orson Welles did.
We'll have to see.
If I'm right, now, I want you to be "nice." You'll have to persuade your gracious wife to send me an extra cheque next month.
I could use it!
The wagers of sin, Peter.